Over the last number of years, I've posted more than 300 reviews of boardgames. The most popular of these are my comprehensive pictorial overviews, and most readers will already be aware that there is a subscription list you can use to be notified of new game reviews:
● Ender's Comprehensive Pictorial Overviews: Board Games
In the past month or so, I have launched a new series of pictorial reviews, this time on playing cards. You'll find a separate subscription list which includes all the reviews I've published so far here:
● Ender's Comprehensive Pictorial Reviews: Playing Cards
There are several reasons for the launch of this separate review series:
1. A growing industry of quality custom decks. To begin with, in the past number of years, some amazing and artistic decks of custom playing cards have been created, and great new projects are emerging all the time. A number of things accounts for this exciting development. Firstly, talented designers now have the ability to create stunning artwork and creative decks of cards on their home computers. More importantly, they now have the resources to turn their digital dreams into reality by partnering with online publishing companies, and by tapping into the marketing engine of the internet, especially the crowd-funding potential offered by Kickstarter. As a result, the world of custom playing cards is growing rapidly, and there are some outstanding, beautiful, creative, and unique decks that have been created, just waiting for you to discover them.
2. My own personal interest in playing cards. Personally I have had a very long-standing interest in playing cards:
a) I have always loved and still traditional card games. You can see my annotated list of my own favourite card games here.
b) One of my other hobbies, which also dates back to my childhood, and continues to be something I still enjoy today, is doing card magic.
c) Some of my family members are keen enthusiasts of cardistry (which you can learn about in my review here).
Given these multiple interests, it's not surprising that I often find myself with a deck of playing cards in my hand, and have a real interest in playing cards.
3. Board gamers' natural interest in playing cards. Most board gamers will also be naturally interested in playing cards, simply because of the variety of games that can be played with them. Every gamer worth his salt needs to own at least one good deck of traditional playing cards, and owes it to themselves to explore some of the tried and true classics like Cribbage, Hearts, Spades, and Oh Hell. These and many other evergreen favourites have stood the test of time, and still are fun to play today. With board gamers thus having a natural interest in playing cards, there's definitely a place on BoardGameGeek for sharing information about some of the great custom decks now available. If you are going to play a traditional card game with a deck of playing cards, you might as well play with something stylish, classy, unique, or beautiful.
4. A separate list from my game reviews. Finally, I figured it makes sense to post a separate subscription list of my playing card reviews, for people who are interested specifically in these. This makes them easier to find, and helps me bring them together in a dedicated list that is separate from my game reviews.
I'm not planning to stop my regular game reviews. In fact, I posted a new game review again just recently, and there are more on the way very soon! But it seems to me that there is somewhat of a void on BoardGameGeek about some of the great custom decks of playing cards that are available today. This new review series aims to fill that void by sharing information about some of the great projects and decks of playing cards that are out there.
So if you're interested, please check out the new series of reviews (there's already almost a dozen reviews), and subscribe to this list to be notified when a new review of playing cards is posted:
● Pictorial Reviews of Playing Cards by EndersGame