All About Cosmic Encounter

If you’re new to the world of Cosmic Encounter, welcome to the club! It’s been published for over 42 years by game companies around the world, and currently by Fantasy Flight Games. Watch the Broken Meeple video to learn more.

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On May 24th, 42 of the most loyal fans gathered at Escape Velocity

#CE42 - The Inside Story...

Now that Fantasy Flight Games has made the official announcement at Escape Velocity, Future Pastimes can reveal the "inside story" behind the 42nd Anniversary Edition of Cosmic Encounter.


new: Quick-start guide & Combo cards

We worked closely with Fantasy Flight Games for over a year to make Cosmic Encounter easier for new players. The comic book Quick-Start guide, Alien Combo Cards, and redesigned rulebook were created to make that first game as smooth as possible.

The Quick-Start Guide leads players though a humorous encounter example with alien dialogue. The Combo Cards ensure that the very first thing players do is “become an alien”. The redesigned rule book resets Flare cards as a variant (like our original Eon Products Cosmic) so that new players are not tasked with that complexity.

This version will help make the game accessible to younger players, who are the future lifeblood of Cosmic.


new: Translucent ships

These ships are more than just eye-candy. Combine them with your old set to make a 10 player game. If you already have Cosmic Incursion, Cosmic Conflict, and Cosmic Alliance you can create a massive 13 player game! And boldly go where few Cosmic players have gone before.

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new: alien

Exiled from their original galaxy for unprincipled opportunism, the Demon is now included in the core game as the 51st alien. It was created in 2014 as a CosmicCon only promo, but fans kept asking for it! Now you can possess the alien with the power to possess. 

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New: streamlined | reformatted | indexed rulebook

While the 2008 edition of the rulebook was the best one yet, Fantasy Flight Games saw room for improvement. So they applied the latest company style guide and employed their new tech editors to craft the 2018 version. A high level of effort went into the new rulebook, and we think it paid off. When Future Pastimes first reviewed the document, we were blown away by the new formatting and flow. We had a few rounds of edits which were graciously incorporated by FFG, and we think you'll appreciate the tight integration with all the other new components like the Quick-Start Guide and the Combo Cards. While the QS Guide was designed for new players, the new rulebook was designed to make everyone's Cosmic experience better.  

Watch the official Fantasy Flight Games launch announcement with Molly Glover and Peter Olotka at Museum of Science Fiction's Escape Velocity event on May 26th, 2018.

What's New Overview

  • 34 Cosmic Combo Cards

  • Revised Rulebook

  • Quick-Start Guide

  • 5 New Translucent Ship Colors

  • 51st Alien, the Demon from CosmicCon

  • Updated Token Art

  • New Box Cover Art