RADIA, The Spiritual Successor to AURUM by Encarded

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RADIA, The Spiritual Successor to AURUM by Encarded

Unread postby badpete69 » Fri Aug 18, 2017 5:10 pm  

from Paul's website

In 2012 I designed Aurum, the critical followup to Encarded's first deck, Tendril. Aurum was inspired by my travels to Italy and featured dramatic purple coloring, metallic inks, unique edge patterns and high detail. Over the years, Aurum has become a favorite of collectors and the ultra-limited Aurum Laser Cut decks routinely top the lists of most valuable modern decks.

Aurum has always been one of my personal favorites and I’ve wanted to make a deck that pays homage to it for a long time. For several years I’ve had a design motif in my files which I feel speaks beautifully to some of the original design ideas from Aurum, but until now I have not found a way to make this new deck truly special. Luckily, Expert Playing Card Co. approached me last year with a new possibility that I think perfectly accents the design and allowed me to create something brand new in the world of playing cards. The result will be quite spectacular.

I call it RADIA, and it will be (tentatively) released at the 52+Joker Annual convention in October, 2017. RADIA will combine the purple and gold of Aurum in a dramatic new way, it has incredible levels of detail, will be limited in nature, and will be housed in a beautiful but simple box just like Aurum was. I will also be keeping a limited number of RADIA decks aside to create a new laser cut version that I hope will eclipse Aurum in every way.

For now, I will leave you with this teaser image, but rest assured that RADIA will be a deck worthy of your collection. Watch for more information in coming weeks.

Sincere thanks, as always, for the support over the years and I hope that RADIA finds its way onto your shelf in the near future.


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Re: RADIA, The Spiritual Successor to AURUM by Encarded

Unread postby Räpylätassu » Fri Aug 18, 2017 5:35 pm  

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Unread postby chach » Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:15 pm  

Räpylätassu wrote:This is so filthy* that when I was looking at this page, my mom walked into this room, I panicked and I switched to porn.

*Filthy in all the right ways that is.



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Re: RADIA, The Spiritual Successor to AURUM by Encarded

Unread postby vasta41 » Tue Aug 22, 2017 8:35 am  

Looks as if the deck is printed on an already patterned stock? Either way, who's going to the 52+ Joker convention and wants to pick up an extra one for me!? :)
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Re: RADIA, The Spiritual Successor to AURUM by Encarded

Unread postby Bikefanatic » Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:11 am  

I want one too.
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Re: RADIA, The Spiritual Successor to AURUM by Encarded

Unread postby Encarded » Thu Aug 24, 2017 12:12 pm  

the artwork for Radia has been approved, btw, so hopefully everything is on track. It's going to be so very pretty....
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Re: RADIA, The Spiritual Successor to AURUM by Encarded

Unread postby PrincessTrouble » Wed Sep 06, 2017 2:26 pm  

Paul, I see it's made in China by Expert. Has the quality there caught up to the Taiwan factory?
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Re: RADIA, The Spiritual Successor to AURUM by Encarded

Unread postby sinjin7 » Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:04 pm  

With the Chinese factory, I don't think its an issue with quality, but rather quality control. Let's take Legal Tender as the most recent example. While the artwork was consistent across the board, I've independently confirmed with various cardists (who I respect and am certain they know how decks should handle) that some decks were adequate within the typical range of EPCC/LPCC decks from the Taiwanese factory, and some decks handled like utter crap, and everything in between. This variance in quality control for handling is completely unacceptable for any deck, whether you're a cardists, or just want to enjoy a game of poker. I think with far too many designers, all their focus is making sure their decks are "pretty" (artwork, color saturation, registration, etc...) and they care far less about handling. This is why you sometimes see inconsistent crap being put out and the designer still stands behind it. Until I see proof to the contrary, I'm going to be wary of any EPCC/LPCC Chinese decks.
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Re: RADIA, The Spiritual Successor to AURUM by Encarded

Unread postby Mike Ratledge » Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:33 pm  

vasta41 wrote:Looks as if the deck is printed on an already patterned stock? Either way, who's going to the 52+ Joker convention and wants to pick up an extra one for me!? :)

I'm in for a couple, Paul. Is the price known? (don't see it anywhere in my 52+J stuff)

I had planned to attend, but finances won't handle it right now.
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Re: RADIA, The Spiritual Successor to AURUM by Encarded

Unread postby Justin O. » Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:03 am  

Excited to see more of this. Never caught on the Tendril/Aurum, but this teaser is definitely working
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Re: RADIA, The Spiritual Successor to AURUM by Encarded

Unread postby Encarded » Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:49 am  

This deck needed to be done in the China factory for a specific reason. I've made a lot of decks that handle amazingly, and my sample has quite nice fanning and snap to it, but this one is definitely aimed to the collector side of the market. You won't have another deck like it in your collection, for sure.
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Unread postby Azid » Fri Sep 15, 2017 12:19 pm  

Thanks for being that honest to us. I'll be there when you put them on sale. ;)
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Re: RADIA, The Spiritual Successor to AURUM by Encarded

Unread postby TGunitedcardists » Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:39 am  

Encarded wrote:This deck needed to be done in the China factory for a specific reason. I've made a lot of decks that handle amazingly, and my sample has quite nice fanning and snap to it, but this one is definitely aimed to the collector side of the market. You won't have another deck like it in your collection, for sure.


