A game for 3 - 11 players of ages 12 and up
A work crew was upgrading the electrical system of a run-down property on Baltic when Sal found the Thingy. It was some kind of computerized property on Baltic when Sal found the Thingy. It was some kind of computerized device hooked into the electrical lines, kinda like a phone tap or sumthin. Anyway, Sal he took it to th' foreman, who told him to fergit about it. That was about a week before Sal was in that train wreck....
Running the world used to involve control of secret societies and political candidates. But that was before someone discovered how to use subsonics generated in electrical wiring along with chemicals in the water softeners to influence the minds of people living in apartment complexes and subdivisions. Soon the secret was 'common knowledge' among the factions vying for world domination, and they scrambled to buy up real estate in order to create their own armies of voting public.
Owning the utilities allows you to subvert huge masses of unclaimed territory, but less reliably (hence the random roll for Rent). Owning the rails lets you tamper with consumer goods delivered on trains, and with the minds of the Light Rail passengers. Monopoly on a certain area is highly sought after, since it allows the owners to renovate the properties extensively while adding even more complex mind control devices and attracting a richer (and more powerful) class of slave. Illuminopoly is the story of the struggle for dominance of one particular city, as several factions vie to gain total control....
You will need a standard Monopoly set to play Illuminopoly, and will need to make the following additions and modifications:
Equipment: The equipment consists of the board, the property deeds as modified above, 3 dice (or more), tokens, 32 houses, 12 hotels, Chance and Community Chest cards, money, 10 faction cards and a number of Subversion markers. If using the optional Artillery Piece faction, you will also need some other marker to represent blow up properties.
All players have 'pet' members on the bank's Board of Trustees, and must select a Chair of the Board, to take the duties of keeping the Bank's funds in order and holding the deeds to all unclaimed properties. A majority is required, so bribes and promises of future favors must be given for any one candidate to win. Once the Chair is chosen, continue with play.
However, should anyone catch the Chairman dipping into the till, as it were, he is voted out, and a new Chair must be chosen. The ousted player gets a new pet Board member and may vote in this new election. Also, if the Chair goes to Jail for any reason, even if he has a Political Favor card he is voted off the Board.
In lieu of this, a player may chose to be solely the Banker, without choosing a faction. In this case, all he does is play the role of Banker and Auctioneer (if necessary). In cases where there are 10 players (11 if the Artillery Piece is used), one must be Banker. Such a "professional" banker will also be the final arbiter in inter-player disputes...and of course can take bribes. The Banker can win if the total normal rent from properties under his control (mortgaged) is greater than that of any other player. As a result, offering to mortgage a property is a very effective bribe. (see Mortgaging below)
If the Bank ever goes broke, it goes under and may be bought by the highest bidder, who must now collect fines and pay out GO money from his own funds. The money bid for the bank goes into the bank's Reserves. If the Reserves (money held separate from the player's money) ever goes below one third of the initial amount, the bank goes up for bid again.
If this is too complicated, simply assume the bank never goes broke, and simply refuses to pay money when it lacks cash in hand.
Play starts at the banker, and proceeds counterclockwise. Should the Chairmanship of the Bank change during the turn, continue the current turn until its end, then start anew with the new Chair.
Order within a player's turn:
Landing on another player's property does NOT incur rent payments paid to them, and you may chose to do nothing once you land there.
Go:: Whenever Go is passed, the player picks up $200 Grand from Interest and Outside Investments. If Go is passed multiple times in one turn, such as can be the result of various cards, this money is collected for each pass. Go Money is paid by the Banker, and may not be paid if the Bank is bankrupt (see Banker rules above).
Once all players have gone, check for winning conditions.
Each game piece represents a different faction, with special victory conditions and powers.
The playing pieces represent the advance men of each faction, and if they go to Jail they die mysteriously at the hands of their replacements (get out of Jail normally, 'hit' occurs when roll or payment says you get out).
General Victory Conditions:
When all properties are either controlled or destroyed, at the end of each turn the total rents collected are added up. At this point, any subverted properties count for the controller, not the owner. If in any turn one faction has more than half the total rents, it wins.
