My parents bought me another one of my favorite board games, Drakborgen (released as DungeonQuest elsewhere), I'm guessing it was around 86-87 (which would have made me 9 or 10) since the game itself was released in 85. Me and my dad started playing it like crazy, and I introduced some of my friends to it and we started to play it as well. Tons of fun!
A year or two later, my partents bought me Talisman (the 2nd edition, in Swedish) for me, and I loved that game just as much. Talisman and Drakborgen are probably my two favorite board games, so I guess that speaks volumes as to how much my parents knew my tastes in games (and just how cool they were!). Played this with my dad and close circle of friends (same friends as before), and we played it to death. No expansions, they weren't released over here.
I still have my copy of 2nd edition somewhere, but it's very used and beaten up, but the memories that lie in that piece of board! I was actually considering getting the 2nd edition in english as well, just to get my hands on the expansions, but soon found out that those things cost a fortune on places like ebay. Gave that up soon enough.
Don't know how I stumbled across the revised 4th edition, but man am I glad I did! Have all the expansions up to this date, will continue to buy future expansions and the experience is so much richer and fine tuned now this time around when compared to the 2nd edition. I have some cherished memories from 2nd, but by playing with my brother, brother-in-law and some close friends, I'm starting to rack up new and exciting memories with the 4th edition. Such good times!
Talisman, definitely one of the (of not THE) most fun, well-crafted and intriguing board games of all time. I'm glad my parents bought it for me back in the day, because it's going to have a special place in my heart until the day I die.