Pros: Weird, fun, twisted humor, endless variations
Cons: Rough learning curve, may offend the thin skinned, little chits
Imagine a world where China controls the Democrats and the Tobacco Companies control the Republicans... uh, right, like that could happen.
Enter Deluxe Illuminati, a card game where the players take the part of hidden organizations bent on world domination. [Evil laughter] As the UFOs, the Servants of Cthulhu, or the Gnomes of Zurich (for example), you try to control more normal and known groups, like the Boy Sprouts. Whoever builds their power structure to the decided level first wins. Half the fun is just reading the cards.
Long ago Steve Jackson based the original version of this game on ALL of the conspiracies and lunacy that he could find. The original game added three expansions. The Deluxe Edition takes the best of the original and expansions, plus some new elements, to create a revised game updated for the modern world.
With the number of Illuminati available, with the number of groups and other cards that can come into play, the variety and lasting power is fairly high, especially if you can rotate new people into your playing mix.
It can be hard to get started if nobody has played the game before. It's also a pain counting out the money chits every round.
Some folks of thinner skin may find some of the cards offensive, especially if they tag a favorite group (i.e., the "Religious Reich"). The intent is not to offend, but to be funny. Steve was tagging every real or imagined conspiracy in the world.
Overall a fun game, especially for those with a twisted sense of humor.