Get ready for some turbulence in the galaxy with Cosmic Storm, an upcoming expansion for Cosmic Encounter! This new addition sets the galaxy trembling as twenty-five alien races come zipping through the cosmos to join the fray. Space stations are an added variant that allow players to enhance their home worlds. Each space station has a unique ability that can be harnessed as you battle for intergalactic supremacy.
Today, we’ll take a closer look at the Space Station variant in Cosmic Storm, as well as two other ways to play with the new space stations. Then, we’ll take a look at two of the alien races vying for galactic control!
Set Up a Space Station
Prepare to conquer the cosmos by setting up a space station. This variant allows each you to draw one of the space station cards and then attach the corresponding Space station to one of your home worlds. Each of the ten stations has a unique ability that can be utilized as long as you have at least one ship on the planet the station is attached to. Space stations can be traded as part of negotiations,
Space station abilities like the Big Space Laser or Alien Outpost add even more exciting options for decision making. The Alien Outpost allows you to gain an additional alien power.
If you control the Big Space Laser station, you can add 10 to any encounter in which you are a main player, and don’t have allies, making you force to be reckoned with.
Space stations are compatible with all other published variants, so they can be integrated with your favorite Cosmic Encounter expansions! What’s more, space stations can be incorporated into your game in several different ways. If playing with five or fewer players, each player can take two space station cards, and attach two space stations to their home worlds. This gives you access to an additional space station powers to use as you attempt to take over the galaxy!
The Space Station Conquest variant introduces a new win condition – the first player to acquire five space stations is the winner. In this variant, players can conquer space stations by winning offensive encounters outside of their home system. If a planet has a space station attached, the offensive player may remove it, and attach it to one of his own home planets that doesn’t yet have a space station attached.
Chow Down on the Competition
Although considered more of an annoyance than a genuine threat, the Mouth can devastate the unwary with its constant eating. Anything within reach of a Mouth will likely be swallowed whole in the blink of an eye. Objects too large for a single bite will be systematically devoured to satisfy its voracious hunger.
Meet the Mouth, the gluttonous, always-hungry alien species with the power to Gobble. The voracious Mouths eat everything in their path, and their ability allows them to snack on cards that would be discarded. As a Main Player, any card that would be discarded by their opposition gets gobbled up and placed on their Alien sheet. Once five or more cards pile on the sheet, the Mouth can belch up one of the cards and place it in his hand during the Resolution phase.
This Planet Isn’t Big Enough for the Both of Us
The Outlaws are rightly feared throughout the great expanses of space. They arrive in a fury of laser blasts, explosions, and angry threats. Their victims barely have time to react before the Outlaws have swept through a sector, pillaging and stealing loot as they go.
The laser-gun-toting, big-talking Outlaws and their power to Waylay are certainly rustling up a disturbance in the cosmos. As the Main Player, an Outlaw can take a random card from his opponent, and anyone allied against him. These cards are added to the Outlaw’s hand, giving him greater selection as he storms through the galaxy on his quest for galactic domination.
Play as the perpetually hungry Mouth, the gunslinging Outlaw, or one of the other new aliens included in Cosmic Storm, the upcoming expansion for Cosmic Encounter! But before that, keep checking back for more news and previews for Cosmic Storm....
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