Monday, January 27, 2014

The Crown of Command - My thoughts on Talisman

A month ago, I made the trek to The Guardtower, my favorite store in the world, and used our Christmas money to buy a new board game. Holly and I love to play board games. Our favorites are Agricola, Lords of Waterdeep and Dominion, but we also own Powergrid, Settlers of Catan, 7 Wonders and Carcassonne.

My friend Nate is my board game sensei and my primary source of information. He had mentioned that he got a couple of the expansions for Talisman for Christmas from his wife, and that made me want to get the game to play it. He reviews TONS of board games and write a fantastic blog. You can either click his name here in this paragraph, or click on his name on the right to check his blog out. If you do, tell him Large Marge sent you, he'll know what it means.

So, I bought Talisman and we played it on New Years Day with Holly's parents.

It was the longest game of all time.

Seriously, you may think Monopoly takes a while, Monopoly is a quick jog through the park compared to how long this first game of Talisman took us. Okay, it wasn't that long, but it felt like it took forever. Also, you shouldn't play Monopoly, it's not a very good game (I'm being a board game snob now).

After our day-long adventure dodging the Grim Reaper, each other and miscellaneous bad guys while attempting to procure The Crown of Command, each of us decided that the game was awesome and we'd love to play it again.

The mechanics are simple, you power yourself up through a few different ways (fighting bad guys, each other and lucky card draws) in order to be the first player to get to The Crown of Command. Once you get there, you essentially get to kill the other players as they try to reach you in order to stop you from killing them.

It's awesome!

Holly and I played again the next day, and the game was considerably shorter, using a couple of variant rules Nate suggested. It also didn't hurt that we had half as many players.

We're looking forward to getting some more of the expansions for Talisman and playing with some of our other gaming friends! It's definitely being added to our favorites list.

What about you, what are some of your favorite games to play?


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