I've been playing talisman since I was 15 (back in the late 80's), and now I want to renew my loyalty to this great game by playing with my wife, family and friends.
However, I think that too much randomness in the game is a bit problematic (after reading John Goodenough article). In order not to jeopardize core mechanics, I thought of an optional rule. The ability of a player to choose his/her own character. People like to get attach with their characters. I've done it before with other games. For example, if two players would like to play the wizard, they can make one duplicate copy of the character and use another miniature or token to represent the other wizard..
The benefit of this optional rule is by letting player decide which character to play according to the own personal preference. In addition, this rule will state that two or more characters that start the game at the same location can't duel during the first round of the game.
What do you think?