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30th Anniversary of Talisman - 5th November 2013

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Way back in the mists of time, at GW's Games Day 1983, a board game was unleashed onto an unsuspecting public.

 

That board game was... Calamity! designed by the composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.

 

As you have likely never heard of said game, it is probably true to say that it did not fare too well.

 

However, at the same time, GW launched another board game. A light fantasy romp through a magical land by a certain Bob Harris. That game was reasonably well received and to this day is still played, both in its original and revised forms by players throughout the world.

 

THAT board game was... Talisman: The Magical Quest Game.

 

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The 5th of November 2013 will be the 30th Anniversary of the game's launch and Talisman Island will be marking it by showing off a small surprise which has been cooked up by the fevered minds of Gary Chalk, Bob Harris, John Goodenough and myself.

 

Hopefully I am not building it up too much, but I suspect that people will get a kick out of it. I will add a small teaser picture below, though it shouldn't be too hard to figure out what is going on.

 

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Just to add, that it would be nice if people could perhaps get a game organised for the night of the 5th of November in honour of this occasion. If you can take some pictures of the celebrations then I will make a gallery on Talisman Island, or you could just post them here!

 

*Note: People in the UK will likely be having bonfires and fireworks that evening, but I am going to pretend that they are all celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Talisman anyway!

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Great stuff!

Looking forward to seeing everyone's photos of the night.

 

I remember the first time I played, around 21 years ago. It blew me away!

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I am in Sydney Australia and I'm planning to have a celebratory event on the 3rd (not the 5th, I know, but I can't do much on a tuesday). I've bought a 1st edition game online that should arrive in time and I plan to make a talisman-shaped cake. I would love to give souvenirs like t-shirts but I have no idea how to go about that.

 

If anyone in Sydney would like to celebrate with us, please just reply to this post. I'll be holding it in Dulwich Hill (Inner West).

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The local gaming group IUVO Gaming here in Norrköping, Sweden will run a Talisman event to honor the anniversary.

It will feature my 3D-board (as some of you have seen in the "my talisman"-thread), the old 2nd-edition Swedish version of the game and hopefully some other fun things.

 

If you happen to live close enough, you are welcome.

Anyway we will publish pictures from the event.

 

It feels good to be playing Talisman, knowing that alot of people will do the same at the same time.

Everyone should note what character won their game this day, so we could put together statistics and see what character will be crowned the ultimate lord of the Crown of command =)

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Thanks for all the comments so far. I am certainly aiming to have a celebratory game to mark the anniversary and will post a pic. I might even try a game of Talisman: Digital Edition to complete the set.

 

In the mean time I will give you another teaser of what I have to show when the day comes. I think you have probably guessed what it might be, but there is a little story behind it to make it a little special at least.

 

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To the Crown!!

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Got all the expansions and me and a friend are having a game using all these.

Will start a thread and post updates throughout the day.

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We finished our game and will be posting a session report soon enough. We had a lot of fun, game lasted all day...but maybe that is because of the brews on offer and the fact that they were served by a real life tavern maid!!!

 

Pictures will follow but suffice to say our club had a fantastic time and i look forward to everyone else's session reports  :D

 

Happy Birthday Talisman and a big thank you to Bob Harris!

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HAPPY 30th ANNIVERSARY, TALISMAN!

Still night here, spent the evening preparing for the anniversary session.

Will be back with a report in a day or two.

Happy gaming everyone!

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Happy Anniversary!

 

Don't forget if you get some gaming on today to make sure you take a picture of yourself playing!

 

A very small surprise will be put onto Talisman Island later on today, but the main theme of today is - PLAY TALISMAN!!!

 

Rawr!

 

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Don't forget if you get some gaming on today to make sure you take a picture of yourself playing!

 

 

At the risk of sounding like a plonker, is there any way to upload photos on here from an iphone?

I like to take photos of the board before and after our sesh.

If needed, I can upload them on my facebook page and copy and paste the weblinks.

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If anyone wants to play in or around Seattle tonight let me know! I love this game, though it doesn't get taken seriously by many gamers. It's fantastically fun and a game I started playing about 25 years ago!

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Happy Birthday Talisman! Starting the celebrating on Nov-1, we've played the edition corresponding to the date:1st edition on Nov 1,etc. Today's final game will be the 2nd edition with all expansions and the Greater Outer Region board,and many homebrew cards. So many good memories in these game boxes! The table is cleared,we have our snacks. Let the battle begin.

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Happy birthday from Poland!

 

Happy user of wonderful Magia i Miecz 2nd edition + Talisman 4th revised. 

Couldn't resist :)

 

 

PS. FFG - where is my next expansion? 

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Well, I've made an update to Talisman Island with a nice little piece by Bob Harris about the beginnings of the Talisman legend and that "surprise" I mentioned way back when.

 

http://www.talismanisland.com/

 

I hope you enjoy it and get a kick out of the "new guy".

 

Just a reminder that if anyone wants to send me a picture of their celebratory games of Talisman, then just email them to me via the site and I will get them in a gallery as soon as I can!

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