False Anchors V2

False Anchors V2

False Anchors V2 playing cards, the second deck in the False Anchors family by Ryan Schlutz, bring back the nautical theme in an even stronger way than the first, and also ramp up the philosophical hiding in plain sight concept to the next level!

The tuck is printed with a very muted green; not the strongest of designs but being part of a series, it works as it gives contrast to the others. However, the real strength lies with the cards themselves.

The card backs are a very strong teal, much like a beautiful sea. There's a lot going on on the backs too, with anchors and mermaids and the common tagline of "Perception is Reality" -- which really digs into the false anchors concept.

False Anchors V2 back design, back of tuck, and Jokers
The card back design, tuck back design, and Joker design.

While the faces are standard USPCC Bicycle faces, which yields benefits of being able to work well with other decks, there are also some great touches that have been added. At first, you may think that there are two identical Jokers... and then you'll realize that the back of one is actually an Ace of Hearts! Now that's just sneaky!

And then, and in my current phase these happen to be my favorite gaff card type, but then you come to what is normally a blank face card and a double backer in custom decks... except in the False Anchors V2 deck, there's none of that nonsense. Instead, there are two mis-indexed cards! There's one Ace of Hearts that has a Two of Clubs on one index, and then the other card is the opposite -- a Two of Clubs with an Ace of Hearts on one index. Holy smokes, there are some killer effects that can be done with cards like these! I'm quite excited to put them into play =]

The gaffed Two of Clubs, featuring the Ace of Hearts, from the False Anchors V2 deck.
The gaffed Two of Clubs, featuring the Ace of Hearts.

The deck consists of 56 cards:

  • 52 playing cards
  • Two identical jokers
  • Two mis-indexed cards
  • Double-faced Joker / Ace

Where to buy?

Last I checked, you should be able to pick up False Anchors V2 at Vanishing Inc. The last price tag I saw for this deck was set at $9.95.

Buy at Vanishing Inc.

This deck is created by False Anchors and designed by Jared Hansen. It's beautifully printed by USPCC on Classic stock with a Magic finish. The deck features a a two-faced Joker / Ace of Hearts, and two mis-indexed cards, and two non-identical jokers. The tuck case has a mattee design and is seal free!