Galactic Championship Tournament 2019

The Cosmic Encounter Experience was such a smash hit at Escape Velocity 2018 that we'll be back for 2019 with the first annual Galactic Championship Tournament. Meet players from around the universe to compete for the title.


Official Tournament Rules

By Jack Reda

Galactic Championship tournament play will take place on Friday and Saturday.  Each day will crown a tournament winner. Players will participate in two games for Round One, after which the top players will advance to a single game in Round Two.  The top six players from Round Two will compete against each other for the day's crown and prizes.

*Escape Velocity participants who attend both days are eligible to play (and win) on both days!

The official Cosmic Encounter Rules are designed to allow tournament play within a relatively defined time frame. A point system is used to end the first and second round games in 50 minutes, preventing them from being prolonged as players struggle for solo victories.


Divide players into four-player games. This round will have two games. Each game will last for 50 minutes. The first game in this round will use the basic Cosmic Encounter set only. At the end of 50 minutes, end all games, distribute the game points, players switch around so that they are in new groups and begin the second game. All players advance to the seconds game. The second game will add in Cosmic Incursion and Cosmic Conflict. End the game after 50 minutes and total each player’s points from game one and game two.


To advance to round 2 a player must score high enough to make the cut off. Scores are totaled from game one and game two. The cut off is figured by taking the top scoring players in multiples of four until you have about half of the original players.


There will be one game in round two. Divide the players into four player games. The game will last for 50 minutes. Add in Cosmic Alliance and Cosmic Storm. Victory points are figured by the same system, but players do not carry their round one points over into this round. All players are starting from zero points.


The top six players, based on the points earned in round two only, advance to the finals.


One game, no time limit. Add Cosmic Dominion and Cosmic Eons. No points are used, the regular winner(s) are the champions.


The victory point system is used in round one and round two. At the end of 50 minutes each player gets:

• 1 point for every home colony (5 possible)

• 2 points for every foreign colony (10 possible)

• 6 points in the pot divided among the winners.

Example: A player who won alone, and who still had all home colonies would have 21 points (5 for home colonies + 10 for foreign colonies + 6 from the pot). 


Competition Swag for the Players

  • Special Museum of Science Fiction gifts

  • Exclusive alien and flare (POD) – just like we did for CosmicCon

  • Exclusive Tech card(s) for Escape Velocity 2019’s Technology event theme

  • Cosmic Combo cards that accommodates up to 8 players and references all of the expansions

  • Incident cards – a small set of cards that have radical and unpredictable effects, and most players don’t even know they’ve been added to the game

  • Cosmic Encounter BIG BOX – it’s designed to fit the base game and more than 6 expansion sets

Prizes for Tournament Winners

  • Galactic champion certificate signed by the creators of Cosmic Encounter and the executive director of the Museum of Science Fiction

  • Recognition at Escape Velocity 2020 and a VIP pass to the next event

  • Exclusive Escape Velocity card –  only those players who own it are allowed to use the special rules on it

  • Signed copy of the 42nd edition base set

  • Competition Escape Velocity 2019 T-shirts

  • Bag of special color ships in the Museum of Science Fiction Purple

  • Special color single ship to use as a Prometheus 

All items subject to availability at time of tournament.


jack reda - current ce champion

Back in 2014, Fantasy Flight Games hosted CosmicCon, where CE fans from around the world gathered for a celebration of all things Cosmic Encounter. Reda took the tournament crown, as the Aristocrat, naturally! Can you beat him at the Galactic Championship Tournament this year?


autographed memorabilia

  • Bring your Cosmic stuff for CE designers to sign 

  • Get exclusive signed CE 2019 Championship Swag

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ce designers will be there!

  • We played with fans at EV 2018

  • Can you beat the creators in 2019?


Tournament play overview:

  • 2 elimination rounds

  • 4+ players per game

  • 6 players in final game

  • 90 minute time limit

  • Prizes for the 6 finalists

  • Grand Prize for the new CE Champion

  • VIP access


TTS Galactic Championship Tournament 2019

tabletop simulator on steam

  • Can’t make it to join us in person? Play on Steam/TTS!

  • Compete in an online tournament from anywhere in the world

  • Games streamed live on Twitch/Discord

  • Hosting courtesy of MrAckle on Discord and Overboardgames on Twitch!

  • More tournament play details to come!

Check out the highlight reel from last year’s Tabletop Simulator game streamed to Twitch! Courtesy of Overboardgames.

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Backstory - How Cosmic Encounter met Escape Velocity

The Cosmic Encounter Experience was the brainchild of Charles Hildebrandt, Production Counsel Museum of Science Fiction & Peter Olotka one of the original designers of Cosmic Encounter. Charles originally met Peter, Bill Eberle, and Jack Kittredge at the New York Science Fiction Society's Lunacon in 1977 when Eon Products first published Cosmic. 41 years later, Peter contacted him about featuring Cosmic Encounter at Escape Velocity 2018, but didn't know that Charles was a huge fan. In the meantime, Fantasy Flight Games (who has been publishing Cosmic Encounter since 2008) was finishing the 42nd Anniversary Edition of CE design with Future Pastimes, and both parties thought that Escape Velocity would be an excellent venue to stage the official launch.