Rome Playing Cards

Deck of cards by Legends Playing Card Company ($10.95)

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Ancient Rome was flush in rich colors, lavish outfits, and historically influential characters. The ROME: Caesar Deck focuses on the time period of the First Triumvirates of Rome's dramatic history. The First Triumvirate ended when Julius Caesar defeated Pompey the Great and became Dictator, before his assassination by members of the Senate.

The ROME: Ceasar Tuck Box has Red textured background images, and is accented with GOLD FOIL designs. Caesar's Tuck features an imperial Eagle and a customary Roman border design. The Tuck Box includes the Roman banner, Laurel Wreath and SPQR elements on the Back. The Top of Caesar's Tuck is printed with the words, "ALEA IACTA EST and VENI VIDI VICI" - Latin for "The die is cast" and "I came, I saw, I conquered."

TUCK FEATURES:

  • Printed on Matte Premium Paper Stock
  • EXTERIOR - 4-Color Process + GOLD FOIL + Embossing
  • INTERIOR - 4-Color Process (Map and Courts' full names)
The Backs for the ROME: Caesar Deck are one of the most unique Back Cards in the world of Playing Cards! The imagery for the Back Cards portrays the death of Julius Caesar. They are inspired by a public domain painting and recreated in a style that matches the rest of the designs ("The Death of Julius Caesar").

The Court Cards for the ROME: Caesar Deck portray twelve of the most influential men and women from the end of the Roman Republic. The list of characters includes Cicero, Cleopatra, Mark Antony, Marcus Brutus, Servilia Caepionis, Julius Caesar, Cassius, Octavia Minor, Pompey the Great, Marcus Agrippa, Livia Drusilla and Augustus. They are drawn with rich and vibrant colors -- colors that are associated with Ancient Rome.

The Numbers Cards for the ROME: Caesar Deck are designed to look similar to an Ancient Roman Shield in the center, with opposing soldiers positioned on each side (the large PIPS). Subtle details are hidden within the Map background throughout all of the Face Cards.

The ROME: Caesar Deck is printed by Legends Playing Cards, and utilize their incredible Classic Finish. Cards fit for an Emperor!

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BoardGameGeek Reviewer EndersGame

SUMMARY: Quality ancient-Rome themed decks designed by Randy Butterfield of Midnight Cards

The Rome: Antony deck and the Rome: Caesar deck is a pair of decks from Randy Butterfield and Midnight Cards. He's wanted to tackle the theme of Ancient Rome for some time, and these beautiful decks are the result after nearly a year of hard work.

The tuck boxes are red (Caesar deck) and blue (Antony deck), and have gold foil accents, Caesar's deck featuring an imperial Eagle, and Antony's featuring a majestic Lion. The reverse side has a laurel wreath and the SPQR designation. Both tuck boxes have Latin text on the very top. Caesar's says ALEA IACTA EST and VENI VIDI VICI ("The die is cast" and "I came, I saw, I conquered"), while Antony's says TARUM ET CLAMA DIMIT CANIBUS QUATIT ("Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war".) I love it when designers add small details like this!

These two decks focus on a very specific part of Rome's history, namely the First and Second Triumvirates. The First Triumvirate ended when Julius Caesar defeated Pompey the Great and became Dictator, before being assassinated by members of the Senate. The Second Triumvirate ended when Octavian defeated Mark Antony & Cleopatra, and eventually became the first Emperor of Rome under the new title Augustus. In view of this historical setting, the card backs have artwork that depicts the death of Julius Caesar and the death of Marc Antony respectively.

The court cards depict a dozen of the most influential men and women from the end of the Roman republic, including Cicero, Cleopatra, Mark Antony, Marcus Brutus, Servilia Caepionis, Julius Caesar, Cassius, Octavia Minor, Pompey the Great, Marcus Agrippa, Livia Drusilla and Augustus. The rich and vibrant colours are a deliberate choice, because they are the kinds of colours associated with ancient Rome.

But the attention to detail doesn't end there. The Court cards all have a facial likeness referenced from actual ancient statues! The character's name is also to be found in tiny print somewhere on the card. Just, wow!

The orientation of the pips on the number cards is designed to be a set-up reminiscent of opposing soldiers. Each card's Roman numeral equivalent is subtly added somewhere on the map, as is the text of the number and suit. The Aces each contain the suit pip wrapped in a laurel wreath.

The decks were printed by Legends Playing Card Company, with their classic finish, which is ideal for handling - the cut is cleaner than a Bicycle deck, and I find that the overall handling is better as well.

These decks are really fantastic, with luxurious all-round look, beautiful card backs (which lend themselves particularly well to cardistry), stylish tuck boxes, striking colours, and wonderful attention to detail including touches of gold in the right places. They are beautiful for cardistry, or for playing card games. It's hard to imagine more that could be done to make a deck look absolutely perfect in every way!

Randy Butterfield is a very versatile designer, and the ancient Rome decks are among his very best. Check out his website (google "Midnight Cards") for more info.

- BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame