Love it or hate it, the board game Talisman is an important part of modern dungeon-crawl board game history. First produced in 1983 by Games Workshop and designer Robert Harris, Talisman is a roll and move game with multitudes of characters to play, items to find, monsters to slay, and expansions galore. The game has seen versions migrate through various companies, most notably the 4th edition published by Fantasy Flight Games jointly with Games Workshop. After the split between those two companies in 2017, the future of the game franchise was unknown, but a recent press release has revealed that the newest publisher to jointly produce the “Magical Quest Game” will be USAopoly. Details are few, but it does appear to be the nostalgic game back again from the dead, rather than the offshoot game recently released from Pegasus Spiele. However, the press release discusses “two new licensed editions”, which could mean Harry Potter, Disney, or even James Bond, all of which have been put into games by USAopoly in the past. For more details, check out the official press release from the New York Toy Fair.
Fantastic news for anyone lucky enough to attend the Essen Spiel Game Convention in Germany at the end of the month – Board game publisher Pegasus Spiele is once again hosting a fantastic game night, this year taking place Thursday October 25 and Friday October 26, from 7pm – 1am. The event will include a library of over 50 games for lend, including such hits as Azul, Reef, Sagrada, and many more. Additionally, new and notable games from associated publishers Plan B Games, Eggertspiele, Frosted Games and Portal Games will be available to play, such as Blackout: Hong Kong, Camel Up 2nd edition, Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra, Monolith Arena, Detective, Men at Work, and several others. Guests of honor this year include 2018 Spiel des Jahres winner Michael Kiesling (Azul), Roberto Fraga (Captain Sonar, Dr. Eureka), and Yohan Lemonnier (Captain Sonar). For more information and schedule of events, check out Pegasus’ announcement here.
Rob Searing here, Manager of Dice Tower News. Often I am spending my time writing and editing articles. It’s not often that I get to share “in” the news. GenCon is one of the few conventions I get to cover and there’s always so much going on. I spent a bit of time in the Exhibit Hall today meeting with various publishers and wanted to post some highlights and tips on where to consider running to when the convention opens Thursday morning!
BREAKING GAMES – BOOTH 2329
Expancity, designed by Alex Cutler and Matt Fantastic, is a gorgeous city building game composed of some wonderful and stackable building blocks that are placed on commercial and residential tiles. Scoring is accomplished via numerous ways including strategically placing buildings near common structures. Expancity was demoed at Dice Tower Con and was a huge hit. You can view Tom’s review here.
Rise of Tribes, designed by Brad Brooks, is a civilization game composed of area control and dice rolling mechanics complimented with variable player powers. Players will take control of a prehistoric tribe and scoring will depend on how well you gather resources, build villages, accomplish goals and more. You can view a detailed review of the game here.
Rise of Tribes, along with Expancity, are of excellent quality and gameplay seemed fun and engaging. You can head over to booth 2329 to demo either or pick up a copy.
PEGASUS SPIELE – BOOTH 2013
Talisman is not a game unfamiliar to gamers (the 4th edition of the game was released in 2007). Talisman: Legendary Tales, however, is a completely new take on the universe. Legendary Tales is designed by Michael Palm and Lukas Zach and is published right here in the Unites States (right in Indiana to be precise). It contains elements of bagbuilding, variable player powers and is cooperative.
“In Talisman: Legendary Tales, the players must work together as an adventure party to recover the five legendary Talismans that have been lost. During each adventure, the party endeavors to recover one of the lost Talismans. The adventures must be played in order. You may repeat adventures, and you may play one or more adventures in a game session.
Over the course of this story, you will travel across a wondrous land and have exciting adventures in which you must make important decisions and defend yourself against cruel enemies. As an adventure party, you succeed in each adventure once you have completed the final task and have recovered the Talisman. Be careful: You have only a limited amount of time!”
Legendary Tales sports some really nice artwork, by Falk Holzapfel, and is bound to entice by reinventing this 30+ year old game.
LEDER GAMES – BOOTH 3043
Leder Games really hit the map with the release of Vast. This year they look to top the game with another asymmetrical player-powers game where players will contend for control of an immense wilderness. Root is designed by Cole Wehrle and was first seen on Kickstarter. Available for purchase at booth 3043, Root can also be purchased along with an expansion – The Riverfolk expansion. The game takes advantage of multi-purpose cards and is the next step in asymmetric design. Made to engage the entire family, Root is sure to thrill and spark your imagination. It was one of my most-anticipated games at the con this year.
NAUVOO GAMES – BOOTH 2007
The Reckoners is a game based upon Brandon Sanderson’s book series of the same name. It is a cooperative game designed by Brett Sobol and Seth Van Orden. Nauvoo Games, publishers of the hit Stockpile, is offering three different version of the game at booth 2007 – one that includes painted miniatures and deluxe components. Reckoners
“The Reckoners plays like a challenging, ever-shifting puzzle. If you like co-operative games where you carefully manage resources, build powerful action combos, create tactical plans with your teammates, and work together to take down the bad guy while on the brink of defeat, then be sure to check out The Reckoners.”
The Reckoners was Tom’s #1 most anticipated game at GenCon and a full review can be found here.
TASTY MINSTREL GAMES – BOOTH 1337
(Trays not included in the game)
Although not debuting at GenCon, Pioneer Days, designed by Matthew Dunstan and Chris Marling, is an American west drafting and dice game centered around the ole’ Oregon Trail. With absolutely beautiful artwork by Guille Longhini and Sergi Marcet, Pioneer Days will have you drawing dice out of a bag to roll and then draft the to collect money, hire people, or take action all with hopes of earning the most points. You can view a full review of the game here and pick up a copy over at TMG’s booth at 1337. There’s plenty of other reasons to stop by their booth (Trade on the Tigris, Jungli-La, and more).
IELLO – BOOTH 129
Last, but certainly not least, is IELLO. As always, IELLO has quite a bit they are featuring this year although my favorite is Raids, designed by Matthew Dunstan and Brett J Gilbert. In Raids, a viking-themed game, players will sail to tiles that are laid – vying for control of them or going to collect runes or goods…along with other vikings to bolster your crew. The components are fantastic – gold painted bits and metal coins – along with fantastic artwork by Biboun. IELLO is bound to be busy so make sure to stop by there early!
There’s bound to be more. Please follow our Tweets and Instagram posts throughout the convention and keep an eye out for exciting news announcements through the week!
Pegasus Spiele is slated to produce 4 new boardgames based on Games Workshop’s epic game Talisman. A fantasy game that has been popular for 35 years! The first of these to be released is Talisman- Legendary Tales a cooperative game meant for a younger group of heroes to stop the forces of evil from obtaining the Crown Of Command. Character development uses the bag-building mechanism and the game has 5 connected and very re-playable stories.
Pegasus Spiele will have Talisman-Legendary Tales for sale at Gen Con 2018 at booth 2013. Regular distribution to follow afterward. If you plan on being at Gen Con and you grab the game – there’s an exclusive promo in it for you!
The Spanish publisher, MasQueOca, who releases games under the name Ediciones MasQueOca, and Pegasus Spiele have expanded their existing strategic partnership.
“This expanded partnership does not only show up through the company logos of both publishers on the game boxes, but also through an extensive publication plan. 10 games from Pegasus Spiele are currently announced for 2018 in Spanish and most of them also in Portuguese. Ediciones MasQueOca holds the Spanish rights for publications in Spain, Portugal, Central America and South America with the option for a future extension.”
In June 2018 eight titles will be published in a compact box format:
- Stadt Land Anders (El Buscapalabras)
- Bücherwurm (Gusabiondo)
- Candy Match
- Kofferpacken extrem (¿Qué llevo en la maleta?)
- Port Royal Unterwegs
- 4 Seasons
- Dragon Master
Further titles are to be announced in due time.
Pegasus Spiele publishes a good number of games each year, often for the German market, but also does a number of dual language releases for those who speak English. This year Pegasus Spiele will be announcing pretty much all of their 2018 releases at the Nuremberg Toy Fair at the end of the month, but we got a copy of the list ahead of time. So below you will see the list of all the English language releases for games from Pegasus Spiele in 2018.
