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.
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!
Talisman: Digital Edition News! 31st October 2013
Nomad Games have made an updated available for the Early Access version of Talisman: Digital Edition which fixes up a few bugs and gives a special bonus for Halloween!
If you fire up your Steam client, you can get the update and have the Grim Reaper in your game to celebrate this spooky time of year. Please note that this is NOT the full Reaper expansion, just a nice taster! You can find out more over at the Store Page for the game. Enjoy!
Talisman: Digital Edition News! 25th October 2013
Fantasy Flight Games have made an interesting news post about the Early Access of Talisman: Digital Edition from Nomad Games which is well worth a read!
Some other great news via FFG is that Elder Sign: Omens has just been been Greenlit over on Steam which will be another game to look out for.
Also, I must give hearty congratulations to Talisman fan "evhaloon" for being the lucky winner of the Talisman: Digital Edition Steam Code giveaway that I have been running this week. Thanks very much to everyone that took the trouble to enter the competition, and a special thanks to the Nomads for kindly donating the code!
Talisman: Digital Edition News! 22nd October 2013
The chaps from Nomad Games have posted a new Development Update over on their blog which gives some insight about some of the features that have been added to Talisman: Digital Edition since its Early Access release on Steam!
If you want to learn more about the game, head over to the Steam Store for the game and have a peek at new artwork and learn more about the Steam distribution platform.
In other news, the kind Nomads have given me a copy of Talisman: Digital Edition on Steam to give away on the site! Rather than stage a time consuming competition, I'll just ask people to email me and I will pick a lucky winner at some point on Friday 25th October.
Talisman: Digital Edition News! 10th October 2013
There was some really exciting news this week, when the guys from Nomad Games announced that Talisman: Digital Edition would be making an appearance on the Steam gaming platform earlier than anyone thought!
This will be an EARLY ACCESS release, which is a version that is still being honed and that is not quite complete, but is certainly getting there with local multiplayer, all base game cards active and save game functionality. You can take a look at the Early Access Disclaimer on the site to see exactly what is to be included and what to expect.
Basically, this will act as a way to get feedback from players to help with the final relase. The good news is that you will get automatically updated on release day, and there is a nice bonus in that you will also get a free copy of Talisman Prologue for your trouble!
So, get yourself over the the game's Store Page and take a look at what is going on there. You can join in discussions and prepare for the future by adding fans to your Steam Friends list. Feel free to add me if you like by searching for "talismanisland". Surprise!
Chris May has also started up a Facebook community group so that you can arrange games, meet other players and discuss tactics and experiences. Come on over and say hello!
Strange Eons Competition News! 6th October 2013
I apologise for not posting sooner, but I would like to announce the winner of the competition to create a default City card for use in the Talisman plugin for the Strange Eons card creation tool! So many congratulations to Henrik Rostedt for his winning entry, which will be included when the tool is updated in the near future!
I think that the Rooftop Runner is a great addition to the tool, and gives a nice story to the great artwork by Wojciech Rzewuski. Thanks very much to those who took the time to send an entry, and I hope that Henrik enjoys his Doppelganger and Instructor bonus cards!
Talisman: Digital Edition News! 2nd October 2013
Nomad Games have produced a new teaser trailer for the Steam version of Talisman: Digital Edition which includes the news that The Reaper expansion will be available on release day!
The game is looking really special now with a huge amount of enhancements to the UI and in-game artwork along with some new music too!
Just to add that if you haven't taken the plunge with Talisman Prologue to get a taster of what is to come, now is the time to do it! It is available for a paltry 69p for both Android and iOS devices! Great news!
Talisman 30th Anniversary News! 5th September 2013
Way back in the mists of time, at GW's Games Day 1983, a board game was unleashed onto an unsuspecting public.
That board game was... Calamity! designed by the composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.
As you have likely never heard of said game, it is probably true to say that it did not fare too well.
However, at the same time, GW launched another board game. A light fantasy romp through a magical land by a certain Bob Harris. That game was reasonably well received and to this day is still played, both in its original and revised forms by players throughout the world.
THAT board game was... Talisman: The Magical Quest Game.
The 5th of November 2013 will be the 30th Anniversary of the game's launch and Talisman Island will be marking it by showing off a small surprise which has been cooked up by the fevered minds of Gary Chalk, Bob Harris, John Goodenough and myself.
Hopefully I am not building it up too much, but I suspect that people will get a kick out of it. I will add a small teaser picture below, though it shouldn't be too hard to figure out what is going on.
Just to add, that it would be nice if people could perhaps get a game organised for the night of the 5th of November in honour of this occasion. If you can take some pictures of the celebrations then I will make a gallery on Talisman Island.
