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Chris
United States
Marysville
Pennsylvania
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Though here at journey's end I lie in darkness buried deep, beyond all towerrs strong and high, beyond all mountains steep, above all shadows rides the Sun, and Stars forever dwell: I will not say the Day is done, nor bid the Stars farewell.
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10
Nov 2011
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Malcolm
United Kingdom
Preston
Lancashire
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10
May 2012
Have to rate this a '10' as it's such a great idea.

i enjoy Risk anyway but this is such a cool concept... let's see how it goes once we have completly screwed up the balance!

hey, it will still be fun tho'
2012-05-25
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Rami S
Canada
Montreal
Quebec
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10
Dec 2011
The core is still Risk, but it goes a lot faster and the board changing concept is simply awesome. In our first session we played 6 games in a row.
2011-12-18
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Chris Tannhauser
United States
San Diego
California
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10
Jan 2012
OH SWEET JESUS
HOW DO YOU SLEEVE A STICKER


UPDATE: It's a game! It's an art project! It's a cruel psychological experiment! It's all these things and more... like a roller coaster full of plus-size swimsuit models* it thrills and titillates through the ups and downs. Only three games in and the burning of Earth 12769 already has a unique narrative. And this is without opening any packets. With sticker and Sharpie we have left our mark on this embattled world—the warlords of Thunderia, New Sparta and Sasquatchistan showing themselves to be more than willing to pop nukes in pristine old-growth forests and water the virgin plains with the blood of orphans in order to... to... uh, I used to know the reasons why, but now all I know is hate.

Don't fool yourself—if you're not defacing the hell out of this game you're not even getting 1% of the experience it has to offer. It's like the difference between masturbating to an underwear catalog vs. a threesome with real women. Tell yourself whatever makes you feel better all alone with your anal retentive proclivities, but if you're not putting your mark on it you are not playing the game.

This is, only three games in, among the best gaming experiences I've ever had.


*Or a gaggle of hairless, pouty, male underwear models flopped on a tatty sofa if that's your thing instead.
2014-05-31
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David Gonzalez Rice
United States
New London
Connecticut
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10
May 2013
So dramatic it almost broke up my game group, but that's also what keeps bringing us back for more. We played 20+ games. That's more often than I've managed to play many of my all-time favorites. A roaring success.

Update: sabotage from another Earth unleashed the Do Not Open envelope on our world.

Update 2: Rumbles in the group about playing again. Get a new copy, or keep the old world limping along?
2013-03-20
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Tony Dehner
United States
Waterloo
Iowa
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10
Dec 2012
This game is decidedly NOT for everyone. Fortunately for us, it is a near-perfect fit for our group and our overall attitude towards games. We have a group of five that gets together to play this game, and two key observations have been made: one, it's unbelievable that no one has thought to produce a customizable board game before; and two, it was Hasbro that finally did it!

Matt Drake put it best in his follow-up to his original legendary review: "The surprises that matter are not the ones Hasbro dreamed up. The surprises are the ones you'll create yourself." As great as the surprises in the packets are, what really matters is what you do with them, and the lasting memories that come with creating a board game world that only our group could have come up with. For these and other reasons, we've stuck with a group of 5 people instead of rotating players in and out. The grudges and alliances that have formed in our world are just as key to our RL experience as the board modification and hidden content. (Your mileage may well vary on this point: many groups have had 8-9 different players and loved it. In fact, one of our group members now his own copy of the game and planning on going this route. Of course, it's up to you.)

If I were to have one criticism of this game, it's that...well...it's still Risk. If you're a hardcore Risk-hater, like so many gamers are, this probably won't change your mind. If you don't mind it, then you'll enjoy this just fine, but be aware that, when you get down to the nitty gritty, the core game is pretty much the same as it's been for the past 50+ years. I can't really say for sure that I'd like it better if it were a more updated rules system, though.
2014-02-21
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Chris Long
United States
State College
Pennsylvania
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Vaughn had always been a good student, but now it seemed as though he mastered his lessons too quickly.
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10
Jan 2012
A really brilliant idea, from start to finish. It is an extremely well-designed twist on an old classic, and I find myself constantly excited to play the next round.

I haven't had this much fun in a game in quite a while, or had this much anticipation until I could play again. Kudos to everyone who designed this one. I've already bought several extra copies to play again and again.
2012-01-16
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Carl Forhan
United States
Rochester
Minnesota
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10
Jan 2014
Best. Risk. Ever.
2014-01-27
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Talon Amores
United States
West Warwick
Rhode Island
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10
Sep 2011
Rated 10 to counter balance the 1 rating. Honestly there is no way you can judge a game before it's release, irregardless of your so-called "gut feeling".
2011-09-21
Preordered
Julian Murdoch
United States
Lenox
Massachusetts
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10
Sep 2011
Only a few games in, but it's flat out brilliant. It's insane a game like this every got made, but I'm very thankful it did. A completely unique experience in board game land.
2011-09-26
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michael dorazio
United States
tyngsboro
Massachusetts
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10
Jul 2013
Wow. A terrific game that starts to shine after four or five games with the same players. Our recent games have been completely unique and full of metagaming. The synergies, yeah I said it - synergies, between the mechanics are novel and not things I anticipated. You can't only play for the current game; decisions you make one game affect the next game.

