Friday is World Tarot Day!

I didn’t even know this was a thing until it was brought to my attention yesterday. But there it is: World Tarot Day is Friday, May 25, and this whole week is World Tarot Week.

In that spirit, let me give shout-outs to two of the decks that heavily influenced the writing of House of Cards. First and foremost, the deck I carry to every demo, and whose illustrations shaped some of the flourishes in the in-game material, is Paulina Cassidy’s Tarot deck. The very reason that Bearers can use Thousand Faces to wear carnival masks is because of her deck. đŸ™‚

Another lovely and evocative deck is Stephanie Pui-Mun Law’s Shadowscapes Tarot, which I’ve been following since before it was published. Stephanie’s watercolors are phenomenal, and I love some of the recurring motifs that appear in her card designs.

As I’ve mentioned in the past, deck selection goes a long way towards setting the tone and flavor of your game. A specifically licensed deck can be used to run a game in a particular setting, for instance. Even without an external property attached, though, a strongly themed deck will shape your Bearers and your narration.

1 thought on “Friday is World Tarot Day!”

  1. Neal

    Thank you for sharing World Tarot Day with us! And I’ll personally be interested to look at your game, as a RPG Geek myself. Lovely choice of decks, too.

    Marcus (Author of Tarosophy, co-author of Around the Tarot in 78 Days).

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