Check out this great interview with Michael Cranford - creator of Tales of the Unknown: The Bard’s Tale. Lots of chatting about Bard’s Tale, Interplay, Wizardry, and where he’s at now with Ninth Degree. Thanks, RPGCodex!
Silversword is basically The Bard’s Tale 4. This isn’t a secret; the game’s creator expresses plenty of love for that classic series of Apple II games on the Silversword blog. As with the Bard’s Tale, you’re looking at a fantasy world through a three-paned interface. On the upper left there’s a simple, static 3D image. On the upper right, a box for dialog or user input. The entire bottom half of the screen is taken up by a list of your characters’ stats. It isn’t the most efficient interface given the capabilities of today’s iPads, but it’s familiar.
Silversword can be found listed in the Community section of BTOnline. Go check it out!
If you didn’t already know, The Bard’s Tale for iPhone and iPad has been added the classic Bard’s Tale trilogy to its repository of additional games. With the latest update, Brian Fargo brings Bard’s Tale III: The Thief of Fate into the fold.
Legend of Grimrock is a dungeon crawling role playing game with an oldschool heart but a modern execution. A group of prisoners are sentenced to certain death by exiling them to the secluded Mount Grimrock for vile crimes they may or may not have committed. Unbeknownst to their captors, the mountain is riddled with ancient tunnels, dungeons and tombs built by crumbled civilizations long perished now. If they ever wish to see daylight again and reclaim their freedom the ragtag group of prisoners must form a team and descend through the mountain, level by level.
The game brings back the oldschool challenge with highly tactical real-time combat and grid-based movement, devious hidden switches and secrets as well as deadly traps and horrible monsters. Legend of Grimrock puts an emphasis on puzzles and exploration and the wits and perception of the player are more important tools than even the sharpest of swords could be. And if you are a hardened dungeon crawling veteran and you crave an extra challenge, you can arm yourself with a stack of grid paper and turn on the Oldschool Mode which disables the luxury of the automap! Are you ready to venture forth and unravel the mysteries of Mount Grimrock?
The mix of grid-based exploration, real-time content, and turn-based strategy is intriguing!
TouchArcade has reported on news from developer Elite Systems that implies classic RPGs, including Bard’s Tale, may be arriving on iOS very soon!
The coming titles he speaks of are likely to include an excellent collection of games from Interplay Productions: the classic fantasy RPG The Bard’s Tale (I, II & III), the post-apocalyptic RPG Wasteland, as well as Dragon Wars and Neuromancer.
Stay tuned for updates.
In other related news, Brian Fargo of InXile Entertainment revealed on twitter that their modern Bard’s Tale inspired remake will also be arriving on iOS “in less than a month”:
@BrianFargo: "We are bringing our PS2 version of Bard’s Tale to the Ipad and IOS3 in less than a month. Don’t count on the original."
Don’t forget that if you’re on Twitter, you can also follow BTO at @BardsTaleOnline.
Manomio has recently published a C64 emulator app for the iPhone along with a few games, and has been asking about current Bard’s Tale copyrights. Might it be possible we could see a C64 Bard’s Tale port to the iPhone in the near future?
On another note, BTO is now on Twitter - @BardsTaleOnline! Mecandes (Bards Tale Compendium) also runs a news and live discussion stream twitter account at @TheBardsTale. Tell’em thebruce sent ye ;)
It’s been reported that not much time is left now for sites which are currently hosted at Geocities.com to move to new hosting. The change will happen at the end of October 2009, so I’ve decided to offer some hosting for sites that the community feels should be saved, if not already.
Ideally, I would have any fan sites set up as a subdomain of Bardstaleonline.com. If you have any sites that you feel should be archived here, have contacted the owner or are the owner, contact me and I’ll see what I can set up.
After endless requests for help in getting various Bard’s Tale versions to work in various Windows OS’s, I’ve finally added the emulator I’ve found to work on my system, running Vista Home. You can find it in the Emulators section. It may require a tiny bit of setup for the DOS settings, but I do have BT1, 2, and 3 all working in it.
Sorry everyone for any problems you might have been seeing with the website recently. I’m trying to solve a bug that I’ve discovered in IE, after having implemented the standard Google ad code.
I haven’t been able to fix it, so I’ve temporarily disabled Google ads. Perhaps if you’re code-minded, you could offer some insight…
Once the page is loaded, any change to the html layout/content causes the scroll TD tag to ‘disappear’ thus removing the navigation; but this only happens in IE, not Firefox.
I placed a little button below the scroll - “X” that you can click, which displays the HTML content of the scroll. Notice that the HTML content is still there, but in IE the scroll disappears after clicking (whether the inserted code forces a layout adjustment or not - tested).
The Google code alters the HTML after the source has loaded, which is why sometimes the scroll disappears.
Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks! Again, sorry for any inconvenience over the last couple of weeks.
I just wanted to first thank you all for your continued support of this Bard’s Tale fansite. While still incomplete (though there will always be room for more!), traffic is increasing daily. If this is a trend amongst many BT fansites, that’s a good thing for Bard’s Tale!
My thanks to those of you have donated. You’ll notice now that I’ve implemented google advertising to offset some of the outstanding regular costs. Please, offer feedback as to whether you feel the ads are instrusive - I want to keep this website’s experience as smooth and relevent as possible.
Before I sign off, I’ll also just want to wish y’all a Happy New twenty-oh-seven! (if January 1 is indeed the beginning of your new year :P)
I decided to finally get around to including various bard song music files now! They’ve been sitting around for some time, so since tomorrow’s my birthday, I thought, hey, why not be generous and put them online for the BTO viewers! So, there you go - you’ll find music sections in the Miscellaneous Goods page of each original game.
If you know of any other places that have Bard Songs downloadable, or even music inspired by Bard’s Tale, then by all means, pass on the word! Happy almost-Christmas! And continued thanks for your donations and feedback (though I’ve still got a load of emails to sift through)! :)
Just so you can be assured I’m still around, I do plan in the future to get maps for BT2 and BT3 available, as they also are for BT1. At this point I’m in the middle of playing through Elderscrolls IV: Oblivion (amazing RPG!), so once I’ve completed that, I’ll be moving back into playing through BT2, at which point I’ll finalize all the DHTML maps for the other two games.
Thanks again everyone for your support, both by feedback and financially! :)
Due to a couple of comments regarding some files that weren’t able to be downloaded, I’ve fixed some of the hosting settings. If you were receiving 404 errors when trying to download certain files, please try again, they should be fixed. File types in question were .SHK, .PRG and .LHA extensions. Files with those extensions were returning a 404 for some reason - not any more! The files are now back to normal.
Thanks for your patience. If you find any file link returning a 404 error, don’t hesitate to let me know!
…I decided to try to figure out how to transfer characters from BT1 to BT2 on PC. Oddly enough, I couldn’t find any references to dealing with BT1 character disks via google or yahoo given my short-lived search. Except for one bit of instruction on how to create a BT3 character disk I found which jogged my memory (like a BT player’s commandment: never lose your character disk). So I’ve updated the BT2 and 3 sections with the related instructions. BT3 isn’t a problem, but you need a floppy drive and disk for BT2.
In short, just copy the contents of the BT1 game folder to a floppy disk (including your characters), then follow the menu options in BT2 to transfer the characters.
So, I recently finished inXile’s The Bard’s Tale, and I must say it’s a great game :) The best parts were the overt references to classic elements - such as the magic mouth, and anti-magic zones, and more… the tongue-in-cheek humour never gets dry, and if you can guess the voice actor of the Bard, he’s a perfect fit :). It’s not a short game, and it definitely tests some of your game-playing skills; and it takes an extra step in making sure how you play your character better reflects who you are as a person (that’s role playing). Or it is the other way around? *shrug* Either way, I’d recommend the game for a fun time and a good play length if you like to really play games through and not just skip story elements :).
Links to inXile and the Bard’s Tale homepage are on the left, and a link to purchase the game from Amazon.com can be found on the Community page.
Also note, there’s now a Donations page (last link on the left) for those of you who wish to help support the upkeep of BardsTaleOnline, as one way of showing thanks. But moreso, I appreciate your feedback and the support I receive from y’all on a daily basis!
Long live the Bard :) Signing off for now… -thebruce
With help from numerous dedicated fans and website around the net, I bring you Bard’s Tale Online - the next iteration of a website originating from an amazing fan site built by Tom Greene, The Adventurer’s Guild - a single source for all things Bard’s Tale.
Please peruse the site, offer suggestions, and if you know of any other online resource, patches, downloads, corrections to game information - by all means, let me know! Gotta make sure everything here is up to date and accurate :)
FYI, the BT1 section is the most complete, with all maps online. I’ll be going through BT2 and BT3 in the weeks to come filling in the additional holes with all the files and maps. So stay tuned.
Again, thanks everyone for your support and encouragement! This site couldn’t exist without all the hard work so many have put into making their game process and recordings available for other people.
Don’t forget - if you love Bard’s Tale, Go sign the petition to have the Bard’s Tale series and style continue in another classic saga! :)