Talisman Digital Edition - The Magical Quest Game for 1 to 4 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.
User reviews: Very Positive (728 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 10, 2014

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"The multiplayer version of the classic fantasy adventure board game, Talisman."

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October 23

The Dungeon Expansion Now Available!

The Dungeon expansion is now available!

This new expansion adds a whole new region for heroes to explore. Brave the untold dangers and confront the Lord of Darkness! Also included are 168 new cards and 5 characters - Amazon, Gladiator, Philosopher, Gypsy and Swashbuckler.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/267775

Gold Pack and Season Pass owners will have access to the Dungeon with no extra purchase required.

Many thanks to the Beta testers for their help!

Other New features -

The game now runs at a silky smooth 60fps.

You can now change the number of players in an online game from the lobby screen. Use the + and - buttons to add player slots or remove slots. This will also kick players from the game if they were in a slot which was removed.

You can now click on card names in the Game Log and the card will appear for you to read.

New House Rules -
Standard Characters Only - the game will only use characters from the base game and official expansions.
Treasure Card Rewards - Requires Dungeon - Upon completion of a Warlock Quest, players may choose a random Treasure Card or a Talisman as their reward.
Random Treasures - Requires Dungeon - Whenever you gain a Treasure Card, you are given a random one rather than being able to choose one.
The House Rules list is getting rather large and we will be re-arranging it soon so that it's easier to use.

Fixes -

Achievements which required a goal to be completed several times (Trophy Master, Online Adventurer, etc.) were unlocking too early.

Online games - looking at any of your cards during another player's turn caused the game to pause for everyone.

Online - Players remained as AI players for the rest of the game if their timer ran out during character selection.

The 'View Board' option would sometimes get stuck lower down the screen if many options had been available.

You can now cast Path of Destiny on a Toad.

Freeze & Reflection spells weren't working correctly together.

Fixed having to click 'Encounter' twice when encountering a Spirit as the Necromancer.

A scroll-bar has been added to the online chat window.

Runestones weren't working correctly in online games and causing mismatched choice errors.

AI's evaluation of the Sky Screecher improved.

Druid wasn't gaining the correct number of spells from the Woods if he landed there because of Transference.

Necromancer couldn't use more than one enthralled spirit at a time.

Available options at the Graveyard in some situations corrected.

Fixed having an extra turn if you were killed during Temporal Warp's effect.

Fixed some cards disappearing (black shape) when being used.

Prophetess and Orb of Knowledge 'replace card' ability reworked slightly.

Dark Cultist wasn't able to roll on her reward chart if she defeated an enemy that gives a stat bonus (e.g. Doppelganger).

Fixed Lucky Charm usage when rolling for the Gust of Wind spell.

Usability fix - if you have space for objects in a Concealed Pouch or other type of bag, you can use it at the point where you're asked to ditch objects because you have too many.

The Gambler had the option to sell trophies whilst casting the Command Spell, which made the game get stuck.

Fixed House Rule settings being overwritten by local save information in online games.

Crash when Black Ice is cast on a space in the Inner Region.

Marked for Glory could be cast in situations where you had no dice to roll.

Could cast Marked for Glory even if you had the Amulet.

Lucky Charm and Marked For Glory are now easier to use when rolling more than one dice.

You can now teleport past the Portal of Power even if you have an active Warlock's Quest, with cards such as the Magic Portal and the Lord of the Pits.

Druid gains the correct number of spells if he's moved to a Woods space via Transference.

Necromancer can use more than one enthralled spirit in psychic combat.

The auto-switching of tabs in the Play Area is now a toggle in the advanced options.

Events/Enemies with encounter number 1 are now encountered in the correct order.


As usual, thanks to everyone for the continued feedback. We always read the forums but don't always have the time to respond.

Happy dungeon delving!

Carl

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September 11

Update - 11th September - Apprentice Mage and more!

