Talisman: The Horus Heresy is a digital board game based on the Talisman rule system and set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, during the cataclysmic events of the Horus Heresy.
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Release Date: Feb 22, 2016

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June 27

Talisman: The Horus Heresy now in Polish!

If you go to the options menu you can now turn the language in Horus Heresy from English to Polish.


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June 20

Isstvan Campaign Expansion Available Now!

The Isstvan Campaign expansion has been added!

The expansion includes 7 new playable Warlords, many new Stratagems and Dataslates plus the whole Isstvan System region to explore.
The new Warlords are -
Fulgrim, Perturabo, Armillus Dynat, Ferrus Manus, Nathaniel Garro, Saul Tarvitz plus 18 Chaplain variants.

Plus many bug fixes and other improvements.

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“This game is a great addition to the Talisman family. If you are looking for the boardgame experience but your friends are too far away, then check out Talisman: Horus Heresy – you won’t be disappointed!”
4/5 – Bell of Lost Souls

“The Horus Heresy offers a wonderful, local (and online) multiplayer experience for up to four players, and its simple gameplay offers an oddly relaxed approach to galactic warfare.”
7/10 – Brash Games

7/10 – IGN Russia

About This Game

Talisman: The Horus Heresy is a digital board game based on the Talisman rule system and set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, during the cataclysmic events of the Horus Heresy.

Up to four players will be able to take control of one or more of the galaxy’s greatest heroes or most notorious villains. Taking the side of either traitor or loyalist, these Warlords will form vast companies of Space Marines, battalions of tanks and battlefleets of Spacecraft. They are the most powerful beings in the Galaxy and their followers are legion.

The new combative team play will appeal to fans of Talisman and the Horus Heresy alike. It’s a unique adaptation of Talisman that has been tailored specifically for digital platforms.

In Talisman: The Horus Heresy the player’s experience of Talisman is scaled up exponentially, exploring not a kingdom but a whole galaxy in the 31st Millennium. No longer will you be fighting for the Crown of Command, but for the very future of humanity…

  • Command one of the eighteen Space Marine Legions that fought during the Horus Heresy
  • Play as one of eight of the galaxy’s greatest heroes or most notorious villains such as Roboute Guilliman or Angron
  • Multiplayer for up to 4 players
  • Challenge or team-up with your friends locally and online
  • Play against AI opponents

Includes free Erebus DLC
Erebus is one of the most prominent members of the Word Bearers Legion and a member of the Dark Council of Sicarus. He was the harbinger of the Horus Heresy, instrumental in converting first Lorgar and then Horus to Chaos. He has recently been added to the game, so try out his special abilities right now!

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2.0GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1280x768 resolution on board graphics
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: On board
    • OS: 10.8
    • Processor: 2.0GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1280x768 resolution on board graphics
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: On board
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
Product received for free
I loved the lore behind all the characters, and the amount of information about this crucial part of WH40K narrative.

A nice improvement on the original game!
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194 of 231 people (84%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
This game both looks gorgeous and has a rather nice feel to it. I've always been a bit reserved when it comes to the original Talismans playstyle remedied a couple of my concerns with the original. Even though it heavily borrows from Talisman it feels as it tries to do its own thing with it and those efforts are, at least in my opinion, successful.

That said, the game feels rather bare-bones sadly, even though the store page says that you can play all 18 Space Marine legions in their struggle to stop/help Horus from dethroning ol' emps this isn't exactly true. Out of the 18 Legions only 9 are actually given any sort of flavour at all. The Ultramarines, The Raven Guard, The Salamanders, The Sons of Horus (although with both loyalist and traitor versions), The Imperial Fists, The World Eaters, The Death Guard, The Night Lords and the Word Bearers, the rest are DLC or coming as DLC.

Normally this wouldn't be this much of an issue for me, but coming as this is a social game that I'd prefer to play with friends, and playing board games on a PC hot-seat isn't as popular as it used to be, this means that the game instantly becomes much less attractive as people don't only have to get the core game but also the DLC that they want to play their favourite characters etc.

Speaking of favourite characters! This game adheres rather strictly to the book series it seems and many of the primarchs are replaced with champion stand-ins, neither Rogal Dorn or Lorgar Aurelian are playable at this time which is a bit of a dissapointment but not a major concern. The Luna wolves/Sons of Horus are naturally represented by Garviel Loken and Ezekyle Abaddon since Horus is one of the the bosses of the game.