The player cannot own all his property directly in most cases, and establishes Holding Companies on his other properties to run later purchases. Properties must be arranged in a structure around the player's Faction card, with the 'in' arrow of each property aligned with the 'out' arrow of either the Faction Card or another of the player's properties. Properties may not overlap each other. More expensive properties are better able to dummy for the player and hold other properties.
Due to modern computer money storage, funds can be transferred for free among all the properties of the player, at any time. Thus it is unnecessary to keep piles of money on the property cards. Multiply the amounts on the bills by 1000, so the $1 bill is really a grand. Every $10 Grand can modify a dice roll by 1 (one).
When a player lands on the Income Tax spot, he may either pay an accountant $200 Grand to find enough loopholes to avoid paying taxes (money goes to the Bank) or pay 10% of his total value to the Bank in taxes. Total worth includes all money, printed prices of all mortgaged and unmortgaged properties he owns, and the cost price of all buildings he owns. The player must decide before paying tax which option he chooses.
A player's agents (counter) go to Jail when 1) He lands on the "Go To Jail" spot, 2) He draws a card labeled "Go To Jail" 3) He rolls doubles three times in a row, 4) He is caught cheating by other players. The Dog faction is immune to all but 4. Jail represents the inconvenience of having to get new agents, since the current ones are as good as dead, usually at your own hands before they talk. Going to Jail never passes Go.
A player gets his counter out of jail by 1) Rolling doubles on any of his next three turns (New agents kill old agents and move on), and the piece moves as determined by the doubles roll, but does not get a free turn, 2) Using a Political Favor card (which gets the agents out of Jail so they can be killed in the privacy of your base for failure), 3) Buying a Political Favor from another player, 4) Posting $50 Grand in bail on any turn before rolling the dice (and then taking them home to face their doom). If the player does not do any of these by his third turn in Jail, the agents go to Trial and $50 Grand must be paid to bribe the judge, who releases the agents into the player's tender care. New agents move 2d6 (or 3d6 if the Car faction) from Jail at this point, dropping the old agents in a culvert on the way or paving them into a road surface.
If the player lands on the Jail space, he is Just Visiting. If another player is in Jail at this time, the player who is visiting may post bail for the agents, drug them and get information, then kill them (and the player who was in jail sends his new agents out from Just Visiting next turn). This will allow the Visiting player an automatic success on his next Subversion attempt on the player whose men he bailed (he still has to pay base cost, though).
Since the men in Jail are just Agents, the player may still buy or sell property under the table, collect Rent, build on properties, fight off Takeover and Destruction attempts, reorganize his structure (instead of getting out of Jail) and still can win.
Chance and Community Chest
Each faction must maintain the facade they have built, and that includes some silly things like beauty contests and the like. When the Chance and Community Chest spots are landed on, take the top card (or a lower card if you're good at that sort of thing and can do it without being seen) and do as it says, with one exception: Get Out Of Jail Free cards become Political Favor cards. Not only can it get your men out of Jail, it can also be used to halt any Destruction attempt that you are allowed to influence, or to counter any card an opponent plays against you. The card then goes back in the deck. All other cards are played immediately and placed at the bottom of the deck (or otherwise, as mentioned above).
If a card says to move to a particular location, treat that as the result of a normal die roll: do not pay rent. If the card says to pay double rent, the property will be twice as resistant to attack (base value doubles, and defender modifies the die roll by one for every $5 Grand, not $10 Grand).
You may wish to edit the cards, such as changing the "Bank Error In Your Favor" card to "Bank 'Error' In Your Favor: electronic fraud nets you $200 Grand." Use your imagination.
A player landing on this spot may rearrange his property structure for free. In addition, half of all Bribes or fees not specifically paid to the bank go here, and can be collected by the player instead of rearranging his structure. Note: Luxury Tax is paid to the Bank. Due to the free flow of money in this game, the sudden influx from Free Parking will not unbalance the game as much as it would the normal Monopoly version.
