Each player represents an alien race that must establish bases in the systems of other aliens. Players take turns making challenges against other players using numbered cards while other players choose to aid the attacker or defender. Alien powers confer a unique way to bend or outright break some ...

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When does the parasite lose its power?

We ran into this crazy situation tonight in a game of cosmic encounter. (shocking...) The parasite had the chance to force an alliance with an attacking player and then win, but he had no extra ...
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Who wins if the game ends with one player having 6 colonies and 1 or more players with 5 colonies?

It is possible to end a game of Cosmic Encounter with 6 colonies (i.e. Parasite wild flare). The rules for the FFG version of Cosmic Encounter state that: The winner(s) are the first player(s) to ...
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Warrior vs Antimatter

The effects on the Anti-Matter race card seem somewhat unclear; the net effect seems to be that each side in an encounter wants to play a low attack card in order to win. This means that more ships ...
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Usage of Philanthropist Flare as Schizoid

Suppose I'm playing as Schizoid. I have the power to alter reality, so I choose one of the six new cards to be the new win condition. That card is face down. Then suppose I use Philanthropist Flare: ...
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How does the Sorcerer flare card work with non-viable races in Cosmic Encounter?

This issue came up in a game of Cosmic Encounter tonight and we were unsure how to resolve it. The wild effect on the Sorcerer flare card allows the player to force the two main players (offense and ...
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What happens when a player loses all of their colonies in Cosmic Encounter?

It may seem hard to believe but I played a game recently where I lost all of my home colonies and foreign colonies (all of my ships were in the warp), and I wasn't playing the Masochist. How does the ...
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Does the Zombie collect compensation even though zero ships are sent to the warp?

If one player plays a Negotiate card and the other main player plays an Attack card the player playing a negotiate card gets to collect compensation for each ship lost to the warp. If the player ...
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How to resolve Loser Wild Flare

The Loser wild flare lets the player declare that both sides lose the encounter. The actual text is: As a main player, before encounter cards are selected, you may declare that both sides lose, ...
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Does the Void's power cancel out the Spiff's?

In cosmic encounter, one player is the Void (destroys ships instead of sending them to the warp), and another player is the Spiff (attacking player still gets a colony if they lose by 10 or more). If ...
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How can I get better at lying?

In games that allow you to 'backstab' other players (such as Diplomacy and Cosmic Encounter), it is often very important to make other players think you are going to do one thing while really planning ...
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Strategies for playing The Masochist in Cosmic Encounter?

Some of the Aliens in Cosmic Encounter have alternate win conditions, some of which are very beneficial as they allow you to simultaneously pursue two paths to victory. However, I haven't really been ...
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Strategies for playing Fido in Cosmic encounter?

I've played about 7 games of Cosmic Encounter, and by now I've learned that you need to adjust your strategy to take full advantage of your alien power in order to get the best odds of winning. Most ...
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What game mechanic can be used for evenly selecting other players but not yourself?

I am looking for a game mechanic for a game I am designing, that would let players randomly select other players, but that by the end of the game all the players were selected equally. My first ...
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What are the differences between the oldest (EON) version of Cosmic Encounter and the newest (Fantasy Flight)?

I played hundreds of games of the EON version of Cosmic Encounter when younger but have not played the Fantasy Flight version, which is now the 5th version of this game. Including the expansions from ...
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Cosmic Encounter Data: Which powers are best?

Cosmic Encounter was the first of many games based on the idea that you get some special power that allows you to break a rule in the game. Which powers were best? I include two answers for this ...