Apprentice Mage now available!
The Apprentice Mage is still learning her skills and must roll to see if spells succeed if her Craft is 6 or less. She becomes much more powerful once her Craft reaches 7, when she will always have at least 2 spells. After observing other characters casting Spells, she can choose to draw those Spells from the top of the Spell discard pile. Those of you who have purchased the Gold pack or the Season Pass will automatically have the Apprentice Mage available in the game now.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/267774/

Online overhaul! We've made huge changes to the networking and the game does not rely so much on Steam's servers anymore. We still use Steam to gather player names so you will still need to be signed in and online, but we have switched to a system called Photon to handle communication between players. We hope this fixes the connectivity issues some of you are having so please let us know if your onlines games are better or worse. If worse, give us as much information as you possibly can and we'll look into it. The iOS and Android versions also use this Photon system and we expect to include cross-platform multiplayer in the very near future so everyone can play together!

Bug fixes and improvements...

The Steam client can now be accessed whilst running the game full-screen.

Fixed a 'mismatched choice' error if 'fake' followers were being used in online games (Ghoul's raised trophies for instance).

Fixed a 'mismatched choice' error if certain house rules were being used and then an online game resumed.

Fixed a 'mismatched choice' error if a player used Lucky Charm and then didn't roll for the number they chose. This could be done by rolling for movement, then using the Lucky Charm before re-rolling with fate, then choosing a die result from the Lucky Charm and then choosing NOT to re-roll.

German text error - Random spell card.

Network games no longer pause whilst a player views an Alternative Ending card.

Demigod - spells are now ordered alphabetically for your perusing pleasure.

Window size fixes.

Public online games in progress can be seen in the Online menu, with the number of players and current round number shown.

Crash fix - cast Shatter on yourself and choose an object which was increasing your Craft and Spells.

Marked for Glory spell now works correctly for movement rolls.

Horn of Summoning was usable when the only enemy was on your space, the game would then get stuck.

The Play Area tabs at the bottom of the screen will now automatically switch to the 'usable cards' tab if you have a card which can be used. This will not happen if you have the online chat tab open.

AI characters will now recognise that they are stuck in a healing loop (Poltergeist, Castle/Prince, etc.) and decide to move on after a few turns.

Blizzard card had no effect when drawn a second time.

Fixed an issue at the end of an online game where the results/runestones screen would be skipped automatically.

AI - Thief character will steal appropriate objects from other characters at the Crown of Command.

AI - Improved Praying logic, thank god.

Fixed Lucky Charm and some other cards not being usable when single-clicked.

Bugs when encountering the Graveyard space fixed.

Fixed a bug where players could quit and resume a game with the Warlock Quest ending right at the start and they would receive 4 more Quest cards when resumed. Doing this repeatedly would result in a crash.

Players could only pick up 1 gold from the Tavern space if there were more than 1 left there by a Toad rolling a 4.

AI - Elf character won't constantly move between 2 Woods spaces if those spaces have Lake of Visions cards on them and he doesn't want/need a Warlock Quest.

Scroll-bar added to the in-game log.

The Gambler's Reduce the Odds ability was appearing at the wrong time in combat.

Fixed a crash that would occur if you were turned into a Toad whilst encountering the Treasure Map card.

Dead characters could still draw spells.

AI won't buy so many Water Bottles anymore (now that Summer is over).

AI characters won't use fate to re-roll in combat against a summon spell or follower if the combat was a draw.

Face-up cards on spaces weren't shown when choosing where to move to after using the Mystic Portal.

Players could gain higher than their spell allowance due to a bug with the Familiar follower.

AI Priest is will use his Destroy Ability if he cannot beat a Spirit.

Black Witch could sometimes move the Reaper even if she hadn't rolled a 1 for movement.

You could not view character cards after resuming an online game.

The Celestial Bauble could not be used to defeat the Nightmare.

Summon Spells now have +2 to their attack when summoned at the Runes spaces.

The Divine Protection spell now protects life loss against summon spells.

Players could use a Raft to move to a space with the Barrier spell on it.

AI players could get stuck if you cast Path of Destiny on them in certain sitations.

Fixed a bug where an AI Leprechaun player would get stuck if you cast Misdirection on him and he then rolled a 6 and chose to Teleport.

AI Toads are slightly more intelligent when it comes to choosing which space to move to.

If you played as the Elf with the Reaper pack on and rolled a 1 to move to a Woods space, you could then move the Reaper after your turn if you teleported to other Woods spaces.

