It occurred to me this morning while I was running (what, I can run!) that I have never done a post on Tarot the Witch of the Black Rose. I mean it seems to have everything that ends up in my games; red headed witch, lots of supernatural and fantasy creatures, scantily clad women and at least lip service to real practitioners.
Reading synopsis and overviews online though, "Tarot" or Rowan sounds like what is typically called in my games a "Witch Guardian". Sorta like a Warden of the Dresden Files, but more focused on protecting the coven than being the Wicce secret police. I like that she has a winged cat, that is something I have used in my games too.
I am a fan of Holly Holly Golightly's webcomic "School Bites" and she is one half (or two/thirds even) of the Tarot creative team.
Other parts of it though look fairly cliche'd and even drifting into softcore (neither of which I mind, but everything in it's place after all).
I have seen that includes such notables in witch/wiccan community as Fiona Horne and Raven Grimassi. Not that it matters that much to me, but I have to admire Balent's attention to detail.
The reviews I have seen are somewhat mixed. There are lot of positive ones to be sure, but there are others complaining about the cheese-cake factor, nudity and sex.
So have any of you read it? Is it any good?
Can you give me your thoughts, comments?
Anyone know where I can buy the collected editions?