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Classic Fantasy Board Game Talisman Gets New Edition From Hasbro's Avalon Hill

The 5th edition of Talisman: The Magical Quest Game features updated art, figures, rules, and more.


The classic board game Talisman: The Magical Quest Game is making a long-overdue comeback in a few short months. The 5th edition of the fantasy dungeon crawler is manufactured by Avalon Hill, a Hasbro-owned board game developer responsible for hits such as Betrayal at House on the Hill and HeroQuest. The most recent edition of Talisman is no longer in print, and finding a complete set for retail price hasn't been easy. That changes on August 1, and you can already secure your preorder of Talisman's 5th edition for $60 at Amazon.

If you've never played Talisman before, it's an adventure board game with light RPG mechanics where up to six players compete to obtain the Crown of Command, slay the Elder Dragon and become the new ruler of the land. Each player chooses from one of 12 characters to play as, including the Thief, Elf, Wizard, and Prophetess. The original game launched back in 1983 and since then has seen multiple revisions, the last being the 4th edition in 2008. As mentioned, the 4th edition has been out of print for a while, and the game is expensive to grab from resellers. This new 5th edition printing will make picking up a copy of the game much easier--but considering it's an Avalon Hill game of a classic that many newer board game enthusiasts haven't had a chance to try, we wouldn't be surprised if the first wave of preorders sold out.

While you wait for your order to arrive, you could check out the officially licensed video game adaptation of Talisman. The digital board game released back in 2014 and has a bunch of add-on content that's available to purchase separately. You can save some cash on a bunch of Talisman digital content for PC at GameSpot's sister site Fanatical. Talisman's digital edition is also available on the Nintendo Switch eShop.

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