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I'm looking for a nice selection of tarot decks. What I'm finding on Amazon is okay, but leaves me kinda meh...

Are there websites that specialize in tarot decks? You know, the way Drive-Thru Cards works, or Game-Crafter, or something like that but for tarot decks? Are there options for unique or customized artwork, rather than the dull "standard"-type artwork I'm seeing from the options on Amazon?

I'm asking all of this because I believe there are Pyramid games that require a tarot deck (if I remember correctly), and I just want to get a nice deck, so options are important to me.

Thanks in advance!
 
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Have you seen U.S. Games Systems, Inc.?

https://www.usgamesinc.com/home.php?cat=

They have lots of interesting decks. I like especially like the versions with small cards that take up less table space for solitaire games.
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Marco Arnaudo has a number of reviews of Tarot cards on his youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/marcowargamer/videos(.
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There's soooo many out there. If your googling can't find one you like... well tell us what you like.

(Or take a sharpie to two decks of cards)
 
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http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/cards/reviews.shtml

So many decks!
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pacman88k wrote:
I'm asking all of this because I believe there are Pyramid games that require a tarot deck (if I remember correctly), and I just want to get a nice deck, so options are important to me.

Yes, Gnostica, which is well worth playing.
 
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https://www.hive.co.uk/Search/Keyword?keyword=tarot&productT...
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I mostly find the really neat stuff on Etsy. Card quality's less consistent because Etsy, so you have to be a bit judicious, but it's where I've found the most original art.

Lo Scarabeo and US Games Systems are two of the biggest publishers of Tarot decks, with tons of different options. You can find them online on their own websites, and they're who you're most likely to find at big retailers like Amazon, although Amazon often won't keep stock of their coolest and most unusual decks.

Otherwise, you can find them in person at local shops. I have good luck at bookstores (Half Price Books has a surprisingly respectable selection in my area, including some super rare decks). If your area has a new age store, frankly they have the best variety though it may be a bit more expensive than the other options.
 
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I was a tarot collector for years and I always learned about decks in online tarot communities, then either bought from the individual (if self-published) or Amazon -- you can find just about any deck on there if you search by title.

What sort of deck do you want? They come in three main types or systems -- Tarot de Marseilles (the oldest kind, with no scenes on the pip cards), Rider-Waite Smith (familiar ones the a scene on every card and usually tartan backs) and Thoth (Aleister Crowley's deck). Nearly every tarot deck is a variation on one of these three, though there are a few decks that go their own way almost completely (resulting in invariably contention in the tarot community over whether they are 'real' tarot decks or 'oracle decks'. )

If you tell me the style you are after, I may be able to name a suitable deck.
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Thank guys. Idk, maybe something a little steampunk-y, or something with minimalist artwork, I like "sleek" clean designs. I would also like to see something a little retro-futuristic, or just sci-fi in general.
 
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I was a tarot collector for years and I always learned about decks in online tarot communities, then either bought from the individual (if self-published) or Amazon -- you can find just about any deck on there if you search by title.

What sort of deck do you want? They come in three main types or systems -- Tarot de Marseilles (the oldest kind, with no scenes on the pip cards), Rider-Waite Smith (familiar ones the a scene on every card and usually tartan backs) and Thoth (Aleister Crowley's deck). Nearly every tarot deck is a variation on one of these three, though there are a few decks that go their own way almost completely (resulting in invariably contention in the tarot community over whether they are 'real' tarot decks or 'oracle decks'. )

If you tell me the style you are after, I may be able to name a suitable deck.


There is also the Visconti-Sforza tarot. Available on Amazon and actually reproduced from the italian aristocrats' tarot deck from the 15th century (except for 3 or for 4 cards who were lost and had to be reconstructed). It looks like an actual antique with medieval drawings on golden background. Really fancy!
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Solanum wrote:
I was a tarot collector for years and I always learned about decks in online tarot communities, then either bought from the individual (if self-published) or Amazon -- you can find just about any deck on there if you search by title.

What sort of deck do you want? They come in three main types or systems -- Tarot de Marseilles (the oldest kind, with no scenes on the pip cards), Rider-Waite Smith (familiar ones the a scene on every card and usually tartan backs) and Thoth (Aleister Crowley's deck). Nearly every tarot deck is a variation on one of these three, though there are a few decks that go their own way almost completely (resulting in invariably contention in the tarot community over whether they are 'real' tarot decks or 'oracle decks'. )

If you tell me the style you are after, I may be able to name a suitable deck.


There is also the Visconti-Sforza tarot. Available on Amazon and actually reproduced from the italian aristocrats' tarot deck from the 15th century (except for 3 or for 4 cards who were lost and had to be reconstructed). It looks like an actual antique with medieval drawings on golden background. Really fancy!


Yeah, I've got a couple, not a favourite. I'm more a TdM person. But at one point I had over 300 decks in my collection...
 
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Thank guys. Idk, maybe something a little steampunk-y, or something with minimalist artwork, I like "sleek" clean designs. I would also like to see something a little retro-futuristic, or just sci-fi in general.


Take a look at Deviant Moon Tarot.
http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/cards/deviant-moon/

Here's my review from my tarot blog:http://rowantarot.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/deck-review-deviant-moon-tarot.html
 
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Might also take a look at the science tarot deck
 
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I bought a deck from Uusi.

https://uusi.us/collections/uusi-tarot

Art and card quality is exceptional. The only thing that annoyed me is that the tarot cards aren't indexed in the corner, which makes it really difficult to tell what's in your. But, I think this is a more general problem with all tarot cards.
 
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I bought a deck from Uusi.

https://uusi.us/collections/uusi-tarot

Art and card quality is exceptional. The only thing that annoyed me is that the tarot cards aren't indexed in the corner, which makes it really difficult to tell what's in your. But, I think this is a more general problem with all tarot cards.


I love uusi! I've bought several playing card decks from there.
 
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Here is a good site You might want to check out the Tarocco Piemontese under the Italian cards section

https://www.tarobearslair.com
 
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The Game Crafter now has quite a wide selection of tarots
Besides my own design Trionfi Tarot Playing Cards, I would also recommend Dead Man's Hand Tarot or the Psychonautica Tarot
https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/trionfi-blue-back-

https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/dead-man-s-hand-tarot

https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/psychonautica
 
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There are lots of good decks available on Amazon! But steampunk is not the direction most designers go in.

One of my favorites is https://www.amazon.com/Tarot-Silicon-Dawn-Egypt-Urnash/dp/07... -- the designer has clearly reckoned with the modern world and there are images of technology and some sci-fi themes in it. But it's brightly colored and not exactly minimalist.
 
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[url] https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/taroker[/url]
I should also mention this one intended for a poker variant
 
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The above referenced www.aeclectic.net/tarot/ is an awesome reference site for all things tarot. There is a steampunk deck created by Barbara Moore which is beautiful and may suit your needs here:

https://www.amazon.com/Steampunk-Tarot-Barbara-Moore/dp/0738...

I don't think it would make a great deck for readings but it's sure nice to look at and could certainly be used for a solo game like A Fool's Journey.
 
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