Board games Like RISK: 12 Best strategy Board games you will enjoy if you love Board Games like RISK

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The board game RISK was created by French film director Albert Lamorisse  and was first published in France under the name of La Conquête du monde. This year in 2017, the game will celebrate its 60th anniversary. It is still this date of one the best classic family board game.

I still remember,when I was 6 or 7 year old in the beginning of the 80’s, when my cousin got the RISK board game for Christmas. He use to play RISK for hours with my older brother when we were visiting with my parents. Because I was a bit young at the time, they never really asked me to play with them .

A few years later when I was student, I used to spend so many nights playing RISK with my friends for hours and hours. Expanding your territories by attacking your opponents and spreading your army across continents. Defending fiercely against the same opponents and prevent them to reach their objectives.

In RISK, the more you get territories the more you get reinforcement troops at the beginning of your turn. Same if you control an entire continent, you will get bonus troops. When you attack an territory next to yours, you throw 3 dice. Your opponent use  a maximum only 2 dice to defend, one if he only has 1 troop on his territory. So it is a simple Dice rolling system for attacking and defending.

Of course, there is strategy involve in RISK but also a good part of luck because of this dice rolling system. You can find yourself in a situation where you are attacking a territory held by 5 battalions with your army of 30 battalions, and end up giving up because of bad luck in the dice rolling. It can be very frustrating!

I recall the feeling we had when the game was finally over, the concentration and tension dropping suddenly, almost the feeling  of emptiness.

RISK is a one of those classic strategy game that I think,  you must own.

If you like this type of thrill, and you are looking for a game that can bring you the kind of enjoyment RISK brought you, then look at those following  12 strategy Board games. They definitely worth a try if you enjoy board games like RISK.

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Axis & Allies

The first board game like RISK in my list is Axis & Allies. First published in 1981, there are now no less than 19 different editions of the game so far. My favourite version is Axis & Allies Europe 1940s published in 2010. It has also the best rating on boardgamegeek just after the Axis & Allies Anniversary Edition. But because the anniversary edition sell price is so high (more than 600$), I would highly recommend the Europe 1940s version.
On the scale of things, it is clear that the rules of Axis & Allies are more complex than the rules of RISK. But don’t get me wrong, Axis & Allies can also be enjoyed by casual gamers, even if the learning curve is bigger. The setup of the game can take between 15 and 30 minutes. The actual game itself can take several hours. If somehow you find RISK a bit too easy, then I would suggest take up the challenge offered to you by Axis & Allies, especially if you are interested in war games and WWII history.

 

Players Playing time Recommended for
2-6 360 min 12+

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Diplomacy

The second board game like RISK in my list is Diplomacy. Diplomacy was first released in 1959, which is more or less at the same time RISK was. The action is set just before the start of WWI. Diplomacy is a negotiation based game. There is no dice rolling in the game so therefore absolutely no luck involve. Each turn in Diplomacy starts with negotiation. Each players representing the main nations engaged in the game, spend much of their time forming and betraying alliances with other players. You can strike deal with another players during those negotiations, but of course you can break a deal also! In Diplomacy you will discover the true character of you friends, the game is well known to have broken many friendship!! Diplomacy is a fantastic game to play, a party can also take a while, often several hours but definitely recommended.

 

Players Playing time Recommended for
2-7 360 min 12+

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Kemet

Kemet is another RISK like game of my selection. Made by the same pubisher as Cyclades, another great game that you can find in my list below. Kemet is a board game I absolutely love. It has an Egyptian mythology based theme to it. Great war game where in which can teleport your army to attack your opponent temples. There is no dice in Kemet, but instead you have combats cards that you need to play in into a fight. You also have the possibility to play divine intervention cards that are like little one shot powers that you can play occasionally. Kemet really a fun game to play, very cleaver in its mechanic.It is  also quite quick to play if you compare it to Axis & Allies or Diplomacy.

