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No discussion can be made on rule variants without eventually bringing up Risk. This classic board game is iconic, right behind Monopoly as one of the most recognizable board games ever made.

Risk is a game of global domination, with players moving their armies around a map of the globe and victory typically going to the player who defeats all their opponents and rules the world. (Insert maniacal laughter here.)

One of the enduring qualities of the game is its simplicity. Beginners can understand the basics in minutes, and while experienced players may utilize depth in strategy, the combat dice level the playing field. This simplicity has made the game extremely adaptable to Rules Additions. These have ranged from military personnel publishing nuclear war adaptations to modern fans experimenting with zombie apocalypse scenarios. The end results sometimes turn Risk into a completely different game. (That said, if you’re set on using simultaneous movement, consider playing Diplomacy instead.)

The biggest complaint against Risk is game length. While you can play a game in 90 minutes or less, Risk is infamous for dragging on for hours or even whole weekends. Many of the additional player rules that add strategic options also add to the complexity of the game, lengthening an already daunting play time. The official inclusion of alternate objectives was supposed to address this, but not everyone has rushed out to buy a re-release of a game that’s been out since 1959.

In fact, the publishing history of the game itself seems to reflect the growing number of house rules. There are as many official versions of the game as there are unofficial. Castle Risk introduced player empires with capital cities, whose loss meant losing the game. The Napoleon Edition had fortresses and naval units. The very popular Risk 2210 AD was essentially “Space Risk”, with futuristic units and Moon territories. The most current version, The Revised Edition, includes a number of missions and objectives that players can accomplish to win the game faster – i.e. avoiding the need for global domination. (Avoid maniacal laughter here.)

Add to these the “Re-skins”: versions pumped out merely with cosmetic changes and slight thematic elements. Risk: Lord of the Rings; Gondor and Mordor; The Transformers Edition; Star Wars Original Trilogy; Star Wars Clone Wars; Narnia; Halo; Metal Gear Solid…

Fortress America

by themasterevan

Axis and Allies is a classic, you will be likely to find many players. It is somewhere just above the board game Risk, and just below the typical Avalon Hill wargame in complexity. However, it can take a while to set up and play. The computer version is mediore at best, the AI is too easy to defeat, but there may still be an active online group playing. (Look at Home of the Underdogs) An internet search will reveal that there are MANY sequels to the basic A&A, and many player rules variations. The original A&A was reissued by Milton Bradley several times, with new rules each time. Unfortunately, though not terribly complex, these rulebooks were poorly organized and unclear. Avalon Hill then bought the rights, and I suspect they cleaned it up considerably. You will probalby play the...

Just enjoy gaming

by poxplagued

Personally, there is something about games themselves. Board games, video games, I'm pretty much up for any game. This extends to outdoors too. Disk golf, Geocaching, these are other ways to bring in a puzzle or skill factor into an otherwise more mundane activity.
A good question to follow then, might be why does this make the task more fun to me?
Understand that and you probably have the answer to your question.
But it's a good question. I often ask myself while playing World of Warcraft for e.g., how can I still enjoy doing repetitive tasks? (the quests in the game are basically variations of the same few simple tasks with minor variations.) Well, compared to passive TV, for which one could say the same thing regarding repetition and minor variations on themes, the...

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What is the best wii balance board game?

I'm getting the wii fit thing with the balance board but i want 2 know the best wii balance board game for a 12 year old boy

I have the We Ski and that is a really fun game. Skate It is supposed to be a great game for skateboarders. Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip is also another highly rated game. For the complete list of wii fit balance board compatible games you can check out That site also has info about Wii Skins (protective covers that come in really cool designs for Wii accessories). A 12 year old boy would probably get a kick out of some of the designs.

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I was thinking of getting Skate It of Shawn White Snowboarding, are there any other cooler wii balance board games?

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5. Jillian Michaels' Fitness Ultimatum 2009 - (Released Oct 28, 2008)
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