Gambler could Reduce the Odds when rolling for Death in a Dice With Death.

Fixed a bug where you could not encounter cards dropped on a space due to someone casting Mesmerism and taking a Mule/Horse & Cart.

AI Leprechaun would choose to use the Flying Carpet instead of his own Teleport ability if he rolled a 6. Maybe he just liked the plush carpet?

Warhorse was not discarded if its owner lost their last life.

Fixed not being able to give the Jester to another character you defeated.

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Reviews

“extremely addictive...many hours of fun, faithful to the original”
8/10 – Eurogamer Poland

“Talisman: Digital Edition is the kind of game that you can spend hundreds of hours playing and is for all intents and purposes a solid port of the popular board game. - Vincent Paone of Dad's Gaming Addiction”
9/10 – Dad's Gaming Addiction

“...easy to pick up and play and you don't have to know anything about the board game version to play and enjoy the video game version.”
9/10 – Game Saga

About This Game

Talisman Digital Edition - The Magical Quest Game for 1 to 4 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.

Features -


  • Multiplayer modes for up to 4 players.
  • Play against AI opponents.
  • 14 characters to choose from.
  • 17 powerful spells to cast.
  • Many expansions available post-release.
  • Detailed, interactive tutorial.

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 4 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 2-4 hours with 4 players, but our digital version cuts that down drastically, with an offline 4 player game typically taking no more than 1 hour. Offline 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. Expansions will be added and the first three, The Reaper, The Frostmarch and The Dungeon, are available to purchase now. These add lots more spells, events, monsters, characters and the Grim Reaper himself, wandering the land looking to kill off players! 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 2014. 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 1983–2014, 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.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024x600 resolution
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB available space
    • Sound Card: On board
Helpful customer reviews
117 of 138 people (85%) found this review helpful
31.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
This game is the proof that Artificial Intelligence will never thrive on the human mind. We are resilient, we are focused, we keep on playing the objective instead of mindlessly hoarding items for the rest of our days. But Talisman isn't meant to be played against the AI.

It's an incredibly fun game if you have at least two friends to play with. Please buy this game so I can pretend I have friends. It has huge replay value, a wide variety of characters and game modes, and even more if you buy the DLC, which isn't necessary, but I've done it anyways, because who gives a damn, it's my money, bro, don't tell me what to do.

It's a lot like Game of Thrones, not in the sense that you can have sex with your siblings, but more like you can furtively ruin the game for other players out of nowhere, like it's Wedding day. You can also do that thing Bran does, but instead of becoming a cool dire wolf, you become a frog. You can still beat the game as a frog. God, I love this game.
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128 of 181 people (71%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Do you love:
*board games?
*fantasy settings?
*roleplaying Games?

If you answered "yes" to more than one of the above, go ahead and buy this game while it's on sale. You'll enjoy yourself thoroughly. To everyone else, I must say...


Talisman is a hard game to recommend. My partner and I enjoy playing and we laugh hard at the antics which play out over the board, but there are still way too many things not working as intended, too many bugs, too many instances where the user interface doesn't do what you may want it to do.

They're charging a lot of money for content that isn't even created yet, and the stuff that is already there often does not work as advertised. I've had a lot of fun with this game, but as yet it still acts way too much like a beta version for Nomad to be charging full price.

I can recommend this game only to hardcore fans of the genre like myself. For everyone else, I'd have to say... wait for them to finish the game and maybe get it on sale at a deep discount.
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35 of 35 people (100%) found this review helpful
154.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Fun game to play with friends, the quest for defeating other characters and being the last remaining survivor of the game. Playing with family/friends recommended.

Need to Expansion Pack?
No, not need in my opinion. The game is great as is and you don't need any expansion pack to enjoy it. If you like it then you can decide to buy the expansions to certain areas or not.

THIS REVIEW BASED ON BASE GAME FEATURES, since i do not have any expansion.

Gameplay:
+ 14 playable characters. - Each character features unique skills and styles.
+ Unpredictable gameplay. - Equip your character with 52 items/spells, while you exploring a world with 106 adventure cards.
+ Multiplayer in local and over the net.
+ Leaderboard. - Challenge your friends in online multiplayer and see how you stack up on the leaderboards.
+/- Semi-customizable characters. - You can add up to three runestones to the character for creating your unique character. Although there are only unlockable runestones in the base game and you need to Runestone Deck expansion for a ultimate experience or spend many hours on this game.
+/- Odd AI.
- AI slow to move. - Really annoying when you're playing solo.
- Minor bugs.

