Monthly Archives: May 2015

‘Branle’ Playing Cards by NoirArts – on Kickstarter NOW!

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Roman Kotiv of NoirArts who brought us the fantastic Asylum and Back to the Asylum playing card decks, has come up trumps (pun intended) once again. Here we have the intrinsically detailed ‘Branle’ Playing Cards, which have just gone live on Kickstarter.

Branle Playing Cards Spades Courts

Branle Playing Cards Spades Courts

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‘Prism: Night’ Playing Cards – On Kickstarter NOW!

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Prism Night Box and Ace

Prism Night Box and Ace

Hold on to your holly-hocks!!!! There’s a new kid on the block and he has hit the Playing Card World with full force. Ben Jones, from the very promising new Australian design company Elephant Playing Cards, has released his first ever playing card deck onto Kickstarter and it’s (as they say) a real beaut! Please allow me to introduce the ‘Prism: Night’ deck of playing cards. Continue reading

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Back to the Asylum Playing Cards – Interview with Milan Colovic and Roman Kotiv

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I’m thrilled to say that after reading my review on their ‘Back to the Asylum’ playing card deck, which is being funded on Kickstarter right now, designer Milan Colovic and Roman Kotiv from NoirArts very kindly agreed to do an interview with me. To those of you who don’t know the full story, you can click here for more details, and to read my  review. To those of you who are familiar with the original story, please enjoy…… :)

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Back to the Asylum

Back to the Asylum

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Glassbacks Playing Cards – Something a little different….

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Glassbacks Playing Cards

Glassbacks Playing Cards by Simon Bruna & Hyun Yoo

I know what you’re going to say, and you’d be absolutely right – I DON’T normally go for the ‘minimalist’ type designs of playing cards. But these ones struck me. Struck me good. The Glassbacks Playing Cards designed by Simon Bruno and artist Hyun Yoo are, well, just, different. Admittedly, the design elements of this deck are only on the backs, Jokers, Ace of Spades and the tuck box itself. All the pips are just ‘standard’, which (yes, I know you’re screaming at me right now) I’m always saying that I don’t like in current decks. But Glassbacks was very quickly forgiven because just look how striking that stained glass design is, and the bold primary colours just make it all pop. Continue reading

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The Hallucinatory Playing Cards – Successfully funded on Kickstarter.

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Hallucinatory Playing Cards - Faces

DO NOT ADJUST YOUR SCREEN!!!

Hallucinatory Playing Cards - QueenThe Hallucinatory Deck of Playing Cards is being funded right now on Kickstarter and this is sure to be a deck worth checking out. It’s already past it’s funding goal of $4000 but there’s only 6 days left to go before funding closes so I’d get in there quick if I were you.

The makers, Newt’s Playing Cards, have used psychedelic yellows, greens and pinks coupled with glow-in-the-dark inks to make this one extra special deck. There are pipes, googly eyes, crazy patterns and barcodes on both the front and back of these cards with a dazzling black background, making them super weird to look at and nearly impossible to stare at for too long before becoming nauseous. {How they ever expect anyone to get through a game of Gin Rummy I’ll never know….. sigh..} Continue reading

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Euchre Playing Cards for the Blind and Visually Impaired

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Euchre Playing Cards for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Euchre Playing Cards for the Blind and Visually Impaired

6 of Hearts Alchemy England 1977So far, almost all of my reviews have been on playing cards that I find visually stunning. I’ve commented on how I love the fact that playing cards in recent years have come a long way from the bog-standard court and pip cards, so that now-a-days even the 6 of Hearts is a work of art all by itself. My reason behind collecting Jokers in the first place was because I found the other cards in the deck to be ‘boring’ while, fingers crossed, each new deck of cards would have an exciting new Joker to add to the collection. Continue reading

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The Phenomenon that is Kickstarter.com

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kickstarter-logo-lightAnyone who has read some of my social media posts will already know of my obsession with Kickstarter. I love it. I’ve described it as ‘an online Dragon’s Den’ but I was wrong – it’s waaay better than that. Why? Simply because the people looking for funding don’t have to sacrifice ANY of their idea to the backers – the backers merely ‘fund’ the project. Yes, they get something out of it, but there is no further obligation from the creator to provide profits, bonuses or a share in the business. Continue reading

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