 

Players Playing time Recommended for
2-5 90-120 min 13+

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Smal World

Small World is another RISK like game I would highly recommend.
Many positive feelings about this war strategy board game:
First of all I have to mention the quality of the content: all the little pieces, the real beautiful artwork and also the quality of the packing with very practical trays to hold everything.
Second of all, the rules are pretty simple. You can get through them in about 15 to 20 minutes. The game will take you about 90 minutes to play or less. Small World is a board game that can be enjoyed by casual gamer, yet there is enough strategy in it to please more hard-core gamers. It definitely doesn’t rely as much on luck as RISK does.
Unlike in RISK were you use a single map to play, in Small Word, you can play with four different maps. The choice of the map will depends of the number of players in the game. (2 to 5 players).
In RISK you just select the color of your army. In Small World though, you select a Race (wizards, trolls, elves, giants etc…) with different abilities and power associated to it. This random choice of power and abilities combination makes the game very different each times. Like in RISK, will try to conquer territories but thanks to some race special abilities like flying, you won’t need to always conquer adjacent territories.
Also, if your chosen race is in trouble during the game, you can put it in decline and give it up for another race. Again this makes Small World a very fun game that I would highly recommend.

Players Playing time Recommended for
2-5 40-80 min 8+

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Dust

Another game similar to RISK but in my opinion even better. DUST comes with two settings (and thus two rule books), “Premium” and “Epic”. “Epic” rules are for longer games, 4 to 6 hours. But if you play the “Premium” rules, you can expect the game to take more or less the same time as a game of RISK would. That would be between 2 to 3 hours.

Like RISK, the players will fight for the world domination. They can buys units, each units having different costs. The plastics miniatures figures that compose your army which include tanks, mechanized Armor Units, fighters, bombers are very nicely made and durable. Each players gets around 130 units. The board itself looks great and is made of six pieces that fits together.

During each round, each player will have to draw a card and reveal it simultaneously. It will determine what types of moves players will make and what special abilities they can use during the turn. Each card has five elements to them: Combat score, movement Score, production Score, special ability, tiebreaker stars.

There is a lot of player intersection during each game, the combats phase are quick and easy and run smoothly. Definitely a fast paced attacking wargame that I would recommend you try!

Players Playing time Recommended for
2-6 240 min 12+

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Eclipse

The galaxy has been a peaceful place for many years. After the ruthless Terran–Hegemony War (30.027–33.364), much effort has been employed by all major spacefaring species to prevent the terrifying events from repeating themselves. The Galactic Council was formed to enforce precious peace, and it has taken many courageous efforts to prevent the escalation of malicious acts. Nevertheless, tension and discord are growing among the seven major species and in the Council itself. Old alliances are shattering, and hasty diplomatic treaties are made in secrecy. A confrontation of the superpowers seems inevitable – only the outcome of the galactic conflict remains to be seen. Which faction will emerge victorious and lead the galaxy under its rule?

A game of Eclipse places you in control of a vast interstellar civilization, competing for success with its rivals. You will explore new star systems, research technologies, and build spaceships to wage war with. There are many potential paths to victory, so you need to plan your strategy according to the strengths and weaknesses of your species, while paying attention to the other civilizations’ endeavors.

The shadows of the great civilizations are about to eclipse the galaxy. Lead your people to victory!

Players Playing time Recommended for
2-6 60-200 min 14+

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Cyclades

With the blessing of the Gods of Olympus and the support of Mythological Creatures, recruit troops, build ships, create fortresses and construct metropolises. The struggle to bring your people to their highest glory will be legendary! With Cyclades, Bruno Cathala and Ludovic Maublanc (Mr. Jack, Dice Town) reinvents development and conquest games. In a ninety minute game, live through an incredible adventure in which soldiers, philosophers, mythological creatures and gods are common.

Players Playing time Recommended for
2-5 60-90 min 13+

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Blood Rage

In Blood Rage, each player controls their own Viking clan’s warriors, leader, and ship. Ragnar0k has come, and it’s the end of the world! It’s the Vikings’ last chance to go down in a blaze of glory and secure their place in Valhalla at Odin’s side!

For a Viking there are many pathways to glory. You can invade and pillage the land for its rewards, crush your opponents in epic battles, fulfill quests, increase your clan’s stats, or even die gloriously either in battle or from Ragnar_k, the ultimate inescapable doom.

Most player strategies are guided by the cards drafted at the beginning of each of the three game rounds (or Ages). These ‘Gods Gifts’ grant you numerous boons for your clan including: increased Viking strength and devious battle strategies, upgrades to your clan, or even the aid of legendary creatures from Norse mythology. They may also include various quests, from dominating specific provinces, to having lots of your Vikings sent to Valhalla. Most of these cards are aligned with one of the Norse gods, hinting at the kind of strategy they support. For example, Thor gives more glory for victory in battle, Heimdall grants you foresight and surprises, Try strengthens you in battle, while the trickster Loki actually rewards you for losing battles, or punishes the winner.

