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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.

About Shon Gwynn

Shon Gwynn On The Cards 

Shon Gwynn is a designer who lives in Oregon, USA. "Went to graphics arts school in Arizona. Enjoy writing poetry, songs and stories. I have a poem that is published in the site as well as the hardbound version. I also paint and draw."


Six Sci-Fi Playing Card designs by Shon Gwynn


Shon is an avid fantasy/middle earth person, who loves King Arthur, magic, swords, role-playing games as well as reading Dragonlance and viewing Sci-Fi movies.

"Fantasy has always been my greatest pleasure. I enjoy the era of dragons, swords and knights. I have been a Dungeon Master of D&D for 10 years. My stories have brought out the emotions of the players so I have been told. I got the inspiration for these playing cards from designs that I made for one of my adventures. I like elven features and this is represented by the picture cards. I have also created swords, armor and ships. Some of my adventures take you out into space on galleon type ships that fly with the assistance of mages. I wanted to get away from the standard of playing cards being red and black, and I want to share my artwork with those who appreciate the same tastes as I."

"As far as playing cards, I always thought it would be nice to capture some of the myth and beauty of fantasy within cards. It adds ambiance to them. I do plan to create other decks with ships and other with weapons."

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Simon Wintle
Member since February 01, 1996

  • Published: January 27, 2022
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