News for June 2011
A New Dragon King Arrives! 14
A preview of the next Talisman expansion, The Dragon
Talisman | Published 28 June 2011

Hidden away in shadowy temples, diabolical Dragon Cults teach that the Draconic Lords will return and that one of them will claim the Crown of Command for himself to become the new Dragon King. Recent dark omens lead some to believe that dreadful time may now be at hand, for travelers have seen wyverns and drakes closer to towns…

The draconic threat grows stronger with the upcoming release of Talisman: The Dragon. The expansion will introduce new Draconic Lords, hosts of their most powerful servants, and a new dual-sided Inner Region that leads to an epic confrontation with the Dragon King, himself! Players adding The Dragon to their games will have to decide how best to contend with the draconic threat as the Draconic Lords slowly exert their dominion over the realm.

Three Draconic Lords have returned to the realm and vie for the Crown of Command–Varthrax, Cadorus, and Grilipus. As they contest each other, their servants spread their influence through the world of Talisman. While you won’t have to face a new host of dragons on your first turn, the Dragon Cults and dragons roam the land in larger and larger numbers as the game progresses. The draconic threat increases as the servants do their masters’ bidding until the heroes will find the realm plagued by dragons, confronting them at every turn.

Balancing the Scales

This progressively challenging draconic presence is cleverly paced by the introduction of dragon tokens. At the start of each or your turns, you draw a dragon token. Some have special effects. A Dragon Rage token subjects your hero to the Dragon King’s wrath. A Dragon Slumber token enchants a dragon of your choice to render it less effective in combat until it has woken.

Most commonly, a dragon token draw results in placing a dragon scale on one of the three Draconic Lords. When any of them accumulates three dragon scales, he becomes the new Dragon King and one of his dragon scales is placed on the game board.

The Dragon introduces three new decks of Dragon Cards, which players encounter when their characters land on a space with a dragon scale. Each deck features new Events, Enemies, Strangers, Objects, Followers, and Places designed to match the themes of the Draconic Lord they represent. As the board fills with dragon tokens, the chances increase that heroes must confront the powerful draconic Enemies that lie in wait. Yet heroes who manage to slay the dragons that would hinder them grow stronger and better prepared for the draconic threats that lie before them.

Additionally, whenever a character encounters a dragon scale, all instructions on the space are ignored. In this way, the Draconic Lords taint the Regions, and you may find you no longer have access to the resources upon which you were depending. You may not be able to purchase items in the Village, heal at the Doctor, or pray at the Temple.

Deadly Foes

While the three Draconic Lords are all beings of near infinite power, each favors different methods in his struggle. Enormous and possessing unthinkable physical strength, Varthrax favors physical combat and weaponry as do those who serve him. Cadorus schemes to exert subtle political influence, hoarding gold to sway others to his cause. He favors guile and subterfuge. Grilipus draws upon powerful magic, leeched from the living things around him. The more time you spend exploring the realm with The Dragon expansion, the more clearly you’ll see each Draconic Lord’s story unified through the thematic development of its Dragon Cards.

By the time your champion first encounters the Dragon King to challenge for the Crown of Command, you will have a strong sense of his personality. The battle is already certain to be ferocious, but it may also become personal!

The Dragon expansion is scheduled to arrive Q3 of 2011. While you wander the realm in preparation, chat with other champions and strangers on our community forum, and check back here for additional previews.

Talisman is a classic board game of adventuring through the lands in search of the powerful Crown of Command. Take control of one of 14 different characters from a powerful Troll to a magical Druid, and enter a beloved world of fantasy adventure!

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Published: 7/15/2011 9:20:34 AM

 Talisman is about dragons! I like the idea that ffg constantly pushes game even further...more dragons the more exiting game is(the dragon endings have to be really strong,that makes the game interesting and tactical)...I wonder if this expansion is a mini box or big box expansion:):)

Published: 7/4/2011 11:11:00 AM

I am  looking forward to this great expansion!

The artwork of the dragon lords looks awesome!

I like the idea of the dragon tokens and that we must draw dragon cards when we land of those spaces 

I also think that this expansion will add more tension to the game, and maybe that it will become more dangerous too from now on..

Thanks FFG for giving us a Dragon expansion!



Published: 7/3/2011 12:17:52 PM

I think most everyone here was expecting another expansion for one of the two remaining corners of the main board.  Although I was looking forward to something city or castle related to spend all the gold you find in the game, this is great for at least a couple reasons:

Most alternate endings don't really alter the feel of the end of the game all that much.  This Expansion changes the theme and feel of the game right from the start and becomes more and more pronounced as the game progresses.  If this is is the direction that FFG is heading in (really taking a step back and looking at the game as a whole), I have a feeling the City expansion could be something much more fresh and unpredictable  than I previously was thinking.  I'd really like to see a place to spend all the gold and gems that can found in the game.  Some seriously nasty weapons, armor, magic items and spells at high prices or even an official introduction of bows into the game.  I recently hosted an 8 player game and it was a blast (yes we used some house rules), so I know theres at least a few people that are seriously excited about this expansion.

I'll be waiting for this release FFG ( and a big thank you to the design team and to whoever gave them the go ahead for this project ), this is a great expansion!  Really great foresight on changing the feel of Talisman - big thumbs up from another long time player - my first game was in 1987 and I've loved it ever since.  Thanks FFG!

Thr33 Nin3s
Published: 6/29/2011 8:52:08 PM

< tapping foot inpatiently> Ok ok....enuf already!  Where's the pre-order button???

Published: 6/29/2011 3:23:26 AM

Agree dont forget City!


Published: 6/29/2011 2:06:40 AM

 Nice! Don't forget THE CITY in the future though :)

Published: 6/29/2011 12:37:21 AM

This is great. Makes the game faster and more fun and the goal actually seems attainable rather than impossibly hard as i had expected when i first heard of this expansion.

Published: 6/28/2011 8:57:26 PM

I'm loving it!  Loads of imagination went into this expansion.  Way to go FFG! 

Published: 6/28/2011 6:49:31 PM

It almost feels like Talisman is putting a "time limit" on the board with this new expansion. Waste to much time getting insanely powerful and the board won't have much left for you to do except draw from dragon decks or whatever. Seems interesting.

Published: 6/28/2011 6:29:44 PM

Sounds like the Gold will be drawn from the game to the dragon, thus making the value of Gold even higher.  The backstabbing and character confrontations may escalate to new highs.

I like the direction this expansion is taking.

Published: 6/28/2011 4:30:36 PM

With more alacrity, FFG!


Bayushi Ryuken
Published: 6/28/2011 4:27:37 PM

This is awesome news for fans of Talisman.

I cant wait for this.

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