Saturday, January 3, 2009

Take advantage of those mobile planets

One of the unique features of the new Cosmic Encounter boardgame is that the planets come as "individuals" rather than grouped together in fives, as in past editions. This has already led to much speculation — which I happen to agree with — that Fantasy Flight Games has plans to showcase this feature in a future expansion.

But for now, we've got The Warp, which has already blasted out two pretty nice homebrewed aliens that focus on the single-planet aspect of the game. Allow me to introduce Focus and Shift.

Let's see what the powers actually do ... for Focus:
You have the power to Channel. At the start of the game, arrange your planets in the order you wish them to be challenged. Arrange your ships on the planets in any denomination you like (as long as there is at least one ship per planet). Other players must attack you in the order you select. At the start of your turn, you may rearrange the order of the planets.
And for Shift:
You have the power to Transpose. Whenever you win an encounter as a defensive main player, you may use this power to exchange your planet that was just attacked with one from the offensive main player's home system. Your planet is now a home planet in his or her system (and an external base for you and any other player with a colony there). His planet in your system is now treated as one of your home planets.
Good stuff, as always, from The Warp.

21 comments:

Adam said...

Such cool powers, I hope we see aliens like this in an expansion, and of course Tech aliens!

I've been trying for the longest to do something like this, and here's my first shot: http://new.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_foros_discusion.asp?efid=50&efcid=1&efidt=35656

The Warp said...

Adam, that's great. Let me add it to the Warp database... send me a note with how you want it credited and stuff (jack @ redamedia.com).

TheDukester said...

The credit should read: "copyright 2009, TheDukester."

I kid! I kid! Good job, AP; you're in the best database ever.

Zach said...

Question on the Focus - is there an implied rule that a player cannot launch against a given planet unless they already have bases on all the "outer" planets already? (and by "outer", I mean the ones set furthest from the home system player.

Zach said...

Also, would this power be zappable at Launch (to allow the offense to choose the planet normally), at Focus' Start Turn (to prevent re-arranging), or both?

The Warp said...

For the record: The Warp now has over 1000 entries, including aliens from Encounter magazine that had never been included before, FFG aliens, and many new aliens...
Check out entry number 1000: Leviathan (another FF planet alien).
http://redamedia.com/warp/anypower.php3

The Warp said...

Regarding Focus: Yes, you can zap him at Launch to pick the planet of your choosing for attacking. And, if you have a colony on the outermost planet, you must attack the next available one (meaning you don't have to re-challenge any planet where you have a colony).

Adam said...

Just sent you my information and a prettified copy of Puppet since the FFG board won't let me edit it. Thanks again, Jack.

Also, about Focus, I think what Zach is asking (or if he's not, I am) is: What if the outer planet has already been conquered by another player, but you personally don't have a colony on it. Can you skip that planet if you prefer to attack where you can do damage?

Toomai said...

Hmm...Shift looks a lot like that Fracture I sent in to The Warp a week or two ago. Fracture can swap any two planets at the start of his encounters or as part of a deal.

The Warp said...

Hmm, I don't have anything here for Fracture- did you email it? I got nothin' in this inbox. Please send me what you got so I can add that bad boy... see above comment for email.

TheDukester said...

Channel reminds me of many of the reverse hexes. There were a couple of those that were centered around "arranging."

bruno faidutti said...

I hope we'll also see a few Crokinole alien - I've already made a very basic one. On a smooth gamin table, you can pitch a FFG ship to an oponent's planet.

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