To attempt a hostile takeover of a property, first one must spend money equal to half the current value of the property. This goes into the Bank and represents buying off the 'norms' who own stock in the holding companies. Then the aggressor tries to roll a 12 on 2d6. He adds one to his roll for every $10 Grand he spends on graft and so forth. He subtracts one from his roll for every $10 Grand his opponent chooses to spend on counteractions and red tape. Money spent on this roll by the winner goes to the loser (assume someone in the losing faction takes some graft) and money spent by the loser goes half to the bank and half under Free Parking. Thus it is possible for a failed takeover to turn a profit if the property wasn't very valuable but the war was hard-fought. Such as keeping the Iron from taking over Baltic, he has to pony up $30 to make the attempt, but could pocket several hundred grand of the owner's cash in "buy off" money.
Like a takeover, but the owner gets to spend no money. Attacker spends half of the value of the property in bribes to security, plus additional financial lubrication to increase his roll, and tries to get a 12 on 2d6. Note that the Wheelbarrow gets 3d6 on this. The owner will still get the rent from this property, but the rent will count in the controller's power base. The owner will not 'notice' this subversion until the next time his piece lands on the property, at which point it is automatically reverted to his control for free. While the property is controlled, the controller places one of his markers on the property card. Nothing new may be built on a controlled property until the control is broken. An exception is if the subverter can control all of the properties in the monopoly, construction may resume, but he benefits from the increased power. Half of money spent on Subversion attempts goes to the Bank, half to Free Parking. See Mortgages below for subversion-like situations.
With a few exceptions, this generally involves rezoning the property so that the apartments must be torn down and replaced by a mall. If owned, the property remains in the owner's portfolio, but can no longer control other properties for him. Destruction attempts cost just like Takeover attempts, with bribes tossed both ways to enhance rolls. However, the attacker needs only roll a 7, and all money spent goes to Free Parking as graft to the zoning board, except for the base cost (half property value) which goes to the bank to represent financial entropy. If the property is owned, only the attacker and the owner may spend money, unless they invite in help (usually in return for future favors). If the property is unowned, anyone may throw money on either side. Usually this will happen when the Horseman is starting out, and the other factions want to stop him from destroying properties.
Exceptions are this: Utilities cannot be destroyed, and Railroads cost full value as the base cost of destruction (effectively buy it then destroy it). If you try to destroy your own property, anyone can oppose you, but must spend twice as much ($20 Grand per Power subtracted from your roll).
Destroyed properties earn half rent for their owners, and have half the value for defending against takeover. None of the rent they earn is counted for power base calculations.
The Artillery Piece follows special Destruction rules.
A property may only be rebuilt when it is landed on, even if you own it. Rebuilding involves getting the original rezoning overturned, which requires a roll of 8 or more on 2d6, modified by graft as usual. No one may interfere with this roll. Once it is rezoned, you spend half the value of the property and roll on the rebuilding table below:
1-2 : Property rebuilt cheaply, worth 1/2 original value 3-4 : Property rebuilt same as before 5-6 : Property rebuilt poshly, worth 1 1/2 times originalSteam Iron likes cheap, and will subtract two from this roll. Top Hat likes posh, but still needs tax write-offs, so does not modify this roll.
If you land on someone else's destroyed property, you must first take it over. Then on your next turn you may forfeit movement in order to rebuild. If the rezoning roll fails, you must move on, and cannot try to rebuild again until next time you stop there.
Rebuilding a Railroad costs full value of a single RR, and does not roll on the table above. However, this new Railroad will not add to others owned by the player for purposes of Rent for 1d6 turns, while the 'monopoly' on Rail is reestablished.
Money spent on Rebuilding all goes to the Bank.
Properties destroyed by the Artillery Piece need not be rezoned before being rebuilt.
Any property directly attached to your main card is worth twice as much for defending against all attacks, and subversion is discovered next time the property is passed, not landed on. Property one removed is worth 1.5 times as much versus attack, and if subverted the owner may choose to end his turn on that property in order to 'fix' it, provided he would have passed it otherwise. Thus, in many-player games, subversion is very temporary as all factions are paranoid about the competition. It will then generally be used as a method of getting that one last required property.
Also, if a property is taken over, the entire arm branching from it is taken for free, as in Illuminati, but all properties other than the one taken over are now treated as subverted by the original owner until passed by the new owner (takes a sweep around the city to get the settings changed, basically).
