After spending the weekend with some friends, and playing a game of Risk (which ends up happening 2-3 times a year), I've come to the conclusion I don't really like the game at all.
I don't like that it takes like 6 hours to play, and I dislike that once I end my turn, I basically have no meaningful interaction with the game beyond rolling defense dice (especially irksome if you have indecisive friends). I guess there are rule variations to shorten the game, and "other people's turns are boring" is a flaw of many turn-based board games, but still, I feel like Risk has been grandfathered into the system (along with Monopoly, which is godawful and boring) and everybody thinks it's a classic, despite there probably being equally good alternatives made by some Europeans in the past couple decades.
So what do you guys think of Risk? Love it? Hate it? And do you have any other suggestions for other board games that have some element of global conflict/territory control?