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#21 talismanisland

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Posted 03 January 2009 - 08:27 AM

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"Talisman is a game made rather for short challanges, however lots of people play it many hours. During such a long games, after a hour, they're defeating Dragons or Demons even without rolling a dice. Does FFG is planning to make an expansion, something like "Epic Level Expansion Set", which will contain harder enemies and other cards, so they will be difficult also for a mighty heroes (strenghth / craft something like 15)? If a destiny for a given character is losing a Life, it will lose it, regardless if it will fight against a Boar (S:1) or against a Dragon King (S: 16 for example). Even Polish version of Dragon King - The Beast - in Magiczny Miecz (Magical Sword) had Strength 16 not 12."


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Posted 03 January 2009 - 10:43 AM

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"One of new things in a Talisman 4th Revised Edition are Fate Points. But for now there is a lack of cards or other effects which are using them. Upgrade Pack (or normal "Starter") has exactly 2 cards related to Fate Points, 2 spaces and 14 Characters. Reaper bring us additional 4 Characters and 5 cards. Don't you think, it's rather small amount of "things" related to it so far? Yes, later maybe it will be increased by new cards &c, maybe even "Fate Expansion" (just like "Dragons" fr 2nd Ed.) but for now it's rather Small. For example there is three cards which should be changed - Phantom, Enchanter and Fairy. They're giving possibility to choose one of all things, what given Character may choose (I cannot imagine, what next given character would want) except for 1FP. From those cards looks like Fate Points aren't one of Character's parameters (like Strength, Craft, Life or Gold) but rahther "something". I asume, You didn't included them because of black Fate Points or because of another reasons? Are You plan adding new parameters in a future (for example new "money" type) or not?"


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Posted 03 January 2009 - 12:24 PM

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"Are there any plans to introduce a campaign option for Talisman? Turn the boardgame into an RPG of any sort?"

"With expansions, will we see new boards like what we saw with the 2nd and 3rd editions of the game?"

"Is there any interest in creating a card-based Talisman ala "The Sorcerer's Cave" or "Mystic Wood"?"

"What are the chances that characters/classes/races from FFG's other franchises will make it to Talisman?"


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Posted 03 January 2009 - 01:01 PM

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"Looking at checklist of Reaper expansion, we can say, 75% of it's cards are from Talisman 2nd Edition and its expansions. Some of them are reprinted  promo cards from White Dwarf (except for Bolster). How looks possibility to release new versions of old and well known expansions? Many of old Talisman fans would want to see new versions of "Timescape", "Dungeon" or "City". Also, since there is a lack of Dragons for Holy Lance, not bad idea would be releasing "Dragons" expansion as well. New Talisman players would be happy too, since they don't know old expansions, so they would had a chance to see them and play them. As an addition for this question, since almost all promo cards from White Dwarf no. 72 were reprinted, is that mean other promo cards from White Dwarfno. 115 or from Heraut Citadel (for example Toad King would be a great card according to Your words: I n fact, FFG’s third Talisman expansion alone will feature more “Toadarific” encounters than all of the 2nd Edition expansions combined!) will be released too? What about Polish "Magia i Miecz" (Magic and Sword) and their expansions? Practically it belong to "Talisman family", so its only one expansion never released outside of Poland - "Jaskinia" (The Cave) should be included. I'm sure, plenty of old Talisman players would want finally look at it and play it. Just for their knowledge, how it was looking and what it was introduced. In some weird ways, "Krypta Upiorów" (Crypt of Wraiths) belong to "Talisman Family" too; it was an expansion to "Magiczny Miecz" (Magical Sword) - plagiarism of Talisman, which for it's many players was better than all Talisman expansions combined. Maybe would be good include it in (for example) "Talisman History Expansion Set"? Yes, it would have higher price than even Talisman itself, but for many players would be worth to buy it. I'm sure about that, at least for that two "only-Poland" expansions."


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Posted 04 January 2009 - 07:27 AM

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"Hi. I would like to know, why international Talisman expansions must be released half year later than in Great Britain? Would be possible to make one release date for all of countries, so if Reaper was released before Christmas, even Pole or Russian will be able to play it in Christmas as well? Also, if we're talking about expansions, I would like to know too, is international partners would be able to make their own expansions like for 2nd Ed. early BPiRF Sfera did (I mean Jaskinia - The Cave)? Or they're limited only to that, what FFG will release and when will release? Also, if they would not be able to make their own expansions, are they still able to make an Official Contests (for example make an Enemy Card) for promoting and supporting sales in their countries and officially release winner entries? Many players would want their art appear as an official part of a game, so that also would have good influence for sales."


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Posted 05 January 2009 - 11:40 AM

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"Hi. I would like to know, why international Talisman expansions must be released half year later than in Great Britain? Would be possible to make one release date for all of countries, so if Reaper was released before Christmas, even Pole or Russian will be able to play it in Christmas as well?"

I am voting in favour of this question!



