"Dividers", "Seabird" and "Star" immediately suggested a sailing ship for a backdrop. Obvious, of course, but so much better than going game-chef-cruft. "Fleur-de-lis"? It's probably depicted on the ship's flag, meaning it's like a French ship or something. Le quart livre springs to my mind (or, rather, it was already sitting there since yesterday evening, for no particular reason).
Then there's the Cerberus Award: "make a game for three players" - a nice number, indeed, and a way to give my chances to run playtests a little boost. Gotta take a shot at that one.
"Intrigue" as the theme, though... I can well conceive intrigues taking place onboard a ship at sea, but I won't be bothered to design just another game in which players keep secrets from each other and scheme behind each other's back toward some kind of victory. Don't hear me wrong: it'd be a nice sort of game, but it's been done to death already (being the oldest hat in RPGs, actually, if you accont for Braunstein) and I have friends who are so much better than me at designing that sort of thing, so no, not my cup of tea, thank you.
I want the intrigue of this game to be out in the open, instead: something players collaboratively spin on a "metagame" level, then fit into the past by ret-con. Retroactive continuity! Yes, this one's been on my mind for a long time: designing to support and promote retconning.
Now, I "just" need to set a few more points in my mind and write down a draft. In English. Despite the too many things I'm supposed to do this week (mostly game-related things, thankfully!). Well, that, or I'll just pass on the first deadline and go for the 2 weeks mark (Mark Twain? Gosh... let's stop with the Owlbear related in-jokes at once!).