This Might Hurt Tarot Deck Preorders

Created by Isabella Rotman

This Might Hurt Tarot is a modern deck in the Rider-Waite-Smith tradition, backed on Kickstarter and currently in production. Keeping time-honored symbolism and imagery, but losing the medieval context, this deck is designed to be both easy to read and highly relatable. Clothing and scenery are modernized, diversity is embraced, and queerness is lovingly acknowledged.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Production Update!
4 days ago – Sat, Aug 17, 2019 at 09:22:38 PM

Banner image for This Might Hurt Tarot Release Party, Ars Memoria, Oct 18th, 7 pm.

Hello wonderful backers,

I'm excited to let you know that the deck has officially been in production since August 6th! The decks are being printed by Shenzhen Wheel of Fortune Printing Co. in Shenzhen China. After production the decks will be shipped by sea to the United States then by truck to me in Chicago! This morning I received some in-progress printing photos from my sales rep., and the cards are looking good!

WIP printing production image of multiple tarot cards printed on large sheet
WIP printing production image of multiple tarot cards printed on large sheet
Closeup WIP printing production image of multiple tarot cards printed on large sheet
Closeup WIP printing production image of multiple tarot cards printed on large sheet
WIP printing production image of card backs printed on large sheet

As you can see, the cards are printed on huge sheets with multiple cards per sheet. The card backs are printed on the back of the sheet. The next step will be to cut out the individual cards to make the decks. I've never worked with a factory for large-scale production on a project before, so this is all very new and exciting for me! I'm excited to see more in-progress pictures from the production team as the deck comes together.

Timeline, Party, and Fulfillment

Currently, everything is on time for decks to be shipped to backers in November, as promised! So if you ordered a deck as a holiday gift, have no fear. It will arrive on time. Decks can be picked up early by backers at the This Might Hurt Tarot Release Party on October 18th, so if you are in Chicago please swing by the event! If you are attending please RSVP to the FB event. We will have Tarot readers doing readers and I'd love to celebrate with you. Backer rewards will be shipped out over the next 2-4 weeks in late October/early November.

But I'm Moving! How Do I Change My Shipping Address?

Have no fear! You are still able to change your address through backerkit right up until I lock shipping addresses in late October/early November. Here is the process: when I am ready to ship orders in late October/early November, I will lock addresses for fulfillment. You will receive a final warning 48 hours before addresses lock in case you need to update your address last minute. Only after this point, when 48 hours have passed and you have received a warning via e-mail, will your shipping address be unchangeable. 

Until then, here is how you update your address:

That's it!

Website

I'd also love to remind you that all cards AND card descriptions are available on ThisMightHurtTarot.com! You can view everything that will be in the guidebook here for free. This website is also a very helpful alternative to using the printed guidebook, as the font in the printed guidebook is going to be very small. The font on the website is larger, scale-able, and more legible, as well as compatible with screen readers.

That's all for now! Thank you everyone, and there will be more soon.

- Isabella

This Might Hurt Tarot Deck Release Party!
23 days ago – Mon, Jul 29, 2019 at 07:30:38 PM

Hello backers in the greater Chicago area! I'm excited to invite you to the Release party for This Might Hurt Tarot, which will take place on October 18th at Ars Memoria Tattoo and Art Gallery! Please RSVP via Facebook here.

Date/Time: Oct 18th at 7pm
Location:  Ars Memoria, 1770 W Berteau Ave, #506, Chicago, Illinois 60613

This project has been a labor of love and I absolutely did not do it alone. I am so grateful to my community, Kickstarter backers, and every single person who helped this project along in so many different ways. When the deck is finally released, I want to party with my friends!

You can pick up your Kickstarter reward at the party! We'll also have Tarot readers available to give readings or you could test out your new deck with each other! I'm in the process of planning so please keep posted for details in the facebook event as things develop.

Drinks will be available for tips/donation, but feel free to BYOB if you prefer.

Details for picking up your Kickstarter rewards at the party:
 - There is a question in your survey asking if you plan on being at the party. If you marked 'yes,' or 'maybe,' I will make sure to have your reward ready for you.
- If you marked 'yes' or 'maybe' and don't pick up your reward at the party, don't worry about. I'll ship it to you after the party.
- If you marked that you weren't attending the party but plans change and you show up anyway, you can probably still get your reward! We will have plenty of extra decks and pins available.

