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The Fantasy Flight Games edition of Cosmic Encounter was released in 2008. It included improved components, including stackable plastic ships and mobile mini-boards for the planets and game areas (as opposed to the large fixed boards of previous editions), support for up to 5 players (up to 8 with expansions), 50 aliens (many returning from previous editions but some all-new), improved rules with clarifications and the all-new Technology variant.

42nd Anniversary Edition[]

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In 2018, in honor of the upcoming 42nd anniversary of Cosmic Encounter, Fantasy Flight Games re-released their edition of the game as an anniversary edition. This edition included several new features, such as translucent plastic ships, a "Learn to Play" comic to allow players to quickly jump in without having to read the rulebook, a set of Cosmic Combo cards that list themed sets of aliens to be played together, corrections for many cards' texts based on the official FAQ, and a re-release of the Demon alien sheet and flare card, which had formerly been available only as promos.


This edition includes 50 aliens, 13 of which are brand-new in this edition:

Amoeba Anti-Matter Barbarian Calculator Chosen Citadel Clone Cudgel Dictator Fido Filch Fodder Gambler Grudge Hacker Hate Healer Human Kamikaze Loser Machine Macron Masochist Mind Mirror Miser Mite Mutant Observer Oracle Pacifist Parasite Philanthropist Reincarnator Remora Reserve Shadow Sorcerer Spiff Tick-Tock Trader Tripler Vacuum Virus Void Vulch Warpish Warrior Will Zombie

The 42nd Anniversary Edition includes the above aliens plus 1 more:



The Fantasy Flight Games edition currently has a total of 6 expansions and 2 promotional aliens:

Expansion Year New aliens New player color New variants
Cosmic Incursion 2009 20 Orange Reward deck
Cosmic Conflict 2010 20 Black Hazard
Cosmic Alliance 2012 20 White Large group; Team Cosmic
Cosmic Storm 2013 25 Space stations
Demon (promo) 2014 1
Cosmic Dominion 2014 30 New reward deck; ship markers
Cosmic Eons 2016 30 Hidden Alliances; Essence aliens
Booster (promo) 2019 1 Pink (ships only)

With all expansions included, the Fantasy Flight Games edition currently includes 196 aliens (197 if you can get your hands on the Booster promo) and supports up to 8 players. If the translucent ships from the 42nd Anniversary Edition are included, the game can unofficially support up to 13 players.


  • The box cover image has gone through a number of changes across Fantasy Flight Games' various printings:
    • The first printing simply shows the game's logo on a textured background.
    • The second printing depicts Parasite in the foreground and (clockwise from top) Mirror, Virus, Warpish, Fodder, Reincarnator and Will in the background.
    • The 42nd Anniversary Edition depicts Sorcerer in the foreground and (clockwise from top) Citadel, Tick-Tock, Vacuum, Cudgel and Will in the background.