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#41 SubElement

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 12:11 AM

Gorthuar said:

 

Cool, didn't know that. The upgrade pack *does* contain quite a lot of new cards, but I guess they're just reprinted to correct errors rather then apply changes.

So, in essence, FFG has provided all the means to play updated Talisman without even buying the upgrade pack? Of course it won't be as aestethically pleasing as with the pack, but I still find it a bizzare practice. Won't the owners of BI's edition just use the freebies en masse, instead of upgrading?

Where did the Germans get the new character rules, btw?

 

Don't quote me, but I do remember him saying something of the sort, obviously excluding the many error corrections and possibly rewording the cards would have recieved.

Also, yes, I guess technically they have provided it all? It's up to you I suppose if you want to take advantage of that, but i'm sure most would rather AT LEAST get the upgrade pack.



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Posted 10 December 2008 - 05:49 AM

Having played Talisman since the 2nd edition, I have to say that I am not excited about the Fate rules. I agree with the others who state that it eliminates too much risk. The element of danger scales down as you progress through the game since, by the time you can even make it past the Portal of Power, Pit Fiends and Werewolves are no real challenge at all ( I really miss the Dragon King and Demon Lord in newer additions).  The only things that can even slow a character down in the Inner Region are the Mines, Crypts and Dicing With Death. The Fate rule eliminates even these modest challenges.



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Posted 10 December 2008 - 10:23 AM

SubElement said:

Don't quote me,

Just did.

SubElement said:

but I do remember him saying something of the sort, obviously excluding the many error corrections and possibly rewording the cards would have recieved.

Also, yes, I guess technically they have provided it all? It's up to you I suppose if you want to take advantage of that, but i'm sure most would rather AT LEAST get the upgrade pack.

Don't forget the new look cards that will be compatable with the future expansions etc, it is cheaper spending the $30 AU on the upgrad pack rather than doing a scan and print of the old BI cards.

 

 



#44 TheDukester

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 10:29 AM

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You guys are aware that all playtesting in the world won't do until we get to see how exactly the revised edition works?

No kidding.

Not to mention that it's been made extremely clear by the design team that fate will play an increased role in the Reaper expansion, which no one has even seen yet. Those fate tokens are two-sided for a reason, guys; read the articles.

What a disappointing thread ... so much angst over a much-needed change to a stale 25-year-old game design. Also an unwelcome reminder that Talisman the game is a lot of fun, while many Talisman players are professional whiners.

Final point: FFG has a long history of acquiring new properties and re-releasing them, and those games always include additions and alterations ... see Fury of Dracula, Arkham Horror, Britannia, Cosmic Encounter, etc. for examples. Among the very good reasons for doing so is the effort to introduce totally new players to the game. Talisman is not just being re-released for you.



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Posted 10 December 2008 - 10:39 AM

Don't forget that those translations from the German version may not be strictly accurate seeing as they've been translated from English to German and back into English. There are some that are definitely not quite right....


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#46 Carrion Prince

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 01:43 PM

TheDukester said:

Gorthuar said:

 

You guys are aware that all playtesting in the world won't do until we get to see how exactly the revised edition works?

 

 

No kidding.

Not to mention that it's been made extremely clear by the design team that fate will play an increased role in the Reaper expansion, which no one has even seen yet. Those fate tokens are two-sided for a reason, guys; read the articles.

What a disappointing thread ... so much angst over a much-needed change to a stale 25-year-old game design. Also an unwelcome reminder that Talisman the game is a lot of fun, while many Talisman players are professional whiners.

Final point: FFG has a long history of acquiring new properties and re-releasing them, and those games always include additions and alterations ... see Fury of Dracula, Arkham Horror, Britannia, Cosmic Encounter, etc. for examples. Among the very good reasons for doing so is the effort to introduce totally new players to the game. Talisman is not just being re-released for you.

 

Man, I couldn't have said it better!

I would expect the level of pessimism on this thread from my jaded gaming group but not from genuineTalisman fans. Isn't the point of releasing a new edition to make improvements? I'm glad that FF made some effort instead of reprintig the same game that I bought 20 years ago like black industry did.



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Posted 10 December 2008 - 02:49 PM

It seems like this is turning into a "Old Fan base" vs "New Fan base". 

Fate is new. But, it wrecks what the Older Fan's enjoy about the game.

