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The Decemberists Present: ILLIMAT 
A Game by Keith Baker for 2-4 players
The Decemberists Present: ILLIMAT A Game by Keith Baker for 2-4 players
5,963 backers pledged $418,628 to help bring this project to life.

Illimat is Real

Posted by Twogether Studios, LLC (Creator)

Hello Backers & Friends!

It’s an incredible feeling after two years to see Illimat as a real thing.

In the last week we’ve gone from a few of you receiving your games to now over 90% of you with games in hand or in active transit. By the end of the week we’ll be close to having all of our backers who confirmed their address by the deadline having games in their hands or in transit.

From Tasmania to Tennessee we’re hearing such great feedback on the art, components, and game play. We all put our heart into make this and we’re so glad it shows. The village that made this game happen couldn't be more proud and thankful to you for supporting us.

Instagram Image credits top left: @stuartpiazza, right: @laminatedcat, bottom left @sydkoffler

Ok, here’s some information to share:

Rules Questions? 

We’re here to help, along with your fellow Society of Luminaries members. The Illimat Players group on Facebook just started and they’re already sharing pictures of their personal Okus tokens and Radish recipes

Wednesday -- the day before Thanksgiving here in the US -- Keith Baker will be doing a livestream to answer any rules questions you might have and give you a rules refresh. You know you need to look like you are working at your desk tomorrow when all you want to do is be home playing games -- so just put this on your calendar as “Important Meeting.

Grow The Society of Luminaries

People have been asking us what they can do to help spread the word about Illimat. Here are some options if you are so inclined:

  • Play the game with friends! 
  •  Share about it on social media
  • Review or like it on Amazon. We're not selling on there yet, but we will soon and have a listing for it so you can post a review 
  • Review, like or log it as owned on Board Game Geek 

Victory Books

Long story short, we ran into some scheduling problems with getting the Victory books for the fulfillment times and didn't want them to hold up getting the games to you. These will be printed in January. We’ll be sending you a code so that you can order it from our site free of charge and will keep you updated.

The 812 

We’ve started to send out 812 cards and will send them in batches each week with all of them out by the end of the year. Keep an eye out on social media for the #812challenge! It’s going to be good, but we’re keeping all of the details mysterious, according to SoL code.

If you live in the US and you have not received your order yet: 

There was a kerfuffle with Initiate Pins that kept some rewards from being shipped. The kerfuffle has been resolved and all of the remaining US orders are now being processed with the expectation that they will shipped out by EOD Wednesday. If you’d like to confirm you are part of these shipments please contact blackbox at

Oh, Canada!

You are amazingly patient! Your rewards are on track to start shipping out this week. 

If you are missing an item in your shipment: 

please contact Blackbox: and they will address it for you.


Jenn & Keith 


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    1. Twogether Studios, LLC 4-time creator on

      Hi @A.Hunter Sunrise- Looks like we have not received a confirmed pledge/shipping address from you. Can you look in your spam/promotions folder for an email from the sender " After The Crowd" and confirm your pledge & provide your address?

    2. A.Hunter Sunrise on

      Hey, y'all!
      I haven't received my game yet, either. Can you please let me know what the hold up is?

    3. Twogether Studios, LLC 4-time creator on

      Hi Nicolas - totally hear you- I’ll ping Blackbox on your behalf and let you know the results in about an hour so.

    4. Nicholas Rose

      Well this is frustrating. I really don't want to have packages sitting on my doorstep while being out of town for weeks during the holidays.

    5. Nicholas Rose

      Any word on US Shipping? I sent an email to the support email last week and haven't heard anything about it.

    6. Alan Lutton

      Ah yes, I see now in the rules that each player chooses his/her/their/zie's own. That you for the enlightenment! :)

    7. Twogether Studios, LLC 4-time creator on

      @Alan - When you play, you use one okus per player. Ideally, each player uses a personal okus; the one that come with the game are "loaner okuses." So the Bird and the Book are alternatives, but they don't increase the number of okuses you use during play.

