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Rudy Barrett
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Is it better to be feared or loved in a game of Cosmic Encounter? Basically, I want to hear some good Cosmic Encounter anecdotes about times when either intimidation and strength tactics payed off, or friendly negotiation and being a good ally won the day. Please share, I know there are some great stories out there.

I'll throw in with my it's better to be loved story: One game a couple game nights ago I was Fido and my good buddy was the Will. As soon as his turn came around we skyrocketed to the victory with two quick negotiates (with recycled negotiate cards for my buddy since I was Fido, "Hey would you like your only negotiate card back?"). I've never seen so many people that disappointed over a complete anticlimax but our 3 opponents were pretty mad. They teamed up to shut us down in the next game ,though, I guess for their alliance fear won out after all.
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Fear. I've won a few games as Skeptic, and intimidated my way to victory with what arguably was the worst hand I've ever had in the game.
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Fear, always fear.

I was Plant (Steals other's powers), and Trickster was in the game. Trickster is the power where you play "which hand is the token in?" instead of relying on the card draw. This should make the proposition a 50-50 chance...

...unless you manage to convince the Trickster that you can read his body language perfectly, and always tell which hand he is hiding his token in. (I'm something of an amateur magician, so that may have had something to do with it!)

First encounter of the game was Trickster vs me. I act supremely confident and eager to get on with it. Due to this he gave himself away, and I was around 80% sure I knew which hand was which. As it turned out I was correct, and so I could use his power for the rest of the game.

Then, each time I was using the power, I *also* managed to convince the other player that I could make them choose the wrong hand, without fail. The end result was that the Trickster gave up on using his own power, and I was never the target of a wild destiny card - there were always more inviting options.
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This was interesting I was expecting love to win the day since allies can be quite an asset, but I guess if you want a solo victory (the only kind that matters) you have to crush people under your boot heel.
 
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Jefferson Krogh
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Love, fear, whatever. If my opponents are completely baffled by my actions in the game, or they're laughing their asses off, then I've got them right where I want them... devil ...playing Cosmic Encounter with me!
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I think love might win you more games... but where's the fun in that?
FEAR ME!
 
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"Fear is the mindkiller"
 
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