As I can’t find anyone to play A&A with locally, I’ve been bringing my kids up with Lords of the Ring Risk, Trilogy Edition. It’s out-of-print, I think they only made the game in 2003, but you can still find copies in good shape on E-Bay (I just bought a near-mint condition copy on E-Bay for about $40 a few months ago).
If you like Risk, or Risk-like games, this is really one of the gems of the series… of course it helps if you’re a fan of LotR… so I imagine if you like Risk, you’ll like this version, if you like LotR, you’ll like this game, and if you’re a fan of both Risk and LotR, why don’t you have this game yet?
As I often do with any game, I’m never satisfied with what just came out of the box… I gotta tinker with stuff and make improvements (just like I did with A&A). I’m attaching two pics below, one is the game out of the box (with my kids), and the second is all the updates and improvements I made, including custom unit trays, dice towers, custom dice, added fortresses, oliphants and custom leader units.
If you got any questions about the game, or specifics on my custom work, just ask.