“Black bag” operations involve covert activities to obtain intelligence through such means as burglary, surveillance and hacking and the term is thought to be a reference to the bag in which thieves or operatives carry the tools they require to complete their work. In the game, Black Bag Cards represent the arsenal of dirty tricks, weapons, assets and other useful tools available to you as an Illuminatus. These cards help you to perform attacks, defend yourself and to deflect focus away from your actions to blame others. Each Black Bag card has: a title and description, an active value which could be a bonus/subtraction used to boost/affect player base dice rolls (eg +2 Cunning), costs associated with playing that card (Gold, Infamy and Doom values), and a country value used to work out a baseline for defence of attacks vs countries/regions/governments. There are also some alignment values that may be used as optional rules in advanced gameplay (eg military, assassin etc). The game contains 144 Black Bag cards to use as you will.