A few weeks ago I introduced my niece, nephew and sister-in-law to Talisman. As English is not their forst language, I went a bit easy on the rules and held their hands but all in all it was a pretty fun game, and they all really enjoyed the experience. So much so, that after they had left my wife got a phone call asking for me to order my nephew a copy of the game.
Today he came over to my house by himself, the box tucked tightly under his arm, and asked me in broken English if we could play (this was a big deal for him as he is only 11 years old and has a very basic grasp of English from his elementary school classes - we live in South Korea). He assured my wife that he had read the rules and the cards, although it had taken him a long time because he had to keep using a Korean - English dictionary.
Sure enough - we played four games and I was incredibly impressed with his knowledge of the rules. There were a few instances, though, where he handed me the cards and asked me to help him understand, but his English has improved greatly thanks to Talisman, and I am looking forward to the next time we can play. He still has trouble with the spells - mainly he forgets that he has them, or does not know when they should be cast, but everything else was really good.
We have played five games, and he has only won once, although it was not for lack of trying. He got an unlucky roll on the Reaper, which I introduced in our third game (I have every expansion while he only has the main game), and he almost caught me in a race to the Crown of Command but an unlucky roll in the Vampire's Tower left him with one life and I hit him with the command spell, and in our last game we were both hobbling around the board on a single life and he happened to draw a dragon before I could draw something equally as deadly.
I just wanted to share this with the Talisman community, as this has been my favorite game since I played 2nd edition as a kid and I am really happy to be able to introduce it to a whole new generation, especially since I know he will be teaching his friends how to play very soon.