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Board GameTalisman Review

Posted: 3 months ago, last updated 6 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer.


Talisman is a classic adventure fantasy board game. Playing as heroes, wizards, villains, thieves and monsters you explore the world to gain equipment, weapons, ancient relics, and companions. It's a Dungeons and Dragons feeling adventure, but played with preset rules on a board rather than purely in the imagination.

You race other players to move from the outer world to the inner labyrinth of the board. As you do you must build up equipment, weapons, and companions to improve your stats and be read for what lies deeper. Complete a Talisman quest and you can enter the inner world and reach the Portal of Power to claim the Crown of Command. All the while other players are trying to stop you killing all the monsters and winning.

Although there are lots of ways to progress through the world and your abilities, game play is relatively simple. Each turn you roll a die for movement, then decide which path to progress. Each space on the board has different instructions and encounters. These can be creatures, companions, weapons, equipment, treasure, or relics.

You then fight creatures to gain the related items or companions. If another player is in the same space they can also get involved in the battle. If the defender loses, he loses a life and an item or companion of attackers choice. If the attacker loses, he loses a life.

Once you progress to the inner world the enemies are harder, like the Vampire's Tower and Werewolves. Manage to claim the Crown of Command and you can cast the Command Spell which forces other players to lose a life. It then becomes a race for the Crown as the other players try to take the player with the Crown down before he finishes them all off.

DetailsGame Details

Skill Rating: 8-16 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/1983, updated in 2010

Genres: Battle, Collecting, Race, Role-Play and Traversal

Players: 2-6



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Learn to Play: This takes 40 minutes to learn. Although it's not as open as a Dungeons and Dragons game, there is a considerable amount to learn before you start. You also need to understand how things progress before you can play tactically.

There is a digital version that can be purchased. This is an easier game to learn and can also serve as an introduction to the board game.

Play Time: This game will take between 1 hour and 1 and a half hours to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 2 to 6 players in the same room.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Rating

8-16 year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 12+ years-olds. The game includes depictions of monsters, the use of weapons and magical spells. It also has Alcohol Reference, Suggestive Themes, Violent References according to the ESRB rating for the spin off video game.


You can purchase expansions and additional character packs. The expansions include:
  • Talisman (Revised 4th Edition): The Highland Expansion (2010)
  • Talisman (Revised 4th Edition): The Sacred Pool Expansion (2010)
  • Talisman (Revised 4th Edition): Crown of Command (2009)
  • Talisman (Revised 4th Edition): Danse Macabre (2009)
  • Talisman (Revised 4th Edition): The Dungeon Expansion (2009)
  • Talisman (Revised 4th Edition): The Frostmarch Expansion (2009)
  • Talisman (Revised 4th Edition): The Reaper Expansion (2008)


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Talisman Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features.

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