Product Type: Hasbro board games
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Excellent entry to strategy
Member Name: professorlamp
Advantages: Excellent gateway game, educational
Disadvantages: Occasional long play time
For those not in the know, Risk is a strategy board game with a small percentage of chance. It is an excellent entry way into more complex boardgames and wargames. The main purpose of the game is essentially to take over the world before the other players do.
It is for 2-6 players so you should find you can play at nearly anytime, the only downside to 2-player is that there is also a 'dummy' player who both teammates have to act as which can detract away from the gaming pleasure.
The best number of players centers around 3-4 players, I've found that any less is a bit stale. More players and the play begins to get longer than it already is.
The game itself can last anywhere from 1 and a half hours upto 3.
The game itself is turn based and consists of moving units (plastic miniatures)and defending and attacking to gain territories. The more territories you gain, the more men you get each turn thus making each attack and defence more and more powerful. Each battle is solved through a fast paced and simplistic combat mechanicsm (few and far between these days). This mechanism is summarised (extremely summarised) below.
Combat (which is the main mechanic of the game) is done with Dice and the more men you have, the more dice you use. It is not entirely chance, remember this is a strategy game, NOT snakes and ladders.
As a boardgamer myself, I rank this game quite highly even with against the more esoteric games in my collection. It has stood the test of time and the theme never tires.
It is an excellent gateway into boardgaming territory (Risk joke) and should hopefully see you thinking a bit more than you would just blasting people in the face on the playstation.
Summary: Great timeless game