Risk: Factions – Game Introduction

The classic game of Risk comes to Facebook with a twist. Command armies of humans, zombies, and even cats as you conquer different maps and challenge your friends to war in Risk: Factions. Build up your armies and plan your strategy and take over the world one map at a time. Gamezebo’s quick start strategy guide will provide you with detailed images, tips, information, and hints on how to play your best game.

Quick Start Guide

Getting Started

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Navigating the Screen

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  • The top toolbar is where you will find your current balance of stars, coins, and skill points. You will also find your current level and multiplayer rating.

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  • The left toolbar is where you will find your current missions.
  • When on a map screen, you will see your opponents on the right side of the screen.

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  • The bottom of the screen is where you will find the map selection button and your friends. You will also find your inbox, inventory, store, and toggle between your base and world maps.

Terminology

  • Coins: coins are the currency in Risk: Factions. Coins are earned by participating in single and multiplayer games, collecting daily bonuses, conquering maps, and selling items.
  • Stars: stars are the premium currency in Risk: Factions. Stars must be purchased using Facebook credits, or earned by completing sponsored offers. You will begin the game with several stars but once they are gone you will need to purchase more if you need them. However, stars can occasionally be earned via the prize-o-matic.
  • Skill points: skill points are earned by completing maps, leveling up, and completing certain missions. Skill points allow you to unlock faction technologies, which in turn unlock new items that can be purchased in your store.

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  • Multiplayer rating: your multiplayer rating is based on how many multiplayer games you’ve won. Clicking on it will open the games leaderboard so you can see how you stand against your friends.
  • Experience points (XP): XP is earned by playing single and multiplayer games, completing maps, and completing missions. When you’ve earned enough XP you will level up and earn additional bonuses.

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  • Base: your base is where you build your troops and unlock technologies and weapons.

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  • Headquarters (HQ): each faction requires an HQ. By clicking on the HQ you will be able to see the available technologies and how many skill points are necessary to unlock it.
  • Factions: there are three factions in the game – human, zombie, and cat. You will begin the game with the human faction unlocked. Once you expand your base you will be able to unlock additional factions. Each faction has its own strengths and weaknesses as well as unique weapons.
  • Weapons: weapons provide bonuses during gameplay. You will need to build a weapon building on your base to earn weapons and you will need to collect weapon cards to use them. Each weapon will require the use of a certain number of cards.
  • Weapon cards: weapon cards are earned during gameplay. The first time you win an attack you will earn a card. When your turn is over you will choose a card which will provide you with one to three tokens. These tokens are used to access weapons during gameplay.
  • Troops: troops determine how many turns you will get during gameplay. The more troops you have deployed the more turns you will be able to take. Once an area has been reduced to one troop it can no longer attack an enemy. You will need to build up your troops on your base by building recruitment buildings.

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  • Maps: there are various maps to choose from to begin gameplay. To get started, simply choose a map and a difficulty level and begin the game. You can have one single player game going at a time.

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  • Multiplayer maps: multiplayer maps allow you to challenge friend to game or you can choose to join a random game. You can have up to four multiplayer games going at one time.

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  • Missions: missions will be given to you throughout the game. Completing missions will grant you bonuses such as weapons, coins, experience, and/or skill points.
  • Daily bonus: Eech day that you log into the game you will get a certain number of swings at a pinata. Each consecutive day will yield additional swings until you destroy it. Each time you hit the pinata you will earn coins.

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  • Prize-O-Matic: when you complete a map, your points will be tabulated and you will get to try your luck on the prize-o-matic. Get a match to earn bonuses. You can purchase additional turns using stars.

Building Your Base

  • Before you can really start playing the game you will need to build up your troops and possibly a couple weapons as well.
  • When you begin the game the human HQ will already be unlocked and you will be able to purchase human troop recruitment buildings.
  • To purchase a building, click on the store button located at the bottom right of the screen.

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  • This will open the store window. From here, click on the troops tab and then the human button.
  • Hover over each building to see how many troops it will provide and how long they will take to earn.
  • Select the building you wish to construct to purchase it.
  • Once you have selected the building you will be taken back to your base camp. Select where you want to place the building to finalize the transaction.

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  • Once you have placed the building you will need to wait a few seconds while it is constructed.

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  • Once the building is constructed you will need to recruit. Recruiting costs coins and takes time, so click on the building to start the recruiting process.
  • You will need to wait a certain amount of time before you can collect your troops. The more troops a building earns the longer it takes, so purchase your buildings wisely.

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  • Once your troops are ready, click on the building to collect them. If you have the funds, click on the building again to restart the recruiting process.
  • In addition to troops you will also want to acquire weapons. You will need to unlock the weapons buildings via your HQ.

