Take the shape of one of over 50 different alien races in this new version of the 1970's classic updated by fan favorite designer Kevin Wilson (Arkham Horror). Each turn players will seek to expand their empire by attacking or negotiating in order to build colonies on enemy planets. Every alien race has a unique ability which breaks the rules in some way. Color codes on for each race allow players to choose the difficulty level of the game they wish to play. Flare cards expand the aliens powers, and can grant access to super powers if they can acquire their personal flare. Cosmic Encounter promises no two games to be alike, and each game will pit you against new challenges from each player. In this edition of Cosmic Encounter are all new plastic ships! These highly detailed spacecraft easily stack up to five high. The aliens themselves get a facelift, as all 50 races have new art and updated rules!