Cosmic Encounter Product Guide (Fantasy Flight)
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FFG's Cosmic Encounters is without a doubt the best version of the game. 195 aliens have been released so far and I thought it may be useful to have a simple(ish) grading system of each alien. Maybe this will help out those who are choosing their next expansion or those that may not be quite as familiar with particular alien races as some. There is nothing worse than introducing Cosmic Encounter to a new group and having some dud alien races ruin the experience and you fail to convert new fans.

So here is my grading system...

thumbsupthumbsup = Great race! An elite game playing alien!
thumbsup = Worthy of playing when it appears.
thumbsdown = Probably better off redrawing a new race.
thumbsdownthumbsdown = Should never be considered.

I will be honest I have not played with all of these races yet. There are many on BBG far more Cosmic Encounter knowledgeable than I. I based these ratings on my own game experiences, reading of the race powers and from feedback of fellow BBGers.

And that brings me to the second point of this GeekList. FLIP MY THUMBS! Give me feedback on where I completely whiffed on my rating. Convince me to flip my rating on any alien I missed the mark on and we can make a more accurate Cosmic Encounter report card for those that need it.

Certainly, it will be impossible for all of us to agree but I bet there is more agreement on the aliens worthy of thumbsupthumbsup or thumbsdownthumbsdown.

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1. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:101]
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2008 Cover

2011 Cover

What is the difference between editions? Not much...
Bill Martinson wrote:


Game Components:

Rulebook
1 Warp
5 Player Colony Markers
1 Hyperspace Gate
25 Player Planets (5 per player)
100 Plastic Ships (20 per player)
50 Alien Sheets
20 Destiny Cards
72 Cosmic Cards
50 Flare Cards
20 Tech Cards
42 Cosmic Tokens
7 Grudge Tokens
1 Genesis Planet
1 Lunar Canon Token
1 Prometheus Token
1 Alternate Filch Flare

thumbsupthumbsupRed playing pieces (ships, planets, destiny cards, and colony marker).
thumbsupthumbsupYellow playing pieces (ships, planets, destiny cards, and colony marker).
thumbsupthumbsupBlue playing pieces (ships, planets, destiny cards, and colony marker).
thumbsupthumbsupGreen playing pieces (ships, planets, destiny cards, and colony marker).
thumbsupthumbsupPurple playing pieces (ships, planets, destiny cards, and colony marker).

50 Alien Races:

Green Aliens:
thumbsupBarbarian
thumbsdownChosen
thumbsupClone
thumbsupCudgel
thumbsupthumbsupFilch
thumbsupHacker
thumbsupthumbsupLoser
thumbsdownMacron
thumbsdownMiser
thumbsdownMutant
thumbsdownObserver
thumbsupOracle
thumbsupPacifist
thumbsupParasite
thumbsupReserve
thumbsupSorcerer
thumbsupSpiff
thumbsupTrader
thumbsupVacuum
thumbsupthumbsupVulch
thumbsupthumbsupWarrior
thumbsdownWill
thumbsdownZombie

Yellow Aliens:
thumbsupAmoeba
thumbsupAntimatter
thumbsupCalculator
thumbsupFido
thumbsupthumbsupFodder
thumbsupHate
thumbsupHealer
thumbsupHuman
thumbsupKamikaze
thumbsupMind
thumbsupMirror
thumbsdownMite
thumbsupPhilanthropist
thumbsdownReincarnator
thumbsupRemora
thumbsupShadow
thumbsdownTick Tock

Red Aliens:
thumbsupCitadel
thumbsupDictator
thumbsupGambler
thumbsupGrudge
thumbsupthumbsupMachine
thumbsdownMasochist
thumbsdownTripler
thumbsupVirus
thumbsupVoid
thumbsupthumbsupWarpish
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2. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter: Cosmic Incursion [Average Rating:8.24 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.24 Unranked]
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Game Components:

thumbsupthumbsupOrange playing pieces (ships, planets, destiny cards, and colony marker) for an additional player.

