Scanning Project Donation Page

Donate A Book To The Tal LibraryAs promised, over on Facebook, a new Scanning Project Donations page has been created. This page will track known online sources where missing titles can be purchased. It includes prices in both EUR and USD denominations as well as links to the specific online auctions or retailers. This page can also be reached via the Talislanta.com drop down menus on the home page.

If anybody out there is feeling generous, please stop by and have a look see. I’ll do my best to keep this updated as new auctions become available and expire. Viva La Talislanta!

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Chronicles of Talislanta Goes Final!

After four years Chronicles of Talislanta has finally reached Final status! For those of you who don’t remember we have a multi-step system for rating a scanned books status:

Missing: We don’t have a scan yet.
Stage 1: Scan Processing (rotation, renaming, organization, etc.. of images)
Stage 2: Ready for clean-up by volunteers, As-Is PDF created with bookmarks
Stage 3: Cleaned Image Verification, OCR’ed, turned into PDF, Bookmarked
Final: PDF is complete, no further work needed, released to public

Just before Christmas 2014 I was contacted by ThatOldFool. In his great generosity he had cleaned up the entire book. There is a reason the remaining books haven’t been cleaned up yet. It is a monumental undertaking, to say the least. However, he reports that he has devised an automated process for cleaning up the images.

He said he knocked this book out in a few days time! Due to my busy schedule I wasn’t able to verify the scan and add OCR and bookmarks until after Xmas. But I have finished and the book is now ready. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to get in touch with him since right after Xmas. So keep those fingers crossed. If he surfaces again we might see one or more books getting cleaned as well.

None of this would be possible without ThatOldFool. You sir have my deepest gratitude and thanks. For those of you who have print copies, you can’t beat the white background available in this new version of The Chronicles of Talislanta. I have also gone through and removed any pencil marks I found in the book, as well as the artificial border, created by the page edges, present in the original scan as it had its binding in tact when scanned.

Viva La Talislanta!!!

The Chronicles of Talislanta
Original PDF (299 MB)Optimized PDF (63.3 MB)
Best Quality, Non-Image-Processed PDF (799 MB)
Follow the accounts of Tamerlin. Traveler, self-styled wizard, and obscure author of ancient times as he explores the magical land of Talislanta. Discover the myriad wonders and oddities of a forgotten age including; the Dream Merchants of Phantas who sail the skies in fabulous windships bearing the most costly and exotic wares. The Maze-City of Altan, carved over centuries of time from a single mound of violet stone. The Aberrant Forest, the Sindarans, the Crimson Citadel, the Xambrian Wizard Hunters, and the many strange peoples, places, and creatures native to the world of Talislanta.
Edition 1st Pages 120 Released Feb 1987 ISBN # 0961077042 Stage Final
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A Scanning Project Update

Hello, hello! After some networking with the community on Facebook, I was able to locate and connect two wonderful people who will be donating and scanning the Tales of Talislanta. I don’t have a date for release as there are still plenty of variables in play, but I’m crossing my fingers in hopes of a February release. We still need several Talislanta books before our library is complete, however what remains is pretty darn rare.

If anybody owns a copy of one of these books and would consider allowing it to be scanned, please Contact Us. The books remaining are:

