Monday, November 22, 2010

Risking It All

Last Saturday I had some guys over at my house to play one of the greatest games ever created: Risk. It was an epic game - full of the twists, trash talking, surprise upsets, and bluffing that make the game so sweet. The game lasted a few hours but was enjoyed by all six of us.

Yes, Risk is a simple boardgame. But it's so much more. I find that when it comes to truly getting to know and understand someone Risk is the best. After a few games of Risk with someone you know the answers to things like:

-What is their risk tolerance?
-How honest are they?
-Are they more task or relationship oriented?
-Are they a good winner?
-Are they a good loser?
-How patient are they?
-How resourceful are they?

Risk is also a great metaphor for life. Are you playing to win or simply not to lose? Are you willing to make alliances with people (and if so, will you keep them)? To succeed in life, you must take risks and nothing is ever for sure (hence the dice). I conservatively guess that I've played over 80 games of boardgame risk in my life and hundreds of games on my computer.

Risk is 1/3rd strategy, 1/3rd psychological, and 1/3rd third luck (my favorite part is the psychological). I love boardgames (Jobina and I are trying a new one called Dominion which is quite good) but Risk will always have the most special place in my heart. What about you, what's your favorite boardgame and why?


Lindsey said...
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Lindsey said...

It is hard for me to pick a favorite. I just love playing games in general. I can't think of any I don't like! Actually, usually if I don't like a game it is not because it isn't good, it is because I suck at it. I am competitive and I am a poor loser/winner. Something I am really working on!

Jobina said...

well, technically Dominion is a card game Sweetheart :o)
I don't know if I have a favorite board game, but I do like playing games. I think my favorites right now would have to be Sequence and Carcasonne. Why? Because Sequence can be played quickly and is not too stressful. Carcasonne, because the board is different every time and when you get bored you can always buy a new expansion pack!