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Coming the Week of January 18th (17 Jan 2020)

First Impressions of Return to Dark Tower.
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Cosmic Encounter Duel Announced by Fantasy Flight Games

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13 Jan 2020 14:21 #306094 by Ah_Pook
Challenge your closest frenemy to the fast-paced hilarity of Cosmic Encounter...

A standalone two player game in the Cosmic Encounter Universe.

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13 Jan 2020 14:21 #306090 by Ah_Pook
www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/news/2020/...smic-encounter-duel/

This is a thing that's happening. I like the art. The rest remains to be seen I guess.
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13 Jan 2020 14:44 #306091 by Gary Sax
Honestly, I think this could work.

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13 Jan 2020 14:55 #306093 by Vysetron
I'm just confused. What's even left besides the aliens and aesthetics?

Just gotta wait for a rulebook I guess.

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13 Jan 2020 15:06 #306096 by Jackwraith
In principle, it's the same thing as CE, since each race has a different power and you're using 20 ships to try to control/have colonies on 5 planets. So, yeah, it could work. At the very least, it's not Arkham Star Horror Wars, so there's that.
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13 Jan 2020 15:12 #306097 by ubarose

Jackwraith wrote: In principle, it's the same thing as CE, since each race has a different power and you're using 20 ships to try to control/have colonies on 5 planets. So, yeah, it could work. At the very least, it's not Arkham Star Horror Wars, so there's that.


OMG. Coffee spit.
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13 Jan 2020 15:17 - 13 Jan 2020 15:18 #306099 by quozl
Is Frank Branham the designer?
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13 Jan 2020 15:18 #306100 by Ah_Pook
Wait now I want to play Arkham Star Horror Wars though...
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13 Jan 2020 15:45 #306103 by Jackwraith

Ah_Pook wrote: Wait now I want to play Arkham Star Horror Wars though...


We were just talking about "space" games, right?

"In the shadow of the asteroid belt, there is only silence... and the lurking threat of Space! Protoplasm! It's both the most horrifying slime in existence AND the most valuable resource! On Earth, it only shows up in abandoned wells in New England. But out here... in the vastness of the viable vacuum... there are so many colors..."
"As one of several competing waste mining companies, you'll have to figure out how to beat your opponents to the effluent dumps left behind by the original miners getting the really valuable stuff. Those dumps mixed with the strange, fish-shaped minerals in this part of the belt, becoming an energy source of unimaginable power... that no one has really figured out how to use yet. But that doesn't matter! It only matters that you're serving the mast- uh, bosses to make money on whatever you can. In the darkness. With the occasional whisper."
"In space, no one can hear you scream... except when you scream 'IA! IA!'"
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13 Jan 2020 17:24 #306106 by Erik Twice
As far as I know, this has been being worked on for years, probably more than a decade. I'm told several of the people involved are Cosmic Encounter regulars who also collaborated in Cosmic Eons. So I think it might be an interesting game. I don't expect a 10 out of 10 but it seems worth trying out.
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13 Jan 2020 20:46 #306111 by san il defanso
This sounds awesome, but then this is probably the easiest game to pitch to me yet created. So take that how you will.

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15 Jan 2020 10:48 #306189 by pgocosmic
A dive into the decades long history of Cosmic Encounter reveals the existence of a two player game tacked into the rules of many CE versions. You can see it all the way back to our homespun UNIVERSE game that we created in 1972.

In truth, the 2-player iterations were often pretty lame. Even so we persisted in the belief that Cosmic Encounter had a two player version buried within. The reality that two players can have fun playing was driven home when I spent countless hours taking select aliens and playing 2-player games with my then young grand daughters. Realizing that even though these games were not ready for primetime they still led to hilarious encounters between two aliens with powers that play off one another with surprising outcomes.

At its heart Cosmic is a face-off between two aliens. Over the decades all sorts of tapestries have been draped over that fundamental framework. But the because the core of the interaction is still "one on one" it invites the creation of a two player game.

Here's an analogy. Basketball is a team sport with five players on each team requiring intricate teamwork, shifting rapidly between offense and defense. Sometimes offense is stalling, playing keep away while the clock ticks. Sometimes its moving at breakneck speed. Sometimes defense deliberately fouls to stop the clock. Sometimes a free throw is deliberately missed to get another chance for 2 points on a layup. And on and on. So heres the question.

Does that mean a game of One on One between Larry Bird and Magic Johnson is not fun for the players or the audience?

COSMIC DUEL

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15 Jan 2020 11:14 #306193 by ubarose
Thank you @pgocosmic. How closely did the original team work with Kevin Wilson on this?

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15 Jan 2020 11:22 #306197 by Sagrilarus
Hang on -- Asmodee North America just tweeted that they're discontinuing it.
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15 Jan 2020 11:23 #306199 by pgocosmic
Kevin has not been with FFG for some years now and he was not involved with Cosmic Dune. Here are the credits:
Game Design and Development: Frank Brooks with Bill Eberle, Greg Olotka, and Peter Olotka
Technical Writing: Adam Baker
Producer: Molly Glover
Editing: Robert McCowan
Proofreading: Carol Darnell
Board Game Manager: James Kni en
Graphic Design: Sebastian Koziner with Chris Beck, Caitlin Ginther, and Evan Simonet
Graphic Design Coordinator: Joseph D. Olson
Graphic Design Manager: Christopher Hosch
Cover Art: Djib
Interior Art: Djib, Umberto Mognetti, Vinod Rams, and Regis Torres
Art Direction: Crystal Chang
Managing Art Director: Tony Bradt
QA Coordination: Andrew Janeba and Zach Tewalthomas
Production Management: Justin Anger and Jason Glawe
Visual Creative Director: Brian Schomburg
Senior Project Manager: John Franz-Wichlacz
VP of Product Development: Chris Gerber
Executive Game Designer: Nate French
Head of Studio: Andrew Navaro
Special thanks to Ethan Cox
e Universe of Cosmic Encounter Created by Bill Eberle, Greg Olotka, and Peter Olotka
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