Cosmic Encounter

Galactic Championship Tournament 2019

The Cosmic Encounter Experience was such a smash hit at Escape Velocity 2018, that they’ll be back for 2019 with the first annual Galactic Championship Tournament. Join players from around the universe to compete for the title.

In partnership with Fantasy Flight Games, the Museum of Science Fiction is pleased to announce the Cosmic Encounter Galactic Championship Tournament 2019.

Register for the Tournament

Escape Velocity 2019 will be held on May 24 – 26

Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center
201 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, MD 20745
(301) 965-4000 – room reservations

Washington DC’s National Harbor complex is across the Potomac River from historic Old Town Alexandria, Virginia
Exit 2A on the Beltway

Room block: Escape Velocity

Get a room now!

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From left to right, Greg Olotka, Jack Reda (current CE World Champion), and Peter Olotka at EV 2018
Competition Swag for the Players
  • Special Museum of Science Fiction gifts
  • Exclusive alien and flare (POD) – just like we did for CosmicCon
  • Exclusive Tech card(s) for Escape Velocity 2019’s Technology event theme
  • Cosmic Combo cards that accommodates up to 8 players and references all of the expansions
  • Incident cards – a small set of cards that have radical and unpredictable effects, and most players don’t even know they’ve been added to the game
  • Cosmic Encounter BIG BOX – it’s designed to fit the base game and more than 6 expansion sets
Prizes for Tournament Winners
  • Galactic champion certificate signed by the creators of Cosmic Encounter and
    the executive director of the Museum of Science Fiction
  • Recognition at Escape Velocity 2020 and a VIP pass to the next event
  • Exclusive Escape Velocity card –  only those players who own it are allowed to use the special rules on it
  • Signed copy of the 42nd edition base set
  • Competition Escape Velocity 2019 T-shirts
  • Bag of special color ships in the Museum of Science Fiction Purple
  • Special color single ship to use as a Prometheus

The Assistant will get us organized


Why every Cosmic fan should attend . . .
Tournament play details:
  • 2 elimination rounds
  • 4+ players per game
  • 6 players in final game
  • 90 minute time limit
  • Prizes for the 6 finalists
  • Grand Prize for the new CE Champion
  • Special access and 2019 tournament badge

All the Packrats are coming out of the woodwork now

Autographed Memorabilia
  • Bring your Cosmic stuff for CE designers to sign
  • Get exclusive signed CE 2019 Championship Swag

Just one piece of Cosmic swag you’ll get for attending

New Alien: Champion
  • Exclusive for CE Championship 2019
  • Power of Escape Velocity
  • Take the alien card home

Arcade will pwn. Will you?

Tabletop simulator on Steam
  • Join us on Steam/TTS if you can’t make it to EV
  • Games streamed live on Twitch/Discord

The Moocher got his invite, come get yours!

CE designers will be there!
  • We played with fans at EV 2018
  • Can you beat the creators in 2019?

Galactic Championship tournament play will take place on Friday and Saturday.  Each day will crown a tournament winner.  Players will participate in two games for Round One, after which the top players will advance to a single game in Round Two.  The top six players from Round Two will compete against each other for the day’s crown and prizes.   Escape Velocity participants who attend both days are eligible to play (and win) on both days!

The official Cosmic Encounter Rules are designed to allow tournament play within a relatively defined time frame. A point system is used to end the first and second round games in 50 minutes, preventing them from being prolonged as players struggle for solo victories.

Divide players into four-player games. This round will have two games. Each game will last for 50 minutes. The first game in this round will use the basic Cosmic Encounter set only. At the end of 50 minutes, end all games, distribute the game points, players switch around so that they are in new groups and begin the second game. All players advance to the seconds game. The second game will add in Cosmic Incursion and Cosmic Conflict. End the game after 50 minutes and total each player’s points from game one and game two.

To advance to round 2 a player must score high enough to make the cut off. Scores are totaled from game one and game two. The cut off is figured by taking the top scoring players in multiples of four until you have about half of the original players.

There will be one game in round two. Divide the players into four player games. The game will last for 50 minutes. Add in Cosmic Alliance and Cosmic Storm. Victory points are figured by the same system, but players do not carry their round one points over into this round. All players are starting from zero points.

The top six players, based on the points earned in round two only, advance to the finals.

One game, no time limit. Add Cosmic Dominion and Cosmic Eons. No points are used, the regular winner(s) are the champions.

The victory point system is used in round one and round two. At the end of 50 minutes each player gets:

  • 1 point for every home colony (5 possible)
  • 2 points for every foreign colony (10 possible)
  • 6 points in the pot divided among the winners.

Example: A player who won alone, and who still had all home colonies would have 21 points (5 for home colonies + 10 for foreign colonies + 6 from the pot).

Sheriff’s orders: All Cosmic players must attend!


Backstory – How Cosmic Encounter met Escape Velocity

The Cosmic Encounter Experience was the brainchild of Charles Hildebrandt, Production Counsel Museum of Science Fiction and Peter Olotka one of the original designers of Cosmic Encounter. Charles originally met Peter, Bill Eberle, and Jack Kittredge at the New York Science Fiction Society’s Lunacon in 1977 when Eon Products first published Cosmic. 41 years later, Peter contacted him about featuring Cosmic Encounter at Escape Velocity 2018, but didn’t know that Charles was a huge fan. In the meantime, Fantasy Flight Games (who has been publishing Cosmic Encounter since 2008) was finishing the 42nd Anniversary Edition of CE design with Future Pastimes, and both parties thought that Escape Velocity would be an excellent venue to stage the official launch. Which leads to the question, if Cosmic was first put into production in 1977, wouldn’t that make 2018 the 41st anniversary?