The Bard's Tale Trilogy is a complete remaster of the iconic series that helped define the RPG genre. Featuring updated graphics and optional quality of life gameplay features, this is the ideal way to experience the dungeon crawling challenge that made the original games beloved classics.
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Aug 14, 2018

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November 30

Thief of Fate Schedule

Hey everybody!

So we've been doing a lot of work on Thief of Fate - reading through the clue books and the manual; looking at the original map illustrations - and there is just so much that was layered into the lore, but wasn't able to be displayed on screen because of the technical limitations of the time.

We want the Bard's Tale Trilogy version of Thief of Fate to be the best that it can be. That means that we want The Palace to look like it's underwater. To make Gelidia not only be a land of eternal winter, but look like it too. For Urmech's Workshop to have mechanical walls (and occasionally, be filled with oil).

Because of all of this (and more - oh so much more!), Thief of Fate and the Legacy mode aren't going to be ready until early 2019.

We want to make it very clear that this is nothing to do with money, nor inXile's recent acquisition by Microsoft. This is simply that we (inXile and Krome) want to make the game be the best it can be - and we need more time to get it all in place.

One of the things that we’ve enjoyed since the game’s launch in August is the conversation with our fans. Now that we’re in the final stretch of development, we’re taking this delay as an opportunity to offer a peek behind the curtain. To that end, we plan on creating a Beta branch on Steam as well as a Thief of Fate Beta specific forum area. Before Christmas 2018, we'll populate this Beta branch with a version of Thief of Fate that will be playable (but will have some bugs) - with some of the art (enemy cameos, dungeon art and such) not complete. We welcome peoples' feedback and comments on the beta and we'll keep you all informed on progress as we approach the full release.

As Steam is the development platform for the game, this beta will only be available for Steam users. GOG users will, of course, receive the finished product on the same day as Steam users.

We've included a taste of the work-in-progress art below, so you can see some of these things that we're talking about and hopefully get a feel for what we're trying to get in place and why we're taking the extra time.


Thief of Fate Remastering Comparison

C-64 to Remaster Enemies
Please note we only had still frames for the C-64 images!

Urmech Dungeon Environment

Gelidia Environment - The Land of Eternal Winter

Chronomancer Female Portrait

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October 23

The Bard's Tale II: The Destiny Knight Released

InXile Entertainment and Krome Studios are pleased to announce that Volume II - The Bard's Tale II: The Destiny Knight - has been released for The Bard's Tale Trilogy.

To ensure that you have the latest update to the game with Volume II unlocked, please close and relaunch Steam, to add the download to your queue.

To try to cover some of the questions that people may have, on changes that have been made to The Destiny Knight for the remaster, we've compiled a short list of the major items below, along with general fix notes for across both games. We have blacked out some very heavy spoilers, so if you want to go into the game spoiler-free, please do not highlight the blacked out text.

Destiny Knight Changes
  • Destiny Knight's mechanics have been tweaked to make the last fight more interesting - you're no longer invincible when fighting Lagoth Zanta. The Destiny Knight absorbs damage with mana and can die if their mana runs out.
  • BT2 monsters use some art from BT1, if the image matches the monster better.
  • Names of duplicate monsters (archer,archer,archer) now have unique names so players can learn them (Appentice Archer, Adept Archer, Master Archer).
  • You now have to learn how to use the Dreamspell, which is located in the Destiny Stone dungeon level 1. And can only be learnt by Archmages.
  • Additional sage questions have been added to the game.
  • Destiny Knight text is now in your character sheet (in blue).
  • Bards carrying over from BT1 will retain BT1 songs, but can learn the new BT2 songs from the Scarlet Bard. Bard characters created in BT2 will know BT2 songs but can learn BT1 songs from Scarlet Bard.
  • The Dreamspell is now gated behind a new Saradon quest and clue set, the wizard that sent the players the original letter about Lagoth Zanta.
  • All Magician, Conjurer, Sorcerer, Wizard and Archmage spells from BT1, BT2 and BT3 are now usable in BT2.
  • The wilderness map no longer wraps like in the original. This was changed so that we could implement a decorated height-mapped wilderness, with seamless map transitions.

