Talisman, and check out this crazy 3-d game board someone made

Last night the gaming group caught up a little (“How was your holiday?” “Good.” “OK, wanna play something?”) and then played a very fun game of Talisman.  I got my brother the Fantasy Flight 4th ed. for his birthday a few years back, and it has been in my basement for a year or two since we always play games at my house.

Now we started playing this game back when the second edition came out in the mid 1980s, and added most of the expansions (not the Timescape and Dragon expansions, which never seemed worthwhile on our budgets back then, but somehow we scraped together the money for the other four!).  By the mid-1990s our gaming group still played the heck out of it in all-night marathons, and one of our friends and I made up some “extra” adventure cards…we began by replacing a missing magic item (the wand) and ended up with more monsters, events, and so on.  I don’t think we ever used the “new” cards; everyone else thought they were too stupid. 😦

Anyway the FFG 4th edition is pretty damn good.  They added a few tweaks and “fate points” which presumably add an element of skill to the game.   The components are all top-quality and the miniatures are pretty good (well except the Warrior who appears to have scoliosis…).  The game still plays almost exactly as we remember, and the few changes all seemed like good ideas.  The price tag is kind of high, but back when Games Workshop published it, it was similarly pricey, so that’s a wash.

I never tried the third edition of this game, but apparently it was fairly different form either the second or fourth editions.

BTW, here’s a frightening and awesome thing: someone built themselves a 3-D board for Talisman. Photo here.  Click through for some detail shots.  Note the classic Ral Partha and Grenadier minis, among others, added as scenery, and all the little details. This thing belongs in a museum!

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  1. I’m right there with you – all nighters playing 2nd Ed Talisman with all the expansions (though we did use City, Timescape, and Dungeon).

    I didn’t know about a 4th ed, does it play any faster, or is it still a 6-8 hour proposition?

    • Well, we don’t have any expansions for Talisman but we got through a 6-player game, with one or two people who’d never played it before at all, in a little under 3 hours. A couple of players could have tried to go for the crown sooner. The ‘endgame’ is a little faster too — the crown commands all players, rather than just one, every turn.

  2. There’s a lot of fan-made material out there, for 2nd edition. I think the old site “Talisman Island” is still on the web. There’s even a program for making your own cards.

    • Wow, I’ll check that out!

  3. Played the hell out of Talisman… always regretted not getting the metal miniatures, though. Such a great game.

    • Yeah, they were pretty awesome, and looked just like the art. My local hobby shop only ever had a few, and I never thought to ask them to order more. Although at the time I was more interested in buying orcs & goblins for my army anyway. I hear those metal Talisman minis go for a bundle nowadays. The plastics in the new version are pretty good though.

      • None of my FLGS carried them, and back then mail order took forever.

        Same here regarding the interest level, as well. Ral Partha, Grenadier and Heritage blisters everywhere… who could refuse?

  4. I am way behind on keeping up with reading and posting in the blog community and didn’t read this until after I posted a little about our game last week on my blog.

    I really do enjoy this game and will probably pick up a copy of it myself eventually.

    There are almost always some kind of shenanigans that happen when we are playing no matter what the game. The poor warrior afflicted with scoliosis was kind of funny. He never did really get going and seemed gimped the entire game. Just back luck on rolls and flips more than anything.


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