The events and the people you’ll
see are all real,
but some of it was subject to my
interpretation, I’ll admit.
~Quote from the little white book
Title: Omegaland Tarot Deck and Card Game
Author: Joe Boginski and Karen Boginski
Illustrator: Joe Boginski
Publisher: U.S. Games System
- Everyone and everything has gone into havoc, it’s time to find salvation!
- The Omegaland card deck contains 78 plus 6 additional cards, and before I go any further, let me explain why it contains 83 cards. This card deck is a tarot and a card game combined into one. The 78 cards are your standard tarot cards (Majors, Suits, and Courts). The 6 additional cards have cheats/keys that explain how some of the cards will serve in this game. Of course, a more detail explanation on how to play game is explained in the Little White Book pages. Please be advice that this tarot deck is a tad gruesome since someone of the cards contains a little bit of gore and violence.
- The illustration for the Judgment card takes the interpretation literal! Somewhere in the canyons, a young man wearing a red sweater and brown cargo pants with a rifle hanging from his shoulder extended his hand, wiling to pick an old man off from the ground who lays in a state of exhaustion and hunger. I wonder, will this young man help the old man and take him to salvation, or will he shoot him with his rifle and take him out of his misery?
- The illustration for the 10 of Sword takes the meaning and traditional illustration to a fault. Lying on the ground in a puddle of blood is the body of a young man who has been shot with approximately 10 arrows!!! 10 bows, where the arrows were shot from, and are in a circle, pointing at the body, ready to shoot another load of arrows. Who did this? Why did they do this? Was this young man an innocent victim or a convict on the run?
- In the Queen of Coins card we have a young and sweet blond woman who sits on top of a rusted metal tank and rests her foot on top of a yellow wooden box. She is snacking out of a Campbell soup can. She appears to be somewhere in an alley waiting for someone who may be in need of help. She has a strap hanging over her shoulder that could be a handbag or a weapon. Through my concept, in that box where she rests her foot, it may contain explosives items such a TNTs or grenades. She may as well be waiting for her next victim. Now, is she really as innocent as she appears to be?
- The backs of the cards are reversible and consist of the image of a wooden fence that stands up and down. Now, if you arrange the cards in a row, from left to right, they will resemble an actual wooden fence (lol).
- The size of the cards are approximately 3” x 5”.
- The cards are slim and are beyond sturdy and hold up very well when shuffling. The cards have a matted feel. They are non slippery and won’t stick together.
- The deck of cards comes in an original US Game tuck box that has slightly the same quality as the cards.
- The text in the little white book is written by Joe Boginski and Karen Boginski. Joe Boginski writes the introduction and the card interpretations and Karen Boginski writes the instructions on how to play the game. The LWB starts of with an introduction, the card interpretations, instructions on how to use the cards, and then a one card spread. After that, you will find a page that says The Game, Quick Overview, 3-Plater Game, A chard that explains the Leader of the Games Goals, and the Scoring. Then a Free For All, 4-to-6 Player Game, and Major Powers.
- The images for the cards are done by Joe Boginski and the medium for the art is non-computer generated and is done by hand. The art appears to have a mix of chalk and color pencil.
- This is the first time that I’ve seen a tarot deck that can be used as a card game. Many of us are familiar that several centuries ago, tarot was actually a card game (much like poker), but that’s a different story. I like how the images on the cards are real life and actual situations. The theme and concept of this tarot deck reminds me so much of the theme and concept of the motion picture The Purge and Television program The Walking Dead (don’t worry, you won’t see any zombies in this cards). Why you may ask, because the characters are running around with no laws and order and everything around them is falling apart! They are killing and betraying each other to survive! I’m very impressed that Joe Boginski didn’t create this tarot deck to be lovely and friendly and that it has gore and violence going on. As for Karen Boginski, I’m impressed that she created this tarot deck to be used as a card game that can be played between family and friends on a rainy day. If you are interested in acquiring this tarot deck and card game, click here!
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