BoardGameGeek Reviewer EndersGame
SUMMARY: Powerful and stylish playing cards from designer Stockholm17
"Stockholm17" is the online handle and home of Lorenzo Gaggiotti, creator of several popular decks of playing cards. With Italian roots, and a passion for drawing that began in childhood, Lorenzo now lives in Stockholm, Sweden, where today he is a product designer and illustrator. But it was his discovery of custom decks of playing cards that proved to be the ideal platform for him to explore his love for creative design. Typically he gets inspired by a theme or idea, and does a lot of thinking and sketching with this in mind before starting a digital version of the final design. So far he's produced several decks in a number of variations: Requiem, Heretic, No.17, No.17 Le Chat Rouge, Ravn, and most recently, Gemini.
The No. 17 deck of playing cards has had three versions, as Lorenzo has continued to improved and refined it over time. The first edition of the series of No 17 decks was made as a secret and promotional deck for cardlauncher.com, and printed by MakePlayingCards in 2014. It was a limited edition with a small print run of just 530 copies.
In 2015, Lorenzo produced Version 2, which is the one here. This is aan improved edition of the original No. 17 deck, with funding via Kickstarter and printing by US Playing Cards Company. A notable feature of this deck is the intricate artwork on the card backs and on cards like the Aces. The court cards also are beautifully detailed and stylish. Two versions were produced, a Bicycle version and an unbranded version.
In 2016, Lorenzo produced the third incarnation of his No. 17 series, which he entitled Le Chat Rouge, and has quite a different look, with an elaborate black and red foil tuck box, and cards with black inner borders on all the faces.
I have been blown away by Lorenzo's creativity and the thought he puts into his designs. His decks of playing cards are powerful, perfected and polished, with a great deal of style that is very much his own, and this deck is no exception. Bravo Lorenzo Gaggiotti, and grazie!
- EndersGame @ BoardGameGeek