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- The classic quest game featuring revised rules
- For Ages: 9+
- Playing Time: 90 min.
- Number of Players: – 6
- Includes finely detailed miniatures
List Price: $65.99
Talisman: The Magical Quest Game, 4th edition Description
Reviews By Zack Davisson : Date February 12, 2010
The board game “Talisman” has a well-deserved reputation as one of the best fantasy board games ever made. I have been a die hard fan ever since picking up the Second Edition boxset back in the late 1980s, and I couldn’t even imagine how many hours I have spent vying for the Crown of Command. I still have all of the Second Edition expansions, from the Dungeon and City up to the Timescape and Dragons, including the cut-out special characters from Games Workshop’s “White Dwarf” magazine.
Because I love the original so much, (I ignored the Third Edition, which tried to updated things to make the game more in-line with RPGs including things like “Experience Points” and connecting Talisman even further to the Games Workshop “Warhammer Universe.
Reviews By J. Shurin : Date August 6, 2009
Talisman has undergone a lot of editions over a lot of years, but has a good grip on its essential charm.
The players (and you can have loads) take over the role of archetypical fantasy characters (Seer, Elf, Warrior, Wizard, etc. etc.) and meander around the gameboard, fighting beasties and trying to make it to the center of the board to claim the Crown of MacGuffin.
It isn’t a particularly competitive game (although my Assassin did lay the smack down on my friend’s Troll once), nor is it cooperative. Instead, everyone sort of benignly ignores the other players while on their individual quest for glory. A strange dynamic, but a fun one.
Reviews By outcast : Date March 15, 2010
Revisted this old favorite (played with the initial release many moons ago) as an addition to the game night choices. The game itself is basically same as I recall wrt content and playability. All the other points from other 3 reviewers syncs with my impression of this latest edition (4th).
What I will add are cautions around the game pieces themselves …
Everything’s been miniaturized
It’s as if there was a top-down edict to shrink everything (saving material costs maybe?!?)
- The game cards are a third of the original editions making it hard to read
- The monochromatic gray plastic figurines are hard to distinguish (time to break out the old paint set)
- The provided dice are in a color that blends into the board (it’s as if an invisibility spell
was cast on them as soon as you roll the dice) making it hard to see where the die is
- The cone counters are too small and the smooth plastic finish makes it almost as challenging to
pick up/hold as ice cubes
perhaps this is a reflection of my age (ugh) or the target market are dwarfs, halflings and other non-large creatures.
Reviews By Marc Quattromani : Date January 2, 2011
For players who like a meaty game, Talisman will give you hours of fun time. A typical game can last over two hours and the rules are more complicated than Monopoly but it isn’t hard to master. For a modest investment in learning the game, you can have many afternoons and evenings of fun with kids age 10 and up, great for adults getting together for a game night as well. We play with all adults, mixed kids and adults, and all games are fun.
The large number of cards and races make for varied reply and the available expansions are well worth addeding for new races, cards and regions. There is a random component to the game but the focus is more on steady advancement of your character which favors good play over luck.
For those who play RPGs, this game could be considered “D&D lite”, a good way to get a fantasy gaming fix in when you can’t get your regular group together.
Materials are sturdy and the game holds up to lots of use.