[FTW]Sk3lus Oct 14, 2013 @ 11:40am
Any good?
I'm too cheap to try it and comment :). If you already bought, feel free to share!
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Cleril Oct 14, 2013 @ 11:51am 
I bought it on Desura, played it for maybe 30 minutes and got bored.

It's all dice rolls without much strategy and it's purely Single Player.
Ducky Oct 14, 2013 @ 12:06pm 
It's great if you like board games which is really the extent of the game. If you don't have the stamina for e.g. Ticket to Ride or Catan, do not bother as this goes far beyond those. Fans of those games and the Talisman boardgame adore it though; both versions.

Don't get Prologue though but the proper version; Digital Edition. Comes with a free copy of the Prologue version now as well.
copper1956 Oct 14, 2013 @ 12:10pm 
Emre Oct 14, 2013 @ 12:35pm 
Yes, it's a great game if you're into board games.
Dangus Oct 14, 2013 @ 1:07pm 
For what it is, yes. It's a great board game if you're into that kind of thing and the PC port is well done in execution. If you don't like board games, avoid it.

It's also on iOS, fyi.
Sickfarts Oct 14, 2013 @ 2:01pm 
Originally posted by Cleril:
I bought it on Desura, played it for maybe 30 minutes and got bored.

It's all dice rolls without much strategy and it's purely Single Player.

I'm with cleril on this one, nothing against this game itself, but just the actual Talisman game it is based off of.

It is essentially fantasy monopoly with some twists. That makes for a 90% random and relatively boring game without much thought involved (to me at least.) But I do know alot of people really enjoy the actual Talisman board game (like jam here) so to each his own I suppose.

If you want multiplayer go with the other digital deluxe version of talisman, this one is just scenarios and singleplayer.
Coookie Oct 14, 2013 @ 2:27pm 
Yes. It's still a board game though, so not something I would recommend to everybody :)
Aionion Oct 14, 2013 @ 2:40pm 
Hmmm...a little confused here due to the comparisons. Firstly, I've never played the actual boardgame, but I do enjoy boardgames.

The confusion: some people are saying that this is just "dice roles" and there isn't much depth, which I take to mean that there is more randomness than actual strategy. But someone compared it to Catan (at least, the 'fun factor' anyway). But Catan, while involving some randomness (like most games do), is highly strategic and does have a bit of depth as far as board games go.

So how does the depth of this game compare to Catan?
Sickfarts Oct 14, 2013 @ 3:53pm 
Originally posted by Aionion:
Hmmm...a little confused here due to the comparisons. Firstly, I've never played the actual boardgame, but I do enjoy boardgames.

The confusion: some people are saying that this is just "dice roles" and there isn't much depth, which I take to mean that there is more randomness than actual strategy. But someone compared it to Catan (at least, the 'fun factor' anyway). But Catan, while involving some randomness (like most games do), is highly strategic and does have a bit of depth as far as board games go.

So how does the depth of this game compare to Catan?

its hard to compare it to catan because the way that the randomness it implements is very different. I would say that catan has a much greater fun factor for me, despite its shortcommings (someone left behind syndrome)

the problem with this game is that dice-rolling is a very key feature to the whole thing. wheras catan uses it simply to determine resources (this luck factor is also mitigated by your strategic placements of settlements so it sort of hedges your bets) Talisman uses dicerolling for every facet of the game essentially. You have to roll dice to move, you roll dice to fight, you roll dice for events, you roll dice to see if you make it to the next level, you roll dice for having to take a bathroom break (har har har.) But in all seriousness the only real strategy you can make in this is from the choice of levels to your character. sometimes this isn't even a choice.

if your looking for something where you feel like you are actually in control of how the game plays I would avoid talisman. If you dont mind that part and are fine being along for the ride then you should consider it. As I have said before it is really hit or miss between players dependant on how much or how little strategy and luck they desire.

hope that answered your question.

