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04 April
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RISE OF A NATION Playing Cards. Masonic secrets hidden in the corners of the deck

Robert Tomlinson is an experienced playing cards designer and producer that founded his own Playing Cards Company. He created fantastic and popular projects such as the Unrest Series, Titanic or Gettysburg decks. Unfortunately, some personal issues unfairly forced him to stop using his own name to go on working in this business but he is a strong and determined man that has risen from the ashes creating Barclay Mountain Co. and producing the first deck of the Decoded History Series: RISE OF A NATION.     Robert is a…

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05 December
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MIDDLE KINGDOM BLACK BICYCLE deck. Chinese culture and tradition now in black

Just a month ago I spoke about the new deck by Doug Fire, the Middle Kingdom Bicycle deck. During the campaign there was a stretch goal to produce a second deck: the black edition. Although the campaign was successfully funded, unfortunately it didn’t reach that goal but Doug has decided to launch a second campaign to fund the BICYCLE MIDDLE KINGDOM BLACK DECK.     The deck, inspired by ancient Chinese culture, is now in black, more elegant and bold….

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01 November
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MIDDLE KINGDOM BICYCLE deck. Chinese culture and tradition in beautiful monochrome designs

Doug Frye is an old friend devoted to playing cards and mythology. After his Aesir decks, he works again with Deveo Media in his latest creation: BICYCLE MIDDLE KINGDOM. This time, the cards are inspired by the ancient China, its origins and its deities. With a line engraved style in a monochromatic design, court cards and aces depict relevant characters in the Chinese history, tradition and mythology.     The stunning back shows a dragon coiled in the popular Yin-Yang symbol, where the opposites are represented…

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28 October
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ROYAL HOUSE Playing Cards. The symbol of a delicate and intriguing ROSE

After becoming a reference in the playing cards design scenario with their series dedicated to the Day of the Dead, the Edgy brothers strike back with a completely new and different deck: ROYAL HOUSE.     In the European history, especially in England, the rose is one of the symbols more present in the dynastic shields of nobility linked to the royal houses. Inspired by these stories of kings and nobles, mixing the elegance of wealth with the intrigue of betrayal, the…

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11 August
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MAGNA CARTA Playing Cards. The historic war for peace

After his famous Seasons series, Alex Chin releases a new campaign that keeps his usual elegant style but with a completely different inspiration and design: MAGNA CARTA. Magna Carta was a chart agreed in 1215 to establish the peace among an unpopular king and a group of rebel barons, in the search of a lost justice. It is  a precursor of modern political regimes where the omnipotence of a king is limited with the use of councils or assemblies.   Inspired by this…

21 February
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Memento Deck. The history and beauty of Playing Cards the cards and their design

  The design of playing cards world has changed and grown a lot along last months and card fans have become progressively more and more selective about the decks they support. This context makes sometimes that very interesting decks, that deserve to be printed by their quality and design, end without achieving their goal. Almost a year ago, Valerio Aversa launched Memento and unfortunately he could not print it as he didn’t get the funding goal. A few days ago, Legends Playing…

25 December
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The Kingdom of León Deck. 1100 years of history in 40 playing cards

  The Kingdom of León was undoubtedly the main protagonist in the Reconquista of the Iberian peninsula that, for more than 800 years, configured a regional structure of Spain very similar to what we know today. Coinciding with the celebration of the 1100th anniversary and the declaration of the Chalice of Doña Urraca as the true Holy Grail (according to studies by prestigious researchers), the artist and friend of Max Playing Cards, Carlos García Valverde, has designed the deck of…

10 June
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Memento decks. Design Playing Cards inspired by Playing Cards design

  After a failed campaign of the nice minimalist deck Alpha, Valerio Aversa comes back with a completely different idea: Memento. Memento is inspired on the history of Playing Cards design. This Italian illustrator shows us not only his talent as a creator, but also his passion for playing cards history and evolution. He has made his own interpretation of the history of playing cards in this design, using style based on simple lines and colors but with emphasis on…