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Rich S.
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My copy of Risk: Black Ops arrived today.

http://richsommer.vox.com/library/post/phenomenal-nerdery-al...

In case you're curious as to what you'd discover inside, I took some pictures of the Grand Opening.

The box, in shrink. I considered waiting until this weekend to open it, when I have people here with whom to play, but I couldn't do it. Too excited.



The first thing you see is your Field Guide, aka the rulebook. It's a folder containing a stack of reference cards.



(sorry for the bad focus)
They're broken up into the following categories: Overview of Components, How To Set Up Basic Training (the basic game), How To Draft Troops, How To Attack, Objectives & Rewards, and Ending Your Turn. Each card is double-sided and cleanly guides you through the new rules.



Beneath the Field Guide is a sheet of cardboard dog tags. These are the missions. The major missions are silver, and the minor missions are copper. Below them are the mission rewards, used in the advanced game (Control Room).



Take that out, and you'll find the shrinkwrapped board.



It's a lot thicker than I anticipated.





The lower left corner holds your missions and rewards for that game.





So. Pretty.



Finally, under the board, you'll find the rest of the components.



The dice are under the cards.



This is the 5-player set up for the basic game.



Bit by bit, the contents of the Black Ops box.

I'm desperately hoping to get it to the table this weekend.

It looks pretty badass.

(Edited for formatting.)
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Ryan O'Rourke
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rool:

Where's my review copy?!
 
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Fo rizzle.

Do you need to be famous in order to receive this puppy?

Recognize.
 
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Very pretty indeed.

It's a shame this is strictly a promotional item, and the final product will be different.
 
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Yeah, it may be nice, but it doesn't have the RED OCEANS OF BLOOD like the version us gaming peasants will get! So THERE!
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*shivers*

We wants one preciousssss.
 
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Gary Schmidt
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Tease!

Love those wooden pieces.
 
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I live in LA. Taking classes at UCLA.

Let me know if you need any more players to test it out.

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Geekgasm! surprise
 
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Phil Oates
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The more I see this version, the less I like it. Sure it's appearance is cool, but when I think about playing it as a game, rather than just gazing at it in a picture, I think I would rather have more colourful graphics on the board. I accept I appear to be in the minority.

I'm not sure about the arrows that are reportedly going to be included in the commercially available product, as they seem to me to be a bit of a retro design step, but other than that I'm pretty sure some use of colour and more obvious detail would enhance my enjoyment of the game.

I'm definitely interested. I was thinking about picking up one of the Star Wars Risks as my collection is missing a multi-player dice-roller, but I might hold off until this is released.

ps Are there creases in the board shown above? I hope those are removed from the final version.
 
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So are you going to just let the red player take South America on the first turn or what? devil
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Having looked carefully at the photo kindly posted from the Nuremburg Toy Show, and these well-shot pictures, my 52-year-old brain is thinking about my 52-year-old eyes (well, to be honest, a couple of weeks from 53 . . . ).

The "Black Ops" title, theme and graphics are undeniably attractive and in harmony with each other.

The wooden pieces, while utilitarian, are a little bit odd with the highly-contemporary presentation of board, box, mission "dog tags" and rules. However, in a review copy, they are acceptable, even predictable if the "production" bits are to be kept away from public gaze for a time yet.

However, the cat seems to be out of the bag with the German Risiko edition piece-wise. I like the Risiko-edition cities, very much indeed. Both the physical design and the concept. It seems to promise more interesting strategies and abundant replayability. The capitals look to be hollow plastic tubes with a star at one end--utilitarian yet attractive enough; however, a bit odd considering the buildings featured on the city piece. Perhaps the idea is not to re-create anybody's actual national capitol building so as not to cause offense at exclusion, but to use a generic marker instead.

The arrows are, at first glance, very disappointing, especially for a Bits Puppy like me hoping for tanks, aircraft and the like.

But they're growing on me. I love Bowen Simmons' "Look" in "Bonaparte at Marengo" and "Napoleon's Triumph." The arrows are something of a modern equivalent of that "old map markers" look. I can live with them.

The board is strange. Yet, the more I think about it, the more I like the colorful mass-market edition. Sure, I'd prefer blue seas--but certainly not the blue-black of New Edition Axis & Allies, in which I feel like all naval operations take place at night.

Since the focus in "Risk" is on land events, it makes sense to me for the land masses to be easily readable, easy on the eyes and readily interpreted in relation to each other. Perhaps the red seas are more muted in the production version, but the more I look at it, the more I like it.

The more I read about the multitude of objectives and considerations, the more I'm looking forward to the game, colors and all.

I'll miss those little soldiers, though, which I believe were Larry Harris' idea in place of blocks, caltrops and extruded Roman numerals.

It does occur to me that anyone with a "Fortress America" game can pretty readily jazz up the new "Risk," at least a four-player version, using the three invader colors and US blue pieces: infantry for "1"s, tanks and mechs for "3"s and helos/planes for "5"s.

A fifth player would just have to deploy swarms of FA NRA members packing Remingtons with scopes and no heavy equipment.
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Dvonn Yinsh
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The presentation of Black Ops is nicely done. It is unlike any other versions of Risk that I have seen. It conveys a certain sophistication and maturity. The modern, military theme shines through. The rules being filed in a dossier is very cool. The black motif has an understated elegance that ties the overall package together.
 
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RJ
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i want to purchase your copy.
 
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