This tag refers to questions specifically about playing cards themselves, covering topics such as shuffling, construction, lamination, deck sizes etc. It *is not* a meta tag for adding to any card game question!

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Ben and Mabel (Mable) cardgame? What's the “real” name?

My friends play a game they call "Ben and Mabel". I believe they learned it from their Dutch brother-in-law. This is my memory of playing it. You play with multiple decks mixed together. Maybe two ...
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Containers for decks of small cards?

What sorts of containers have been found to be appropriate for storing large amounts of small cards? For example, in Descent: Second Edition, There are 155 cards which must be stored, and which ...
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What to keep in mind when copying a small card game?

There's an old card game I want, but it's been out of print for 15 years and currently going for >$1000 used. There are just 80 cards in the game, and I've got a friend who does own it. My plan is ...
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Which country's playing cards have CBR as the JQK?

Once 'my friends' played cards with me using playing cards that had CBR as the JQK.. I've always wanted to know why and where the cards originate. Does anyone know? Thanks
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How are jokers colored in decks with more than two jokers?

So, normally you have two jokers, a big joker and a little joker. The big one is sometimes distinguished by being red (or colored). How does it work with decks with 4 or more jokers? Is is supposed to ...
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What is the best way to shuffle a large deck without damaging the cards?

I'm quite familiar with a few methods of cards, primarily Riffling and Mongean* shuffling. The issue I have with those is that the Riffling shuffle tends to bend cards and wear them out, as well as ...
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Where can I find reusable white playing cards for prototyping?

The question title says it all : Where can I find reusable white playing cards for prototyping? I find services online to generate cards but not reusable white cards (that you can write on and erase ...
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What are the proper names for the places where cards are drawn from and discarded to?

Many card games have two sets of cards that aren't in play, but could be: a pile of cards (face down) that you draw from on your turn, and a pile of cards (face up) where you discard any cards ...
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What are the drawbacks of an automatic card shuffler?

I've seen people specifically mention they use automatic shufflers with easily replaceable cards, but what about if it matters if the cards get damaged? What are the drawbacks to using automatic ...
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What is the optimal method to shuffle an organised deck of cards

In a number of games I play there are a play deck and a discard deck (for example Ticket to Ride and Pandemic). The discard deck, by the way the games are constructed, becomes organised as cards are ...
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What's the fastest way to print a card game prototype?

My goal is to minimize the amount of time I have to spend, with a budget of about $40. Also, I'm absolutely terrible at using scissors and glue.
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What is the best way to print cards for my game?

I want to print cards for my game, without using a commercially-available site. Basically, I'm looking for materials I could find in a store. How do I make these cards in a work- and price-efficient ...
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On-Demand Cards Deck printing service?

I'm designing a card-based rpg game and I'm looking for an equivalent to http://lulu.com but for printing online cards on demand. The card would be either playing cards like Magic or similar, or ...
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What is the best resource for Card Trays?

I'm looking for some card trays for a game I've been designing. Ideally, they would be six-slot trays that hold standard playing card sized cards. In my mind, they are similar in appearance and ...
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What is a safe and accurate technique for shuffling cards?

Especially for games which involve frequent card shuffling by multiple players of decks of uneven sizes is there is a technique for shuffling which is quick and easy for everyone to learn yet also ...
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Best set of blank cards

Where can I get a good cheap set of blank cards? Amazon sells them, but it is apparently difficult to get a pen to work on them. In my case I ask because I like bohnanza, but can't tolerate the ...
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What is the best way to clean dirty cards

I have a few frequently played card games where the cards no longer feel "clean". They aren't stained or anything, just a bit grimy. Is there an effective way to clean the cards without damaging the ...