Walking the Plank,
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This review is from: Pirate Tarot (Cards)
I collect tarot packs, and this one has an intriguing theme - pirates - and execution - the original of these printed cards were carved into wood and the designs have a period 'scrimshaw' look which is keeping with the theme. Unfortunately the photographic reproduction is rather 'flat' with not enough colour contrast to read easily and the thick border makes the cards in this format very large and difficult to handle (though not a problem for anyone used to using some of the more esoteric packs). The colour of the backs is the same sepia/wood colour as the fronts, which could also be confusing. The pack is advertised as containing 'two fortune-telling games' - which is rather like advertising an ordinary pack of cards as containing 100 games of chance! In fact the accompanying leaflet - not, as is traditional a 'Little White Book' (LWB) giving the background to these specific designs and how to read them - merely describes the usual fortune-telling layout and how to play the traditional 'trumps' game.
However, for an experienced user these are basically Rider-Waite designs, with a few twists ('walking the plank' is a major trump) which will add interest and a new dimension to readings. The artwork is traditionally figurative and easy to understand. I'm pleased to have it in my collection and am looking forward to exploring it in more detail.