It is said that: The house always wins, but in the alternate history of mechanical computation and pre-digital “cybercrime”, it was not necessarily the case. In the late 1800s, in the war-torn United States, an elite gang Victorian-era machine hackers, known as clackers, devised a predictive card-counting algorithm called the Fortuna Script. These gambling bandits leveraged this technological advantage to beat the house with overwhelming success, sending politically powerful casino barons into ruin.
Bicycle’s Steampunk Bandits playing cards capture this legend in a beautifully designed deck rendered based on contemporary artists’ depictions of the bandits themselves, oft portrayed as skeletons.
Printed by the US Playing Card Company