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Store:  Strategy Games
Edition:  Cosmic Encounter
Series:  Cosmic Encounter
Theme:  Science Fiction
Format:  Board Games

Cosmic Encounter

German edition

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Product Awards:  
Deutscher Spiele Preis
6th place, 1992

Ages Players
12+ 2-4

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Product Description

The classic game of colonization, negotiation, conciliation and misrepresentation. Players are aliens on a mission to colonize the galaxy. Through force, guile and card play, be the first to spread out beyond your home system. Molded plastic ships, excellent graphics and 20 alien races allow countless player combinations.

Here are the Cosmic Encounter Design Awards spanning 20 years:

Published 16 editions:
US, Japan, England, Germany, France, Sweden, Finland, Brazil

Selected: Editors Choice
2000 Netscape Editors

SciFi Channel: Originality 8 /10 Enjoyment 9/10
1999 SciFi Channel

Selected: Desert Island Games #4
1998 The Gathering of Game Designers

Inducted: Adventure Gaming Hall of Fame,
1997 Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design

Selected: Games 200
1996 Games Magazine

Voted: Best Science Fiction Board Game
1992 Origins Awards

Voted: Best Science Fiction Board Game
1982 Games Day - London, England

Voted: Best Science Fiction Board Game
1980, 1981 Space Gamer Magazine

Voted: 2nd Best Family Game (after Monopoly)
1980, 1981 Games Day - London

Selected: Games 100 Games Magazine's "Best Games"
'80, '81, '82, '83, '84, '85, '86, '93

Selected: Honorable Mention "Top Ten Games"
1980 Omni Magazine

Product Awards

Deutscher Spiele Preis
6th place, 1992

Product Information


  • 4 Planet Systems (gameboard)
  • The Warp (Center of the Universe) (gameboard)
  • 1 Mothership Playing Piece
  • 4 Defender Carriers Playing Pieces
  • 80 Colored Ships
  • 12 Orders (Cardboard Discs)
  • 46 Encounter Cards
  • 20 Alien Cards
  • 8 Artifact Cards
  • 4 Alien Card Holders
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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.1 in 34 reviews

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by Chan
Finally, done to perfection (almost)
March 15, 2015

At last a company has done it just right. FFG has listened to the fans and not only included all the favorite parts of Cosmic, they have also included the best of the ideas from the many Cosmic fan websites. That is, if you pick up all the expansion sets as well (four so far). Let's hope they release the Lucre expansion (introducing an economy to the game) to make it complete. Thank you FFG for restoring a great classic without disappointing!

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
How do they fail to market this game
October 21, 2005

I cannot understand how these companies have failed so miserably at marketing this game. Everyone I have ever played with LOVES the game. Even those who normally will play nothing more complicated than Hearts will play this game and enjoy it immensly.


Forego the elaborate figures and plastic if it keeps the cost or production down if you must, but please oh please re-release this game and subsequent expansions.

Simply the best!
April 21, 2004

I began playing Cosmic Encounter when I was a young teenager. I loved the game then, so naturally I was hesitant to try the 'new version' of the game. I love it! The graphics are amazing! This is simply the best board game ever! My father still has the 'original' version. I would give a great deal to have it in my possession, but he still plays it!

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