  • Rhyme of Duotime now gives a toHit melee bonus as well as its other benefits.
  • Snare tweak: The Snare directions (that were originally in the manual) are now embedded in the game as clues, throughout the Destiny Stone Dungeon.
  • Snare tweak: Snares still kill you - but you can't save if a snare is active, so you can't lose your whole game if you're running with 1 save game slot.
  • Snare tweak: Snares now have red vignette on the game window and a heartbeat audio cue.
  • Snare tweak: Snares now show how much time is left when hovering over the Skull above the Game Window.

Improvements, Bug Fixes and The Bard's Tale I Changes
  • Added a third dice to the character creation dice roll.

  • Added audio for when traps disarm.
  • Added Dork Ring sound.
  • Add rooster crow for when dawn breaks, or when exiting the guild in the morning.
  • Added a fizzle sound effect.
  • Added save game sound effect.
  • Add audio cue to when AwardItem forces us to drop an item.

  • Added a casino to Skara Brae in Bard's Tale I to add ability to generate funds, and a bank in which to store your winnings.
  • Gave Ogre Magi some magic.
  • Add a new tip about spell casters identifying enemy spells.
  • Dwarf King and Blue Dragon are a bit tougher to make Harkyn's Castle a bit more of a challenge.
  • Mangar and Mad God now cast Disrupt Illusion at start of combat to protect against Mage Maelstrom and wind dragon.
  • Setup random possession event in Mangar's tower.
  • Added ability for changing walls and doors of a square - used this to make the "Something not right" area in Harkyns actually do something.
  • Add some encounters with explicit spawn ranges to BT1, makes 396 berzerker balanced more like the original, makes Mangar battle tougher.
  • All Magician, Conjurer, Sorcerer and Wizard spells from BT1, BT2 and BT3 are now usable in BT1.
  • Removed some grind spots from Catacombs - this is for balancing the game in non-Legacy mode - grind spots will be retained in Legacy mode.

  • Antimagic now clears magical light, not music or lamp/torch light.
  • Monsters only summon if there is a free spot.
  • Fix dopplegangler was duplicating 1 spellpoint for non spellcasts due to some last minute drain level support.
  • Change message in garths to just "Unidentified <itemType>".
  • Monsters won't cast an already active buff spell again if it doesn't stack.
  • Increased strength of freeze foes since it doesn't stack.
  • Increased starter gold rate, reduced later gold rates.
  • Fix antimagic - it was removing the smoke-in-your-eyes effect.
  • Fix SkipTurn on monsters - Magestar and HypnoticImage were lasting forever!
  • Add new instruments so people aren't stuck with HORNS for the entire game.
  • Increase personal inventory size so that you can equip all item types at once - will enlarge inventories as it loads them.
  • Added ability to stack arrows.
  • Sped up spell regen and health drain squares.
  • Rogues now auto-disarm traps if they have 100% skill.
  • Doing a phase door now reports if it fizzles.
  • Guild only resets to morning if you enter it at night now.
  • SCSI spell now works in anti-magic zones.
  • Add support for random possession squares.
  • Remove shop recharge exploit - items that don't have full charges won't stay in the shop when you exit it.
  • Cat's eye now detects hidden doors.
  • Fix AI monsters no longer attack things out of range.
  • Allow light spells to stack.
  • Thieves temple no longer charges for rogues.
  • Revamped item slot system. Shield, Wand, Bow and Misc items now use an Off-Hand item slot, while the weapons use Weapon-Hand item slot. This makes for a more intuitive equip system. Characters can choose to use shield, or throwable items, or a wand or a bow.
  • All equipped items can now contribute to toHit bonus. toHit bonuses have been added to some items, as well as a few new items have been added to the game specifically to allow players to optimise for toHit if they want, usually at a sacrifice of AC. (eg useful for the Dark Crypt in BT2 with its melee-only, all antimagic nature).
  • Increased monk toHit per level.
  • Increased toHit bonus to attack from shadows.
  • Add toHit bonus to Rhyme Of Duotime, makes it a very useful melee song - extra damage, faster attacks, better toHit.
  • Fixed bug where Apport Arcane (or portals) after a teleport happened would confuse the automapper.
  • Stopped the user being able to cast spells or do actions during a turn left / turn right.
  • Fix automapping was detecting one sided walls from the wrong side.
  • Add text-filtering for song playing.
  • Level drain attacks now permanently saps 1000 xp as well as drop their level.
  • Added some new toHit items - Huntsman Gloves (for hunter) and Ring of Accuracy (for all melee classes).

