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Deck Reviews! / Deck Review - Cardistry Playing Cards by Bocopo
« Last post by Magic_Orthodoxy on July 08, 2017, 08:44:48 AM »
video review:

The back of the card ingeniously combines the the geometric and aesthetic beauty to provide awesome visual effects when performing tricks -  like fans and spins

The springy stock and pristine finish bring benefits to all aspects of your performance. The United States Playing Card Company was chosen for stock and inks as they used can ensure the cards have a great snap and feel to them.

If you’re a big fan of Cardistry then you just can't miss out on this fantastic deck.

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Deck Reviews! / Deck Review - Styx Playing Cards from Eric Ross
« Last post by Magic_Orthodoxy on July 08, 2017, 08:36:06 AM »
video review:

It is the dark river that waits for us all, the boundary between Earth and the Underworld. The grim ferryman Charon watches here in an endless vigil. If your loved ones have buried you with a coin in your mouth for payment, you may be transported across upon your death—if not, you may be stranded to wander its shore forever.

Now groundbreaking card designer Nick Vlow and celebrated magician Eric Ross have created a new, Bicycle-branded deck inspired by this famous myth, and the Styx Death’s Head moth (Acherontia styx) that bears its name. The card backs feature a detailed rendering of the moth, with its haunting, famous skull motif, and the custom jokers and ace of spades bear funereal imagery of their own.

Printed by the USPCC.

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Deck Reviews! / Deck Review: 3 Little Pigs by Pure Imagination Studios
« Last post by Magic_Orthodoxy on July 08, 2017, 08:33:19 AM »
video review:

Worried about your straw house? Is the Big Bad Wolf knocking at your door and threatening to huff and puff?
Have no fear: the Three Little Pigs are here to shore up your card collection against any difficulty. Famed designer Joe White of Ye Olde Studio has learned his lesson well from this classic fable, lavishing so much care on this deck that even the most diligent little pig would be proud. The card backs feature a rich red-and-white scrollwork pattern, while the charming custom court cards and aces include detailed portraits of porcine royalty. The Ace of Spades features the menacing Big Bad Wolf himself, while the joker portrays the boiling cauldron that waits for him beneath the chimney.

Printed by the USPCC in a limited edition of only 2500 decks.

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Playing Card Plethora / Re: Playing Cards For Tiny Hands
« Last post by TinyHands on July 08, 2017, 02:42:23 AM »
Hey Don!  Really appreciate your reply!

So, I'm solo on this venture--artist and creator so thank you for the kind words regarding the art!  Admittedly, I have no expertise in card design but have been an art director in the video game industry for 10 years.  I simply made this deck out of a general interest from friends who were enjoying my lunch time sketches online.

I'm going to follow through with the Kickstarter but my interest in card art/design has grown considerably.  I'm seriously thinking about taking on a cleanly designed, sincerely themed deck in the future (I well know these cards are quirky and loosely drawn).  I absolutely love what I've seen on this forum and others!  Love the feedback!  So appreciated. :)


Design & Development / Re: Playing Card Design Guide
« Last post by Don Boyer on July 08, 2017, 01:58:25 AM »
You should get in touch with me sometime.  I do consulting work for playing card designers now and then.
Deck Reviews! / Re: Medieval revival
« Last post by Don Boyer on July 08, 2017, 01:52:19 AM »
Have you tried contacting the creator on Kickstarter?  Often they do end up with a few leftover decks after distribution, unless the project was a complete sell-out.  If nothing else, they might be able to steer you to any retailers that backed them during the project's fundraising period and bought in bulk to later sell at retail.
Design & Development / Re: Feedback request / New deck from Montenzi
« Last post by Don Boyer on July 08, 2017, 01:33:19 AM »
The deck has a lot of visual appeal so far.  The back design is very interesting - the geometric shapes seem to suggest the image of a face without actually creating one, which is kind of cool.

I'm looking forward to seeing more.  It's great to see wholly original, high-quality work like this.
Playing Card Plethora / Re: Zombie Playing Cards - Kickstarter campaign
« Last post by Don Boyer on July 08, 2017, 01:31:04 AM »
The art is rather good, but the theme is insanely tired and has been done almost more times than I can count.  Throw in the facts that the back design is one-way, the cards have Euro-style four-corner indices and the printer is entirely unknown and it becomes less and less appealing.

I wish the artist had come up with a more original and creative theme.  The work is good, but if you're not making a zombie deck that's way better than all the other ones that came before, there's not a lot there to draw one's interest.

Good luck on your campaign.
Playing Card Plethora / Re: Playing Cards For Tiny Hands
« Last post by Don Boyer on July 08, 2017, 12:49:11 AM »
There's some decent artistic talent going on there in terms of the artwork on the cards - but a topical, political deck like this one has a tougher chance to make it.  It's title is based off of a comment that was circulating in the press when Trump was still running for office perhaps a year ago - it's like a nighttime talk-show host cracking jokes about year-old headlines instead of what's happening today.  They're kind of "flash-in-the-pan, short-attention-span" kind of things.  Most such projects don't make it unless they have exceptionally low goals, which often means lower production values and less interest from collectors.

I'd take this artist's talents and harness them for a less topical, more interesting project.  Calling it a "novelty" doesn't change the fact that it's a political deck and will be of interest to a more narrow audience rather than a general audience, cutting down your potential pool of backers right away.  There will be some who are offended by them and will stay away altogether - there's a reason why politics is one of the topics people try to stay away from over polite dinner conversation!  It's very polarizing.  Why cut your potential audience size down before you've printed the first deck?

You might find your audience - and if so, more power to you.  I just think the talents of your artist would be better used in a different kind of project for a broader audience, one that could potentially make a lot more money.  Good luck to you.
Design & Development / Re: Chicken Playing Cards - A work in progress
« Last post by Don Boyer on July 08, 2017, 12:20:40 AM »
Sometimes, the cute factor works with a deck like this.  It's not my personal cup of tea, though.  You'd really have to find that niche that'd be interested in this deck and promote the hell out of it, I'd think.  But hey, just because I don't like it, doesn't mean it won't find its audience - just be prepared to do a lot of legwork on this one getting it in the faces of the people who'd be interested in backing it.
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