Talisman Digital Edition - The Magical Quest Game for 1 to 6 players.
The officially licensed multiplayer version of the classic fantasy adventure board game, Talisman.
In Talisman Digital Edition, there are 14 characters a player can control, from the heroic Warrior to the powerful Sorceress. In this perilous adventure, players battle it out to journey across a dangerous land and be the first to claim the Crown of Command, a magical artefact with the power to destroy all rivals and make the bearer the true ruler of the kingdom. On your travels, you will need strength, courage and some good dice rolls to survive the dangers you face and beat your opponents to the centre of the board.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Talisman?
Talisman is a board game in which you move around the board building up your character’s strength and magic power by battling monsters, finding treasures, completing quests and trying to be the first player to reach the centre space – the Crown of Command.
How is Talisman: Digital Edition different to Talisman: Prologue?
Talisman: Prologue is a single-player only game in which you tried to complete a series of challenges using the rules of Talisman. Talisman: Digital Edition is the full board game experience for up to 6 players, using the same rules as the board game.
Can I play dirty?
That’s at the very core of Talisman! Cast spells at other players to make them miss turns! Steal from them! Turn them into toads! Send powerful allies to do your fighting for you!
How replayable is the game?
The emergent nature of the game means that every game will tell its own tale. The board starts with just the playing pieces and builds up to become a land filled with terrible danger and fabulous treasure! As you move around the board, you must make careful decisions about where to travel as each space can become more dangerous or more helpful as the game progresses. To help you get around, players can use things like teleporting, magic portals and fate, which allows you to re-roll your dice to get different results.
How long is a game of Talisman?
The physical board game can take 2-5 hours with 6 players, but our digital version cuts that down drastically, with an offline 6 player game typically taking no more than 1 hour. Offline and online games can be saved and resumed at any time so your adventures can take as long as you like! We’ve also added some features which decrease the length of games – House rules and Runestone cards. House rules change the basic rules slightly to speed-up the game and Runestone cards, exclusive to this digital edition, give characters extra abilities and allow them to become very powerful much quicker, making for shorter games.
Is there a hotseat mode?
Yes! Look your opponents in the eyes as you face them in deadly combat or sneak up from the shadows and steal their favourite items! All of the fun and social enjoyment of the physical game is captured in the digital version, but with no setup time!
What’s included with the base game and are there expansions?
For the initial purchase, everything that you get with the physical board game is included – all of the characters, spells and adventure cards, plus a few bonuses we've added. Expansions will be added and the first six, The Reaper, The Frostmarch, The Dungeon, The Highland, The Sacred Pool and The City are available to purchase now. These add lots more spells, events, monsters, characters and alternative endings! Extra characters are also available to purchase, including rare characters from Talisman’s history.
Talisman © Games Workshop Limited 1983, 1985, 1994, 2007. Talisman: Digital Edition © Games Workshop Limited 2015. Games Workshop, Talisman, Talisman: Digital Edition, the foregoing marks’ respective logos and all associated marks, logos, characters, products and illustrations from the Talisman game are either ®, TM and/or © Games Workshop Limited 1983–2015, variably registered in the UK and other countries around the world. This edition published under license to Nomad Games Ltd. Nomad Games is the registered trademark Nomad Games Limited. All Rights Reserved to their respective owners.
The interface is an absolute MESS. It's too easy to cancel a card effect when you think you're just selecting a different target. You can't read the board during other players' turns. You CAN look at their inventory, but when you right-click on someone's card to see its details it doesn't zoom in on that card, but rather opens up a sort of "card carousel" that you have to shuffle through to find the card that YOU ALREADY CLICKED ON. Keeping track of everything feels like an unfun version of Papers Please. I get that Talisman is an old board game that is unapologetically "Ameritrash", but the fact that the game is so clunky made it that much more important to streamline the digital version.
Talisman is quite true to the tabletop renditions. The flipping of cards, the rolling dice sounds etc - but it doesn't quite make it without losing some of the feeling by trying too much. The game itself is infuriating. You can get soo pissed with it and shake your fists, pull your hair - and have just one more go at that really difficult task. In the end, this is a game made to play with others, on your own it will be dull pretty quick. If you have friends, it may very well be a few fun hours of gaming now and then. Me - I think I will go look for the real table top version instead.
I'm gonna get this right out of the way, I think Talisman is a bad game. So why the high score? Well, it's complicated, almost in that way that only Avril Lavigne can express. If I'm sitting down at a table to play a game that's going to last a few hours, Talisman is one of the last games I'd want to play. It takes forever, there's lots of cards and things to juggle that just drag it out further, you're basically rolling the dice and then maybe rolling them again, and it's really easy for the game to become lopsided due to some bad luck. With that being said, I will gladly play this version. Okay, maybe gladly is the wrong term. It abuses me, over and over again, yet I keep coming back. Maybe one day I'll win, I think, maybe one day I will be the one stealing everything from everyone else. I, of course, am always wrong. The reason I keep coming back is that while the game part is limited, playing with friends creates stories. Once I was the worst knight ever, incapable of defeating simple thugs, but could gamble like no other, unless I was getting in fights with drunken farmers, and losing. Or another time I was a priest, or maybe a monk, I can't remember. But anyway, as this holy character, I spent half the game within sight of the monastery where I began, losing repeatedly to a dastardly boar. I've been turned into a toad countless times by a shady vendor who deals in spin-the-wheel type magic. And I have never been able to hold onto a pack mule for longer than three turns before having it stolen. Every game creates a new, strange, but always memorable character story, if you let it. If you want a balanced game, you should look somewhere else. If you're looking for something skill based, this will infuriate you, over and over again. But if you have a few hours to kill, and some friends to play with, and want to have a dumb romp through a fantasy setting while rejoicing in the highs of having everything come up shiny, or swearing as your big, bold knight fails to slay a lethargic giant rat, this just might be what you're looking for.
As per the title, if you're in the same position as I am, eagerly and anxiously waiting for your Hearthstone beta key, then this game is the one for you to tide things over. The game has some great gameplay and none any cards feels overpowered in anyway. This game brings a total nostalgia feel reminiscent of my days playing Magic the Gathering, though not as in-depth but equally satisfying and fun nonetheless. The price may be a bit of a stretch for some but for fans of the genre, this is definitely a great catch.
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