Welcome to Talisman Island. A humble fan site dedicated to what I think is the best Fantasy genre game ever produced: Talisman - The Magical Quest Game. Designed by Bob Harris and originally released by Games Workshop in 1983, Talisman is now having a well-deserved revival in the capable hands of Fantasy Flight Games, with a digital version now available from Nomad Games.
Don't forget to take a look at the screenshots on the Genie's store page as you might just get a small hint of something to come...
Talisman: The Nether Realm International News! 7th April 2014
During a bit of a mooch around various sites tonight, I happened to notice that The Nether Realm has been added to the catalogue pages of Edge Entertainment, with the rather splendid title of Le Royaume d’Outre Monde!
It looks like it won't be available for a little while yet, but as you can imagine I was quite excited by this news and am looking forward to seeing the expansion in German, Polish and Italian too!
Once again, you can purchase this additional content via the link above, but if you do a quick calculation, you should save yourself a bit of money in the long run and spring for the Gold Pack, which includes a copy of Talisman: Prologue, Talisman: Digital Edition and all current and future downloadable content!
Nomad Games have done a great job with this new character and if you keep your eyes peeled, it looks like there will be some more character packs available soon!
Also, the latest update to Talisman: Digital Edition has added House Rules to the game, plus the limited edition bonus cards that were released for the physical game!
Now with added Courtesan, Doppelganger & Instructor!
Talisman Island: 15th Anniversary News! 10th March 2014
All of the entries to the 15th Anniversary giveaway have been read, reread and shuffled and three lucky winners have been chosen by a specially designed lottery algorithm - or to use her proper name - my wife, Sarah.
I am happy to announce that the winner of The Nether Realm expansion is Pawel Piwnicki, and the two sets of bonus cards (Doppelganger & Instructor) will be going out to Tim Kelly and Stewart Grieve!
I am very grateful to those that took the time to enter the competition. It was really nice to read the stories of why Talisman means so much to people and it's good to know that I am not alone in my love of the game!
Just to add that in the next week or so I will be running yet another competition where you could win yourself a copy of Talisman: Digital Edition along with some extra prizes of additional content from those generous chaps at Nomad Games! Check back soon!
Talisman: Digital Edition News! 25th February 2014
The best value option I think is to get the Talisman: Digital Edition Gold Pack, that gives you a copy of Talisman: Digital Edition, Talisman Prologue AND the Season Pass, which includes all current and future DLC for the game.
Oh, and I've been given some codes for Talisman: Digital Edition for Steam by those generous Nomads! Look out for a giveaway on Talisman Island in the near future!
Talisman Island: 15th Anniversary News! 24th February 2014
On this day in history, a lot of things happened. Yet, one thing is absent from the lists on Wikipedia, as today marks the 15th anniversary of Talisman Island!
To celebrate this milestone, I am giving away a few pieces of Talisman Booty! The LAST TWO copies I have of the bonus cards - Doppelganger & Instructor - AND a copy of The Nether Realm expansion (designed by yours truly), which will be given out to three lucky winners in a couple of weeks time.
There is no competition as such, as this will be a simple random drawing at some point during the 9th of March. All you need to do is send me an email (address down the page) telling me what it is about Talisman that you love! That's it! Oh, and you might want to tell me which you would prefer out of both options, as there might be people who already own a copy of the cards or expansion.
I'll be making mention of this on the Talisman Island Facebook page as well as on Twitter, so if you could go there and give those pages a Like or a Follow, I'd be much obliged! Good luck!!
Talisman: Digital Edition News! 21st February 2014
Firstly, a sneaky peek at the packaging for the retail version of Talisman: Collector's Digital Edition, which will be available soon. It will include a copy of Talisman Prologue, TWO copies* of Talisman: Digital Edition (*one for you and one as a gift over Steam), art cards and more!
Soon, My Precious...
Secondly, a good excuse to keep your eye on the "attract sequence" that plays when you launch Talisman: Digital Edition. As you can see from the shot below, sometimes there is content already added to the game that has yet to be activated!
I spy with my little eye, something beginning with E!
Relic: Nemesis Expansion News! 20th February 2014
A new article about the Nemesis Expansion expansion for Relic has been posted on the Fantasy Flight Games website, which also features some card examples to check out!
This time there is a word from the expansion's designer, Alex Davy, giving the heads up on the mysterious Nemeses and what you can expect from this expansion which brings 6 player gaming to the Antian Sector, including the much anticipated PvP combat!