Talislanta Guida del Viaggiatore
Talislanta Traveler’s Guide
There was only one book published for the Italian version, the Talislanta Guida del Viaggiatore by a company called 3d6. It was based off the 3e Talislanta rules by Wizards of the Coast. Marques recently posted a link for the archived Talislanta in Italiano website and using that, and eBay Italy, as a reference, I was able to deduce it was based off the 3e Talislanta rules. The Italian website has links to several of the old Talislanta websites that were based off the 3e rules. Also, the Italian website was last updated in 1998, which predates the release of 4e Talislanta by Shooting Iron Design.
Pages
Unknown
Type
Soft cover
Released
Unknown
Publisher
3d6
Stage Missing
Spielerhandbuch und Leitfaden für den Spielleiter
Players Handbook and Dungeon Master’s Guide to the Second Edition
The German version of Talislanta is based off the 2e Talislanta rules, and three books were published for the German line. Spielerhandbuch und Leitfaden für den Spielleiter (Second Edition) is the first book and corresponds directly to English version of the 2e rules, the Talislanta Handbook and Campaign Guide (Second Edition). It was published in 1991 by a German company called Fantasywelt Verlag.
Pages
155
Type
Soft cover
Released
1991
Publisher
Fantasywelt Verlag
Stage Missing
Talislanta Die Flora und Fauna
The Flora and Fauna of Talislanta
Talislanta Die Flora und Fauna is the second book published in the German Talislanta game line. It was also published in 1991 by Fantasywelt Verlag. This book directly corresponds to the English book A Naturalist’s Guide to Talislanta.
Pages
101
Type
Soft cover
Released
1991
Publisher
Fantasywelt Verlag
Stage Missing
Die Chroniken von Talislanta
The Chronicles of Talislanta
Die Chroniken von Talislanta was the last German Talislanta book published, and it was published by Fantasywelt Verlag in 1992. This was just prior to the release of the third edition of Talislanta, The Talislanta Guidebook by Wizards of the Coast. Although this book was translated well, there seemed to be a few printing errors concerning some of the images.
Pages
112
Type
Soft cover
Released
1992
Publisher
Fantasywelt Verlag
Stage Missing
Talislanta Livre Des Règles
Talislanta Rulebook
The French edition of Talislanta still in print and active. It is based off the 4e Talislanta rules by Shooting Iron Design, and was first published in 2005. The online store for Ludopathes Éditeurs offers 28 items under their Talislanta section. They offer seven print books, a printed map of Talislanta, and a 4-panel Gamemaster’s screen. In addition to the print materials, they offer seven electronic download books, as well as nine freebies to download. They also sell a poster of a Thrall Warrior and female Muse. Lastly, they offer a limited stock (only 90!) of a Blue Aeriad 35mm figure. Of all the foreign editions of Talislanta, the French version has been the most successful. They released several items in 2009.
Pages
349
Type
Hardback
Released
2005
Publisher
Ludopathes Éditeurs
Stage Missing
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The Scanning Project Needs Your Help!

Hello Talislanta Community! I hope you all enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday’s with friends and family. The holiday season is upon us and I have some good news.

As you all know, the Scanning Project has remained unfinished since the website first launched. I’m pretty sure we’re only missing the 10th Anniversary Edition and Tales of Talislanta novel. A volunteer has stepped forward and offered their time and service to help clean up a scan or two. They have also offered to help process any scans for the missing titles still left in the library.

So I am curious. Is anybody here able to scan either of these two books from your own collection?. If not, Is there anyone here who owns one or both of these titles that would be willing to donate or lend it to a scanner to prepare? Scanning can be done around binding but it is best to remove the binding outright to get the best scans. Unfortunately that destroys the book so that choice will be left up to the owner, of course.

This fine gentleman (thatoldfool) has devised a process to largely automate the clean-up of PDF’s. It is quite possible that if the book he is working on turns out to be a success, that a guide could be created for others to help contribute. In the past the clean-up involved using Photoshop and altering each page by hand. If this works out then the process will be largely automated and more importantly, produce near-perfect uniform pages. I don’t know about you guys but I’m shouting from the roof-tops with excitement!!

I will keep you fine folks updated as things progress. I wish you all a wonderful day and a continued happy holiday season ^_^

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The Tribes of the Savage Land

Greetings Tal-fans.

The writing team for Savage Land has been hard at work. We’ve currently got about 35 pages of manuscript that deal solely with the remaining Tribes in the Savage Land. These tribes will form many of the nations and cultures of the New Age as well as depict what Talislanta was like in ages past.

We can’t tell you exactly WHO each of these tribes are, though we imagine that you can figure out a few things out just from the names. While the writers (Desi Conrad, Mark Williams, Dean Poisso, and myself) can neither confirm nor deny your guesses, we fully invite you to start your own conversations about who these tribes might be and what they might become.

  1. Aku
  2. Ariane
  3. Azraq
  4. Beastmen
  5. Brood
  6. Caligians
  7. Darklings
  8. Drakken
  9. Ghaun
  10. Golgoth
  11. Imazi
  12. Jakar
  13. Kasir
  14. Narada
  15. Necrophages
  16. Ra
  17. Shadows
  18. Shaku
  19. Shan
  20. Talosians
  21. Tarterans
  22. Thage
  23. Thrax
  24. Umar
  25. Vandar
  26. Virago
  27. Warloks
  28. Withen
  29. Yann
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