Product Type: other board games
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Settle in for a long one
Member Name: sympatic
Advantages: Good strategy game
Disadvantages: Over long to play and complicated
Risk is a super game which is all about using strategy cmbined with a bit of luck. The idea of the game is to secure world domination by invading different countries until you rule the world.
There are drawbacks to this game. First off it is very complicated and certainly we still need the rules to hand every time we play. Each game can take quite a long time to complete and I have seen games end in stalemate after well over an hour, also I do find the figures quite fiddly to move about and they keep falling over.
The game board is basically a map of the world divided up into countries or rather regions in some cases. Ideally you need at least three players to have a proper game. ach player is allocated a colour and receive pieces to place on the board, soldiers are worth one, cavalry five soldiers and artillery ten soldiers. The first player to go puts one soldier on a country they wish to own, then each player takes it in turn one go at a time until all the regiuons are controlled, you then take it in turn to add reinforcements to certain regions.
When this is completed you then take it in turns to battle for control of a neighbouring region using your pieces and a set of dice. It is rather complicated but the attacking player has three dice against the two of a defending team, the two highest dice decide who wins that battle, to win a war you need to remove all of the oppostion pieces. Before each move you get new soldiers dependant on how many countries you control with binus men if you control a whole continent.
This game is all about strategy, where you place your pieces at the start has a big impact and you need to have a strategy over which continent you will go after iniially.
The game can be a lot of fun but it is rather complicated and to be honest I have only scratched the surface of the rules otherwise this would be a 2000 word review.
What I like about the game is that it does make you think however luck still plays a part due to the use of the dice, to speed it up we sometimes change the rules of battle so that a whole war for a country is decided on one shake, that certainly helps speed it up a lot and can see lots of pieces removed in one go rather than the slow death that sometimes occurs in the game.
Overall the game is pretty good but it does have its limitations and to be honest is probably only suitable for children over ten although my twelve year old cousin soon got bored with it when he played it.
Summary: Strategy game.
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