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Illimat second edition comes with a change in the type of card stock used in the playing cards, a new Okus token that replaces the Boat token, and several changes in the rules.
If you have played Illimat with some regularity, chances are your playing card deck looks something like ours. A five suited deck of lovingly worn cards - except for the almost pristine stars suit glaring back at you.
This is, of course, because in the first edition rules of Illimat the stars suit is only used in four player games; and for many of us, Illimat is a two player staple.
Friends, it's time for the star suits to shine. Starting in Illimat second edition (available in February 2023) the official rules of Illimat are that the stars suit is always in play. Yes, even for solo play.
Why did we make this change? The original design intent of the star suit was to lengthen the game and add little more strategic choices in a four player game. What we've heard from players is that adding the fifth suit for two or three players is beneficial for them as well. The additional play time is offset by the increased amount of choices and opportunities to change seasons.
We've added five more minutes to the playtime estimate on the box because of this change, and it's one less thing new players have to think about when they are setting up the game for the first time.
As an extra bonus, the illustrations Carson Ellis did on the star suit are among my very favorites and I'm glad they will see more play. I mean, check out the beard on the King of Stars. Epic!
Illimat has the style and flavor of a classic card game with a dynamic twist. As you play, you combine cards and collect them, trying to gather more than your opponents. But hidden luminaries and changing seasons can alter your plans.