The big winners at Cosmic Encounter Online for December were Barrok, who won the monthly points title, and Tmax, who finished as the game's yearly champion for 2008. Congratulations, gentlemen (and you, too, Barrok).
CE Online is now entering its seventh year of operation, and features a dedicated core of players, a few tournaments throughout the year, and a bunch of nice perks ... among those are the chance to talk one-on-one with Peter Olotka, designer of the original Cosmic Encounter boardgame, who hangs around the CE Online lobby and loves to jump into games. It doesn't get much better than beating the game's designer. Whoops; I meant playing ... ahem ... playing the game's designer.
Back to the points for a minute: it's interesting to note that Tmax became the sixth different winner of the yearly championship. Here's a list of the annual champions:
**Sigh. I was so very, very close ...