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Cosmic Encounter

Conquer the galaxy with shifting alliances and the unique powers of your alien race.

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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.

In Cosmic Encounter, each player becomes the leader of one of dozens of alien races, each with its own unique power. On a player's turn, he or she becomes the offense. The offense encounters another player on a planet by moving a group of his or her ships through the hyperspace gate to that planet. Both sides can invite allies and play cards to try and tip the encounter in their favor.

The object of the game is to establish colonies in other players' planetary systems. The winner(s) are the first player(s) to have five colonies on any planets outside his or her home system. These colonies may all be in one system or scattered over multiple systems. The players must use force, cunning, and diplomacy to ensure their victory. And, because alliances are a key part of the game, multiple players can win together!

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Time to play: # of players: Recommended Age:
Clock indicating 60 minutes or more 3 to 5 players recommended Recommended for ages 12 and up
60 to 120 minutes 3 to 5 12+
Complexity: Player dynamic: Skill:
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2.59 / 5 Alliances, Heavy Competition Strategy, negotiation


Cosmic Encounter Additional Resources

Suggested Use:

Community Building

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Please refer to the books and articles listed on the Board Game: Home page for general readings regarding board game play and psychology.

Link to the Library Catalog

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