For my two cents. It does take away the whole "Sucked in" factor out of the game. which I enjoy. It also adds more rules to a game that takes a long time to master.

I agree change is good. The fate idea is Ok at best. It would be made better if you couldn't easily replace fate. once your out, that's it (or pretty hard to get some more).

As for the dark and light side of the token. We can only wait, but I hope it makes Fate a better thing for the game, not worst again. 



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Posted 10 December 2008 - 02:52 PM

Carrion Prince said:

I would expect the level of pessimism on this thread from my jaded gaming group but not from genuineTalisman fans. Isn't the point of releasing a new edition to make improvements? I'm glad that FF made some effort instead of reprintig the same game that I bought 20 years ago like black industry did.

Genuine Talisman fans are one's who've been playing the game for twenty years, or on and off, or for the first time, and see it as worth talking about in seriousness. The forum is the place to express and discuss all points of value on all issues in openness. It is not the place for making judgements on who is acceptable by however long they've played or what edition of the game. Improvements are only improvements if seen so by the individual. Bad mouthing people isn't going to reason them to change their opinion... or more importantly a viewpoint (something reasoned or otherwise supported).

As exemplied in discussion, few have found issues of improvement are simple or black and white. We will continue debate Fate's value, and we will determine individually if we consider something an improvement, or not, or something in-between. Though I will not speak for others, debating the value of the people involved does not interest me. I'm interested in hearing reasoned perspectives from old or new fans ... all enthusiasts who come here to do the same.

Fingers crossed that my upgrade might just arrive before the projected Dec. 23rd.  I will definitely be interested to see if other Fate adjustments to the game alter, improve, or worsen its impact so far explored. Certain characters by the odds are showing marked advantage over others. That's not balanced; that's a tilt in game mechanics.  Since Fate was intended in part to give players a bit of control versus being at the mercy of mechanics (of which randomness is only one aspect), I see it as failing so far... or that other successes it shows may still have a price.



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Posted 10 December 2008 - 05:43 PM

I just got the new version, and I think it's ironic that the Prophetess has a comparitively low starting Fate of 2. Perhaps her discard ability plus a high Fate value would have made her too powerful.



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Posted 10 December 2008 - 06:26 PM

They have also changed the bandits event... now he only takes your gold.

It looks like the theme of this edition is to keep negative effects to a minimum, which for me is really the enjoyment of Talisman.  Anyway we'll see...

 



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Posted 10 December 2008 - 06:44 PM

Carrion Prince said:

The forum is the place to express and discuss all points of value on all issues in openness. It is not the place for making judgements on who is acceptable by however long they've played or what edition of the game. Improvements are only improvements if seen so by the individual. Bad mouthing people isn't going to reason them to change their opinion... or more importantly a viewpoint (something reasoned or otherwise supported).

As exemplied in discussion, few have found issues of improvement are simple or black and white. We will continue debate Fate's value, and we will determine individually if we consider something an improvement, or not, or something in-between. Though I will not speak for others, debating the value of the people involved does not interest me. I'm interested in hearing reasoned perspectives from old or new fans ... all enthusiasts who come here to do the same.

 

 

 

 

 Well said! I never before seen it put so clearly and well written what forums fulfil for needs.

 

I work as a game designer so its very interesting to reed this thread. To me the problem whit fate is that the game designer had a great idea, they wanted to bring a resource in to the game that gave the players more control over their own "fate".

A very great idea! No doubt about that, and that’s not really the issue. But just handing out benefits and not increase the difficulties of the game alter the balance. It makes the game much easier. Benefits are two edged sword, because they make the winner win more, and that’s not a "fun" game characteristic. By trying to solve a problem a new one arrised.

So what do the game need now? Well a classic design pattern that most great games have "turning points”. There should be a way for the week player to suddenly be the strong. Talismans have always had that mechanic and incidentally that was what made it in to a great game in the first place. Lets think about it what are the memorable moments people has from a game, in most cases there are when the strong didn’t win, but the player that was about loosing turns it around and wins. A lead boardgame designer here in Sweden said that "this design pattern was his main ingredients in game design, whiteout it players don’t find the game to exciting since it becomes to predictable "(i.e. the one that’s become the dwarf is the player that wins)"

So how would I have approached a change to the game?

As I said adding resources is a great idea, but it should be costly for the player that is currently in the lead to use "the recourses, fate".

