Other than inadvertently revealing one of Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s most questionable stances, the Decemberists have been mighty quiet since sharing What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World early last year. It turns out they’ve spent some of the interim finishing up their very own board game, which is an extremely Decemberists thing to do.
The band has completed a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund Illimat, a game they conceived with help from Keith Baker of Twogether Studios, LLC, creator of Gloom and Eberron. Illimat is based on a 2009 photo shoot by Autumn de Wilde featuring art by longtime Decemberists illustrator Carson Ellis. Here’s a video and a text graphic explaining how the game evolved from an object of the bands imagination to something like real life.
As of press time the Kickstarter had raised more than $54,000, well surpassing the $42,812 goal. Backer packages include Initiate To The Society Of Luminaries and Sol Apprentice, Transmissions Front. It’s all just tremendously geeky — a band leaning hard into its reputation, likely to the delight of its fan base — and if the next Decemberists album is not a concept album based on this game I will be extremely disappointed.