Talisman: The Firelands News! 17th February 2014
Fantasy Flight Games have recently posted another two news items about The Firelands expansion for the Revised 4th Edition of Talisman over on their site!
The first of these gives an insight into some of the Adventure Cards that you will find in the expansion, along with one of the new Alternative Endings, Spreading Flames. The latest gives a closer look at the Jin Blooded and Nomad, as well as the Crown of Flame Alternative Ending!
Hopefully this means that the expansion isn't too far away and will be hitting store shelves soon. It's going to be hot stuff!
Talisman: The Firelands Sneak Peek #7! 2nd February 2014
According to Game Trade Magazine, The Firelands expansion for the Revised 4th Edition of Talisman should be shipping next month some time, so to help tide you over here is another sneak peek of one of the spells featured in the expansion!
First up will be the Exorcist, and there is a poll to help decide which Character will be next to be released from the selection of 11, including the Goblin Shaman, Apprentice Mage and Jester!
They have also updated the Season Pass page for the game with news that The Nether Realm expansion will be making it's way onto a digital platform. The other news is that The Frostmarch expansion will be the next one to be released so that they can add Alternative Endings to the mix!
The guys have recently activated Steam Achievements to the game. Some of which are nice and simple to get and others will take a bit of doing!
From Charming an Animal as the Minstrel to Teleporting 3 times in 1 turn, there is plenty to keep you occupied as you play the game against friends and offline too!
Relic: Nemesis Expansion News! 17th January 2014
Fantasy Flight Games have just announced the Nemesis Expansion expansion for the Relic over on their website and it looks to be a great addition to the game!
The expansion finally brings player versus player combat to the Antian Sector with the introduction of Nemeses, which represent enemies of the Imperium. There are 2 new playable characters, new scenarios, new threats and new types of wargear to tempt even the most puritanical agents of the Imperium. You can also now play a game of Relic with up to 6 players!
Talisman: The Firelands Sneak Peek #6! 17th January 2014
I think you've waited long enough for the next sneak peek for The Firelands expansion for the Revised 4th Edition of Talisman, so I thought I would show you one of the mysterious strangers who travel through the lands of Talisman!
Marid Sultana by Felicia Cano
Talisman: Digital Edition News! 10th January 2014
The hard working chaps from Nomad Games have only gone and launched The Reaper expansion for Talisman: Digital Edition along with a special Season Pass for those of you that want to get ALL of the future DLC for the game for a great price!
Players who have already purchased a Gold or Platinum preorder of the game will get access to the new expansion automatically, but if you want to add it to your game just follow the links below.
This is all still subject to the normal Early Access conditions, so you may find some bugs as you play through the game, but it's REALLY cool having the extra Characters to play with along with all of the new Adventure Cards!
Four new characters to play with!
New foes to battle and face The Grim Reaper himself!
You can find out more about the update on the Season Pass page, along with some details about future content that will be coming for the game, including all expansions produced to date for the Revised 4th Edition of Talisman plus some new exclusive content!
Talisman: Digital Edition & Talisman: Prologue News! 9th January 2014
What with two expansions for the Revised 4th Edition of Talisman being announced in the last month, news posts for Talisman: Digital Edition and Talisman: Prologue on the Steam digital distribution system have taken a bit of a back seat recently!
I thought I would add a few notes about the additional features that are common to other games on the platform, and perhaps of interest to the collectors amongst you, especially if you like to have a bit of "virtual" booty!
Example trading cards, "foils" and booster packs
Trading cards give access to full sized artwork
"Crafting" badges helps you to level up!
Get special emoticons to use in Steam chat
Background images can spice up your profile page!
Basically, playing the game can get you Steam Trading Cards which can be "crafted" to make badges and random gifts like emoticons, backgrounds and discount vouchers for use on Steam!
You will get four card "drops" for just playing the game, and then booster packs are awarded randomly for using Steam. Complete your collection by buying, selling and trading on the Steam Community Market, but mind how you go as it can get to be a bit addictive!
Talisman: The Firelands Sneak Peek #5! 3rd January 2014
Welcome to 2014 from Talisman Island, and to start off the year I have another sneak peek to show you from The Firelands expansion, which will be available in the next couple of months!
Magma Storm by Dimitri Bielak
Talisman: The Nether Realm Sneak Peek #4! 31st December 2013
Well it's the last day of 2013, so I figured that I would post my final sneak peek for The Nether Realm expansion as people have been getting their copies delivered in the last few days. I'll have plenty more to show you from The Firelands expansion in the New Year! See you on the other side!!
