article recently positing an invasion of the United States by the Nazis during World War II. It immediately brought to mind two games from my wargaming past - RISK and Axis & Allies (and Invasion America, though I never actually played that one). I got RISK as a kid and immediately fell in love with it - one of those "I didn't know something like this even existed!" moments. I was big into militaria and WW2 as a kid - watching Victory at Sea on Sunday mornings on the local TV station (KVVU, Channel 5) and playing war with other kids in the neigborhood. I remember my first game was played against a friend in the neighborhood and my dad. I played the blue army, naturally, and my father the red army. When he finally beat me, I felt like I'd failed the USA and let the Soviets conquer the world - what a lousy feeling. Fortunately, he gave me some pointers - mostly on not spreading myself thin and attacking at all costs - and I improved quite a bit at RISK. I now move at a snails pace, building up so much depth that attacks crash against me like waves on a shore. The last time I played was a few years ago, with my daughter. The first game I played with her she couldn't roll a bad dice and she won. She decided RISK was a great game. The next two went to me and she decided she was going to take a break from RISK for a while. C'est la vie.