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  • Click on the factions HQ to open the faction upgrades screen.
  • The first upgrade to be unlocked is in the human HQ and it is the stable.
  • To purchase a stable, go to the store and click on the weapons tab and then select the human button.
  • Click on the stable to purchase it and then place it on the map. Click on it again to begin earning weapons.
  • The stable will produce cavalries which add +1 to one attack die during gameplay.
  • As you progress in the game you will be able to unlock additional weapon technologies using your skill points and/or items.

Gameplay

  • Now that you have built up some troops and have collected some weapons, it’s time to begin playing the game.

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  • Click on the “Map Select” button located at the bottom left of the screen to bring up the map menu.
  • This section of the walkthrough will focus on the single player game, so choose the “start new single player game” option at the bottom of the menu.

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  • This will open the “Choose Your Battlefield” window.

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  • Here you will be able to choose the world you wish to battle in and the map you wish to use.
  • There are currently three worlds to choose from: Anthropoli (Human), Bleahrgah (Zombie), and Scratchaka (Cat). Each world has three maps to choose from.
  • Select the world you wish to play and the map you wish to play and select your difficulty level.

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  • Now you will choose the faction you wish to play the game with. Once you choose your faction you cannot change it.

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  • Once you have chosen you faction (or used the only one unlocked so far), click the select button to begin your game.
  • You will notice that the map is broken up into multiple areas and each area is broken up into smaller areas. The goal is to conquer the individual areas, then conquer the larger areas until you’ve conquered the entire map.
  • On the right side of the screen will be your opponents. Since you are playing a single player game, these opponents will be controlled by the computer.
  • At the beginning of the game you will notice that there are various colors and numbers across the territories on the map. You control the blue territories and the numbers are the number of troops already deployed.
  • You need at least two troops at any given location to attack an adjacent territory, although it’s advised to have more deployed.
  • When your turn begins, hover over your avatar on the right to see how many troop deployments you have for the turn.
  • Your deployment number depends on how many territories you control. Each time you conquer an entire territory you will get a troop deployment bonus.

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  • To deploy troops, click on the dog tag icon at the bottom of the screen and then click on a territory you control to deploy troops. You can deploy them all to one location, or you can spread them out.

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  • You can also transfer troops once per turn. To transfer, click on the territories you want to transfer between and move the troops between them. You will need to leave at least one troop at the original location.
  • Now you are ready to attack. You can only attack adjacent territories so be sure your territory is touching an enemy territory.
  • Also note that when you win a territory all your troops except one will move to the conquered territory. You do get one chance to transfer several back at the end of the turn though.
  • To attack, click on the territory you control and the territory you wish to attack. You will roll one, two, or three die and your opponent will roll one or two die.
  • The highest die will be played and the person with the highest die wins. In the event of a tie the defender will win.
  • Each win removes one troop for the losing side.
  • Each time you win a roll you will earn coins and XP. You can either collect them or wait for them to be collected automatically.
  • The first time you conquer a territory each turn you will earn a weapon card. At the end of your turn, you will be shown three cards and then they will be shuffled. Select one to add it to your collection.

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  • Weapon cards will give you tokens that will allow you to use your weapons.
  • Weapons will give you an advantage during gameplay.
  • To use a weapon, click on the weapon you wish to use located at the bottom of your screen.
  • If you have enough weapon cards you will then be able to place your weapon on the map.

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  • Some weapons are used immediately and are gone, others will remain on the map until the territory is conquered or the game is over.
  • When you can make no more moves, click on the end turn button located under your avatar on the right.
  • This will allow you to pick your weapon card and then the other players will take their turns.
  • You can choose to watch or skip the replay of their turn.
  • Once your opponents have taken their turn, the map will be updated to reflect any changes and it will be your turn again.
  • When you conquer all of an opponent’s territories they will be removed from the game and you will earn any weapon cards they may have had.

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  • Once you win a game your score will be tabulated and you will earn a certain number of turns on the prize-o-matic. Here you can earn bonus coins, troops, items, and occasionally stars.
  • You can also choose to abandon a game at any time from the map select window by choosing the surrender option.

Multiplayer

  • The gameplay for multiplayer is identical to single player. However, games may take longer as you will need to wait for the other player to take their turn and there is no difficulty option.
  • To begin a multiplayer game, open the map select menu and click on “start new multiplayer game.”

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  • This will open the multiplayer game window. Here you can choose to start a new game with your friends or you can choose to join a random game with other players.
  • If you choose to create a new game you will then need to choose how many players you will be inviting.
  • Next, you will need to select your world and map and the faction you wish to play as.
  • The next step is to invite your friends to the game.
  • Once your friends have accepted it’s time for the game to begin.
  • Gameplay is identical, but each player has 24 hours in which to take their turn. If at the end of 24 hours they have not played, you will have the option of booting them from the game or sending them a reminder.
  • You can have up to four multiplayer games going at one time.

Congratulations!

You have completed the quick start guide for Risk: Factions by Electronic Arts. Be sure to check back often for game updates, staff and user reviews, user tips, forum comments, and much more here at Gamezebo.