There are a few more complaints that I have, for example you're unable to switch sides, heretics can't redeem themselves and loyal space marines can't go traitor, characters can very easily get ridiculous amounts of resolve so they become impossible to kill (there doesn't seem to be any realistic upper cap), the UI is a bit convoluted so reading about different effects and bonuses is something that, at least I, usually just skip and let the game determine the outcome.

In closing I'd like to say that the game is probably pretty enjoyable as a fan of the setting and even though I'll probably play it some more, the incredibly greedy business model with a majority of the cast cut out to sell the 4€ DLC for 2 characters each makes the game earn a negative review.
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203 of 281 people (72%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
They just released the game for full price and already they're paywalling off characters for 20 percent of the games asking price (packs are 2 characters in each). These are nothing more then some sprites and a few different scores.

This while they only have 6 of 17 primarchs available to play in the base game. (As Horus is an end boss)

I'd hoped they learned it was ♥♥♥♥♥♥ business with Talisman. but apparently not.

I want my refund. Any business that breaks the main game into chunks, then charges you to piece together the whole experince when you already paid full price, deserves to be shut down.

edit: some clarification
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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
70.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
Talisman: The Horus Heresy is a Board Game with a Warhammer 40.000 Setting. The Goal of the Game is to beat the Emperor or the Warmaster Horus onboard of the Vengeful Spirit. To reach your Goal you have to gain a Talisman first, a very specific piece of Equipment, by completing a Task, given at one of the Planets, drawn on the Board of the Game.

The Game can be played with up to four Players in three different Modes: Single Player Mode, Online Coop- or Versus Mode and Local Coop- or Versus Mode. Especially the last one can be very interesting, if you play the Game with your Friends or Kids at Home.

At the Beginning the Player has to choose, if he want to play a Loyalist Warlord or one of the Traitor Legions. Both sides have their own Warlords, everyone with own specific Traits and Abilities. Some Warlords are designed for a more Strategic kind of Gameplay, others are more powerful in Battle, so all of them can or needs to be played in different ways. After every Match the Warlords will gain some Experience Points, which unlock up to three pieces of Equipment, which they will receive at the Beginning of a Match. Or in other Words: The Warlords can permanently level up, if they are played more than once.

The entire Game is played with Dices. You will need them in Battle (Melee or Ranged Combat), you will need them if you try to reunite with Forces of you chosen Legion (if you find them on the Board during the Game), you will need them, if you try to prevent the loss of a Life when you get beaten by your Opponents. After every turn the Game will save the Game automatically, so you will be able to continue the Game, if you need to abort, cause of a lag of Time (Note: one Match can take more than 3 Hours).

During every Match you need to level up your Warlord to make him powerful enough, so he can move onboard of the Vengeful Spirit. This will happen during Battles against other Warlords, enemy Units and Fleets or even Daemons of the Warp. You will find, collect and use Items, which will give you some advantage against your Opponents, you will reinforce yourself with Units of your Legion and supporting Fleets. You will have a good Time in the Warhammer 40.000 Universe, if you remember the most important Thing: There is only War.

The Game is made for Fans of the Warhammer 40.000 Universe and it’s made for Fans of Board Games. If you like such Games, you can’t do anything wrong, if you purchase and play this Game. Maybe you should purchase it during a Sale, but it would not be wrong if not. You can have more than 100 Hours of Fun with it, if you have some Friends (maybe in Real Life), you can play with.

I also want to recommend to purchase the Seasons Pass as well. It will add a Board Expansion to the Main Game, where you can find additional Equipment, unique Legion Units, very special Events and some Stuff more. If you own the Seasons Pass you will also get several Warlords to both Sides, and you receive a second Board Expansion, when it will be released in a few Months. With the Expansion that is released yet, the Game will become more different each time you play it, and that means it will become less repetitive.

Finally some Words to the Guys, that knows the Original Talisman, but aren’t familiar with the Warhammer 40.000 Setting. DON’T BUY THIS GAME, if you don’t have any idea what Warhammer 40.000 is. In this Game there is only War, but without Magicians, Elves, Knights or speaking Animals. If you don’t like Space Marines, if you don’t like Space Crafts, if you don’t like Laser Weapons and interplanetary Bombardments – you are completely wrong if you buy this Game. Please think about that, before you waste your Money or create a negative Review. This is not fair to the Game and it’s not fair to the Developers.
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26 of 33 people (79%) found this review helpful
119.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
Talisman with a 40k (30k) skin and some awesome gameplay tweaks.


Faster and more fluid gameplay.
Team based.
Amazing artwork.
Encounter a unit of the same faction gives you a chance to recruit them (Follower)


Multi is a bit sluggish right now
Harder to find games than Talisman DE.

