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On the Games of Warwar wr --n 1 a major armed conflict between nations or between organized partieswithin a state 2 the science art or profession of military operations game gam --n 1 an amusement or pastime 2 a competitive activity involving skillchance andor endurance on the part of two or more persons usually for their ownenjoymentFor many centuries people have used games to entertain themselves Over theyears many popular formats have evolved One of the most popular frameworks involvesthe taking over of something Be it an economy as in Monopoly or the world takingcontrol is the major goal of many games produced today Two of these games are Riskfrom Parker Brothers and Diplomacy from Avolon HillBoth Risk and Diplomacy are concerned with building an empire of the territorieson the game board In Risk one is attempting to conquer the entire world while inDiplomacy one wants to control EuropeThe play of the former entails strategy and dice rolls to simulate battles A playerbegins his turn with a certain number of armies which he places in the territories he alreadycontrols How many he receives is decided by the number of territories he controls Hethen proceeds to attack neighboring countries and move his armies into those countries ifhis attack is successful A battle is simulated by the attacker rolling up to three dicedepending on how large his army is and the defender rolling up to two The dice arepaired up attackers highest with defenders highest etc and the higher die of each pairwins ties are counted as a defending victory The losers then removes one unit for eachloss from his army At the end of a turn the player may choose to make a strategic movein which he takes units from one army and transports them to an adjoining territory that hecontrols Plays are taken in turn Although not covered in the rules of play alliances andenemies are usually made and broken frequently throughout
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