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A fantasy adventure game for tarot cards, with a custom illustrated dungeon-themed tarot deck.
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Labyrinth of Souls

Dungeon Solitaire for tarot cards ...

Plus an exclusively illustrated dungeon-themed tarot deck!

Dungeon Solitaire is a narrative fantasy card game. With each turn you defeat monsters, disarm traps, open doors, and explore mazes as you delve the depths of a dark dungeon. The original game, Tomb of Four Kings, used a standard deck of playing cards, and is still available free on my website. There have been over 1200 downloads and counting, with reviews like these:

  • It is called Dungeon Solitaire ... and it is brilliant. --John Payne on Sycarion Diversions
  • We all have seen a few experiments with D&D and poker cards, but this is the one that finally pulls it off. Smart, fast, elegant, easy to learn and a lot of fun. Absolutely recommended! --Ronnie Rocket on Google+
  • Since its release, I've been playing game after game when I can find the time, and this solo card game is exactly what I tried cobbling together years ago. ... It's an amazing game.... --Tim Snider on The Savage Afterworld

Now the game is being expanded to use a 78 card tarot deck, plus up to 12 additional cards used in an advanced version of the game. And these new rules will be paired with a custom illustrated dungeon-themed tarot deck exclusively created for the Labyrinth of Souls.

Labyrinth of Souls is a new expanded Dungeon Solitaire game, with complete basic, expert, and advanced rules included. The dungeon is larger, and there are more dangers and more treasures and magic items to be found. New features include a suit of mazes, a magic sword, a potion of invisibility, heavenly gemstones, rations cards, corruption cards, companions characters, a dragon, and more! Stretch goals will provide additional features with extra game modes like two player, megadungeon, and campaign modes, as well as alternate rules for things like undead monsters and additional magic items.

Best of all, artist, illustrator, and cartographer, Josephe Vandel will be creating the exclusive artwork for the Labyrinth of Souls game, including a beautiful custom designed tarot deck. The Labyrinth of Souls cards will be a poker sized 90 card boxed deck printed on industry standard 305 gsm black core card stock, the same kind used for Magic the Gathering. This custom deck will include special cards used in the advanced version of the game, including The Dragon! Every card will be custom designed. Just check out some of the card art featured on this page to get an idea of how awesome this is going to be.


Funding Levels

Rewards for various funding levels include print & pdf versions of the Labyrinth of Souls rulebook and one or two exclusively illustrated tarot decks with extra cards, like The Dragon, for use in the advanced game. Those who pledge for two decks will receive both the standard deck, with red suits, and the limited monochrome deck. Major backers will also receive an exclusive Kickstarter only alternate Dragon card by Josephe Vandel and a dungeon art print by Matthew Lowes.

 Shipping & Delivery

Every effort has been made to keep shipping charges to a minimum while still ensuring we can cover shipping costs. International shipping can be expensive, but we can ship anywhere in the world. Cards and print rulebooks may be delivered separately to ensure safe arrival.

Who Are We?

Matthew Lowes is a game designer and writer of weird fiction. His stories have appeared in a variety of publications, including Dark Recesses, Anotherealm, and the ShadowSpinners Anthology. He designed, wrote, illustrated, and published a paper and pencil giant robot wargame called "Giant", available on LULU. His book Elements of Chess is available on Amazon and other online bookstores. He is a board member of Wordcrafters in Eugene and he is currently working on a collection of horror stories, a book of dungeon maps, two roleplaying games, and a sequel to his popular Dungeon Solitaire game.

Josephe Vandel is an artist and graphic designer by trade, and creator of worlds by night. He has worked on projects and Kickstarters like "Lands of Narrow Paths", "Edara" Steampunk RPG, "Skies of Fire" and the Ennie nominated "Mindjammer". After finishing a Diploma in Fine Arts and Communication Arts in London and Braunschweig (Germany), he now works as a freelance artist on a wide range of projects.

Your Support

We need your help to make all this happen. There are great rewards and stretch goals available at all pledge levels, including pdf and print rulebooks, usable with any tarot deck, and the exclusive Labyrinth of Souls tarot deck. Thank you for your interest! Please pledge your support now, and please share this Kickstarter on social media and with your gaming groups, friends, and family. We're looking forward to delivering a great game!

Risks and challenges

I have independently published three game books ranging from a paper and pencil giant robot wargame to a beginner to intermediate guide to chess. My fiction has been published in a variety of magazines and anthologies, and as ebooks. My other works, as yet unpublished, include two roleplaying games, a collection of dungeon maps, multiple rpg adventures, and four novels. I know how to finish a project, and my commitment to fulfilling this project and delivering an outstanding game is absolute. There are always the unavoidable risks, but I have multiple print and fulfillment plans in case of any logistical problems, and a realistic schedule for completing all the work. I am highly confident of an on time delivery for all backer rewards.

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    PDF RULEBOOK: A pdf version of the Labyrinth of Souls illustrated rule book. (Email delivery)

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    PRINT & PDF RULEBOOK: Includes both the print & pdf versions of the Labyrinth of Souls illustrated rule book. (Shipping: US $3 / International $9)

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    CUSTOM DECK + PDF RULEBOOK: Includes the exclusively illustrated tarot deck with extra cards for the advanced game and the pdf version of the Labyrinth of Souls illustrated rulebook. (Shipping: US $5 / International $15)

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    CUSTOM DECK + PRINT & PDF RULEBOOK: Includes the exclusively illustrated tarot deck with extra cards for the advanced game and the print & pdf versions of the Labyrinth of Souls illustrated rulebook. (Shipping: US $8 / International $24)

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    2 CUSTOM DECKS + PDF RULEBOOK: Includes 1 standard and 1 monochrome edition of the exclusively illustrated tarot deck with extra cards for the advanced game, and the pdf version of the Labyrinth of Souls illustrated rulebook. (Shipping: US $10 / International $30)

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    2 CUSTOM DECKS + PRINT & PDF RULEBOOK: Includes 1 standard and 1 monochrome edition of the exclusively illustrated tarot deck with extra cards for the advanced game, and the print & pdf versions of the Labyrinth of Souls illustrated rulebook. (Shipping: US $10 / International $30)

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    2 CUSTOM DECKS + 2 PRINT & PDF RULEBOOKS: Includes 1 standard and 1 monochrome edition of the exclusively illustrated tarot deck with extra cards for the advanced game, and 2 copies of the print & pdf versions of the Labyrinth of Souls illustrated rulebook. (Shipping: US $10 / International $30)

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    MAJOR DONOR: Includes all the rewards from the $50 pledge amount, plus every major donor will receive a limited edition alternate Dragon card by Josephe Vandel and a dungeon art print by Matthew Lowes. (Shipping: US $10 / International $30)

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    EXCLUSIVE DONOR: Includes all the rewards from the $100 and $50 pledge amounts, plus Josephe Vandel will create a single edition custom portrait for you in the style of the Labyrinth of Souls artwork, which you will receive as a signed 8.5x11 fine art print.

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