In December 2018, I released a fortune teller app on Itch.io called The Owl-Woman Oracle. In it, the player asks a mysterious owl-headed figure for guidance, and she draws a tarot card at random to tell the player their fate. For this purpose, the app features an original 22-card, majors-only deck I created myself. Throughout OWO's two-and-a-half-year development period, the most common question I received was: "Is there going to be anywhere I can get a physical version of these cards?" So I want to make that request a reality!
The Owl-Woman Oracle deck is a Major Arcana-only deck, featuring 22 original cards loosely based on the classic Rider-Waite-Smith majors. My goal in designing this deck was to create an unabashedly feminine tarot. Those familiar with the traditional tarot will notice that typically "masculine" cards, such as the Emperor and the Hierophant, instead feature female figures like the Matriarch and the Abbess. I wanted to demonstrate how the archetypal meanings of these cards are not limited to any one gender expression. I also wanted to show that femininity takes on many different forms - so you'll see a variety of body types, skin tones, and ages featured in the card art.
The cards come packaged in a custom tuck box featuring art from the fortune teller app. Please bear in mind that the photos on this campaign page show the prototype. The final cards will feature the font used for the card numbers and titles in the app, as opposed to one of the generic fonts provided by the printer. If we exceed the funding goal for this basic print run, I plan to add stretch goals for fun luxury features such as gilded edges.
About 83% of the funding goal will go directly to printing the decks themselves, and 5% is for Kickstarter's cut. The remaining 12% is a buffer to cover things like taxes and shipping materials. Any amount I receive beyond the goal will go toward printing more decks to fulfill the reward tier preorders (of course) and toward my living expenses and future projects.
Everyone's deck will now have beautiful gold gilt edges added during the printing process! Have a look at the example below courtesy of the printer, Make Playing Cards:
At $1700 in pledges, everyone's deck will include a booklet explaining the meanings of the cards and where they differ from the standard RWS tarot.
At $2000 in pledges, everyone who backed at the $30 tier or higher will receive along with their deck a 3" die cut vinyl sticker featuring art from the Rite card.
The first 6 backers to pledge $30 or more will get, in addition to their OWO deck, this set of 3 stickers featuring the Owl-Woman and some of my other artwork!
Risks and challenges
The Owl-Woman Oracle deck has already been created and the print quality tested, so there's virtually no risk in terms of completing the project. Please keep in mind, however, the possibility of minor delays in printing or shipping. I don't expect this to be an issue - the printer I'm working with has been very responsive - but if something happens to delay the printing process, I will stay in frequent communication with them to ensure the decks get printed and delivered to backers within a reasonable amount of time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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