On the twenty-third day of the sixth month in the thirty-first year of the zhiyuan period (17 July 1294), we caught Yan Sengzhu and Zheng Zhugou playing cards, and have also found wood blocks to print cards. Each person has admitted to the truth of the accusation. We have, according to the rules, passed judgement and punished correctly the organizer Lu Donger, accessory to gambling Zheng Zhugou, the owner of the premises Jiang Sier, and the block printer Ye Lin, and dispatched to the Ever-abundant Treasury for deposit the nine cards (zhipai) that were about to be destroyed, and...
Tarot Game Rules
Despite what you may have heard, tarot cards were not the original playing cards. They were, however, originally used for playing card games. Here are some of the games that are played with tarot cards.
Tarot Game Books
- History of Games Played with the Tarot Pack: Volume 1 by Michael Dummett
- History of Games Played with the Tarot Pack: Volume 2 by Michael Dummett
- The Game of Tarot by Michael Dummett
Tarot Gaming Software
The Vassal Game Engine, which is available for Mac as well as PC, has two downloadableTarot Card modules that will let you play Tarok or any other Tarot based game. One of the modules is based on cards from Trionfi, and the other with rules from Pagat.
Another great way to play with Tarot cards is to download PySol, which is free and runs on Mac, PC, and Linux, and which has over a dozen Tarot-based solitaire games. Did you know? Solitaire was originally invented as a light form of divination, or a kind of luck meter.