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Cosmic Encounter (1977)

Average Rating: 6.95/10
Board Game Rank: 557
Thematic Rank: 137
Strategy Game Rank: 377
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Year Published
1977
# of Players
2 − 6
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4, 5 players
Recommended with 4, 5, 6 players
(55 voters) [poll]
Mfg Suggested Ages
12 and up
Playing Time
90 minutes
User Suggested Ages
10 and up
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Language Dependence
Moderate in-game text - needs crib sheet or paste ups
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Primary Name
Cosmic Encounter
Alternate Names
Contatos Cósmicos
König der Sterne
Rencontre cosmique
Universumin valtiaat
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By request of Fantasy Flight Games, Board Game Geek lists the various editions of Cosmic Encounter in separate entries. Each edition is the same game at its core, but the features, compatible expansions, and production differ among them. This entry is for the original 1977 Eon version.

Players represent alien races that are seeking to spread themselves onto five foreign worlds. To accomplish this, they make challenges against other players and enlist the aid of interested parties. But alien powers, which are unique to each race, give players ways to bend or outright break some rule in the game.

The game continues until one player occupies five planets in other systems to win. Shared victories are possible and a player need not occupy one's own system to win.

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Components:

  • 15 alien power cards (Amoeba, Chronos, Clone, Empath, Laser, Macron, Mind, Mutant, Oracle, Philanthropist, Trader, Virus, Void, Vulch, Zombie)
  • 46 Challenge cards: Attack 30(1), 20(2), 18(1), 15(2), 14(2), 12(4), 10(6), 8(8), 6(8), and 4(2); Compromise(10)
  • 8 Edict cards: Cosmic Zap(2), Emotion Control(1), Force Field(1), Mobius Tubes(2), Plague(1), Stellar Gas(1)
  • 4 system hexes
  • 1 Warp hex
  • 4 star discs and 20 tokens in each of four colors (red, blue, green, yellow)
  • 1 Hyper-Space Cone
  • 1 rule book

Awards
Since 1977, Cosmic Encounter (in its various forms and versions, but primarily keeping the same base gameplay) has won (or been nominated) for the following accolades:

  • 2001 Spiel der Spiele Hit Games with Friends Winner.
  • 1997 Adventure Gaming Hall of Fame, Origins
  • 1993 Games 100 Family Game Nominee.
  • 1992 Voted Best Science Fiction Board Game, Origins
  • 1992 Games 100 Family Game Nominee.
  • 1991 Origins Awards Winner, Best Fantasy or Science Fiction Boardgame.
  • 1982 Best Science Fiction Board Game, Games Day (London, England).
  • 1980-1981 Best Science Fiction Board Game, Space Gamer Magazine.
  • 1980-1981 2nd Best Family Game, Games Day (London).
  • 1980-1993 Games 100 Games Magazine's "Best Games" 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1993.
  • 1980 Honorable Mention "Top Ten Games", Omni Magazine.
  • The Siggins Hall of Fame, Sumo's Karaoke Club games magazine.

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Universums härskare
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Alga Swedish edition
Publisher: Alga (Brio)
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Year: 1987
Size: 11.02 x 16.54 x 1.18 inches
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Alga Finnish edition
Publisher: Alga (Brio)
Artist: Anders Jeppsson
Year: 1987
Product Code: 38011-512
Size: 16.73 x 11.02 x 1.18 inches
1.98 pounds
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West End Games Edition
Publisher: West End Games
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Year: 1986
Product Code: 20040
Size: 11.75 x 9.38 x 2.12 inches
1.75 pounds
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Games Workshop boxed second edition
Publisher: Games Workshop Ltd.
Artist: John Blanche, Paul Render
Year: 1986
Product Code: 01028
Size: 11.40 x 8.40 x 2.20 inches
1.69 pounds
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Year: 1986
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Print friendly version of cards to be used with the Daggers expansion. This version has a border around the cards for easy cut-out. Daggers are cards that give sinister effects and sometimes backfire or have great consequence for both sides in a battle. Daggers are used in a game with lucre. The degree of power that a dagger has is based on the amount of lucre that is spent on the dagger. There are three decks of daggers, Dagger Set 1 costs three lucre (one lucre EON) and performs a small effect. Dagger Set 2 costs seven lucre (two lucre EON) and performs a medium effect. Dagger Set 3 costs 13 lucre (four lucre EON) and performs a severe effect.
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2 Dagger cards-no border
Print friendly version of cards to be used with the Daggers expansion. This version has no border around the cards. Daggers are cards that give sinister effects and sometimes backfire or have great consequence for both sides in a battle. Daggers are used in a game with lucre. The degree of power that a dagger has is based on the amount of lucre that is spent on the dagger. There are three decks of daggers, Dagger Set 1 costs three lucre (one lucre EON) and performs a small effect. Dagger Set 2 costs seven lucre (two lucre EON) and performs a medium effect. Dagger Set 3 costs 13 lucre (four lucre EON) and performs a severe effect.
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2 Daggers Expansion
Daggers are cards that give sinister effects and sometimes backfire or have great consequence for both sides in a battle. Daggers are used in a game with lucre. The degree of power that a dagger has is based on the amount of lucre that is spent on the dagger. There are three decks of daggers, Dagger Set 1 costs three lucre (one lucre EON) and performs a small effect. Dagger Set 2 costs seven lucre (two lucre EON) and performs a medium effect. Dagger Set 3 costs 13 lucre (four lucre EON) and performs a severe effect.
2008-11-12
1 Prisoner Powers
This file contains five pages of Prisoner Powers for Cosmic Encounter.
English
2007-12-31
0 Rewards Deck
Cards for Cosmic Encounter Rewards Deck. These cards are not part of the Challenge Deck, and can only be gained when a player can take Rewards (in addition to or instead of cards from the normal Challenge Deck, or tokens from the Warp).
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2007-12-31
1 The Warp_Camelot Encounter powers.pdf
Powers for Camelot Encounter
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2007-09-19
1 The Warp_Lucre Rules_Cost Chart.pdf
Lucre Rules, Optional Rules, Cost Chart, and sample counters
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2007-08-30
2 The Warp_Hazard Deck.pdf
Hazard Deck for CE (The last page is the back for the cards. Cards may be difficult to line up exactly, in which case you should go with a more generic backing. This sheet works well if you are using card protectors, and can print this page separately.)
2007-06-17
6 The Warp_Cosmic Dune.pdf
Cosmic Dune (Rules, Powers, Treachery Cards)
2007-06-16
0 Baralho de Destino - Cartas.pdf
Destiny Deck from my homemade version of CE (The version is in PT-BR)
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Statistics
Board Game Rank: 557
Thematic Rank: 137
Strategy Game Rank: 377
Num Ratings: 3478
Average Rating: 6.95
Standard Deviation: 1.80
Num Views: 343947
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Avg. Game Weight: 2.4
Fans: 89
Personal Comments: 1591
Users Owning: 3808
Users Wanting: 109
Users Trading: 212 [find trade matches]
Has Parts For Trade: 12
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Game Spotlight: Cosmic Encounter
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Ludology Episode 74 - Boardgame Wonderland
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I've Been Diced! episode 17: The enduring appeal of Cosmic Encounter
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BGWS 054 – Cosmic Encounter
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Cosmic Encounter
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