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Playing cards have been with us since the 14th century, when they first entered popular culture. Over the centuries packs of cards, in all shapes and sizes, have been used for games, gambling, education, conjuring, advertising, fortune telling, political messages or the portrayal of national or ethnic identity. All over the world, whatever language is spoken, their significance is universal. Their popularity is also due to the imaginative artwork and graphic design which is sometimes overlooked, and the “then & now” of how things have changed.

Kingdoms of a New World

Enter the Kingdoms of the New World with these fantasy themed playing cards by Nathanael Mortensen,

Enter the Kingdoms of the New World with these fantasy themed playing cards by Nathanael Mortensen and amazing artwork Jonas Akerlund. This project was successfully funded in November 2013, visit their campaign page for more info and illustrations.

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