Given the legacy of the owl as a wise old bird, choosing the Strigiformes Owl deck certainly has
wisdom associated with it! Strigiformes is the scientific name for the order that solitary and
nocturnal birds like owls belong to. This deck was produced as a collaborative project between
artist Renee LeCompte and playing card publisher Will Roya, who is now an experienced Kickstarter
creator, and has a growing record of fulfilling projects speedily. The fact that this project was
generously crowdfunded by more than 200% of its goal is an indicator of its appeal.
this ever an amazing deck! The artwork has just the right colour combinations to give a real
nocturnal feel, with dark colours. That's immediately evident with the tuck box, which confronts us
with a gorgeous owl with outstretched wings, and has an individually numbered seal that the
collector will appreciate.
The artwork on the cards is incredible, starting with the card
backs, which have a starry and dark night-sky background filled with a carefully designed
symmetrical pattern constructed from detailed owl related images like eyes and feathers. The Aces
are all unique, featuring a full one-way image of an owl, asymmetrically counter-balanced by an
intricate and exquisite design that features the suit of the card in a frosted white.
especially smitten with the court cards, each of which features a different owl. Close observation
will also reveal how imagery from the Tarot has been incorporated, with the owls on Spades holding
Swords, Diamonds holding Pentacles (Disks), Clubs holding Wands (Staves), and Hearts holding Cups
(Chalices). It's not just the artwork here that it stunning, but it is accompanied with a gorgeous
graphic design that fits perfectly with the overall style of the deck. The narrow borders are on
target, and help enhance the stylish feel.
But the number cards are great too, with highly
customized pips, and intricate and ornate detail. Notice also how there are ornate versions of the
suit pips on both left and right borders, which adds elegance and style, making this deck really
stand out from the mediocre offerings sometimes appearing on the market these days. For extra
effect, the suit pips also appear throughout the cards as dark shadows, although you'll only notice
this if you look very carefully. Beside the 13 cards in all four suits, we also get two mischievous
jokers. And for our magic loving friends, there's two gaff cards: a bonus Joker with a reveal, and a
novelty 21 of Spades with artwork depicting an owl skeleton.
With USPCC printing, handling
is good as well. This deck is far from standard, but as a novelty or custom deck, it's one of my
recent favourites. Highly recommended! - BGG reviewer EndersGame