I'm not sure what great revelation J. Neill Furr at Game of Tarot thinks he’s uncovering... his big thing is that Tarot cards were “invented” for game playing, not “fortune telling.” As one headline on his site screamingly insists: “Think you know Tarot Cards? Think again... they were invented for card games not fortune telling!” On another page is the headline: “The Chances are that you have been lied to!”Contrary to popular myth, tarot cards were invented for card games, not fortune telling.
Tarot isn’t “fortune telling” not in the simplistic way he clearly means, but we’ll move on. The assumption, one of them, is that people who read cards are unaware of this astounding revelation. As usual, the skeptoid universe is shown to be one of either/or, black vs. white, dichotomous mindsets that consider most things to be of sinister and dishonest intent.
Furr goes on, and on, and on some more, about all that. But what I find intriguing is his obsession, which isn't at all an unfamiliar trait among the skeptoid, but always a curious one. Furr has a nice website, chock full of information about the Tarot as merely, only, and truly just a game. But he doesn’t stop there, no, he wants to enlist the help of skepti bunkies everywhere:
This web site exists to promote these games to the English speaking world and to a large extent my methods will be that of a sceptic. After all, the two greatest obstacles to my goal are the myths of tarot’s origins and its perceived use as a tool for fortune tellers. I believe that sceptics should take special note of tarot’s history and games and so some of my efforts on this site will be directed at them. I shall also try to enlist your help in this project, as I cannot hope to achieve my goals aloneHe also has a little video clip that implores skeptics to help with his mission: “to be a resource for all -- both to take up the fight and to enjoy!” (You have to love the fact Furr sees a fight where none is intended... that’s one of the things I love about skeptoids. They’re so, well, damn contentious.)
There’s also stuff you can buy, promos to help spread the word about Tarot; the real Tarot as game that is, not Tarot as “fortune telling,” and pdf downloads, graphics to print out, links, a whole universe of resources to help the skeptic get the message out about Tarot as a game, not fortune telling, damnit!
He’s very specific about all this, and his purpose;for example, none of his stuff available for download can be used if:
3. The text may not be used to promote anything other than the games of tarot and the associated web sites. If your web site promotes tarot games.
4. The text may not be used in the in association with or in the context of the promotion of occultism, religion, or any form of divination.