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evolution of cards
1 Oct 2017
10 months ago
Video Game Crash 1984
Leaf Games : Tang Dynasty China - Played like dominoes. - Early cards made from pasteboards. - Dominoes made from ivory, bone, bamboo or ebony
Mamluk Playing Cards : Mamluk conquests in Sicily and Spain - Hand drawn and hand painted. - Gilded in gold and other expensive pigments. - Only affordable for the wealthy and noble. - Four suits : cups, pentacles, swords, polo sticks - Geometric patterns that represents Islamic art.
Early cards in Europe - Dispersed throughout Europe by 1377 - Hand crafted and painted - only affordable for wealthy
Latin Suits : Sicily and Spain - has similarity to tarot card suits
1418 : Printed Woodcut decks, Germany
1450 : Mechanical printing Press invented, Germany - Introduced mass production of cards - Became easily accessible for all people
1300s : Introduction of Cards in Europe
8th Century : Appearance of Cards, Tang Dynasty China
200 BC : Paper and Pulp making process : Han Dynasty China
Tarot cards : Tarocci - used for playing and divination
1377 : Playing cards in workdays prohibited in France
1379 : Card games prohibited in St. Gallen, Switzerland.
1423 : Burning of card decks at St. Bernardine of Siena
1441 : importing of woodcut printed cards banned
1549 : Cards Introduced in Japan by Jesuit Missionary
Hanafuda : Japan - reflects Japanese culture - no numbers due to prohibition - popular for gambling and matching games
Mahjong : Myth of Confucius inventing Mahjong in 500 BC, China
Mahjong : 1800s China - Oldest record of Mahjong found in 1800s. - Tiles traditionally hand-crafted from ivory and bones and backed with bamboo and jades
1922 : Mahjong introduced to the United States - Later evolved and introduced in arcade, computer games, etc.
1993 : Magic : The Gathering became the successor of modern card games
2014 : Hearthstone : Heroes of Warcraft brought card games into digital realm
1931 : Legalisation of gambling, Nevada
Prohibition on Cards
1980s : Rise of Internet
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