BoardGameGeek Reviewer EndersGame
Summary: Part of a pair of artistic decks paying tribute to German legends
The Marchen decks consist of a pair of two decks, the first of these being the Marchen deck (Schwarzwald Edition). This green Schwarzwald deck represents the wilderness, a shadowy world of magic and wonder, while the cream Hamelin deck represents the town.
The tuck box of the Schwarzwald deck makes an immediate positive impression with an unusual green that brings to mind the colour of moss and other forest plants. It is beautifully embossed, and comes with a custom seal that is individually numbered, this being a limited edition of only 2000 decks. The box is also finished off with full interior printing.
The card backs are very practical, with a straight forward design that includes rich detail and colours that match the overall theme of the deck. In the case of the Schwarzwald deck, dark brown has been chosen as the main colour, "evoking the mighty oaks of the ancient forest." There's lots of style present in the design, with ornate scroll-work and leafy shapes, along with a heraldic crest at the top and bottom of a crisp diamond.
The Aces have giant oversized pips, touched with metallic gold ink, which is also used for the number cards.
Each court card represents a different character from German legends as follows for the King, Queen and Jack of each suit:
- Spades: the Morbach Monster, Weisse Frauen, Hansel & Gretel
- Clubs: King Watzmann, Lorelei, Knecht Ruprecht
- Hearts: Rubezahl, Princess Brunhilde, Pied Piper of Hamelin
- Diamond: Barbarossa, Perchta, Drude
I like the fact that the name of each character has also been added to the card, making it easier to identify and appreciate.
The Jokers in this deck are the cuckoo clock and the twisted tree, both of which have special significance in German culture and history.
The cards have been printed with an air cushion style embossing, using the Diamond Finish from Legends Playing Card Company.
This deck is beautiful inside and out, and the use of metallic ink on the tuck boxes and the cards themselves all produces a look of sophistication and style, which is appropriate given the high quality artwork, design, and love that has been poured into these decks. The designs will appeal to any one with an interest in German culture and history, but anyone with an appreciation of fine art can enjoy these lovely decks. - BoardgameGeek reviewer EndersGame