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The 2012 Edition of Risk, published by Hasbro Games, is the latest iteration of the game of global domination. If you've never played Risk before, it is an area-control game where you try and take over as many areas on the board as you can. The game ends when reaching a set limit of territories, or when one player takes over all territories. Risk is a perfect introduction to strategy or war games, and can be understood by new players very quickly.
Fist, let's get the negatives out of the way. There are a few bits and bobs missing from this version of Risk. Firstly, a whole army appears to have disappeared completely. Risk is now playable between 2-5 players, not the original 3-6 players. Also, the mission cards that appeared in previous editions are conspicuous by their absence. I would argue that the 6th player isn't the death knell others claim it to be, but the removal of the mission cards is a missed opportunity and a huge step backwards. It's easy enough to find print and play versions of the cards on BoardGameGeek, but you shouldn't have to. Also, Hasbro continue to insist upon using cards with square - pointy - edges, which in my opinion are very unprofessional. The card stock is cheap and flimsy, and poor value given the RRP of the game. While many players will welcome the re-introduction of the traditional army figures, the soldiers, cannons and cavalry, the bases of the individual army figures are microscopic, and it's very easy to knock them over.
Now, on with the good points. The introduction of the Cease Fire card to end the game is handy, as it allows players to customise how long they want the game to be. The instructions are very clear and well written, you'll be up playing in no time. The game includes rules for 2 players, which is also a welcomed addition. The board is large, good quality, and very clear, and the dice and playing pieces are of decent enough quality. Risk is a fantastic strategy game, and a wonderful introduction to heavier war or strategy games. If you've never played it before, it's well worth a look.