BoardGameGeek Reviewer EndersGame
SUMMARY: Beautiful and functional
The Victorian Room Playing Cards are extremely unique and classy, and they typify style because they have quite the story to tell. This deck was created by the Blue Crown, which is a company that creates products designed for magicians. The deck is designed by Rudy Faber, with artwork by Edo Huang. It is inspired by the Victorian-era, with custom aces, card-backs and jokers, and printing by Expert Playing Card Co.
The deck itself creates an immediate impression as a result of the unusual card-back design. The tuck-box has a die-cut circle, so that the center of the card-backs are visible when the deck is inside the box. This creates a stunning effect, and is immediately striking and beautiful!
The observant will noticed a name on the Joker: "Ace Victoria". There is a fascinating story that goes along with this deck, and here it is, as the publisher tells it:
"Our story begins 100 years ago - the year is 1916. A mysterious man travels the world teaching people his sleight of hand. He was the best of his day but not many knew how he looked like except the ones fortunate enough to meet him.
They called him Ace Victoria. Arthur “Ace” Victoria was born in Birmingham, England. He later moved to the U.S. at the start of the century where it was said he taught Erdnase himself a thing or two. His travels took him all over the world. Although very little is known of him, the majority of information was revealed in his journal, which was found years later in India. His custom card design was found sketched in the journal along with many secret techniques and sleights devised by Ace.
The Blue Crown has taken upon the task of restoring the artwork found in the old journal and reprinting this amazing deck of cards. Enter the Victorian Room."
True story or legend? I have no idea, but what I do know is that these Aces are just stunning!
The remaining cards in the deck are fairly standard, although the court cards do feature a colour palette that makes them look very elegant.
This is just a delightful and classy deck all round, that will be ideal for the magician, poker player, or for just playing cards with family and friends.
- BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame