West Hill Collegiate Institute - International Business

Established in 2012, by Daniel Shafransky and Raymond Ahmad

RISK: Group 6

Responses for Group 5:

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Ashley
Sarah
Zoe
Jacob
Kosiha

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  1. Other than the practice round of risk I have only played half a game so far since I had my grad photos. I am still trying to grasp the how the game works and each time trying to make strategies especially if someone makes your first one blow up. I have figured out a few strategies but it gets frustrating when you have a plan that gets ruined because you roll snake a one and now have no more troops to attack. Trying my best to gain continents but I now realize continents are best for gaining troops but I should focus the most of getting 15 territories cause then you automatically win. I need to focus and not get caught up in the competition and what others are doing and just stick to what I think will work best for me. I need to keep and eye on where people are going to make sure they do not take over full continents. The game overall is ruled by the die. I could have a flawless plan but so far what I’ve seen through if I just roll the dice and don’t get the numbers I want then I lose. Losing troops and also moving back on land and having myself a weakened front making it harder for me to protect myself if the retaliate.

  2. Journal 1

    In class we all got introduced to a board game called risk. You may be wondering what is risk, and how do we play it? This board game has 42 different territories, from these 42, each player will have a few territoires from each continents. When each player gets there territory, they will place their coloured troops on it so each player can identify who is ruling what. As we started to get the hang of the game, we started to develop strategies on how to conquer the most amount of territories. We all decided to take over the continent in which we had the most troops on, which worked for all of us. The point of the game is to dominate and and own the most territories by your troops. Your troops can attack different territories and may end up actually taking over that place. This game is all about luck due to the fact that it all depends on the number you roll. For example, When I want to attack someone’s territory and they are defending and roll a higher number than me, makes me lose my troop which gives them more territories. While I continued to get the hang of the game, i started to think of better strategies to win and dominate the game. I started to take over the smaller continents which made it easier to dominate and take over the continents and gaining more troops. When you own more troops, you can own more territories and dominate more places. This experience was a great learning experience and it taught me to be more aware of the placements and choices I made throughout the whole game. I started to realize what went well for me and what didn’t. For example when i would attack 1 on 1, I would often lose the attack due to my poor roll and have my troops taken away. I had no control on the outcome of the dice whatsoever, which was a little frustrating, but i learned to get around it. I found by making alliances with people in my group really worked for me. I wouldn’t attack them and they would also leave ne alone. Overall I did enjoy playing this game and I hope to learn more strategies and win next time around.

    By: Sarah Bandali

  3. For the next few international business classes the class will be playing a board game called ‘risk’. To start, on the board game there are 42 different territories and each player has different territories they own from all the different continents (North America, South America, europe, Asia, Australia and Africa) by placing troops on territories in these continents. The objective of the game is to own the most territory by using your troops to attack different territories that you don’t own and defend territories you do own. My strategy was to place my troops in the smaller continents and to start off aggressive by attacking players that have troops located in that territory they own. For example south america and australia, these were the smaller continents on the board so it was the fastest and easiest territory to conquer and I also tried to take over these continents to get the reward by earning more troops. This is because if you own a continent you gain a specific amount of troops. The more troops means the more you can dominate the game and the higher chance to take over territories and continents. This was actually me and my groups first time playing this game so it was a learning experience for all of us. This game was kind of similar too settlers of catan where you have to be very aware, alert and strategic with every move you make and every decision. Catan was more complicated to understand and to learn, i also feel that risk involves more luck than strategy unlike catan. The more i played the game the more i understood what works and what doesn’t work for me. For example attacking someone’s territory just 1 on 1 never goes well for me, i would always roll low numbers or the same number as the defender, which means i still lose. Majority of the time i will attack with more troops than the person defending. Overall although it took time to learn how to play the game of risk I really enjoyed playing it especially the attacking and defending aspect of the game.

  4. In class we began to play a game called risk and will continue to play for the next few classes. This board game has 42 different territories, from these 42, each player will have a few territoires from each continents. When each player gets there territory, they will place their coloured troops on it so we can all identify who own the territory and where. As we started to get the hang of the game, we started to develop strategies on how to conquer the most amount of territories and or continents. We all decided to take over the continent in which we had the most troops on, which would benefit us the most because the odd would be in our favour. The point of the game is to dominate and and obtain the most territories by your troops. Tools are able attack different territories in different continents and may end up surging that territory depending on the number they roll on the dice. For example, When I want to attack someone’s territory and they are defending and roll a higher number than me or we roll the same number, I will lose my troop and that results in me losing ownership over that territory. As we began to play the game and understand different techniques and rules,we were able to think of better strategies to win and obtain the most amount of territory and dominate the game.At first i tried to take over the continent it self like Asia Europe or North America because they had most troops, but I realized it was more strategic to just take over small territories with one troop. In this game, the quantity will allow you to win. When you own more troops, you can own more territories and dominate more places. Once you get to 15 you win. This experience was a great learning experience and it taught me to be more aware of the placements and choices I made throughout the whole game. I started to realize what went well for me and what didn’t. Overall I enjoy the game and being able to see what the odds are.

    -ashley

  5. The game risk has many different techniques and guidelines. For my first time playing this game, I came to realize that this game is not only by luck, but also by the different strategies you use. After placing my troops, I analyzed the board to see where I can attack. My first goal was to take over Australia and move my way up. It didn’t quite work out during the practice round but for the first game I made my way up. Then I traded in my cards to get extra troops which gave me a boost. Throughout the game I realized the importance of paying attention every round and placing your troops in proper spots.

  6. Every game of risk is completely different from the last. A strategy could work for you one game and then not the next. But not only are each game different, every time i comes around o be your turn again the whole board could completely change. You could plan o go and take over a continent because you only have one more space to get on your next turn but somehow someone has taken back over 3 spots. In this game you have to think 12 steps ahead but you also have to be good at coming up with strategies on the spot if the one you had planned out gets destroyed. Another thing you have to not do is get to confident. You could win 5 rounds in a row but if you keep going for more land a one point you could lose which could mean the difference between victory and defeat. A couple rounds I was getting lucky with my roles and was getting more land and from that, I just wanted to keep gaining land. I threw strategy out the window and just focused on the good luck I was having with the dice. Then my luck changed and I lost all of the lands I win because I didn’t build a good enough strategy to protect my land. I was too occupied with trying to expand rather than protect.

  7. journal 2 – Day 2

    Day 2 of Risk was very competitive and very stressful. Everyone knew what to do and how to play which was very challenging for me to win. Every game was different, because the the cards at the beginning always changed and it would determine which territories belonged to each player. One new strategy I learned and was very effective by someone, was to save up all your cards until you have around 5-10 stars. Then you can claim 10-20 troops in one turn which was very smart and powerful. When I cashed out my cards at the end, I put them all of the broad so I could claim my territories. Playing the second time, I learned that paying attention is very important because the game can turn over at any moment and it’s important that you place your troops where it will benefit you the most and lead you to victory. I really enjoyed having a competitive group, it maked me try alittle harder and it added on to the full experience of the board game. Overall, Risk is a strategy-based game but also requires luck. I hope on our last day I can actually win instead of coming second, once again.
    By: Sarah Bandali

  8. Reflection 2

    The second time playing the game of risk was much better in some ways and worst in other ways, my group and I had a better understanding of how to play the game properly which was better but my luck wasn’t good that game which didn’t go well for me. Going into this game each person in my group had their own effective strategy or strategies. This time playing was also more competitive because my group was much more careful with all their moves. I don’t remember what place I got in but all I know is that I didn’t perform and play that well, every dice I rolled to defend or attack I remember loosing every one, I just had bad luck that day and in the end I ended up having three territories left. I used the same strategy as last time, to stick with one continent and try to own/conquer it. It wasn’t very effective this time around because I lost every dice I rolled and I was getting very frustrated and eventually gave up. In the end, the game of risk is mostly about luck and my luck that game wasn’t too good. However you have to be very strategic on where you place your troops and what territories you attack. Overall the second time playing was very frustrating for me and I hated each second of it. Even though I didn’t perform as well as I wanted, it was a learning experience for me and for the third day I know I will come back better and stronger and I will try my best to come first or second.

  9. Journal #3

    From playing three games of risk I think I now have a better understanding of the game as a whole and some bettter stredegies to excel in it. I feel like along with thinking a few steps ahead being flexible to what happens you have to focus on who you’re playing with. You have to be able to see what you believe to be there next moves and what territories they’re going after. Also it seems like a good idea to align with another person you’re playing with so instead of 1 against 5 it would be 2 agaisnt 3. Working with group member can excel you forward and and get you more territories and make you feel safer with the ones you do have already. I learned to not focus to hard on continents. The game ends once someone hits 15 territories so yes the continents help with getting more men but the overall goal of the game is total land that is taken over. This game taught me stradegy skills overall but also taught me how sometimes you need to rework a strategy when the luck of the dice is not in your favour. You need to be able to roll with whatever comes at you no matter what is and sometimes go from what you had planned and just start over.

  10. As we continue to play risk for class, we begin to learn new strategies and discover new ways to play the game. We now understand how to maneuver my troops, and how to play them smart. Something I used often in this game rather than before is I put multiple troops in a territory so that when I battle against someone with less troops, I can use more dice and get the upper hand, increasing the odds and my chances of winning. In this game you have to think multiple steps ahead but you also have to be good at coming up with strategies on the spot if things don’t necessarily go as planned. Another thing Thats really important is protecting your land. Soemthing I did often was I left the territory I had with only 1 troop and just wanted to go straight to getting more territories. People would then attack my lands and win because I only had 1 troop to protect my land. You need to put more troops to protect the lands u have and once you hold down u territories, then you can focus on obtain new lands to add to your numbers. It is important to be able to analyze the board and be able to plan your attack.

