BoardGameGeek Reviewer EndersGame
Pips + Stickmen = Pipmen!
Everyone knows what Stickmen are: the stick figures we draw in school. But what are Pipmen? "Pipmen" is a term Ben Jones from Elephant Playing Cards has coined for the characters on the decks of playing cards he creates. He explains it like this: Pips + Stickmen = Pipmen! Typical of the decks he designs are "little stickmen figures interacting with the pips to create a unique scene." It's a brilliant concept, and Ben has done some terrific work in creating these.
As a result, the tuck boxes are covered with Pipmen, engaged in a range of activities. I also love the `circle of life' type concept in the middle of the card backs - which shows pipmen on the cycle from birth to death - this is ingenious!
On the face of each card, Ben's Pipmen characters are engaged with the artwork in different and unique ways. The court cards are also interesting, since each of them pictures a reversible scene. I especially love the clever reversible artwork for the Queen of Hearts, which depicts lovers. Each deck has different Jokers as well.
At the same time the cards have been designed to make sure they are very playable, with standard corner indices for easy recognition. I love the fact that this deck completely functional, and there's no difficulty whatsoever in using it for a game, since the indices are very clear and readable. At the same time there's lots of detail to explore and enjoy during down moments in game-play while waiting for one's opponent. The level of detail is fantastic, and there's so many clever elements that have been incorporated.
These decks were printed with Legends Playing Card Company, an industry leader, known for high quality cards that are durable and which shuffle and handle smoothly.
Every collector who enjoys playing cards should have at least one Pipmen deck in his collection, and they make great gifts for others as well. Every gamer should own at least one set of playing cards, and if you are going to own only one deck, I'd make it a beautiful custom one like these! Highly recommended!
- BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame