risk.jpgAccording to Techtree, two online services for mediating live strategy games are themselves battling for publicity. Apparently, Turf is the original game but GoCrossCampus is getting more attention from the New York Times. As best I can tell, both implement some variant on the well-known game Risk, dividing college campuses or corporate organizations into territories and encouraging participants to negotiate the actions of their troops. Unfortunately, both web sites are steeped in the language of “building communities” but say little about how the games work.