Monday, June 26, 2006

One Token Over the Line

Summary of Risk Event II: Electric Boogaloo
The only person who dressed as the color of his pieces was the Jolly Green Giant, as part of a plan to intimidate the previous champion (everyone else forgot to dress for the occasion). We voted that the lone latecomer would become the Pink Peril. Previous Winner was the Red Menace, I commanded the Blue Meanies, and the Black Brigade filled out our party of five.

Pink, the newcomer to our group, focused almost solely on targeted attacks on Black, then changed tactics to near-dominance of North America at a speed which may have surprised all of us. Black had early existential issues as Green tried to block him in for a final kill. I took the Risk to erase Black off the board (no genocide comments please), but Black survived dramatically with one army in his Australian homeland, and slowly grew from there. I had to leave Asia and fall back to North America, leading to regular skirmishes with Pink over the continent. The Red Menace started near Africa and took a country each turn, moving through the Middle East and massing a menacing force next to Black's only supply line from Australia. A Black-Red Axis treaty held for a while until Black apparently got tired of his conservative ally, and entered a war of attrition until both forces were rendered useless. Green played a good game, holding much of Asia (and South America?), and taking out weak players to use their cards to win the game (could have been faster if sets were completed-- or was that a bluff?). I came in second, folding my hand in the face of an assured Green win.

One question came up during play: can a player turn in two (or more!) sets during his turn after getting a defeated player's cards? (We voted no when we couldn't find the answer in the Hebrew rulebook. And the player this ruling most affected, Green, still won). One day I'll post our answers and house rules on a web page. And if we played on days other than Shabbat, we could keep more detailed notes on gameplay.

Mr. Pink and Mr. Red left after the tournament game, so Green, Black, and I played two games of Mission Risk. I won one, and Black won the next. A trio of winners around the table, a good time was had by all, and the strange situation of having far more alcohol at hand than snacks at a Jewish gathering.

Mr. Red had a good idea later: we should buy some sort of champion's trophy, like a large studded beer chalice, to be awarded to the winner each time. The winner would hold it until the next event and present it, clean, to the next winner of global domination. It is presumed the trophy would be used at the event by the defending champion. I suggested, with the current World Cup in mind, that we all retain hardcore posses of aggressive fans who will start riots outside our Risk stadium.


At 12:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, My name is Simon from the Virgin Islands. I am fascinated by your Risk blog. Who is this Mr.Red that you speak of? He sounds so noble, a character trait that has long been lost in this world of Mr.Blacks.

As we in the Virgin Islands have no t.v., we often rely on your blogs to satisfy our hunger for entertainment. So please tell me, is your recap of the last game complete? Are you sure you are not leaving out any treacherous, back-stabbing behavior conducted by any of the players that controlled very dark (I daresay, "Black") pieces? If you have left these tantalizing bits out, I am certain it was accidental, and I (as well as the rest of my community) eagerly await your amended blog.

With great love and admiration,

Always yours,


At 12:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 3:21 PM, Blogger Phil said...

Sigh - I guess I'm slow to post, I mean look, some random fool from the Virgin Islands posted his half literate responce before I could make the addition of the early game being ruled by the vicious Pink/Black war in Australia that had at least my little green army men looking at both thier hands to determine if they had enough cards to make an attempt on thier annilation worthwhile.

Also Blue Meanie - you mention that with wild cards one could turn in two sets without someone elses cards- this is inpossible as 5 is a prime number and therefore cannot be divided by 2.

House rules introduced so far include:
1. if you forget to take your risk card once ok fine (big dummy) - the second time, well you had your chance...

2. the first time you defend with two dice and have only one unit, the defence dice are picked up (no matter the roll) and one is rerolled - the second time, well you had your chance, your one unit is lost (even if you rolled 2 sixes)

Proposed rules:
1. If attacking Army rolls 3 and has less then that to attack with:
first time reroll - second time lose one unit.

2. no treaties with theprevious games winner (even when it's me)

At 4:29 PM, Anonymous s said...

just thought you should all know i had a great time with mr green's better half. you enjoy world donimation my lovelies!

At 9:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 8:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm going on memory here (always a questionable task for me) but I believe the rules say:
-you can only turn in 1 set of cards at the beginning of each turn
-if you defeat someone and take their cards in the middle of a round, you can only turn in a set if you now have more than 5 cards
-Jason Zauder

At 12:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Simon, you're a jerk. Quit making me look bad. And stop being stupid. Everybody's stupid. I hate the virgin Islands.

--Mr. Black

At 12:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lovelies this, fools!!!

-- "Mr.Black"

At 12:18 PM, Blogger dan2beer7 said...

Thanks for the correction, Phil, on the "5 cards" erroneous mathematics. I have corrected the original posting. I have also altered some anonymous comments here to remove names of those persons who may not have actually written them. I reposted the comments with all text intact except the names, but they will appear out of order on the comments post (so they don't necessarily "respond" to the previous comment). Sorry... but this is not a forum for attacks on *real* identities (as funny or sarcastic as that may be)-- that is for the game table, and only on your turn, beeyotches. Over and out.

At 9:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, My name is Roger and I am also from the Virgin Islands. I am very concerned by the level of censorship we are beginning to see on this blog. Could this be the work of the evil Mr. Black? It seems like something he -or his COHORTS- would do.

With great love and admiration,



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