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Our reviews and reflections on creative playing card and Kickstarter projects from around the web


War of Omens - A Digital Deck-Builder by Fifth Column Games

War of Omens is a card game combining deck-builder and collectable-card-game mechanics, featuring fast, strategic play and 3 different playable factions.

War of Omens - A Digital Deck-Builder by Fifth Column Games 2014

Teen Patti Playing Cards by Anjali DSouza

Anjali DSouza, an illustrator from Chennai, India has designed a pack of cards using Indian truck art and the Indian folk art as inspiration.

Teen Patti Playing Cards by Anjali DSouza

Edgar Allan Poe Playing Cards

A Kickstarter campaign for a fine deck of playing cards inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe Playing Cards 2014

Come to Chew playing cards by Aleix Gordo Hostau

Aleix Gordo Hostau from Barcelona, Spain has created the Come to Chew pack, inspired by bubble gum artwork and characters

Come to Chew playing cards by Aleix Gordo Hostau 2013

Incredible Men Playing Cards by Tomski&Polanski

Incredible men and their amazing stories playing cards made by Tomski&Polanski

Incredible Men Playing Cards by Tomski&Polanski 2013

Steampunk playing cards

These steampunk inspired cards are based around a pair of real steampunk goggles that you can purchase and wear to look just like your favorite court card.

Steampunk playing cards 2014

Global Unrest Playing Cards

Global Unrest uses a traditional playing card style mixed with a WWII military twist..

Global Unrest Playing Cards 2013

Metropol NOX Playing Cards

A custom deck of playing cards designed with a modern, minimalist flair.

Metropol NOX Playing Cards 2013

Sherlock Holmes Playing Cards

Three fine deck of playing cards inspired by the characters and stories of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Sherlock Holmes Playing Cards 2013

Kingdoms of a New World

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

Kingdoms of a New World 2013

Mana Playing Cards

These beautiful playing cards designed by Erik Mana aren't just your ordinary set but they also hold a secret codes and riddle.

Mana Playing Cards 2014

4 Thrones Solitaire Game

A fresh and minimal pack and iPhone app designed for solitaire games.

4 Thrones Solitaire Game 2013

Irish Gaelic Playing Cards

A set of cards to help bring awareness to old and infrequently used languages, created by E Brewstein. Each card in the pack also functions as a mini language lesson, great for playing games and also learning about Irish heritage.

Irish Gaelic Playing Cards 2013

Pagan Playing Cards by Uusi

A beautifully hand-painted pack inspired by wildlife and the wilderness created by the Uusi design studio.

Pagan Playing Cards by Uusi 2014

Decked Out

Connie Lim has created a beautifully illustrated set of fashion inspired playing cards, a tangible telling of her story, intimately realized in the palm of your hand.

Decked Out 2014

Creative Clash Card Game by The Infantree

The Creative Clash card game, by the Infantree, is a fast-paced card game where you become the Principal of a creative agency and battle with your friends for the biggest Ego around.

Creative Clash Card Game by The Infantree 2014

Breaking Bad Playing Cards by Jeff Nichol

A set of cards inspired by the hit TV show Breaking Bad, created by Jeff Nichol.

Breaking Bad Playing Cards by Jeff Nichol

Parks and Recreation Playing Cards

Custom playing cards based on the TV series Parks and Recreation.

Parks and Recreation Playing Cards 2013

Elevenses by Adventureland Games

Elevenses is a card game in which respectable 1920s socialites strive to serve the finest morning teas!

Elevenses by Adventureland Games 2014

Grimm's Forest Playing Cards by Lisa Schneller

A non-standard pack created to play an original board game; inspired by the Brothers Grimm fairy tales, such as Hansel and Gretel, Snow White and Little Red Riding Hood.

Grimm's Forest Playing Cards by Lisa Schneller

OCCO Game of Tarot

Scott Hill has been working on a tarot pack which can also be used to play card games, the pack has been designed to revive tarot and make it a fun and social interaction.

OCCO Game of Tarot 2013

Neapolitan Cards Italian Cards by Raffaele Iaccarino

A modern twist on a classic Italian style of playing cards, this pack created by Raffaele Iaccarino is typical set of the southern regions of Italy mixed with his own style of artwork.

Neapolitan Cards Italian Cards by Raffaele Iaccarino 2013

Gangster playing cards by Jacob Reynolds

A small set of gangster and mafia inspired cards created by Jacob Reynolds.

Gangster playing cards by Jacob Reynolds

Creative Cards by DigitalAbstracts

For this pack a different designer collaborated for each individual card, resulting in a diverse and unique deck.

Creative Cards by DigitalAbstracts 2012

Minneapolis Bike Tour cards by Ellen Schofield

Ellen Schofield has created some amazing posters for the Minneapolis Bike Tour, each poster has been inspired by playing card designs and imagery.

Minneapolis Bike Tour cards by Ellen Schofield 2013

Demograffik Playing Cards by Hurlyburly Games

Paul Janzen and Troy Sullivan also know as Hurlyburly Games have created a unique pack to showcase the multicultural flavour of the world through playing cards.

Demograffik Playing Cards by Hurlyburly Games 2013

16th Century Kings and Queens by Oksana Pushnjak

Oksana Pushnjak has created a set of cards depicting 16th century kings and queens of Europe.

16th Century Kings and Queens by Oksana Pushnjak

Red Hot Chili Peppers playing cards by Gurleen Kaur

This illustration project by Gurleen Kaur features images inspired by the band the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Each card had illustrations from their albums and the ace, jack, queen and king are each band members.

Red Hot Chili Peppers playing cards by Gurleen Kaur 2013

The Z Deck

The Z Deck is a new non-standard pack of cards created by Robert Bolduc. Each card has a third aspect instead of the usual suit and colour; which introduces many new games possible with the pack.

The Z Deck 2013

Tinker Deck by Tesh of Project Khopesh

The Tinker Deck is a pack inspired by Steampunk, a world where old machinery is infused with modern science.

Tinker Deck by Tesh of Project Khopesh 2013

8-Bit Mafia and 8-Bit Werewolf

This pack created by Michael Scott has been inspired by retro 8-bit pixel games from the 80s and 90s.

8-Bit Mafia and 8-Bit Werewolf 2014

Kingdom of Playing Cards by Francesco Faggiano

Francesco Faggiano has created a pack inspired by Neapolitan cards.

Kingdom of Playing Cards by Francesco Faggiano 2013

Civil Unrest Playing Cards

A deck of cards inspired by the American Civil War, featuring leaders, army generals, President Abraham Lincoln and other characters from this historical period.

Civil Unrest Playing Cards 2014

Believe Playing Cards

A deck of playing cards inspired by the Wayang Shadow Puppets of the Island of Java.

Believe Playing Cards 2013

Steampunk Pirates

The deck has been inspired by pirates and swashbuckling and the world of Steampunk, a science-fiction realm of steam-powered machinery, intricate cogs and gears.

Steampunk Pirates 2014
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