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Improved Risk

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Joined: 07/13/2009

Hey Chaps,
just thinking about an alternative combat system for a risk-like game,
the strategy is Risk-like, but Risk sucks with large numbers of units:
"i attack with 25 armies versus your 5'' *rolls 3 dice..*
i was thinking maybe a Ratio-based system, 1-1 ratio would wield 4+ on D6 to cause damage, 2-1 would be 3+, 3-1 2+, and 1-2 5+ etc.
any other ideas or comments?


larienna's picture
Joined: 07/28/2008
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The problem is that the ratio change when the battle evolve. And some ratio can be hard to calculate, so you will need a calculator.

Personally I would add a limit in the number of round a battle can take. Which will reflect the time it takes to conquer a territory. For example, 3 battle round max. So a well defended territory will take more than 1 turn to destroy.

Or, if you want to change the rules and strategy deeper, make that all coast territoriers can attack all other coast territories in the same ocean. For example, all territories on the east side of north and south america can attack or be attacked by all terriories on the european coast and west side of affrica.

In this way, you will not be able to defend the antire america with only alaska, groenland and brasil. It will also distribute all the forces around the map. Reducing the number of unit per territory and making the current dice rolling system more convenient. In this case, I would only make 1 battle round for each battle.

(I have not playtested any of this(^_^))

By the way, is it me or there are some modification to the map since the first edition. The map look smaller and I think some territories (like central america) have dissapeared.

Joined: 12/31/1969
Improved Risk

My first suggestion would be to limit the number of armies that can engage in combat. This could also be different for each territory (and written on the board). This will allow players to use reserves and reenforcement to increase the stratigic deapth of the combats.

Second would be to have some way to have garunteed kills due to large numbers of armies (eg for ever 3 armies in combat that you exceed your opponent by you get to automaticly kill 1 of your opponents armies).

Third change which could be used instead of or in addition to the second change would be to move to a D10 and have it represent a percentage of armies that make a "hit" on the opposing side. If you have modifers to the die roll you can set the 50% mark as a specific number on the die (eg 7) and count off the percentages relative to the roll (eg: the target number is 7 and you roll a 5 then you would have 30% of your armies would hit but if you had a +2 modifier then the roll would be 7 and 50% of your armies would hit, and so on). This eliminates the need for "tons of dice".

Joined: 12/31/1969
Improved Risk

I posted the following some time ago. Hope it sparks some ideas:

If you can get your hands on a bunch of different colored dice, you can try this mechanic:
Red=attack, Blue=defense, White=attack type

Presumably, each unit has a maximum number of dice that can be rolled. The players secretly choose the composition (e.g., 2 red, 1 blue, 1 white), with at least one white die always being selected. (So, mininum number of dice =2).
Players simultaneously roll. Only one of each color can be considered in the resolution - and the choice may or may not belong to the player who rolled (depending on resolution of the attack type).

The white dice are resolved first. If the attacker's highest white die is higher than the defender's highest, then the attacker has the initiative (surprise attack). If the defender's highest white die is higher than the attacker's highest white die, then the defender has the initiative (ambush). If both have the same highest value then the attack is normal and no initiative action is taken.

Surprise attack: the attacker removes one of the defender's blue dice. If the defender rolled only one blue die, then the value on the blue die is reduced by one. If the defender did not roll any blue dice, then the attacker gets a plus two on his attack. Each player selects his best die. The damage is the difference between them (adding in the plus two attack bonus, if applicable).

Ambush: the defender removes TWO of the attacker's red dice. If the attacker rolled only one or two red dice, then the defender gets a plus two or a plus one counter-attack bonus, respectively. Since this is an ambush, the defender gets to attack, but only if he rolled at least one red die that is higher than the highest remaining red die held by the attacker. (Otherwise, the ambushed attacker can still make a weakened attack.) Each player selects his best die (keep in mind, if the defender is counter-attacking, then he uses his red die, while the erstwhile attacker must use his blue die, if he has one!) The damage is the difference between them (adding in the plus two or plus one counter-attack bonus, if applicable).

Normal: each player selects his best die. The damage is the difference.


Joined: 07/13/2009
Improved Risk

wow this is brilliant, all awesome ideas
lol im not sure about the map being changed, but i have heard many grumbles that it has been :D so your not alone
the maximum rounds thing is brilliant, i was thinking that if you use all 3 your attacking army is stranded between the to teritories , therefore leaving your territories open to attack.
i do have different coloured dice, but if anything i'd use a heroquest different 'power' [eg 6 = 2 dmg, 345 = 1, 12 =miss etc].
the colour combo idea you suggested is seriously cool, a bit too complex for what im aiming for tho, but is a really simple way of representing ambushes etc... so i may yet give in xD
i'm liking the guarranteed kills thing tho, that i might use or atleast fit in.

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