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|Power to loot and pillage|
|Destroys opponent's hand|
When gaining compensation or rewards, you may look at the cards you receive and discard any of them that you do not want. Any of these cards you discard are not replaced.
You may use your power as an offensive ally.
Barbarian is an alien that makes its debut in the FFG version of Cosmic Encounter. When it wins an encounter outright as the offense, it gets to take a number of cards from the defense's hand up to the number of ships sent into the cone; the rest of the defense's hand is then discarded. This power is used before compensation is claimed.
|Depletes opponents' hands||Not used often|
Allows opponents to draw new hands quickly
Barbarian's main strategy is rather simple - as the offense, send many ships, lay down a big attack, and pillage the opponent. There's not much more to it other than deciding what to keep out of the opponent's hand, which should be rather simple - the best attacks, an N if necessary, and any artifacts or flares.
Facing Barbarian is almost as simple as playing as it. When defending against it, there are two main choices - either play the biggest attack (since it will probably be lost anyway), or play an N to try and recoup the losses. Playing any artifacts or reinforcements is also a good idea, either stopping Barbarian from winning or preventing it from taking said cards. However, sometimes being rid of a hand is a good thing, such as having middling attacks and a bunch of N's. Intentionally losing to Barbarian also allows drawing of a new hand faster.
Genius is not very happy if Barbarian is anywhere close by. Barbarian is good against other card-hoarders such as Clone, Filch, Kamikaze, and Healer. Philanthropist, Reserve, and Citadel also have a problem with Barbarian, as they are rendered without a hand to play cards out of. On the other hand, aliens that play out their hands quickly may enjoy Barbarian blanking them, such as Mutant or Trader.
|FFG||You have the power to Loot and Pillage. As the offense, after you win an encounter but before compensation (if any) is collected, use this power to loot your opponent's cards. Take your opponent's hand and look at it. For each ship you have in the encounter, you may choose one card from your opponent's hand and add it to your own. Afterward, discard the remainder of your opponent's hand.||A savage race from a harsh solar system, the Barbarians roared out into the Cosmos as soon as they discovered space flight. They have crushed many civilizations before them, carelessly tossing aside priceless cultural treasures in their endless quest of glory, battle, and the lamentations of their enemies.|