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# 5 Comments. # As an alternative to Roman numerals you could use "counting rods": but I'm not convinced that you couldn't simply use the (Tarot Nouveau) "J,C,Q,K" scheme to denote your face cards i.e. there are historical decks that use "Joan of Arc" as a "Queen" and the famous general "Alexander the Great" as "King": . If you want to get crazy there were historical playing card decks with six face cards per suit (male/female knaves, male/female riders, male/female rulers). This would provide an equal number of face cards to non-face cards and an interesting (gender) duality to the face cards.

-- TrevorLDavis 2018-04-03 22:03 UTC

J,C,Q,K are probably the best options, I'll think it over. In the historical decks, we the female knaves and riders ranked under their male counterparts - or were they equal with no explicit higher or lower rank?

-- danielharward 2018-04-04 02:30 UTC

I don't think we know for sure but generalizing on how the Queen is normally ranked under the King I suspect the females ranked under the males, the six face cards are found in a 15th century deck: . The modern Tarocco Siciliano deck has male king, female queen, male knight, and female knaves (called "maids"): . Note even if historical tarot decks ranked females under males doesn't mean your modern Piecepack Companion deck needs to do so or it could switch relative rankings between games (or even in a game!).

-- TrevorLDavis 2018-04-04 03:23 UTC

Like. :)

-- RonHaleEvans 2018-04-04 03:49 UTC

that's what I was thinking. I love these Ideas, I've updated the page with the addition of the female Jacks and and Riders with different lettering. They could both be J and C but I think there are more possibilities with the new letters, D and L.

-- danielharward 2018-04-04 14:40 UTC

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