Wonderful for anybody who loves strategy - Especially Starcraft fans!,
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This review is from: RISK: StarCraft Collector's Edition (Toy)
Several years back I received Risk: Starwars Clone Wars Edition for Christmas. Now i am a huge starwars fan and Risk is my favorite board game. i was excited to play it at first but as i began playing it realized that i just didn't like it that much, it didn't compare to the original for me. for one, the in my experience whoever played as the republic seemed to win, even with the order 66 element for the separatists, and another thing: the board was ugly and uninspiring, and totally different from regular risk. capturing what amounted to green squares didn't have the same impact as world territories.
USAopoly could have gone this same route with the Starcraft Edition, but they didn't. instead they played it safe, but wonderful. they got a perfect balance of unique Starcraft elements, and that time tested risk formula that makes this a totally viable alternative to standard risk, something that my other special edition risk just couldn't be.
first and in my opinion best: the board is gorgeous. 6 planets are divided into territories and wow, these planets look amazing. the other important thing to note is that this board is EXACTLY the same as the standard risk board, only flipped, all the territories touch the same territories and stuff, each planet has the same amount of territories as the continents in standard risk, etc. it may look way different at first glance, but it is exactly the same. this is great, it makes it that much easier to jump into this new edition.
now the new edition has a bit of a learning curve for classic risk fans. i have never played the 2008 risk re-imagining, but it sounds like this version is pretty similar to that. but for somebody who only knows the old style well, this was confusing at first. but after a one manual guided play-though we were ready to go! so yes, it has a learning curve, but not too bad. now that i understand it, i will be able to teach others fairly easily.
well i don't have much to say apart from that that hasn't been said in other reviews already, my order arrived in perfect condition, with all of the correct pieces. the race specific cards are great, the pieces are quite awesome (although i'm not a huge fan of the siege tank, its a bit too fat for my taste, a minor gripe all in all though.) I am a HUGE Starcraft fan so this is awesome.
i wont say this is the end all be all edition of risk, nothing will replace the classic for me, but i feel like this is the version my friends and i will play when we don't have 4-5 hours to spend on a game haha, this one goes by much faster if you aren't playing classic style. so great, its neither better nor worse than classic risk in this fans opinion, i could not have asked for any more!