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Tuesday 15 May 2018

Add Tarot Into Your Medieval-Authentic D&D Game (more than just fortune-telling)!

So it's time for some tarot!  As a product of the late Middle Ages (though really, of the very early Italian Renaissance), the Tarot is a great element to add into any Medieval-Authentic game.

That's why RPGPundit Presents #31: The Arcana is all about doing some stuff with Medieval-Authentic Tarot for your campaign! Whether or not you actually own a Tarot deck yourself, you'll want your magic-user to have one, and now my latest sourcebook helps the GM to figure out what to do with that!

The tarot is a series of images that teaches the basics of occult symbolism. It was also a popular parlor game of the very wealthy in the late medieval period. It would, much later, be thought of mainly for fortune-telling, and while of course I include that in this product, there's a lot more you can do with it from an occult perspective and I wanted that to be a big part of the Medieval-Authentic experience. We aren't technically sure whether medieval magicians were using the Tarot (I, as an occultist, would find it very hard to believe they weren't, at the very least as a teaching tool for young magicians), but if they were, this is the sort of stuff they'd be doing with it:

-Using the Tarot to improve Occult Lore

-Using the tarot to perform divination

-Invoking the "Arcana" of the Tarot to gain special abilities

-Using the Arcana of the Tarot as gateways to astral worlds

You get all that in The Arcana, including the full list of divination meanings of each card (with a set of random tables to generate cards in case you don't actually own a tarot deck), full details of the invocation rituals and effects, and an outline of each plane connected to the 22 Arcana of the Tarot, with their environment, contents, and the archetypal power/knowledge they reveal.

So, be sure to pick up this book to finally get the magic users in your campaign the tarot powers they deserve. You can get "RPGPundit Presents #31: The Arcana" at DTRPG, or at the Precis Intermedia webstore.  Either way, it's just $2.99!

And while you're at it, be sure to pick up the rest of the great supplements in the RPGPundit Presents series:

RPGPundit Presents #1: DungeonChef!

RPGPundit Presents #2: The Goetia  (usable for Lion & Dragon!)

RPGPundit Presents #3: High-Tech Weapons

RPGPundit Presents #5: The Child-Eaters (an adventure scenario for Lion & Dragon!)

RPGPundit Presents #17: The Hunters (an adventure for Lion & Dragon!)

RPGPundit Presents #21: Hecate's Tomb (an adventure for Lion & Dragon!)

Stay tuned for more next week!


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