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Fantasy and Gothic 40 card oracle deck of fairy, goddess, and fantasy femme artwork.
Fantasy and Gothic 40 card oracle deck of fairy, goddess, and fantasy femme artwork.
96 backers pledged $4,601 to help bring this project to life.

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I expect this project to begin shipping towards the end of August through the first two weeks of September.  Including shipping time, please allow until the first week of October for delivery!

1st Stretch Goal: $2,000

Deluxe boxes for pledges of $35 or more!  Boxes include foam inserts to keep your cards and booklet safe.

2nd Stretch Goal: $3,000

44 page full-color 5.5"x8.5" book featuring the 40 base deck artworks.  Everyone who pledged $25 or more will receive the book!

3rd Stretch Goal: $4,000

Your choice of a printed cotton tarot bag or a random velvet tarot bag (for perks that include a bag).  Bags are approximately 5"x8" and feature a drawstring closure.

Oracle and tarot card decks have always fascinated me, and it's been a dream for many years to see a deck made with my artwork!  Until recently I haven't been able to find a decent and affordable option for having the decks made myself, but I have now found someone to print the cards, boxes, and booklets.

This Kickstarter will help me to at least have a small initial run made.  If it goes over, all the funds will be used to order more decks.  I may add stretch goals if it goes way over, such as a bigger deck.

The decks will be standard tarot size but will contain 40 cards.  Each card will have two meanings (if inverted) and the titles of the cards will make the meaning fairly obvious, but a booklet is enclosed as well.

Each deck comes packed in a paper box.  The boxes will all be signed!

The system for the deck is based on the 21 major arcana of the traditional tarot, the four aces, the four queens, and eleven extra cards to compliment the 29 pulled from the tarot.  Experienced tarot readers will immediately recognize some familiar characters (The Moon, The Magician), and will notice that The Devil has been replaced with Trickery.  Some card titles have been changed a little bit to make them reflect the meaning of the card and the artwork better.  Each card also has a keyword or phrase at the bottom to help beginners memorize the meanings of each card.

Marion Z. Skydancer, my favorite wizard model, holding up his card in the oracle deck!  How cool is that?  Thanks Marion!

Breakdown of Costs

Having the decks themselves printed will be the most expensive part by far.  The decks will cost me about $600 including shipping.

The booklets inside the boxes will cost a little more than $50.

The boxes will cost $300.

The rest of the money will go towards shipping and packaging the decks, as well as extras like velvet bags, the 10 card decks, print boxes, bar codes and more.  I don't expect to make a profit from this, but I hope to have enough decks left over to continue selling them and make a profit from those decks.

I would also like to build a website for this deck, and will use some of the funds from this Kickstarter to register a domain and various other miscellaneous website-related expenses.

Trickery (The Devil) and The Lovers
Trickery (The Devil) and The Lovers
The first bonus deck being proofed.  There won't be any red dashed lines on the cards, those are only there for proofing purposes.
The first bonus deck being proofed. There won't be any red dashed lines on the cards, those are only there for proofing purposes.

These are cards 51-60.  These are ONLY included in the $45 decks!

Risks and challenges

I have never done something like this before, but I am determined to have this ready to take with me to DragonCon at the end of August. I've published a lot of other projects myself, though, and I am not new to the pitfalls of publishing and I won't have to learn anything new, so I am expecting this to go fairly smoothly with maybe a few bumps along the way!

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    Those who pledge $10 will receive a limited edition mini-deck of 10 cards. The mini-deck is shrink-wrapped, but does not come with a box or booklet.

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    Those who pledge for this $25 perk will receive a deck with a box and booklet and a silver velvet tarot bag. This does not include the limited edition ACEO!

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    Those who pledge $35 will receive a signed copy of the 40-card tarot deck, complete with a box and booklet, a velvet tarot bag (random color), and the limited edition ACEO.

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    Those who pledge $60 will receive a printed limited edition box, which is signed and numbered, with 40 5x7 prints of the artwork from each oracle card inside.

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    RETAILER PACK 1: 5 decks with boxes and booklets. Each box is signed. Includes shipping in the US. Boxes have a barcode/UPC number for ease of scanning.

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    RETAILER DELUXE PACK 1: 5 deluxe decks with booklets and silver velvet tarot bags. Each box is signed and includes a barcode/UPC number for ease of scanning. Includes shipping in the US.

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    RETAILER PACK 2: 10 decks with boxes and booklets. Each box is signed. Includes shipping anywhere in the world. Boxes have a barcode/UPC number for ease of scanning.

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