- Curli Kuller (in April)
- Kinder-Rommé: Bauernhoftiere (in May)
- Sei kein Frosch (in June)
- Polar Party (in September)
- Round the World (in March)
- Pummeleinhorn – Der Superkeks (in May)
- Pummeleinhorn – Mampf Mampf (Mau Mau Variante) (in May)
- Pummeleinhorn – Die fiesen Keksdiebe (in 2nd half of the year)
- Dragon Master (in May)
- Nimble (in January)
- Brains – Burgen & Drachen (in June at the UK Games Expo)
- Film ab! (in March)
- Istanbul Big Box (in June at the UK Games Expo)
- Loot Island (in February)
Remember, these are only the title with English translations, so there are many more games not being mentioned that will be German editions of games already released in the US. Also all these dates are subject to change, so while you can start looking for them at the store on the specified dates, it’s not set in stone and can be subject to delays. Either way, this looks to be a good year for Pegasus Spiele as they are releasing new games across the board as well as translating solid releases into German.
This year Games Workshop’s Talisman Adventure Board Game will celebrate its 35th anniversary. Pegasus Spiele, under a worldwide rights agreement with Games Workshop, will develop four new games set in the world of Talisman. The first of these games will be released in 2018.
The first edition of Talisman Adventure Board Game was published in 1983 which had players travelling a magical world to find ancient relics sand battle fantastic creatures (and each other). and perform epic quests. Once players completed enough quests they entered the inner world to face tougher challenges until they finally reached the Portal of Power to claim the Ultimate Crown.
The first game to expand the Talisman universe will be a children’s game developed by Lukas Zach and Michael Palm and is expected to release in the second half of 2018. Next in the pipeline will be an expandable card game, a role-playing game, and a dice game, though release dates for these will be announced at a later time.
“The Talisman board game has been enjoyed for decades by fans all around the world and is a truly seminal classic,” said Jon Gillard, Head of Licensing at Games Workshop. “We’re excited to be exploring the world of Talisman through these fantastic new games with our partners at Pegasus Spiele. Gamers of all ages have a lot to look forward to.” [source]
Pegasus Spiele are no strangers to the world of Talisman as they (along with Heidelberger Spieleverlag) published the German 4th Edition in 2008. Pegasus Spiele is also the exclusive distributor of the Talisman 4th Edition board game in Europe.
Essen is THE convention for board gamers to grab the latest and greatest when it comes to their favorite hobby. But one thing is for sure, Essen it not a playing convention like your Dice Tower Convention or GenCon, so Pegasus Spiele is offering the chance to have a game night right at the fair. Starting now, you can purchase tickets for Thursday the 26th and Friday the 27th to be able to hang out at the Pegasus Spiele booth after the hall has closed, and play games with them into the wee hours of the night. And just like your game nights at home, food and drinks will be offered for no additional charge to keep you going. You can find out more on the event’s Facebook event page, and once you purchase a ticket, you can rest easy knowing you have some game time already scheduled to play all the amazing new releases.
Pegasus Speile has announced Axio, a new 2-4 player abstract strategy game by Dr. Reiner Knizia. Axio is a spiritual successor to the excellent 2004 game Ingenious, but uses square instead of hexagonal tiles, each having two of the iconic colored ingenious symbols. Ingenious was also created by Dr. Knizia, but remains the property of Sophisticated Games. Dr. Knizia has stated that he intends there to be a line of Axio games, each using the familiar mechanisms and symbology; Axio Octagonal has already been shown on triggy.com.
Axio will be premiered at the International Toy Fair in Nuremberg in February, and should be released Summer 2017.
The latest game from Matt Leacock, Chariot Race, is up on Kickstarter now to fund an English edition of the game. Previously we reported on the impending release of the game from Pegasus Spiele, but that was only the German/English edition for the European market. Now the English only version, being published through Eagle Gryphon Games, is on Kickstarter. This is essentially a pre-order campaign so know that there won’t be any stretch goals, but there is the opportunity to add additional games from the Eagle Gryphon library after the campaign.
For more information on the game you can look at our previous article, or you can check out the campaign page and pledge for your copy while you are at it.