I had no dispatch email but the deck came today out of the blue! same as Earthair and Pathwalker, it has a customs amount that was low! so escaped customs (thank goodness!). The value of the merchandise is $14.13 on mine which is well below the £16 minimum (I think that's the current threshold) for customs, yay!
I took a pic of the box for you Gregory and the deck inside. The plastic bag it comes in is probably more use for storing than the grey bag
One weird quirk is they put a copyright on the backs but because it's reversible they put it on both ends! lol
I know we are critical and can be negative on AT, we are tarotistas and demand perfection!
But I wanted to look at the cards and make my own mind up. I still think it's a fair criticism of the decisions taken on this deck, they were wrong! The calling cards at the bottom was a bad decision, like copyright twice on the backs. It shows the decision making of someone who has no regard for the love of tarot or actually using it (if that makes sense). However I do love the majority of the art and I think I will be able to read from this deck as an intuitive reader! The art is big enough and like Alta said, the cards are bigger than you think. The original size proposed must have been HUGE, this is no poker size. I think I can read from it with the rubbish at the bottom of each card. It draws your eye to the web addresses and sometimes email in that line ugh! The cards are a good stock but the bottom card of the deck has slightly bent for me during transit. These are not the most flimsy cards I own but I think they could be bent if you use them a lot. I can flatten that one out anyway
Benebell Wen pointed out two important things in the review on her blog. One is that the majors are not numbered which is going to be a pain for tarot beginners and if you were to gift the deck to someone. Also the names are different and the deck comes random from the printer so the major arcana could be hard to figure out. Also there is a printing error in the LWB and the major arcana pages are not in the right order. The last page with Transition / Temperance / Devil / Tower / Star comes after the World page. But I hope people can figure that out.
But for all the criticisms and bad decisions, some of the card art is lovely! I am glad to have backed this! I love Roxi's Temperance (she knows I adore her art anyway
), the cards are not the same as the original decks they are new art. Roxi's Temperance in this is smiling and the Pearls of Wisdom Temperance seems less smiling, more solemn or in thought. She also did the 10 of Cups. Ash's gorgeous two cards which in a simple colour palette are stunning. Ciro's Magician, Benebell's Card, Major Tom's lovely 9 of Cups (it shows a person blowing a dandelion, quite whimsical) and also there is some artists that I haven't discovered yet on my tarot journey. I like Emily Carding's Sun (it has a unicorn!
). Some of the other cards are not so great and look like bad photo montages, the AT collaboration deck and Gregory's deck does that far better! But I think I can do readings with this deck and that shocked me!
It's a good collection of cards for a good cause, it could have been even better with proper direction of the project! I am glad to have backed it now! It would look better with the bottoms cut off
I think I would even recommend this deck but it could have been better!
attached is some snaps for those who don't have it already
ETA: earthair, found the dispatch email from two days ago in my email in the end, mine came from indigogo, also I think those clouds are symmetrical? the large cloud has two and is the same which ever way you have the card.