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A classic war-game in which players try to conquer the world through military might. Players get reinforcement bonuses for conquering entire continents. Combat is ruled mostly by dice.

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Is prompting players with alternate moves poor etiquette?

Recently we have had a number of 'explosive' games of Catan and Risk, where the game has become very heated because use of 'prompting' or 'suggesting' of moves to other players. I see this as a valid ...
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How can I estimate my chances to win a Risk battle?

I'm looking for an way to estimate the percent chance of winning a specific Risk battle. Assume the maximum number of dice will be used. It doesn't need to be a perfect calculation, just an ...
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Missions in Risk -- is Australia really an island?

For some reason, I agreed to play Risk with my wife and her friend the other night, and we decided to try the Mission cards in Risk because no one wanted to go for global domination. I would soon be ...
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What are some good tactics for the early game in Risk? [closed]

In general what do you recommend at the beginning of the game?
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How would you "study" Risk?

This question is not about a particular situation in the game, but rather how to study the game in the sense of if I wanted to learn Scrabble, I would spend time focusing on how certain uncommon ...
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Playing Risk in an arbitrary graph

A Risk board represents the map of the world, or of Europe. Thus, it implies some constraints for example on the connectedness of a territory. I would like to explore how graph theory could help your ...
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What games are similar to Risk? [closed]

Are there any other board games that have similar game mechanics to Risk?
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What are these Roman Numerals?

I got this used RISK game from a friend, and it was her son's when he was a kid. It had most of the pieces and the cards, but there was also a plastic container in the box with little plastic Roman ...
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How to Maintain the Balance of Power on Risk?

How can I stay strong enough to avoid being eliminated while at the same time avoid being too strong and making myself a target?
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Turning in cards when you have five or six cards

In regards to turning in Risk cards, the rule book says if you have five or six cards you must turn in at least one set. My question is why do they give you the option of five or six? If you have ...
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Is there a Risk World Championship?

Is there any national or world level governing body that holds an annual Championship?
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Is Risk a computationally difficult game

I have a free Risk app on my phone. I am amazed by how bad the AI plays even on the highest setting. Is Risk a computationally challenging game to implement in AI or is the app just bad?
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House rules to fix LotR Risk endgame

I've been playing Lord of the Rings Risk, in the variant where the Ring moves one territory per turn, requiring a roll of 4 or higher to leave certain territories, and the game ends when the Ring ...
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How should I modify Risk to play with 7 persons?

I am planning on creating my own version of Risk in such a way that we can play it with 7 persons. For this I am planning to create my own map with a local theme. What kinds of ratios/parameters are ...
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How can I compete against the unit armies tactic in Risk?

How to I avoid one player getting too strong by playing just to defend a small area or continent and only gaining territories just to obtain Risk cards to trade in for more armies.
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Ambiguous mission objectives and scenarios

In the newer form of Mission Risk (link), where each player has 4 mission cards of varying difficulty, there are a number of ambiguities that are not covered by the manual. After an exhausting (if not ...
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Question regarding exchanging territory cards in Risk

I am reading the rules of Risk, and at the top of the second column (in 3. Exchanging Territory Cards) it says that "if you hold 5 or more cards, you MUST exchange one or more sets on your turn". A "...
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What happens if a player has 5 cards and forgets to exchange them in Risk?

We had a situation where a player had 5 cards but forgot to turn them in at the beginning of the turn. Other player noticed after first player had already attacked and conquered at least one ...
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How to play Risk for office fundraiser? [closed]

My office frequently raises money for charities holding lotteries or raffles. A coworker and I were considering more creative & entertaining ways to raise money, and we hit on the idea of playing ...
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Adding money to a game of Risk

A friend and I recently had a conversation around making a set of rules for a buy-in variant on Risk, and I wanted some help from experienced players to review them as they stand now. Risk is not a ...
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Risk Legacy: Is it better to roll 1 or 2 defense dice when defending a bunkered location?

In Risk Legacy, there is a Bunker that always adds (+1 to the highest defense die, except when the high die is a 6). Is it better to roll 1 or 2 defense dice when defending a bunkered location.
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Does the legacy version do anything to devalue taking Australia early in the game?

In the base game if you conquer Australia early, you gain the advantage of 2 extra units a turn with only one territory required to defend it. Does this change at any point in playing the Legacy game?
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In Risk, what if territory cards earned by invading finish?

We are playing Risk and after getting 60 extra troops, there are no territory cards left, so no one able to create new sets to exchange. Should we re-flush the cards and continue building sets?
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In Secret Misson Risk which player is the winner when 2 missions are simultaneously achieved?

When playing the North American 1993 version of Secret Mission Risk, which player is the winner when 2 missions are simultaneously achieved? Example: If your mission is, “Conquer Asia & Africa” ...
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If I have so few armies I can't attack any more, do I lose the game?

