Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game is a card game that was published by Upper Deck Entertainment in summer 2014. It was designed by Ben Cichoski and Daniel Mandel. This game, based on the original four movies of the Alien series, is a fully cooperative game with original art. While based on the Marvel superheroes version of Legendary, the two games will be compatible but cannot be fully integrated.
Legendary Encounters is a deck-building game in the same family as Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game, but now players must cooperate in order to survive against hordes of aliens. Taking on the role of protagonists such as Ripley, Dallas, Bishop and Corporal Hicks, players take turns recruiting cards for their deck from a central selection in order to improve their deck and defeat Xenomorph cards that are added to the central game board.
Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game is a 1-5 player game that takes 90-120 minutes to play. This game currently implements one expansion pack and one conversion kit.
Upper Deck had a booth at BGG.CON, which was held in November 2013. Despite fans hoping that there would be more information on the game at the booth, it apparently wasn't "run by anyone who knows much of anything about the upcoming game." However, a poster for the game with "AUGUST 2014" on it was hanging on a wall at the booth. Also, according to AvPGalaxy user Mr. Domino "one of the guys there thought that the plan was to do an early release at GenCon, with the retail rollout a couple of weeks later, which fits with the August release date."
In 2014, Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game was released by Upper Deck Entertainment. It includes 600 cards with original art, a full color playmat, a full color rulebook, an card inserts for easy organization.
In 2015, Legendary Encounters: An Alien Conversion Kit was released by Upper Deck Entertainment. This conversion kit allows users to play Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game and Legendary Encounters: A Predator Deck Building Game together.
In 2016, Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game Expansion was released by Upper Deck Entertainment. This new expansion pack includes 400 new cards featuring original art, a new unique playmat that allows players to play as the Alien Queen, and increases the roster of characters to include Kane, Lieutenant Gorman, Superintendent Andrews, and Captain Elgyn.