News for November 2009
In Space No One Can Hear You Whine 18
Our first peek inside the box of Cosmic Incursion
Cosmic Encounter | Published 17 November 2009

Cosmic Incursion logo

Today we’re thrilled to offer you a look at Cosmic Incursion, the upcoming expansion for Cosmic Encounter

The more the merrier.
 
Anyone who’s enjoyed a game of Cosmic Encounter knows that more players means more fun. Not only is the game more enjoyable because there are greater numbers of alien powers and flares to contend with, but the game is an incredibly social one. More opponents and more allies are always welcome!
 
In Cosmic Incursion we’ve included a full set of components in orange for a sixth player: twenty plastic ships, five planets, three matching destiny cards, and one player colony marker. 
 
All you’ll need to bring is the chair.
 
In addition, Cosmic Incursion introduces a brand new game variant in the form of the reward deck. This set of 32 cards is available only to defensive allies, who may choose to draw some or all of their defender rewards from it.
Reward deck fan
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The reward deck is a collection of special, slightly more powerful cards perfect for getting the upper hand in an encounter: crooked deals can score you some extra cards after a negotiation, unstable rift cards offer an escape route for ships stuck in the warp but will detonate when taken as compensation, and kicker cards can swing fortune either in your favor or against it.
 
In space no one can hear you whine.
 
Cosmic Incursion also brings twenty new alien races ready to colonize the galaxy. Ten of these powers will be brand new and have never been seen before, while ten classic alien powers will be making their long-awaited reappearance.
 
Today we’re going to take a peek at one of your most requested fan favorites. We have heard you and we have obeyed...just as you must whenever you’re playing against the Sniveler
 Sniveler card
Click to read the Sniveler's power
 
 
Here’s a bit of history about this forlorn race: 
 
 
The Snivelers developed in the evolutionary shadow of a closely related but older and more gifted race. Beset by adversity at every turn, they looked to their elder brethren for succor and defense. Now grown adept at self-pity and having liquidated their generous patrons, they turn their wet, envious gaze toward the heavens.
 
Once per encounter, the Sniveler may whine about their position in the game: they might have fewer ships or colonies than any other player, or perhaps they’re lacking a particular card in their hand. In any case, the other players will then obliged to correct the situation. Ask (or whine) and you shall receive!
 
Coming up next...
 
In the weeks ahead, we will continue to reveal the aliens found in the Cosmic Incursion expansion. Keep scanning the skies and we’ll see you in a couple of weeks.
 
Cosmic Encounter is a classic board game for three to five players where fate and destiny collide against the unpredictable nature of the cosmos. With innumerable combinations of alien powers, and exceptional wheeling and dealing between players, this fan favorite game of galactic conquest is brimming with outlandish twists as players race to be the first to establish enough colonies to win.

 

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Rakshasa
Published: 11/18/2009 3:13:37 AM
#6

I don't think I've ever seen a more Cosmic Encounter-ish alien than the Sniveller. Maybe the Philanthropist, but that's it.

Fantastic!

The Vidiot
Published: 11/18/2009 1:06:03 AM
#5

 I have to admit, I like the idea of a rewards deck. Practically, there is little incentive to ally for the defense early in the game: Players are less likely to have ships in the warp, and a lot of times having too many cards in your hand can be a curse (if you’re stuck with five Negotiates, for example). I can’t wait to play with this new deck!

TileGrout
Published: 11/18/2009 12:11:44 AM
#4

I always thought the defensive allies should get an upgrade beyond the standard fare.  Kudos!  I am not sure if I am anxious or afraid of games where the sniveler returns and it's owner feels they must act out their role.

 

Citadel_Infidel
Published: 11/17/2009 7:29:29 PM
#3

I'm sure I've encountered these before, but I've never even played this game.

 

#8-D

spazard1
Published: 11/17/2009 6:40:43 PM
#2

wow the sniviler seems really fun.

FiendishDevil
Published: 11/17/2009 6:21:01 PM
#1

Love the race ability and the humor that comes along with it!

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