The Bard's Tale takes place in the city of Skara Brae, which has been taken over by the evil wizard Mangar, who has brought an eternal winter over the city. Monsters roam the streets and it is dangerous to stay out in the streets at night.
Your mission is to lead your party of adventurers through the streets, sewers, dungeons, and towers of Skara Brae to search for a way to defeat Mangar.
Bard's Tale continued Wizardry's 3-D perspective while adding a number of innovations such as more character classes, indoor and outdoor adventuring, and color graphics, among other things.
The original Dungeons and Dragons board game heralded the rise of the role playing genre and captured the public imagination. However, RPG board games involved a lot of calculating, making notes, rolling dice and collecting cards. With the rise of computer RPG games, this changed. The computer took care of all the complex calculations, all the variables - and the most important thing: you didn't have to worry that it would try to cheat.
The Bard's Tale is one of the great RPG games that people simply loved to play. Although they're classical RPGs, they're somewhat different from the rest: you don't get to customize your characters. You need a party to go on a quest, as in every classical RPG, but you only get to select the race and the position of the party members. There are no skills, wisdom, magic, or any other points you may distribute either randomly or intentionally; you can only create characters and choose a party to go on the quest.
That quest is to overthrow the evil wizard Mangar, who has seized control of the city of Skara Brae. This may sound very easy, but bear in mind that Mangar is helped by all sorts of monsters, which you'll have to fight on the streets, in dungeons, in sewers, and in the very towers of Skara Brae, where the evil one hides.
So if you're looking for a classic RPG from the golden era of computer gaming, the original Bard's Tale is the right thing for you!
Part of the The Bard's Tale Trilogy
The Bard's Tale is surely a classic. It's one of the games setting the standard for computer roleplaying games. It's a different standard than the AD&D games or the Ultima series set, however it had and still has many fans. The game mostly focusses on slaying monsters and gaining levels to be able to defeat harder monsters etc. - but that's of course not all.
Your goal is to defeat the evil wizard Mangar who has taken over your hometown Skara Brae. He has frozen the surroundings of the city with a spell of Eternal Winter. To have a chance to challenge the powerful mage you have to build up your party of adventures and hunt monsters in various dungeons throughout the city. Finally you have to find a way into his stronghold. This game was the first game I ever bought with my own money...
People who downloaded Bard's Tale 1 have also downloaded:
Bard's Tale 2: The Destiny Knight, Bard's Tale 3: Thief of Fate, Curse of the Azure Bonds, Champions of Krynn, Eye of The Beholder 1, Betrayal At Krondor, Pool of Radiance, Dark Queen of Krynn, The
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