The atmosphere and graphics:
+ Unique visual style.
+ Good texture quality.
+ Beautiful arts.
+ Nice music and sound.
+ Decent UI. - Simple and almost clear + readable fonts on wide range of screen sizes in any devices.

Performance:
+ Running pretty well and smooth on a mid-range PC.
- Alt+Tab issue. - When pressing Alt+Tab keys, the game switch to windowed mode.

Additional:
+ Steam cloud.
+/- Semi-inherit properties for expansions during online multi-player mode. - Only one player in the group needs an expansion and it will be available to everyone. The exception are characters, who can only be chosen by those who have purchased them or the expansions in which they appear.
Read more here: http://steamcommunity.com/app/247000/discussions/0/46476144862470654/
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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
37.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
I've been playing Talisman since the original came out in the early 1980's. While my preference - out of comfortable familiarity - is the original, the modern streamlined version is just as good and certainly removes the hours of rules conflicts that inevitably arise.

The computer version does this one better by enforcing a standardized ruleset, making games last (usually) less than an hour and a half. The computer's turns can be sped up, too, improving game speed even more.

Purists will enjoy the classic rules while people who find the basic rules too hard can improve their characters through progressive upgrades. Numerous achievements also offer arbitrary if fun goals along the way.
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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
105.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
The short and sweet: If you like Talisman, you'll very likely enjoy the Digital Edition.

This game is exceptional when it comes to reviews - it's not actually a video game as such, but a digitalized board game. So, you'll find that the majority of negative reviews are from people who don't like Talisman. Well duh. That's not to say all negative reviews are irrellevant. You just can't trust the meta score for a title like this and people playing a game they already know they'll hate makes for some pretty biased reviews. The Steam ratings and reviews are generally more reasonable, though you do still see this happening.

So, are you new to Talisman? New to board games in general? No problem, simple way to see if you might enjoy it. Youtube. Go watch gameplay of the actual board game and/or the digital version. If you find yourself wanting to take one of the seats and play - then this game is for you. If it looks boring and you lose interest fast (as many people do with board games) then look elsewhere. Lastly, I'm sure there are outliers. People who like the board game but hate the digital version. But, again - that should become obvious to you as you watch it played.

I think Nomad has done an excellent job translating the game. And as someone who has moved half-way across the world from their board game friends, it's a great way to keep in touch and get my fix. Happy gaming!
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
38.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
This is a amazing board game. They fixed all the previous problems. Its got a great following of people with a very friendly crowd. If you like Talisman then this is the game for you!
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
290.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Faithful recreation of the 4th Edition Talisman board game, and great fun to boot. Recent improvements to the online multiplayer code have made for much smoother gaming against human opponents, and many more expansions have been announced which will keep this game fresh for years to come.

Huge variety of characters and strategies are key to this random-fest, where you can play nice or be a real backstabbing SOB when encountering fellow adventurers, this game is simply great fun!
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
I love this game. Always have done since I was little and had to build the board as a jigsaw. The only problem with it was getting enough people together with enough free time to play.

Now it's on PC I don't have to worry about that.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
77.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
To buy or not to buy. If you have ever played Talisman the board game before you already know the answer. However if you havn't and you like fairly long games that have a progressive character turn base style, then you will like this game. I have played the board game for going on 20 years now and have all the boards and expansions from the version 2 line and love them. Many a roleplayer has played this game and in my opinion is one of the best and detailed board games out there.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
38.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
It's like the original game but with nice animations and beautiful new artworks.

Cheaper and easier to play with friends or even random people.

A must have if you like the board games in general.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
One of the best boardgame-to-PC adaptations I've seen in years! I would happily recommend this to anyone, regardless of whether one was a fan of the original tabletop Talisman.

Talisman: Digital Edition has HUGE replay value, owing to the random nature and variety of card draws, and the large assortment of character classes available. Each class allows (and often requires) you to approach the game in a different way. You can also customize various game rules before starting up a new game, which adds to the variety and replayability.

