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Risk: Warhammer 40,000 is marching onto shelves this autumn

The grimmest, darkest future.

Experience the War of the Beasts during the far-flung future of the 41st millennium in Risk: Warhammer 40,000, the newest entry in the classic family board game franchise.

First released back in 1959, Risk is a beginner board game that sees players controlling the armies of different nations as they attempt to conquer their opponents. Each turn players can choose to advance on an occupied territory and challenge the opposing player to a skirmish - in which the two players roll off against one another to determine the winner.

Reinforcements are gained at the start of each turn, depending on how many territories the player holds and how many bonus cards they have. Units are removed from the game whenever they lose in battle, with players needing troops in order to take control of adjacent territories and score points.

Risk: Warhammer 40,000 transports the game’s original real-world setting to the miniature wargame’s grimdark science-fiction future of space travel and alien warfare. The upcoming board game takes place on the planet Vigilus during the War of the Beasts. A territory that lies between the two sides of the Imperium, control of Vigilus is being contested by five warring factions: Ultramarines, Orks, Chaos Space Marines, Aeldari Craftworlds and Genestealer Cults.

Risk: Warhammer 40,000 board game layout

Each player chooses to control one of these five factions, assuming the role of their leader - including Marneus Calgar of the Ultramarines and Autarch of the Aeldari Craftworlds - as they command their units into battle. Every leader has a unique ability they can use to achieve their three objectives, as well as conquering all the planet’s territories, in order to win the game.

Risk: Warhammer 40,000 is being published by The Op, the team behind the previously released Monopoly: Warhammer 40,000, family board game Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle and party board game Telestrations.

Besides Warhammer 40,000, The Op is adapting other such licences as Spongebob Squarepants in upcoming board game Spongebob: Plankton Rising - the next entry in the series of co-op board games including Star Wars: Dark Side Rising and Avengers Infinity War: Thanos Rising.

Risk: Warhammer 40,000 is set to be released sometime in autumn 2020 at a retail price of $49.99 (£40).


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Alex’s journey to Dicebreaker began with writing insightful video game coverage for outlets such as Kotaku, Waypoint and PC Gamer. Her unique approach to analysing pop culture and knack for witty storytelling finally secured her a forever home producing news, features and reviews with the Dicebreaker team. She’s also obsessed with playing Vampire: The Masquerade, and won’t stop talking about it.

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