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The Lay of Nine Worlds is a tarot deck inspired by Norse mythology and everyday life. Created and illustrated by Jeremy Dwiggins.
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The Lay of Nine Worlds came about when my wife HopeAllyson despaired of finding a tarot deck that satisfied her need for a Norse-themed deck, without being too far towards the fantasy-sci-fi or too far towards the stereotypical bloodthirsty raider trope. She turned to me and said, "You need to make me a Norse tarot deck."

In the lingo of the biz, I was commisioned to produce a deck featuring Norse deities and everyday viking-era people living their lives by a discerning patron.

I thought it would be a worthy challenge (and would only help my drawing-a-day blog), so I set about sketching and researching and asking questions. Had I fully realized that this would take me the next two and a half years to study, sort out, and actually produce 78 individually realized pieces of art, I might have been a little less cavalier in taking on the project. I didn't, and therefore wasn't. Which brings us to today, when I'm proud to present nearly three years of work and research - the Lay of Nine Worlds.

The goal of this project is to fund the print run of the deck and get them into the hands of people who have been asking "So when can I get one of these decks" since I started the sketches three years ago. If I make more than the funding goal, I have a few stretch goals planned which will sweeten the deal, including:

  • gold gilt edging for all decks, should we reach $12,000 REACHED!
  • coloring book featuring all 78 cards' lineart for all backers at or above the $5 level, should we reach $14,000
  • a pack of five 12x18 posters featuring the Major Arcana and all four suits for all backers at or above the $5 level, should we reach $18,000
  • finally, a custom two-deck box for backers at the highest pledge level, should we reach $20,000

If the funding levels reach higher than that, well... I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.

A cross-section of major and minor arcana, which is a good representation of the art throughout the deck.
A cross-section of major and minor arcana, which is a good representation of the art throughout the deck.
Mockup of the tarot cloth – at this point, the design is still subject to change.
Mockup of the tarot cloth – at this point, the design is still subject to change.
The custom-printed tin.  This one has been carried around in a backpack for several weeks, and shows very little wear.
The custom-printed tin. This one has been carried around in a backpack for several weeks, and shows very little wear.
Proof copies of the stickers have arrived!
Proof copies of the stickers have arrived!
The gold gilt edging stretch goal is completed!
The gold gilt edging stretch goal is completed!

Risks and challenges

Production: The main hurdle I see for this to become a reality is that of producing the deck. This Kickstarter is a way for me to reach out to those whose interest in the project kept me going even when things looked bleak. With full funding, I will be able to produce the deck and put it in the hands of those people who desperately want it.

Spiffs: I have several different modalities covered in my backer rewards, and I've kept that in mind when structuring this Kickstarter. Not only will I need to make sure I can appropriately say "Thank you" to the people who chip in, but I will also need to make sure to properly source those rewards in a timely manner.

The Will of The Gods: At several points in the project, it's been clear that I've attracted the attention of many and varied Aesir and Vanir - and been reminded that we here on Midgard can only hope to work within the whims of beings who personify the Big Things in Life: Mischief. Fertility. Thunder. Wisdom. Justice. Judgement. I fully expect these and other elements to come into play in the production process, and can only apologize if I haven't appeased Someone Up There.

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    Lay of Nine Worlds deck

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    L9W Deck and tarot cloth

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    Two decks, two cloths, & signed print

    In addition to two decks with tins and booklets, logo and rune-stone stickers, and two tarot cloths, you'll also receive a signed and numbered, limited edition 6x9 archival print of the World card as a Kickstarter exclusive.

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