Sunday, April 24, 2016

Update on my playing card design

So this is a fun little bit of arts & crafts.

For a long time, I've wanted to be able to design my own playing cards from scratch, but drawing every pip by hand is extremely tedious.  I did it once; never again.  The natural solution would be instead to use rubber stamps and permanent ink.  But, even after having looked everywhere, I could never find a set of rubber stamps in the shape of the common card-suits.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Jeu de Tarot: 15th Century Old-School

My favorite card game of all time is Tarot.  It's a deceptively simple game, especially in its basic form—no bidding, no partnerships, none of the mandatory over-trumping that characterizes standard French Tarot (the form of the game most players are familiar with).

A pack of Tarot cards consists of seventy-eight cards: the suit cards (the four common suits:  ♠  ♣) with fourteen cards in each suit—A (low), 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Knave, Knight, Queen, King (High) and the twenty-two trump cards or tarots (numbered from 1, low, to 21, high, plus the zero-trump, the Fool).