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  1. Really amazing. I saw some of this on BGG but I did not see the highland caves for holding cards or the prison tower. Very imaginative. Just the stone walls around the board add so much to the atmosphere. Alas, to have the time and funds to build the world of Talisman in miniature, replacing the board with 3D model map, I am sure that would only cost several hundred to make. But I would like to just make the central board cliffs like you have and paint some nice minis for now. Thank for sharing you work.
  2. I have some nice looking (though I hear not very functional as they are weighted) Cheesex d&d dice. Green d4s, red d6s, blue d8s, etc. I think using them as stat marks is much better than all the cones myself. Either dice or paper and pencil is better for me. (Pencil works well for writing out and differentiating base stat, stat, item and follower bonuses: i.e. 5+2+1). I feel like all those little modern game pieces are junky. The only drawbacks are personal preference, which many have voiced, and hitting the dice over and forgetting your stats. But if you pay attention playing Talisman, you know your stats at any given time anyway. Similar to a game I have worked on for years off and on, I also wrote optional rules (lots of other optional rules in fact) for using funny dice in place of the Talisman stat+d6 mechanic. Instead, use a dice that equals your stat: so Str: 8 rolls a d8 to attack; Cft: 3 rolls a d4 or d4-1, etc. This makes it possible for weaker combatants to occasionally win against strong opponents: crafty dragon rolls d12 of 2; young monk rolls d4 of 3, monk wins! The addition of more life points for things like dragons balances this out.
  3. Great idea. Very much like the Shadow World (I think it was called) in the Legend of Zelda: a Link to the Past. Using the portals to travel between world is popular these days. And they might even being doing this at the CERN particle accelerator--physicists said that is one of their goals, to open a black hole portal to another universe. We might as well play it on a board game!
  4. I recently discovered this amazing game and i am already working toward a home brew of my own (I plan to play the game some first however, I do not yet own a copy). I would have loved this game as a kid but for some reason never knew of it. As a long time student of religion and myth, an avid fantasy fan and video gamer, Talisman is masterpiece of story and fun. I have rule preferences, as everyone does, so I will incorporate those into anything I publish. I have also been working on a related game for sometime and Talisman has renewed my drive to produce it in some form. I wanted to post this article now (others may have already, I do not know). The trinity, stones, and heavenly rocks held as sacred to the ancients is ubiquitous (lots of amazing megalithic discoveries in recent years around the world), but this find seems right out of Talisman (the Warlock's own cave!) and the Legend of Zelda. FF might consider adding this to the game somehow, in a classic version with retro fantasy art perhaps. But it is easy enough to do with Strange Eons. Finally, the article. I will post the image of the Talisman stones in my gallery, if I figure out how to do it? Please share: Talisman made from a 9,000 year-old METEORITE found inside a prehistoric shaman's hutResearchers in Poland have found a prehistoric meteorite in a hut The 9,000 year-old object was believed to belong to a stone-age shaman Found along with other objects associated with magic such as an amulet The small meteorite was shaped into a cylindrical and porous object And the researchers suggest the humans knew it fell from space By Jonathan O'Callaghan 'Archaeologists from the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology in Szczecin, in north west Poland, found the meteorite fragment inside the caveman house by lake Swidwe in Western Pomerania during excavations. The object was a natural pyrite meteorite fragment, pyrite being an iron sulfide mineral often referred to as fool's gold owing to its yellowish appearance. This meteorite, which measured eight by 5.3 by 3.5 centimetres (3.1 x 2.1 x 1.4 inches) has a cylindrical shape and was porous, with a corrugated surface on its side.' . . . Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2685871/Talisman-9-000-year-old-METEORITE-inside-prehistoric-shamans-hut.html#ixzz49D9iSZIL Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
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