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Nasty McHaggis
United States
Columbia
South Carolina
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I'm pouring all of my points in sarcasm.
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Box next to hand.
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10
May 2009*
Ha Ha! I'm first. And, to boot, I'm rating it a "10" based on the hype alone.

*EDIT* Hey! How did Tom Vasel jump in line? *shakes fist* Damn you, Tom Vasel!!!!
2008-11-25*
Raistlin
Italy
Torino
Torino
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10
Nov 2008*
Cosmic Encounter is one of the best boardgame ever for me, and my rate is again a 10. I consider this new FFG version not only as a simple reprint, but the perfect mix of the best parts of all the old versions of the game, with nice components. The only little flaw is the artwork for the alien races, wich I don't like so much.
I found the new (optional) Technology cards as a great improvement, with a simple but clever mechanic.
2015-05-07
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United States
Collegeville
Pennsylvania
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10
Jan 2009*
This is one of those games that just pulls you in the first time you play it. The sheer number of different aliens alone ensures a ton of replayability, and the player interaction is fantastic. Great game.
2008-11-25*
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Micheal Thomas
United States
San Jose
California
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10
Apr 2009*
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Kevin O'Brien
Australia
Fitzgibbon (Brisbane)
QLD
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...but don't tell anyone!
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The Secret Bread Empire Über Alles!
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10
Oct 2009*
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Yoshiya Shindo
Japan
Nakano-ku
Tokyo
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10
Aug 2010
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Matt Sturm
United States
Ann Arbor
Michigan
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10
Feb 2009*
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Paul Ollenberger
Canada
Edmonton
Alberta
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10
May 2010
Having never played cosmic encounter before this version, I can't understand why more people don't love it, especially considering how long it has been around!
2008-11-25*
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United States
Michigan
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10
Dec 2008*
This is *the* definitive edition for the modern era. One of the seminal games in the hobby. With re-usable flares, 50 aliens with awesome artwork, cool plastic UFOs, technology cards, this game feels like the older editions with a few new expansions already built in. The variability of the alien powers in this game continues to astound me. Every game is completely different, completely unique. It can be wildly unbalanced at times, but the ever-shifting alliances compensate. There are no shortage of surprises and dynamic interactions. The game is more interactive than just about anything else. At it's heart, it is a hand management game, where the key is to get the maximum utility out of your worst cards, usually accomplished in some devious fashion by leveraging the alien powers in play. My favorite game, and thus my only 10. I would give it 11 if I could.
2013-10-02
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Jay Little
United States
Eden Prairie
Minnesota
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10
Jun 2013
Cosmic Encounter remains my Favorite Game of All-Time, and the FFG edition is my preferred version. Extremely faithful to the original. Great tweaks and updates to streamline gameplay, reduce confusion and really let the zany elements that make CE such a memorable game shine through!
2013-06-07
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Daniel Harrison
Australia
Sydney
NSW
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10
Feb 2009*
Classic game of picking on your mates!
Lots of laughs and angst with the right crowd.
Euro purists should steer clear.
2009-02-27
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Jack Wraith
United States
Ypsilanti
Michigan
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10
Dec 2008*
As it was before, so it is now with the FFG version: One of the best games ever made.
2008-11-26*
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Eric Grutz
Serbia
Belgrade
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10
Nov 2009*
Easy to play and is just a fun game overall.
2009-11-08
Owned
Tim Tan
Singapore
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10
Aug 2012
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Matthew M Monin
United States
Branford
Connecticut
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8/8 FREE, PROTECTED
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513ers Assemble!
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10
Mar 2009*
The new FFG treatment is extremely well done. I avoided Cosmic Encounter forever because I was intimidated by stories of out of control powers and rule ambiguities. Having most of the timing issues addressed directly on every single card makes FFG's CE very easy to bring out to new players.
2011-01-10
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Tim Taylor
United States
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10
Jan 2009*
I've loved every version of this game. FFG's is no different.

However, FFG included several additions and modifications to the game that I think are incredibly good.

