Dominating 12 .com Review
UPDATE Sept 2021:
Dominating 12 not not so much of an online RISK game site, as it is a cesspool of toxicity, cheating, and theft. It is to be avoid at all cost… unless, of course, you are looking for someone to take your money and then abuse you! 🙂
For the last several years, the writers here at LPRO have received complaint after complain that the operators of D12 are just out to take your money, and cheat in order to keep themselves on top of the ranks. At first it seems like a few disgruntled players were complaining, but the reports haven’t stopped. Player after player, year after year, continue to report the same recurring issues of cheating.
After some initial investigation from our staff, we also discovered other questionable practices. Aside from the reports of cheating, we have noticed that D12 seems to host stolen content on their website. Their “maps” appear to be directly lifted and copied from other RISK game websites. The irony is, due to the lack of any artistic or creative skills by the staff, even the maps they steal from the other websites are inferior to the originals.
In the attempt to removing branding and watermarks, the thieves at D12 end up producing visually inferior reproductions. Basically, D12 is a cheap counterfeit Chinese factory that charge you a premium for a broken product.
TL;DR – Stay as far away from D12 as possible!
ORIGINAL REVIEW BELOW (from 2014)
Dominating 12 Risk gives users the chance to play Risk online with other players across the world. The Dominating 12 website interface is a lot more polished compared to many other popular alternatives. You’re constantly given useful sound and visual prompts that show you what turn you are on, but also what other game users are currently doing so you’re not left wondering whether the other players in the game are actually at their computer.
It’s easy to play risk at Dominating 12 – the welcoming interface and step by step tutorials make it quick and effortless even for the most novice players to understand how to use the website. Despite the simplicity, you’ll find a wide range of skill levels on this website, which brings me to my next point.
There is an in-depth skill point system that follows in the same vein as the elo system used for chess players. By beating a participant with more skill points than you, you’ll gain a great increase in your own skill points. Lose to a player with less skill points however, and you’ll lose considerably more points. The impact on your skill points is minimal when the opposite scenarios happen.
There is an entire page on the Dominating 12 website dedicated to others rankings, and on this page you can see various stats of all players, including skill level and total games played. Whilst there is no tournament play on Dominating 12, unlike other online risk websites, this stats page creates a friendly competitive nature throughout the community.
The community is another area that should be mentioned. Whilst there is no friending feature, every profile has it’s own profile page, and when visited, you can send private messages to the profile in question. You can also use the profile page to view previous games played with you or other members of the website.
On the forum section you’ll be able to communicate with users about game-play, tactics and new map designs. The dominating 12 forum can be used as a general space to socialize with the community. The forum is tied in with the profiles mentioned beforehand, and these profiles are also integrated into gameplay. Whenever you see somebody’s name, whether in or out of a game, you can click on it to view more information about that person.
I’d next like to touch on the game-play aspects of the Dominating12 strategy game. There is a huge variety on this website – in total, there are currently over 40 different map designs, and three different modes of play.
Players are forced to set up and host their own games, but this gives a lot of creative freedom over what options and what rules are selected. This is something we’ve seen in other websites before, such as Major Command, and it proved to be a very popular way of doing things there.
In-game, user will take it in turns to initiate their moves. Dominating 12 is as close to vanilla risk as you could possibly ask for – dice rolls are used to make offensive plays on the attack phase, and the defender gets the advantage if the same dice numbers are rolled. Players can gain more armies by claiming more territories or holding entire continents.
The variation in the games you will play will be down to the three game modes you can choose from. If you pick death-match, the game ends when all users but one have been eliminated. Capitals allows players to win by holding capitals of countries. Finally, domination is a shorter version of deathmatch that allows players to win as soon as they hold the majority of territories.
As you would expect, you can pick between real time and long term games, although the vast majority of the community spend their time playing long term titles.
Unfortunately, free members can only play up to five long term games and one real time at once. To remove your play limit you must upgrade to premium, which costs $25 a year. Premium offers extra features too, including early access to new maps and special rank icons.
Dominating 12 is free from advertising, so the premium option is certainly understandable and the extra benefits offer a little thank you for paying members.
Dominating 12 Risk Game Summary
From my first impressions, Dominating 12 offers a lot across the board. My only gripes with the website is that using dice rolls makes luck a large aspect of each game. There are of course strategies that can be used to outplay your opponents, but it’s always frustrating to see that 1 man army holding up against waves upon waves of your own armies. On other websites, dice play isn’t 100% necessary, and my favorite so far for this is Major Command – you can use dice rolls, but you can also enjoy games without dice.
Finally, there are a few rules that you may be frustrated with. For example, suiciders are not welcome on Dominating 12, so if you see yourself losing and want to start a new game, killing yourself off is frowned upon. You can’t ally up with players unless you announce it in game chat, either.
Overall, Dominating 12 is a great online risk game that has one of the best web interfaces on the internet. If you don’t mind the few small issues on this website, there is very little to be upset about.
** Reports of Cheating **
It has come to our attention from a couple of very reliable sources, that the new owners over at D12 (Dominating 12) have broken the first and only rule of online Risk, No Cheating! Our sources report that the people in charge of the site not only monitor the private messages sent between players, but have also allegedly tampered with the randomness of the dice in order to give themselves, or a select few other players an unfair advantage in the game.
This of course can not be confirmed by us since we do not have access to the code that runs their game, but however, we have no reason to doubt the information we received is not correct.
Therefore, In light of this new information, we can no longer recommend Dominating 12 .com as a destination to play risk online. It is just not worth the risk. (no pun intended) 🙂 There are several other website that are not only better places to play the game to begin with, but are also more trustworthy in their ownership and operation. We will keep you updated if and when we learn more.
** Updated Reports of Cheating **
Reports of Cheating by the Owners and Staff of Dominating 12 continue to come in from all sources. Please read the comments below as well as the USER REVIEWS.