Thursday, March 24, 2022

#48: Risk Legacy (Mark's Top 100 2022)

Risk Legacy 

  • rank: 405
  • rating: 7.4
Print Status
  • not in print... but still not difficult to find a copy
Why It's On The List
  • What if a game remembered what had happened during the previous games... and that game told an epic story? That's always been true in role-playing games - but Rob Daviau's brilliant design idea took the core engine of Risk to a whole new & wonderful mind-warping level. And for the purposes of this list, it's still one of the best multi-game experiences I've ever enjoyed, playing it with the Fresno Gamers group!
Tips & Tricks:
  • I’m not sure how to extol the virtues of this wonderous Risk reboot without spoiling some of its well-hidden charms, but I’ll give it a shot.

    Risk: Legacy is…
    • …a product of nearly a decade of experimenting with this classic game system. (It incorporates ideas from Risk 2210 & Risk: Black Ops to make the game shorter & yet packed with thematic touches.)
    • …an innovative board game concept – something we don’t see nearly as often as we’d like to think. (The whole “open this pack of cards when this happens” way of changing the game is brilliant.)
    • …a reminder of what was really great about my old RPG days – we’re working together to tell a story about this new world we’re fighting over. (In our case, the founding of Great Humongustan, the DEW line populated with installations left over from the Battle of the Northern Wastes… and the Cataclysm in Southern Europe.)
    • …gamer catnip. (Let me explain – each time you get to open a new packet, it feels very similar to the “rush” you get when opening a new game or game expansion. And it not only gives you the “new car smell” effect, the added stuff takes the story of the game in a new direction.)
    • …fun even for people who don’t particularly like Risk. (One of the guys in our group – the founder of Great Humongustan – is not a fan of “dudes on a map w/dice” games & esp. not a fan of Risk. Yet he had a grand time playing Risk: Legacy with us… and even commented when he arrived after a game had started that “it was just fun watching you guys play.”)

  • If you choose to buy this here in the U.S., go to BGG and download/print the bonus cards which were not officially released stateside.
  • More importantly, don't spend a lot of time reading about the game before you play it! let the surprises catch you unawares - one of the packet reveals is easily one of the best gaming experiences I've had in the last 15 years.
  • Yes, it was the first legacy game... and, yes, I've played a lot more of them over the years. (One or two might show up later in this countdown... and one already has.) It's not the most fully developed of the genre - but I'm still trying to figure out how to talk my game group here in Nashville into playing it with me so I can enjoy it again!
  • Note: while I didn't receive a review copy of Risk Legacy (it was actually a BGG Secret Santa gift!), I did receive a copy of Risk: Black Ops as a review copy. And, no, I haven't sold it for re-donk-u-lous amounts of cash - it's still in my collection.

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