Risk: Godstorm Review
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Players: 2-5
Playing Time: Hours

If you're anything like me, you've probably played a lot of Risk in your day. Back in my college days, my friends and I could play into the wee hours of the morning to see who the best junior Napoleon was. The original Risk has captivated players for years, and now comes a new twist on the old game of world conquest—Risk: Godstorm.

The twist is pretty simple: instead of choosing random colors to represent your armies, you now chose an ancient civilization with which to conquer the world (and the Underworld). Among the choices available are the Egyptians, the Celts, and the Norse. But as you might intuit from the name Godstorm, mortal warriors will not be the only tools at your disposal. In this game, the gods themselves will play a large role in who wins and who loses. Deciding when and how to deploy such deities as Odin, Hecate, Set, and others is a key part of gameplay. Each god gives the player a different boost in the game, whether giving you extra armies, or adding to your dice-tossed score.

The classic Risk map is a little different this time around as well. Instead of playing over the entire planet, now your activities are confined to the known ancient world. So the action centers around the Mediterranean Sea, with Europe, the Near East, Russia, and North Africa being the main areas of play. But that's not all. You can send your armies to conquer the Underworld, and even to Atlantis. Beware, though, for at some point in the game Atlantis may sink into the sea, drowning any and all armies that may be there.

Risk: Godstorm is a fantastic game for those who love the original Risk, and who are looking for a new version to add some spice to the classic world conquest formula. As with the original game, you need at least two would-be conquerors and several hours to devote to a really good game. If your inner Julius Caesar is just bursting to get out, with all the gods at your command, check out Risk: Godstorm today.

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