Fire Emblem Tarot

Fire Emblem Tarot

You approach the woman with caution. She smiles, and puts her finger to her lips; you swear you’ve seen her before somewhere.

“Here,” she says, placing in front of you a deck of cards. “Let me tell you your fortune…”

Welcome to the Fire Emblem Tarot project! We’re getting together to create a Fire Emblem-themed tarot deck, along with a box design and booklet, and we’d love you to join us on this endeavour!

FAQs

What is tarot?
Will this project be digital or printed?
What are the guidelines for this project?
Where can I find the list of cards and characters available?
What dimensions and format are required?
Where can I apply?

 

What is tarot?

A tarot deck is special pack of cards, now used mainly for fortune-telling, consisting of 78 cards (4 suits of 14 cards each (the minor arcana), and 22 other cards (the major arcana). Anybody who has looked at tarot cards will have seen some of their beautiful imagery, which was our inspiration for this project.

Examples from Druid Craft Tarot


 

Will this project be digital or printed?

At this moment in time, the deck and booklet will be available as downloadable PDFs. However, if there is enough interest, we may look into a printed version (if this is the case, all profits would go to a charity decided upon by the community). Let us know what you think!

 


 

What are the guidelines for this project?

– This project is not first-come, first-served! While the Compendium is run in that way, this is a smaller project and will be run more like a traditional zine; there will be a level of skill required for this particular project. Feel free to apply for any card you are interested in, but please understand we will not be able to accept every artist who applies.

– However, every artist is eligible to produce art for the accompanying booklet! Once we evaluate how much interest there is in the project, we will reveal more about this – so stay tuned. There is no need to apply for the booklet at this point.

– Once you are chosen to draw a card, you have one month starting from the day we contact you to complete your card. If it is not complete in this time, you will be replaced by a backup artist for the job. Extensions will not be given freely; only due to certain circumstances (computer issues, sudden life events, etc.) and if WIPs are provided to show you are making progress. If you do not believe that you would be able to finish your piece in the allotted time, we do not recommend that you register for the project.

– If you believed you would be able to finish but events such as schoolwork or workload get in the way, please contact the mods as soon as possible. There is no shame in this! We just need to know how to move forward, and we cannot if our artists suddenly go AWOL.

– Cards may not depict NSFW and/or graphic content. Light blood/bruises/injuries are fine, but no excessive gore or sexual themes. If it can’t be shown in the games, it can’t be shown here!

– Characters must be shown in their original outfits or with minor adjustments (e.g. Heroes redesigns).

– Both digital and traditional art are allowed, but anything traditional must be clean and scanned in.

– Cards must show considerable effort and should be fully coloured with backgrounds. Said backgrounds can either be definitive or abstract, so long as it adheres to the next point.

– As these are tarot cards, much of their detailing is up to artist interpretation. However, the art must still keep the general themes of the tarot card it represents.

– Major arcana cards may only include the character(s) specified. If the character has multiple gender options (Kris, Robin, Corrin), both should be depicted in the same card.

– Minor arcana cards are more lenient: other characters not included in the tarot project may be shown in the background, especially if the minor arcana card only has one character as a focus. That being said, please ask the moderators before you do so, to ensure there are no duplicates and that they do not take focus away from the main character(s) depicted.

– If a card has a specific number, (such as Nine of Wands or Ace of Pentacles) the number must be shown in some way on the card. How that is depicted is up to you – we’re excited to see your creativity!

You made it to the end! The password is “unit” for the application form. Make sure that you understand everything in the guidelines before signing up!

 


 

Where can I find the list of cards and characters available?

You can find the full list of cards here! We’ve done our best to give an even spread among all the major Fire Emblem games as well as taking into account the meaning of the cards, so we hope you’ll find a character you like.

 


 

What dimensions and format are required?

Images must be submitted as 753 x 1535px PNG in 300dpi (you can make them larger for other purposes, but this is the size we will need for the submission). Colour conversion should be CMYK. In addition, the file should be able to be exported as a .tiff file if we do decide to make a physical deck. The template will have borders and text which will be designed by one of the participants, but you can use the template below as a guide. There is no need to submit the image in the template, as this will be done by the team!

You can download a size template here.

 


Application form

Please note: we have had a lot of interest in this project (400+ applications) and do want to reiterate that unfortunately we won’t be able to include everybody, and we strongly advise you to consider before applying. Please don’t be discouraged if we can’t include you – there will be lots more opportunities in future! 🙂