Summary: Fantastic second edition of an amazing deck!
The MAKERS Blacksmith Edition deck is a second edition of the original green and gold release. The tuck box of this deck is truly amazing, with elegant gold foil stamped all over the black box in intricate lines that create a look of sheer beauty and class, both inside and out.
Silver foil is also used, allowing special words and phrases to pop out such as the name "MAKERS Special Reserve", "revered quality for all beholders" and "made true"; all of which confirm how special this deck really is! Even the larger-than-standard stamp that is used to seal the tuck, with its handwritten font, makes it look super classy.
While the outside of the tuck case is already amazing, the inside of it is magnificent! Gold foil is stamped throughout the inside of the tuck in the same elegant swirls and lines as on the outside, and combines together to create an absolutely exquisite tuck case.
This deck has been designed by Chad Michael, who has done an excellent job all round. The back design is the same as the first edition, just using a black background rather than the original green. The jet black background looks amazing as the canvas on which the gold ink can clearly stand out, creating a look of pure beauty. Intricate lines are featured on the entire card back, and the closer you look at the cards the more details you notice and appreciate.
The attention to detail continues with the Ace of Spades, which is an oversized piece of delicate artwork, featuring a head forming a spade, and has significant aesthetic appeal.
The faces of the cards also have intricate lines forming the pips and the court cards, making it a truly ornately decorated deck in every respect. The pips themselves are all thoroughly customised, and are also comprised of intricate lines, which looks very effective.
The court cards all represent different foundational "makers" that civilisation has been built on, such as the Smith, the Monarch, or the General. Like the rest of the deck, each court card is composed of lines with a high level of detail, in either red or black depending on the suit, which ensures a good and clear unity between the suits.
The deck comes with two matching Jokers, which both depict the Marauder, along with a quote that "death makes all things equal". Also included in the deck are two ad cards, one for Art of Play and the other for Dan and Dave.
The cards are printed by USPCC on a special crushed stock, and they handle exceptionally well, being super soft and having a great finish that allows for good fanning and spreads. This quality deck is great for card games, card magic, and even cardistry due to its great stock and design. - BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame