Talisman has caught my attention for some time. I've read mixed reviews here and there, but always positive ones from the ST gang (the most trusted of resources). I do remember reading somewhere (although I couldn't find the post to link to) where I believe it was JW who said it was not a solo-able game. Am I dreaming or did I read that? Maybe it was Z and not JW? Regardless, that comment stuck in my head.
Seeing as how that kind of game would be a solo game for me, I opted for the digital version on Steam and finally took the plunge today. The table was a disaster as my wife was organizing more things (still from our move), so getting a game to the table was not possible unfortunatley. It was a good time to give Talisman a shot.
I gotta say, I enjoyed it. I played two games today. Lost both.
I loved how quick it was to learn. The tutorial took place as you played your first game. And it wasn't much to figure it out since the cards dictate what's happening for the most part. Quickly I also realized it was a nice mixture of luck and skill involved. I'm not a fan of "luck only" kind of games anymore, but this one had enough decisions to make to keep me happy. Especially as the game goes on.
Plenty of characters to choose from as well, to keep things interesting each game. 😉
1. The Reaper, for extra adventure cards. Then play a few times. Then, depending on what you find lacking: 2a. The City, to buy specific stuff instead of randomly finding it. 2b. The Highlands, for if you want more variety around level 6-9. 2c. The Dungeon, for if you want more variety around level 10-12. Then, if you still enjoy it: a flavour deck of choice. I like Firelands, others the Bloodmoon. All this from memory, so please buy one at a time and wait for people to correct me. BTW isn't Origins a separate game?
@JW and @Zerbique: I just went to save some expansion for Talisman on my Steam account and was overwhelmed! LOL There's so many. Granted a bunch are character expansions...
Which expansions would you guys recommend? I put Origins on my wishlist, but from there I have no idea of which I should wishlist next.
The iphone version is very cheap. There is a Talisman: Digital Edition and Talisman: Origins. I guess this is a good way to accustom one’s self to the game before moving on to the actual board copies?
I once played the digital version against the AI and then against JW. I can't recall any skills required, it seemed very random to me. 😄 It was silly fun though. 😊