Product Type: other board games
Newest Review: ... you are with dice rolls, you will only be delaying the inevitable. So to sum up the board game Risk, I would definitely recommend it to al... more
Good but geeky!
Member Name: GeoffHurst
Advantages: Interesting strategies, encourages banter and agreements
Disadvantages: Takes forever to play a game!!
Risk is a strategy based board game - the quest? Just a little bit of World Domination!!
The game consists of a fairly large board - think 1.5 monopoly boards, which has a picture of the world on it with the continents in different colours, within each continent several countries are marked out - these are not all modern countries on my Risk board, but more recent versions may be up to date. Then you have loads of different coloured little plastic soldiers (1 unit) horses (5 units), and cannons (10 units). Then there are a load of dice and cards - a card for each country.
Players pick a card each (face down is the usual) and places a unit on that country. Then each player will add additional troops into their countries of their choice. You use these armies to move into bordering countries and use dice to settle who wins the battle. The more troops you have, the better your odds. Although you don't have to worry about rolling for a whole army at once, you have a limit of three attacking dice, but you can just have this scenario multiple times.
The idea is to take many countries as you get bonus troops for every three countries held, on top of the standard number of troops you get each turn. Then if you can build up to holding a continent, you get even more bonus troops. Every turn where you make at least one successful invasion, you get a card which can also be traded in for bonus troops - yep, there is a lot of troops....
Everyone keeps playing until one person owns the whole world.
This is a very long game - I remember being a kid and playing this for a weekend, and that was only for one game. Truces will be made and broken, friends will stab you in the back, you will serve your revenge cold...
Now it is unfortunately, but quite predictably, a bit of a sad/geeky game. But if you can get past that, it is good fun - although rules need to be established i.e. duration of turn, amount of countries you can attack in a turn etc, so you can finish a game in 3 or 4 hours.
Summary: It will take you a while to like it, and you might never get there... But you might!