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Re: 2016 Decks of the Year Contest - OFFICIAL (wap)

Unread postby th4mo » Tue Jan 31, 2017 1:39 am  

montecarlojoe wrote:When 95% are playable poker decks it kinda seems redundant...


C'mon Joe! Why do you have to be such a Negative Nelly! :(

There's plenty of room for a Best Poker Deck award once we dump one of the MANY cardistry categories! :ugdance: :lol:
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Re: 2016 Decks of the Year Contest - OFFICIAL (wap)

Unread postby cherrynukacola » Tue Jan 31, 2017 1:57 am  

montecarlojoe wrote:When 95% are playable poker decks it kinda seems redundant...


Tbh, a lot of "best" decks aren't necessarily very good for playing with. Heretic (which won last year), comes to mind. I suggested it, as might be a nice way to recognize decks that may have sacrificed some artistry for playability. *shrugs*
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Re: 2016 Decks of the Year Contest - OFFICIAL

Unread postby sinjin7 » Tue Jan 31, 2017 3:05 am  

To me, it seems the most "playable" decks are decks with standard courts and pips just because they're the most recognizable.

And what exactly would be non-poker decks? It would appear only tarot decks would qualify, and how many of those come out in any given year? Even the Heckadeck, as odd as it is, can actually be used for poker.
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Re: 2016 Decks of the Year Contest - OFFICIAL

Unread postby vasta41 » Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:36 am  

sinjin7 wrote:To me, it seems the most "playable" decks are decks with standard courts and pips just because they're the most recognizable.

And what exactly would be non-poker decks? It would appear only tarot decks would qualify, and how many of those come out in any given year? Even the Heckadeck, as odd as it is, can actually be used for poker.


I agree. There are very few decks on the current US market (that most of use collect anyway) that you cannot play poker with. In fact, unless you're buying a deck for play in another country OR a tarot deck, what's the purpose of buying a deck you can't play poker with? IMHO don't like that category AT ALL as it barely, if at all, limits the amount of decks that could be voted for. Seems awfully redundant to me.
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Re: 2016 Decks of the Year Contest - OFFICIAL

Unread postby montecarlojoe » Tue Jan 31, 2017 9:26 am  

I suppose it depends how you intepret it:

1. Best deck that CAN be used to play poker
2. Best deck FOR playing poker

In the first the cards could be any size and as long as long as all expected 54 cads (including jokers) are present it technically qualifies.
However in the 2nd unconfusing backs, clearly recognisable courts, standard sizing, no gimmicks, and extra features like squeezer pips for left handed players all wouild play in favour of a deck.

The 1st interpretation IS redundant.

If we are talking the 2nd interpretation then there's room for it... But I'll be setting the final bits and pieces together at the end of the week.
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Re: 2016 Decks of the Year Contest - OFFICIAL

Unread postby misterharmanko » Tue Jan 31, 2017 1:31 pm  

vasta41 wrote:I agree. There are very few decks on the current US market (that most of use collect anyway) that you cannot play poker with. In fact, unless you're buying a deck for play in another country OR a tarot deck, what's the purpose of buying a deck you can't play poker with? IMHO don't like that category AT ALL as it barely, if at all, limits the amount of decks that could be voted for. Seems awfully redundant to me.


I was just about to make the same comment.
I think there are too few decks for this category for it to be competitive at all.

Also, How are we deciding what classifies as a Best Rookie deck? Will this be restricted to first time KS creators, under 3 decks created etc?
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Re: 2016 Decks of the Year Contest - OFFICIAL (wap)

Unread postby montecarlojoe » Tue Jan 31, 2017 3:07 pm  

Would it not need to the first deck - either by a producer or artist? When you get to deck 3 you really aren't a rookie anymore :)

I don't think we would need to limit the platform to KS (though most people do seem to cut their teeth there.
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Re: 2016 Decks of the Year Contest - OFFICIAL

Unread postby montecarlojoe » Thu Feb 02, 2017 6:41 pm  

So putting all that together:

Best Ace of Spades
Best Back
Best Courts
Best Pips
Best Jokers
Best Gaff/Extra Card
Best Use of Colours in a Deck
Best Deck for Flourishing
Best Deck for Fanning
Best Deck for Magic
Best Uncut
Best Tuck
Best Coin
Best Innovation
Best Crowdfunding project
Best Rookie Deck
Best Non-Poker Deck
Best Deck for Poker Play
Best Overall