Once a player owns all properties of a color group, he has monopolized it. All rents from that property immediately double as he links up the mind control apparatuses to generate a more insidious, neighborhood-wide effect that gets passersby as well as residents. He may also erect Buildings.
If a property is Mortgaged, all properties continue to collect double rent and double influence, for the Bank Chair and the Owner.
Houses and Motels:
When a player owns all the properties in a color group, he can now operate in greater secrecy, with less fear of competitors spying on him. As a result, he may now Go Condo with his properties and start building Houses, which have enhanced mind control devices and attract richer clientele, giving higher "rents" (actually mortgage payments) and more power from controlling the residents. Housing projects must be built evenly, i.e., you can't have two houses on a property until all properties have at least one. Once the neighborhood is totally gentrified (four houses on all properties) a Hotel may be built, which not only brings in a lot of money, it also attracts out of town politicians and dignitaries. Mind control of these people, although limited in duration, can have profound effect on the faction's power base. Once the Hotel is built, the House counters are returned to the Bank, although the condos still exist.
The price of building houses and hotels and installing Secret Mind Control Devices is listed on the Deed, as are the rents collected from them.
When the Bank has no houses to sell, this means all building permits are tied up in red tape and graft. Players wishing to build must wait until counters are returned to the Bank (permits cleared up). If a player is about to buy the last counters and someone else wants to build, he may try to bribe the builder for his permit.
Unimproved properties, railroads and utilities (but not buildings) may be sold to any player at any time as a private transaction for whatever price the two agree on. However, if the property to be sold is a holding company for other properties, all properties must be sold together. Thus, it is a Good Idea to restructure before selling.
If the color group has been monopolized and has any buildings on it, all buildings must be sold back to the Bank first (returned to Rental status and the Mind Control equipment torn out), since the Mind Control equipment is run through the entire block, and would pose a security risk to the other properties if found on the sold property.
Houses and hotels (building permits) may be sold back to the Bank for half the money paid for them. If not all properties are to be sold (just some to make up some cash), then they must be sold off evenly (all hotels broken down to four houses before any houses are sold, etc). Hotels may be sold in blocks (all the cash at once) or broken down slowly.
Any unimproved property may be Mortgaged to the Bank for its listed Mortgage value. However, the Bank's Chair automatically Subverts the properties and places his counters on them. The properties remain subverted to whoever is Chair of the Bank until they are unmortgaged, at which point they automatically revert to the owner. Before an improved property (one with houses etc) can be mortgaged, the buildings must be sold off (see above).
In order to lift the mortgage, the owner must pay the Bank (not the Chair, unless there is a separate Banker player) the amount of the mortgage plus 10% interest. Only when all properties in a monopoly are unmortgaged may buildings be bought again, at full price.
The player who mortgages his property does not collect Rent on it, in addition to it being Subverted. If someone tries to Takeover the property, the Bank Chair will put up enough money to automatically block it (since it is under his control while mortgaged). The player who owns the mortgaged property may also sell it, and the buyer must mortgage plus 10% interest. If he waits to pay the mortgage, he must pay an additional 10% interest to the Bank.
The obvious benefit here of being the Chair of the Bank Board is that you retain control of properties under mortgage, even though you don't collect the Rent, and you can prevent Takeovers. However, should you go to Jail or otherwise lose the Chair, all mortgaged properties are now controlled by the new Chair (an eloquent argument against mortgaging all your properties as proof against Takeover).
If there is a Banker Player, he can win by collecting enough properties via Mortgage.
Any time after the first run around the board, any player with no properties and no money mysteriously disappears and is out of the game. If he is in debt from mortgages that exceeds his cash, and all his properties are mortgaged, he is considered to be without properties or cash. In this case, the Bank auctions off all mortgaged properties, or the Chair of the Bank has the option of buying off the mortgage personally. If the Chair of the Bank is the one to go bankrupt, he is replaced and leaves the game.
If the player owes more money to another player than he has in assets, the other player may foreclose and take all properties, as well as the life of the broke faction leader. In Illuminopoly players may make any loans or secret deals they wish.
Of course, this is an Illuminati game, and if you can cheat well, do it. The new setting of the game will eliminate some of the old cheats (like palming organization cards) but create new ones (like shifting 'subverted' markers around or dipping into the bank for interest free loans). Getting caught lands the player's marker in Jail, and he cannot get out with a Political Favor, since he was caught red-handed. Even the Dog can go to Jail in this way.
