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Cosmic Encounter


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  • Featuring 50 alien races and 100 plastic ships
  • Vie for control of the universe
  • Age: 12+
  • Number of Players: 3 - 5
  • Playing Time: 1-2 hrs
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 11.8 x 11.8 inches ; 3.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: 1589944968
  • Item model number: CE01
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 12 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,814 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Build a galactic empire... In the depths of space, the alien races of the Cosmos vie with each other for control of the universe. Alliances form and shift from moment to moment, while cataclysmic battles send starships screaming into the warp. Players choose from dozens of alien races, each with its own unique power to further its efforts to build an empire that spans the galaxy.

From the Manufacturer

Build a galactic empire... In the depths of space, the alien races of the Cosmos vie with each other for control of the universe. Alliances form and shift from moment to moment, while cataclysmic battles send starships screaming into the warp.Players choose from dozens of alien races, each with its own unique power to further its efforts to build an empire that spans the galaxy. Many classic aliens from earlier editions of this beloved game return, such as the Oracle, the Loser, and the Clone. Newly discovered aliens also join the fray, including Remora, Mite, and Tick-Tock.This classic game of alien politics returns from the warp once more. It features 50 alien races, flare cards to boost their powers, 100 plastic ships, a host of premium components, and all-new tech cards that let players research and build extraordinary technological marvels!No two games are the same!Components•Rulebook•1 Warp Token•5 Player Colony Markers•1 Hyperspace Gate•25 Player Planets (5 per player)•100 Plastic Ships (20 per player)•50 Alien Sheets•20 Destiny Cards •72 Cosmic Cards•50 Flare Cards•20 Tech Cards•42 Cosmic Tokens•7 Grudge Tokens•1 Genesis Planet•1 Lunar Cannon Token•1 Prometheus Token•1 Alternate Filch Flare

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Expansions add even more to the game as you want more complexity.
Nightmare
The game is fast, very little down time, it's usually fun, it's easy to learn, there is plenty of strategy and a lot of choices in aliens to keep things interesting.
Dasbooby
Most amazingly, parents can play with their teenage children and their children's teenage friends.
J. Schwartz

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

71 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Hershberger on April 27, 2009
Format: Toy
Cosmic Encounter was first created by an obscure, small-run publisher. In 1977.

Fantasy Flight is the game's fourth publisher.

That alone should tell you how much this game rocks. Any other game would have died off by now.

Thankfully, Fantasy Flight Games has been buying up licenses to out-of-print classics and re-releasing them using their high production values.

The result is an immensely satisfying game that should bring a smile to hard-core Cosmic fans and newcomers alike.

The basic premise of Cosmic is that each player assumes the role of an alien civilization and tries to land their ships on five different planets belonging to other players.

The core mechanic of the game ([total ships on each side + a numeric card], highest total wins the encounter) is easy to understand, yet has endless possibilities for tactics, diplomacy, or out-and-out strangeness.

By far the two strongest aspects of this game's offense vs. defense encounter are these:
1) Allies: No matter whose turn it is, any player has the opportunity to be involved in the current encounter. None of this "is it my turn?" monotony of other games. You always have something to do. "Do I risk getting involved?" "Can I afford to help defend?"

The opportunities for diplomacy/negotiation are endless - and the ally rules ensure that nobody is a wall-flower.

2) Random destiny: In the vast majority of encounters - who attacks who is determined randomly. This does not adversely affect tactics and (more importantly) cuts down on hurt feelings. While there are plenty of ways to mess with other players, when you do get attacked - the game's mechanic is to blame.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By J. Schwartz VINE VOICE on August 30, 2009
Format: Toy Verified Purchase
I've been playing Cosmic since my teenage years. I'm now in my 40s and have introduced my own teenage children to the game. There are many version of the game of varying quality and with slightly different rules. This version is one of the best, probably second only to the long out of print and incredibly expensive Eon version.

This is the game that inspired Magic the Gathering. The goal of the game is to establish colonies in other players' star systems. It is very easy to learn how to play, one practice game lasting 15 minutes is usually all it takes. What makes the game brilliant is the alien powers, each of which allows you to break one of the rules of the game. The result is a game that is different every time you play. This is a social game that requires lots of interaction between players. Social skills are just as important as strategy. Rarely can a player bully his way to a win. Teens can play with other teens. Parents can play with their children. Most amazingly, parents can play with their teenage children and their children's teenage friends. There are not many games where that can happen.

This version is scaleable. Players may chose to play one of the basic rule sets or add some or all of the various expansion sets that are included. These add to the complexity of the game.

I often buy this game as a gift for others in an attempt to spread the word about this most amazing game.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alex Donovan on January 7, 2012
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The goal of Cosmic Encounter (CE) is generally to put colonies on 5 planets belonging to the other players.

You can search the web for very detailed reviews of Cosmic Encounter, so I will simply highlight what makes this game great:

-The basic game is fairly simple.

-The cards have the phases of the turn that they're played in highlighted for ease of use.

-Negotiating is a crucial part of the game. Even when it's not your turn, you are part of the game.

-The game is always different because each player plays an alien race which has a game changing ability. There is no perfect strategy for CE. At the start of every game, you need to understand how each alien ability works and create a strategy for victory, or a shared victory.

You will NOT like this game if....

....you do not like to negotiate.

....you aren't good at reading. I'm not trying to be insulting, but the cards in this game are very specific. If you misread a card, you'll get into arguments regarding how it should be played. This is why I gave CE 5 points for education. Kids should understand that reading for 100% comprehension is crucial for success.

Now, go search on the web for some detailed reviews. You'll see a lot of reviews saying how random the game is. Well, it is, but the skill of playing this game is to offset the random quality by planning ahead and negotiating your way toward the win. Good CE players win more than they lose.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Hershberger on January 4, 2009
Format: Toy
Cosmic Encounter was first created in by an obscure, small-run publisher. In 1977.

Fantasy Flight is the game's fourth publisher.

That alone should tell you how much this game rocks. Any other game would have died off by now.

Thankfully, Fantasy Flight Games has been buying up licenses to out-of-print classics and re-releasing them using their high production values.

The result is an immensely satisfying game that should bring a smile to hard-core Cosmic fans and newcomers alike.

The basic premise of Cosmic is that each player assumes the role of an alien civilization and tries to land their ships on five different planets belonging to other players.

The core mechanic of the game ([total ships on each side + a numeric card], highest total wins the encounter) is easy to understand, yet has endless possibilities for tactics, diplomacy, or out-and-out strangeness.

By far the two strongest aspects of this game's offense vs. defense encounter are these:
1) Allies: No matter whose turn it is, any player has the opportunity to be involved in the current encounter. None of this "is it my turn?" monotony of other games. You always have something to do. "Do I risk getting involved?" "Can I afford to help defend?"

The opportunities for diplomacy/negotiation are endless - and the ally rules ensure that nobody is a wall-flower.

2) Random destiny: In the vast majority of encounters - who attacks who is determined randomly. This does not adversely affect tactics and (more importantly) cuts down on hurt feelings. While there are plenty of ways to mess with other players, when you do get attacked - the game's mechanic is to blame.
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