Talisman: The Magical Quest Game, 4th edition
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- The classic quest game featuring revised rules
- Includes finely detailed miniatures
- For Ages: 9+
- Number of Players: - 6
- Playing Time: 90 min.
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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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.") it took me awhile to give this Fourth Edition of "Talisman" a try. I finally gave it a chance at a local gaming convention and was hooked again.
This Fourth Edition takes a basic "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" approach to this classic boardgame, keeping the Second Edition essentially intact but introducing some of the better fixes from the Third Edition. The board itself is identical, although enlarged and with updated artwork. The card text is almost unchanged (including characters who "plod off to the discard pile") although none of the original art was retained.
Probably the most notable change was making "Life" a variable starting number, just like Strength and Craft. Some of the characters start with five (Warrior) or even six (Troll) life instead of the standard four. The Prophetess, one of the most powerful characters in the Second Edition, has been de-powered a bit. She can now draw one card, and then chose to either keep that card or discard it and draw another, which she must encounter.Read more ›
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. The result is a pleasant, surprisingly absorbing, game that will swallow the evening without your noticing...
Your average turn consists of:
1. Roll and move clockwise or counterclockwise
2. Drawing a random card from the deck
3. Fighting a random dice battle with enemies
The players are run around the starting area seeing who can luck into the best items and stats until inevitably someone becomes strong enough, gathers a Talisman, and moves in for the Crown of Command to see if they can win the game. Who becomes the most powerful is very rarely a test a skill, but rather who draws the best items or gets a few lucky rolls. The test of skill in this game is deciding when you are powerful enough to attempt the inner areas of the board.
It's the kind of game that you can spend 5 minutes in between turns that have zero effect on you. The minimal choices and large amounts of downtime make it a social game, but since a slow played six player game can last up to 6-7 HOURS, it is absolutely grueling at times. Never have I seen a board game group more beaten and slumped than at hour 6 in a game of Talisman. It's not at all that the game isn't fun, but in my experience it's a bit of a hassle scheduling time to play such a light game then having to worry about players getting bored with such a light, lengthy game.
There are so many much, much better experiences I've had these days with games similar or otherwise. I just don't think this one aged too well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this game is a fun role play game. without too much strategy. There is a little bit. But a lot of luck (dice rolling). IT reminds me of dungeons and dragons- but on a game board. Read morePublished 7 hours ago by mkheartsbooks
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First off, I am well above 30 years of age, so let's put this review into perspective. The first time I learned about this game was while watching an unboxing video on YouTube. Read morePublished 1 month ago by xeno426
Fun game. Takes a bit of time to figure out how to play but once we got the hang of it our 12 year old nephew was joining us.Published 1 month ago by Amber Draves
Purchased for my son. He takes it to school for board game night. Everyone including the teachers play it.Published 2 months ago by Robert D. Forrister
My son loves this game. The list of expansions is numerous and each one you use creates a whole new game. We love that every time we play it's a new adventure. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rachel Goble