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Posted 06 January 2009 - 02:14 AM

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"Hi. I would like to know, why international Talisman expansions must be released half year later than in Great Britain?

I suck at geography but doesn't all of Great Britain speak English? If the expansions are being printed in America why can't they just send a shipment  to all English speaking countries when the expansion is hot off the press? Now my curiosity has been piqued!!!



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Posted 06 January 2009 - 02:55 AM

ameritrasher said:

talismanisland said:

 

"Hi. I would like to know, why international Talisman expansions must be released half year later than in Great Britain?

 

 

I suck at geography but doesn't all of Great Britain speak English? If the expansions are being printed in America why can't they just send a shipment  to all English speaking countries when the expansion is hot off the press? Now my curiosity has been piqued!!!

In my case the problem is the date of print for international partners. The foreign-language versions of the game are delayed. 6 months - it is disaster! The shipment does not matter here.



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Posted 06 January 2009 - 08:51 AM

Q: Is there a reason why the 4 toads have different base shapes?



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Posted 06 January 2009 - 11:11 AM

akuma508 said:

 

Q: Is there a reason why the 4 toads have different base shapes?

 

 

 

I can answer you ;-) When on the board is more then one Toad, you have to differ them somehow.



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Posted 06 January 2009 - 11:42 AM

8janek8 said:

akuma508 said:

 

Q: Is there a reason why the 4 toads have different base shapes?

 

 

 

I can answer you ;-) When on the board is more then one Toad, you have to differ them somehow.

Thank you for that.

I still don't know why we get 4. I never had more then 1 player be toaded at one time.



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Posted 07 January 2009 - 09:51 AM

Don't forget guys (and gals!) that this will be wrapped up this coming Sunday!

If you have been holding back with a question, I'd say now is the time to post it.

There have been some really good ones so far, but I think it'd be good to really test the guy who now holds the reins of our beloved game.


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Posted 07 January 2009 - 10:27 AM

Hi,

Here are my questions -

1. What do you think of the following parts of the old expansions and are you considering using them in the new version?

a) Extra boards

b) Alternative endings

c) Master level characters.

2. Talisman is at heart quite a simple game, do you intend to add further game mechanics or are you happy with its identity as it stands?

3. The Reaper set contains a lot of cards from old expansions, is this the model for future expansions or could you just not resist in adding some old favourites?

4. Compared to the the 2nd edition, the Reaper doesn't add many new characters.  Is this directly related to the fact that miniatures are provided with the new sets?

5. Will we see a "Characters" set with just figures and character cards for those people who like to have a wide range of characters in their games?

6. Which were your favourite 2nd and 3rd ed expansions and why?

7. Is there anything from 2nd and 3rd ed that we will definitely not see again?

8. I like the idea of Weapon and Armour keywords but find it odd that the object Armour is still called Armour leaving it hard to refer clearly to the keyword Armour without confusing it with the object Armour. Is this something you considered?

9. Will their be a FAQ?

Cheers

Geoff

 



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Posted 07 January 2009 - 11:07 AM

Will the promo cards be included in the next expansion, for those like me who did not get them and would love too add them to our game.



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Posted 07 January 2009 - 11:12 AM

Q: Is there any chance to improve some weak rules which are often reported by gamers? You could print this improved rulebook (additionally with a well thought-out FAQ) and enclose it with one of the future expansion. It will be token of your professionalism.



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Posted 07 January 2009 - 09:54 PM

Another question!

I've noticed that the game is/will be available in many different languages.  Will any other company have the rights to make their own promo cards or expasions sets as with the Polish Cave expansion for 2nd edition.

 

Cheers

Geoff



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Posted 08 January 2009 - 01:48 AM

I understand why some of the rules were changed in the updated edition but why did the rules wording also change? Combat and starting craft was used in the first editions why change it now?



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Posted 08 January 2009 - 07:40 AM

Greetings!

My questions evolve around fan-based expansions/add-ons/utilities.

1. What is the FFG policy on non-profit fan-based material? Cease and desist, neutral or encouraging? Will we be told to shut down websites with might tread on copyrights, trademarks and graphics, or will we get pointed out as good complement material.

2. If encouraging is the way, will there be any support available? High-res graphic templates? Open Game Content? Living rulebook?

3. Will everything be made in-house, or would it be possible to create items/expansions/etc. that FFG would consider aquiring? If anything in the community reaches enough high popularity, would it be possible for FFG to approach the creator and start negotiating? Or could FFG just use it, no questions asked? Will FFG even consider items created by externals like GW once did for Talisman?

Crossing fingers for positive answers.

/Peter (SpinDisc)

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 10:28 AM

Was there any thought of redesigning the inner region, as far as making the Pit Fiends space harder to pass?  Strength of 4 doesn't seem right to me. 



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Posted 09 January 2009 - 12:51 PM

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"Being as Talisman and fantasy gaming in general seems to cater for a male audience i was wondering if the game will get characters and creatures orientated towards female players."


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