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Paul Leoncavallo
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The concept of RISK Legacy has me blown away, and I'm very much anticipating it hitting my table.

I have not played a game of RISK in years (20+ possibly) and the only version of the game I own is a LoTR version I got for a few bucks back when a local toy franchise was going out of business (and has sat unplayed since).

I was curious what you guys thought? Should I reacquaint myself with the original game or one of its many versions before playing RISK Legacy? My gaming partner in all this will be my 8yr old son, and I know RISK Legacy is going to really excite him. But I wonder if he should experience the original game first.

Will RISK Legacy be a better experience for it or should we just dive into the new hotness?
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Jim O'Neill (Established 1949)
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Paul,

Playing original RISK is a bit like riding a bicycle: once you learn, you never forget!

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Jim
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nyys wrote:
The concept of RISK Legacy has me blown away, and I'm very much anticipating it hitting my table.

I have not played a game of RISK in years (20+ possibly) and the only version of the game I own is a LoTR version I got for a few bucks back when a local toy franchise was going out of business (and has sat unplayed since).

I was curious what you guys thought? Should I reacquaint myself with the original game or one of its many versions before playing RISK Legacy? My gaming partner in all this will be my 8yr old son, and I know RISK Legacy is going to really excite him. But I wonder if he should experience the original game first.

Will RISK Legacy be a better experience for it or should we just dive into the new hotness?


Personally, I'm not a Risk fan, so I would not be up for playing any of the other versions when there are so many other great games out there to play. I am quite excited for Risk: Legacy, however, mainly b/c of the new mechanic they're introducing. So my two cents would be to wait for this new version!
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Quick and easy answer? No, don't play it. The basic version of Risk isn't worth the time.
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Jim O'Neill (Established 1949)
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endou_kenji wrote:
Quick and easy answer? No, don't play it. The basic version of Risk isn't worth the time.

I'm not so sure about that, Filipe, without it I wouldn't be the wargamer I am today.

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endou_kenji wrote:
Quick and easy answer? No, don't play it. The basic version of Risk isn't worth the time.


That's odd. I would have expected the opposite answer from most people.

I think it'd be good to do at least one regular game of RISK with the kid before diving into RISK: Legacy, if for no other reason than so he can learn how a normal game of RISK normally works.

It'd be a shame for him to never learn the follies of letting someone take all of N.A....and then S.A... and then the rest of the board. Likewise, it'd be a shame if he never knew the potential of using Australia as a quick/defensive strategy. And if a nuke suddenly changed the map... well, I dunno. I don't think he'd appreciate the new options as much.

But I guess it's also not neccesary. If you've got the orginal RISK lying about and have people to play it with, I'd do at least one game of the regular RISK before diving in.

...of course, maybe him having a fresh perspective as he enters RISK: Legacy would be a good thing. And if he gets hooked on RISK (as so many of us have), he can always go back and experience the classic (or one of the millions of other alternative RISK boards).
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oneilljgf wrote:
Paul,

Playing original RISK is a bit like riding a bicycle
touching a hot stove: once you learn, you never forget!

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Jim
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Fixed that for lulz :-)
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And knowing nothing I ask..Why? I played Risk in 67 Never Stopped. Hate Castle Risk. Legacy I do not know- I will always play Risk. [Best single unit defense 9 times agtainst three Dice-
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I'll play Risk any old time. It's a good game. You don't have to play all the way to the very end.

LOTR Risk is a also good game but with quite a bit more going on than vanilla Risk. The strongholds, sites of power (missions), and timer aspect of the ring make strategy quite different. Not to mention the map itself, with few bottlenecks and a very different visual style (mountains and rivers, not just oceans, are impassable, but look closely for bridges!)

But if you're really just thinking about doing this for the sake of Risk: Legacy, check out warfish.net

Lots of fan-created variants and you take your turn whenever you have time.

I spent way too much time on this site, once upon a time.

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I STILL spend way too much time on Warfish.net

...and wargear.net

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I was thinking about getting a regular Risk group started in anticipation of Legacy, but it is more as a function of being in a "new town" and not having an established gaming group.

McJarvis wrote:
oneilljgf wrote:
Paul,

Playing original RISK Monopoly is a bit like riding a bicycle
touching a hot stove: once you learn, you never forget!

Regards,


Jim
Est. 1949



Fixed that for lulz :-)

Upping the ante.
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I wouldn't play the original rules, but the new version contains revised rules which are a lot of fun and could be a good game to play with your kid, IMHO.
 
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