The Shamen raises £5k for SpecialEffect charity

CHESHIRE, UK, THURSDAY JULY 23 2015: Cheshire-based PC and mobile games specialist Nomad Games has raised over £5,000 for SpecialEffect, the charity which helps people with physical disabilities enjoy games, thanks to a special collaboration between the two on the million-unit selling fantasy adventure roleplaying game Talisman.

Nomad Games launched a competition in December asking Talisman players and fans to design the next character for the Talisman board. Over 200 entries were received and they were shortlisted to a final six – Dragon, Shaman, Ranger, High Priestess, Faun and Orator. Those six were then put to a public vote. Some 1,566 votes were cast, and the Shaman, designed by Graham Zaretsky from the US, took the majority (40 per cent) of the votes.

Nomad Games handed the design over to SpecialEffect to ask some of the people they support to come up with artwork to use as inspiration to create the brand new character. A selection of sketches, collages and photo compositions were submitted by three designers - Amandeep Singh, Ben Clark, & Garath Garrett. These were used to design the final character.

Nomad Games released The Shaman character for the game just last month, with net proceeds from the downloadable content (DLC) going to SpecialEffect. And in just three weeks, fans of the PC and mobile game have raised over £5,000 for the charity.

That £5,000 equates to 6,500 Shamans sold, with 1,000 of those being downloaded within the first 12 hours of the character being on sale. The Shamen is now on its way to being the most successful character for Talisman to date.

“We’re incredibly grateful for the generosity and support of the Talisman community,” said Nomad Games’ Managing Director Don Whiteford. “To raise over £5,000 in just three weeks is a fantastic achievement; more than we had hoped for. And, of course, the total will keep rising as more of our players discover The Shaman character.

“However, this initiative was about more than raising money; it was a collaborative effort, combining the enthusiasm of the Talisman community with the talent of the artists supported by SpecialEffect who brought The Shamen to life. And, of course, further raising awareness of this very special charity, which is important to us, too.”

Barry Floyd, Operations Co-Ordinator at SpecialEffect, added: “We are so grateful to Nomad Games and the Talisman community for the money raised for SpecialEffect from sales of the Shaman character pack.

“The income will help keep our team of Occupational Therapists and technology specialists on the road and helping more people with disabilities to enjoy the fun and inclusivity that video games bring.

“The Shaman character has been developed through cooperation between Nomad Games, the Talisman community and people helped by SpecialEffect. It’s a perfect collaboration and we very much hope other games developers will follow Nomad Games’ lead.”

The Shaman DLC is available to download for £1.49, with fans of the PC sku given the opportunity to choose what they pay.


About Talisman
Talisman, the magical quest game from Games Workshop, is a classic board game that has been enjoyed by fantasy fans for nearly 30 years. As one of many characters, including warriors, rogues and magicians, the player embarks on a perilous adventure to find and claim the Crown of Command – a magical artifact with the power to destroy any rival and make the bearer the ruler of the kingdom. It’s a game of skillful decision-making based on dice and cards. Nomad Games brought the multiplayer version of the top-selling Games Workshop board game to PC, tablets and mobile devices last year, with the brand selling over one million units to date.

About The Shaman
The Shaman is a new character for Talisman. She is a mysterious figure, at one with nature, who can use her link with natural forces to draw power from the wildlife throughout the land. The raw power of a Bear, the wisdom of an Owl and the incredible speed of a Cheetah are all at her disposal.

About Nomad Games
Nomad Games is an independent video games developer based in Lymm, Cheshire. The company was founded in 2011 by five games industry veterans with a track record spanning 20 years – right back to the launch of the original Sony PlayStation.

About SpecialEffect
SpecialEffect is putting fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with physical disabilities by helping them to play video games. By using technology ranging from modified games controllers through to eye-control, they’re finding a way for people to play to the very best of their abilities. But they’re not just doing it for fun. By leveling the playing field, they’re bringing families and friends together and having a profoundly positive impact on inclusion, confidence and rehabilitation.

About Games Workshop
Games Workshop® Group PLC (LSE:GAW.L) is based in Nottingham, UK. Games Workshop designs, manufactures, retails, and distributes its range of Warhammer® and Warhammer® 40,000® games, miniature soldiers, novels and model kits through more than 400 of its own Hobby centres, the Internet and independent retail channels in more than 50 countries worldwide. Further details on the company can be obtained at
Talisman © Games Workshop Limited 1983, 1985, 1994, 2007. Talisman: Prologue © Games Workshop Limited 2014. Games Workshop, Talisman, Talisman: Prologue, the foregoing marks’ respective logos and all associated marks, logos, characters, products and illustrations from the Talisman game are either ®, TM and/or © Games Workshop Limited 1983–2014, variably registered in the UK and other countries around the world. This edition published under license to Nomad Games Ltd. Nomad Games is the registered trademark Nomad Games Limited. All Rights Reserved to their respective owners.

Press Contacts
Mimram Media: Stuart O'Brien
Tel: 07732 114 067

Nomad Games: Don Whiteford
Tel: 01925 759660