I was introduced to this game by my gaming buddies in Indianapolis with one warning; Either play it with good friends or people you’ll never see again because someone’s gonna get screwed and feelings will get trampled.
They’re all around us. Secret conspiracies are everywhere, and where can you find the only truth? Certainly not in the game of Illuminati. Fnord.
The object of Illuminati is to take control of the world. The phone company is controlled by creatures from outer space. The Congressional Wives have taken over the Pentagon. And the Boy Sprouts are cashing in their secret Swiss Bank Account to smash the IRS!
Illuminati was an instant hit when it was released in 1982 and won the Origins Award for Best Science Fiction board game. It has been Steve Jackson’s signature title ever since.
Two to six players compete to take control of groups ranging from the FBI and CIA to the Dentists, increasing their wealth and power for further takeovers, until one rules supreme. Every player has different victory conditions! No ploy is too devious, no stratagem too low, as you scheme your way to victory.
Illuminati Rules (pdf) the official rule sheet that’s included in the base boxed set.
Illuminati Summary (pdf) Compiled with all factions to help everyone learn and plot.