Oh boy, I love Talisman. It’s a completely stupid roll-and-move game at heart, but there’s quite a lot of character and charm to it and it remains the template upon which almost all light RPG-on-a-board games are built. Basically, flip a card and roll dice at a monster until it dies and gives you experience and/or treasure. And it is responsible for the single greatest card in any game ever- the Horrible Black Void.
Fantasy Flight has done of lot of crappy things lately, like retheming the classic DungeonQuest to fit in with their inane “Terrinoth” world and completely ruining the simple combat system in that game, but fortunately they took on the Talisman license from the now-defunct Black Industries before they started doing things like that. They’ve mostly done right by Talisman and have even released some good original expansions for it that are more or less in the spirit of the classic editions of the game. The next add-on has been announced, and it’s The Dragon. It appears that this replace the traditional Crown of Command goal, adding a new inner region and a “boss fight” with one of three dragons looking to usher in an “age of flame and danger” (snicker).
Details are scant, but there’s mention in the press of 300 tokens used to track the influence of the dragon lords. I’m going to need some more information before I come down on it of course, but Talisman should remain a simple, unfussy game without influence markers, token fidgeting, or other needless mechanics that interfere with its core simplicity and directness. So I’m a little worried that they’ve gone and pulled their typical “fix what ain’t broken” M.O. This is a Q3 release, so there’s still plenty of time for them to sway doubters like me. Press follows, along with some cornball fluff text.
Untold ages hence, a powerful wizard waged an epic battle with the Dragon King who ruled over the Firelands. Unable to slay the Dragon King, the wizard devised a ritual, using his most powerful magic to uproot the Dragon King’s tower, stone by stone, and banished the Dragon Lord into a horrible black void. Free to enter the Valley of Fire, the sacred birthplace of dragonkind, the wizard forged the Crown of Command in its eldritch fires. Now, eons later, the unceasing prayers of the Dragon Cults have been answered. Three of the Draconic Lords have returned.
Fantasy Flight Games is pleased to announce the upcoming release of Talisman: The Dragon!
Playing with The Dragon expansion, players will encounter even more choices and strategic challenges, including a new, dual-sided Inner Region for their heroes to conquer. The alternate sides allow you to face familiar terrain along a path that requires all new tactics, or to venture into the Dragon Tower, where a hero’s every step meets opposition by the Dragon King’s minions and leads him ever closer to an ultimate confrontation with the Dragon King, himself.
Three new Draconic Lords vie for rulership of the Firelands–Varthrax, Cadorus, and Grilipus. Talisman grows more dangerous as they struggle to claim dominance over their territory and the Crown of Command. The winner shall rule as the new Dragon King, ushering in a new era of flame and danger. Each of the three new Draconic Lords has his own personality and strengths, and each is an awesome opponent.
Any hero who dares confront the Dragon King must be prepared for an epic battle!
Talisman: The Dragon brings to life six new characters to confront the draconic challenges that lie ahead. It also adds over 300 new tokens and cards that expand the Draconic Lords’ influence over the land of Talisman and weave the stories of each Draconic Lord’s quest for control of the Crown of Command. New rules pace the increase of the Draconic Lords’ influence, and the heroes’ quests become more and more dangerous as the draconic influence increases.
Now, for those brave adventurers who seek the Crown of Command, the quest means more than power and influence. It is a race to save the land from the Dragon King’s tyrannical rule. Should the new Dragon King claim his throne and the Crown of Command, the new era of dragonkind will begin, and all living things shall bow before their might!
Look for the new Draconic Lords to invade Talisman in the third quarter of 2011.