EDIT: if you are familiar with board game terminology Talisman is a hardcore Ameritrash game (more dicerolling) While Catan would be classified as a light Euro-Game (more strategy focused.)
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Aionion Oct 14, 2013 @ 3:57pm 
Hmmm....well, I'm no stranger to dice rolling.

I've enjoyed games like AD&D, Risk, Axis & Allies and others...all of which have quite a bit of dice rolling. I think however, that in these games, you can mitigate the randomness a bit (less so with Risk of course). That's a part of the strategy I think.

Is it the case that you can do the same w/ Talisman or does it rely far more on randomness than actual brain power (something like simplistic kids games such as Sorry! for example)?
Sickfarts Oct 14, 2013 @ 4:08pm 
Originally posted by Aionion:
Hmmm....well, I'm no stranger to dice rolling.

I've enjoyed games like AD&D, Risk, Axis & Allies and others...all of which have quite a bit of dice rolling. I think however, that in these games, you can mitigate the randomness a bit (less so with Risk of course). That's a part of the strategy I think.

Is it the case that you can do the same w/ Talisman or does it rely far more on randomness than actual brain power (something like simplistic kids games such as Sorry! for example)?

It is a little more complex than sorry. In my first reply I mentioned it was like fantasy monopoly, and I still stand by that comparison. Monopoly has outlets for tidbits of strategy, but you can still play it with a kid and the kid could win.

The only way to hedge your bets in monopoly is by weighing your options between buying property, upgrading property, and trading. In the end however it really all comes down to dicerolls. You could prepare all you want, but roll a 2 and hit the enemy player's hotel on Park Place and go bankrupt.

Talisman is sort of the same way. You can hedge your bets by upgrading your characters stats to better fend off monsters or pass through the gates to the next areas (the sole purpose of the game is to get to the center of the board) but it still all comes down to your dicerolls. you could hedge your bets. however a young kid could play this game as well and suceed simply through the luck of the draw despite making poor choices.
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Aionion Oct 14, 2013 @ 4:10pm 
I see. Thanks for your feedback. I may hold off on this for a bit then as I prefer games that have a bit more depth to them (unless I'm in a casual gaming mood).
copper1956 Oct 15, 2013 @ 12:55am 
boring beyond imagination... roll dice, move that number of steps, draw card, monster, roll dice, if your roll greater you win, repeat. the only 'strategic' decision you make -- move clockwise or counterclockwise...
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Cleril Oct 15, 2013 @ 6:51am 
Originally posted by Sickfarts:
Originally posted by Cleril:
I bought it on Desura, played it for maybe 30 minutes and got bored.

It's all dice rolls without much strategy and it's purely Single Player.

I'm with cleril on this one, nothing against this game itself, but just the actual Talisman game it is based off of.

It is essentially fantasy monopoly with some twists. That makes for a 90% random and relatively boring game without much thought involved (to me at least.) But I do know alot of people really enjoy the actual Talisman board game (like jam here) so to each his own I suppose.

If you want multiplayer go with the other digital deluxe version of talisman, this one is just scenarios and singleplayer.

Yes, I would recommend the digital deluxe which includes this version of the game anyway.

Although I do not own said deluxe edition it at least has multiplayer which even if the game is as random as this version at least there would be interaction between players.

Granted, that doesn't mean the game is good if it's only fun because you're playing with friends.

Frankly, the developer should put this as a demo to the deluxe edition or just make it a completely free sample especially if buying the digital deluxe edition gives you this game for free. If I was the owner of this series I would not be asking money for this version.

My credentials being that I am an independent developer. This is just my two cents of course.
Stonin Oct 15, 2013 @ 10:40am 
I've played the original board game extensively. If people say there is no depth or tactics involved then they are doing it wrong. Yes the dice is king, just like cards are king in poker, but how you plan what you do, when you do it and why you do it have a massive impact on your success against other players, just like poker.
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