There are three decks in this bundle (one of each):
- VARIUS Purple Limited (foil on the cards)
- VARIUS Teal Limited (foil on the cards)
- VARIUS Classic
The court cards the same for both Limited Editions, but each deck has a unique back design and a premium box. Classic Edition courts are slightly different as I don’t use foil in this deck. All decks are printed by Cartamundi in Belgium.
Pattern designs are heritages of different cultures, no matter it’s Moroccan tiles, Roman tiles, Asian windows, or Victorian Age textiles and wall paper, patterns carry a significant memory of time, space, and legacy of a certain place.
The pattern of the Purple Limited carries memories of the medieval royal court. Nodes that join together elegant lines of swirls coupled with the purple & silver foils, lend a touch of grandeur highness. However, while inspected close up, the pattern seems like a repetition of the symmetrical flowery coat of arms, one will realize the lines are misaligned when observed from far, which creates a sense of oddity. The effect is a borderless back design with some hints of optical elusion viewed from near to far.
This time, the Teal Limited incorporates smoother linework with a concept of Oriental tiles and stained glass. The color teal signifies water droplets creating ripples through the smooth surface of a pond, with the silver being the shimmer of ripples conjoining. With enough imagination, one could see the back design of the Teal edition as a scene from an afternoon sprinkle on a small pond in the middle of a forest. The foil only makes this daydream easier.
In recent years, floor tiles of villas from the Roman Empire have been unearthed across the UK and Europe. Under heavy soil, the tile floors are surprisingly well-preserved. These have become archeological spectacles and sights that enable researchers to learn more about the history. The design of the Classic Edition is left without any foil and replaced with a weathered greenish-grey to represent the unmasking of a long lost design that carries the weight of a historical importance. The weathering especially enhances the intent of discovery and exploration.
Following the tradition of my creations, the courts use simple lines to sketch out the facial feature of the characters. But with a simple touch of thick and thin within the lines, the characters pop with more personality. The clothings are not shabby at all either, again with blocky color patches and gradients, the traditional courts are rendered more classy and modern. Although the courts maintain the traditional frame, each character has either an item, a weapon, or a sleeve that breaks the borders. After all, margins are made for trespassing, aren’t they?
Number cards and Aces
Limited editions AoS:
Classic Edition Aces:
Classic Edition number cards: