I think it’s fair to say that Tarot is having a bit of a moment right now, especially in the blogosphere. Whether it’s for fun, for guidance, or as a tool of inspiration, seems to be everywhere lately. One of the coolest things about this modern approach to tarot is that it’s no longer bound to any one source of aesthetic inspiration. As gorgeous as the Rider-Waite designs are, new tarot enthusiasts are creating decks that draw from all sorts of sources, from nature, to and now, even video games.
And these video game decks aren’t limited to just fan-made creations, video game developers like Bioware are even jumping on the tarot bandwagon, incorporating tarot designs directly into their games. To help show off the depth of this trend, I decided to showcase some of the coolest video game tarot decks I could find. Sadly, some of them are no longer available, but they’re all incredibly worthy of being admired from afar as well.
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This set was part of the Dragon Age Inquisition Inquisitor’s Edition -which is sadly no longer available- and uses tarot card art created for the game in a full 72 card tarot deck. Sadly this deck was never released outside of the Inquisitor’s Edition, but you can still get a hold of it on eBay if you’ve got a few hundred dollars to spare.
Luckily, however, this fan created Legend of Zelda deck is still available on Etsy. Creator Pixel Perks offers Zelda versions of both the Major and Minor Arcana, all rendered in a lovely watercolour style. They even come with a custom designed box!
Originally included as part of the Special Edition of Dishonored, this deck of 78 cards strays pretty significantly from the classic Rider-Waite deck both in the both the names and positioning of the Major Arcana. The deck itself came only with instructions for how to use the cards to play Game of Nancy, as the developers were more interest in seeing how their community chose to use the cards for divination. There are now various guides available for those using the Dishonored deck, but as always the final meaning is down to you.
Unsurprisingly there are several tarot decks available featuring those ubiquitous pocket monsters. The one featured above seems to have been available commercially in Asia at some point, although I had no luck in tracking it down now. There is also a lovely, darker themed fan created Pokemon tarot deck by Poke Box, but that also, sadly, seems to no longer be available.
And finally, this hilarious Undertale tarot deck is the work of Tumblr artist Dogbomber. Not currently available commercially, Dogbomber is hopeful that Undertale creator Toby Fox will give his blessing for them to be official merch at some point in the future. You can check out high resolution versions of all the Major Arcana here.