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Talisman (1st edition 1983) by Games Workshop

Another great boxed board game from Games Workshop. I used to visit, a small shop near Leicester city center which housed a mass of "Dungeons & Dragons" (mainly from Avalon Hill, TSR and similar) stuff and in addition material from the rapidly rising "Games Workshop" material. Not been back to it since 1988 so I am not sure if it still exists there anymore. That shop though was what started me off with D&D stuff and more importantly, the Games Workshop boxed games. Talisman was one of these great boxed games. This one was purchased from this little shop when we still got something of a student grant in those days. I first played this game whilst at University and it turned out to be a bit of an obsession as I then bought the Talisman second edition with a couple of expansion sets and finally a Talisman third edition. All of these games command high prices on Ebay. The first two editions were both great to play and easy get to grips with the rules. Each, however, suffered from an awful ending to the game. After all the battles, trading, purchasing, spell casting and toad changing, the first person to get to the centre of the board and gain the crown of command, then had to role a dice and on each role, took (or in a few cases not) a life point off all the others. By the time I had finally gotten round to finding an axe to make a boat to get to the rotten second stage of the board, I was being dealt life threatening spells from someone who had already found their way to the center. The first edition cover is shown below.

Kingmaker by Avalon Hill Game Company

Kingmaker was probably one of the most sophisticated games I ever purchased. It was set midst the War of the Roses between the Houses of Lancaster and York and was a power struggle for the throne of England. Brilliant strategy game by Avalon Hill produced around 1976 but not purchased by me until mid 1980s. Usual loads of markers and cards with some great ideas as you would expect from such an established board game company.

Kingmaker by Avalon Hill

Kingmaker by Avalon Hill

Kingmaker by Avalon Hill Map top left

Kingmaker by Avalon Hill Top Right

Kingmaker by Avalon Hill Bottom Left

Kingmaker by Avalon Hill Bottom Right

Wizard's Quest by Avalon Hill Game Company

Wizard's Quest was one of the first games I purchased from Avalon Hill back from that shop in Leicester. This one involved the player having to seek out three treasures hidden on the island of Marnon. A much more powerful wizard though had set traps and tricks for them along the way. Great game for rainy days. Version I have was produced in 1979 by Avalon hill.

Wizard's Quest by Avalon Hill

Wizard's Quest by Avalon Hill

Wizards by Avalon Hill Game Company

Another great wizard type game from those masters at Avalon Hill. It was produced back in 1982 and was quite a complex game for the beginner. Avalon gave it a complexity rating of 6 out of 10. This time the players fought good against evil.

Wizards by Avalon Hill

Wizards by Avalon Hill

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