Posts Tagged ‘Nomad Games’

Fighting Fantasy Legends reshuffles the gamebooks

Three of Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone’s Fighting Fantasy gamebooks collide and smoosh together with a card game in Fighting Fantasy Legends [official site], released today. If you’re old enough that you already know Warlock of Firetop Mountain, City of Thieves, and Citadel of Chaos back-to-front and smashed through Firetop’s video game adaptation by Tin Man Games, hey, here’s some of your childhood reworked in another way. Made by Talisman converters Nomad Games, Fighting Fantasy Legends is a roguelikelikey take on the books with a deck of cards throwing up surprises. Look: Read the rest of this entry »

Talisman: The Horus Heresy’s Free Trial Weekend

YOU'RE NOT MY REAL SPACEDAD

One of the central events of Warhammer 40k history is the scrap between Our Immortal God-Emperor (We Praise His Eternal Vigil) and his lad Horus, who fell in with a bad spacecrowd. After years of slagging off his spaceda, Horus gave him a spacekicking and put him in spacehospital but got put down himself. Spacechristmas was forever ruined. All of that (well, some of it) is recreated in Talisman: The Horus Heresy, a spin-off from the digitised board game Talisman. You can relive that history for yourself this weekend, as the full game is free to try on Steam. Read the rest of this entry »

Cardboardinatus! Talisman: The Horus Heresy Released

Rab has plenty of praise for the cardboard version of Talisman, a board game of exploring a world and powering up across quests and battles. The game’s gone digital too, thanks to developers Nomad Games, and now they’ve made Talisman so very, very PC gaming by boshing in Warhammer 40,0000.

Freshly released this morning is Talisman: The Horus Hersey [official site]. It’s a spin-off using the Talisman rules as a base for a galaxy-trotting retelling of that time in 40k lore when an angry warteen and his mates duffed up their wardad.

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Adeptus Fortuitus: Talisman – The Horus Heresy

I didn’t realise how much I wanted a Warhammer 40k themed Talisman game until I read the press release announcing Talisman: The Horus Heresy [official site] a few minutes ago (edit: I had entirely forgotten about Relic!). Set during the titular conflict, which pitted Space Marines against one another in a galactic civil war, the digital boardgame supports 1-4 players and looks like it might be more than a thematic makeover. Nomad Games reckon the “combative team play” will make the game somewhat different to the Talisman ruleset on which it is based. One thing seems certain – Rab is going to be over the (red) moon.

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It’s, It’s Backgammon Blitz / It’s, It’s Backgammon Blitz

Ohhh yeah! It was like lightning
Everybody was fighting
And the music was soothing
And they all started grooving
Yeah, yeah, yeah yeah yeah
And the man in the back said “Everyone attack!” and it turned into Backgammon Blitz
And the girl in the corner said “Boy I wanna warn you it’ll turn into Backgammon Blitz”
Backgammon Blitz, Backgammon Blitz, Backgammon Blitz, Backgammon Blitz

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Impressions: Warhammer 40,000 Kill Team

I’ve spent a few hours with Kill Team, the in-theory co-op 40K arcade shooter released on 360 and PS3 in 2011, and which unexpectedly turned up on Steam last week.

There’s no ‘I’ in team, and there’s no ‘online co-op mode’ in Kill Team. Which is pretty crazy, as this was a game designed for online co-op. Seemingly rushed out on PC, the favourably received downloadable console game finds itself with barebones options and only shared-screen multiplayer. This is a damned shame, as Kill Team is/could have been such a good time.
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Talisman Gets Multiplayer At Last, But Not Quite

wizard!

If I had one complaint about last year’s PC adaptation of wonderfully unbalanced boardgame knees-up Talisman, it was a complaint I made at length and repeatedly, like a boring old man whingeing about the escalating price of Fisherman’s Friends. An inherently multiplayer game was released as a purely a singleplayer one, and framed as an extended tutorial at that. Rab was less put out about this than I, which I at least partially attribute to the fact he played it on mobile rather than PC, but also perhaps because he has more time and freedom to play boardgames in real life so wasn’t quite as desperate for a from-home replacement as I was. In any case, the good news is that the more full-fat Talisman Digital Edition has arrived on Steam Early Access.
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Wot I Think – Talisman: Prologue

Talisman: Prologue, out now, is Nomad Games’ singleplayer-only adaptation of the long-running multiplayer-only boardgame that can be loosely described as a high-speed, competitive fantasy RPG. You pick a character, you ‘explore’ the board picking up loot, upgrading stats and fighting monsters, and you strive to defeat or delay your opponents as they do similar. Here, there are no opponents. How does that work, then? I combine my strength and craft (for a total of 3) to find out.
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A Prologue To Talisman Prologue

Odd that the Talisman demo should arrive on the very same day that I write about Card Hunter, which does a similar thing in reverse. I blame, I dunno, Belgium for this freaky coincidence. While Card Hunter is a videogame designed to evoke a boardgame, Talisman is a boardgame redesigned into a videogame. Specifically, a boardgame whose rights are owned by Games Workshop even though a further company, Fantasy Flight, makes the current edition of Talisman.

If you don’t know Talisman, it’s a sort of stripped down, sped-up competitive D&D with miniatures roaming around a fixed board. There are stats, there is loot and there are randomly-drawn beasts to best. It’s trashy as all hell and it’s hilariously unbalanced – which is exactly why it’s a great boardgame for a beer’n’pizza gathering. I love it to bits, even though I could spend days listing its many flaws. An Xbox Live adaptation was due a few years back, but ended up spiralling into development hades, but now new UK studio Nomad Games, who spun out of the sadly closed THQ Warrington, have taken a crack at bringing it to PC at long last. They’ve got the official license, they’ve got pre-orders with instant beta access open and they’ve newly got a demo showing off their approach to this long-lived game of boards.
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Go Quest: Talisman Finally Coming To PC

How did we miss this? Talisman is going to be a PC game! The looting and levelling fantasy RPG was the first boardgame I owned that you’d never find in a hotel lobby on a rainy day. Cluedo, Monopoly, Mousetrap, Ghost Castle – those had been my initiation into the cardboard arts. I can’t remember how Talisman came into my possession, I was too young to have money of my own, but I do remember it was like someone had taken a Fighting Fantasy book, liberated it from the page and made it even more tangible. Well, soon it’ll be even less tangible. After development of a 2008 version ‘misfired’, the rights to the title reverted to Games Workshop and they have commissioned Nomad Games to computerise the quest.

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