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Sweden
Bard
19 of 20 gamers found this helpful
“Power Balance”

It is tiring for all players (including the lucky ones) when one or two gets so boosted that they do not even have to roll a die to defeat dragons. To keep the game more balanced and more true to the different characters we have instigated a rule that you can never have a Strength or Wisdom value that is more than twice what you began the game with. Items can take you above this levels, however. In effect, this rule makes sure that the Troll will never become an arch sorcerer or that the Thief will not slay dragons without even loosing a breath. It also makes for a shorter game time, since players cannot boost their character indefinitely. It also allows for more thrill when characters finally enter the Inner Region, since the can actually fail miserably. We have found that this house rule gives Talisman significantly higher replay value.

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I'm a Gamin' Fiend!
Noble
Champion
My First Heart
15 of 16 gamers found this helpful
“Heal often”

Heal your character as often as possible. You never know when the next opportunity arises. Additionally other players usually hesitate to attack a character at full health.

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“Having storage problems?”

If you’re like me than you have all the talisman expansions. If you have all the expansions than you defiantly have some storage issues. If however if you have not solved these issues, than you are not like me. I found a product sold at Office Max called Really Useful Boxes, and they come in a variety of sizes that work perfectly with Talisman.
Here is a list of what you will need for talisman

6x 0.07 liter (craft/strength/gold/fate/life/dice holders)
4x 0.3 liter (Dragon expansion/Highland & Dungeon/ Adventure Cards / Various (Purchase deck, quest deck, quest rewards, dungeon treasures, high relics, alignment cards)
1x 1.6 liter (miniatures)

I than put all the Really Useful Boxes into my Dragon expansion box, and put the characters, alternate endings, dragon token bag, and the board into my main Talisman box. This cuts down all the time it takes to find the counters in the box and distribute them and makes the game flow much better!

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Tasty Minstrel Games Fan
AEG fan
Mage Wars fan
5 of 5 gamers found this helpful
“fast mini upgrade”

I found some spray paint that adds texture and color. I used different colors for each expansion and then painted the minis all the same color per their expansion (base set: Gold, the city: white, the highland: sage green, etc.) This way, the pieces are easily sorted back into their expansions at the end of the game (and it also helps players find their character on the board quickly). I found it very helpful when playing with multiple expansions.

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Sweden
Bard
12 of 13 gamers found this helpful
“Lycanthrope”

We have had the experience that becoming a lycanthrope (which is possible with the latest expansion, Blood Moon) is almost exclusively a good thing and does not affect you at all during the Day.
Since this is neither realistic nor as fun for the other players, the following rules for players who have become lycanthropes are suggested (three of these rules are presented in Blood Moon and two are additions):

During the Day:
– Subtract 1 from your attack score during battle and psychic combat (due to the stress you have experienced by being a lycanthrope during the Night and from the transition to your ordinary existence during the Day).

During the Night:
– Add 2 to your attack score during battle and psychic combat.
– Whenever you land on a space with another character (except in the Inner Region), you must attack him instead of encountering the space.
– Whenever you defeat another character in battle or psychic combat, you must take a life or a follower from the defeated character. You cannot choose to take an object, gold, trinket etc. Should you choose to take a follower, the follower is immediately placed on the discard pile; you do NOT take him/her for yourself (he/she is killed in the frenzy of the lycanthrope attack).
– Whenever you defeat another character in battle or psychic combat, the defeated character must roll 1 die on the Werewolf’s chart instead of you claiming your normal reward.

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I'm a Gamin' Fiend!
Noble
Champion
My First Heart
11 of 12 gamers found this helpful
“Don't attack other players just for fun”

When you attack another player have a good reason. Usually the best reason is to get a good item from the defeated character. Another one is to finish a weakened character off. Attacking another player’s character just to have fun of inflicting some damage accomplishes nothing. In fact it often turns other players against you. Pointless attacks are one of the main reasons that make new players lose their first several games.

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Knight
Baron / Baroness
16 of 18 gamers found this helpful
“Trophies Variant”

You can try using each character’s current strength/craft as the number of trophy points required to gain an additional point (for example, 4 craft requires 4 trophy points to gain an additional craft).

This speeds up the early game and discourages greedy players from going crazy in, for example, the strength department.

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Canada
BoardGaming.com Beta 2.0 Tester
11 of 12 gamers found this helpful
“Character building! Is it really worth it?”

Character building is a huge part of Talisman but is it really worth spending all that time getting your hero up to snuff? Or is it better to roll your luck with the dice? This goes one of two ways with my gaming group. In most of the games we’ve played the gamers who ended up using characters with lower craft ratings decided to go bonsai into the inner regions after building up enough strength and ended up winning the game even after being “booted” out of the inner regions a couple of times!

Players who had strong character craft to start off with and built up their craft felt invincible but spells are hard to come by. They were feared but that only made other players stray far from them to avoid getting “scroned” by them.

Press your luck when you’re in the middle of your character build and you are more likely to succeed. You might get thrown back to the outer regions but you are more likely to win depending on how well you managed your inventory!

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Tasty Minstrel Games Fan
AEG fan
Mage Wars fan
“a custom fit”

My game group likes to alter the set up by allowing each player to draw three characters and then choose one from those to start the game with. This doesn’t take a lot of time, but allows for a more custom feel to the game, and helps keep everyone from feeling like they got a bad character.

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Paladin
Herald
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15 of 17 gamers found this helpful
“Pacifist - a home-made character”

Name: Pacifist

Strength: 4

Craft: 4

Start: Town

Alignment: Neutral

Abilities:

1) Pacifist cannot use / carry weapons (he can only carry an axe but for raft making).

2) Pacifist cannot attack other players. He can cast spells on any other player only when attacked by one.

