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Ranger Risk

Posted by xccj , in News Nov 27 2012 · 353 views

I met up with my old Park Ranger bosses tonight and played a couple of games of risk.

Short story: I lost. First time minorly, second time dreadfully.

Long Story: We did two games. For the first game, I took Africa, and fought valiantly over Egypt and the Middle East. But then the fighting in the Americas was decided, and they came storming in from Brazil and wiped me out. Then that guy basically had all the power, the rest of us were fairly spread thin, so we called it a game

The second time, I lost half my countries in the first round, before it was even my turn to play! But I held about half of Asia, and made an alliance with the guy in control of the other half that we wouldn't attack each other. We were playing by the rules where when you claim a territory during a turn, you get a country card, and then you can turn them in for more troops later. Well, I slowly made my way across Asia and into Europe, collecting country cards, while there was lots of fighting in Africa and the Americas. Eventually, I finally got ten cards, which would give me a maximum of 30 extra troops! But alas, before I could cash in, one player swept the board with me, knocking me down to two countries before he ran out of armies. Then the next player, the guy who won the first round, finished me off completely and took all ten of my cards. The others had no hope to defeat him, so the game was called in his favor yet again.

I will return for revenge. I need a new strategy. Africa gets fought over too much. Australia is usually grabbed early on, but the Americas are a good option to take. Also, cashing in on the cards I have before everybody else becomes aware of my plan... that was my failing tonight!


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Tip: Start by taking Oceania. Only one point you need to defend, and from there, you can build up troops and then swoop out through Asia.
Tip 2: There's a continuous path around the entire board, so if you have enough troops built up, you can wipe everyone out.
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Nov 27 2012 01:45 PM
I can see what some of your mistakes were from reading that. But I'm glad you're up for another game later!

But the biggest problems I can see (aside from not cashing in cards earlier when you could have probably taken advantage of having a larger army) are starting with Africa and Asia. Africa has too many entrance points to be stepped on, and Asia is too big to try to be the first continent to control.
I suggest starting with South America or gaining a strong foothold in North America or Europe. Australia is always popular but because of that is hard to gain in the beginning unless you get lucky.

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I would actually say that South America is your best bet (other than Australia) because Europe is just a highly accessible web, and North America is only slightly less accessible.
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