In Cosmic Encounter, you can choose to fight or negotiate. There’s a bit of a prisoner’s dilemma, because you could both informally say you’ll negotiate and then BAM someone betrays and all of a sudden one player is much more dead.
In our game last night, someone (possibly me) had demonstrated that no-one could be trusted. So, when two others said they could trust each other and negotiate… they each thought that they could get away with playing rare “Morph” cards that mimic the opponent, whether they attack or negotiate. Total, mutual distrust masked with kind words of friendship.
Of course, two morphs together explode according to the rulebook. Goodbye spaceships!
This was originally posted on Reddit on 24th Aug 2014.