January 14, 2006

GamesByEmail.com Makes Risk Fun Again

O.K., Risk has always been fun, but with so many complex wargames out there these days we find it near impossible to revist our childhood favorite . And let's face it -- it'd seem a bit anticlimactic to toss out the ole Risk board when gaming night rolls around. Everyone craves something new, and Risk is a bit of an old dog.

But that doesn't mean the game isn't fun anymore. In fact, after playing a few online sessions we're amazed at how well the game holds up. It's simple, pure aggression (no wonder we enojoyed this as adolescents). There aren't any complex combat phases which would require a defender react (like say, removing destroyed pieces in Axis and Allies combat), so there's absolutely nothing lost in the asynchronous play of this online version.

GamesByEmail.com couldn't have made the interface any easier to use. Everything is done through the web. Just type in the email addresses of every player and the server coordinates everything from then on out. When it's your turn the game sever sends you an email, which automatically links you your game session's interactive map. There's nothing to download or install, no files to toss around, nothing. Self contained Risk bliss.

For those advanced users we recommend installing their Game Notifier. It quietly pings GamesByEmail's website every once in a while. Whenever it's your turn in anyone of your active games, the Notifier's icon lights-up in your Windows Tray (lower right) . Double-click the icon and you're taken to which ever game is waiting for you. This seriously couldn't' be any easier to use.

There are other games there, too, like Acquire, Chess, Checkers and variants of all these things. But come on -- why would you want to play anything else when you can challenge your elementary school buddies to a game of Global Domination?

Yeah, that's what we thought.

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