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A note for those who have never played this game before
on 19 January 2013
If you haven't ever played talisman before, then this is the best version that you can start playing the game at the moment. The quality of the parts is superior that all the other versions, you will get real figures instead of cardboard cuts for the heroes, the heroes special abilities are equaly useful (the monk is overpowered though, go for him if you decide to choose), the artwork is much more illustrative especially of the board and the game is 100% standalone which means you don't need anything else to play.
That said, the game play is heavily based on luck, a lot of dice throwing, random card drawing that dictate enemies or other events that you have to encounter, even the hero that you will choose is a random event based on the rules of the game! (ok you can bypass that one and choose a hero that you like though). Another thing I didn't like is that when you reach the end of the game you don't actually win the game or gain any significant advantage for that matter, you still have to kill all of the other heroes to win the game which makes the fact of going for the final quests a bit redundant.
On the other hand, it is not that difficult to understand how to play the game, given that you spend a couple of hours to read the excellent provided manual and explain the game to your co-players the first time. The instructions of the cards during the game are also well written and you want have any trouble understanding what must be done in each case. A game of talisman can last up to 3 hours so you will need to have some free time in order to play it. I recommend to play the game with a total number of three or four players. It can be played with two but it is not that fun and it can be played with up to six players but it becomes too much cluttered.