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A Major Arcanum of the Tarot has chosen you as its agent. Now, every mirror is a doorway, every nightmare an enemy, every hope a weapon.

House of Cards is a modern fantasy story game using Tarot cards (or other playing cards) in innovative ways throughout the system: for character creation, conflict resolution, status tracking, and more. Set in a reflection of our world inspired by the fiction of such authors as Lewis Carroll, Neil Gaiman, Winsor McCay, and Tim Powers, among others, you wield the magic of dreams against enemies lurking Beyond the looking-glass. Choose your Archetype, name your Motivations, call upon your Powers, and prepare to save us all from our own nightmares.

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zackery W January 27, 2019 1:05 pm UTC
Is there a print version of this game?
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Neal S June 30, 2019 2:13 am UTC
There was a print edition when the game launched in 2012, but it is now out of print. You can still find used copies around second-hand, however. Be aware that the print version does not contain certain corrections that went into the PDF that is now available here, also.
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File Last Updated:
June 05, 2016
This title was added to our catalog on May 31, 2016.