Honestly, if you enjoy Talisman and the 40k Universe, this is the version for you.
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53 of 81 people (65%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
Now this is a really nice game!

The gameplay is really similar to Talisman (oh rly?), which is a good thing, since Talisman is a good tabletop game.

It's pretty easy to learn to play (I learned it in my very first match, with the tutorials and tips that appear mid-game), and it's really fun!

You start with your Warlord and must strengthen yourself and your forces, through many "event cards", equipaments, troops, fleets, or through combat experience, when you defeat an enemy. You may also fight against enemy Warlords, if you get in the same sector (place) as them.

You must get a Talisman through a quest you get in one specific Sector, and get strong enough to fight your way to The Vengeful Spirit, the place where the final battle will take place.

You will have to defeat Horus, if you're Loyalist - or The Emperor, if you're a Traitor.

One of my favorite features of this game, it's the possibility to play hotseat with any number of players you want, AND with the AI. The Online Multiplayer is also a good thing.

Don't mind the dlc. Yeah, it's day one DLC, which is never a good thing, but I really think it's unnecessary to have it.
It just adds 2 Warlords for each faction, and some dataslates (cards). The base game already have plenty of both.

So, if you like Talisman, tabletop games, or even if you just like Warhammer 40k, get this game and have some good fun!
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21 of 25 people (84%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Talisman: The Horus Heresy is a great Steam addition to the Talisman and Warhammer 40,000K series with interesting gameplay and a fair amount of content.

Okay, I want to start by saying if you’re new to Warhammer/Talisman then I wouldn’t recommend you starting here. I wanted to try out the franchise and though I am giving it a positive review I had to invest a decent amount of my own time reading up on things and learning the basics. This is most certainly NOT an intro into the series and in my opinion is not newbie friendly at all but once you’ve learnt what you need to know the gameplay is very, very fun. (This is obviously a personal opinion and others may disagree).

General Gameplay
If you’ve played Talisman you’ll be familiar with the gameplay. You can choose a character (or randomly select one) based on your own playstyle. Each character has different stats, Resolve, Fate, Strategy and a few others and these stats determine how you play and essentially if you win or not. Resolve is health, once you lose it all you die. Fate is basically your luck and determines things like die rolls. Resources are your currency and are used to buy services and equipment as you progress. Each of your stats are explained to you when you begin so you’ll quickly grasp those if you're not played before.
You move around the board into different sectors and each sector has different effects/events that’ll trigger when you land on them. Once you’ve rolled your die you’ll be able to move to any sector that is highlighted facing whatever encounter might happen to be there.
The aim of the game is to find the Talisman get to the centre of the board where you’ll face the final battle to determine the fate of the planet. Whilst travelling to toward the centre you’ll face various battles that will (hopefully) make you stronger as you play.
You can play 1v1 or go 2v2 if you want to play with an AI on your side, though the AI isn’t programmed great in my opinion and will make lots of stupid mistakes that’ll end up annoying you.
The gameplay itself is fun, though a little complex to learn but it’s one of those games (like Magic) that once you’ve learn the basics it’s something you’ll never forget and will translate well into other games in the series.

--- A great digital adaptation of Talisman/Warhammer
--- Enjoyable in-depth gameplay.
--- Intense game sessions
--- Online, solo or local game-modes
--- 1v1 or 2v2 games.

--- Release date DLC
--- Hard to grasp interface
--- Not newbie friendly (personal opinion)
--- Issues finding online games

If you’re a fan of Warhammer games or Talisman then you’ll most likely love this addition to the series. Though I wouldn’t recommend it to those of you who are new, veterans will have a great time playing as it stays true to the non-digital versions. I’d say it’s worth buying when it hits a fair discount or if you really are a die hard fan i’m sure you’ll appreciate it at full value.
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57 of 91 people (63%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
Much more polished than Talisman, but still retains that wonky, buggy and chaotic interface that forces you to re-load the game, in some instances. For example, whenever you're teleporting and click a tile accidentaly, or to see what it does, the game takes that as your choice and offers no option to go back. God forbid to enter your inventory at certain times, making it impossible to resume the game, at all.

For a price this high, I'd expect a much more polished and seamless gameplay. Witcher Adventure game costs half as much, but does the above infinitely better!

Also, the Heroes & Villains packs are nothing but a shameless cash grab.
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27 of 38 people (71%) found this review helpful
33.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
Does exactly what it says on the tin!