The DLC is also strongly recommended. Each expansion adds a massive number of new enemies, events, items, classes, and additional rules. The DLC in this game is very definitely worth every penny!
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
1,015.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Great game, this last update with the fps fix classed it up a lot.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
This game isnt bad for a little casual game. Though I heavily recommend playing it with friends otherwise it could be boring with just AI. But dont get me wrong! It can still be fun alone, but more fun with friends.

I like the network ability to play with friends, however you can also do local multiplayer which is nice (Same computer). My favorite is how nicely this works on my Windows 8.1 tablet. Works flawlessly with touch controls (I think the game was designed with touch in mind it works that well).

If you're not a fan of what basically is a turn-based fantasy boardgame / cardgame, this game isnt for you. If you like that stuff, I recommend checking this out.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
34.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
First off I hate Games Workshop and their unscrupulous buisness practices over the past few years. However not knowing they aquired Talisman IP when I purchased it, I do not regret that purchase. They know how to make excellent functioning video games. Dawn of war was great, blood bowl as well, and now Talisman. A faithful conversion from Board game to Video Game, its better in many ways to the board game in that turns fly by without needing to restack the deck you all knocked over or losing cards to the floor. It streamlines everything that needed streamlining and was faithful to everything needing to be faithful. They did good.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
I've played the boardgame once before. I've played this version once or twice now. Here's the pros and cons for PC. Personally, I love and I'd recommend it. I actually made a game sort of like this when I was in school, before I knew this existed.

Pros -
> No lost pieces.
> No questionable owner / source of rules if pieces or books are missing. Even comes with a "house rules" setting if demanded or the sake of extra fun or defense of some paradigm.
> No potential mess, lack of space, or damaged cards and pieces.
> Easy tracking of statistics and view.
> Easy access to other players.

Cons -
> Cost: now you and your friends need to each own a copy, both the game and the DLC. HOWEVER, there is a local multiplayer so this could be ignored if everyone treats it like a "party game".
> No Freedom: if you wanted to make your own game mode or something of that nature, this isn't a table top simulator; this is actually the game so you would actually be playing the standard iteration.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
Just like the old school board game! Pick it up while its on sale!
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
477.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
I must say I am really enjoying returning to talisman after all these years. After owning the original board game, this is not only fun, but adaptive. I also love all the new people I've met so far.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
31.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
A very well done model of the boardgame. The Dungeon DLC is very good. There are a few bugs, but the devs do seem to be patching them.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
Perfect representation of board game. AI is surpisingly very smart with many of its descisions.
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
19.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 22
The Digital Edition of the classic Talisman board game does manage to recreate the experience pretty well, but bugs, glitches, crashes, network instability, and lack of content reflect poorly on the whole.

What does work? The graphics are decent, without being stellar. They get the art style across but the colors aren't vivid and lively as they are with the physical game. The game mechanics are solid, and there are many house rules to adapt Talisman to your preferences. Expansions are available, including one expansion board. Playing with friends online is so much more fun... but...

What doesn't work? Bugs that break the rules. Glitches that can lock up the game or force things that shouldn't happen. Poorly programmed AI that doesn't play the game well and sometimes is oblivious to things like their alignment changing (ie. now neutral characters still trying to do evil things). The spell system is very clunky and mistakes mean you don't get to use your spells or the game uses it incorrectly and you can't cancel. Multiplayer crashes a lot - when you can get back into the game, it inevitably locks up for everyone involved and you have to start over. While extra content is there, it is slow to be released and is mostly of the nickel and dime variety. Without at least one major expansion, the content in the base game will get stale quickly. Introducing major DLC also means introducing new bugs and glitches to your game.

Bottom line is this... For a discounted price, it's a nice bit of nostalgia for people who already know and play Talisman. I can't recommend multiplayer at this point, which is a huge disappointment. If you're new to the game, watch some Lets Play videos of the real thing instead... and if you're still keen on Talisman, give this a shot but know about the shortcomings beforehand.
For the average off the street gamer, I can't give this a reliable thumbs up until all the glitches, bugs, and network issues are fixed.
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