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Someone somewhere mentioned that it would be ridiculous to see an elf fight a space marine. They haven't seen Legolas! I think he could take a space marine quite easily!

 

While they aren't elves in Avatar, they certainly have similar qualities and they took out all the sci-fi warriors.

 

So I think its an easy mix and very acceptable in a reasonable manner to put elves and space marines together.

I think that the point is that "original Talisman", which probably for most of us old timers, means 2nd edition, hence Timescape, as it appear in no other edition (ithink).

 

  the point is what works for one may not for another, is transcendent, between editions and players' ages or original exposure to Talisman, will vary a lot!

 

Some 4th Ed players loathe the Dragons, with almost the same intensity of those who hate Timescape. Yet, it is an acceptable expansion, meant to work with all other expansions in whatever combination. Now it may not work as well for some as others - perhaps to the point where we see that line - those who will use it, those who will modify it, and those who just won't use it.

 

 This is similar to our look back at Timescape. And I get it, I do. Space Marines, Cyborgs and Time Lords shouldn't be riding all over Creation and the world of Talisman ( well maybe a Time Lord once in a while;)

 

But to repurpose Talisman for the 4th Edition, it would have to be very anachronistic to not acknowledge it as a clash of cultures and that Space Marines are Lost in time and really don't fit in.  (( if a Timescape expansion happens it will probably be a sort of POD, and may be more of a 'stand-alone' type of expansion ))

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Someone somewhere mentioned that it would be ridiculous to see an elf fight a space marine. They haven't seen Legolas! I think he could take a space marine quite easily!

 

While they aren't elves in Avatar, they certainly have similar qualities and they took out all the sci-fi warriors.

 

So I think its an easy mix and very acceptable in a reasonable manner to put elves and space marines together.

I think that the point is that "original Talisman", which probably for most of us old timers, means 2nd edition, hence Timescape, as it appear in no other edition (ithink).

 

  the point is what works for one may not for another, is transcendent, between editions and players' ages or original exposure to Talisman, will vary a lot!

 

Some 4th Ed players loathe the Dragons, with almost the same intensity of those who hate Timescape. Yet, it is an acceptable expansion, meant to work with all other expansions in whatever combination. Now it may not work as well for some as others - perhaps to the point where we see that line - those who will use it, those who will modify it, and those who just won't use it.

 

 This is similar to our look back at Timescape. And I get it, I do. Space Marines, Cyborgs and Time Lords shouldn't be riding all over Creation and the world of Talisman ( well maybe a Time Lord once in a while;)

 

But to repurpose Talisman for the 4th Edition, it would have to be very anachronistic to not acknowledge it as a clash of cultures and that Space Marines are Lost in time and really don't fit in.  (( if a Timescape expansion happens it will probably be a sort of POD, and may be more of a 'stand-alone' type of expansion ))

4th edition does have a polished feel, and Timescape has it's problems. I have confidence they can make a Timescape to capture the feel and fix those problems. True some won't like it, but the last I checked on my poll, only like 29% did not like Timescape.

I was one who disliked Dragon tremendously, but came up with a variant which I feel makes it awesome. And so I am sure those who dislike Timescape, and still wanna make it work may do something similar.

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Someone somewhere mentioned that it would be ridiculous to see an elf fight a space marine. They haven't seen Legolas! I think he could take a space marine quite easily!

 

While they aren't elves in Avatar, they certainly have similar qualities and they took out all the sci-fi warriors.

 

So I think its an easy mix and very acceptable in a reasonable manner to put elves and space marines together.

I think that the point is that "original Talisman", which probably for most of us old timers, means 2nd edition, hence Timescape, as it appear in no other edition (ithink).

 

  the point is what works for one may not for another, is transcendent, between editions and players' ages or original exposure to Talisman, will vary a lot!

 

Some 4th Ed players loathe the Dragons, with almost the same intensity of those who hate Timescape. Yet, it is an acceptable expansion, meant to work with all other expansions in whatever combination. Now it may not work as well for some as others - perhaps to the point where we see that line - those who will use it, those who will modify it, and those who just won't use it.

 

 This is similar to our look back at Timescape. And I get it, I do. Space Marines, Cyborgs and Time Lords shouldn't be riding all over Creation and the world of Talisman ( well maybe a Time Lord once in a while;)

 

But to repurpose Talisman for the 4th Edition, it would have to be very anachronistic to not acknowledge it as a clash of cultures and that Space Marines are Lost in time and really don't fit in.  (( if a Timescape expansion happens it will probably be a sort of POD, and may be more of a 'stand-alone' type of expansion ))

 

4th edition does have a polished feel, and Timescape has it's problems. I have confidence they can make a Timescape to capture the feel and fix those problems. True some won't like it, but the last I checked on my poll, only like 29% did not like Timescape.