    8. Alan Lutton

      So I'm finally getting around to unboxing. (I know, I know, such an initiate n00b.) It's really a beautifully appointed game! I see the book is due in January, but I have a question about the 2 bonus okus- are they meant to be added to the game (for a total of 6 okus) or are they just other options if you hate boats or teeth or bathtubs? Until I achieve a higher level of consciousness and figure out my own personal okus, I humbly seek your guidance.

    9. Twogether Studios, LLC 4-time creator on

      Hi Darren - thanks for the reminder...Original art is shipping out on Saturday from PDX- I'll send tracking to the 12 of you individually via Kickstarter message.- jenn

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      Darren W. Johnson on

      When is the original art expected to ship? You had promised an answer to that question earlier in November, but I still have not seen any update. Thanks in advance for your help.

    11. Twogether Studios, LLC 4-time creator on

      HI @Tricia! Looks like your wait is almost over. According to the information I have it should be delivered on Monday. I sent you a direct message with a link to the Fedex tracking number.

      Thank you for your patience & support!


    12. Tricia on

      I have also emailed Blackbox Support with no response. We have not received the game or an even email that it was shipped.

    13. Twogether Studios, LLC 4-time creator on

      Hi @Jonathan- I just looked up your order in the Blackbox system and it's starting it's journey tonight to you. I'll message you directly with the tracking number. -Jenn

    14. Jonathan Jackson on

      I've emailed the folks at Blackbox 3x and no reply... Hopefully they'll respond soon! No post turkey day games for me : (

    15. Jennifer Hjelm on

      Just got mine today in far too hot and sunny Southern California for Thanksgiving. Thank you!

    16. Twogether Studios, LLC 4-time creator on

      Thank you for the feedback on our booth @Alex - that person was Thera- she not only volunteered but coordinated getting all of the other demo people for the booth as well as load in and breakdown. She and all of the other volunteers were phenomenal and we couldn't do it without them. It was our first booth at a game convention and Im so glad we could give you a good experience- Jenn

    17. Alex von der Linden

      I was pretty happy to get a chance to play the game at Pax Unplugged. The booth people were super helpful, especially the lady in the white dress and birthday hat. It was obvious they had a real passion and enjoyment of the game.

      Also, the wife was super interested, which is great since I was able to tell her it was waiting for us at home!

    18. Twogether Studios, LLC 4-time creator on

      @sami - We changed a few of the Okus tokens once we saw how they were actually turning out in production; it was covered in update #24.

    19. Twogether Studios, LLC 4-time creator on

      Hey everyone! Just to clarify: if you want to have action taken on a problem, please reach out directly as comments here can be easily overlooked or lost. If it's a problem with shipping, tracking info or something missing reach out to Blackbox (; if it's something else you can reach us through Kickstarter or and we'll figure out how to resolve the issue.

    20. Jaed on

      Received a Society of Luminaries card but really looking forward to getting my hands on the game! Happy holiday to all in the US.

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      Matt Chagnon on

      Hi there, my copy of Illimat is missing the scoring tokens, but since they were supposed to come in the box, it doesn’t seem like contacting Blackbox will help. What to do?

    22. Sami

      Wasn't there supposed to be a Kickstarter exclusive okus coin token as well? I believe it was mentioned in Update #13, but I don't remember seeing anything else about it.

    23. Mario Anima on

      Ah ok, I hadn't dreamed it. The 812 list was published but it looks like the link no longer works:

    24. Mario Anima on

      Was there ever a list of the 812 released?

    25. PJ Maracle on

      My Illimat came in today! Everything looks great, I can’t wait to get some friends together and play a game or two.

      One question I have is, how is everybody packing everything up? Keeping the Crane Wife expansion separate, or transferring contents to the main box? Keeping Onus’ plastic bags in the pouch or throwing away anything plastic?