It was brought to my attention that I should share a little bit about the computer versions of Risk that are out there. Now, I'm sure there are software games that you can go out and buy to either play with your friends or just against the computer, but I'm kind of poor so I'm not going to do that. The alternative to that are free downloadable versions that are floating around out there on the net. If you find yourself with a decent amount of free time and want to sharpen some of your skills in between big games with your friends, you might want to check this stuff out.
One of the best ones that I have found is a downloadable Risk game called "Invade Earth". This is a Java-based program that allows you to play several different versions of the game, including our favorite, 2210. The website for it is http://www.smileygames.net/invadeearth
I'm not sure if it's playable live online, but you can definitely play it with your friends on your computer, or just alone against the AI. The downfall here of course is that it takes the human interaction part out of the game, which is a huge part of Risk. So, if you're using it to sharpen some of your skills, keep in mind that this is not a full representation of what it's like in a real game. Nevertheless, it's still a fun little game, and it's quick to play, especially if you play the AI because they take their turns in like 4 seconds. You can also tweak the rules in some aspects to make it more like the way you are used to playing.
Another thing I found, which is pretty much awesome, is a Facebook application. It's called facebook ATTACK! and it's found here http://apps.facebook.com/attackgame/
It's essentially the original version of Risk for Facebook. You can play a live game right then and there with random strangers, or you can challenge friends and play a game over time... each person taking their turn whenever they want. Now, strategy for this game as I have found is COMPLETELY different from the strategy for 2210, which is what I discuss on this blog. I wont go into detail about it... mostly because I don't know it. But, if you're a fan of the old Risk game, I just thought I'd let you know that this is out there.
I also just signed up on a new website a friend found for me called "conquerclub". It looks like a bunch of varied Risk style games for players online. I haven't really gotten into it yet, so I'll post later and let you know how it goes. Thanks for reading and don't forget to leave me a comment!