I was one who disliked Dragon tremendously, but came up with a variant which I feel makes it awesome. And so I am sure those who dislike Timescape, and still wanna make it work may do something similar.

 

As a 4th Edition player new to the game, I think Timescape could be done.

 

So far FFG has stayed away from any Warhammer Fantasy or 40 K references in 4th Revised, so if Timescape comes, I don't expect those refrences back or a Space Marine.

 

The Timescape name could stay, no harm no foul here. In fact it's a great name and explain the content quite simply. It's not even in the realm of science-fiction as the portfolio of time travel is a fantasy theme too.

 

I haven't seen the Timescape board, but now i've heard some things about it that I like. I really like the aspect that it makes you Immune to the Crown for a bit, as if you are cheating time, absent from present day, etc. At first I was opposed to the idea of a separate board but it does fit with this concept. It feels very Chrono Trigger. I like that some big nasty Demon might be in this Time realm mucking things up and somehow your character ends up sucked into it's vortex/timescape/steam, etc.

 

As for anything referencing alternate dimensions, modern day, firearms, even steampunk or similar gadgetry.... I dunno... the Tinkerer and the Clockwork Cabinent is not really killing my mojo or any themes for me, but they are a very small corner of the game.

 

I think it would be cool if we visited TALISMAN'S (Again, is it an island?) future, and it's potential dark fate.

 

Without lazers, aliens, machine guns, power armor, gasoline, gunpowder, interplanetary travel, even airships or trains, you can have more than enough content  by just skipping in time 1000 years in the future, discovering some wizards college took over the entire island/land and started to flirt with demons, building the kind of artifacts that no man should of made and even creating sentinels to impose some kind of doomed imperium on the residents of the land.

 

Maybe they did wake up the One True Evil, that demon of time on the timescape board, when trying to bargain with it for power and it turned the land to ash, and these new characters are trying to find to find the crown and alter the future to prevent these things from happening.

 

And speaking of the characters, they can have kind of an exalted look to them or mechanics that easily reflect they are from the future. For example that Chainsaw Warrior I've seen a few times. All he really needs is a re-skin, I love the concept of what he is how he works on the board and the mechanics of him. More or less your basic infantry dude, but from the future with a powerful artifact in hand. So instead of it's being a chainblade, give him some black sword, more of a fantasy look and same thing. He's here for the crown like every one else.

 

Cliff Notes for those that played it: Chrono Trigger, Antiquity plots.

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Give me Bolters, Lasguns, Storm Bolters, Power Axes, Power Swords, Power Fists, Space Marines, Tyranids...etc, etc.  YES...Give me timescape and give it to me NOW!  

 

I have the home-brew printed out and I like it a lot.  BUT, I would be interested to see how they would re-do it as, YES, a Science Fiction theme again.  

 

Being a 40K and Fantasy player and reading a lot of the Black Library noveks I have an understanding that the Fantasy Realm is actually a part of the 40K universe; a world trapped in a warp.  

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This is a pretty good summation of your thoughts and ideas.   I think I like the idea you present; that time travel is not strictly linked to sci-fi and therein lies the possibilities you have described.   I like the idea of a Wizard's College flirting a little too much with demons.

 

sorta reminds me of the first 2 or so novels in the Witch World series. In the beginning only women could be magic users and they ruled pretty ruthlessly; Witch's council, all that.

 

This would be an interesting idea in itself, and could be a POD, if not a new Timescape; Wizards, Witches and other magic users have decided to take over the world - to protect it (yes, snarky reference to current NSA/Empire memes).

 

Time travel, itself, as a mechanic will need some serious brain trust (or a better brain than mine!).  The only thing I got is a mechanic that takes them back; "REturn to start space, forfeit all earned craft, etc. - basically wipe the slate, with your character.

 

How would you project someone/thing into a future? Something that makes random characters lose random turns so the "the Traveller" gets ahead?

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Well you keep the Timescape Board, more or less how it was. (Forgive me though as I have no experience with it.)

 

The Board represents a timestream plane; It's a transitional place both here and not here, between reality and past/present/future. You can stick around in it, but the longer you're there the more dangerous it is.

