Psychonauts, a special edition deck from Joker and the Thief in collaboration with Art of Play. Launched as a Kickstarter campaign back in 2021, this psychadelically themed deck takes us on a journey to explore realities beyond the perception of our five senses.

What is a Psychonaut? - From the Greek "Psyche" meaning soul. And "Nautes" meaning sailor. A psychonaut explores the subconscious mind via altered states of consciousness.

This deck embodies just that, and it's totally psychedelic and totally groovy! Not to copy from the campaign page too much, but Psychonauts is a nostalgic tribute to the 1960s psychedelic movement and the new age of spiritualism. That, and drugs.

The design, by Pedro Oyarbide -- who's designed several Joker and the Thief decks, keeps with the aesthetic style of several of their other decks. The difference here is the vibrant Pantone colors that are used, and the psychedelic art form. Metallic inks were still used to create an eye catching shimmer, in all it's glory.

Fully custom Aces and courts, and custom pips on all of the face cards, there's not a detail left untouched. Even this deck's Jokers, keeping with the standard Joker and Thief motif, take on an inward-journey form and are waiting for us in the spirit realm!

The deck consists of 56 cards:

  • 52 playing cards
  • Two non-identical jokers; one a joker, the other a thief
  • Two ad cards

Where to buy?

Last I checked, you should be able to pick up Psychonauts at Joker and the Thief. The last price tag I saw for this deck was set at $25.00.

Buy at Joker and the Thief

This deck is created by Art of Play and Joker and the Thief and designed by Pedro Oyarbide. It's beautifully printed by USPCC on Superior Crush stock. The deck features custom court cards, custom pips on all cards, and two non-identical jokers. The tuck case has an embossed, screen printed gold foil and matte design, and is secured with a perforated sticker seal. The tuck, much like the deck, utilizes the Horror Vacui - or Kenophobia - art style (which translates to "the fear of empty space").