Sounds to me like the makers of Risk (the game) were taking a risk when they changed they look and feel of Risk. And that change has led to some people not wanting to play Risk anymore. On the other hand, I am sure they felt that not changing the game might be risky too if it started looking stodgy and 'old' and not attracting new players.
So changing or not changing... whether the game of Risk, our careers, or the way we do our jobs, is a risk - either way.
And it's not enough to try to stick with the herd and use (so-called) tried and true "Best Practices". Those can be very useful to be sure, but look what happened to Wall Street, where so many of their vaunted "Best Practices" turned out to actually be the very "Worst Practices" imaginable.
Bottom line: Life is risky, and no one ever said success was easy. It takes lot of hard work, attention to detail, awareness of the bigger picture, trying to factor it all together, and as Steve said, every decision amounts to taking a certain amount of risk- sometimes a small amount, sometimes bigger. And when taking these unavoidable risks, sometimes we win, but sometimes we lose.
But wouldn't a life without risk be exceedingly boring? :-)