So I was playing cosmic a few days ago, and for the first time I faced one of that decisive moments when you need to outsmart your opponent or lose.
It was a 5 player game; I was the Reserve while the other players were Remora, Sniveler, Oracle and Virus. Everybody had 3 colonies except Remora which had 4, and it was his turn. He drew the destiny: Wild, and he was deciding between me and the Oracle. I tried to persuade him to attack the Oracle because I had only one card in hand, which meant I would probably draw a fresh new hand when if he attacked me.
Unfortunately my planets were weaker (they only had 1or 2 ships) so he pointed the Hyperspace Gate at me, and I tough "oh great, now the game is over" for the only card that was in my hand was a negotiate.
If I didn’t do nothing I was surely going to lose so I made a desperate move. He sent four ships and asked for any allies knowing that he wouldn’t get anyone. I called everybody to help me. Some put only one or two ships so I told them that if they didn’t put 4 we were going to lose. The maximized they help and I got all the help that was possible. The first step of my plan was ready.
Then came the bigger problem: the cards. Luckily I saw that Remora became a bit intimidated by the amount of power I had gathered, he looked a bit troubled. Maybe he couldn’t outnumber me, but still, I had only a negotiate.
I wasn’t sure that this would work but I had to take the risk. I turned to him and said “look is probable that the card in my hand is a morph and I have more ships than yours, so if you don’t want to lose you better play a negotiate. He said okay and played his card then I played mine, and I still was thinking that wouldn’t work, but when the cards were revealed he really played a negotiate card. I gave him some cards when I got a new hand and it was done.
I had never been so close to losing and miraculously recovering, it was a wonderful sensation.
Guess that is this that makes Cosmic Encounter so fantastic.