Browse by Tag - mythology

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14 August
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WALHALLA Playing Cards. A new vision of the epic Norse mythology in two luxurious decks

Mythology is a huge source of artistic inspiration and Norse mythology has been especially used during the last years. Today I bring you a new deck inspired by the magical world of the Norse Gods: WALHALLA.. When a soldier dies in combat, he is brought to the presence of Odin in Valhalla or Freia in Fólkvangr, the best know god and goddess of Norse mythology. Inspired by these gods, the WALHALLA decks take a tour of the family tree and the…

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17 April
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LUMINOSITY Playing Cards. Norse mythology and an epic story of the struggle between good and evil

Nordic mythology and artistic talent come together in the latest creation of  Jody Eklund (Black Ink Playing Cards): LUMINOSITY. With this deck, Jody completely changes his usual retro-engraved style based on more recent stories to create an allegorical fantasy world inspired by Nordic mythological characters who play their roles in an epic story of struggles between good and evil masterfully narrated by Ricky Cassford. The joining together of fantastic literature and beautiful illustrations produces a unique, completely customized deck, in which…

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27 January
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PRIMORDIAL GREEK MYTHOLOGY Playing Cards. The origin of everything

When I received the message from Costa Panzatis about his new project and started my usual research on the deck and its creator, I discovered not only stunning designs but also an interesting human being behind all this, so I had no choice but to start writing about the campaign. Costa combines the madness and talent from music, art, poetry and comedy with a passion for card collecting. This way, he decided to team up with a luxury illustrator, Charles…

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01 November
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ENUMA Playing Cards. The great war of the Babylonian gods is back

Enuma Elish is a Babylonian epic poem about the genesis of the universe and mankind. Engraved on clay tablets with cuneiform writing in the 7th century BC. and recovered over time, this work collects different episodes in which the gods take part of a constant creation and destruction. Inspired by this work, a new and dynamic Italian company, Nemesis Factory, has just relaunched their amazing campaign: ENUMA. After an unfairly unfunded campaign, the creators have made deep changes in the designs…

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04 June
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ENUMA Playing Cards. The great war of the Babylonian gods

Enuma Elish is a Babylonian epic poem about the genesis of the universe and mankind. Engraved on clay tablets with cuneiform writing in the 7th century BC. and recovered over time, this work collects different episodes in which the gods take part of a constant creation and destruction. Inspired by this work, a new and dynamic Italian company, Nemesis Factory, has just launched an amazing campaign: ENUMA.     Conscientious work, extensive documentation and enormous talent come together in a…

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17 May
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Bicycle HERCULES Playing Cards. The strongest deck of the Olympus

Among the mythical characters of all times there is one that stands out for his strength and courage. Gambler’s Warehouse has released a new deck based on this hero: HERCULES. Hercules is the Roman name for Heracles, son of Zeus, the king of the gods, and the beautiful mortal Alcmena. He is, without a doubt, the most popular of the heroes in the Greek mythology. His adventures became so famous that they spread from town to town and from culture…

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09 May
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ENEIDA Playing Cards. Beauty inspired by a classic epic poem

In 1798, the poem “Eneida” by the Ukranian writer Ivan Kotliarevsky was published. In 2011, one of its multiples reprints in 2011 included as a complement a beautifully illustrated bridge deck with the same name was created and it became a huge success. Now, Fullhouse has launched a new edition: ENEIDA. Eneida tells a story inspired by Virgil’s Latin epopee and adapted to Ukrainian folklore and culture. This literary adaptation was illustrated on playing cards in a sublime way with…

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12 March
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Tikilandia Playing Cards. The amusing vision of the ancestral Polynesian culture

Since his childhood, Robert Jimenez dreamed of becoming a great illustrator inspired by his comics readings and all his favorite television series and films. His versatility as a cartoonist has allowed him to publish his illustration works in a large number and variety of formats, from book covers to art galleries. Now he makes a debut as playing cards designer with his first deck: TIKILANDIA. For this deck, the artist has taken inspiration from one of his favorite themes, Polynesian culture…

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27 November
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ANCIENT EGYPT Playing Cards. Beautiful illustrations buried in the sands of the desert

There are recurring themes of inspiration in the playing cards design. Ancient Civilizations have always attracted designers and, among all, Egyptian Culture is perhaps one of the most popular. After their success with the “Heroes of a Nation” decks, April GS launch their new creation: ANCIENT EGYPT Playing Cards.     Designed by Konstantin Sheyco and illustrated by Alina Vagapoga, Ancient Egypt deck is almost a graphic encyclopedia of the mythical deities worshiped in the old Egypt culture and religion. Amazing illustrations…

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20 November
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LORDS AND GODS OF EGYPT Playing Cards. The divine and the earthly in three fantastic decks

The Egyptian Empire and its rich mythology have been the inspiration for all kinds of artistic expressions, including, of course, the playing cards. After the successful campaign with the Star Kings decks, SVI GROUP offers us their new creation: LORDS AND GODS OF EGYPT. This creative group looks for a nice combination of interesting designs for collectible decks and a European quality production. Thus, for this campaign, they have created three different decks that are inspired by real and mythological…