There is a good possibility from my (Peter Olotka) perspective that without Star Trek, Cosmic Encounter would never have happened, or at least would not have taken on its irreverent form. Recall that our first "Cosmic Inkling" happened in 1972 a scant three years after the end of the series. The low budget aliens of Star Trek, gave us mind fodder for aliens appearing as beams of light, inanimate objects, invisible presences. The crew's banter and the occasional wise cracking alien was permission to make it funny. In 1984, twenty years after Star Trek went off the air, Jack Kittredge, Bill Eberle and I landed the fun project of working on a Trek game, courtesy of Eric Goldberg, President of West End Games. West End was the current Cosmic publisher. I got someone to get me very grainy taken-off-the-TV Screen-BETA MAX copies of every episode. And thus repaired to the recliner in the home office and watched them all pretty much straight through. Note that on the Enterprise Encounter box cover the aliens are playing Cosmic with humans on the cards. I wanted less humanoid aliens but with covers you get what they give ya.
It always seemed to me that in our Cosmic design world, Jack was Spock, Bill was McCoy and I was Kirk. We got along pretty much like the characters on the show. So far the three of us are holding our own in the live long department. We are still holding out for the prosper.
With much admiration,