Artillery Piece Rules (Optional)
The artillery piece has special rules for just about everything. Firstly, it cannot own property, and is exempt from the loss rule above. When it lands on a property, it can issue a ransom demand or attempt to destroy the property. If a ransom is issued, the player who owns the property decides whether to pay it on his turn, and the terrorist's turn is over. The next time it becomes the Terrorist's turn, whether or not the ransom is paid, he must decide if he wants to blow up the property. The ransom can be any amount the player thinks he can get. If it costs more than the worth of the property, however, the owner may be less likely to pay it. Of course, taking ransoms and then blowing up the property is a quick way to not get ransoms paid any more. This destruction attempt costs just as much as a normal attempt, except the money is paid for breaking security or beefing it up. Players owning properties of the same color as the threatened one may help defend against the attempt by adding money, since if the destruction is successful, all properties of that color are damaged and don't pay rent next turn or count for victory. See below for other effects of destruction.
If the Terrorist decides not to issue a ransom, he rolls as subversion instead, since no one will be ready for him. This will often be done against unclaimed properties or in return for favors from opponents of the victim-to- be.
If the Terrorist lands on an unclaimed property and wishes to issue a ransom, all players may join in paying it, since they may wish to buy the property someday. In this case, the ransom is paid at the end of the turn by a pool the other players pay into.
If the destruction attempt fails, the Terrorist's piece goes to Jail, and no political favors can get it out. After the fourth such jailing, the captured men turn state's evidence on the head of the ring, and the player is out of the game. As a result, the Terrorist player may wish to do nothing when landing on a space, rather than risk a bombing that will fail or risk credibility by asking a ransom that won't be paid (out of confidence that the building can be protected).
Once destroyed, the property is marked on the board with some appropriate marker, such as a partially melted House counter from a spare set. This also reminds players which properties will be disrupted on their next turn. In addition, if the property is owned, the card is turned over as if it were mortgaged. If other properties were held by the destroyed property, the owner must reorganize on his next turn so that the rubble is at the edge of his structure.
If a normal property is destroyed by the Terrorist, it is rubble. The owner, if any, must first pay half the value of the property to clean up and pay off victims. Then he must rebuild as per the normal rules, but without needing to rezone. Once cleaned up, the destruction marker is removed, but the property card stays flipped over. The cleanup may be performed on the owner's next turn. If the property is unowned, buying it costs 1.5 times as much as base, since it must be cleaned up first, then rebuilt. Destroyed properties yield no rent, cannot be holding companies, and don't count as anything for victory conditions. However, they still must be attached somewhere to the owner's web of cards. If he chooses, the owner of a destroyed property may simply abandon it, sell it back to the bank for mortgage value (value of the land) on his next turn as part of restructuring.
If a utility is attacked by the Terrorist, the entire utility is not destroyed, rather service is disrupted. A utility destroyed by the Terrorist will not give rent or count toward victory for 1d6 turns, while it is repaired. Similarly, the entire Railroad is not destroyed, but the line is unprofitable for 1d6 turns after the explosion.
If the Terrorist attacks a property currently 'destroyed' by rezoning, he attacks as if it were full value, since security at malls is just as tight as that at apartment buildings.
The Terrorist wins if he destroys at least one property of each color over the course of the game, spreading his terror to every neighborhood in the city. He has to hit every color because he can destroy unclaimed properties so easily early in the game. Properties later rebuilt still count for his victory conditions.
Other Optional Rules:
Feel free to rename properties for a different 'feel', such as naming them after properties in your home town. Of course, an interesting variation can be played with those State U. sets available in most college towns. New Chance and Community Chest cards can spice up the game, as well as rules for the factions represented by new pieces included in some games (like some international editions). You could also try incorporating some of the officially released variants of Monopoly. Making a special board can enhance the feel of the game, but is not necessary...the idea of these rules is that they allow you to recycle that old game in your closet at home into something fun and subversive. Maybe tape an eye in the pyramid to the board. Whatever trips your trigger. Have fnord fun.