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Robb
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Unfortunately, I can only get two other gamers to my table regularly...is this game any good with just three?

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Cosmic Encounter is my favorite game. I can't imagine ever turning down a game of CE with 5-8 players.

I will not play it with fewer than 5.
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No, and here's why.

Alliances lose so much when there's only one potential ally. It's akin to playing an auction game with only 2. Does the game function with 3? Technically yes, but at 3 you're missing out on the depth of experience. Not terrible as a learning game or something else, but not great as a regular play.
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I disagree, it's fun with 3. It's not ideal. But a fun knife fight in a phone booth. Quicker and lighter perhaps. The alien powers and hand management are still interesting, alliances are not 100% of the game.
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I think 3 is still great fun. The more the merrier, but if 3 is what you have, you can still have a blast.
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I have fun playing it 3-player with my kids.
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Four to six is best, with five being the sweet spot. BUT, I've played with three on a few occasions and had a perfectly fun time. Definitely give it a shot.
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I love cosmic. But there are so many games I'd rather play if I have three player it's not even worth it. Try listening to the dice tower #327, there is a "top 10 games for 3 players" in the end. If you don't have time to listen you can check it on the website dicetower.com .
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I think with 3 the choice of alien powers will be really important. Some powers rely on alliances in a major way, and they'll be less useful and/or fun in a smaller game. On the other hand, other powers (Virus comes to mind) which works well alone would be buffed up.
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We've had a lot of great games with only 3 players, but as mentioned above, 4-6 is probably where it's best .... however, on the off chance that you have a game night and end up with more than 3 players, you'll be glad you have it.
 
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Only good for learning the game.
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SirHandsome wrote:
I disagree, it's fun with 3. It's not ideal. But a fun knife fight in a phone booth. Quicker and lighter perhaps. The alien powers and hand management are still interesting, alliances are not 100% of the game.


This.

If you're long time players, be sure to include all optional rules - techs and hazards also.
 
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Not as rich and complex with three because of the lack of potential allies.

But a three player game of Cosmic is better than no game of Cosmic!

You might try to spice it up a bit by using two alien powers each. Deal out four or five and choose two each. Adds to the fun.

Or you could set up a game for six players and each person plays two spots. And each spot has two powers! Woo hoo!
 
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As much as I like to play this game 5 (ideal imo), mostly we're only 3 or 4. We play a lot with 3 actually and it's still great, but some aliens have a significant advantage or disadvantage when playing with fewer people. I think 4 is very ok as well, most of my logged games are with 4.
 
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I am obviously just quirky. I think CE is actually best with three. Its zippy and does not drag, whereas it does seem to with lets say five or more. Since alliances are essentially always opportunistic and short-term in CE I don't see how they are more prevalent or important with more than 3 players. They form and then quickly dissolve for exactly the same reason as with more players. In a 3 player game nobody with any self-respect is going to settle for a shared win. The destiny deck means that you can't choose your target, so ganging up long-term two against one does not really happen - making it an ideal 3 player.
 
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Well, it's not BAD with 3, but I think it works better with more. Alliances are much more dynamic in multi player.
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