Were you ever curious about reading Tarot? Let us show you the way! Each card has an illustration of a character that uses the visual language of games to help you interpret the story of your future. We want to print a limited run of these beautiful cards to distribute to backers. We are only printing this one time, so join us on this creative journey while it's available!
We love to talk about different types of belief and ways of understanding the world. It was during one of these conversations where the subject of Tarot reading came up and how easily the three main characters of our favorite video game fit into the first three cards of the Major Arcana. We started to play around with sketches and character lists and found we just couldn't stop! Driven by our need to see it through to the end, we generated a full deck six months later. The force behind this project has been the idea that video games can be used as a code to perform the mysterious art of Tarot reading. The love of these characters kept us going until we were finished with all 78 cards.
These are going to be the most awesome Tarot cards you've ever laid your eyes on! The deck you see in the video is a sample, but it contains the final art. The finished cards will measure 2.75" x 4.75" and have rounded edges. There are numbers 1-10 in all the suits, plus a Page, Knight, Queen, and King. The Major Arcana number from 0-21 and contain the more major characters, where the cards in the suits contain side characters. Each card shares the same border with the triple triangle motif and large circle around the subject of the card.
The cards begin as designs in Alex's sketchbook, where she researches period clothing and settings, placing them in a real life culture/context that reflects the meaning of the card. Then Noah takes those sketches and composes them into finished compositions, drawing the characters in her trademark cute style. She puts the characters in an environment and adds background elements. Noah scans them in and Alex colors them digitally. When Alex is finished, they both review the card and finalize it. In this way, the cards are really not the creation of either person, but a true collaboration.
Tarot reading can be a solitary art or performed in a group. You don't need any special tools or setup, but it does help to have a quiet environment and a basic knowledge of the cards. That's why Alex wrote a 'Little White Book", a guide that usually accompanies a new deck. Use the guide to weave together a story about the querent (the person who is the subject of the reading). Remember, the purpose of this project is to open the door of Tarot to people who would normally feel out of place. You don't have to be an expert to pick up a set and have some fun!
The funds raised for this project will go mostly to printing costs. Tarot cards are printed front and back, and ours will be in full color and have the fancy rounded edges. It's not cheap to print a deck of regular custom playing cards, but a Tarot deck has 78 cards, not 56, and they're not a standard size, so they require extra set-up. There's also a good deal of shipping to cover - the printer needs to ship the finished cards to us, then we ship them out to backers. Shipping out rewards to backers accounts for about 20% of our goal! The remainder of funds will go to taxes, Kickstarter and Amazon fees.
Stretch Goal 1: $7,500 - REACHED!
Color Interpretation Guides
If we reach our goal, we can print our Interpretation Guides in black and white. But if we can raise more, we'll be able to print these guides in full color! That's a much richer experience for backers from the $40 and higher level.
Stretch Goal 2: $8,800 - REACHED!!
Our decks will come shrink-wrapped from the printer, which is a fine way to ship them. But we'd love to see these in the custom, full-color boxes as we intended to produce from the beginning of the project.
Stretch Goal 3: $9,900 - REACHED!!!
Gold Foil Stamping
The finishing touch for the Legend of Tarot - glorious gold foil stamping on the back of each card! This would be the ultimate power-up and would benefit every backer from the $25 level and above.
Whoa! Custom boxes by Dog Might Games!
The nice folks at Dog Might Games, a fellow Michigan company, approached us and proposed that we team up for a powerful combo of Tarot Cards and custom boxes to hold them. Click the image to visit their project and pledge to get a treasure chest to store your beautiful new cards.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge is met! We have 78 beautiful compositions that are print-ready. We spent seven months total sketching, digitally coloring, designing logos, borders, and suits, researching costume history, and formatting each file to print. That means that on average, using the both of us we were able to produce one finished product every three days. That is why it is so difficult to produce a Tarot deck - it takes commitment. It is expected for most artists, working alone on a deck, to take YEARS to complete the project.
This is how you know that we're serious about this work. It's very close to our heart, and it's important to us that our first truly collaborative project gets off the ground. We have worked together for about eight years now, and we've learned a lot from tabling at various conventions. In addition, Alex has been part of her family business since childhood and knows how to get things done. Noah has self-published her comic Material Girl, so she has experience working with large-batch printing. If something comes up that affects production, we're going to cut right through it. We plan to keep our backers updated at every step!
The main post-funded challenge would be printing delays - we have chosen a printer and we are in the process of getting demo/proof decks printed. They should be able to produce the decks about four weeks after we give them the final okay. We're going to be picky, we want the images to be bright and colorful, and we want to deliver the best product we can.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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