If you like Talisman: The Magical Quest Game, and are a fan of the Horus Heresy (or any part of the Warhammer 40,000 Universe) then you will love this game.

It is just like Talisman of old, but with some nice tweaks and features. Co-op play, more balanced and streamlined gameplay and the graphics and soundtrack are amazing!

There is a helpful tutorial to help you through the game until you get used to things, but if you are familiar with Talisman it shouldn't take very long at all.

The vanilla game has plenty for you to do, with the standard "Crown of Command" ending from Talisman being replaced by an epic on board The Vengeful Spirit.

If your favourite Primarch isn't in the game yet, you can play a Praetor from each Legion to show your true colours.

The two Heroes & Villains packs add even more content, with new Dataslates, Stratagems and two Warlords apiece.

All in all, a great conversion of Talisman to the Warhammer 40K (well, 30K!) Universe and I look forward to what is to come.
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27 of 39 people (69%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
Options > Advanced Options > Increase camera and AI speed to 7

For better gameplay experience, consume some snacks and drink.
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9.9 hrs
Posted: July 5
Though I was unfamiliar with the Talisman board game, I have always been a fan of Warhammer 40K games. It seemed like a very unique game due to the fact it was based on a board game with a Warhammer 40K "polish", so I opted to purchase it on sale and was not disappointed. Having stated that, I recommend only picking up this game when it is on sale, as the retail price is a bit steep, particularly with the DLC.

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19.8 hrs
Posted: July 3
Talisman with a 40k skin and set during the Heresy. Great art on the cards, but I find the board itself lacking. The game moves a bit faster than classic Talisman and you are split into traitor or loyalist chapters. The dice roll system is the same sadly.

The first expansion is good and Perturabo is now in the game. So death to the false emperor.

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1.2 hrs
Posted: June 25
I'm a fan of Talisman but haven't had much to do with Warhammer, however it was on sale so I thought I'd give it a go. Although the graphics are better, it seems fairly clunky to play without the oldschool "charm" of the original talisman game. The board set up was forgettable without any obvious labeling or strongly defined graphics short of having to click on each square individually. I guess you'd remember eventually after playing the game for a while but still a bit annoying. Your own character's account seemed difficult to access and check at times and some squares seemed to be difficult to tell what you're going to be up against until you've already been there. Characters can acquire large amounts of resolve quickly under certain circumstances making them fairly impossible to kill. If you're already a warhammer fan you might like it. I'm going to have to give it a miss.

Edit: Just so you know, you can only get a steam wallet refund for this game (not a paypal one) if you try it and don't like it because of "consumable content?!" (Even though I didn't buy anything extra) :(
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5.0 hrs
Posted: June 24
Product received for free
DARKKi's Dark Star Reviews - Talisman: The Horus Heresy

This game uses Talisman's rule system and is set in WH40k universe, it's not just an reskin but there are multiple things added too. Biggest chance is that this game is co-op loyalists vs traitors (Emperor vs Horus). Normal stats and other things like goals and board is taken from basic Talisman but brought to life in fantastic WH40k setting and graphically is much more better looking than Talisman.

Talisman has pretty steep learning curve but tutorial/tooltips explain good amount of things to get hang of this game. For those not familiar with Talisman (board game transferred to digital form) first you choose your hero which all have special abilities and six different stats: resolve (hp), fate (rerolls mainly), resources (money), close combat, ranged combat and strategy.

At the beginning of each turn you roll the dice to see where you move and every space has different kind of encounters (and usually need dice roll to determine what happens) and they also are different to each faction. You will travel around battling enemies and other players, buying gear, units etc. Board is divided into three parts: outer, middle and center and to complete the game you must reach the center of the galaxy. When combat happens it is usually done by dice rolls (with added bonuses of equipment and such) but there are some specific special abilities also.

Rating and Should you buy this game


If you do not like Talisman then you do not like this either! But if you are fan of WH40k universe and Talisman then this is your dream come true!

  • Really good graphics for Talisman game!
  • WH40k with Horus Heresy!
  • Really great conversion of Talisman to WH40k world
  • Hotseat mode along with other online modes
  • Much depth
  • Co-op
  • Great artwork!

  • DLC's cost too much and there are many of them (just like in original Talisman)
  • Not much online players

Hardware Information

CPUAMD FX-8350 @ 4,7GHz
GPUNvidia GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition - Overclocked
RAM16GB DDR3 1333MHz @ 1830Hz
ControllerXbox One and Playstation 3 Contollers
OSWindows 10 Pro 64bit


Source of consideration: I got this game for review purposes but it does not influence my opinion
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