I have only played the Video game version, I never even heard of Talisman as a kid probably because we were all into Dungeons and Dragons original paper and dice game. I have played extensively on This Digital Deluxe version of Talisman now and can render the following Analysis:
Keeping in mind that it IS still in Pre-release stage overall it is an enjoyable gaming experience one can play with the whole family (Up to 4 players).
1.) Simple to learn and play
2.) Ease of use - the game is entirely mouse driven. One can play with the keyboard sitting on the desk, feet kicked up ... using only the mouse as you relax in your favorite chair.
3.) In-game voice chat which can be muted by individual player
4.) Fantasy based ... always a plus :)
5.) Family Friendly - as long as you are not overly religious (Devils, demons, angels, undead etc are contained within)
6.) A Mandatory Random setting!!! The host can set the game to Classic mode where no perks (Runes) can be used and all class choices are random, this is an option missing from other games (DoTP needs this badly)
1.) Glitches up terribly in Multi-player if someone leaves the game normally locking it up. (SP w/Bots works fine)
2.) Game glitches if you alt/tab out to do something else
3.) Re-playability isn't that good. It takes a couple of games to see all the spells and Adventure cards but once you have run through them once or twice, things tend to get repetative. They definitely need a wider range of spells and adventure cards.
4.) Class balance isn't that good. Some classes are very noticeably more powerful than other classes and have abilities that give much greater advantages over other players (Prophetess and assassin come to mind)
5.) Using AI's in Multi-player runs the risk of hanging the game up. Bots usually get hung up in the City at the alchemist and they go into an infinite loop and the game cannot progress from there but as of 1-7-2014 using all humans in MP games hasn't botched up unless someone rages quits .... which is common if the game is not going their way.
Overall I would recommend this game as I expect all these problems to be worked out before its final release version.
Posted: January 7th, 2014