Monthly Archives: July 2015

‘Olympus’ Playing Cards Review – On Kickstarter NOW!

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So, you’re about to get married to a beautiful Greek girl and you want to give your groomsmen something special to commemorate the occasion, what do you do? Go out and get matching ‘bro’ tattoos? No, of course not. You design a deck of playing cards that not only relates to their personalities, but also reflects on the heritage of your wife-to-be. You base it on the Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece. You launch it world-wide on Kickstarter. You don’t get just anyone to print it either. You get Legends Playing Card Company to print it on top quality card stock. And you call it ‘Olympus’ Playing Cards. This is exactly what Tom Anderle has done. It’s his first Kickstarter project, and what a deck to kick off with.

Olympus Playing Cards Tuck Box and Zeus

Olympus Playing Cards Tuck Box and Zeus

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Uncut Sheets. The Unsung Heroes of the Playing Card World.

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Imagine, if you will, the scene. You’re in a playing card making factory. Perhaps not unlike that of the United States Playing Card Company (but for the purposes of copyright etc. somewhere totally different…) You are watching the presses print sheets upon sheets of playing cards, that are then taken from the presses to be brought to the cutters. They are then cut into the playing cards and stacked, neatly, to then be packed into tuck boxes and sealed in cellophane, to then be sent out to the retailers or Kickstarter creators, to then be distributed amongst the purchasers……. It’s all very exciting isn’t it…?

The Bicycle presses at United States Playing Card Company (Photo (c) USPCC)

The Bicycle presses at United States Playing Card Company (Photo (c) USPCC)

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Mighty Super Heroes Playing Cards – Review

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We all know them. We all have our own favourites. We all envy them, and secretly wish we were one of them. No… I’m not referring to One Direction…..!! I am, of course, referring to Super Heroes. Saviours of the Planet Earth. Upholders of the law. The Good Guys. Some of us even prefer the Villains….. and who is anyone to judge…? This new deck of playing cards, Mighty Super Heroes Series 1.1, (now being funded on Kickstarter) is an homage to both the goodies and the baddies of the comic books and graphic novels of the likes of Marvel and D.C. and is jam-packed with all your favourite characters as well as some you may not be familiar with. Have a look at all the images in this review and see how many you can recognise…….

Mighty Super Heroes Playing Cards

Mighty Super Heroes Playing Cards

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‘Chord Cards’ Playing Cards – Learn Guitar the Fun Way!!

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For those of you who – like me – love the idea of being ‘able’ to play the guitar, but just can’t get the hang of where to place your fingers to get the guitar to make those beautiful sounds, then this deck is for you. The ‘Chord Cards’ deck is now being funded on Kickstarter with funding closing on 15th August (2015).

{Anyone wanting an idea as to what Kickstarter is all about, please read my beginner’s guide for details.}

Chord Cards Playing Cards

Chord Cards Playing Cards

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Piff The Magic Dragon Playing Cards – The PiffDeck on Kickstarter NOW!

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NOOOOO!!!! IT’S NOT A MAN IN A DRAGON SUIT!!!!!!!!

Piff The Magic Dragon on Penn & Teller's "Fool Us"

Piff The Magic Dragon on Penn & Teller’s “Fool Us”

Mr Piffles

Mr Piffles

How dare you!! He is a Magic Dragon. An actual real live Magic Dragon who, together with the World’s First Magic Performing Chihuahua (Mr. Piffles) has taken the world of magic by storm!!! STORM, I SAY!!! If you’ve seen Piff The Magic Dragon (yes, you’ve heard of his older brother, Steve…) on Penn & Teller’s TV show ‘Fool Us’, you’ll know how truly remarkable (and magic) Piff actually is. Of course, so is Mr. Piffles. He’s pretty amazing too, and Piff wouldn’t be where he is today without Mr. Piffles agreeing to work with him…. (my Yorkshire Terrier, Jake, made me write that bit). Continue reading

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Hawk Playing Cards – The Written Edition – Typography

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Hawk Playing Cards

This deck is described on their Kickstarter page as:  

“Hawk Playing Cards, a set that aims to use text and subtle icons to create a deck with impact and freshness. Every measurement is to precision to in order all cards are uniform, all cards have extreme attention to detail. After all, a card designed to be easy to read, should be easy on the eye.”

Hawk Playing Cards – The Written Edition – Typography. On Kickstarter now.

Oh. Dear. Lordy. Well, it has finally come to pass. I am about to write a review that the designer of these cards ain’t gonna wanna read….. It’s not that the ‘designs’ aren’t great. The way the wording is positioned and the colours that are used is great – very ‘designy’ – but, well… that’s it. As far as I am concerned. The Hawk Playing Cards by UK based Luke Wadey just don’t cut it with me. Let me explain…… First of all. Here is the graphic of the suits…. Continue reading

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