I’ve enjoyed board games for as long as I can remember, and one of my all time favourites, one I’ve played since back in the 80s (and still play to this day) is Talisman, from Games Workshop. By now, I’ve collected most of the extension packs for it as well, but for many years, it was just the core basic game that kept bringing me back.
The objective of the game is simple: Kill all your opponents, be the last man standing. The easiest way to do that, is to work your way from the Outer Region (where you start) through the Middle and Inner regions, to reach the center of the board, where you come into posession of a magical crown which allows you to kill off everyone else rather quickly (if you’ve got just a bit of luck on your side).
It’s not just a matter of marching straight into the inner region though – First, you need to build up your character, by improving your Strength and Craft stats, maybe getting a few extra Lives too, and gather Objects and Followers to help you. Quite often, it becomes a matter of judging when you’re strong enough to risk going to the inner circle – if you do it to early, you might easily be killed off, if you leave it too late, one of your opponents might beat you to it.
Talisman is an amazingly fun game, and is easy to learn. It’s a true classic, and it’s still available to buy (You can get it here). If you like boardgames, you wouldn’t want to miss this one!