Unfortunately, the world does not revolve around you (well, not yet it doesn’t). Things still happen whilst you are busy plotting to bring your plans and schemes to fruition. Sometimes those things even happen to you. For all your power, even an Illuminatus can be affected by the cruel uncertainties of fate and happenstance. In the game, these occurrences are represented by Event Cards and can include such things as economic changes, civil unrest, media exposure, natural phenomena and meetings. At the beginning of their turn, each player draws one Event Card and must then also play one Event Card (although not necessarily the same one they just drew) before taking any other action. Depending on the type of event involved, these Event Cards can affect one or more player factions and may only last for a single turn, or could persist for a number of turns or until countered by another card. The game comes with 90 event cards.