BoardGameGeek Reviewer EndersGame
SUMMARY: Quality playing cards that are a beautiful tribute to Dan & Dave Buck from Art of Play
Dan and Dave Back run the Art of Play brand under which the beautiful Antler decks were produced. Given that they are twins with the surname Buck, what theme for a deck of cards would fit better than a deck of cards with two identical Bucks on the back? The limited edition Antler decks showcase the majestic and amazing beauty that is found outdoors, and were produced in both a Hunter Green and a Deep Maroon version. Both tuck boxes are embossed and full of intricate and detailed artwork, and come sealed with a weathered and vintage looking perforated seal, which is in keeping with the style of the rest of the deck. Unlike the monochromatic Standard edition, the Limited edition versions of this deck have two different fully coloured back designs with a buck on top and bottom. The beautiful flourishes surrounding the two twin bucks on the card backs are said to mimic the lush greenery that can be found within Yosemite National Park, a National Park in the USA that is a great place to visit, famous especially for its waterfalls and giant, ancient sequoia trees.
The exquisite Ace of Spades showcases an elegant and noble buck, with beautiful natural ornamentation around his horns, which really illustrates the theme of this entire deck, and fits in great with the back design. The court cards are depicted in an older style, but still are very recognisable for what they are. The colours used for these courts fit the theme of the two decks, and the use of the hunter green and deep maroon colours for these cards ensures they match with the rest of the deck. The Jokers feature the name of the deck in an elegant style, with the indices having the word Buck.
What is really unique about this deck is the fact that each deck has actually been hand-wrapped in parchment paper before it was sealed inside the box. This is a great touch and makes opening the deck really special, and turns it into a rare experience. Both the Hunter Green and Deep Maroon versions of this limited edition deck are equally beautiful, and simply have a different colour scheme. The cards themselves have been printed by the United States Playing Card Company, so they are high quality cards that will be long lasting and durable. Collectors and gamers will enjoy using them for sure, for both their feel and great looks!
- BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame