BoardGameGeek Reviewer EndersGame
SUMMARY: The WINTER deck from the beautiful Apothecary series of playing cards
Seasons Playing Cards is the brand of designer Alex Chin, and in his Apothecary project he has produced a pair of decks entitled Primavera Ponderings & Inverno Insights (Spring & Winter). The name Apothecary alludes to Alex's own source of creativity. He describes it as the place "where curiosity thrives and inspiration is always at your fingertips. The Apothecary is an homage to the mystical, to the handcrafted, to the detailed, and to the inspirational. It emphasizes the craft of what it takes to create playing cards, embracing the mystery of what we strive for." So what kinds of curiosities might the Apothecary have in store for us? Well it turns out, two wonderful decks, Primavera Ponderings and Inverno Insights, Primavera meaning Spring and Inverno meaning Winter. In these contemplative decks, Alex has used a visually lush style to capture unique elements of the different seasons.
The standard versions of these decks have all the luxuries that people familiar with Alex and Seasons Playing Cards will expect: embossed tuck cases, gold and silver foil stamps, and beautiful metallic gold and silver ink. The tuck boxes also list mysterious and humorous "Ingredient Logs" and "Directions for Use". For example, the Inverno Insights deck states the following: "Ingredient Log: Hand trimmed Inverno bark strip insights coated in essence of illuminations. Directions: Use when creative blocks arise to facilitate deeper understanding. Best used with a ten minute break for insights to fully mature. Once when problem is framed and onced during brainstorming."
The Inverno Insights deck features a soft green and yellow, with silver accents. The borders of the card backs are white, and match the white of the face cards. The court cards are absolutely exquisite, with a very nostalgic feel. I'm a huge fan of the pips in the Apothecary series, which are very stylish. For instance, the Diamonds have a kite shaped design, and the points and curves on all the pips make them look very elegant and classy.
Just like Alex Chin's previous decks, this Apothecary deck is outstanding in every way. The theme of the Apothecary series is to create a tactile experience that goes beyond what the digital age can provide, and to encourage us to explore our curiosities, since "Curiosity is the engine of achievement." With this great deck, Alex Chin of Seasons Playing Cards has indeed achieved the creation of another outstanding set of playing cards that collectors and card gamers alike will enjoy, and it is a classy and stylish addition to Alex's already distinguished and growing list of quality playing cards.
- BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame