OK, I gotta chime in here on the whole 'illumanti card game stuff.
I've been playing the game for years, and Steve Jackson is personal friend. I even worked on an expansion set for the original release so for those
of you that are worried, let me reassure you. THERE IS NO HIDDEN MESSAGE behind the cards.
The game is based on conspiracy theories, and secret organizations, and as a result it takes some popular themes from the consiracy community as
themes to give the game a style and theme that are consistant. The game istelf could just as easily be based on rival backteria, but that would be
less engaging, unless you are into bacteria.
The images around the art treatment deliberately include all sorts of triangles and circles, because, thats the LOGO of the company, precisely because
Illuminati was SJG's biggest selling product.
Similarly you will find references within the coard text to other games, like Call of Cuthulu, (which is not produced by SJG) because the people that
this game is aimed at are into 'in jokes'.
SJG also produce a table-top RPG called GURPs, and one of the expansions for it was called 'Gurps Illuminati' a role playing setting set inside the
world of conspiracies, spies and secret organizations. If you get a chance to read that book, you will see that both games do not take much of this
stuff too seriously.
Likewise the books that the game are based around, (The illuminatous Trilogy) also take the same wry, appraoch, for humorous effect.
So relax people, keep calm and everything will be allright.
(Or maybe thats just what I want you to think .....