  • Added spell effect for Apport Arcane.
  • Added spell effects for Trap Zap, Detected Traps and Traps being Zapped.

  • Added snow to Skara Brae.
  • Added spell effect for Mage Flame.
  • Added spell effect for Apport Arcane.

  • Added spell effect for light ignition - used for Torch, Lamp, LERE, GRRE, STLI, Lightwand, Dayblade.
  • Cat's eye no longer flickers the light.
  • Added a visual for detected spinners.

  • Fix bug in proper nouns - was converting them to "Mangar".
  • Fix bug in taverns where back button from tipping would take you to "who will tip the bartender".
  • Fixed tool tip information on why a save is locked.

  • Traps now indicate when they are disarmed, on the maps.
  • Misc fixes for tool tip sizes.
  • Added confirmation to deleting or overwriting save games.
  • Added color coding to autosave/quicksave slots.
  • Added save game sorting by date.
  • Made the cursor and mouse scroll work in save / load UI.
  • Fixed an issue where the script was cancelling the street name prematurely.
  • Mark secret doors on automap when you walk through them.
  • New spinner & trap icons so they overlay better on the map.
  • Fixed bug where overlayed icons wouldn't appear on the map.
  • Added icon to indicate when a character can advance a level, or learn a new spell.
  • Combat icons now go semi-bright when the combat is completed.
  • Identify now filters only unidentified items and doesn't reset to top of list once an item is identified.
  • Skull now lights up if you're standing on cursed or blessed tiles. Tooltip shows what the curse/blessing is.
  • Fix automapping so it doesn't detect the reverse side of tiles.
  • Skull now indicates if any active curses or anti-apport/anti-phase door is active.
  • Fix the automapper discover - tiles weren't working around map wraps.
  • Fix shop selling unidentified item but revealing the name.
  • Fix input issues hitting escape on spell filter.
  • Fix input issues hitting enter when spell filtering to 0 spells.
  • Spells go orange if no targets are in range.
  • Add ranges to spell tooltips.
  • Fix double space in Sanctuary Score description.
  • Show the current ToHit bonus on player info screen.
  • Fixed skull centering and skull eyes centering.
  • Fixed size of highlight bar in party slots.
  • The maximum message scroll scrolling speed has been increased.
  • Monster groups are now sorted by range at the start of each combat round.
  • Selling items at Garth's doesn't reset to top of list each time now.
  • Alphabetize song list selection
  • Fix issue where pressing F10 from a settings dialog would put the UI logic in a bad state.

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About This Game

Experience the events that led to The Bard’s Tale IV: Barrows Deep and The Mage’s Tale! The Bard's Tale Trilogy is a remastering of the classic 1980’s series, one of the godfathers of the RPG genre. Create an adventuring party in the first volume and play it across all three, creating a heroic story all your own!

  • The Bard’s Tale Trilogy launches with the first volume in the series. In the fall, The Bard’s Tale II: The Destiny Knight will be added. Finally, late in the year, The Bard’s Tale III: Thief of Fate. Each volume will be added into the collection free of charge!
  • Rescue a city trapped by a wizard, reforge the legendary Destiny Wand, and travel across time and space to confront a Mad God!
  • Enjoy a uniform playing experience across all three titles without the need for emulation or compatibility concerns.
  • For the first time, play as male or female across all three games! Also includes other quality of life changes such as automapping for all three games, spell access, and updated equipment/inventory management.
  • The final game content released will be the Legacy Mode, a suite of features which will allow veteran players to experience the games similar to how they first played them, and will be released free of charge for owners when complete.

The Bard's Tale Trilogy is a chance for old fans to be young once again and for a new generation of roleplaying and dungeon crawler fans to discover why these games matter so much all these years later. Pick up the game and start your epic adventure today!

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: 64bit OS, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8 / 8.1, Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Quad Q9300 / AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ / Intel Core i5-2500K or higher if using integrated Intel GPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card with DX10 (shader model 4.0) capabilities
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: 64bit OS, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8 / 8.1, Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-760 / AMD FX-6100set support
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 750 or AMD equivalent, or better
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 1 GB available space

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