Lovely deck, with beautiful packaging - nice cardstock, with a good shuffle feel, and a box that's designed to prevent foxing.
The deck itself is gorgeous, with evocative artwork and generous symbolism. Very useful for interpretive readings, and a wonderful art piece, as well.
Lovely lovely deck of cards that can be used for many different games, although I've found it's much more fun to try and come up with wildly complex games that attempt to use every card. With so many different types of notation on each individual card, these bad boys can be used to play any feasible card game imaginable. Simply add and remove cards from the deck as needed!
The real standout here is the art - rather than going with a generic "fantasy" theme as so many decks do; these are more of a minimalistic science fiction type deal, with each suit representing a key aspect of Earth/the universe. The "0" card is the Big Bang and the "Ω" card is the apocalypse, and each suit has completely different art on the face/12/A/Ω cards as well!
Fantastic work on these!
Soon 10-player 8-card Gigapoker will take over the world!! *evil laugh*...
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 09/23/2020 22:31:59
*(Deleted my original review after reading another that helped partially resolve a major issue I'd had on my order! Thank you to Van W.!)*
**Card quality:** Very good. Sturdy.
**Art quality:** Exceedingly good. Exceeds expectations. Evokes the Rider-Waite Tarot aesthetic while still putting a Mage spin on things.
**Tuck box: **Good. A teeny bit flimsy, but it's still quite lovely.
The product page says it comes with instructions though, which I thought meant I'd get an actual physical instructional book to help me with my readings and storytelling for chronicles. It didn't, though, but I did find the instructions in the Storyteller's Vault as a pdf. Was saddened at lack of a physical copy though; that was something that I'd factored into whether or not I wanted to purchase. So just be aware that while the product page says it comes with a book, it actually doesn't; you'll have to find the pdf in the Vault. I knocked off a star for that, as I f...
I find this game well worth the money. I would recommend getting a physical product as the cards are very well made. That being said, printing your own cards allows you to take them anywhere without worrying about them being damaged or lost. I have used this set to play at work and camping.
I would not recommend this for a primary rpg system and that is not what this system attempts to do, but I would recommend for a oneshot or something for a night of "beer and pretzels" fun in between your more serious games.
It requires very little prep and the way the cards work allows for a lot of improv. When all is said and done, it can help you tell a great story.
My one complaint is that it doesn't seem to have a website or anything any more.
In summary, worth it for a secondary, fun, and easy to set up game....