FREE Talislanta PDFs!


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Paizo Employee CEO

As somebody who used to work on Talislanta during the early days of Wizards of the Coast, I love the fact that the owner of the IP, Stephen Michael Secchi, has decided to put the PDFs for Talislanta up on his website for FREE. Yep, you heard that right, FREE. Wow! Here is the link!

FREE TALISLANTA PDFS

Enjoy one of the most unique fantasy worlds ever created! And look for me in the art director and graphic design credits of the Wizards PDFs!

-Lisa

Liberty's Edge

Sounds cool! I'll check it out.

Liberty's Edge

Ha! There you are Lisa. I spotted Vic's name in there too ...

I've never heard of this game / setting before, but it looks pretty cool.


Always looking for ideas to plunder!

Dark Archive

Twin Agate Dragons wrote:
Always looking for ideas to plunder!

What Twin Agate Dragons said.


Activating Operation Freeloader in 3...2...1...


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Mothman wrote:
I've never heard of this game / setting before, but it looks pretty cool.

That looks very cool! Ahhh....Talislanta. Waxing nostalic for a moment.

Back when I was little gamer, I remember Talislanta's big Ad push in Dragon Magazine was that there were "no elves" - something unheard of to those living on a steady diet of TSR's D&D/Tolkeinesque fantasy style. I got on their mailing list beacuse I was intrigued, and used to get these little mailers with Talislanta tidbits from a little company called Wizards of the Coast - pre Richard Garfield/Magic and certainly way before they took over D&D. It's funny to see how things have changed. I'll have to dig through my stuff and see if I can find one of those things now.


An old friend of mine showed me Talislanta once. I wasn't able to absorb even 1/1000th of that setting in one sitting. Not just unique, but vast. The core book is one of the biggest RPG books I've ever seen. It was bigger then the Pathfinder Core book.


And if you go to the linked page, under the huge Talisanta banner it reads: Still No Elves! :-)

Grand Lodge

I used to mine Talisanta for ideas. Complex setting and really cool. You know... Maybe Golarion should use the idea of no elves... Would certainly improve Golarion a LOT

Scarab Sages

I'm all for free stuff! 8^)

(Listed, so I can snarf them down tonight at home. 8^)

The Exchange

What would be exceptionally cool was if these books were released as OGC then I could get to work converting to PF rules and posting on the site...

:)


The page is down, I guess too many downloads.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Mothman wrote:
Ha! There you are Lisa. I spotted Vic's name in there too ...

I had very little to do with it beyond making up some product schedules. (And most of those got torpedoed by some card game that suddenly took off...)


the website wrote:

Sorry for the inconvenience.
Talislanta.com is currently undergoing maintenance.

Thank you for your understanding.

Doh!

I'll check back later. I've still got my old Talislanta books packed away somewhere. I remember it was the whole "no elves" tagline that got me interested in the first place. I was suffering from elf burnout at the time.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Alex Martin wrote:
...I remember Talislanta's big Ad push in Dragon Magazine was that there were "no elves"...

That was a much better campaign than the "Better than broccoli" one. I always felt that wasn't saying much about the product. We might as well just have said "Talislanta: Not as annoying as stomach cramps!"


Vic Wertz wrote:
Alex Martin wrote:
...I remember Talislanta's big Ad push in Dragon Magazine was that there were "no elves"...
That was a much better campaign than the "Better than broccoli" one. I always felt that wasn't saying much about the product. We might as well just have said "Talislanta: Not as annoying as stomach cramps!"

Hey! I like broccoli!


ChrisRevocateur wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:
Alex Martin wrote:
...I remember Talislanta's big Ad push in Dragon Magazine was that there were "no elves"...
That was a much better campaign than the "Better than broccoli" one. I always felt that wasn't saying much about the product. We might as well just have said "Talislanta: Not as annoying as stomach cramps!"
Hey! I like broccoli!

Freak.

Scarab Sages

I had the books but I gave them away... :D


*dots*


I think I still have a copy of the Talislantia Bestiary kicking around -- those critters were awesome.

I also recall a largish tome that was all about creating and playing gods -- I don't recall the title though. It was supposed to be followed up by a book all about war in an RPG setting. I got to play-test that at Dragonflight one year, but I don't know if it ever saw the light of day.

CJ

Dark Archive

Super cool! I love the Talislanta setting.

Thanks for the heads up.


I miss Talislanta!

Thanks for the heads up!

:)

<DOT>

Dark Archive

Hmm site is still down for me.

Dark Archive

ChrisRevocateur wrote:
Hey! I like broccoli!

Me too! Also, brussel sprouts. Mmmm.

Also, Talislanta! I met P.D. Breeding-Black at a King Richard's Faire and she signed some Talislanta posters for me.

Like Arduin Grimoire, Talislanta just felt chock-full of exotic and interesting stuff that felt like a breath of fresh air, back in the day, with a ton of flavorful races and spells and the like (without getting, IMO, *too* exotic, which was the impression I got from Harn).


When I looked at the site yesterday before it crashed, and did not download anything at the time *sigh*, I saw several editions of the main rules. What are peoples' opinions are which edition is the best?

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thelesuit wrote:
I also recall a largish tome that was all about creating and playing gods -- I don't recall the title though. It was supposed to be followed up by a book all about war in an RPG setting. I got to play-test that at Dragonflight one year, but I don't know if it ever saw the light of day.

Those weren't Talislanta products—they were what we called "capsystem" products, containing generic rules with specific notes at the end describing how to use them with a variety of then-popular systems. The one about gods was The Primal Order, which did very well, and even went through a couple of editions. There were a number of supplements to support it, too. The one about war was The Military Order, which never came out.


