About Us

Tarot and Inspiration

U.S. Games Systems, Inc. is celebrating its 50th Year Anniversary as the premier publisher of tarot, divination, oracle and inspirational decks. Rider-Waite® and Crowley Thoth continue to be among the most popular tarot decks in the world. Modern interpretations of these classic decks include the award-winning Chrysalis Tarot, Sun and Moon Tarot, Dreaming Way Tarot, Deviant Moon Tarot, Wonderland Tarot, Motherpeace Tarot, Marseilles-style Tarot de Maria Celia and Paulina Cassidy’s new animal themed Spiritsong Tarot. Classic decks include Cary-Yale Visconti and the Visconti-Sforza Tarot. Visionary inspirational decks include Secrets of the Mystic Grove, Botanical Inspirations, Mudras, Mystical Wisdom, and Buddhism Reading Cards. Yoga Cats, Yoga Dogs, Fairy Dust and Joyful Inspirations are just a few of our light-hearted offerings. From the whimsical to the elegant, U.S. Games Systems’ divination and inspiration decks showcase a wealth of creative talent.


Games and Playing Card Decks

U.S. Games Systems, Inc. of Stamford, CT has been producing quality family games and specialty playing card decks for 50 years. Designed for family fun, all our products are attractively packaged and affordably priced.

Our wide selection of games has something for every age and interest. Best-selling Wizard Card Game is now available in several different editions including the new Two Player Wizard, Fantasy Wizard, Medieval Wizard, Deluxe Edition, and Large Index Wizard. For little ones we offer Kids' Classics, Banana Split Card Game, and perennially popular Authors Cards. Award-winning word games like Snatch-It, Royalty, Flashwordz, and Quickword educate as well as entertain.

Let’s Play™ Card Games presents an exciting collection of family games in an eye-catching counter display: Flip Six, Continuo, Duo, Tripolo, Bing-O and others. The Mystery Rummy Card Game series is back by popular demand.

Themed playing card decks include Optical Illusions, Classic American Rides, Natural World, Vintage Railroad, Airplane Spotter Cards, Presidents, Civil War series and many other historical decks.  

U.S. Games Systems products have been honored with awards from Dr Toy, iParenting Media, Creative Child, NAPPA, TIA, Tillywig and many others


Our History

Founded in 1968 by Stuart R. Kaplan, U. S. Games Systems (USGS) initially marketed a single product category, tarot cards. It now markets approximately 400 proprietary items from over 20 product categories of tarot, playing cards, games, children's card games, museum products, books, specialty advertising products and educational/motivational cards. The company's overall mission is to create, produce and market high quality printed playing cards and book products.

USGS' market coverage in the earlier years was bookstores in the continental United States. It now sells its products through 150 independent sales representatives; in-house sales staff and attendance at approximately 40 national and regional trade shows, to 10,000 accounts of different types of retailers and wholesalers plus export to twenty countries. Primary customers include regular bookstores, children's bookstores, book distributors and book chains; book clubs, gift shops including museum gift shops and department store gift departments; greeting card stores; toy and game stores; hobby shops and mail order catalogs.

Today, U. S. Games Systems is a recognized leader in the publishing and marketing of tarot cards and related tarot products, children's card games, theme playing cards and fine art playing cards. The overall product line is characterized by the high quality of illustrations, photography, and product design.

USGS develops up to twenty new products annually and each product is targeted to support its continued penetration of a variety of niche markets, i.e., special interest and quality conscious consumer segments.

The company regularly receives recognition for its outstanding product line from organizations including:

  • Mensa Best Mind Games Award
  • Games Magazine Best 100
  • Games Magazine Best Family Card Game
  • Doctor Toy Award
  • Parents Council Award
  • Parents Choice Gold Award

Some of the most popular tarot products published by U. S. Games Systems include Rider-Waite, Crowley, Universal Waite, Lord of the Rings, Cat People, Motherpeace, Medicine Woman, Aquarian, Goddess, Morgan-Greer, Tarot of the Witches, Londa and Native American.

Popular card games published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. includes the award-winning Wizard Card Game, Pez Card Game, Authors, the Natural World Series, Go Fish and Old Maid, Parity (Othello), Civil War Games, Ouija Card Game, Royalty, Creative Whack Pack, Rain Forest, Kern Alphabet and Animal Card Games, Mystery Rummy Series, Continuo, Duo and Alice in Wonderland Deck & Book Set.

As evidenced not only in his writings and personal collection of rare cards and games (previously on exhibit at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, and now online - "Welcome To The World of Playing Cards"), playing cards have been and continue to be a passion of the founder and Chairman of USGS. This strong desire to share high quality printed playing cards with others is embodied in the culture and fabric of U.S. Games Systems.