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Have You Played?

The sci-fifavourite takes place in a universe full to the brim with alien races, but it’s the game’s human elements that have kept it just as electrifying – and hilarious – for more than four decades. That’s just about the only thing not open to negotiation…

COSMIC ENCOUNTER

Cosmic Encounter blows out a simple core mechanic with huge variety

First released in 1977, before appearing in new forms in the ‘80s and ‘90s, and ultimately ending up in the hands of mega-publisher Fantasy Flight just over ten years ago, Cosmic Encounter is a marvel of social and asymmetrical game design. More than that, it’s just ridiculously fun to play.

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