Vic Wertz wrote:


Those weren't Talislanta products—they were what we called "capsystem" products, containing generic rules with specific notes at the end describing how to use them with a variety of then-popular systems. The one about gods was The Primal Order, which did very well, and even went through a couple of editions. There were a number of supplements to support it, too. The one about war was The Military Order, which never came out.

Thanks for the correction and elucidation Vic.

I got to play test Military Order at one point and the play test was set in Talislanta...that is probably where I got confused.

CJ


I approves of this :)


I'm -still- getting a "the server is down for maintenance" response.


I can only trust that there was a time this site was not "in maintenance," and that such a time may come again...


Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
I can only trust that there was a time this site was not "in maintenance," and that such a time may come again...

I'm wondering if interest generated by this thread overwhelmed the monthly bandwidth or crashed a server. Don't expect to see it until April 01.

Rez


Rezdave wrote:
Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
I can only trust that there was a time this site was not "in maintenance," and that such a time may come again...

I'm wondering if interest generated by this thread overwhelmed the monthly bandwidth or crashed a server. Don't expect to see it until April 01.

Rez

But I keep checking everytime come here. Boo to me.

Grand Lodge

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I'm of mixed minds about this having owned 4 editions of the game. I've always admired about the way it's survived several publishers and industry downturns.

In one way it's good because more folks will be getting a hold of the material, but in another way it's bitter news because that makes it look like Talislanta is dead as a commercial developing property.

Grand Lodge

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Vic Wertz wrote:
thelesuit wrote:
I also recall a largish tome that was all about creating and playing gods -- I don't recall the title though. It was supposed to be followed up by a book all about war in an RPG setting. I got to play-test that at Dragonflight one year, but I don't know if it ever saw the light of day.
Those weren't Talislanta products—they were what we called "capsystem" products, containing generic rules with specific notes at the end describing how to use them with a variety of then-popular systems. The one about gods was The Primal Order, which did very well, and even went through a couple of editions. There were a number of supplements to support it, too. The one about war was The Military Order, which never came out.

Those "note on the end" came back to bite WOTC though, I remember Siembada threathening to sue over them and even TSR as I recall made a "friendly" cease and desist request.

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LazarX wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:
thelesuit wrote:
I also recall a largish tome that was all about creating and playing gods -- I don't recall the title though. It was supposed to be followed up by a book all about war in an RPG setting. I got to play-test that at Dragonflight one year, but I don't know if it ever saw the light of day.
Those weren't Talislanta products—they were what we called "capsystem" products, containing generic rules with specific notes at the end describing how to use them with a variety of then-popular systems. The one about gods was The Primal Order, which did very well, and even went through a couple of editions. There were a number of supplements to support it, too. The one about war was The Military Order, which never came out.
Those "note on the end" came back to bite WOTC though, I remember Siembada threathening to sue over them and even TSR as I recall made a "friendly" cease and desist request.

Yep. The second printing of TPO removed the D&D conversion notes (and added conversions for a couple of other games). And the Palladium lawsuit almost put Wizards out of business.

Grand Lodge

Site still down :(


Krome wrote:
Site still down :(

Yeah...


fray wrote:
I had the books but I gave them away... :D

Now I have them! =D

Thanx again Fray


Set wrote:
ChrisRevocateur wrote:
Hey! I like broccoli!

Me too! Also, brussel sprouts. Mmmm.

Also, Talislanta! I met P.D. Breeding-Black at a King Richard's Faire and she signed some Talislanta posters for me.

Like Arduin Grimoire, Talislanta just felt chock-full of exotic and interesting stuff that felt like a breath of fresh air, back in the day, with a ton of flavorful races and spells and the like (without getting, IMO, *too* exotic, which was the impression I got from Harn).

I loved her artwork.

I think I have every edition of the game. It always depressed me SMS's game never had strong legs. The concept, the art and the world background was so well done. ( I even liked the multiple books put out by Bard )

*sighs* Never even did well with my own gaming group.

'Course the whole world reminded me so much of Jack Vance's Dying Earth series, I had to love it.

Greg

Grand Lodge

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Enevhar Aldarion wrote:
When I looked at the site yesterday before it crashed, and did not download anything at the time *sigh*, I saw several editions of the main rules. What are peoples' opinions are which edition is the best?

There really wasn't much of a difference between editions. There was essentially one edition produced for each company that bought it. The first one was perhaps the most extensive, having produced separate Cyclopedias for each region, but the editions produced by successor companies were huge packing most of that information in one book. One of Talislanta's owners, the last one I think, also produced a d20 version of the product but everything pretty much went south when WOTC's move to 4.0 put most of the independent 3.5 producers out of buisness.

Grand Lodge

Xaaon of Korvosa wrote:
fray wrote:
I had the books but I gave them away... :D

Now I have them! =D

Thanx again Fray

I managed to pick them all up on Ebay myself. Lucky me!

Can't wait for the site to come back up and get a look at what the big deal here is. :)


Although not pretty you can still download the PDFs by going to http://talislanta.com/pdfs/


Jeremy Epp wrote:

Although not pretty you can still download the PDFs by going to http://talislanta.com/pdfs/

God bless you, good sirrah!


Yes, well done, Jeremy.

Grand Lodge

HUzzah! Just downloaded everything. Thanks, Jeremy.


No problem, glad there was a way to get it done :)

Paizo Employee CEO

The Talislanta PDFs are back up and there are a lot more of them now! Cool stuff!

-Lisa

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Lisa Stevens wrote:

The Talislanta PDFs are back up and there are a lot more of them now! Cool stuff!

-Lisa

:D

I already got all of them up to 5th edition yesterday!

I've been periodiaclly going back every couple of days to check. :)

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