Risk Map: ResponceToFriendsThaksgiving --- Open Copy in Risk Map Editor
That must have been a very interesting game. It certainly seems very balanced at this point and just about anyone can go all the way to win. So it all comes down to see who intends to fight with whom.
Looking at the map I can see that you have completely eliminated a need to consider Green. You have a treaty with him and he doesn’t have much of an army anyway.
Black is confident in SA. So he is either going to expand into NA or Africa. In this map Africa is surprisingly empty at this stage of the game. Either you don’t like it or everyone has missed it. If I were Black I won’t try to go to NA which is crowded both by Green and Brown. Africa is the perfect expansion route. So Black will come to Africa and will end up having borders with Blue in Europe.
Red is too occupied with Australia and at most is going to expand in Asia. Any move by Red will happen at later stages of the game, since Australia usually demands a defensive play as opposed to an offensive play. Besides Yellow almost blocks Red and they have a secret treaty. This means I, playing as Blue, don’t have to worry about Red.
As for Yellow, his back is covered with Red. He just has to worry about me in Europe or Africa. There is no one in Africa, so a good move for Yellow is to go to Africa and probably confront Black. Alternatively, if Yellow is not happy with me, he will start attacking me in Europe.
What happened in your game is similar. Black went all the way and attacked you, while Yellow didn’t stay still either. Brown and Red meanwhile carried on stock piling. Brown obviously has more access to the world and more expansion opportunities than Red, so I can see how Brown went to win.
Considering the total armies of players in the game (Black = 29, Brown = 31, Red = 29, Yellow = 20, Green = 19 and Blue = 26) I would say I have to watch out for Brown and Black. So I will cash in just to keep up with them. At this point Blue is very vulnerable. If one player attacks me, then others will easily join in and I will be gone. I just have to remove that incentive.
So I will cash in my cards and reinforce my borders. But that’s not enough. I need a bit more diplomacy. I want to make sure that the conflict in NA will keep Green, Brown and Black busy, so I just have to concentrate on Yellow. If I make a treaty with Black, when he comes to Africa, then I can secure this part of his borders. Then he needs to focus on the other side, so will go into a conflict over Central America with Brown.
This is not too difficult to achieve. Black’s expansion to Africa is lucrative to him especially if he doesn’t have to care about border security. If I have a good reputation as a deal maker, Black will be easily convinced to make the deal. With Europe-Africa border secured, I can concentrate on Yellow.
Playing as Europe feels like playing in the middle of the world. You are squeezed from all directions. What you need to do is to make sure that you are treated as a power to reckon with while at the same time a good ally to have. People like to have friends and Europe is always well-placed to become friend with anyone in the game since it has access to almost everywhere.
I guess you enjoyed the game, despite not winning it