Oh, tonight we played two games in 90 minutes. Crazy.
2012-04-24
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Stephen Rochelle
United States
Huntsville
Alabama
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10
Dec 2014
I'm not sure it's possible to say enough good things about this game.

Discrete objectives and rapidly-achievable victory conditions mean that the traditional Risk engine doesn't drag. Variable terrain presents new considerations -- certainly vs standard Risk, and frequently from game to game. Evolving player powers continually alter a group's established meta. I'm pre-sold on any Legacy game the designers publish from this point forward.

Oh, and then there's that pack you never open.
2014-04-04
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Kevin Wilson
United States
Roseville
Minnesota
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It is pitch black. You are likely to be eaten by a grue.
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10
Nov 2011
Great concept, fun execution.
2011-11-25
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Noah Ban
United States
Buffalo Grove
Illinois
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10
Feb 2012
Brilliance. Not only is this a streamlined version of Risk, but the evolving game concept in one of the few genuinely new ideas in board gaming in a long time. Playing and owning this game is an experience I haven't gotten from any other game. Highly recommended. Looking forward to the designer's next game in this format - SeaFall.
2014-01-06
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Loose Cannon
United States
Ypsilanti
Michigan
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10
Apr 2013
This game is Evolutionary.
A board game that goes where no game has gone before.
After all 15 games, it has been a fun blast.

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5 games in. 10 to go. And I'll keep the spoilers to myself. But they are most cool.

I think this game is evolutionary in our world of board gaming. And can't wait to see how other designers incorporate it.

I'm into my third game WORLD of this. Played four games of world 3 last week. Super fun to play again after a year.
2013-04-28
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Levi Thornton
United States
Denver
Colorado
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10
Jan 2014
One of the best gaming experiences I have ever had. Love how shared experiences are actually reflected on the board. Love how the game starts out simple but gets more complex as you unlock packages. Gives you time to learn one thing before moving on to the next thing.

The meta game of grudge matches is just brilliant. Not only does game gets change but the relationships between each player changes.

I wish this game can tweak it's scoring system a bit better. Low skill players can be caught with their paints down while more experience players can take a advantage of them. HOWEVER, I always feel like this game is about the experience and not the in tense strategy so it's not a big deal to me anyways.

Finish the game. I could play it more but I want to frame it and put it on my wall for memory sakes.
2015-04-01
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United States
Nebraska
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Da red wunz go fasta!
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10
Nov 2012
Metagaming at its finest! I am probably most excited that this concept may be applied to a better game than Risk, creating even more awesomeness.

Spoiler (click to reveal)
Copy of Risk Legacy: $46.99

Ticket to BGG.Con: $85.00

Gas money for trip to Dallas: $74.39

Half cost of Hotel room for 5 nights: $329.78

Attacking your friend from your HQ in China on the first turn of the sixth game because he places his Major City in Afghanistan after you placed yours in Mongolia and using 3 missiles in the attack so you can open that pack and finding out that you nuked your buddy and he nuked you, completely wiping out both armies, and there is nothing left protecting either of your HQ's so a third buddy walks in and wins the game on the first turn, but you don't care because there are MUTANTS!!!! and China is now a big FALLOUT zone and your friend's faction will forever more be known as THE BRINGER OF NUCLEAR FIRE!!!! (cue heavy metal music \m/ \m/): DEFINITELY PRICELESS


After 11 more games at BGG.Con: Wow, this game definitely does not disappoint. Still have not seen two packs (World Capital and Do Not Open. Ever.) Lots of drama packed in that box. Replayability seems better than I expected, even knowing what is in the packs. Can't wait to finish this world and the other two I've been playing.

After 5th game: Drafting is a definite improvement. It helps to keep things from getting completely unbalanced. I am still interested to see how this will turn out...

Update after 4th game: The early going is too much classic Risk strategy of turtling and then vaulting to a victory with a huge turn of conquering. I think more mission and event cards would improve the game, so hoping that they do. Just got drafting rules, which should also help things out a bit. Still awaiting awesomeness...

