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Twists On Classic Board Games

Aug 26, 2008
There are many board games out there which are well loved, and for good reason. These games have captured the imaginations of millions of people and continue to be popular today. However, for devoted fans of the game, sometimes a little variety is nice. Playing the same strategies over and over again, trying to accomplish the same goals, and always running into the same obstacles can get pretty tiring. Yet, having the familiarity of the original game is nice, it gives one a familiar territory in which they feel comfortable. This is why different variations of classic board games have become popular. These new editions, twisting the game in some way, deliver both the familiar setting yet exciting new ways to play that game.

One classic game that has been twisted about in a new edition is Risk 2210 AD. This game, imagining Risk set in the future, offers a fresh new perspective on the beloved game. The map of the game board is almost identical to classic Risk. All of the world's continents are still in place and fully in tact. Some of the territories on those continents have been redrawn and many of them have actually been renamed to fit a more futuristic theme. Greenland is no longer called such, but has become now known as the "Exiled States of America." Water territories have been added to the game, giving players portions of the oceans to form bases on and control. Additionally, and perhaps most interestingly, the moon has been added as another area of the game. If a player controls a space station, acquires a space commander, and then is able to send armies to the moon, this area then becomes controllable and battles are able to occur there.

Risk 2210 AD certainly turns into an interesting premise on the classic world domination game that Risk was known as. It presents players with a sense of a potential future while still giving them a fun strategy base to play with. Classic Risk, while still a great game, doesn't offer the intrigue that Risk 2210 AD can provide, and players interested in another take should consider this game.

Another classic game that has been twisted into an exciting new rendition is The Game of Life. With The Game of Life: Twists and Turns, players now seek to gain the most life points instead of the highest amount of money. The game board has been completely redesigned, however, with different paths being offered to players so that they can find the highest number of life points.

The game has been given an electronic makeover as well, as each player is granted an electronic Life Pod at the beginning of the game which not only controls all of their monetary assets, but keeps track of their life points and "rolls the dice" as well. This clever re-invention of the game has given The Game of Life a new spark of life. One of the major criticisms of the game was that it only promoted wealth and that is not very representative of true happiness. Now, with the new version, players try to be more fulfilled than simply wealthy. This, and other new takes on classic games, give players the chance to enjoy themselves in all new ways!
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Victor Epand is an expert consultant for board games, chess boards, and dungeons and dragons miniatures. You will find all these things and more if you visit classic board game variations, chess boards, and dungeons and dragons miniatures.
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