Okus Tokens: Our Game Comes With A Bear Tooth
We’ve been developing Illimat for the last year, and we’re almost finished… but there’s a few elements we’re still working on. These include the okus tokens. In our playthrough videos, you can see metal disks resting on the illimat. These serve a purpose in the game - but they aren’t the tokens you’ll receive when you get your copy of Illimat. So what is an okus, what’s the story behind them, and what will they look like in the final game?
How Okus Tokens Work in The Game
At the start of a hand, you set one okus on the illimat for each player in the game. When a player clears a field - removing the last card from a quadrant of the board - they take an okus from the illimat, if one is available. Each okus is worth one point at the end of the game, and when you claim an okus you also deal three new cards into this field. So an okus is a reward for the first few players who manage to clear fields… but it also serves as a sort of timer. As long as there are okus tokens on the illimat, you’ll keep getting new cards put in play; once they’re gone, the board starts to empty out.
The Okus Token Backstory
From the beginning, Illimat has been about building a narrative - a game that could have existed in the past, that could be tied to a secret society, that could have a long list of traditions and tales. One of our first ideas was that experienced Illimat players would bring their own okus to the table: that an okus would be an object with some sort of personal significance, and the first thing you’d do is to lay your okus on the table. Carson Ellis has a bear tooth. Keith Baker has an old silver dollar. Jenn Ellis has an unusual key. The Kickstarter exclusive Variants & Apocrypha booklet goes into more detail about the story behind the okus and different ways to use them in play.
While we encourage people to use their own okus, our plan has always been for Illimat to ship with four metal okus objects. We and Carson Ellis are working to determine the final form of these tokens; we want them to be unique and interesting objects, and you can see a few of the ideas we’re considering below. We’ll share the progress of our okus designs throughout the course of the project. But the game that you receive won’t include plain metal disks: when you clear a field, will you take the bathtub or the bear tooth?
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Keith & Jenn