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.
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.
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.