Though board games were created a long time ago, they are still being sold in the market and are still being played not only by children but by adults as well. It has become one of things that is used by families and friends to bond with. One particular board game that is classic and very popular is RISK. RISK was developed and created by Albert Lamorisse, French film director and it was published in France and was named La Conquete de monde.
The RISK board game has celebrated its 60th anniversary last 2017 and up to date it is still one of the best strategy boards games sold in the market. The game is played by expanding your base and territories by attacking your enemies and sending your army to other places and continents. Not only do you need to attack, in this game, you will also need to defend your territories and base from your enemies or opponents who has the same objective as yours. The more territories you conquer the more reinforcement troops you gain.
If you love this game, you will surely also love the other 13 strategy board games featured in this article.
1. Axis and Allies
Axis and Allies was first published in 1981 and has about 19 editions up to date. It also offers an anniversary version which cost more than $600. If the price is a bit out of budget, we highly recommend the Europe 1940s edition. The game itself is a bit more complicated compared to RISK but it is still highly enjoyed by many gamers. The game could take about 15 to 30 minutes to setup and several hours to play the game.
This game was launched in 1959 which is about the same time as when RISK was also released. Diplomacy’s theme runs around the time when WWI was about to start and the main goal of the game is for you to be able to negotiate with other players. Each player will be representing a nation and will have to form alliances and at the same time betray other players. To do that, you will need to strike some deals with other players. In Diplomacy, each player will discover the value of friendship and the skill of judging one’s character.
Kemet is another popular war board game that is similar to RISK. Its theme is based on mythology and allows its players to teleport their army to attack their enemies’ temples. In this game, dice
are not needed, instead combat cards are used to fight off other players. There are also divine intervention cards which are like shot powers
4. Small World
Small World is a highly recommended game as an alternative for RISK. It is a positive feeling war strategy board game. It is designed with beautiful artwork and comes with organizing trays for its little pieces. This game is simple to play and it will take only about 15 to 20 minutes to prepare. The game would take about 90 minutes to play and could be played by any casual gamer at the same time provide challenge to hard core gamers.
In this game, you will be able to access four different maps and each map caters to different number of players. You will also be allowed to select a race with different abilities – wizards, elves, giants, trolls, etc.
Dust is an amazing RISK alternative option. It comes in two settings- Premium and Epic. Epic comes with longer games which could run from 4 to 6 hours while Premium could take lesser time of 2 to 3 hours. In this game, the main objective is to fight for world domination. To accomplish this, you will be given an army, tanks, armored units, bombers, fighters, etc. Each player of this game is give 130 units.
Each round, players will have to draw a card and will reveal it together with other players simultaneously which will determine the type of move you will be able to do and what special ability you will be able to receive and use.
In Eclipse, after the Terran Hegemony War, all space species have been putting effort in preventing the said war from happening again. Thus, a Galactic Council has been formed to enforce the peace. In doing so, tension has grown among seven major species and in the Galactic Council as well. With these, alliances and treaties are formed in secrecy and conflict is inevitable.
Eclipse is a game which allows you to control civilization and compete for success with rivals. You will also be able to explore the galaxy, research technologies, build your own spaceships and many more.
Cyclades is a 90-minute game where the Gods of Olympus and Mythical Creatures would support you, in you being able to recruit your own troops, create fortresses, build ships and construct your own metropolises. This game will definitely provide you an amazing adventure full of mythological creatures and gods.
8. Blood Rage
Blood Rage is a game that allows its players to control their own Viking clan’s leader, ship and warriors. As the Ragnarok’s arrival signals the end of the world, it is the Vikings’ chance to secure their place. In this game, your goal is to invade and benefit from the lands, conquer and crush your enemies, win battles and increase your stats.
Inis is designed by Christian Martinez and in this game, you could play the role of Ireland’s first chieftains. It allows you to experience Irish myths and explore the island’s enchanted landscape. The main goal of this game is for you to be able to claim more territories for your clans.
10. A Game of Thrones Second Edition
This game is based on the Game of Thrones series by George RR Martin. It allows 3 to 6 players to participate in this game and it allows players to control the Westeros’ great houses by embarking on an epic journey of trying to conquer the Iron Throne.
Through this game you will be able to immerse yourself in power struggles, conquering territories and negotiations.
In the second edition, you will experience improvements that includes elements of ports, wild cards, siege engines, garrisons, battle course maps and many more. The board game comes with 138 units of marbled plastic and its printing error has been corrected. Game of Thrones fanatics will definitely enjoy this board game.
11. Cry Havoc
Designed by Grant Rodiek, Michal Oracz and Michael Walczak, Cry Havoc is a game that is played through the use of cards. It is a war game that involves area control and could be played in about 90 minutes. This board game comes with 54 custom miniatures, format board and 100 cards.
12. Twilight Imperium
Twilight Imperium is an epic game which allows you to build your own empire and experience conflict, power struggle and trade. In this game, players will take the roles in the galactic civilizations and each player’s goal is to seize the imperial throne. This board game comes with 200 sculpted oversized plastic miniatures which serves as ground forces, cruisers, dreadnaughts, fighters, carriers, space docks and PDS. It also includes more than 400 cards.
13. 1775: Rebellion
This game was released in 2013 and was declared as winner of Best Wargame by BGG Golden Geek 2013 and in 2014 as 2014’s Origins Awards Best Historical Board Game Winner.
1775: Rebellion is a sequel of 1821: The Invasion of Canada which was released in 2012. In the year 1775, American colonies had gathered arms and had formed a militia as an outrage to the new taxes imposed by the Americans. On the 18th of April, the members ambushed 700 British Redcoats and got their arms. 273 Soldiers were killed which led to the American Revolution.
The roles of the players of this game is to be in the American Continental Army and Patriots which is against the British Army and Loyalists. Each side’s goal is to be able to control all the colonies, provinces and territories. There are four divisions or factions of deck of cards which is used for moving units or soldiers into positions and custom dice are used for resolving battles. In this game you are allowed to control an entire colony, province or territory and even raise a flag. The game ends when Treaty of Paris is signed and the side that has the most flags will be declared as the winner.
14. Risk Europe
Risk Europe is a game about epic medieval battles and is considered as one of the best strategy board games. It was release in 2016 by Hasbro and it deserves to be mentioned in this list and article. In this game, each player is allowed to choose a capital for their base or kingdom and this will determine their strength and unique abilities. As a player, you will need to build castles and to do this, you will need to draw cards and each card will state the action you will need to do or carry out.
To win this game, you will need to be the first one to be able to control 7 crowns. For crowns to be in your possession, you will need to buy them or conquer them.
Risk Europe is something you will surely enjoy with its beautiful map, 4 armies, weapons, arrival of archers and knights. It also comes with 8 capital cities to choose from and has a very interesting theme and game mechanics.
We hope you were able to enjoy reading our article as we have enjoyed researching, playing with the strategy board games themselves and writing them into an article.