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Chicago gets Risk-y board game treatment

  • A map designed by North Carolina based Havoc Boards of Chicago in the style of Risk.
A map designed by North Carolina based Havoc Boards of Chicago in the style… (Courtesy of Havoc Boards )
June 06, 2013|By Mick Swasko, @swasko | RedEye

Hipster soldiers of Logan Square, take up your arms.

Havoc Boards -- a North Carolina based board games designer -- unleashed a map of a re-imagined Chicago this week, intended to be used along with classic strategy board games like Risk.

The Chicago design is part of 15 different maps from the company, which is looking to raise $20,000 on Kickstarter in the next 41 days.

“The maps are as geographically accurate as possible, with minor territorial changes to ensure excellent gameplay,” reads the company’s description.

The board is split into 42 separate areas over six “continents.” The Loop, South Loop, Bridgeport and Bronzeville make up the smallest continent considered “Inner Chicago,” while Wilmette, Skokie, Forest Glen and Lincolnwood are bordered by the rivers in the north.

The map design gained attention -- and scrutiny -- on Chicago’s reddit sub-board Wednesday (Where is Austin? No Rogers Park love? Why is O’Hare considered Park Ridge?). The company said all maps are play tested, mirroring a real board game experience for anyone who wants to roll the dice to see who can rally their army to capture control of Illinois’ biggest city.

Other maps from the company include New York City, the United States and even the Solar System. More information about the company and the fund-raising campaign can be found here.

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