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krusher wrote:Been seeing lots of troop stacking in recent games especially in 8 man, FOG, Flat Rate, and Trench. The goal of risk to me has always been to take as much territory as you can and use up the troops gained to do the same round after round. This strategy served me well against like minded individuals but recently theres always 2-3 people holding out with huge stacks in the end who haven't expanded but yet have a far greater stack than I. The outcome is that one of them easily sweeps in and breaks all my bonuses since with all the expanding they are lightly guarded, that person usually does not win as the next round i take most of it back and he depletes most of his troops but like I said he is not the only one holding out usually the 3rd person left with a stack swoops both of us away and wins the game even though he hasn't done much the entire game in terms of eliminating or growing. So my question is this the new way to win games? let others do the work and swoop in when your one of the few left? Comment!
JBlombier wrote:Biased poll, so I voted for the first option, which comes closest to my real opinion. My opinion is somewhere around "it can work if you use it at the right time" and "it's boring, but if it wins you the game, you should try it".
Funkyterrance wrote:I've noticed some new "tactics" as of late, one of them stacking and I don't feel like Risk is the type of game where changing tactics to affect your opponents game really gives you any advantage since it's all about probability anyway. The only benefit I can see to stacking is the element of surprise as it's more difficult to predict the "1-2-3" of your opponent when he/she does it all in one turn as opposed to 3 or 2.
krusher wrote:the element of surprise is only a minor factor, you can predict based on logs who is stacking but how do you counter it? if everybody stacks the game is unplayable, and if you try to expand on the 2nd player, the 3rd player will take advantage of both your weakness and kill you both. I've lost many games because of that scenario.... maybe some form of slow expansion expansion stacking might do the job, i have to try, but i hate stacking and slow paced game so its a double edged sword.
Gabriel13 wrote:If you don't want stacks to affect your games, then play esc games, where you can eliminate someone, get a huge card bonus, and then take them out in the end.