So how do player advance in the game? Well they get experience, item, followers and spells.

 

My concrete ideas:

 

Use fate only when you don’t have any experience, item, followers and spells. //this give players a good start, and help players that have died but is not so interesting idea since you don’t have the resources for long.

When you use a fate counter, lose all your experience counters. give those experience counters to a player of your choice . //this effect will give rearrange player resources (experience), the weakest player would get a experience boost, since it makes most sense to give your lost experience to the weakest player.

 

The ideas above are not well thought through, but hopefully someone else can whit the insight of my (rather other great boardgame designers before me) come up whit a better solution.

 

Summary

  • The luck factor in talisman is its game balance. Alter it and the player who has the best character from start wins more easily.
  • Adding player recourses and control are a great idea and needed, but as it is now implemented is on the cost of game balance.
  • What the game "really needs" now is a way for the underdog to turn the game around. So that the tension of ”who will win" will last until someone wins.

Chers.

 



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Posted 10 December 2008 - 08:36 PM

And nicely put too Bijan.  I think your earlier simple suggestion may nerf it enough, yet to playtest.  You would get full fate benefits from Random, COC and movement, but reduces the odds of goodies at the Enchantress and other boon cards.. definetly worth a test.  With the news that the bandits card no longer steal items, it seems making the game easier seems to be the design choice.

Sorry to make people cry, but I wanted too see if others out there thought the same as our playing group, because to me this seemed like a game spoiler, and wanted to see if I was just me.  There have always been broken rules in Talisman. The only difference with fate is that is new concept added to the game that will most likely play a prodiment role in future expansions like The Raper and has already made its way onto the board on character cards.

The other issue is we have ideally a group of 10 players who play occasionally (and now our kids who we have taught to play) and getting everyone to buy a copy of the game and playing it just to find out that it's enjoyment has diminished and that would be embrassing for me.  I believe the fate rule definetly does that by removing the enjoyable risky negative effects of the game.  Also only 2 players would probably play it a second time (give it a second chance and tease out the rules) if it was less enjoyable, which would mean a quick death of fourth edition for our group (and sales for FFG).  So we playtest and Try before we Buy..not the other way around.

On a positive note there are some great new additions to the game so i will be buying the upgrade version.  Less gold, a few more crafties, better wordings on the cards and nice new balancing abilities on the characters are all welcome additions for me.

 

 

 



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Posted 10 December 2008 - 08:55 PM

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I wouldn't say we were fans of the rule overall, or it adds any new dimension to the game at this stage, but I am assume it will play its part in "The Raper"

 

I don't like the sound of THAT expansion.

Its a new version, instead of using his scythe the grim repear offers you a nice cup of hot chocolate.....



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Posted 10 December 2008 - 09:13 PM

Hiya all,

I will be offering you some Fate options to tone down the effects of fate, if you consider it to be too powerful for the game. However, I've now got to go sit my kids for the day!

 



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Posted 11 December 2008 - 04:10 AM

I think some options for Fate have already been offered (at least until we see its other uses in expansions). Ones that come to mind are...

  • Starting Fate Only: what a character starts with is all it gets for the game. In any situation by roll or draw of card when Fate is gained or replenished, re-roll or discard and draw again. Additionally, in the Graveyard Evil characters heal Lives instead of replenishing Fate.
  • Replenish Fate Only: whenever you encounter "gain" a Fate, treat it as "replenish" instead. Each character may only have Fate equal to its Starting Fate.
  • The Gods Decide: the source of Fate is the generic powers of Good and Evil in Talisman. Any time a Fate point would be "gained" (not replentished), roll one die higher than the character's Starting Fate. Failure equals no "gain"; this gives characters with a low Starting Fate some limited chance throughout the game to grow Fate equal to those which start higher.


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Posted 11 December 2008 - 10:29 AM

That sounds great! Are you an employe at FFG? It would be nice whit some official variant rules for fate



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Posted 11 December 2008 - 05:02 PM

Bijan said:

Use fate only when you don’t have any experience, item, followers and spells. //this give players a good start, and help players that have died but is not so interesting idea since you don’t have the resources for long.

When you use a fate counter, lose all your experience counters. give those experience counters to a player of your choice . //this effect will give rearrange player resources (experience), the weakest player would get a experience boost, since it makes most sense to give your lost experience to the weakest player.

The ideas above are not well thought through, but hopefully someone else can whit the insight of my (rather other great boardgame designers before me) come up whit a better solution.

Summary

  • The luck factor in talisman is its game balance. Alter it and the player who has the best character from start wins more easily.
  • Adding player recourses and control are a great idea and needed, but as it is now implemented is on the cost of game balance.
  • What the game "really needs" now is a way for the underdog to turn the game around. So that the tension of ”who will win" will last until someone wins.

Chers.

 

Thank you for posting these suggestions Bijan. Its nice to see some well reasoned discussions instead of knee jerk reactions that this, that, and the other thing is totally broken and ruins the games and sucks out every ounce of fun and makes little puppies cry....etc....etc....

You mentioned that you are a game designer. May I ask which games you made or whether they are board games or computer games? I am an avid gamer and it would interesting if I played something you worked on. Have you made any talisman expansions perhaps?

Getting back to business, some questions came to mind after looking over the article again.

"Use fate only when you don’t have any experience, item, followers and spells."

What about characters that start the game with items or spells? Characters that always have a spell like the wizard and prophetess can never use fate with this rule.

"When you use a fate counter, lose all your experience counters. give those experience counters to a player of your choice ."

This if anything, sounds like it would be even more unbalanced since people would just play favorites. My wife would kill me if I gave someone else my XP.  I know some players that would probably give the leader all their stuff just to end the game faster and put them out of their misery.

"The luck factor in talisman is its game balance. Alter it and the player who has the best character from start wins more easily."

Sorry if I misunderstand your point here, but if you're saying that luck is the game's balance, would not increasing a player's luck with fate increase the game's balance then?

"Adding player recourses and control are a great idea and needed, but as it is now implemented is on the cost of game balance."

This is such a broad statement that it kind of went right over my head. How exactly does adding recourses and control cost game balance? If the game is easier or harder to win I don't really see that as a balance issue, it is just a choice made by the game designer. Some alternative ending cards are much harder to win than others, but that doesn't mean they are unbalanced if they effect all other players equally. Maybe I'm missing the point so if you can elaborate on this it might finally sink in.

"What the game "really needs" now is a way for the underdog to turn the game around. So that the tension of ”who will win" will last until someone wins."

That sounds like a great idea! How about if the cost to gain additional craft and strength points increased the more a character gains. So the first counter might cost 3 points of killed enemies, then the next one would cost 4, then the next one would cost 5, etc. Players would gain levels fast earlier in the game and then steady out to give players lagging behind a chance to catch up. Thoughts?

Another idea is that if a player gets an object and has the most objects, he must give it to the player with the least number of objects. The same for followers, strenghth/craft points, gold, and maybe even fate.

 

I was thinking that if players really want to nerf fate, then the simplest solution might be that players can never reroll a 1. Anyone that rolls a 1 will always suffer the worst outcome on cards like getting toaded by the enchantress.

All comments are welcome just please don't use the term BROKEN unless you actually knows what it means!

 



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Posted 11 December 2008 - 05:12 PM

RiCHiE said:

but I am assume it will play its part in "The Raper"

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Posted 11 December 2008 - 05:16 PM

Bijan said:

That sounds great! Are you an employe at FFG? It would be nice whit some official variant rules for fate

There were some designers floating around here earlier.

talismanamsilat works as a talisman consultant so maybe he can give some insight to the design choices.

btw talismanamsilat - when are advanced characters going to be released?



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Posted 11 December 2008 - 08:34 PM

Carrion Prince said:

I was thinking that if players really want to nerf fate, then the simplest solution might be that players can never reroll a 1. Anyone that rolls a 1 will always suffer the worst outcome on cards like getting toaded by the enchantress.

We tried this out before (well more specifically you can't use fate if you roll a toad - see my above post) with locations and fate points known , i think your suggestion is better however.  It was an effective nerf, lets just hope there are no positive effects added when you roll a 1 added to the game or future expansions!

I also would disallow fate in the inner region - to hinder people against dice with death, werewolf etc.

Thats the path we'll go down for the moment, but we don't have any games planned until after the upgrade arrives.

BTW my argument against fate i not one against balance, but fun.  For our playing group the bad effects of the game make it fun - I couldn't imagine Talisman without the Hag, The Poltergeist, Raiders and being Toaded! 






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