Ok so It's hard but bear with me.
I originally bought the refills and once I found the marks I realized this was much bigger than a normally made deck.
I spent about 2 hours going through cards, comparing cards, and building up a preference for the cards.
I could tell what card was what but didn't know some of the math. Again hold on.
So I wanted to get the full instructions on the deck to see what I wasn't figuring out and then I watched it.
The instructions are kind of cute, and over 2hrs. I haven't finished it yet (still in the performance section) But the deck comes with a little card that shows how to read the cards. And then it hit me. It may not be as easy to read as other Marked decks, but that's because it's not like any other marked deck.
I'd call this a passive marked deck. The markings are not read on the back. Let me restate this, THE MARKS ARE NOT READ ON THE BACK!.
What this allows you to do is not only quickly figure out what a person's card is, but where it is. You can quickly figure out what card a participant has removed and hidden on themselves WILE YOUR BACK IS TURNED.
Not only that. You can quickly identify pairs, the locations of all the aces, cut to all the aces, and find every royal flush of every suit.
Ok, so this is a bit of praise but let's really look at this.
Card feel - pretty great. A soft stock handles well. The cards have an interesting texture to them that I didn't expect.
Back Design - Beautiful, elegant, Love the borderless design and how everything has a flow to it.
Ace Design - They are ok, better than just a solid block of color, but they're ok.
Card Designs - they are about the same as a normal Bike.
The code - Stupid versatile, a bit complicated. It'll take about 20 mins to get comfortable with the code. But once you have a grasp of it, there is a bunch of amazing things you can do.
The price ... ... ... 0_o
Ok, so it's a bit expensive. BUT you are paying for the instructions (and all the routines and ideas therein) AND stickers. You get some pretty cool stickers, oh also the box the deck comes in is really nice.
The refill decks are a lot cheaper.
So if you want, you could get the refiles for cheaper, spend the time learning the code/s, and then figure out different uses on your own.
Just a thought.
This deck is a beautiful Hurdle that's NOT for everyone. If you like challenges, cards, interesting principals and something a bit different. This is for you.
If you are looking for something easy, self-working. Then avoid this deck. You'd only be wasting your money and then leaving a bad review.