By Bill Greer and Lloyd Morgan
Publisher: US. Games (1979, 1993, 2011, 2015)
Type: Tarot (78 cards, Strength is 8, Justice is 11)
Suits: Rods, Swords, Pentacles & Cups
Size: Standard (12 x 6.7 cm) and pocket (9.4 x 5.7 cm)
Comes in two sizes: regular size in a tuck box with a fold-out sheet with meanings, pocket size in a metal tin with a booklet. The text in both versions is the same, it’s only the format that’s changed. You get a few keywords per card and instructions for the Celtic Cross spread.
At first glance the difference between the two versions is only the size, but a card-by-card comparison revealed that there are quite a few changes. First, the cardstock of the small deck is a tiny bit thinner, so that when you lay the decks next to each other, the regular size is something like three cards taller. Second, the colors are different. It’s less apparent in most of the cards, but in some, it really stands out.
In general, the colors of the pocket deck is more matte than in the original, but the yellows seem brighter. The blues are either lighter or more purple. The black isn’t as deep as it was (Death and the Devil), the skin tones are changed, they’re lighter and more pink than yellow, and can you see what they’ve done to the Lovers? I’m so mad… The sky in the Ten of Swords has changed from dark blue to black. The sun in the Death card has vanished and become a red blob. And on the back of the cards there is now a fugly copyright mark… courtesy of US. (fucking) Games.
It looks like the ratio of the cards has changed, because there are some new details on the edges of the cards, usually on the right side. And, if you look really closely, you can see that the very top of the cloud in the Ace of Pentacles is cut off.
Full flip through here 🙂