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I'm completely captivated by this game!
If you want a game where people sit silently and are polite to each other -- then don't play this game. If you want a game where you can play a fixed, tried and true, by the numbers strategies -- then don't play this game.
BUT, if you want a game where ONLY diplomacy can win; where lying, conniving, backstabbing and bluffing are considered good form; where fate can deal you a foul lot and you know that you can still win -- then play this game.
It's the rock star of games. A little brash, noisy, rough around the edges -- but it's where fun people go for hours and hours of delight.
This game is an essential for any household.
Not only is it fun and addidictive, but it also teaches us the real-world organizations that are influencing our lives everyday. These unseen puppet masters are the power groups that control all of the worlds power, money and politics. They are real.
They are everywhere.
They are watching.
Trust no one.
It's hard to imagaine that the first edition of Illuminati was released 20 years ago. It's even more hard for me to imagaine why I have never played this game during the past two decades. No other multi-player card-based design that I know of so successfully combines strategy, resource management, diplomacy, and humor as does Illuminati.
Even more amazing, this game seems to appeal to both the Euro and war game crowd. Refined rules and clever artwork further contribute to a very positive experience. Gametime is about 2 hours, and is filled with lots of player interaction.
I can't say enough good things about Illuminati. If, like me, you avoided this game because it looked too silly, consider giving it a try--a solid and fun strategy design awaits you.
In my book, Illuminati ranks as the best of the best--my hat goes off to Steve Jackson for this one.