One of the games that caught my eye was Risk Battlefield Rogue. I never heard of, let alone played, Battlefield 4, which was the inspiration for this tabletop version. Nor did I do any research into either game since I had no idea what I'd find at Half Price Books until I got there.
The store was charging $13.99 for the game, and now that I've had a chance to examine it, I feel I paid too much.
Debuting with little or no marketing fanfare, the game was quietly distributed and sold through Target for $30 back in 2013. You can now get it for $5.00--$8.00 on Boardgame Geek's Marketplace, but you'll have to pay for shipping and handling as well. So I don't think I paid that much more than anyone else, unless they find it at a garage sale.
Risk Battlefield Rogue has the worst rating of any item I've seen offered on Amazon.com: An average of 2.8 out of 5 stars, with 37% of the ratings being 1-star.
The biggest complaints centered on the following:
1. The flimsy cardboard map sections and cards (the plastic soldiers were considered good).
2. Dice requiring stickers to be placed on them.
3. Including "Risk" in the title was a blatant marketing ploy, since the game bears no resemblance to other Risk games.
4. Artwork that looks like 80s vintage computer graphics.
5. The poorly written and confusing rules.
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Despite all the negative reviews there are a few players who like the game, especially ones who've played Battlefield 4, and/or have an "it is what it is" attitude.
I'll probably keep the game for a while, until I actually play it and the session is as bad as the 1-star reviewers say it is.