This Might Hurt Tarot Website and Digital Guidebook Now Online!
about 1 month ago – Mon, Jul 22, 2019 at 11:42:51 PM

Hello beautiful backers!

I am delighted to tell you that ThisMightHurtTarot.com is now finished and online! All colored cards and card descriptions are now available to read on this website, which will function as a digital guidebook. 

Screenshot of Homepage - ThisMightHurtTarot.com
Screenshot of Homepage - ThisMightHurtTarot.com

The best thing about this website is that it's free! The second best thing is that the font is way bigger than the teeny tiny font I had to use in the printed guidebook. I highly recommend anyone with a vision disability use the digital version over the printed version.

Screenshot of Card Description - ThisMightHurtTarot.com
Screenshot of Card Description - ThisMightHurtTarot.com

The website also includes an introduction to reading tarot, including instructions for simple readings, and a brief overview on the format and symbolism of most tarot decks. While the card descriptions are specific to This Might Hurt Tarot, they can be used to compliment any Rider-Waite-Smith based deck.

I absolutely hope you enjoy this guidebook! The printed version of the guidebook is complete as well and I am finalizing details with the printer this week. This project is going to print very soon and I can't wait! I owe a great deal of thanks for my many friends who read drafts of this book for content, spelling, and punctuation. They really made this project (and my writing) infinitely better!

Thank you all so much for your support, and I hope you enjoy the website!

- Isabella



Today is the LAST DAY to Fill Out Your Backer Surveys!
about 2 months ago – Sun, Jul 07, 2019 at 06:11:34 PM

Last Day for Surveys

Hello Everyone!

Just writing a quick update to remind you that today is the LAST DAY to fill out your backer surveys! Please do this today if you have not already! 92% of Surveys are in, but there are still a few that haven't been filled out.

Tomorrow morning, I'm going to lock your reward selections and charge cards for add-on item purchases and pledge upgrades. You can update your shipping address up until we lock addresses for shipping.

If you need to review your information or pledge status, you can return to your survey by clicking the link in your survey email or requesting your survey link under "Lost your survey?" on our BackerKit project page at https://thismighthurttarot.backerkit.com.

Thanks everyone for your support!

Website an Guidebook Update

In more exciting news, I have been working hard on the guidebook and website! Every card in the deck is now available to view on  https://www.thismighthurttarot.com. Eventually card descriptions will be added for each card and this website will serve as a digital guidebook that anyone with internet access can view anytime. 

The guidebook itself has been written and is currently being reviewed by my amazing team of test readers. Thank you Turnip, Elizabeth, Laura, Kelsey, Jon, and Luke! I will be using their feedback to complete yet another draft of the guidebook this coming week, at which point it will go to my amazing team of copy editors. Thank you Ramona, Dan, and Shawn!

Once the guidebook is in it's final form and ready to be turned into a book, we'll be laying it out in Indesign. My hope is to have all of this completely finished and send to print by the end of next week!

Thank you everyone one thousand times over for your support,

- Isabella

Last call for order updates!
about 2 months ago – Fri, Jul 05, 2019 at 02:26:32 PM

Hello incredible backers!

The last day to make final updates to your order is Sunday, July 7th. After this date, we will lock your reward selections and charge cards for add-on item purchases, pledge upgrades, and pre-orders. You can update your shipping address up until we lock addresses for shipping.

If you haven’t answered your survey yet, if you fill out your BackerKit survey or pay for extra shipping after the July 7th order due date, we’ll still receive your information but your shipment may be delayed.

If you need to review your information or pledge status, you can return to your survey by clicking the link in your survey email or requesting your survey link under "Lost your survey?" on our BackerKit project page at https://thismighthurttarot.backerkit.com.

THANK YOU!

Thank you all again for being so responsive to answering our BackerKit survey—even though it may not seem like much as an individual backer, you have no idea how tremendously helpful this has been for me when trying to keep track of all 752 of you!

Thanks everyone for your support!

- Isabella