Medals To Risk Players – October, 2014 Upgrade (Milestone 3)

More Medals To Risk Players

Nukes Medals To Risk Players

Risk players get more medals for a win. The medals can be won by playing the classic Risk game against a single or multiplayer computer opponents. This October’s update will resolve the long issue of the medals not being attributed to all Risk players. This fix was described in our previous Blog post: We are getting medals back, where you can find descriptions of all gameplay medals and how to earn them. The October’s upgrade will also resolve a number of other issues. Some of these issues are listed below:


Website Upgrades and Improvements

MAJ-63 Upgrade WordPress
MAJ-92 Create medals for the “The Forgotten Kingdom” map
MAJ-93 Add the missing map medals (Conflict: Africa, Australia, Middle East, Philippines, Duck and Cover, Sea of Japan and Balkan Peninsula)
MAJ-97 Upgrade the wiki
MAJ-98 Scoreboard changes
MAJ-101 Track the highest score for each user

Server and Performance improvements

MAJ-00 Install Nginx resource load balancer Executed
MAJ-00 Install Munin system monitoring tools Executed

Bug Fixes and Infrastructure improvements

MAJ-60 The medals are not being attributed
MAJ-87 Integrate performance monitoring tools

As you can see, we now have over 100 issues that have been resolved (or soon to be resolved) and we are adding new ones every day. Some of these improvements will not be noticed by the user, but will help create a solid foundation for a better site in the future. There’s a lot more to come!

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We Are Getting Medals Back!

Getting Medals Back

Major Command Risk Getting Medals Back

Marcos, the programmer who does the coding to our Risk games has identified the reason why Medals have not been awarded to winners. A major fix will be implemented during our next update! The best part of this news is that the medals will be awarded retroactively! So no need to go back and replay all those Duck and Cover games. Remember that, Risk players get more medals for a win. The medals can be won by playing the classic Risk games against a single or multiplayer computer opponents. The upcoming update will resolve the long issue of the medals not being attributed to all Risk players.

There are currently 3166 medals ready to be awarded to players, and that number should grow by the time we implement the fix.

2999 of those are Map Explorer Medals
and the remaining 167 are 50 Consecutive Turns Taken Medals

We will also be adding Medals for the new Forgotten Kingdom map. So start playing and get ready to check your Profile page for the new medals!

Remember, though, this fix will take place during our next update. So as usual, there will be a warning posted, as well as a countdown clock, followed by the site going off-line, a lot of complaints about missed turns, and some words of encouragement. Then when we’re back up, we will have Medals! (fingers crossed)

As an added bonus, I asked if we could have the specific name of the Achievement Medal mentioned in the RECON tab when a medal gets awarded. It has always bothered me that a generic message “You have been awarded the  achievement medal” shows up, but you do not know which medal it was. Well, Marcos discovered that this was not the original intention either. That double space before the word “achievement” was meant to be filled by a medal name. Again, for some reason, this was not working. It turns out the table describing the medal and it’s name was blank. So we are filling in the missing fields with the correct information and soon the RECON tab will tell you exactly which medal was just awarded to you.

And for those who are technically minded, the reason for the Medals not working was because -> “The cron job is crashing while trying to allocate more than 256MB of RAM, which is set as the limit on the server.”

For those who aren’t technically minded -> “It was broken, now it’s fixed” 🙂

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New Risk Game Map: North America map

North America Map

At the last Real Time Riot, we unveiled out the latest Risk game map, North America map.

north america map

It’s a large map with 13 commands.  Plenty of opportunities to carve out a foot hold for yourself in a crowded game.  It’s got all the Canadian provinces and almost all of the US states (except some in New England) as well as Mexican regions.

WidowMakers is the main artist on this one and it is really just beautiful.  Just check out these gorgeous medals to be one.

Risk medals North America map

Looking for a game? clicker here to find open slots on this sweet map.

New Asia Map – The Far East Map

Asia Map – Play Risk Online

We are very pleased to announce a new Asia map available to play Risk online for all classes. With the Far East Asia map, we introduce a feature that may trip some players up: some of the bonus commands are nestled within larger commands. Visit the Major Command Risk Wiki page:

Asia Map – The Far East

Asia map: The Far East map was conceived and developed by our own Cartography General, Shepherd.  With support from Major Command Studios and the Map-Screeners, it grew into one gorgeous map.

Asia Map The Far East

And here is the brief image

Asia Map Play Risk Online


We didn’t want to go too long without somehow representing Asia in a MC map, but it’s such a vast continent with so much potential for a MajCom map it was difficult to narrow it down to a specific area. The primary mapmaker – Shepherd – wanted to split the continent into chunks that had some sort of shared historical or cultural identity. The “Far East” is certainly a western term, but it evokes a sense of foreign mystery that we hope we’ve captured in this map. The main gameplay feature is the inner commands.  Smaller bonus commands that sit within their larger parents, the Indian subcontinental and Malay Archipelago.

We encourage you all to give this one a shot.  Grab some tea, achieve a zen state of mind, then destroy your opponents on this beautiful Asia map.