These playing cards are artworks created by a British artist, Scott Howard. They all are based on monsters from the Monster Hunter games.
Monster Hunter is a fantasy-themed action role-playing video game developed and initially published by Capcom for PlayStation 2 (a home video game console that was manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment). North America got this game in 2004. The game demands from its player to be a hunter who must accomplish various quests by hunting out specific kinds of monsters to kill or capture. Completed quests help the player to achieve his glory in the fantasy world. The successful first part gave birth to the respective franchise. The game is very popular in Japan. All games from the series had a strong on-line component. But in 2007, Monster Hunter’s on-line servers outside Japan were closed down.
The Kings and the Queens in these artworks are quite similar. But the King of Diamonds is too similar to the Queen of Diamonds… or vice versa.
© Scott Howard 2014
Monster Hunter Playing Cards: Spades