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This is the best edition of what is
on September 10, 2016
This is the best edition of what is, arguably, the best board game ever. I played Cosmic Encounter for the first time, back in 1977, when it was first released, after I saw a demo of it at a science fiction convention. As soon as I bought it, I remember running back to my room to tell all my friends about this great new game. Turns out that between all of us, that we went home with 5 copies of the game, because everyone had the same exact reaction to it.
The game is extremely interactive, with lots of opportunities for diplomacy and backstabbing and bluffing and surprises. Every game not only IS different, but feels completely different. This is because of the number of different alien powers in the game (some requiring vastly different strategies or tactics), but also because of how customizable the game is, not even counting all of the optional stuff from the expansions.
Every edition of the game has been a little bit different. This one, I consider to be the best of the editions. It has decent components, enough aliens to satisfy, and flares (which previously have always been 'extra', if available at all). It also adds Technology cards as an option, which is cool, though definitely not required to enjoy the game. The rules have come a LONG way from the original Eon Products edition -- because of their explicitness about precedence, and order of events on a turn. As great as the original Eon game was, it could often result in arguments over rules and who did what first, and so on. This edition has reduced the divisiveness of a lot of the game, without reducing the potential to have a really chaotic time, if that's your preference, or a less chaotic experience, if you don't like the chaos. Want chaos, allow multiple aliens and/or hidden aliens, and add in every imaginable optional component and rule and add extra flares. Want simplicity, remove flares,and play a vanilla game. The game adapts to the way you want to play it.