Come, thou mortal wretch,
With thy sharp teeth this knot intrinsicate
Of life at once untie: poor venomous fool
Be angry, and dispatch. O, couldst someone sweep
Out these maternally lusting reptiles from out
Of this motherly affixed boat?
More games and theater: Prisonopoly, this week and next in Indiana.
Two game variations:
Sycarion Diversions offers up a block game called Tactical March.
Naturelich offers up a Vanguard variation for Carcassonne. Vanguard was simply Richard Garfield's most blatant copying of the Cosmic Encounter motif into his game, Magic: the Gathering. Richard has said that the Cosmic was one of the main inspirations for the game to begin with.
It is my humble opinion that special powers can be added to just about any game, making it better. Thus it is proved that as any game gets better, it becomes more and more like Cosmic Encounter.
And I don't mean the lame Avalon Hill version.