 

These box expansions tend to get 4-6 characters. All of them, except maybe one in this expansion, come from the future, but not necessarily the same point in it.

 

However in your little character blurb in the instruction pamphlet, they appear in present Talisman time. (IE the game we play all the time) Because it is the prelude, to someone finding the Crown, up to the point where someone finds it and ends that saga, which sets off the series of events to follow. (One individual with too much power, hence moving the land of Talisman into turmoil, or maybe even a peaceful state of rule, in which one or two of the characters are trying to change time for an evil goal, etc.) You have one character who is an Evil Wizard, maybe even a "Time Wizard" with a mechanic that represents manipulating time. Maybe something very powerful but at a high cost: Ditch one Spell and one Fate, take an extra turn or cancel the turn of another player.

 

Another Character is more or less a Golem or Sentinel (Yes, yes, Terminator Reference, I know..) that has come back in time to prevent anyone tampering with the current stream, so time can continue on to it's bleak existence. It's a Strength character with no innate Craft or Magic, but it comes armed with a Weapon card, that is just really nasty out the gate. However it's toy can be taken away if it manages to lose a combat, and at that point you have an Elf with that nasty weapon from the future running around.

 

The Timescape board does not need to change, nor do the mechanics or the cards; simply the ascetic details. But it is a new edition so I'm sure some of them would, to make the experience better.

 

As for effects that put time travel or manipulation into play on a mechanical sense. Time and Fate are often hand-in-hand in most of your fictions and mythology. The best representation of time is additional or loss of turns, but I'm not a huge fan of that mechanic, nor are many other people I know who like board games, so these extra actions would come at large costs, like discarding fate.

 

Maybe just the addition of a Time token, representing stolen or manipulated time.

 

I like simple mechanics so it works like this. If an in-game effect allows you to take a Time token, you must discard one Fate token first to take it.

 

The Time token is worth one extra turn of play, you can cash it in on your turn. -When you are about to cash it in, another player can cash one of their own Time tokens in, to negate the extra turn.

 

This would fundamentally give players the ability to buy in to the time game, or ignore it completely. 

 

Same with the Timescape, so all those haters can play the game with it at the table, and pretend it's not even there :P

 

Haha the more I think about it, the more I wonder if I would like a Timescape Expansion even if I made it myself.

 

I think I would rather see a nautical travel, planar travel or  just a blender expansion and keep the themes in the realm of the sane.

 

My opinion on this changes daily.

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Timescape doesn't hold much interest for me.  But credit to FFG, at this stage it's a bonus for enthusiasts if Timescape is released -- it would have been frustrating if it had arrived ahead of the corner expansions.

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The Timescape board does not need to change, nor do the mechanics or the cards; simply the ascetic details. But it is a new edition so I'm sure some of them would, to make the experience better.

Exactly. he deck and the board are fine even with the 4th RE. If anything, I probably would add some better purchase cards to the Space Fortress. Maybe even a special deck (like the Wargear from Relic). It is not too easy to enter the Timescape, so the rewards should be a tad better. The original Purchase cards are in fact lame and too costly.

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While I might prefer that they stick to fantasy,

 

"original to the Talisman flavour" includes Timescape, since that expansion has existed since Talisman gained its popularity in the '80s.

 

So, from a certain point of view, Timescape is part of the original flavor (had to un-British that, lol)

 

I remember having this feeling when Timescape was originally released - even then it felt out of place to me.  I have memories of playing Talisman prior to Timescape and doing a "WuH?!" when Timescape came along.

 

At the end of the day, Talisman has a very good formula and any expansion would probably grow on me, providing the rules are not overly complex.

 

And "flavour" was said in a Canadian accent :)

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I've proclaimed my love of Timescape many times in many threads already ;) . For me it was inseparable part of the old Talisman experience. However I can't help but agree more and more with the people saying that fastasy world of Talisman and SF world of Warhammer 40K don't mix. I love WH 40K as well, by the way ;)

In the old days of Games Workshop all of their games were a little goofy and they didn't take them as seriously as nowadays. Today, however, everything is about continuity and setting and so some sacrifices had to be made (Squats or Fimir anyone?).

I don't see them greenlighting Talisman expansion with space marine, psyker/astropath or chainsword in it. A pity really.

I still hope for some kind of space themed or reality-shift expansion.

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Re-theme it as an ocean expansion and make it small enough to sit between the gap between the Dungeon and the City and maybe, otherwise let's keep the space marines in Relic and leave well alone.

