The destiny deck (formerly destiny pile or orders pile) is used during the destiny phase to determine which player will be the defense for the encounter. There are three types of destiny cards: color, wild, and special.
This is the most common type of destiny card, with three for each player color. If the offense draws a color destiny card, he or she must have an encounter with the player of that color in that player's home system.
If the offense draws his or her own color, he or she may choose one of three options:
- The offense may encounter another player's foreign colony that is on one of the offense's home planets.
- The offense may re-establish a home colony on one of his or her empty home planets, using up to four ships from his or her other colonies. In this case, the encounter ends immediately after the destiny phase but is considered to be successful.
- The offense may discard the destiny card and draw another one.
Hazard warning Edit
One of each color destiny card features a hazard warning, which appears as a circular design around the colored circles in the corners of the card. This has no effect on its own, and none at all in the base set, but some cards and powers from expansions gain extra effects during encounters if a destiny card with a hazard warning is or was drawn. If playing with the hazard deck, drawing a destiny card with a hazard warning causes a hazard card to be drawn before allies are invited.
If a wild destiny card is drawn, the offense may have an encounter with any other player of his or her choice, in the chosen player's home system.
If a special destiny card is drawn, the offense must follow its instructions to determine which player to encounter. These are designed to target the players who are furthest ahead in some respect, such as:
- The player with the most foreign colonies.
- The player with the fewest ships in the warp.
- The player with the most cards in hand.
In each case, ties are broken to the offense's left.
Historical destiny card types Edit
- This article or section uses Eon and Mayfair terminology: for example, ships are "tokens" and colonies are "bases."
Two other types of destiny cards were included in the Mayfair edition. These have yet to make a return in the current edition, but are listed here for historical purposes.
Reverse Cone Edit
Reverse Cone destiny cards show a "negative" hyperspace cone in addition to a color. If a Reverse Cone destiny card is drawn, flip the hyperspace cone over to its "negative" side. During a challenge in which the negative cone is in use, rewards for allies are reversed: winning offensive allies will receive rewards (instead of landing on the planet), and winning defensive allies will land on the planet (instead of receiving rewards). Flip the hyperspace cone back to its "positive" side at the end of the challenge.
Reverse Cone cards can still be used with the current edition, but because both sides of the hyperspace gate are the same in the current edition, players must use another method of keeping track of whether or not the Reverse Cone is in effect.
Comets have instructions on them that modify the upcoming challenge. If a Comet is drawn for destiny, simply note the effect and draw again to determine the defense. If any more Comets are drawn this way, ignore them and keep drawing.
The hazard deck from Cosmic Conflict can be thought of as a replacement for Comets, as both are unpredictable effects that modify the upcoming encounter and are triggered when drawing destiny.