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Board Games Surge In The Digital Age

RiskA long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away families had a game night-once a week they'd pull out a stack of boxes from a closet and everyone would flex their knowledge of trivia (Trivial Pursuit), vocabulary (Scrabble), or even their real-estate management skills (Monopoly, natch). You can check the :30 second mark of this clip from The Royal Tenenbaums to remember what a game closet looked like.

With the rise of cable TV and video games in the '80s, that tradition waned in the U.S. But in Europe, board games just evolved into complex worlds of strategy and resources. Eventually, such games gained a niche following in the U.S-games like Settlers of Catan, Carcassone, and Ticket to Ride.Risk Factions And now with this plethora of board games appearing on digital platforms, board games are making a comeback. "This is a renaissance of board gaming that you are seeing, " says Chip Lange, the general manager of Hasbro Studios for Electronic Arts, the division within EA that adapts Hasbro's board games. "People love to sit around with their families and play board games. When they are on the go they take their passion for board games with them on their mobile devices."

One of the most recognizable games from the past is Risk. For many, fond memories of long nights spent conquering continents and breaking alliances remain. Hasbro, the publishers of Risk tried ten years ago to bring Risk to video games. But it, and many other of their board game adaptations, did not find success.Ticket to Ride And so Hasbro sold off their digital business in 2001. Since then, Hasbro has reinvented the game of Risk. "Instead of you taking over the whole world, you've got to complete 3 objectives from a pool of objectives, and the first one to do that wins. So that was a sea change for us, and we said, 'Great! We're gonna do that, '" says Spencer Brooks, the producer of the digital versions of Risk for Electronic Arts.

In 2010, EA brought this quicker version to Xbox and PlayStation with an approachable cartoony art style as Risk: Factions. In mid-January, Risk: Factions debuted on Facebook, its armies of zombies and cats getting new functionality like special weapons, and bases where players create more troops and stronger weapons. Brooks said, "I think we nailed it with keeping true to the brand mechanics, keeping true to the feel of the fictional brand that we had built on the Xbox version, and also adding this sense of persistence that is so important to Facebook games."

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Hasbro Games Risk Game
Toy (Hasbro Games)
  • Earn troops and attack your opponents
  • Defend your territories when your opponents attack
  • 3 ways to play: Introductory, classic, and 2-player
  • For 2 to 5 players
  • Includes gameboard, 5 armies with 40 infantry, 12 cavalry and 8 artillery each, deck of 43 cards, two reference cards, 5 dice and instructions

Sony takes 'Risk' with board game

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By TATIANA SIEGEL
Risk
Sony Pictures Entertainment has its sights set on world domination, acquiring bigscreen rights to the board game Risk from Hasbro. SPE will produce the adaptation with Will Smith and James Lassiter's Overbrook shingle.
Property, which pits players against one another in a quest to annex all of the world's territories, has become desirable thanks to the box office success of the Paramount adaptations of Hasbro's Transformers and G.I. Joe.
"The strategic thinking and the tactical gambles that players must take in the game are what make Risk a classic, thoroughly engaging game," said Columbia prexy Doug Belgrad. Those elements translated into an action-packed, thrilling story are what will make this a uniquely...

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