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Re: Talisman

Postby chaoticprime » Wednesday August 21st, 2013 5:30am

I play Talisman more often than I watch television.


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Re: Talisman

Postby Blackthorn » Sunday September 29th, 2013 11:46pm

We played Talisman again tonight, this time with five players and for some reason it just wasn't as much fun. After two hours it became tedious and the randomness grew tiring. Maybe it was the additional player, maybe it was the fact that we ventured into the middle region too soon, or maybe it was just the mood we were in, but I think we will choose something else for our next gaming session...or perhaps return to HeroQuest.

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Re: Talisman

Postby IvenBach » Monday September 30th, 2013 2:02am

I played my friends copy and sometimes it was a lot of fun and others we forced ourselves to keep going. Guess it depends on the group and the overall mindset. Don't forget that bad stuff early on can turn players off for that entire gaming session. If you aren't enjoying it maybe give it another try later, if not move on and get into something you like.


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Re: Talisman

Postby Patroclus » Monday September 30th, 2013 4:27pm

Blackthorn wrote:We played Talisman again tonight, this time with five players and for some reason it just wasn't as much fun. After two hours it became tedious and the randomness grew tiring. Maybe it was the additional player, maybe it was the fact that we ventured into the middle region too soon, or maybe it was just the mood we were in, but I think we will choose something else for our next gaming session...or perhaps return to HeroQuest.

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Wow! 5 players? This should take too long. I’ve played it with four and it starts to go very slow. I believe three should be the maximum number of players for a normal game and I usually play it with only two which is the best in my opinion.


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Re: Talisman

Postby chaoticprime » Monday September 30th, 2013 7:16pm

Patroclus wrote:
Blackthorn wrote:We played Talisman again tonight, this time with five players and for some reason it just wasn't as much fun. After two hours it became tedious and the randomness grew tiring. Maybe it was the additional player, maybe it was the fact that we ventured into the middle region too soon, or maybe it was just the mood we were in, but I think we will choose something else for our next gaming session...or perhaps return to HeroQuest.

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Wow! 5 players? This should take too long. I’ve played it with four and it starts to go very slow. I believe three should be the maximum number of players for a normal game and I usually play it with only two which is the best in my opinion.


Two player games are too soft--the game is about screwing over your neighbors, and if there's only one you get tempted into making peace at times and just letting the randomness of the game predict the winner. With three players you get to squash one player between two others and ruin their chances at winning. Talisman isn't about winning, its about making sure the other players don't win.


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Re: Talisman

Postby IvenBach » Monday September 30th, 2013 9:30pm

chaoticprime wrote:the game is about screwing over your neighbors ... Talisman isn't about winning, its about making sure the other players don't win.

Doesn't that just about sum up most games?


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Re: Talisman

Postby chaoticprime » Monday September 30th, 2013 10:57pm

IvenBach wrote:
chaoticprime wrote:the game is about screwing over your neighbors ... Talisman isn't about winning, its about making sure the other players don't win.

Doesn't that just about sum up most games?


Yes, mostly. Talisman has an almost unique degree of randomness, however, that makes winning the game a different affair every time--eating other players helps to mitigate that randomness. If that makes any sense.


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Re: Talisman

Postby IvenBach » Tuesday October 1st, 2013 1:09am

Yeah. I played talisman a few years ago. Seemed like you either got a small advantage that snowballed you all the way through or got screwed. Really was no in between in the games as I remember them.


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Re: Talisman

Postby Blackthorn » Tuesday October 1st, 2013 1:29am

IvenBach wrote:
chaoticprime wrote:the game is about screwing over your neighbors ... Talisman isn't about winning, its about making sure the other players don't win.

Doesn't that just about sum up most games?


Not HeroQuest ;)
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Re: Talisman

Postby IvenBach » Tuesday October 1st, 2013 2:03am

You apparently haven't played Zargon/Morcar much... :P


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