IDEA: This combines automatic and manual selection. Territories are automatically allocated by computer for all players. Players then select manually where to place troops.
This would be a third option of set-up (after manual and automatic) that can be set in the game options screen.
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Option 2 would be great for sure.
But I also like option 1 with not knowing what other people are doing. That would add some suspens and strategies.
The more I think about it the more I want the two modes implemented. That would create lots of choice for beginning the game!!!
Again, the best option is probably a combination of the two presented here. The original online version of Risk (called Attack! which got sued by Hasbro I believe, forcing it to go offline) actually got this right. Players took turns placing, but they got 5 armies to place each turn, and roughly 20 seconds to place them. This sped up the placing phase significantly over what is currently the manual mode here, but still allowed players to adjust placement strategies based on what other players were doing.
Why not make available both as an option which we can choose?
Option 2, follow classic risk as closely as possible.
As others have said, I would have thought this would have been an early feature. I kept waiting for it to come, but realized I should put in my two cents. I prefer option 2. with players taking turns and only one army at a time. It is more like what we played on the board game. I don't mind other options, but this should be the first option implemented. Thanks.