  11. Day 2 of Risk was very competitive and very stressful. Everyone knew what to do and how to play which was very challenging for me to win. Every game was different, because the the cards at the beginning always changed and it would determine which territories belonged to each player. One new strategy I learned and was very effective by someone, was to save up all your cards until you have around 5-10 stars. Then you can claim 10-20 troops in one turn which was very smart and powerful. When I cashed out my cards at the end, I put them all of the broad so I could claim my territories. Playing the second time, I learned that paying attention is very important because the game can turn over at any moment and it’s important that you place your troops where it will benefit you the most and lead you to victory. I really enjoyed having a competitive group, it maked me try alittle harder and it added on to the full experience of the board game. Overall, Risk is a strategy-based game but also requires luck. I hope on our last day I can actually win instead of coming second, once again.
    By: Sarah Bandali

  12. The game risk has many different techniques and guidelines. For my first time playing this game, I came to realize that this game is not only by luck, but also by the different strategies you use. After placing my troops, I analyzed the board to see where I can attack. My first goal was to take over Australia and move my way up. It didn’t quite work out during the practice round but for the first game I made my way up. Then I traded in my cards to get extra troops which gave me a boost. Throughout the game I realized the importance of paying attention every round and placing your troops in proper spots.
    After the second game of Risk, I gained more experience and strategies for the next. I realized that it would be a better idea to start off small and take over the countries surrounding my troops. It was a better way to make my way up. I placed extra troops on the area I focused on conquering to keep it safe from losing battles. I focused on taking over the continent which in this game was Australia, and made my way up. After taking over, I moved my troops to start taking over North America as that was my next goal. Since I had several countries taken over already, I decided that would be the best decision so I went through with it. This game taught me how important it is to think not only about placing my troops in the second but also the possible outcomes that can occur in the future. To keep my countries safe, I always made sure I had two or more troops at all times. I realized the importance of placing the extra troops in specific areas where others can battle.

  13. For the final game of Risk during class, I used the strategies I learned in the past games to play. I made sure to pay attention very closely throughout the game to plan my next positions. I took my time every turn in placing the troops in the best spots and battling with the single troops next to me. In this game, I saved up my cards until I had enough to get 13 more troops. After I conquered Australia, I traded in my cards to make sure I stay in the lead. In this game my troops were mainly in Asia and so I placed most of my troops around there. Having more than one on every country I took over, I kept them safe from loosing battles. I always kept two or more troops on each country I owned to be safe as it’s possible for anything to happen. This was one of the main reasons to why I believe I came in first place. As I combined all my strategies and always had a backup plan, I learned the importance of being patient and taking your time in every move.

  14. For the final game of Risk during class, I used the strategies I learned in the past games to play. I made sure to pay attention very closely throughout the game to plan my next positions. I took my time every turn in placing the troops in the best spots and battling with the single troops next to me. In this game, I saved up my cards until I had enough to get 13 more troops. After I conquered Australia, I traded in my cards to make sure I stay in the lead. In this game my troops were mainly in Asia and so I placed most of my troops around there. Having more than one on every country I took over, I kept them safe from losing battles. I always kept two or more troops on each country I owned to be safe as it’s possible for anything to happen. This was one of the main reasons to why I believe I came in first place. As I combined all my strategies and always had a backup plan, I learned the importance of being patient and taking your time in every move.

  15. Reflection 3

    For my third and final class playing risk the game was very competitive because it was the only game that counted for our mark, which meant everyone wanted to get first or at least not last. For this game I used the same strategy from the first and second game, i knew my luck had to be good this game so I hoped and prayed for good luck. It worked, my luck was very good that day and majority of my dice rolls were very high. I used a new strategy this game that I never used in the other two games. I started to save and collect all the cards that you gain from winning your battles, so later on when you have enough stars you can cash it in to gain more troops. For this game I cashed in 8 stars and collected 21 troops which got me ahead of the game. Another tactic I used was that I only attacked territories that had 1 troop or where I had more troops than the opponents territory. During game i was very cautious and alert, I tried my best to never leave 1 troop on any of my territories so i don’t seem like an easy target. This strategy helped me greatly and helped me perform well. This strategy/tactic and my luck during that game helped me get second place. Although i didn’t get first place like i wanted, i still ended up getting the second best position. In the end, the strategy I used came in clutch and the luck I had that game also benefited me a lot. I really enjoyed playing the game of risk and I hope we get to play other board games like this before the school year ends.

  16. On our last day playing risk I thought it went really well. Everyone cooperated and got along well. We stated the game as we did with every game but this time around we more into the game and would trade in risk cards for stars. This was a new technique I discovered and it really came to my advantage. This gave us the opportunity to place more of our troops on the map and take over more territory. Some of my strategies used throughout this game were to try and choose an area that I had already had a lot of troops and take it over. This meant I would be able to get extra troops each round if I owned an entire continent, plus id have the extra territories. Also, being able to attack a country with a large army was a good way in winning. When attacking with more troops than the other person it gives you an upper hand and a better chance of winning. After learning how to correctly and effectively play the game to my advantage and I was able to come in 1st and 2nd place. What I have learned from this experienced is that you should be patient and wait to have more troops on the map before attacking, so that you can have more of a chance of gaining that territory. Another thing I learned was that nothing was certain. If you were to claim a continent it could have been easily taken away from you by another player. This game overall was fun and allowed is a chance to see how easy it is to take over one territory.

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