I hesitated before backing this deck on Kickstarter. Why on earth do I need a tarot deck with robots in it? But then the more I looked at it, the more I liked the images. Those weird but sweet robotic faces and their human traits drew me in.
The Kickstarter campaign itself was well run and the deck dispatched efficiently, demonstrating a reliable seller. Decks can now be purchased through the artists Etsy store www.etsy.com/uk/search?q=tarotbot
If you're a fan of sci-fi or comic book art and you like a futuristic image in art, you'll love this deck.
The closest comparison with the cardstock is the Sasuraibito Tarot. It's glossy and firm, easy to shuffle and has shiny gold edging. I know these design features are leaning toward the old-fashioned already but it does make the deck very easy to handle. They come in a matt tuckbox with an original design on there.
Well, there isn't one. There's a fold out card with keywords on it, so if you like to read about the story behind the deck, you'll be disappointed. It does follow the RWS system though, so any beginner could grab a standard tarot textbook and still work with this deck.
Stand Out Cards
Do you see what I mean about those faces? Their postures and actions evoke the emotions you expect from the cards. Even if they are all created from nuts, bolts and metal plates.
Many of the images are RWS inspired so are easy to read. Some of the little touches add a bit extra though, such as the repeat image of the bird in the King of Swords that would usually only be seen in the Nine of Coins (Pentacles). The finger pointing in the Queen of Swords gets the 'in charge and forthright' message across. The mirroring of the different tones of the robots limbs and that gentle touch of their fingers really helps evoke the unity of the Two of Cups.
Some of the images differ from the traditional RWS. Although you'll see a familiar lobster creeping into the Moon card and the arid desert in the Page of Wands, Moon Cola and pyramids are new! Is that a globe or a crystal ball in the Two of Wands? In the Six of Cups the building in the background looks like a future version of a pub. Is this the kids play area in the pub garden or some nostalgia about an earth where pre-lockdown social interaction once took place?
This is a good quality, easy to use deck and if you love sci-fi, you'll love this deck.
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