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Friday, March 13, 2009

The Bard's Tale

I just found a downloadable version of The Bard's Tale online and had to share my discovery.  Oh, the hours I used to waste playing this game on my parents' Apple IIgs (remember the Apple IIgs? -- it was like an amped up Apple IIe).  Anyway, it's all there: the game, the spell book, the maps.  The graphics are awful, of course -- the game is over 20 years old.  But what makes The Bard's Tale awesome is that it is a truly difficult RPG.  You can't just fight any enemy that appears; some will make mincemeat out of you.  You can't just wander around a dungeon; you need to make maps.  It's not just fooling around -- the Bard's Tale requires work.

Posted by Chris Lund on March 13, 2009 at 01:40 PM | Permalink


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This makes me laugh. I wasted days on that game in fifth grade. The part I really remember was that it took two minutes to "boot up" (a bizarre notion by today's standards), during which the screen displayed text that read: "Waking up the monsters."

Posted by: Matt | Mar 18, 2009 9:21:23 AM

Cool. Is Zork online? Another game you had to map, particularly the mazes.

Posted by: Bruce Boyden | Mar 13, 2009 6:24:02 PM

below the root on the IIe

Posted by: keitht | Mar 13, 2009 5:12:09 PM

I was a Wizardry guy myself.

Posted by: Ben Barros | Mar 13, 2009 4:20:14 PM

Thanks, Chris. This brings back a lot of memories. The Bard's Tale was the first computer role playing game I played, on an Apple IIc with a monochrome monitor. It was really a terrific game - and hard!

Posted by: Carlton Larson | Mar 13, 2009 4:19:06 PM

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