Cosmic Encounter (42nd Anniversary Edition)


Cosmic Encounter is a classic bluffing and negotiation, science fiction strategy game for 3-5 players.

Make alliances and then break them.  Negotiate deals and then double-cross your “allies”.  Heck, even work together for the common good every once in a while.  But above all, conquer the universe.

Cosmic Encounter 42nd Anniversary Edition welcomes new players to the game of infinite possibilities with a freshly revised rulebook and a beautifully illustrated Quick-start Guide that captures the nostalgia of the original game and makes it easy for anyone to learn. The Quick-start Guide’s comic book style throws readers back to the 1970s, providing vital insight into the core rules of the game while embracing the fun of a cosmic conquest filled with wacky aliens and outrageous abilities. What’s more, with the beautiful translucent ship pieces (as shown above), spreading your colonies across the galaxy has never been more stylish!

A newly discovered species joins the classic line-up of aliens. You can, of course, play as old favourites such as Mite or Remora, or you can try your hand at leading the ruthless Demon to victory. Previously only released at Cosmic Con, this species was exiled from their original galaxy for unprincipled opportunism. Now they seek cosmic vengeance, using their power to possess other players’ hands to bolster their own strength and sap others’ will to win.

In addition to this monstrous newcomer, Cosmic Encounter 42nd Anniversary Edition offers you new ways to customize your games with the introduction of Cosmic Combo cards. These carefully assembled cards offer a list of alien species with a brief description of their powers to create themed matchups and explore different types of games. You may find yourself among some Big Time Clubbers or Cellar Dwellers, that can be integrated into three, four, or five-player games. Every card spins a new challenge, and with these new options for customization, no two games are ever the same.

Designer:  Bill Eberle, Jack Kittredge, Bill Norton, Peter Olotka, Kevin Wilson
Publisher:  Fantasy Flight Games
Player numbers: 3-5
Recommended Age: 12+
Game Time: 60-120 mins

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Cosmic Encounter Board Game Expansions:

Cosmic Incursion

Cosmic Conflict

Cosmic Alliance

Cosmic Storm

Cosmic Dominion

Cosmic Eons

What’s in the box? Cosmic Encounter Contents:

  • 1 Quick-Start Guide
  • 1 Rulebook
  • 1 Warp
  • 1 Hyperspace Gate
  • 25 Player Planets (5 per player)
  • 100 Translucent Plastic Ships (20 per player)
  • 51 Alien Sheets
  • 197 Cards
  • 51 Tokens
  • 1 Genesis Planet
  • 1 Alternate Filch Flare

4 reviews for Cosmic Encounter (42nd Anniversary Edition)

  1. Dan S

    Probably the greatest game of all time. Essential for everyone’s collection.

  2. Nick Watt (verified owner)

    Definitely need the right group to play this game, but with the right group it is PURE fun.

  3. Matt (verified owner)

    Such a fun game. Some hardcore gamers don’t like the randomness of it, but pretty much everyone I’ve ever played with has had a lot of fun. It’s probably the only board game I own that I can lose horribly and still have had an awesome evening.

  4. epinema

    This game takes space politics and makes it the most entertaining game of negotiation and backstabbing.

    Every Alien race has a power and almost every one of them seems overpowered but the social aspects compensate for that.

    This game keeps you on your toes and seems to have near infinite replayability.

    Pure fun and never a dull moment; it’s not necessarily about the end but the journey and the twists.

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