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^Why not have a two part board that will fill in both gaps at either side of the main board and it can act as a portal.   ex. You reach the end of gap board space A, you then teleport to the end of gap board space B.

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HECKS NO@!@@@@@@@

 

Do not make a Time Scape, instead if you do this idea: use RELIC

 

If they did and since they made Relic that is OBVIOUSLY the equivalent thing they were trying to do in Time scape by having things like a space marine in as a character. You could simply have a SMALL BOX expansion that has cards and rules for linking your Relic game you buy (which is TIMESCAPE, expanded into an entire new game) and Talisman.

 

It goes without saying AD&D has something like this with their classic module called: Expedition to Barrier Peaks. In other words, they could do something like that with Talisman. A small board that is the Barrier Peak type place. Or more simply just have a WarpGate that opens to a board which can go off to Relic or a board that has ideas from that (and since they are both GW IP's you can do this.

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I've heard this before and it would seem to work for those who really want the Timescape/type experience.

 

I would be one of those, since, I loved it in 2nd edition, but not sure I want to 'link' it to another game (Relic) entirely.

 

I'll be curious to see how this may end up.

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HECKS NO@!@@@@@@@

 

Do not make a Time Scape, instead if you do this idea: use RELIC

 

If they did and since they made Relic that is OBVIOUSLY the equivalent thing they were trying to do in Time scape by having things like a space marine in as a character. You could simply have a SMALL BOX expansion that has cards and rules for linking your Relic game you buy (which is TIMESCAPE, expanded into an entire new game) and Talisman.

 

It goes without saying AD&D has something like this with their classic module called: Expedition to Barrier Peaks. In other words, they could do something like that with Talisman. A small board that is the Barrier Peak type place. Or more simply just have a WarpGate that opens to a board which can go off to Relic or a board that has ideas from that (and since they are both GW IP's you can do this.

Since I'm into Warhammer 40K (Tyranids rule ;) ) I was really looking forward to Relic but when I tried it at one of the local conventions I was confused. It DOES say on a box it was based on Talisman mechanics but the gameplay is vastly different. The only thing simillar is board divided into spaces and rolling dice for movement. Game objectives are different, cards are different, characters are different (you actually can level your character)... I was thinking of merging Relic with Talisman but frankly I don't see how. Using Games Workshop games as an example it would be like merging Warhammer Battle and 40K.

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If you try to merge Relic with Talisman...you would need a great hall and multiple tables to play the game.  God, no.  

 

I am all for Timescape (giddy actually) but, for me anyway, it is lower on the list than some other possibilities.   This is partially due to the fact I have a really nice Timescape board already printed out.

 

But I want to see the Warhammer characters merged into the game.  Skaven, Orcs, Goblins, High Elves, Beastmen, Lizardmen, Slaan, Slayers, Halflings.....

 

An Imperial Guard running around with a Las Pistol or a Space Marine using a Bolter on Dragon's is just a bonus!

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Felis, it would be possible to merge the Talisman with Relic. I even once or twice thought how to do that. The only issue I have encountered was the board itself. You will had to "destroy" the Talisman board and add to it Relic board spaces. There are some other small issues but the biggest one is balance. The Relic characters are uber compared to the characters from Talisman. If we would deal with the balance, the rest is a piece of cake.

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Latest poll results:

Do (did) you like the Talisman expansion: Timescape?

Yes 55.2% 16

No 34.5% 10

A little or sometimes 10.3% 3

Voters 29

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To be honest, while I have been here less than a year, and tho I am a long time Talisman player, I have heard such loud voices against Timescape, that I thought those who liked it would be in the minority, but not so. I am however, not surprised that those in the middle are a small percentage, it seems to be a hot or cold issue!

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Well, its not really a big enough sample to say for sure, but I often find, in general that extreme positions are on the edges of a mushy middle. This seems different.  Only future voters will tell...

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How can you tell if you like a game mechanic if you hadn't played it?  And I won't play it because to me it's a theme breaker.  I'm not a fan of mixing Sci-fi with old Fantasy.

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Whether or not you think it a good idea to include a Timescape addition, I highly doubt that FFG will do it considering their release of Relic. To do a Timescape expansion would be redundant, IMO. I would imagine FFG might think one might somehow cut into sales of the other. Even though it's a small possibilty, it's one I would believe they might take into consideration. Regardless, I really believe FFG will NEVER do Timescape, not while Relic is in production.

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