Cosmic Encounter is one of the true classics of board games, credited with inspiring the designs of such other games as Magic: The Gathering, Illuminati, and Small World. Originally designed in the 1970's, it has been republished and refined numerous times. The current edition is the most successful and most playable ever.
In the depths of space, the alien races of the Cosmos vie with each other for control of the universe. Alliances form and shift from moment to moment, while cataclysmic battles send starships screaming into the warp.
Players choose from dozens of alien races, each with its own unique power to further its efforts to build an empire that spans the galaxy. Many classic aliens from earlier editions of this beloved game return, such as the Oracle, the Loser, and the Clone. Newly discovered aliens also join the fray, including Remora, Mite, and Tick-Tock. No two games are the same!
Don't worry if you are a new player - I have taught Cosmic Encounter to literally hundreds of players. I have all the expansions, so I can handle up to 7 players. If you have a copy of the game, let me know and I will expand the number of people who can attend.
The publisher's official site: http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_minisite.asp?eidm=30
The boardgamegeek.com page: http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/39463/cosmic-encounter