To Crush Your Enemies

Mongol General: We have won again. That is good! But what is best in life?
Mongolian trainee: The open steppe, fleet horse, falcon on your wrist, wind in your hair!
Mongol General: Wrong! Conan, what is best in life?
Conan: To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of the women!
Mongol General: That is good.

-exchange from Conan the Barbarian (1982)

Charlie, Keely and I used to get together at their house and play Risk. Except by luck of the dice, Keely always won. But over time Charlie and I got better at learning when to strike and where to fortify. Those days of gaming were good days. Risk was a good filler between days of AD&D and Top Secret.

Yesterday, a few gents from the ofasoft boards introduced me to the Conquer Club. Basically, its online Risk. You can play tradition board with sequential turns, you can play teams, you can freestyle the turns, or even play on one of numerous variant boards like Lord of the Rings, Discworld, USA Apocalypse, Russia, Canada, and more. If you join for free you can play in up to 4 games at once. If you buy a membership for $20 you can play unlimited games.

It has been a long time since I played Risk, so my skills are rusty. But its fun just the same. So if you like Risk but can’t always get people to play with you, sign up and maybe we will meet on the fields of battle.

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