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The Wu-Tang Clan was almost something to f*** with in Risk: Factions

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"We also had a Mermaid faction, but that never saw the light of day, unfortunately." Spencer Brooks

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Risk Factions already has its fair share of comical and diverse combatant groups, but during a SXSW panel titled "Taking a Risk: From Board Game to Facebook," Producer Spencer Brooks revealed that a particular hip-hop collective very nearly joined the game's idiosyncratic ranks.

Risk: Factions had its fair share of comical and diverse combatant groups when it launched on PSN and XBLA in 2010, but during a SXSW panel titled "Taking a Risk: From Board Game to Facebook," producer Spencer Brooks revealed that a particular hip-hop collective very nearly joined the game's idiosyncratic ranks.

"We originally said, let's just start simple and come up with different kinds of armies," Brooks said. "The original board game had the red guy, the yellow guy, the blue guy; we said, they should be different.

"So, we were just brainstorming, me and a producer colleague of mine were drinking at work one day, and thinking about what these things should be. We definitely gotta have humans in there, and zombies, obviously, that's a no brainer," Brooks joked. "And robots, of course.

"So, Def Jam [Icon] had just come out, we were playing a bunch of it, so we wanted to have the Wu-Tang Clan, and then have the RZA be the general," Brooks added. "My friend Nick, who was brainstorming with me, because he had worked on Def Jam, he knew the RZA personally, and his wife knew some of the Wu-Tang clan. That was actually a thing. We made a few calls, but it never ended up happening, because we had to take it to Hasbro, and Hasbro wouldn't have gone with that.

"We also had a Mermaid faction, but that never saw the light of day, unfortunately," Brooks laughed. "That was one of my faves."