My favorite is a game called "History of the World." It generally has the same has the same in-game mechanics as Risk, but with some significant differences.
First, there are only 7 rounds to the game, known as "epochs."
Each player represents a different civilization during each epoch (for instance, epoch 1 you could be the the Assyrians, epoch 2 you could be the Persians, epoch 3 you could be the Romans, all the way through epoch 7 you could be the British).
Civilizations are determined by "luck of the draw" (last place person decides who gets to draw first, usually sticking the first place person with the draw).
The number of troops you get to play with that round depends on how many troops your civilization is granted by the rules of the game.
Battles are similar to how they go down in Risk, but where and who you can attack is determined by such things as terrain or the type of naval capabilities a particular civilization has, plus if the civilization has certain "terrain bonuses."
Points are counted up after a player's turn depending on a player's presence on a continent (if you have troops in one area, you have presence worth the least amount of points, if you have three or more areas, you have control, worth a middle amount of points, and if you have the only presence in a continent, you have domination, worth the most points) times a multiplier determined by which continent you have presence in and which epoch it is (for instance, having domination in Asia during the 4th epoch would be worth 9 points plus whatever other continents you have presence in plus whatever other monuments and other various things giving you points).
It sounds extremely complicated, but it's totally engaging and really fun to play.
Sounds interesting. I have a WWII combat game that I have been formulating to play with my son. Now I just have to get the pieces together and make the game board, cards, etc.. I have also been looking into Memoir '44, which is another WWII strategy game. Anyone played that?
I had not heard of Settlers of Catan before yesterday. Then we had supper with a family last night and they happened to bring out that game. It's a great game.
My favorites would be:
Apples to Apples
We have a couple of ew favorites in the house. Pictionary Man and Apples to Apples.
We always had the classics around but in the hunt for party games these two are our favorites.
The answers are hilarious and the rules are easy to follow. You can check out Apples to Apples at APPLES to APPLES if you've never heard of it or want to see what it's all about before braving the crowds at Wal Mart.
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