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Tarot Card… Games?

Learn Tarot Card Games
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What’s that you say? You can play games with Tarot Cards?! Like, these Tarot Cards? Oh ok, not exactly *those* Tarot Cards but… actually they still kind of are *those* Tarot Cards after all? #tarot #tarocchi #tarocco #tarocchino #tarocchini #tarock #tarokk #königrufen #cego #frenchtarot #sloveniantarot #cards #playingcards #cardgames #troccas

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  1. I learned so much from this video! This gives me some ideas on a potential Tarot game using regular Tarot decks. Thanks! 🌟🌟🌟

  2. I have been doing some similar research over the last few years, particularly during Covid times. I really like the Swiss cards, they are really nice and clear while retaining much of the original suits and trumps etc. (and they have a long history of being used both for games and for divination). I recently came up with my own rules, where I melded some Danish and Italian rules, and tweaked and simplified it a bit (the Danish game is excellent although a bit complicated). Not sure who to play it with though 🙂

  3. Megamunden Tattoo Tarot is our nephews aged 8-11 favorite deck right now. We use it in playing Skull King rules. And named it new game called Tarot Thrones.
    Instead of 5Pirates we have 5Thrones, 5 slave cards instead of escape cards, and we have the Assasin Card the Hermit instead of Skull King.

  4. What tarot deck can you actually play with

  5. Thank you for sharing your research i stumbled upon the playing card version on accident on google. This was one of the only videos detailing this.

  6. Interesting video! I worked in a restaurant for years with old school Italians, and the older guys always played a game with a fancy deck of cards that looked like tarot cards, but they were closer to playing cards in structure : )

  7. What a great Channel!! Thanks for sharing your knowledge 😀

  8. Fascinating material! So I have two questions: do people today know what card games were played by TdM decks? Are they still played anywhere in Europe? And do you have any sense when the more Italian tradition of decks being used for both card games and cartomancy began to diverge?

  9. Really enjoyed learning about this – thanks! I also stumbled across French Tarot on BGA and was curious about the connection.

  10. Are there Tarot games for two players? So far I only found games for three players or more.

  11. About Rider Waite as a playing card deck, for those who never played tarot card games: It is definitely doable. The perk is that every card has a roman numeral over the artwork, and about the suits, they are drawn in such a way that you can at least see one element of the suit while fanning the hand, and the way you handle the deck is not much different than a Marseille deck, which is an older style of playing cards art. Apart from some very specific cards, almost all cards can be identified no problem.

    What the real problem is with most divination decks is that the information is either at the bottom of the cards or no written information is at the cards at all, making it impossible to fan the cards and accurately draw any information of what are you holding at hand. So if you are like me, where finding proper playing cards outside Europe (especially here in Brazil, where these decks are almost non existent), here is my list of best alternatives:

    1- Marseille deck – it is an historic option and it was meant for games anyway. For english speakers, the suits require a bit of used to;

    2- Rider Waite deck, especially the original print artwork – the numbers might be small, but it is enough for you to identify the number, and the art can tell what suit is the card;

    3- Adapting a 54-card deck (52 with the two jokers) for specific games – if you really want to save a buck, lots of tarot games use only part of a tarot deck, many German and Austrian games use a 54 tarot deck in specific, so you can put the top 8 suit cards as the "suits", and adapt the rest of the pile as the trumps, the order can be anything as long as it is fixed. Although people used to some German card games would be fine with this (Sheepshead and Doppelkopf uses queens, jacks and one of the suits as a very long "trump suit"), this is not recommended at all because it would be too much work when using a tarot deck makes it clear what the trumps and their numbers are.

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