When starting Risk you are spread out and a few bad turns of the dice can leave you so thin you have nothing to attack with. There is nothing in the rules about this. Am I to assume you have lost at ...
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Good Risk strategy suggestion? [closed]

I'm looking for good Risk strategy suggestions. I tried a couple of things like conquering smaller and easier continents, going for territories which I have a card for but none of this yielded awesome ...
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Fortifying move to complete a Risk mission

When playing the North American 1993 version of secret mission Risk, can a mission be acomplished with a fortifying move? Example:If your mission is, “Conquer 18 TERRITORIES with at least 2 SOLDIERS ...
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Mission Risk - ambiguous missions

I've had arguments on the interpretation of 2 different missions in the last week. To me the interpretation is pretty obvious but I do want to verify. I'm hoping you guys can help :) Mission: ...
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Risk (revised edition 2008): Is it better to roll 1 or 2 Defense dice with the Bonus Defense die Major Reward?

The Risk revised edition rules have a Major Reward that grants the defender a bonus defense die. This die will replace the lowest defender's die rolled (unless the bonus die is the lowest). What are ...
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Risk - Play by mail/email

In Risk (or Risk Legacy), is there an established way of playing the game by mail/email/..? I'm considering setting up a game between friends, but am struggling to work out how the moves can be ...
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In Risk Classic, are territory cards drawn by players kept face-up or face-down?

The Risk Classic rules do not seem to specify if territory cards drawn by players are kept face-up or face-down. I can't seem to find anything about this from my research and I was wondering if anyone ...
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In Risk when do I have to give up my turn?

In Risk when it's my turn and I attack. Do I give up my turn if I lose some troops while attacking or could I continue attacking until I want to give up my turn?
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Do you have to play the basic Risk Europe game with exactly four players?

My son got Risk Europe for Christmas. Neither of us are familiar with any version of Risk. The “Basic Game” section of the rule book says it’s for four players (implying exactly four, not two to four)...
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Are Risk 2210 A.D 3.0 MODs considered as 1 unit or 3 units?

In the rules it says you can trade three 1.0 MOD for one 3.0 MOD and that the 3.0 MOD is worth 3 armies. In the rules of Invading territories you roll 1, 2 or 3 dice, and you must have atleast one ...
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Addon for Risk with cards

I remember download a file in the emule some 15 years ago, with a lot of cards that works as an addon for Risk. For e.g., one card give you terrorism so you can attack from Irak to some region in US, ...
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How many copies did Risk's original 1959 version sell?

How many copies did the original version of 1959 of the board game Risk sell? I found this article stating that it sold more than 100,000 copies in its first year. However there are no sources given ...
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How can I identify the mechanics of Risk?

Today I learned about game mechanics and I'm trying to find some game mechanics in the board game Risk. It is pretty hard since it is a new lecture I learned. So far I found 4: player elimination, ...
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Does the mission to conquer 9 territories in one turn require them to be occupied?

In Risk Legacy there is a mission to conquer 9 territories in one turn. Do the territories need to be occupied by another player before you capture them to count towards this mission objective?
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Bonus continent troops in Risk

So I have taken over all of Australia and I get 2 extra troops. My friend then attacks Indonesia from Southeast Asia. When it's my turn I retake control of Indonesia. Now, do I get 2 more bonus ...
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Why would one player ever need more Army units in a battle than their opponent?

I am learning the rules of Risk, but am failing to understand why, during a battle, one player would ever need more Army units than their opponent? According to the rules of risk, during a battle ...
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Risk - To secure a world domination win? [duplicate]

I have been playing Risk with my four best friends and i have very rarely won. I have been wondering what is the best strategy to win at Risk?
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Bonus troops from controlling continents and trading cards for troops in Risk

I have a few questions on the lovely game :- In my current turn I've conquered a continent and keep it conquered for the following 3 turns. Do I get bonus troops in every turn that I have conquered ...
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Do I get the continent troops on every turn I have conquered the continent? [duplicate]

If I have conquered the entire continent do I get those bonus continent troops on each turn I play or just one turn after I have conquered it?
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How to combine Risk, Catan, and Monopoly? [closed]

So my group of friends play a lot of Catan. And we recently got a version of Risk. We ended up thinking about how relationship destroying a combined version of Risk, Catan, and Monopoly would be. So ...
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Risk Strategies [duplicate]

Hey everyone I like Risk and play it a lot. But I always see the same strats, take a small continent like australia and slow push. The other option I have been seeing is take territories in a large ...
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Can i Attack an adjacent territory with troops from different territory

I must attack an adjacent territory. Do I have to attack with troops from an adjacent territory, or can I use troops from a non adjacent territory?
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Do the armies you get for a continent have to go on the continent?

In RISK, when it is your turn and you have all the countries for a continent, do you have to place the bonus armies on the continent or can they go anywhere you have armies on the board?
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How are cards awarded on defeating a player in risk?

I'm playing Risk, the Hasbro game on my iPad. How are cards awarded once someone eliminates a single player? Sometimes it's 2, sometimes it's 4.
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What happens when you can't move a piece on your turn [closed]

Most of the times, I can't leave a terrirtory because it's being defended. Therefor I'm not able to move. So, what happens when you can't move an army on your turn? Do you allow your opponent the ...
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Catching him with no commander trying to play cards- Risk [duplicate]

It was year 5 and only two colours left on the board (myself and my brother). It was the last turn and his turn to go. He had finished buying all his moon cards (at this time he had all his ...
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