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Michael Becker
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After our game of Rebound, Mike pulled my copy of Risk off the shelf. I haven't played this game for a few years and agreed to a two player game.

Growing up I played this game often. Next to Stratego, it was my first foray into simplified wargaming. I remember long nights with six players hunched over the gaming table, eating munchies and having fun.

I was pretty worried with the opening setup. Mike M. had around 3/4 of Asia. We were both split on North America. I had three territories in Australia. We both didn't have a very strong presence in Europe, South America, or Africa.

Mike M. began the game and managed to take two of my starting territories. The only problem was that he initiated around eight battles. And some of these battles were at four to one odds (in his favour). For some reason he could not beat my dice rolls. On my turn my luck continued and I took him down to nine territories. He tried to regroup and again took over two more of my areas.

On my second turn I had reduced Mike's position to two territories. He placed all three of his men in one location and declined his attack.

I won the game on my third turn. We were both in complete shock. I have played at least thirty games of risk in my life. Sometimes players will be eliminated in the first round of a large multiplayer game. I have never seen someone steam roll an opponent in three turns (with two players) ever. If our casino had a craps table we would of headed straight there. Never before have I rolled so many sixes...

This goes to prove the randomness that can occur in any dice game. Sometimes the dice just don't fall in your favour. Over the course of many games, however, the balance should even out. Wow, I am writing this session report a day later and I am still stunned!!!
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