Players must choose their strategies carefully during the draft phase, but also be ready to adapt and react to their opponents strategies as the action phase unfolds. Battles are decided not only by the strength of the figures involved, but also by cards played in secret. By observing your opponent  actions and allegiances to specific gods, you may predict what card they are likely to play, and plan accordingly. Winning battles is not always the best course of action, as the right card can get you even more rewards by being crushed. The only losing strategy in Blood Rage is to shy away from battle and a glorious death!

Players Playing time Recommended for
2-4 120-180 min 14+

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Inis


Become one of Ireland’s first chieftains in in is, a two-to-four player board game designed by Christian Martinez. In is invites you to experience the magnificent deeds of Irish myth as you explore the island’s enchanted landscape and claim territory for your clans. The game’s elegant mechanics combine card drafting and area control to produce a system rich in strategic options and interpersonal interactions. Brilliantly Crafted tiles give every game a unique, gradually unfolding geography, while original art brings Ireland’s ancient epics and audacious heroes to life.

Players Playing time Recommended for
2-4 60-90 min 14+

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A Game of Thrones Second Edition

King Robert Baratheon is dead, and the lands of Westeros brace for battle. Can you claim the Iron Throne? Designed for ages 14 and up, A Game of Thrones: The Board Game Second Edition is a classic game of warfare, diplomacy, and intrigue for three to six players. Taking control of the well-known characters from George R.R. Martin’s beloved fantasy series, players must fight for dominance of the realm. Will you take power through force, coerce your way onto the throne with persuasive speeches, or rally the townsfolk to your side? With opportunities for strategic planning, masterful diplomacy, and clever card play, this game gives you a host of ways to spread your influence over Westeros.

Players Playing time Recommended for
3-6 120-240 min 14+

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Cry Havoc

Cry havoc, from designers Grant rodiek, Michał oracz, and Michael walczak is a card-driven, area control, war game set in a brutal Sci-Fi world that plays in 90 minutes or less. The players will be in command of one of 4Unique factions with varying abilities and units. The game will include 54 custom miniatures, a large format board, and over 100 unique cards, all with stunning new artwork.

 

Players Playing time Recommended for
2-4 90-120 min 1o+

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Twilight Imperium

An age of twilight shall once more spread across the galaxy. A broken empire shall once more be re-forged. Hidden powers from dark space shall come forth to make an ancient claim. War shall rage across space. Secret treaties, political whispers, and devious plots shall again echo through the halls of the imperial city on Mecatol Rex.

TI3 is an epic empire-building game of interstellar conflict, trade, and struggle for power. Players take the roles of ancient galactic civilizations, each seeking to seize the imperial throne via warfare, diplomacy, and technological progression.

With new oversize geomorphic board tiles, finely detailed plastic miniatures, hundreds of cards, and a massive plurality of options, TI3 will ship in a massive, epic-size box, with more than 200 masterfully sculpted oversize plastic miniatures – the typical TI units (Ground Forces, Cruisers, Dreadnaughts, Carriers, Fighters, PDS, and Space Docks) as well as two new units (the massive War Sun, and the Destroyer). TI3 contains new oversize board tiles, more than 400 cards, every known civilization of the Twilight Imperium universe, almost every expansion rule and component ever published for TI, a gorgeous graphical overhaul, and an impressive full color rules set.

The TI gameplay has been refined and redone by original designer Christian T. Petersen. The new design features faster gameplay, and involves players in a far more active game experience with much less down-time. In addition, TI3 will include the new Race Cards, as well a dramatic new approach to the structure of the gameplay itself using the new Command system. Are you ready for another age of Twilight?.

Note also that the 4th Edition if Twilight Imperium was also release in 2017

 

Players Playing time Recommended for
3-6 180-240 min 14+

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Board games like :Conclusion

I hope you enjoyed my selection of board games that I think might appeal to people that love playing RISK and would like a chance of scenery. If you feel though that I forgot to mention a board game, please feel free and leave a comment below, I will edit the post accordingly.

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2 Comments
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    Jake K September 20, 2017 at 2:00 am

    A good list that’s missing Nexus Ops!

    • Reply
      Rom September 20, 2017 at 11:49 am

      Fair point Jake, Nexus Ops could well be the 13th RISK like game on the list!
      Will wait a bit a see if other readers comments suggest any other games and will add a section to the post that I will call “reader suggestion”
      thanks

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