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Exploring Fate and Fantasy: Roleplaying the Tarot

Are you ready to embark on a journey where destiny intertwines with imagination? If so, let's dive into the captivating world of "Roleplaying the Tarot," a tabletop roleplaying game that seamlessly blends the mystique of Tarot cards with the art of collaborative storytelling.

Unveiling the Game

Created by James Wallis, "Roleplaying the Tarot" offers a unique narrative experience, diverging from traditional roleplaying games by placing a strong emphasis on storytelling and symbolic exploration. At its core, the game invites players to embody characters inspired by the evocative imagery and symbolism of the Tarot deck.

Character Creation and Scene Setting

The game begins with players crafting characters that embody the traits and themes associated with specific Tarot cards. These characters serve as vessels through which players explore the rich tapestry of fate and fantasy. The scene is then set by drawing a Tarot card, which determines the setting, mood, and overarching theme of the narrative to unfold.

Immersive Roleplaying

As the scenes unfold, players immerse themselves in a world where every action and interaction is infused with the symbolism of the Tarot. From the intricate details of character mannerisms to the overarching narrative arcs, every element of the game is a canvas for exploration and interpretation.

Tarot Interpretation and Flexibility

One of the game's most intriguing aspects is its encouragement of Tarot interpretation. Players draw upon their knowledge of Tarot card meanings and symbolism to inform their character's actions and decisions. This not only adds depth to the narrative but also fosters a deeper connection to the Tarot deck itself.

Artistic Expression and Community

"Roleplaying the Tarot" encourages players to embrace artistic expression, whether through visual elements inspired by Tarot card illustrations or through the weaving of intricate narratives. Additionally, the game thrives within online communities and forums where players can share ideas, discuss gameplay experiences, and find additional resources to enhance their storytelling adventures.

Variations and Homebrew Rules

Like any vibrant roleplaying community, "Roleplaying the Tarot" welcomes variations and homebrew rules. These modifications allow players to customize the game to their preferences, introducing new mechanics, character creation processes, and innovative ways to interpret Tarot cards within the game's framework.


In the realm of "Roleplaying the Tarot," fate and fantasy intertwine, offering players a captivating journey through the mystic realms of the Tarot deck. Through collaborative storytelling and symbolic exploration, players unlock the secrets of destiny, weaving narratives that are as profound as they are imaginative. So, gather your Tarot deck, embrace the unknown, and embark on an adventure where the cards themselves hold the keys to your fate.

Interested in Roleplaying the Tarot? Join us in the Writual Society for our March Workshop, where Society member Linda Pettrochi will lead us in a roleplaying game of our own! 

Learn more about Roleplaying the Tarot and Linda Petrocchi in our Q&A: 


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