Well, it is fantasy, so it can be anything, I suppose.
But I approach Talisman as a real world kind of thing. The world just doesn't have a couple of things that define or is its' essence.
I like a fantasy game that has demons, undead, fairies, werewolves, goblins, and.everything.else.
I don't recall that the grand daddy of all fantasy games, D and D, sequestered or segregated its "world". I remember that a Vampire could be in one chamber and then a Dark Elf Queen in another, for example.
And I only play a 2 player game and I've never felt that I was cheated because hardly/no Frostmarch cards, or whatever, were not more represented (due to shuffling,etc)
In fact quite the opposite. If you only play one, or a small amount of these sets, wouldn't the sense of expectation diminish, because you knew, for example that most likely your next encounter would be
1) an Ifrit
2) an undead
3) an opportunity for a Quest.
Rather than really knowing what lurked around the next bend. I think that is exactly why Talisman is meant/can be played with all sets.
Edited by 0beron, 16 August 2014 - 05:57 PM.