Games Like Risk - What Else Should Be Here?

This is our current list of board games like Risk? Given the new year we are evaluating everything and must ask, what titles deserve to be here more than these five?

  1. #Supremacy; the Game of Superpowers
  2. #Axis & Allies
  3. #Dust
  4. #Eclipse
  5. #1775: Rebellion

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2 months ago

#Risk: Legacy is my favorite way to play Risk.  The games tend to be pretty short (45 - 60 min for a 4 - 5 player game) at a least at the start of the legacy campaign.  The longest game we've had is 2.5 hrs at the full 5 player count.  My group has done 25 or so plays of it over the course of 2 campaigns and its awesome. 

#A Game of Thrones: The Board Game Second Edition has a lot of the things to like about Risk in a very similar type of package.  If you have friends who like Risk and have any interest in the IP then this is a good one.

Related #Risk: Game of Thrones is Risk in the GoT universe and it has a number of things that make it better than basic Risk such as giving you the ability to buy upgrade cards, and play for VPs by completing objects which helps the game to end faster.

#Kemet, #Blood Rage, and #Rising Sun are all good to great dudes on a map game where combat is highly rewarded and best of all doesn't involve any dice. I'd probably rank them in the order listed but I know a lot of people love Blood Rage.

I really like #Adrenaline for direct in your face combat with a fairly reseasonable play time.  Not a dudes on a map, area control game at all but if want you want to use a lazer to chop your buddy in half....you can't beat it.

 

2 months ago

Thanks! Great notes. I also think Risk Legacy is great, but I was playing with someone who wasn't really invested or enjoying it and it brought everyone down. If you have a group gun ho to take on the whole thing, that is absolutely the best option. 

I often think about the comparisons between Kemet/RG/RS and Risk. Glad to hear you are coming to the same conclusions. Game of Thrones is good too but it felt like there was so much more management and strategy than just a core military that it didn't quite fit.

Have heard of Adreneline but not yet played, will have to check that out.

Lots to think about here.

2 months ago

Nobody mentioned #Spheres of Influence: Struggle for Global Supremacy yet? It's what I remember to be  called "Risk, but better"?

2 months ago

Thank you, I have never played Spheres. It is now on the list.

2 months ago

I've played and its awesome...but good luck finding a copy of it. 

Supporter2 months ago

I don't particularlly love Risk because of how much is dependent on dice rolls.  Altbhough I have to admit it's been a few years since I played it.

Having said that I love #1775: Rebellion especially as an alternative to Risk.  Even though dice rolls factor in the theme of the dice make it much better.  I like a little chance but I also like that chance to be mitigated at least a bit.

2 months ago

When I saw the title I was going to suggest #878 Vikings: Invasions of England, but that's basically a version of #1775: Rebellion.

Supporter2 months ago

Have you heard any news on the next Birth of Europe game?

2 months ago

No, I haven't.  Is that in the same line of games?

Supporter2 months ago

Also, I'm not sure if you are a Lord of the Rings fan, but a user over on BGG made this awesome LOTR's version of 1775.  I really want to figure out a way to print it out in high quality.

1775, Lord of the Rings Style

2 months ago

Thanks for sharing, the creativity here is mindblowing. Love this.

Supporter2 months ago

Yeah, so the first set of "War/Strategic Games" from Academy games were the Birth of America...

#1775: Rebellion, #1754 Conquest: The French and Indian War, #1812: The Invasion of Canada

Then they released #878 Vikings: Invasions of England as part of the Birth of Europe series so I assume they would add at least one, probably two more games to that line.

2 months ago

Good game though!

2 months ago

Haha, very true. Thanks!

2 months ago

Good article about one of my favorite genres! I do need to try Eclipse - someone in my group is a fan and we should get it on the table once we're back in person. #1775: Rebellion is fantastic - my wife and I have a blast playing in the tournament at World Boardgaming Championships every year. #1754 Conquest: The French and Indian War is excellent, too - the same mechanics, but a much different feel.

My picks:

#History of the World for sure. You get the Risk feeling of conquering huge swathes of territory, but the epoch system keeps the snowball effect from completely taking over.

#Small World is always the game I recommend when someone is looking for "Risk, but good." It takes a page from History of the World with your races going into decline. And you have to admit, it's more fun playing as a Flying Halfling than as... blue. :)

#Nexus Ops is kind of a cross between Risk and A&A, but way faster than either. The combat system has A&A-style differentiation of units with the addition of terrain considerations. The victory point system rewards aggression rather than turtling. And (the Avalon Hill version at least) just looks so damn cool!

Lastly, if you want a Risk alternative that is still Risk, there's #Risk 2210 A.D. - the best of the series. The cards introduce uncertainty ("Risk" you might say), and the fixed number of turns and bidding for turn order fix the way original Risk drags.

Supporter2 months ago

Of the two Birth of America games which do you like better?

2 months ago

I haven't played enough 1754 to come to a decision.

I like the state-based victory conditions of '75, but the port spaces in '54 are a big improvement. Naval movement was so wide-open in '75 and the port spaces restrict that. I also think the way Indians work in '54 is better.

I will almost certainly keep them both, anyway! I have a bunch of FIW games, but not much on the Revolution.

Supporter2 months ago

Very cool.  I think I remember seeing a discussion on BGG about the posibility of adding Port Spaces on 1775.  Do you think that would be a rule that could reasonably be added or do you think it would give too much restriction within the other rules/aspects/win condition of 1775?

I used to have #A Few Acres of Snow which was my entry game into the hobby, but now I don't have a French & Indian War game.

2 months ago

I think you could probably do ports in 1775. The Brits have naval movement, but both sides have to defend against it - and there are a ton of spaces in Canada vulnerable to it.

I'm a big AFAoS fan! I also have #Wilderness War (although I haven't played in forever), as well as #Bloody Mohawk: The French and Indian War. Just got to visit Jumonville Glen this summer!

2 months ago

I played AFAoS for the first time on Yucata about a month ago.  I really liked it.  Their interface is alittle difficult to use but gave a really good impression of how the game works.  Its made me consider adding it to my physcial game pile.

2 months ago

Excellent! I used to play on there a lot. If you ever want a game, message me here and we'll set one up!

2 months ago

Thanks! All good stuff and excellent justifications. Gathering lots of feedback across the board so we will see!

Couldn't agree with you more on risk, the legacy game is also excellent. People get mad when these lists have sibling games even when they are different standalone. I am told they only want to discover new things.

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