Games People Play: Risk Legacy

Risk Legacy by Hasbro

Risk Legacy by Hasbro

Well, okay, games I like to play with people. No not those kinds of games, silly. The Fourth of July is coming up and whether you are having a lot of folks over to celebrate or going someplace to be with friends or family, or even just trying to have a quiet night at home with the family, having some board games on hand is never a bad thing. Sometimes, on a Saturday or Sunday we will just call it “Family Game Day” for no other reason than we like to have fun and play games.

Recently we got Risk Legacy, which is a fun twist on the Risk game we used to play in our college days. There is now a science-fiction-y backstory that allows the game to introduce clans, which give the player special abilities and advantages in the game. Choose wisely whom you will play.

Note in Risk Legacy

Note in Risk Legacy

Another fun, and somewhat risky move is that players now write on the board. The winner gets to make permanent changes to the game board. For example, the North American continent in our game is now called Torchwood, not America. Also the winner can chose to make changes that are of tactical advantage to them in following games.

I find that these additions make the game more fun. Now, instead your wins are recorded for all to see. They’ve raised the stakes just a bit in a game that is all about global domination. The clan cards change your strategy too, so the Risk game you know and love from before is now just slightly different and your old, tried and true tactics might not work quite so well anymore.

Game board and box for Risk Legacy

Game board and box for Risk Legacy

I looked and Hasbro, the makers of Risk Legacy are on the Ethispher’s list of most ethical companies for 2013. For me that is no small thing. I want to support ethical companies and I don’t want my money going to unethical companies. Granted there were issues with Hasbro in 2011 and before but they seem to have cleaned up their act. They better have because if I find out they haven’t they’ll be on my list of companies to boycott. We make the world we want to live in with every dollar we spend. Spend wisely, gentle reader. K.

About K. L. Zolnoski

I've been an author all of my life, I just didn't realize it until the Great Recession and I got laid off. With no job on the horizon and a need to keep myself engaged in something productive I began to seriously write. Oh, I've always written. I've written in secret. I've written fan fiction. I've written when I was too embarrassed to let anyone else, save my long-suffering sister see it. All that and it never occurred to me I was a writer until circumstances forced me to try my hand at self publishing. Sometimes it is funny how the universe has to show you what is right under your nose.
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