Mist Giant by Joshua Cairós
Talisman: The Firelands Sneak Peek #4! 29th December 2013
I figured it was about time for another sneak peek from The Firelands expansion, so here is a great piece by Felicia Cano taken from one of the Alternative Endings that is included!
A Hero Rises by Felicia Cano
Talisman: The Nether Realm Sneak Peek #3! 26th December 2013
The Nether Realm Print on Demand expansion for the Revised 4th Edition of Talisman should be making its way to people's houses any day now, so I figured another sneak peek was in order. This time it is a fearsome foe that can change its appearance on the roll of a die!
Polymorph by Bruno Balixa
Talisman: The Firelands Sneak Peek #3! 24th December 2013
What's that? You'd like to see another sneak peek of artwork from The Firelands expansion? Well, here you go then!
Curse of Flame by Aaron Acevedo
Talisman: The Nether Realm Sneak Peek #2! 23rd December 2013
Another day is here along with a new sneak peek for Talisman, and this time it depicts one of the Alternative Endings that can be found in The Nether Realm!
The Gauntlet by Guillaume Ducos
Talisman: The Firelands Sneak Peek #2! 22nd December 2013
As promised, I have a number of sneak peeks planned for the recently announced expansions for Talisman, and first up we have a hot little number from The Firelands!
Ifrit Sorceress by Felicia Cano
Talisman: The Nether Realm News! 20th December 2013
It seems that expansions for Talisman are like buses. You wait ages for one, and then two come along at once! The Nether Realm has just been announced over on the Fantasy Flight Games website, which is the first Print on Demand expansion for the Revised 4th Edition of Talisman!
The expansion features three new Alternative Endings, and introduces the perilous Nether deck which harbours a selection of the most dangerous Enemies to stalk the lands of Talisman, along with a whole host of new deadly creatures and encounters. If adventure is what you seek, then you shall be granted it... and then some!
Once again I have number of sneak peeks to show you, so between The Nether Realm and The Firelands, there should be plenty to come and see on Talisman Island over the next few weeks!
Aerochanter by Sara Diesel
Talisman: The Firelands News! 17th December 2013
The lands of Talisman have been unusually quiet since the gates of The City were opened around a year ago, but now a new threat has emerged to challenge the brave adventurers in their quest for the Crown of Command! Fantasy Flight Games have announced The Firelands expansion for the Revised 4th Edition of Talisman over on their website!
The expansion introduces the fiery world of the Ifrit, who bring flame and destruction to the lands of Talisman. With new Characters, Alternative Endings and Adventure Cards, your journey to the Crown will never be the same again, but with the new Terrain Cards even the very ground you walk on can be transformed!
FFG have kindly allowed me to show off some sneak peeks over the next few weeks, which should whet your appetite for the perils to come! Keep visiting when you can, and look out for more artwork in the near future.
Ifrit Invasion by Mark Bulahao
Talisman: Digital Edition News! 12th December 2013
I thought it was about time that I made a small update about what the chaps at Nomad Games have been getting up to in the last month or so since Talisman: Digital Edition went into Early Access over on the Steam digital distribution system!
There have been a number of tweaks and fixes made, and a LOT of new features have been added to the game since the first release. The biggest news is that online multiplayer is live and, after a few teething problems, appears to be working well.
Add to this XP, levels, leaderboards, changes to Spell timings, bonus Runestones and more! Bear in mind that this is still an Early Access release, so it is a work in progress, but things are definitely going in the right direction!
Starting a multiplayer game
Runestones give special bonuses
Gain XP and level up!
There are a couple of small tweaks that I particularly like too - New artwork is in place for the Talisman card and the Command Spell now has a card to represent a successful casting!
New Talisman art
Hopefully it won't be too long before we will be able to see more of the Reaper expansion than we did at Halloween. I am sure you will agree that more content will be most welcome!
A sneak peek at the Reaper expansion
Talisman 30th Anniversary News! 5th November 2013
Well, the day is here and it is time to celebrate 30 glorious years of your favourite fantasy board game and I hope some of you have been able to get a game of Talisman in to mark the occasion!
I've written up a small article for the anniversary which I hope will be of interest, and you will be able to find out a little more about our little adventurer friend above who has been shrouded in mystery for a few months!
I've been working on clearing the decks of things I need to upload and articles I need to sort and I am getting there, but very slowly.
Keep on visiting and there should be some new content when you come back!
Remember, Talisman Island is what YOU make it. If you have anything that you would like to be presented in any of the sections, just fire off an email to me and we'll try to get your creations to the masses!
Have a look around the place, let me know what you like, what you don't like and what else you'd like to see!
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