3) Whenever atacked, he MUST try to avoid fighting – throw a die: 5 or 6 – no fighting.

Comment:
S+C=8 but he is really hard to play! Recommended either for experienced players or… for peace-loving ones.

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Rated 100 Games
Gamer - Level 4
Supporter
15 of 17 gamers found this helpful
“Slightly less random movement.”

While I can’t take complete credit for this because I got the basic idea from a forum over at BGG, one house rule we use when playing Talisman is to roll two dice for movement and choose whichever number you wish.

If you roll doubles you can move any number of spaces up to the number you rolled on the die. For example, if you rolled double 4s you may move up to a maximum of four spaces.

This simple change to the rules goes a long way to speed up the game and keep you from going around and around the outer realm with little gain.

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Rated 100 Games
Gamer - Level 4
Supporter
15 of 17 gamers found this helpful
“Speeding up the game.”

One complaint I hear a lot about Talisman is that it can really drag on sometimes. To help with this I always advise them to check the alternate rules in the back of the rule book.

Going from needing to collect 7 points of Strength or Craft to 5 in order to raise your stats goes a long way toward increasing the speed of the game.

The other rules in the back are sort of a hodge-podge of ideas on how to shorten the game and less a concrete system to utilize but even with that said I would suggest trying some of them out next time you play.

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Knight-errant
Cooperative Game Explorer
Amateur Advisor
Gamer - Level 6
10 of 11 gamers found this helpful
“Heavy-Handed Fate”

When playing Talisman, bad rolls will happen. Hence the use of the fate tokens to alter the roll of the dice. However, the rulebook says that you can only use a fate token once per roll, and you can only use it to reroll one die if you roll multiple dice.

A variant rule to this is to allow players to use multiple fate tokens on a roll of the dice if they so wish. The benefit to this is that players will be able to speed up the game slightly by avoiding potentially crippling situations, and in general makes for a more enjoyable playing experience. If a player exhausts all of their fate tokens rerolling without succeeding in their roll, they can honestly say that it wasn’t fated to be.

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Paladin
Herald
Advanced Reviewer
BoardGaming.com Bronze Supporter
14 of 16 gamers found this helpful
“Imp - a home made character”

Name: Imp

Strength: 1

Craft: 4

Alignment: Evil

Abilities:

1) Other characters may attack Imp psychically if they initiate the combat.

2) Imp can avoid every physical combat and cannot be hurt by physical attacks of monsters.

3) Imp has no penalties (and adversaries have no bonuses) for standing on runes.

4) When Imp encounters a player he may change their alignment to any other.

Comment:
Hard to play. Can be very annoying to the opponents!

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US Army Service
9 of 10 gamers found this helpful
“Using the Reaper as an alternate ending.”

My group always plays random endings. Makes it more chaos to have a secret reveal after the long journey to the crown. We pick 6 possible endings at the beginning and 1 st one to the crown rolls d6. When we get death, the person on the crown sends him to another player of their choice. That person rolls for the result. Makes fate very valuable. If 2 people are on the crown they must fight instead.

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Tasty Minstrel Games Fan
AEG fan
Mage Wars fan
“Free Roam”

In my group we are a bit more experienced with this game, so to mix up the options a little bit we allow players to move any number of spaces up to their die roll. It tends to speed things up as long as the players are experienced enough to avoid analysis paralysis.

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Tasty Minstrel Games Fan
AEG fan
Mage Wars fan
“Faster gameplay (Arena Huunt)”

this modified version is much faster to play and allows for a different feel to the base game without adding in expansions. REMOVE ALL “BAGS OF GOLD” FROM THE ADVENTURE DECK. We start with “all players begin with no gold”, and “all deaths are final, no new character is drawn if you are killed in combat with another player or encounter”. The second rule is “any time you defeat a creature, player, or animal in combat, psychic or physical, take one gold”. The gold can still be used to buy items, but the first person to ten gold wins.

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Novice Reviewer
Novice Advisor
Knight
Baron / Baroness
20 of 24 gamers found this helpful
“Small Tweaks ”

Here are some house rules that we’ve put together over several games to adjust some of the more egregious issues with this game:

– You may only replenish spells at the beginning of your turn (this limits spell misuse)
– All teleportation to the Crown Of Command goes instead to the Plain Of Peril
– Spells can be lost or stolen in combat
– We limit characters to 4 followers, 4 objects, attributes (strength/craft/life) to 8
– Characters can add only half their craft (rounded down) to their strength in combat

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Knight-errant
Cooperative Game Explorer
Amateur Advisor
Gamer - Level 6
8 of 9 gamers found this helpful
“Talisman? What Talisman?”

During the game, you will have several opportunities to gain a Talisman to get into the Plane of Peril. Sometimes you can get one earlier than you’d like, when your character is still in the midst of building up their stats and gear to be a valid threat. In this case, if you find yourself having to choose between what items to keep at some point, feel reasonably safe in dropping or ditching the Talisman. While it is true that you will need one to eventually win the game, in the early goings it can do you no good. There is always the chance to pick it up later, or get a new Talisman entirely.

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Knight-errant
Cooperative Game Explorer
Amateur Advisor
Gamer - Level 6
8 of 9 gamers found this helpful
“Conan the Librarian”

I love that skit from UHF, I really do. But that’s beside the point.

If you start off with a character that is strong in strength but weak in craft, you should try to find ways to increase their craft values. The reverse is also true for characters strong in craft but weak in strength. While it is tempting to make your character exceptionally good at one thing at the cost of another, the random encounters of the game mean that you will have to deal with both at one point or another. Having a well-rounded character means that you stand less of a chance being hurt at a critical moment, and you will be able to progress smoother at the end of the game.

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