Colorblind? Is there a Rook deck for me?

Colorblind? Is there a Rook deck for me?

Over the years, a consistent request from customers has been to see about getting a deck of four colors that is specifically designed for those that have colorblind tendencies. Statistics tell us that roughly 8% of all males have some sort of colorblindness. This includes deuteranopia, protanopia, tritanopia.

The most common color blind vision is deuteranopia. Individuals that suffer from this vision impairment have difficulty distinguishing between reds and greens in particular.  The regular rook deck is known for having black, red, green, and yellow making two of the colors very hard to distinguish.

57cards has gone through some research and now has a 4 colored deck ready for manufacturing with hopes of solving a longstanding issue that has plagued those with colorblind tendencies.

Want to see the colors?

They are Black, Blue, Orange, and Yellow (with yellow having a black outline on it).   Welcome back yellow!

colorblind deck prepared

Do you have an opinion on these colors?

If you or someone your know has colorblind tendencies, please send this along to them to verify their eyes are able to distinguish the colors selected.

Let your voice be heard and please comment below.  We are happy to receive feedback of all types to ensure this deck fills a void for those that have a hard time telling apart the normal green and red colored decks.

Color blind research sourced from among others.

Comments (32)

  • David R Terrell Reply

    Send me a deck and my group will do a test.

    May 3, 2016 at 7:11 pm
    • 57 Cards Staff Reply

      We do plan on having some test groups and will include you in our considerations.

      May 5, 2016 at 2:57 pm
  • Mike DeFur Reply

    Even if not color blind, these colors are nice.

    May 3, 2016 at 7:29 pm
    • 57cards Staff Reply

      Thank you, still getting the proper colors prepared for this optional deck. But glad you like the idea we are heading with.

      May 5, 2016 at 2:44 pm
  • Elle Reply

    The orange and yellow seem to be a Problem as were the red and yellow. For our senior center I don’t think this would be considered an improvement.

    May 3, 2016 at 8:27 pm
    • 57 Cards Staff Reply

      Thank you. The hope was that the black outline on the yellow would help distinguish those two. Would you have a suggested different color instead either the orange or yellow?

      May 5, 2016 at 2:47 pm
    • Linda Reply

      I agree with Elle

      October 21, 2016 at 8:36 pm
  • John Reply

    I work with several color blind males, so this is not a bad idea at all. I know one of them plays with us at lunch.

    May 3, 2016 at 9:17 pm
    • 57 Cards Staff Reply

      Thanks, certainly a request we have heard from many of our customers.

      May 5, 2016 at 2:47 pm
  • Jesse Henon Reply

    Looks great !!!

    May 3, 2016 at 9:42 pm
  • Jesse Henon Reply

    Wife does not like the new colors at all. Sorry. Good try.

    May 3, 2016 at 9:46 pm
    • 57 Cards Staff Reply

      Thanks for the response, this will only be an optional deck for those that want it. We will still have the regular decks on hand. (I wonder if she will like the other coloration we are considering soon to be announced?)

      May 5, 2016 at 2:49 pm
  • fireball Reply

    I’m excited for black around yellow. I’ve been using that for years on my computer rook clone, and it’s by far the clearest solution to yellow I’ve seen. Can’t wait until that makes it to the main decks.

    May 3, 2016 at 11:46 pm
    • 57 Cards Staff Reply

      Agreed, this should solve one of the biggest hangups with the yellow on our plastic cards 🙂

      May 5, 2016 at 2:49 pm
  • Dolly graham Reply

    do the same with the regular deck , except no blue, red please. The yellow just needs to be more yellow in the regular deck.

    May 4, 2016 at 2:23 am
    • 57 Cards Staff Reply

      This is the plan for the next revision. Thanks for the good idea as well. Seems we are on the same page 🙂

      May 5, 2016 at 2:50 pm
    • Linda Reply

      The colors faded and wore off of those I purchased. That was several different decks of plastic.

      October 21, 2016 at 8:39 pm
      • 57 Cards Staff Reply

        Hi Linda,
        I would be glad to assist you with this issue as our latest round of decks has not shown the same color fading issue that you were referring to from your purchase in 2014 or even 2015. Please contact us through the Contact page and let me know you would like some assistance regarding a fading issue from a deck purchase a few years ago.

        ~57 Cards Staff

        November 1, 2016 at 10:59 pm
  • jimmy Reply

    the outside of the cards must be better after some play the paint wears and markes the cards

    May 4, 2016 at 3:17 am
    • 57 Cards Staff Reply

      Not sure if you have tried the latest decks, but our 2015 print from November on have been reported to be very-long lasting, especially in the paint color area. Please feel free to contact us as well if you ever feel unsatisfied with a purchase. Thanks!

      May 5, 2016 at 2:52 pm
  • Edward Skidmore Reply

    In all honesty, I love the original Rook colors. I find it hard to play with any other colors other than Red, Black, Green, and Yellow. I hope this new deck with Blue and Orange can be purchased as an optional deck for those who are color blind and not the only deck option available. I currently have the last updated deck with Brown which is great but we still call it Yellow because it is close enough. Instead of changing the colors completely, maybe 57 Cards can try different shades of Green and Yellow to help with the problem that Brown was used for. I noticed on my original Rook cards that Yellow actually looks more like Orange and Green is something near a bright lime or neon Green. Maybe keep the color names the same but change the shades drastically? As long as it is close enough and the color names are the same, I’m certain all Rook players would very much appreciate it.

    May 4, 2016 at 11:23 am
    • 57 Cards Staff Reply

      Thanks Edward. This is not a replacement but just an optional deck. We are planning on keeping the original deck (with the black outlined yellow re-introduced) at a later point as well. Just want to give customers options they are requesting for. Thanks again for your response!

      May 5, 2016 at 2:54 pm
    • Linda Reply

      Good suggestion Edward.

      October 21, 2016 at 8:40 pm
  • Marisa Reply

    I think instead of the orange, you should go with red.

    May 4, 2016 at 5:45 pm
    • 57 Cards Staff Reply

      We are considering a couple other options instead of Orange right now as others have expressed the yellow and orange as being to close as well.

      May 5, 2016 at 2:55 pm
  • Glenda Birch Reply

    Love the card but the color fade easy. Glad you improved the color, much needed.

    May 5, 2016 at 3:36 am
    • 57 Cards Staff Reply

      Not sure if you have the latest decks from Nov 2015 and onward. Glad to give you support directly as well if you want to contact with any concerns about previous purchases.

      May 5, 2016 at 2:56 pm
  • Lynette Reply

    I love the new color scheme. Maybe make the line around the yellow just a little wider. The orange and yellow appear the same except for the line. Great idea. We bought 10 decks, and our color blind son has a very hard time with your old ones. We hope you do make a color blind deck. If you need trials we also would love to help.

    May 8, 2016 at 12:53 pm
  • Charlotte Walters Reply

    I would love to try your color blind deck. One couple we play with has a real hard time with your present colors. I personally like them better. Anxious to see the new ones.

    June 7, 2016 at 2:55 am
  • mark Reply

    What kind of card stock will these be printend on, and is there a projected release date?

    August 21, 2016 at 3:01 pm
    • 57 Cards Staff Reply

      These have been printed on our fully plastic card stock. They will last for a very long time just like our other decks. Our shipment has arrived and we are currently in testing phase, shipping very soon.

      September 16, 2016 at 3:03 pm
  • Adam Branca Reply

    For another way to avoid colorblindness, there is a name of the sub-suit color on the top of each card and on the bottom of each card.

    February 25, 2018 at 1:33 am


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