Impression after first two games: Risk without the mission cards is not nearly as fun. Initial play is bland, but anticipation is great that it will get better. The mod mechanic is super-cool. Doesn't seem that important that the same 5 players play through all the games. I like that the first winners have a disadvantage, but it is a big disadvantage. I am thinking this will eventually be a 10 or a 1. I'm hoping it doesn't end up being more like Risk: Fluxx than Risk Legacy.
2013-12-05
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Aaron Hedegaard
United States
Minnesota
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10
Dec 2011
Never thought I could have this much fun with Risk. Absolutely brilliant.

Edit after 13 plays: Probably the best $50 I've ever spent. The game is just plain fun, and unlocking stuff has elicited it's fair share of "oh my God!"-styled responses. Can't wait to play it again.
2012-01-30
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Nathan Kohatsu
United States
Arizona
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10
Dec 2011
First game in a VERY LONG TIME where I am anxious to play it, not to test a strategy, but more to HAVE FUN WITH PEOPLE. The innovation in this game makes people giddy with anticipation.
2011-12-06
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Johnny
Canada
Montreal
Quebec
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10
Jan 2012
1st session: played 6 times in a row. 2nd session: played 6 times in a row. 3rd session: played 7 times in a row. That is completely unprecedented. This game is insanely addictive (and good).

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2012-01-06
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Matthew Klure
United States
Oceanside
California
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10
Dec 2011
The best RISK Variant I have ever played. I can see myself playing this game over and over and over.
2011-12-12
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Zap Riecken
United States
Lacey
Washington
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10
Jun 2012
Keep - Collection
I won't say much more than WOW! I own two copies now and will likely buy another.
2013-01-30
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Kristoffer Hellstrand
Sweden
Molnlycke
Harryda
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10
Feb 2012
Want to play next round asap.
Played 3 rounds and it is getting better and better !!!
2012-04-04
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Seth Trammell
United States
Benton
Kentucky
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10
Jan 2012
So yes, many of my games are rated 10, but don't miss this one in the mix! If I could, I'd give it more. Totally awesome and even after opening just one minor packet I'm super psyched about just how THAT changes the game, not to mention the 6 that still have my name on them!
Woohoo!
2012-01-01
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Lou Wainwright
United States
Andover
Massachusetts
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10
Jan 2012
Note that I have 8&9 year old boys whose rating is averaged with mine.
2012-01-01
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Night Owl

Pennsylvania
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10
Jan 2012
This brought new life into Risk!
2012-01-03
Owned
John Biggs
United States
Bend
Oregon
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10
Feb 2012
This game has been completely played through. Everything has been well cared for (beside the cards we ripped up, as per the game instructions) and the board is well covered with stickers, drawings of past naval battles, and odd (but appropriate - nothing crude) city names.
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Doc Bullseye
United States
Brownsburg
Indiana
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10
Feb 2012
I never thought Risk would be awesome. We get loud and it pisses off my wife, though.
2012-02-02
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Greg Bow
United States
Wichita
Kansas
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10
Feb 2012
Great game to play with my family game group, ages 18 and up. Short enough to play through in one sitting, take a break and start another.
2012-02-23
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cory sharkey
United States
Newark
Ohio
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10
Feb 2012
Everything I've ever wanted in a game. I never want to stop playing and when I'm not playing I'm wishing I was. No replay value though
2015-07-01
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Mattwran
United States
LONGMEADOW
Massachusetts
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10
Feb 2012
This is still Risk fundamentally, but this gets a 10 for the sheer brilliance of the idea of making permanent changes to the rules and pieces on the basis of in-game actions and events. Genius.
2012-02-25
TJ Jacksn
United States
Burbank
California
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10
Aug 2014
Has some of the most innovative ideas you'll ever see in a board game. But you need the right people to play it with you. Played in two different campaigns, so at this point I'm a little sick of the game.
2013-03-18
Nicholas Kinsman
Canada
Halifax
Nova Scotia
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10
Apr 2013
Simply gets more amazing every time, although the internal politics are often times quite the bitch.
2013-04-16
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Ben Bailey
United States
West valley
Utah
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10
Apr 2012
MUST GET FOR ANY GAME COLLECTION!!! Even if you dont like risk. This aint your daddys version of risk. So many new twists. The games strat evolves as you play. . .If they released new versions I would buy every one!
2013-03-07
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Jack McEwan
United States
San Antonio
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10
Dec 2014
Without a doubt, this game has produced the best gaming stories I'll be talking about years from now! I have some nostalgia for Risk as a kid, also got the LotR edition. But I've had very little interest in playing it the last 10 years; probably made 3 attempts at LotR-Risk with maybe 1 completion.

But Risk-Legacy is amazing and really does away with the worst parts of traditional risk. Two examples without trying to spoil... First: game 4, I won on my very first turn, before one of the players even had a turn (without any starting stars)! Second: game 7 I was completely knocked out on the first turn of the game (my turn!) with my first dice roll which triggered 3 missiles used in one roll. (later i rejoined the war, and slowly built up and was a good contender before another player ended the game).
2014-12-24
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Dane Peacock
United States
Stansbury Park
Utah
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10
Dec 2012
We haven't had so much fun with a game in a long time.

