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02 Jan 2022 17:42 - 02 Jan 2022 20:00 #329241 by hotseatgames
My kids have been fairly indifferent to board games. I would say the most successful one with them has been Lords of Hellas. So it was with much surprise the other day when I saw one son playing Risk on Steam. I asked him why he never wanted to play a real board game and reminded him that I had Lords of Hellas... i.e. a similar game that was better than Risk.

He complained that everyone just hunts monsters. It is certainly true that monster hunting is a powerful path to victory.

He said he would be down for a similar game that focused on sending troops into battle. I have Nexus Ops, but I think he is looking for something more grand, with a large map similar to Risk, Lords of Hellas, etc.

Ideally this would have all armies be the same, or only slightly different. Thoughts? Would Risk Legacy be worthwhile?

Edit: I forgot to mention that ideally the game would be good with 3 players.
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02 Jan 2022 18:06 #329243 by Sagrilarus
Risk has been a monster seller for 60+ years. Maybe it’s worth another look?
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02 Jan 2022 19:02 - 02 Jan 2022 19:04 #329244 by Ah_Pook
Replied by Ah_Pook on topic Straight-forward DOAM Games
If he likes Risk then play Risk! Risk Europe is a great version, if you want to not play vanilla Risk.

Also strong recommend for Axis & Allies 1941, it's dirt cheap ($13 copy on the BGG marketplace atm) and is a streamlined version of A&A that's playable in 90-120 minutes.
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02 Jan 2022 19:56 #329245 by DarthJoJo
Battle for Rokugan? Map feels similar. You lose dice (which may or not be a good thing), and you can do things beside attack.
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02 Jan 2022 20:05 #329246 by Jackwraith
I agree that the place to start might be Risk itself. Best version I ever played was Risk 2210 AD, which is on Ebay for a whole $7 at the moment. Battle for Rokugan is another good call, although it requires adapting to a draw, rather than just lining up your dudes. One of my all-time favorites, though, is Cry Havoc, which is more similar to Lords of Hellas but lacks the "easy" route of monster hunting, if you think he enjoyed the atmosphere of the game, but not that disruptive factor. There's a copy on BGG right now for $15.
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02 Jan 2022 20:24 #329248 by hotseatgames
I actually have Cry Havoc. It is on my "sell" pile only because it never sees the table. I will let him look it over, perhaps he will go for it.
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02 Jan 2022 20:31 #329250 by Sagrilarus
How old are these boys?

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02 Jan 2022 20:42 #329252 by engineer Al

Ah_Pook wrote: If he likes Risk then play Risk! Risk Europe is a great version, if you want to not play vanilla Risk.


+1 to this. I've only played the Europe version once at Trashfest a few years ago, but it was great fun!
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02 Jan 2022 21:26 #329253 by Brewmiester
I've got a spare 2210 or Godstorm if you want them.
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02 Jan 2022 21:40 #329255 by hotseatgames

Sagrilarus wrote: How old are these boys?


twins, 15 years old

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02 Jan 2022 21:42 #329256 by hotseatgames

Brewmiester wrote: I've got a spare 2210 or Godstorm if you want them.


PM sent :)

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02 Jan 2022 21:57 #329260 by Shellhead
Battle for Rokugan is a fine game, but I wouldn't call it a straight-forward DOAM game. Battle for Rokugan features the fog of war and a great deal of bluffing.

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02 Jan 2022 22:00 #329262 by n815e
Replied by n815e on topic Straight-forward DOAM Games
These type if Risk-que conquest games were always a favorite of mine. I think there are a lot of clever designers sprucing up the formula these days, but I have been holding onto Shogun/Samurai Swords/Ikusa since it came out and it is still a group favorite. (We were just chatting a couple of months ago that we just all need to sit down with it, some pizza and have ourselves a night reminiscent of our college days.)

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03 Jan 2022 05:31 #329268 by mads b.
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Risk Star Wars original trilogy should be good with three players. Risk 2210 is a very cool game that lets you invade the moon and nuke territories. Also you only play five rounds which gives it a nice sense of progress. But I don't know how good it is with only three players.
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03 Jan 2022 09:43 #329272 by the_jake_1973
Risk: Legacy may even be a fun one to bring out. Especially as the 'Achievements' switch up the board for future games. It may tempt them into repeated plays.
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