Clarifications:
  • The spirit of the "Best deck for Poker play" is to choose the best traditional standard deck for play in general - there are many other games we could have chosen such as Bridge, Gin or Cribbage - but poker is probably the most popular and familiar. For sake of argument when judging or selecting a deck think Texas Hold'em.
  • The best Deck for Poker Play should be exactly that - best for playing with - not just the prettiest deck that could conceivably be used to play.
  • Best non-poker deck is looking at decks that could not be used for Texas Hold'em Poker (or similar games) at all - that is a deck that does not conform to four suits (Spades, Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs - or artistic substitutes) each comprising of 10 number cards (1 or Ace through 10), and three face cards (Jack, Queen, King). You would normally expect 2 jokers (Black and Red), but having only one, or both the same colour, for whichever artistic reason would not qualify a deck on its own. nor would card marking or gimmicks (being able to cheat doesnt make them unplayable!)
  • Best rookie deck is looking for best Deck produces by a first time artist or producer - the platform it was made available through is not important. A new production company or trading name for someone who has previously prduced decks would not qualify.


Hopefully the clarifications of the Poker /non Poker seem reasonable and unambiguous. Let me know any tweaks you'd make though as I want to have these cemented tomorrow evening.
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Re: 2016 Decks of the Year Contest - OFFICIAL

Unread postby montecarlojoe » Fri Feb 03, 2017 5:38 pm  

OK - We're good to go!

Voting will be open on 11th Feb - see the beginning of the topic for updated details.

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Re: 2016 Decks of the Year Contest - Voting starts Feb 11

Unread postby montecarlojoe » Mon Feb 06, 2017 6:56 pm  

Check out the beginning of the topic for new prize tiers and a spangly new poster from Lorenzo!
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Re: 2016 Decks of the Year Contest - Voting starts Feb 11

Unread postby montecarlojoe » Sat Feb 11, 2017 8:30 am  

Voting is now open - voting closes midnight on Feb 18th.

Good luck everyone!
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Re: 2016 Decks of the Year Contest - Voting starts Feb 11

Unread postby Mike Ratledge » Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:09 pm  

montecarlojoe wrote:Voting is now open - voting closes midnight on Feb 18th.

Good luck everyone!

As before, I won't be confirming each vote that I receive, only punting them into my secondary Inbox folder named "2016DechOfTheYear". I don't vote, so I do go through them looking for anything that might require us to DQ your vote(s) for one or more category, and notify you if I see something.

So far I have received four votes as of 4PM EST /NYC time.
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Re: 2016 Decks of the Year Contest - Voting starts Feb 11

Unread postby montecarlojoe » Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:18 pm  

I will acknowledge your entry though so you know its been counted. Mike is my second pair of eyes (and frankly more knowledgeable than me)!
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Re: 2016 Decks of the Year Contest - Voting starts Feb 11

Unread postby NoirArts » Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:35 am  

Hi guys,
if it is not too late I want to add 3 prizes from NoirArts:
1 - mixed half brick of our decks (worldwide shipping included)
2 - Branle Tesoro deck (worldwide shipping included)
3 - Defunctorum coins (worldwide shipping included)

Thanx for such great contest.

Best regards,
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Re: 2016 Decks of the Year Contest - Voting starts Feb 11

Unread postby montecarlojoe » Mon Feb 13, 2017 4:03 pm  

Sweeeeeeet!
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Re: 2016 Decks of the Year Contest - Voting starts Feb 11

Unread postby NoirArts » Tue Feb 14, 2017 3:30 am  

Thank you Joe for adding our decks to "Prize section". Want to note that Memento Mori Collection decks and were produced and delivered in 2016 also, I think that they clarifies to the list of 2016 decks. Could you add them to this list please?..
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Re: 2016 Decks of the Year Contest - Voting starts Feb 11

Unread postby Thirdway Industries » Tue Feb 14, 2017 6:45 pm  

Hello guys, sorry for the late :-)

I missed this thread completely, too many SINS.

I'm still in time for donate some Thirdway Industries decks :mrgreen: ?
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Re: 2016 Decks of the Year Contest - Voting starts Feb 11 (w

Unread postby montecarlojoe » Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:17 pm  

There's always time! :)
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Re: 2016 Decks of the Year Contest - Voting starts Feb 11

Unread postby Thirdway Industries » Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:36 pm  

You have a PM ;)
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Re: 2016 Decks of the Year Contest - Voting starts Feb 11

Unread postby montecarlojoe » Thu Feb 16, 2017 5:07 pm  

After a little discussion and the back rooms we have decided to extend the vote deadline until Mardi-Gras (February 28).

It was also pointed out that some may want to participate, but feel conflicted about winning prizes - if you feel like that describes you, please do join in but let me know with your votes that you'd prefer to opt out of the competition side of things.

So a little more time to think and research - best of luck everyone!
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