The victory conditions really make the game - earn four red stars through conquest and various other means. So much better than total world conquest.

Some of the reveals are really exciting and awesome. I knew that the game changed during play, but it really went beyond what I was expecting.
2014-11-04
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Paul Guebert
United States
Evanston
Illinois
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Go Illini...and message me if you'd like to play SW:LCG via Skype or in person!
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10
Aug 2012
This is the go-to game for a regular game group! Awesome concept, and very well executed.. Don't give away the spoilers!
2013-10-06
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Alexandre Dupuis
Canada
Montreal
Quebec
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10
May 2012
Strange concept to actually deface your board with stickers and player comments. It's a great addition to the Risk Genre. I find it hard to sell it to other boardgamers since they are all biased because of the Risk in the name. It's a loss for them since it's the only game that I find in which every decision has tremendous impact on how the board develops.
2013-03-22
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Sime Mardesic
Australia
Bacchus Marsh
Victoria
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10
Jun 2012
Staggering. Like nothing else. If you play with the same players, learn the game, have a good crew, the experiences you get in this game are simply not matched by anything out there.
2012-06-01
chinagirl geek
China
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10
Jun 2012
I'm LOVING this, and I'm not even a big fan of the original Risk.

From the moment I opened the box and read the 'contract' for all the players to sign, acknowledging responsibility for the war to come, I've been hugely impressed by the attention to detail and sense of humour evinced by the creators of this game.

The secret envelopes create a real feeling of anticipation, and the chance to personalise the board is a big added incentive to fight for a win or just to hold on until the bitter end.

At first I was disappointed that I wouldn't get to play as the same faction all the time, but now I can see that being obliged to switch tactics from game to game to play to a given faction's strengths will make the campaign all the more interesting.

We introduced this to a very uncompetitive girly social gamer and even she really liked it.
2012-06-19
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Scott Kilbourn
United States
Saratoga
California
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10
Jun 2012
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2012-06-22
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Raymond
Australia
Adelaide
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10
Jul 2012
An incredible board game experience, highly recommended.
2012-07-22
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Jon NyD

Denver
Colorado
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10
Jul 2012
Hands down the BEST version of RISK. Evolving game keeps things interesting. Strategies have to change between and even during games. Simplified victory system means games don't last 3 days, but more like 2 hours tops.

I've played through 4 boards of this game with various groups and it's ALWAYS a good game to play. We even did a double board version, made it 5 victory stars to win, and it only took 3 hours. Excellent game, buy it if you haven't already!
2013-01-08
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Grant Rodiek
United States
Redwood City
CA
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10
Sep 2012
One of the most entertaining, clever, surprising, and innovative games I've ever played. The core of this game is Risk, highly streamlined and sped up for modern times. But, new mechanics, surprises, and evolutionary moments come out every game. We've finished the first 7 games and I think it's safe to say the REAL game is just now beginning.

I've played this with a steady group of 4 other friends. Playing this together as a campaign has been one of the most enjoyable gaming moments for me.

Highly recommended.
2012-10-05
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Chris Fraasch
United States
San Jose
California
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10
Dec 2013
Fun in a box. Customizing the board, tearing up cards, unlocking packs... it adds a whole new narrative to Risk. I find regular Risk to only be mediocre, but this game is winner. I hope it spawns a whole new category of games!
2012-11-29
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Johnny Goslar
Germany
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10
Aug 2012
Get it. Have fun.
Finally made Risk playable for me.
2012-08-31
Simon Putral
Australia
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10
Sep 2012
Best of all risk versions - Contemplating buying a second game after we finish the first 15 games.... Never done that before!
2012-09-19
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Ned Law
United States
Lakewood
Ohio
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10
Oct 2012
Soundtrack(on shuffle): Terminator Salvation OST; (Steven Spielberg's) War of the Worlds OST by John Williams; Transformers film series OSTs
2013-01-20
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Dan
United States
Burlington
Vermont
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10
Jun 2014
Amazing. The odd thing about this game is that more so than most, the group will make this an experience that will either be loved or feared.
2014-09-05
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Gordon Berg
United States
Louisville
Kentucky
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10
Mar 2014
Should probably be rated a 9 in that once it's done, I can't forsee why it'd be worth playing any more on a finished board. But the journey one takes the first time through the amazing ideas in this game is a great example of what this wonderful hobby has to offer.

I'm also not sure I'd want to play this game again with the same group knowing all the spoilers (I could be wrong), but it'd be worth playing again with all new players if only to watch the joy of their discoveries. I'm hanging on to an extra copy for just that reason.
2014-03-13
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