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A family card game set in the world of Loka, inspired by medieval tarot, illustrated by Ralph Horsley and designed by Alessio Cavatore.
A family card game set in the world of Loka, inspired by medieval tarot, illustrated by Ralph Horsley and designed by Alessio Cavatore.
368 backers pledged £12,791 to help bring this project to life.

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THE TAROT OF LOKA (RRP £20 $32 €24)

The tarot has an ancient lineage dating back to the 15th century. During the Renaissance period, tarot decks were used to play card games, a tradition that remains in parts of Italy and France. It was not until the 18th century that mystics began to use the tarot as a divinatory tool, and today, in the English-speaking world at least, popular conception associates the tarot with occultism and soothsaying. Because we love games, and the fascinating historical imagery of the original tarot cards, at River Horse we decided it was time to redress the balance – so we created a deck of tarot cards that paid homage to the original use of the tarot as a game, pure and simple. And who better to illustrate this deck than the master fantasy artist, Ralph Horsley, who has fused the imagery of Alessio’s fantasy world, Loka, with the design of the original medieval tarot cards.

Artwork so far.
Artwork so far.

You can see the artwork in more detail on our Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/TarotOfLoka

KEY FACTS

It's a four-player card game for the entire family.

Great discounted prices and free worldwide shipping on many pledges!

Easy, fast rules. Sophisticated team-based gameplay (two vs two, no speaking about the cards!).

Beautifully illustrated, with over forty new pieces of art. And yet very usable and very practical cards.

It can be used either as the Tarot of Loka game, or as traditional Tarot, or as a set of normal playing cards.

You can acquire Ralph's original artwork for the cards! Check the pledges, but watch out, it's first come first served!

Two new cards that make the deck unique.

 Alessio explains the rules of the game:

 Example of a full hand of the Tarot of Loka:

THE TEAM

The artwork of the cards is by renowned illustrator Ralph Horsley (Magic the Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, Talisman...).

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The game is set in the fictional world of Loka, created by games designer Alessio Cavatore (Warhammer, 40K, Bolt Action, Kings of War, LOKA...), who is also writing the rules of the game. 

As well as Ralph and Alessio, this project is going to be realised by the veteran team of River Horse – the company that brought you Loka, the board game, but also Shuuro & Turanga. As well as contributing to the games design and graphics and layout of many games and supplements, as explained on our website, here.

Alessio talks in depth about the concept behind the Tarot of Loka:

And that's not all, the deck will be printed by renowned tarot and playing cards manufacturer Lo Scarabeo.

Ralph Horsley chats to Matt about his inspiration on the Tarot of Loka's artwork:

 Playtesting with the Chilling Wargamers

STRETCH GOALS

If we reach £14,000 each pledge of £15 or more will receive the digital sketchbook with all of Ralph's concept sketches for free.

If we reach £16,000 the card box will be redesigned to a new one, exclusive for kickstarter backers.

At £xxxxxx... keep your eyes peeled for updates... but we're thinking stuff like: FREE LOKA MINIATURES to go with your cards; ADDITIONAL RULES like advanced rules for the Tarot of Loka, and/or rules to link the Tarot cards with Loka the boardgame and/or with wargaming in general; one or more SHORT STORIES by some author whose name is going to be familiar to wargamers, etc...

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(all prices include worldwide delivery, unless otherwise specified. Prices in US Dollars are an approximation only, the final price will depend on the exchange rate at the time)
  • High quality playmat featuring the World of Loka - £12.00 ($20.00 approximately*) 
Playmat – 1.5mm soft rubber, 600mm square (approxim. 2' square)
Playmat – 1.5mm soft rubber, 600mm square (approxim. 2' square)
  • Loka boardgame -  £35.00 ($56.50 approximately*)
    Please add £10 to ship outside the UK ($16 approx.)
 
  • Loka pieces expansion sets - £12.00 per set
    ($19.50 approximately*)
    Please add £5 per set to ship outside the UK ($8 approx.)
 
