Tales is a series of playing cards by Thirdway Industries, inspired by Fairy Tales, Fables, and Fantasy Books. Designed by the Italian designer Giovanni Meroni.
The main purpose of these decks is to offer you a vast array of characters with which to tell and create Fairy Tales, for both kids and adults.
There are three fabulous decks in the Tales series: Heroic Tales, Arcane Tales and Legendary Tales (experimental limited edition).
All decks are fully custom and completely different. Here are the card backs:
The court cards of Heroic and Arcane are completely different characters; the courts of Legendary are asymmetric and tell a story on their own. Here are the QoH included in each deck:
Bella (left) is the Heroic QoH; the Wicked Queen Stepmother/Old Witch (center) is the Legendary QoH and the Narcoleptic Princess is the Arcane QoH.
Legendary is the limited edition of Tales.
Asymmetric court cards
Legendary Tales cards are purposely made to tell stories on their own. For example, pictured above is the famous Emperor, lavishly dressed on one side, and naked on the other (inspired by “The Emperor’s New Clothes”).
Another court card I love is the Wolf, in his true form (the King of Evil) and disguised as the Scarlet Damsel’s Granny.
As you may have guessed, Legendary Tales includes antagonists as well as heroes.