*Note: People in the UK will likely be having bonfires and fireworks that evening, but I am going to pretend that they are all celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Talisman anyway!
Talisman: Digital Edition News! 28th August 2013
Well, thanks to the small army of fans who have voted, the chaps at Nomad Games have finally managed to get Talisman: Digital Edition "greenlit" on the Steam digital distribution platform, which is a fantastic achievement!
Looking at the screenshot below, you can see the new Play Area, along with some of the new art and tweaks to the UI that have been added to the game in recent weeks. It's looking great!
The Nomads are looking at an initial release date of November 5th to coincide with the 30th Anniversary of Talisman, with it coming to Steam some time in December. It's all looking very good indeed for the future of Talisman: Digital Edition!
Talisman: Collector's Edition News! 24th August 2013
There has been some interesting news tweeted by Nomad Games about Talisman: Digital Edition, though this seems to have already broken on German sites some time in June!
It would appear that Headup Games will be publishing a physical version of Talisman: Digital Edition, which will also come with Talisman Prologue, the soundtrack, desktop theme, strategy guide AND some examples of the original card art!
There is nothing yet on the Headup Games website, and no news from Nomad Games about whether there will be an English language release, but you can read a little about it (in German) over on the Spielmagazin.de website.
Strange Eons Competition News! 22nd August 2013
It's been a while since I updated the Talisman plugin for the fantastic Strange Eons card creation tool, but I have been making a little bit of progress recently. I have not been able to rewrite the tool as yet for use with the latest version of Strange Eons, but I have been tinkering with the older version and will shortly be making the assets for the Blood Moon and City expansions available.
As with the Dragon expansion, I have added City cards as a separate type, and therefore will be needing an example card to display when that option is selected. Wojciech Rzewuski, an artist and big fan of the game, has kindly agreed that I may include a copy of his painting - Night Watch - in the tool! You can take a look at more of his creations at his portfolio page.
All you need to do is come up with a suitable card for use with the City deck using the above image and the winning entry will be featured in the plugin. Full credit will be given within the tool, and the winner will get a couple of bonus cards - Doppelganger and Instructor - for their trouble!
The above example shows how you might use the image in a number of ways, depending on how much text is involved, to create a variety of card types. The winner will be chosen at some time during the 22nd September, so there is plenty of time to get your thinking hats on! Good luck!
Relic & Talisman International News! 14th August 2013
This is just a little reminder to those of you who might like to play Relic and Talisman in a language other than English. The translations of Relic and the Talisman: The City expansion by FFG's international partners are either on sale now or coming very soon!
This week brings Gen Con Indy where it is hoped that there will be some news of the latest happenings for Talisman and Relic and there will hopefully be some news to come of the beta test for Talisman: Digital Edition following the games recent outing at Games Day Germany!
Talisman Prologue HD News! 9th July 2013
The chaps from Nomad Games have certainly been rather busy in the last month or so! Today brings news of a major update for Talisman Prologue HD which gives players on Android and iOS devices the chance to play as one of 6 new characters previously only playable digitally on PC platforms!
As well as some tweaks and fixes, you can now play through the legendary Magical Quest as the Amazon, Leprechaun, Minotaur, Sage, Sprite or Vampire Hunter - and the best thing is that the update is completely FREE!!
So, whether you are using an Android phone or tablet or an iOS device, you can get the update (and if you haven't taken the plunge yet. Why not??)
Talisman: Digital Edition News! 21st June 2013
Nomad Games have posted a very interesting and informative Development Update over on their blog which gives the latest news about Talisman: Digital Edition!
As you can see there are some changes afoot, including the updating of several pieces of art from the game along with some gameplay tweaks and features! Roll on November!!
Talisman: Digital Edition News! 4th June 2013
It appears that the chaps from Nomad Games have been hard at work once again! We've already seen some screenshots and a work in progress video from Talisman: Digital Edition and now you can see a sneak peek of one of the updated board personalities that you might meet on your quest!
"Didst thou upsetteth my flagon?"
"What a handsome chap he is!" - I hear you remark. That's right! It's me! I was rather honoured to be asked if I would like to become the Farmer from the Tavern in the next digital iteration of the game, and I hope the results are not too terrifying!
While we are waiting for more news from the Nomads, you could go and visit the game's Steam Greenlight page and cast your vote, which could help the development of the game along nicely by bringing it to a much larger audience!
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!
It goes without saying that everything presented on this site is copyright of its respective creator and is presented free on this site for the greater good of the Talisman Community. So please don't steal anything and try to sell or auction it off as your own work. Please also note that it is bad form to hotlink to any images here on Talisman Island and to take images for use on other sites without at least asking permission!