- This article or section uses Eon and Mayfair terminology: e.g., ships are "tokens" and colonies are "bases."
Lucre (pronounced like "Luke-er") was a gameplay variant added in the Eon's 6th expansion and reintroduced in Mayfair's More Cosmic Encounter. It was a form of currency that was kept track of with counters. Main players could use it to purchase cards and tokens, and it could be traded as part of deals.
Players started with 4 Lucre each. At the start of each player's turn, he or she received 1 Lucre from the bank.
A main player could buy as many items with Lucre as he or she wanted to and could afford:
- At the beginning of a challenge, the offensive player could buy tokens back from the Warp for 1 Lucre each.
- Before allies were invited, both players could buy cards drawn from the deck for 1 Lucre each.
In addition, during a challenge, a main player's unspent Lucre was added to his or her Challenge total when playing an Attack card. Regardless of the outcome, this Lucre was not lost as a result of adding to the challenge.
Mayfair rules Edit
Players started with 3 Lucre plus their starting position in turn order (i.e. the first player would start with 4, the second with 5, and so on). At the start of each player's turn, he or she received 3 Lucre from the bank plus 1 more for each base he or she had in his or her home system (planets as well as moons).
A main player could buy as many items with Lucre as he or she wanted to and could afford, at the appropriate time:
|Retrieve a token from the Warp||3|
|Add 1 point to the player's Challenge total||3|
|Add 1 point to the player's Challenge total||6|
|Draw a card from the deck||4|
|Discard a card from the player's own hand||10|
|Draw a random flare from those not in use||7|
- Main article: Category:Lucre aliens
Several aliens were created by Eon whose powers utilized Lucre. These aliens fall into two general categories. Some, such as Ethic, are still reasonably usable in games not using Lucre; others, such as Dragon, are entirely dependent on Lucre and have no use without it.
So far, FFG has not published an expansion containing Lucre. FFG has re-released many of the Lucre aliens from Eon and Mayfair, but in each case these aliens' powers have been reworked to function without Lucre. Because of this, it is unlikely that FFG will reintroduce Lucre in its version of the game; however, it is still perfectly possible to use the Eon or Mayfair rules for Lucre with the FFG game without needing to make any changes to the rules.