The Public Tarot: Generative Fortunes

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A generative tarot reader by Marilyn Roxie. The Public Tarot was made with open-source, interactive fiction software Twine. Purple text indicates word associations with the 78 Rider-Waite tarot images given by 31 survey respondents who ranged in familiarity or lack thereof with the tarot. These responses were then remixed with text from A.E. Waite's The Pictorial Key to the Tarot (1911), which is now in the public domain.

Also available on itch.io: https://marilynroxie.itch.io/thepublictarot

The tarot card images are of the 1909 Rider-Waite deck illustrated by Pamela Coleman Smith, originally scanned by Holly Voley and sourced from the Internet Sacred Text Archive. These images are in the public domain and have been passed through a 16-bit color filter.

Special thanks to survey-takers, troubleshooters, and play-testers:

Hune Ceaulage, ChapelR, Barbara D’Aversa, Devon, the Digital Futures class at Manchester Metropolitan University, feodoric, GoblinSpaceWizard, Nolan Harris, Kelly Jones, Michelle Jones, Ciel King-Williams, Ryan Daniel Koenig, litrouke, The Mad Exile, Ruth Miller, Natari, Ocean, Fex Orumwense, Daisy Polaski, Elsie Profilio, qdot, Ruune, Ant Shea, Tala, Nicholas van der Waard, Wendy, Nam Vo, Bishop Xiong, and all anonymous survey respondents.

The background image is a photograph taken by Rodion Kutsaev and the cursor icons are by MadameBerry, both licensed in the public domain.

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let-off-studios's picture

Good Stuff Here

You picked some beautiful cards for this, and the interface is very well-done and accessible. Your research is impressive. Nice work! :)

MarilynRoxie's picture

Thank you very much! :)

Thank you very much! :)

This is interesting

This is interesting

MarilynRoxie's picture

Thank you!

Thank you!

This is interesting

This is interesting

Capt_hastings-Chrissy's picture

I liked the card

I liked the card descriptions, especially the additions at the end. I got the king of cups who was double fisting.
Feels pretty successful, like you're giving yourself a reading. It's fun to over-interpret everything.

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