Final Countdown and The Society of Luminaries
As of this moment, there's less than ten hours to go in the campaign. It's been an amazing journey. Thanks to those of you who joined us for The Rumble, we will be adding two Kickstarter-exclusive okus tokens to backer copies of the game... a book token on behalf of Rumble Champion Colin Meloy, and a coin for runner-up Keith Baker. We still have a stretch goal on the horizon - an additional exclusive okus token at 7500 backers. We've got a long way to go, but stranger things have happened, so spread the word!
Now, let's talk about The Society of Luminaries.
Illimat began when The Decemberists imagined a secret society playing a mysterious game in interesting places. We want to bring that vision to life. We'll be maintaining the rolls of the Society of Luminaries and the ranks of its members. After Illimat is released, you'll have the opportunity to advance in rank by doing what the Society does - playing Illimat in interesting places and sharing the experience. We'll also post challenges - as we did before PAX West, when we posted the coordinates of the bank vault in the ACT Theater. Each rank within the Society has a pin, and when you reach that rank you are eligible to purchase that pin. As part of the Kickstarter, we're allowing you to pull some strings and start at a higher rank - Vetternwirtschaft essentially means "cronyism" - but once the campaign is over, you'll have to earn your rank the hard way.
So: you join the Society by selecting a level that includes an Initiate pin, or by adding an Initiate pin to your pledge by adding $11. Reward levels that include higher-ranked pins will enter you in the Society at the highest rank associated with your level, so VETTERNWIRTSCHAFT jumps you to Head Clerk.
The Society of Luminaries is a mysterious organization, and we're still uncovering all the details. We'll reveal the full hierarchy of ranks in Variants & Apocrypha, and we'll share additional information as we close in on release.
Twelve hours to go - spread the word!
Keith & Jenn