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CASTLE OLDSKULL - The Oldskull Deck of Strangest Things


For all levels, all classes, all who dare.

Shake your old school campaign to its foundations with the ultimate magic item …


THE OLDSKULL DECK OF STRANGEST THINGS is a deluxe supplement detailing the hundreds of effects created by a Tarot-inspired minor artifact.  Profusely illustrated throughout with beautiful card motifs, and with printable color card sheets in the back.  100+ pages.


The purposes of this supplement, fully detailing the deck for use in your campaign, are as follows:

[1] To make a new tarot deck magic item for old school FRPGs, which surpasses the complexity and quality of all others, while retaining the original Gygaxian spirit of the earliest masterpiece.

[2] To clarify generally vague abilities and effects, and to provide solid rules for each effect, so that we might (hopefully) preserve the Game Master’s sanity when it’s argument time.

[3] To balance the item for all players and all experience levels, so that the item can be found in any treasure trove from level 1 on up and not be an “insta-kill” waiting to happen.  (But it’s still exceedingly dangerous.)

[4] To provide deeper mythology to each of the cards, tying The Deck more strongly to the medieval and Renaissance-era Tarot of the real world.

[5] And, to create a graphically beautiful set that can be printed and used in play.


The artifact as described includes 22 illustrated Major Arcana motifs, 18,000 words of supporting text (effects, powers, limitations, use, etc.), 44 primary spell effect branches (meaning that each card does different things based on whether it’s inverted or right side up), and hundreds of sub-branches based on the card drawer’s class, level, alignment, past actions, equipment, behavior, and so forth.  If there is further interest, in the future I will also be creating a set of 22 custom-made color cards to go along with this supplement.  You can easily use the print-out cards included here, and if you prefer to roll there is a D100 resolution table as well.  Have fun!


To view the entire library of available titles for Castle Oldskull, Hawk & Moor, Old School Essentials compatible supplements, and more, please visit Kent David Kelly's Wonderland Imprints publisher page.

The Wonderland Imprints Swords & Sorcery Library


Supplement Title

Primary Game Topics


The Classic Dungeon Design Guide I

Dungeons / Lore / Random Tables


The Classic Dungeon Design Guide II

Dungeons / Lore / Random Tables


The Classic Dungeon Design Guide III

Dungeons / Lore / Random Tables


Oldskull Dungeon Generator

Dungeons / Solo Gaming Tools


The Book of Dungeon Traps

Dungeons / Random Tables


Oldskull Dungeon Tools

Generators / Solo Gaming Tools


Game World Generator – Deluxe Edition

Game World / Random Tables


Oldskull Adventure Generator

Game World / Random Tables


Chaotic Descriptor Table

Generators / Random Tables


Dungeon Delver Enhancer

Characters / Lore / Random Tables


Oldskull Warriors

Characters / Classes / Lore


Oldskull Knights

Characters / Classes / Lore


Oldskull Anti-Paladins

Characters / Classes / Lore


Oldskull Plague Doctors

Characters / Classes / Lore


Oldskull Gonneslingers

Characters / Classes / Lore



Characters / Races


Oldskull Half-Ogres

Characters / Races


Oldskull D100 NPC Generator

Characters / Generators


Character Tables

Gameplay / Tabletop Reference


Combat Tables

Gameplay / Tabletop Reference


Dungeon Monsters & Treasures Level 1

Monsters / Treasure


Oldskull Dungeon Encounters

Lore / Monsters / Treasure


Oldskull Dungeon Bestiary

Monsters / Random Tables


Oldskull Dragons

Monsters / Treasure


Oldskull Trolls

Lore / Monsters / Races


Oldskull Monster Generator

Generators / Lore / Monsters


Oldskull Treasure Trove

Random Tables / Treasure


The Oldskull Deck of Strangest Things

Lore / Random Tables / Treasure


City State Encounters

Random Tables / Urban Adventures


The Order of the Scarlet Tabard

Characters / Lore / Random Tables


Captains of the Scarlet Tabard

Characters / Lore


Oldskull Tyrrhenia Map Pack

Game World / Lore / Realm Maps


333 Realms of Entropy

Game World / Lore / Monsters


1,000 Rooms of Chaos

Dungeons / Solo Gaming Tools


1,000 Rooms of Chaos II

Dungeons / Solo Gaming Tools


The Pegana Mythos

Characters / Game World / Lore


The Oldskull Necronomicon

Characters / Game World / Lore


Lords of Oldskull: Krampus

Classes / Lore / Monsters


Character Creation

Basic / Expert (B/X) Characters


1977 Bestiary

Basic / Expert (B/X) Monsters


Adventurer’s Arsenal

Basic / Expert (B/X) Equipment


Turn Tracker

Basic / Expert (B/X) Gameplay


Oldskull Grid War

Basic / Expert (B/X) Gameplay


Hawk & Moor Book I

TSR / Gary Gygax History 1973


Hawk & Moor Book II

TSR / Gary Gygax History 1974


Hawk & Moor Book III

TSR / Gary Gygax History 1975


Hawk & Moor Book IV

TSR / Gary Gygax History 1976


Hawk & Moor Book V

TSR / Gary Gygax History 1977


The Steam Tunnel Incident

TSR History / 1980s


(And more can be found at the Wonderland Imprints publisher page.)

Don't know where to begin?

Each of the Wonderland Imprints series has an acclaimed first introductory volume. You can start there, and then journey further as you choose.

Series include the Black Label Editions (unillustrated tabletop volumes), Castle Oldskull (old school RPG supplements), The Classic Dungeon Design Guides (system neutral dungeon crafting), Hawk & Moor (Dungeons & Dragons history), Old School Essentials (supplements for Gavin Norman's B/X game), Oldskull Innovations (unique experimental products), and the Oldskull Library (classic weird fiction), as well as many Free Supplement Releases.

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Isaac W October 24, 2022 5:31 pm UTC
This is such a delightful item, I would love to introduce the minor arcana to my players as well someday!
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Mark T March 30, 2019 8:08 pm UTC
Is there also a Minor Arcana Deck?
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Paul M November 04, 2017 7:57 pm UTC
Can it be used with an actual, physical, deck of Tarot cards? Or is it tied to the provided, printable, custom cards?
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Kent K November 05, 2017 2:29 am UTC
Hi there, it can. Here's a "Rosetta Stone" translation key showing the Oldskull card, corresponding Tarot card (roughly and recommended), and a playing card that can be used if Tarot cards are not available:

0 The Fool / The Fool / The Joker with trademark symbol
1 The Archmagus / The Magician / The Two of Clubs
2 The Hierophanta / The High Priestess / The Ace of Diamonds
3 The Imperatrix / The Empress / The Jack of Hearts
4 The Imperator / The Emperor / The Jack of Spades
5 The Hierophant / The Hierophant / The Ace of Hearts
6 The Adorers / The Lovers / The Ace of Clubs
7 The Chariot / The Chariot / The Queen of Hearts
8 Strength / Strength / The Jack of Diamonds
9 The Maiden Crone / The Hermit / The Ace of Spades
10 Chaos / Wheel of Fortune / The Two of Hearts
11 Law / Justice / The Two of Spades
12 The Mad God / The Hanged Man / The King of Spades
13 Death / Death / The Jack of Clubs
14 Temperance / Temperance...See more
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Paul M November 05, 2017 1:18 pm UTC
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