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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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Which program to chose when designing my own cards? [closed]

I am working on a prototype of a board game for which I need to design several cards. The cards will have several features like name, picture, text and some additional symbols. I am not sure which ...
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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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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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Where can I download high quality images of poker cards?

I am looking for high quality images of poker cards to download. I can use Google Images to download the images, but it would be impossible to find 53 identical cards in terms of style (52 cards + 1 ...
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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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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 does "poker size cards" mean?

I: I am not sure how many cards can best suit our manufacturing until I know the size of your cards. Customer: I expect the cards will be "poker" size. I: Poker also have different sizes, ...
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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 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 ...
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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 you're ...
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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 kind of paper can I use for a game card?

I really want to make game card that's similar to Monopoly cards or the like. What kind of paper should I use for the cards?
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How can I keep Magic foils flat?

Anyone who's collected Magic for a while knows the unfortunate tendency for foils — especially older foils and the heavier promotional foils — to curl up towards the foil side (presumably ...
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Do card sleeves contain BPA?

Does anyone know if card sleeves commonly contain Bisphenol A (BPA)? And if so, which brands do, and which are BPA free? I would prefer to use BPA-free sleeves if possible. I have not had any luck ...
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Is either player at a disadvantage when cards "aren't' shuffled well enough"?

Perhaps I should be asking this on one of the math sites rather than here, but I reckon cardplayers would know: when my wife and I play Skip-Bo and things aren't going her way, she claims that I "didn'...
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Making a family card game playable online

My family has a version of "Muggins" that has been handed down from generation to generation (at least 3 generations, maybe more). The rules that we play by are different than other versions that I'...
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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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Are there any card games that enforce "Dealer's Respect"?

When playing card games like President at school, the dealer often declared "Dealer's Respect", which required that no player pick up their cards before the dealer had finished dealing, because the ...
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What is a technique to hold old playing cards with no corner indicators?

Old decks of playing cards often don't have corner indicators for suit and number, and it seems hard (at least to a novice) to determine what each card is without seeing it in full. For instance: ...
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Are There Any Good Tools For Developing CCG Or Other Card Games? [closed]

I've been brainstorming a new card game idea for a while, something that could be described as "Cards Against Humanity" meets "Munchkin" but while I mostly have the rules and everything together I ...
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What is the typical DPI at which playing cards are printed?

I recently had a deck of custom cards printed at MakePlayingCards. They accept bmp,png,tiff and jpg images at a minimum resolution of 300 DPI. I have a bunch of SVG vector images that I can convert to ...
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Help identify old advertising card game

Over the weekend I picked up a deck of cards that was originally intended to advertise the 'Page Woven Wire Fence'. Each card has 4 little phrases on it about the company or the product. Each card ...
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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 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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What is "Suzy's Game"? A playing card game passed down my family for three generations

My whole family plays this card game which we call Suzy's game. We call it that because a girl named Suzy taught it to my grandma. We don't know what the game is actually called or what the real rules ...
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What is the 'Liverpool Shuffle'?

Watching A Hard Days Night and they're playing cards in the train. Ringo shuffles the cards and someone (John?) says "Aye Aye, the liverpool shuffle" as Ringo doesn't actually shuffle the cards. He ...
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What card game is this? 4 cards per player faced down

When I visited Bulgaria, someone taught me a game, he called “kabum” ( not sure if that's how you write it). 2 or more players. each player receives 4 cards faced down and need to arrange them in a ...
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Where can I get free tarot cards images to print? [closed]

I am looking to download some set/s of tarot cards in order to print them. This needs to be from a free site. Grayscale cards are also acceptable. It would be great if the images are designed ...
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How thick are Dominion cards?

I want to design custom laser-cut boxes to hold my Dominion sets, and I need to calculate how big a box is needed for each expansion. I can easily get the card dimensions online for height and width (...
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What is the average lifetime of a pack of casino cards?

I've heard that casinos never reuse a pack of cards for some anti-cheating reasons I was never quite able to figure out. Then they do various modifications to mark them as "used" cards (e.g. punch a ...
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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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French Tarot (card game): Feasibility of playing a King on the first hand

I had a little debate with some friends about the feasibility of a certain type of play and wanted to get the communities opinion. The question is whether playing a King(Regent) on the first hand is ...
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Is it okay to draw from the middle of the deck? [closed]

This question is not related to "Ticket to Ride", but while playing Ticket to Ride, the following happened: There were 5 us around the table, and to make it easier to reach for all players, we split ...
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How fair is an almost perfect riffle shuffle?

I've been practicing an in-hands riffle shuffle, just to make it look and sound smooth. In doing so, I've noticed I'm able to weave the cards almost perfectly. An almost perfect shuffle. Is such an ...
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Best set of blank cards [closed]

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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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 does Tarot card size mean

What does tarot card size mean?
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Generic player position names for five player matches

I know in a four player game the standard terms for the players are: North South East West Now that I think about it I can just drop South for three handed games: North East West Five handed games ...
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Looking for a card game about auerochs

I remember playing a card game I'd like to find and buy, but I don't remember the exact name. It is a game which we played with its own special-design deck. The cards have numbers going up to a bit ...
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What is this game called?

I was recently taught a game with the following rules. Deal 5 cards face down to each player in a line and then 5 cards on top of the face down cards. Then deal 3 cards to each player for their hand. ...
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Where can I buy a deck of personalized cards?

I want to design my own cards, backside and frontside (on the frontside only the pictures for jack, queen, king, and ace). One of the biggest problems is that I only want two decks, not thousands of ...
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What is this oversized playing card deck for, with numbers 11-15 and Barons and Knights?

Just this past weekend, I got my hands on these playing cards. They contain all of the amino acids encoded as numbers ranging from 2 to 15, Aces, Barons, Knights, Jacks, Queens, Kings, and two Jokers. ...
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Self-publishing options for a card came with box [closed]

I would like to self-publish my card game with a service that will ship the game to buyers. The game would include 45 poker-size cards, 17 A5-size cards, 6 small cards carrying 1-6 numbers (as a ...
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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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Can bridge-style duplicate play work for Magic and other CCGs?

As I understand bridge, you form teams with four players even though only two play at a table. The idea is that there are two identical hands. Two players in your team play North-South with one of the ...
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Revealing an effect of a card after player makes their choice

I'm working on designing a money management board game that features different event cards where players must make choices. The trouble I'm having is that I can't figure out how to reveal the effect ...
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Effective way of shuffling small form cards

My shuffling skills leave a lot to be desired, in particular when it comes to small form cards, such as those found in Arkham Horror and number of other Fantasy flight games. What are some effective ...
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Is there any card game where the cards' back color is meaningful?

Many card games are played using a double deck of 52+2 cards where the back colors are different (e.g., in Italy it's customary to have red and blue). Is there any game, played with such a ...
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Do any card games use the tarot trumps (Judgement, The Chariot) in any interesting ways?

I've been doing some reading on the history of the Tarot deck, and I love the complexity of the suits (wands, pentacles) and the trumps (The World, Wheel of Fortune), but every game that uses this ...
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