Risk is a popular board game, and it’s just as challenging as ever. Winning this game relies on strategy. As a player, you get to channel your roll of the dice or choice of a card, into a decision. And if you choose well, your next move will help you conquer and win the game.
Playing Risk is a learning platform for young players, and a mental sharpening tool for older folks.
Since this board game was created in the 1950s, it has had lots of loyal fans, including the ones at our house. The roots of Risk grow out of war and military planing, our world history of powerful forces that try to dominate large territories, even the entire world.
Length of a game - it takes a while in the classic versions. Some of the newer versions are designed to go faster.
We played on school vacations, winter and summer. Success is based on strategy and taking risk, a useful life skill that has applications other than battle.
How much risk to take, under what circumstances, and how often? These are often delicate questions to balance.
We enjoy the vintage revival version of Risk, one of the editions shown below. Just about any theme that involves major conflict can be used as a canvas for Risk, including Lord of the Rings and Star Wars.
The players get to take over territories and occupy them via a board game, where the pieces go back into the box at the end, and the real world outside remains intact.