  • One deck of the Tarot of Loka -  £19.00 ($30.50 approximately*)
  • Signed artwork print (print randomly selected from face cards/major Arcana and signed by Ralph) - £45.00 ($73.00 approximately*)
Example of print
Example of print
 
  • Handmade leather Tarot case by Cosmic Workshop - £20.00 ($32.00 approximately*) 
Custom traditionally crafted leather Tarot case with buckle (by premium manufacturer Cosmic Workshop!):
Custom traditionally crafted leather Tarot case with buckle (by premium manufacturer Cosmic Workshop!):
Hand embossed Loka logo
Hand embossed Loka logo
  • Shuuro, add Shuuro to your pledge for £30.00 (approximately $49.00). Free shipping within the UK, add £10.00 to ship worldwide.
  •  Turanga, add Turanga to your pledge for £15.00 (approximately $25.00). Free shipping within the UK, add £5.00 to ship worldwide.
  • Double the Fun, add Shuuro and Turanga to your pledge for £45.00 (approximately $74.00). Free shipping within the UK, add £10.00 to ship worldwide.

Risks and challenges

This project will not suffer from the risks connected with importing lots of stuff from the Far East – the cards are are going to be printed in the EU and shipped from a warehouse in the UK, normally by Royal Mail as 'small parcels'.

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    [Approximately $8.00]. SKETCHY – Digital sketchbook only. See the design process from initial sketches, through to beautifully finished artwork.

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    [Approximately $64.00]. THE COLLECTOR – One deck and one uncut sheet poster. Uncut sheet measures approximately 700mm X 1000mm. Free worldwide delivery!

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    [Approximately $80.00]. DOUBLE TROUBLE (early bird) – One deck and a copy of the Loka board game. Free delivery to the UK.

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    [Approximately $130.00]. DELUXE EDITION -
    One deck, signed by Alessio and Ralph, presented in a handmade leather case and a signed A4 artwork print (print randomly selected from face cards/major Arcana).
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    [Approximately $162.00]. YOUR FACE OR MINE? – One deck presented in a handmade leather case, a high quality playmat featuring a map of the world of Loka, plus an A4 print is digitally altered to include a likeness of your face (or someone else's of course) drawn by Ralph. Free worldwide delivery!

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    [Approximately $213.00]. ORIGINAL ART (THE HIGH PRIESTESS) –
    This reward gives you the opportunity to own this piece of art, drawn and coloured by Ralph for the Tarot of Loka.
    One deck presented in a handmade leather case, a high quality playmat featuring a map of the world of Loka and one piece of original art, approximately 150mm X 170mm, signed by Ralph. Note that as this is the original art, the painting supplied will be the 'top half' of the card only.
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    [Approximately $213.00]. TIME WITH THE MASTER –
    Rewards as per the Deluxe edition, with the addition of a 45 min Skype/hangout chat with Alessio at a time convenient to both parties.
    Question the master on rules, game design or the finer art of playing dead in Lord of the Rings (yes, he's in one of the films).
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    [Approximately $213.00]. TIME WITH THE MAESTRO – Rewards as per the Deluxe edition, with the addition of a 45 min Skype/hangout chat with Ralph at a time convenient to both parties.
    Question the renowned artist on painting techniques, ask advice or ply for inspiration.
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    [Approximately $244.00]. THIS TIME IT'S PERSONAL – Rewards as per the Deluxe edition, with the addition of meeting Alessio whilst he's at the UK games Expo or Salute! and, after lunch (provided) challenge the creator to a game of your choice and hang out and chat about your victory/defeat. Includes entrance ticket to the event.
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    [Approximately $325.00]. BRAVE NEW WORLD –

    Rewards as per the Deluxe edition. Plus Ralph designs and draws you a new card (in the form of an A4 print) based on your ideas, this unique new piece of art will be signed by Ralph, you will also get any rough sketches made in the design process.

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