- Morph card: This is a brilliant idea!
- A full hand is eight cards instead of seven: This is a subtle change that seems to affect play in a very positive way.
- Tech: Adding an entirely new sub-set of rules to a classic game in its initial release is a daring choice. Kudos!
2009-12-07
Owned
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Thomas Staudt
Germany
Rutesheim
Baden-Württemberg
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10
Apr 2009*
Owned
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Rob Burns
United States
Troy
MI
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10
Sep 2014
In 2004, I said that it was my dream that FFG (or a similar high-quality niche producer) would pick up the license and give this game the treatment it deserves. Fantasy Flight delivered in spades. Look no further, those of you who prize tactical play above all else: this is the One True Game.
2014-09-21
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Seth Bell
United States
New Milford
Connecticut
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10
May 2015
You never know how a game will go. Finding ways to take advantage of your alien's power makes this game exciting.
2010-06-24
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Ken H.
United States
Amherst
Ohio
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10
Jan 2009*
Owned
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Jack Reda
United States
Herndon
Virginia
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Guess the games in my uberbadge!
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My favorite game is Cosmic Encounter.
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10
Dec 2008*
Fantasy Flight's new edition of Cosmic Encounter is a winner. It has great components and a fantastic selection of aliens. The new addition of Technology is also well-done. The best part is all of the expansions.
2012-03-26
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Antti Karjalainen
Finland
Tampere
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10
Feb 2011
A rowdy game of strategy, negotiation and bluffing that plays like a chaotic party game! Game play has nearly infinite variety thanks to the huge set of alien powers, and the game will stay fresh, like... Forever! ;-) And it's gorgeous too!
2010-01-15
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Chris Tannhauser
United States
San Diego
California
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The Cathedral is vast, as are you.
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10
Jan 2009*
Bluffing, gambling, negotiation, backstabbing, outrageous reversals—this game has it all. And a thick, gooey science fiction theme to boot! The rules are simple, almost laughably so, but that's not where the game is. The game is in finding the most clever way in which to use those rules to your advantage, no matter how bleak the situation. Taken at face value, it's pretty lame, and I can see why some people hate it so. Add in a bunch of raucous, cunning friends and the game surprises and delights every time. I'm constantly surprised at some of the subtle ways "I'm screwed" moments can turn into a big win.

Negotiated (or even forced) multi-wins are great since they keep the playing time more than tolerable (read: occasionally too short—but what the hell, let's play again!).

(Includes all expansions through Dominion.)

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Brief musings on my various Cosmic play groups:

ALL STICK AND NO CARROT
2014-12-03
Owned
Andy Stout
United States
Pasadena
CA - California
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10
Jan 2009*
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Hillel Wajsberg
Israel
Tel-Aviv Yafo
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10
Feb 2009*
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Douglas Buel
United States
Saint Louis
Missouri
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10
Sep 2014
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Rob McFadden
United States
Cherry Hill
New Jersey
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10
May 2011
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Chris Morris
Canada
Kelowna
British Columbia
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10
Jan 2009*
All the best parts of some of the old versions of the game, but brought forward to the 21st century. Great components and quality cards, I think this game will be a regular for me for years to come.
2009-03-22
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Big Head Zach
United States
Atlanta
Georgia
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10
Dec 2008*
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Matthew Cary
United States
Minneapolis
Minnesota
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10
Dec 2008*
The Avalon Hill version brought me into hobby games, and the FFG version is better in every way.
2008-12-06*
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Ricardo Viera
Spain
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10
Dec 2009*
+INCURSION
+CONFLICT
+ALLIANCE
+STORM
+DOMINION

2014-09-14
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Steve Leach
United States
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10
Jan 2012
Controled chaos at it's best. The latest edition is a really nice to look at as well as play. The fact that it is still in print to this day is a testament to it's great gameplay.
2009-08-02
Michael Knauer
United States
Norristown
Pennsylvania
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10
Jan 2009*
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Jim Brooks
United States
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Some are born to move the world To live their fantasies But most of us just dream about The things we'd like to be Sadder still to watch it die Than never to have known it For you, the blind who once could see The bell tolls for thee...
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10
Jan 2009*
Thank you Kevin Wilson & Fantasy Flight for brining this back.
2011-05-28
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Bill H
United States
Absecon
New Jersey
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"A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play, his labour and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation." LP Jacks
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10
Oct 2009*
Best version yet.
2014-06-09
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Alferd Packer
United States
Unspecified
Unspecified
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10
Dec 2008*
This is the only game I've rated a 10. Cosmic Encounter was my "gateway game". Being able to play with 5 right out of the box is a huge plus for me. 50 aliens and spinny ships are even better.
2008-12-09*
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Andy
United Kingdom
Stockport
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10
Feb 2010
I loved the 'chrome' of the Avalon Hill version, but the fact that it only went to 4 players, had 20 alien powers and there were never any expansions meant that it was a bit limiting... this new edition from Fantasy Flight Games is 5 player out of the box, and comes with 50 alien powers and a new concept called Tech cards.... plus there is now an expansion out that takes it to 6 players and 70 alien powers.

While not exactly like the old Eon or Mayfair editions, this version should definitely appeal to players of those older versions, whilst also attracting new gamers to this fantastic game.
2010-02-12
Owned
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Unfuchs
Germany
Lüneburg
Niedersachsen
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10
Apr 2010
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Eric Sawler
United States
Massachusetts
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10
Dec 2008*
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Byl Kravetz
United States
Nampa
Idaho
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10
Feb 2012
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Mark W
United States
East Islip
New York
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10
Feb 2009*
Yes!! Finely tuned Cosmic.
2008-12-11*
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Karl J. Smith
United States
Oregon
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10
Dec 2008*
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Robert Carroll
United States
Lawrence
Kansas
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10
Nov 2009*
Even better with age. A classic space game.

Game Owned:#1105. Game Played: #16070.
2013-01-05
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Ed Collins
United States
West Richland
Washington
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10
Jan 2009*
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Alan How
United Kingdom
Bromley
Kent
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10
Mar 2009*
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Dan Cain
United States
Tacoma
Washington
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The Evil-Do That I Do-Do
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10
Apr 2009*
Awards:
Game of the Con - 2008
Game of the Year - 2008
Special Award for Gaming Awesomeness - 2013

Comments:
This is THE edition of Cosmic Encounter. Everything is top notch, the artwork, the components, the clarity of the rules. It is the greatest game I have ever played. It really does go to "11"

Comments Update:
CE is by far and away the greatest board game that has ever been made. If you disagree with me I'll play my Cosmic Zap and then you will have to agree with me. There, I am glad we got that out of the way right off the bat. FFG has done an amazing job of updating this classic game and making available to thousands of new fans all over the world. The chaotic game that inspired hundreds of other designs really shines through. True to its form CE is never the same game twice, and is the only game that has caused me to name a few of the epic sessions I have played in the past. CE draws out the player and forces them to be able to adapt to the game in front of them, and the players around them. I will never ever tire of playing CE, and for that it gets the Special Game Award for Awesomness for 2013.

Expansions Owned:
Cosmic Encounter: Cosmic Incursion
Cosmic Encounter: Cosmic Conflict
Cosmic Encounter: Cosmic Alliance
Cosmic Encounter: Cosmic Storm
Cosmic Encounter: Cosmic Dominion
2015-01-21
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John Richert
United States
Springboro
Ohio
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10
Nov 2009*
Great game. While some people think the game is too random, those who are good realize that there is strategy in exploiting the chaos. 11-10-09 - Bumped up to a 10. I realize the more games I play, the more I prefer to play CE.
2009-11-10
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John Chapman
United States
Fayetteville
Arkansas
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10
Dec 2008*
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Tom Vasel
United States
Homestead
Unspecified
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Love Games, Love 'Em!!!
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10
Jun 2013
The best version yet. Almost as good components as the AH version, and the best - cleanest - easiest to understand timing issue.

Oh, and technology rocks.
2008-12-13*
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Matthew LaClair
United States
Watertown
New York
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May 2009*
It's CE and FFG, what could possibly be wrong with that?
2008-12-13*
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