thumbsupthumbsupAn optional 32-card Reward deck which provides new incentives for allying with the defense and which will include at least the following:
Kickers, which multiply your Attack card, your Compensation, or your opponent's ships lost in a failed deal
Rifts, a mechanic that makes its official debut in this edition of CE
Attack -01, -04, -07
Negotiate (Crooked Deal), which grants +1 cards in Compensation or +1/-1 on ships lost due to failure to deal
Another Cosmic Zap, another Card Zap, and new artifacts to this edition (Finder, Hand Zap, and Space Junk)
Some new Reinforcements, up to a +6
Another Morph

20 Alien Races:

Green Aliens:
thumbsdownEthic
thumbsupFury
thumbsupGuerrilla
thumbsdownMercenary
thumbsupthumbsupSymbiotic

Yellow Aliens:
thumbsupBully
thumbsupChronos
thumbsupCryo
thumbsupDeuce
thumbsupthumbsupFungus
thumbsupthumbsupLeviathan
thumbsdownthumbsdownLocust
thumbsupMerchant
thumbsupSeeker
thumbsupthumbsupSniveler

Red Aliens:
thumbsupthumbsupDisease
thumbsdownGenius
thumbsupGhoul
thumbsupthumbsupMagician
thumbsupthumbsupPlant
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3. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter: Cosmic Conflict [Average Rating:8.18 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.18 Unranked]
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Game Components:

thumbsupthumbsupBlack playing pieces (ships, planets, destiny cards, and colony marker) for an additional player.
thumbsupAn optional deck of "Hazard" cards, which alter the encounter in some way, including:
Energy Fields, Meteor Storm, Temporal Anomaly

20 Alien Races:

Green Aliens:
thumbsupCavalry
thumbsdownChangeling
thumbsupEmpath
thumbsupGlutton
thumbsupthumbsupTrickster
thumbsupthumbsupXenophile

Yellow Aliens:
thumbsupGraviton
thumbsdownIndustrialist
thumbsupthumbsupInvader
thumbsupLunatic
thumbsupthumbsupMimic
thumbsupWarhawk

Red Aliens:
thumbsupFilth
thumbsupProphet
thumbsupRelic
thumbsdownSaboteur
thumbsdownSadist
thumbsdownSiren
thumbsupthumbsupThe Claw
thumbsupVisionary
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4. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter: Cosmic Alliance [Average Rating:8.09 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.09 Unranked]
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Game Components:

thumbsupthumbsupWhite playing pieces (ships, planets, destiny cards, and colony marker) for an additional player.
thumbsdownIncludes "Team Cosmic" which allows for playing in teams of two as well as adding "Large Game" cards into the deck for games of more than 6 players.

20 Alien Races:

Green Aliens:
thumbsupGeneral
thumbsupPygmy
thumbsupReborn
thumbsdownSapient

Yellow Aliens:
thumbsupAnimal
thumbsdownButler
thumbsupCrystal
thumbsdownCyborg
thumbsupExtortionist
thumbsupLightning
thumbsupSkeptic
thumbsupSting
thumbsupWinner

Red Aliens:
thumbsdownBandit
thumbsdownChrysalis
thumbsupthumbsupGorgon
thumbsdownHorde
thumbsupPoison
thumbsupRemote
thumbsupthumbsupSchizoid
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5. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter: Cosmic Storm [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
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Game Components:

25 alien sheets
25 flare cards
thumbsdown10 space station cards
thumbsdown10 space station markers
7 Swindler tokens
1 Sloth token

25 Alien Races:

Green Aliens:
thumbsdownBulwark
thumbsdownNeighbor
thumbsupOutlaw
thumbsupPhantasm
thumbsupVox

Yellow Aliens:
thumbsdownArcade
thumbsdownBrute
thumbsupConverter
thumbsdownCoordinator
thumbsdownDervish
thumbsdownthumbsdownGrumpus
thumbsupPatriot
thumbsupPorcupine
thumbsupScavenger
thumbsdownSloth
thumbsupSneak
thumbsdownSycophant
thumbsdownTide
thumbsupWorm
thumbsdownWormhole

