Israeli graphic designer and illustrator Sasha Dounaevski offers us something fresh, creative, and intriguing take on the famous surreal story of Alice in Wonderland, which captured her imagination already in her childhood.
The tuck box cover shows the name of the deck, along with the Wonderland coat of arms, being held up by the Gryphon and The Mock Turtle, and there's interior artwork picturing Alice falling into the rabbit hole. The simple blue and white colour scheme is a main feature of the deck, and the minimalist use of colours ensures that all the focus is on the surreal artwork itself.
The card backs represent the garden that Alice wanted to get into, and feature a distinctive and symmetrical pattern with lots of shape and detail. The Aces also tell part of the story of Alice's adventures, e.g. Alice arguing with Pigeon, or Alice at the mad tea-party. The court cards are the real highlight, depicting characters like The Dodo, The Caterpillar, The Cheshire Cat, The Mad Hare, The Dormouse, The Hatter, The White Rabbit, and more.
Sasha's linear style is a deliberately minimalist choice that reflects something of the absurdity and logic of the story, which is rich in imagination, and yet leaves plenty of scope for the reader to imagine details of your own.
The number cards are also customized with uniquely shaped pips in a non-standard arrangement, and also the addition of a symbol for each different suit, each of these also derived from the story, e.g. the pocket watch, the pepper pot.
The Jokers feature special eats and drinks from the story: the "Drink Me" magical mixture and the "Eat Me" cake.
This USPCC produced deck has a standard air cushion style finish, to handle smoothly and well, and includes two bonus cards.
I appreciate how the Alice in Wonderland theme returns throughout all the aspects of this deck, and that makes it a very charming deck for the child in all of us. - BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame