Newbie World Order: World Domination for Beginners

by Glen Barnett

This is designed as a OBD for beginning players, and with ease of putting it together in mind. You can make it with only a Factory set and a SubGenius set. It has no Specials (in case you don't have a factory set). All cards should be playable pretty much as written.

I have cheerfully stolen some thoughts of Ralph's in getting this all together.

It has no Disasters, no Assassinations, no Resources, and no cards to deal with these. There are initially no Goals.

As in SubGenius, there are no Privileged attacks, and there are no special rules for Secret groups (Secret doesn't "do" anything gamewise, unless another card says so).

Some cards with complicated or non-obvious rulings/FAQ entries have been omitted.

There are several lists at the end with suggested cards if you want to add Goals, Resources, Privileged Attacks, Assassinations and Disasters, etc. You may want to add some of these when the players get the hang of the basic game.

Currently, Bavarian Illuminati, Adepts of Hermes, Shangri-La and UFO's are not really viable as Illuminati. If you add in Resources (see the lists at the end), the Adepts come back in, if you add in Privileged attacks, Bavaria comes in, and if you add in the Goals, it makes sense to include the UFO's (even though their goal is relatively useless, it is too confusing to have them in if there are no goals.

There are currently 60 groups and 90 plots. Every card that is here I included for some reason - some come in on several criteria. There are 59 cards from the SubGenius set - quite a large proportion, because they have many cards that play with the uncontrolled area, and plots with costs well suited to OBD games. There are 50 cards in the lists of suggested extra cards that could be added. (With the extra cards added, this deck seemed to work very nicely in playtest. I haven't yet had a chance to try it with only the main 150 cards.)

Possible Illuminati: Bermuda Triangle, Discordian Society, Gnomes of Zurich, The Network, Servants of Cthulhu, Church of the SubGenius.

Factory Set:



  • California
  • England
  • Hawaii
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Orbit One
  • Pentagon
  • Silicon Valley
  • Texas


  • Bjorne
  • Ronald Reagan
  • Saddam Hussein


  • Big Media
  • Cable TV
  • Cattle Mutilators
  • Comic Books
  • Dentists
  • Fast Food Chains
  • Federal Reserve
  • Gay Activists
  • Hackers
  • KKK
  • Libertarians
  • Loan Sharks
  • Madison Avenue
  • The Mafia
  • MI-5
  • Mossad
  • Multinational Oil Companies
  • NASA
  • Nephews of God
  • Offshore Banks
  • Phone Company
  • Phone Phreaks
  • Pollsters
  • Psychiatrists
  • Recording Industry
  • Religious Reich
  • Robot Sea Monsters
  • Secular Humanists
  • Supreme Court
  • Templars
  • Tobacco Companies
  • W.I.T.C.H.
  • Wall Street
  • Wargamers
  • Plots

    New World Orders

    Red NWOs:

    • Gun Control
    • Peace In Our Time
    • Political Correctness
    • Solidarity

    Yellow NWOs:

    • Bigger Business
    • Don't Forget To Smash The State
    • Law and Order
    • World War Three

    Blue NWOs:

    • A Thousand Points of Light
    • Chicken In Every Pot
    • Energy Crisis
    • World Hunger


    • Agent In Place
    • The Auditor From Hell
    • Backlash
    • The Big Score
    • Blitzkrieg
    • Bribery
    • Cold Fusion
    • Computer Virus
    • Dictatorship
    • Double-Cross
    • Embezzlement
    • Emergency Powers
    • George the Janitor
    • Good Polls
    • Harmonica Virgins
    • Hat Trick
    • Hidden Influence
    • Hoax!
    • Let's Get Organized
    • Martial Law
    • Media Connections
    • Messiah
    • Mothers' March
    • Murphy's Law
    • Mutual Betrayal
    • Power Corrupts
    • Power Grab
    • Pulitzer Prize
    • Reach Out . . .
    • Read My Lips
    • Resistance Is Useless!
    • Revolution!
    • Rewriting History
    • Save the Whales
    • Seize The Time!
    • Senate Investigating Committee
    • Stealing The Plans
    • Sucked Dry And Cast Aside!
    • Swiss Bank Account
    • Terrorist Nuke
    • Unlucky 13
    • The Weird Turn Pro
    • Whispering Campaign




    • Saucer Landing Strip


    • Connie Dobbs
    • OverMan Philo Drummond
    • Reverend Ivan Stang
    • St. Janor Hypercleats


    • yy Advanced Supersonic Aluminum Nazi Hell Creatures from Beneath the Hollow Earth
    • Citizens for Normalcy
    • Divine Mail Order
    • The Hour of Slack
    • League for Obvious Decency
    • MWOWM
    • Rogue SubGenii
    • Yetis



  • ...Or Kill Me!
  • Attitude Mutation
  • Bulldada
  • Comet Hail-Bob
  • Decency is OK!
  • Devival
  • Eternal Salvation or Triple your Money Back
  • Fake Healing
  • False Slack
  • Give Me Slack, Or Give Me Food
  • Head Launching
  • JHVH-1
  • Luck Plane
  • Miraculous Manifestation
  • More Slack
  • Official, all Inclusive, Divine Excuse
  • OverMan
  • Psychic Pstench
  • Rain of Prairie Squid
  • Random Jesii
  • Rant!
  • Repent!
  • S.C.A.M
  • Sacred Jests
  • Schizm
  • Shordurpersav
  • Smite Them All!
  • Stark Fist of Removal
  • Tape Runs Out...
  • They May Be Pink. . .
  • Time Control
  • The World Ends Tomorrow and You May Die!
  • X-Day
  • Yacatisma
  • You'd Pay to Know What You Really Think!
  • Add in Goals (6 + UFOs):

  • The Corporate Masters
  • Criminal Overlords
  • Hail Eris!
  • Power For Its Own Sake
  • Arise!
  • Brag of the SubGenius
  • Add in Resources (16 + Adepts of Hermes)
    • Evil Geniuses for a Better Tomorrow
    • South American Nazis
    • Angel's Feather
    • Book of Kells
    • Center for Weird Studies
    • Crystal Skull
    • Death Mask
    • Midas Mill
    • Orbital Mind Control Lasers
    • Perpetual Motion Machine
    • Shroud of Turin
    • Suicide Squad
    • Weather Satellite
    • Deasil Engine
    • Hex
    • The Saint of Sales

    Add in Privileged Attacks (9 + Bavarian Illuminati):

    • Israel
    • Intellectuals
    • Moonies
    • Censorship
    • Deep Agent
    • Eat The Rich!
    • Interference
    • Ketchup Is A Vegetable
    • Privileged Attack
    • Add in Disasters and Assassinations (17):
    • Boy Sprouts
    • NATO
    • Car Bomb
    • Poison
    • Sniper
    • Earthquake
    • Hurricane
    • Meteor Strike
    • The Oregon Crud
    • Volcano
    • The Hand of Madness
    • Up Against The Wall!
    • Annual Convention
    • Early Warning
    • Head In A Jar
    • Mistaken Identity
    • Volunteer Aid

    Add in "Complicated" but interesting cards (2):

    • Bill Clinton
    • Are We Having Fun Yet?

    One other card I'd consider is March on Washington. It isn't quite playable as written, but I think it is such a useful power that it should be at least considered for inclusion in a set like this.

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