Red Aliens:
thumbsdownMouth
thumbsdownRoach
thumbsupSquee
thumbsdownthumbsdownSwindler
thumbsdownTyrant
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6. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter: Cosmic Dominion [Average Rating:8.50 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.50 Unranked]
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Game Components:

30 Alien Sheets
32 Reward Cards
30 Flare Cards
1 Cruise Liner Token
9 Joker Tokens
1 Hazard Token
2 Yin-Yang Tokens
8 Ship Markers

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The Reward Deck:
Reinforcements
+X (X = the total number of ships on either side (your choice))
+4

Kickers
x-1 Reverse Polarity (Multiplies all attack cards in the encounter, does not affect compensation or failed deals)
x4 Give War a Chance (Does not affect compensation or failed deals)
x2 Jamming Signal (All other kickers have no effect, and reinforcements can't be played)
x2 Duplicity (Your allies go to the warp)
x1 Self Destruct (Both sides lose)

Hazardous Attack (card is the value of the second number if a Hazard Symbol has been revealed this encounter)
12/21
3/30
21/12
12/21
2/20

Negotiates
Right of Refusal (If you receive any cards from compensation or a deal, you may discard any or all of those cards)
Faulty Translator (Opposed by Attack, loses but collects compensation from one opposing ally, or from the opponent if he or she has no allies; opposed by negotiate, players have to make a deal using only gesture, and players lose one fewer ship for an unsuccessful deal)
Epic Oratory (Collects double compensation or saves ships from going to the warp. Opposed by negotiate, players may gain up to two colonies each in a deal)
Self Defense (Send one opposing ship to the warp for every ship lost on your side)

Intimidates
-09
19
29
39

Artifacts
Rebirth (Regroup phase, choose any player (even you) to reestablish colonies on one or more home planets)
Solar Wind (Play at reveal, gains at allies are reversed)
Ship Zap (Send any 1 ship anywhere (even one removed from the game) to the warp, play at any time)
Omni-Zap (Play to mimic any other zap card, or to cancel the effect of any one card that was just played or revealed; after use, remove one of your ships from the game or lose three ships to the warp)
Victory Boon (The defense receives defensive ally rewards)

Rifts
3
2 (Play on a player to let them draw 2 cards. If this card is taken from you, they must discard 2 cards at random)
2 (ditto above)
1 (Establish one colony on a planet that has no colonies. If this card is taken by another player, they must abandon one of their colonies)

Other
2 Retreats
1 Morph


30 Alien Races:

Green Aliens:
thumbsupthumbsupGreenhorn
thumbsupLaser
thumbsupLizard
thumbsupMirage
thumbsupPickpocket
thumbsdownWhirligig

Yellow Aliens:
thumbsupAlchemist
thumbsupAngler
thumbsupthumbsupBride
thumbsupDaredevil
thumbsupDiplomat
thumbsupEngineer
thumbsdownExplorer
thumbsdownHost
thumbsdownLove
thumbsdownMuckraker
thumbsdownPirate
thumbsupQuartermaster
thumbsdownTourist
thumbsupUsurper
thumbsupVoyager
thumbsupYin-Yang

Red Aliens:
thumbsupthumbsupAce
thumbsupAristocrat
thumbsupDoppelgänger
thumbsupJoker
thumbsdownJudge
thumbsupthumbsupMesmer
thumbsupthumbsupPentaform
thumbsupReactor
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7. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter: Cosmic Eons [Average Rating:8.45 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.45 Unranked]
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Game Components:
30 Alien Sheets
30 Flare Cards
55 Essence Cards
37 Alien Tokens
6 Alliance Dials

30 Alien Races:

Green Aliens:
Bleeding Heart
Hunger
Multitude
Perfectionist

Yellow Aliens:
Assistant
Coward
Crusher
Emperor
Fire Dancer
Hypochondriac
Klutz
Moocher
Nanny
Pack Rat
Sheriff

Red Aliens:
AI
Alien
Anarchist
Architect
Cloak
The Cult
Evil Twin
Maven
Nightmare
Oligarch
Particle
Peddler
Pretender
Surgeon
Tortoise
 
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