Monday, August 23, 2021

Talislanta Returns

The word on the Talislanta facebook page is that the setting will be returning (via Kickstarter) in a 5e compatible form. While I don't know that 5e is the optimal system for Talislanta, I'm glad to see it back and will definitely kickstart it. 

This announcement puts me in a mind to get back to the series I started in 2020 but never finished where I did an in-depth look at setting. Those posts can be found here.


Dick McGee said...

Interesting, but Talislanta never really went away in the first place. I mean, pretty much everything's been up online free for years:

And this isn't the first time it's been adapted for 5e D&D - Savage Lands may have been an odd and not wholly fulfilling prequel to the setting but it established what a 5e port would look like.

Be nice to see new product in print, but this doesn't feel all that groundbreaking to me. Then again, I'm no great 5e fan so maybe it's more exciting for folks who are and wanted to save themselves work - Savage Lands 5e wasn't much help with magic for obvious reasons.

Trey said...

Talislanta went out of print. That's what I meant by away. The Savage Lands is pretty divergent from regular Tal being prequel and all, so I don't know how much we can glean from that.

But of course, you get to be interested in whatever you want to be interested in, right? As do the rest of us.

Picador said...

My concern about this KS is different: I’ve noticed a trend in which great, historical game books that are foundational to the history of the hobby tend to disappear from the internet once somebody Kickstarts a revival / reboot / second edition. Just yesterday I was looking for a PDF of The Mountain Witch, the groundbreaking 2004 story game by Tim Kleinert, and found that the first edition was unavailable following a kickstarted second edition. I’ve seen similar things happen with various other indie games that were originally released as Creative Commons works and have now disappeared as the author tried to monetize the work by kickstarting a new edition.

Basically: I think the internet has always been a wonderful resource for learning about the evolution of the hobby, and these kickstarted new editions tend to erase information from the internet. I’m against erasing historical information.

Trey said...

I can certainly understand that, and I share that fear a bit. If anyone doesn't have something they want downloaded off the Tal site, I would do that now in an abundance of caution.

Dick McGee said...

"I’m against erasing historical information."

If you're concerned about it, save the pages you want preserved for posterity to the Wayback Machine. Pretty much what it's there for, even if it isn't a perfect solution.