Talisman (video game)
Nomad Games (2012)
|Release date(s)||(ZX) 1985
(PC/Mobile) 15 November 2012
|Mode(s)||Single-player, Multiplayer (same machine)|
|Distribution||Download, cassette tape|
Talisman, a board game by Games Workshop, has been attempted to be made into a video game several times since its introduction in 1983. One was actually released, one attempt was abandoned, an unauthorized version was removed and a fourth is currently in development.
The first was a 1985 ZX Spectrum game. It was developed by SLUG and produced by the board game's publisher, Games Workshop. Another attempt, by Big Rooster Games in 2008 was abandoned and was labeled "a misfire" by Games Workshop. The third attempt by a fan of the game was released, but later removed. The fourth, actively in development and titled Talisman: Prologue, is being developed by Nomad Games. The single-player game is targeted for Microsoft Windows and mobile platforms.
The game is a conversion of the Second Edition of the board game. It is a fantasy hybrid board/role-playing game, in which players moved across a text-based virtual board, fighting creatures, collecting items, and strengthening their characters through experience. The ultimate goal was to defeat the other players, typically by reaching the Crown of Command on the game board.
The game was received somewhat favorably, but did not have any lasting impact on the history of video gaming.
Capcom had begun development in 2007 a downloadable video game for both the PlayStation Store and Xbox Live Arcade. A version was also planned for Microsoft Windows. Based closely on the board game of the same name from Games Workshop, it was being developed by Big Rooster, but Capcom eventually announced they were seeking new developers.
On 12 October 2008, Capcom Senior Director of Strategic Planning, Christian Svensson, announced:
|“||Rather recently we have finally stopped development completely. After a misfire at the start, the details of which I won't get into, we evaluated several options for moving the project to new developers, but the costs of moving forward outweighted [sic] the potential revenue. I realize this will be disappointing for the fans of the game.
The rights have reverted back to Games Workshop where I hope someone will pick them up and try again. I too still would like to play a Talisman videogame.
This digital version would have supported up to four players, either online or offline. Including 25 different characters from the game and its expansions, it also promised additional downloadable content, such as extra characters and alternate ending conditions.
Tim Street released an unofficial version of Talisman for Windows in July 2008. It was subsequently removed by request of Games Workshop.
Nomad Games version
Games Workshop and Fantasy Flight Games (the current publisher of the Revised Fourth Edition of the game) partnered with another video game developer to produce a video game version. Nomad Games produced a single-player version of Talisman based on the Fourth Edition rules. It is titled Talisman: Prologue. It was released 15 November 2012 for Microsoft Windows.
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- "Pre-Order Talisman Prologue for PC". Talisman Prologue Web Site. Nomad Games. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
- Talisman Prologue from Nomad Games
- "Talisman Digital Edition". Nomad Games website. Retrieved 24 December 2012.