Will you consider affordable display decks, without the fancy bells and whistles...just the cards?
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Re: RADIA, The Spiritual Successor to AURUM by Encarded

Unread postby Cardician_82 » Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:52 am  

TGunitedcardists wrote:
Encarded wrote:This deck needed to be done in the China factory for a specific reason. I've made a lot of decks that handle amazingly, and my sample has quite nice fanning and snap to it, but this one is definitely aimed to the collector side of the market. You won't have another deck like it in your collection, for sure.


Will you consider affordable display decks, without the fancy bells and whistles...just the cards?



Paul, stick to your original plans. Don't continue the JR trend with display decks. Add as many "bells and whistles" as you possible can and charge as much as you want. Collectable decks should stay rare and collectable, just look at Lotrek's decks. Not many people open and play with $80 decks. Your Aurum decks fall into that category.
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Re: RADIA, The Spiritual Successor to AURUM by Encarded

Unread postby TGunitedcardists » Sat Sep 16, 2017 10:00 am  

Cardician_82 wrote:Paul, stick to your original plans. Don't continue the JR trend with display decks. Add as many "bells and whistles" as you possible can and charge as much as you want. Collectable decks should stay rare and collectable, just look at Lotrek's decks. Not many people open and play with $80 decks. Your Aurum decks fall into that category.


Or don't. Have a collectable version with all the bells and whistles, and have a cheaper display deck where people actually enjoy and use the cards... best of both worlds.
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Re: RADIA, The Spiritual Successor to AURUM by Encarded

Unread postby MagikFingerz » Sun Sep 17, 2017 5:15 am  

Cardician_82 wrote:
TGunitedcardists wrote:
Encarded wrote:This deck needed to be done in the China factory for a specific reason. I've made a lot of decks that handle amazingly, and my sample has quite nice fanning and snap to it, but this one is definitely aimed to the collector side of the market. You won't have another deck like it in your collection, for sure.


Will you consider affordable display decks, without the fancy bells and whistles...just the cards?



Paul, stick to your original plans. Don't continue the JR trend with display decks. Add as many "bells and whistles" as you possible can and charge as much as you want. Collectable decks should stay rare and collectable, just look at Lotrek's decks.
Not many people open and play with $80 decks. Your Aurum decks fall into that category.

I understand this viewpoint, but the highlighted part is what I (and I think many others) feel is a bit of a shame. What's the point of creating beautiful works of art if nobody gets to see and appreciate them?
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Re: RADIA, The Spiritual Successor to AURUM by Encarded

Unread postby Justin O. » Sun Sep 17, 2017 6:25 am  

MagikFingerz wrote:What's the point of creating beautiful works of art if nobody gets to see and appreciate them?


Ownership. That's the point for me at least. I don't own the prohibitively expensive decks so I can appreciate their art, I own them so I can appreciate their rarity and value.
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Unread postby misterharmanko » Sun Sep 17, 2017 12:36 pm  

I have to admit that I'm with Justin on this argument.

I much prefer to own a reasonably priced deck knowing that it will increase in value over time due to its rarity whilst display decks tend to de-value the all singing/dancing collector decks.

An argument could also be made here against collector decks - is there any point in designer's spending the extra money making decks with all the bells and whistles if consumers are happy to purchase the plain tuck versions, surely there is more profit to be made just producing the cheaper versions.

As others have said previously, those who keep their decks sealed are merely tuck collectors rather than card collectors but often the tucks are exquisite enough to fulfil any artistic desire.
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Re: RADIA, The Spiritual Successor to AURUM by Encarded

Unread postby TwoPieceFeed » Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:01 am  

misterharmanko wrote:I have to admit that I'm with Justin on this argument.

I much prefer to own a reasonably priced deck knowing that it will increase in value over time due to its rarity whilst display decks tend to de-value the all singing/dancing collector decks.

An argument could also be made here against collector decks - is there any point in designer's spending the extra money making decks with all the bells and whistles if consumers are happy to purchase the plain tuck versions, surely there is more profit to be made just producing the cheaper versions.

As others have said previously, those who keep their decks sealed are merely tuck collectors rather than card collectors but often the tucks are exquisite enough to fulfil any artistic desire.

This is why I always buy 2 of every deck...

A lot of people probably can't afford that, and that's great. The true players and appreciators will open their 1 deck. The true collectors or re-sellers want to retain or recoup value. I, being a collector and someone who loves the artwork, get the best of both worlds. I've earned being able to do that.

I abhor display decks. There are only a few, the JR Gilded Tally-Hos as example, that I truly appreciate. You have a gilded deck with the bells-and-whistles tuck, and a display deck that features the primary works of art.

I can only appreciate display decks if they're limited to the same amount as, and come with, the full package.
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Re: RADIA, The Spiritual Successor to AURUM by Encarded

Unread postby Justin O. » Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:16 am  

I don't like display decks either. But I don't believe you can't be someone who appreciates the cards AND someone who never opens their decks. I don't need to take the cards out and see them in person to appreciate the artwork I know is on them
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