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Mark Besada
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I'm trying to get a non-gaming friend of mine a board game for a gift. He's moving away and getting more into the hobby and has said he wants something similar to Risk but with an "economic" component if possible.

I can't think of anything like that. Right now I'm planning on getting him Small World as it seems like a introductory step up from Risk, but can you folks help me figure out something that might be a better fit? Thanks!
 
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Jeromie Rand
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I haven't played it yet, but from the early comments and reviews Risk Europe sounds like it might fit the bill.
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Look into Quartermaster General. It's a really good, light, wargame. The economic warfare part is barely there, but there are cards that are supposed to simulate that facet of WW2...in fact if I'm remembering correctly they are called "Economic Warfare" cards.

Hope this helps.
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jeromier wrote:
I haven't played it yet, but from the early comments and reviews Risk Europe sounds like it might fit the bill.

I was going to suggest this too, if by "economic" he just meant buying stuff

Another suggestion would be Nexus Ops, a light dudes-on-a-map game where you buy units, fight other players (via dice) and fulfill objectives for VPs.
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Egads! Small World??? You secretly hate the guy? The only thing it has in common with Risk is that both come in a box. Risk is seat-of-your-pants gaming, Small World is stone cold min/max.

Nexus Ops is a far better choice. Axis & Allies is good but bigger. Quartermaster General is a good choice too. These should be your first three candidates.

Imperial 2030 is excellent and has signicant economic aspects, but it's more complex. A great choice if he (and his friends) are up to it.

Acquire is a killer tight euro with mapping aspects that is an excellent economic game. That's farther away from Risk but a top notch game for people that like to work the money.

Lords of Vegas is about cutthroat business competition building casinos on the strip. It has Risk's unpredictability and spatial/monopolistic aspects, but has wheeling and dealing and corporate takeovers. You get paid for owning city blocks instead on continents. A it more complex than Risk, but still manages to be pretty doggone straightforward on any particular turn. Definitely should look at this one.

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James C
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Conquest of the Empire.

It's exactly what you've described.
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Brad Rose
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If you know why he likes Risk that could help you narrow down to a few good options. Does he like the military/wargame component? Does he like the area control component?
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markbesada wrote:
I'm trying to get a non-gaming friend of mine a board game for a gift. He's moving away and getting more into the hobby and has said he wants something similar to Risk but with an "economic" component if possible.

You could try Imperial or Imperial 2030?
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Drew
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Quartermaster General is a big hit with my father who loves Risk, so as others have mentioned I would check into it.
 
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Bill Eldard
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Antike II

It's a lite civ game with legions and fleets, area control, and production.
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Check out Spheres of Influence: Struggle for Global Supremacy. Very Risk like. There are capitals and oil reserves, and a finite number of rounds.
 
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Space Empires 4X
 
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Eldard wrote:
Antike II

It's a lite civ game with legions and fleets, area control, and production.


Antike II is a great fit for this. It feels like Risk, but you have to obtain the resources to build up your forces, and the game is a race to achieve a certain number of accomplishments - so it can't go on forever. It works best with 4 or 5 players, but is still decent with 3, and can go up to 6. The best part is that the mechanisms are easy to learn, so it doesn't take long to teach and start playing.
 
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Mare Nostrum: Empires fo'sho
 
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