Cosmic Encounter was one of the first commercial board games with a simple set of core rules and a specific set of modifications to those rules for each player. Future Pastimes employed this technique in some of their other designs, notably the Dune board game.Wikipedia
This re-issue of Dune is a fantastic boardgame. Definitely shares many qualities of Cosmic Encounter, but with a richer (and admittedly much longer) game play. When we heard that Dune was created by the same developers as Cosmic Encounter, one of our favorite games, we jumped right in and bought a copy. No regrets. We’ve played 3 long games of Dune now and can’t wait to get another 2 or 3 in before the year ends.