Games Workshop Mechanics Fuel New Kingdom Hearts Talisman

By Wesley Floyd | March 20th, 2019 | Categories: Games Workshop, News / Rumors

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Disney and Square Enix’s blockbuster Kingdom Hearts is getting the Talisman board game treatment in the latest licensing deal with GW and USAopoly.

Toybook made an announcement earlier in the year that Games Workshop and USAopoly would be partnering up to bring us the revival of Talisman. But what is Talisman exactly? It’s a classic fantasy-themed adventure game for two to six players and was first designed by GW. The first game was released back in 1983 with the Revised Fourth Edition being the most recent update to the game in the early 2000s.

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Now that USAopoly and GW are reviving the game, there was an exciting partnership announced on The OP of a deal that was struck to bring us a never-before-seen version of Talisman. I.e Kingdom Hearts!

Original Talisman Adventures

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There’s something about a classic 1980s-style fantasy adventure that just never gets old. The Talisman line is old but has withstood the test of time. Because of this, Games Workshop and USAoploly are linking arms to bring us new licensed versions of the game in 2019. However, the excitement doesn’t stop there!

The agreement between the two companies allows USAopoly to deal out the Co-branded versions of the Magical Quest Game to distributors and other retailers online around the world. Bottom line, it sounds like these will be easy to get our hands on.

With the franchise being labeled as a Magical Quest Game, it opened the door for other fantasy settings to join in. For example, Kingdom Hearts!

Talisman: Kingdom Hearts

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Introducing Talisman: Kingdom Hearts Edition, The OP’s licensed version of the critically-acclaimed adventure hobby game, which combines the beloved Disney and Square Enix collaboration with Games Workshop’s time-honored board game mechanic. Available in North America and Europe later this year, players will assume the role of their favorite animated heroes from beginning to center of a new challenge!

You heard it right! GWs partnership with USAoploy opened the door for Disney to jump in. They’ll be bringing us the questing game reskinned to the Kingdom Hearts setting. What’s even better is that it’ll be on the shelves sometime in 2019. We don’t have to wait long at all to play as some of the most iconic Disney characters!

A Dynamic Crossover

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So What’s the low-down on the game exactly? Well, we know that you’ll be able to play as Kairi, Riku, King Mickey, Goofy and more. Keeping up with Talisman’s original 2-6 player objective-style game, you’ll need to gather enough magic to seal the door to Darkness with your friends.

When you crack open the game, you’ll be able to explore the most iconic Disney settings in the format of Talisman’s board design. (You’ll see places like Neverland and Traverse Town to give you just a couple of examples).

While this mashup between games is definitely exciting, we can still expect even more versions of Talisman to come in the future.

Talisman: Kingdom Hearts Edition is at the forefront of The OP’s recently announced partnership with Games Workshop, and enthusiasts can expect more dynamic titles to come from the collaboration! 

It’s Not the First Time GW Has Branched Out

Outside of the Talisman realm, GW, USAopoly, and Hasbro all linked arms and brought us a Warhammer 40k version of Monopoly. This game kept the same classic Monopoly feel with properties reskinned as planets and currency renamed “salary”. Long story short, while a Kingdom Hearts Talisman is unexpected, it’s not the first time that we’ve seen a surprising mashup between games.

For now, we should fix our eyes on the horizon and look for more previews on the game before it hits the shelves. Are you a longtime fan of Talisman? have you ever played Kingdom Hearts? Will you be buying this game when it drops? Let us know in the comments of our Facebook Hobby Group. 

About the Author: Wesley Floyd

Imperial fanboy, tabletop fanatic, King of sprues.
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