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The Bard's Tale

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The Bard's Tale
The Bard's Tale cover
Developers
Interplay Entertainment
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Europe Ariolasoft
Release dates
DOS 1987
Mac OS (Classic) 1989
Windows June 17, 2005
macOS (OS X) May 31, 2012
Linux October 10, 2013
The Bard's Tale guide at StrategyWiki
The Bard's Tale at Wikipedia
The Bard's Tale
The Bard's Tale 1987
The Bard's Tale II: The Destiny Knight 1988
The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate 1990
The Bard's Tale Construction Set 1991
The Bard's Tale (2005) 2005
The Mage's Tale 2017
The Bard's Tale Trilogy 2018
The Bard's Tale IV: Barrows Deep 2018

This page is for the original 1987 game. For the 2005 reboot, see The Bard's Tale (2005).

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM details are not known
DOS
Mac OS
GOG.com
DRM-free
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Steam
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
All digital versions include The Bard's Tale, The Bard's Tale II: The Destiny Knight, The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate, and The Bard's Tale (2005).

Essential improvements[edit]

Run in MESS[edit]

Digital versions of The Bard's Tale (2005) include the Apple IIgs version emulated in a custom KEGS build.
Using MESS allows for save states, windowed mode, control customisation and many other enhancements.
Move game files[citation needed]
  1. Download MESSUI and extract it.
  2. Make a roms folder in the MESSUI folder.
  3. Download apple2gs.zip from the latest MESS BIOS Collection and put it in the MESSUI roms folder.
  4. Launch the game through The Bard's Tale (2005), then exit.
  5. Go to the Save game data location location and copy bt1d1.2mg and bt1d2.2mg into the MESSUI roms folder.
    Or alternatively you can manually unpack 3 files iibt1.bin, iibt12.bin and iibt3.bin found in the game installation (on Linux they are under "res" subdirectory) using these passwords (they are password encrypted ZIP archives):
    02iibt112 for iibt1.bin
    02iibt212 for iibt2.bin
    02iibt312 for iibt3.bin
  6. Run MESS and select Apple IIgs (ROM03).
  7. Go to the Device View tab and mount bt1d1.2mg and bt1d2.2mg as Floppy Disk (Sony).
  8. Run Apple IIgs (ROM03) to start the game.
  9. Choose Slot 5, Drive 2 when prompted for a characters disk.
To configure the output scaler, Vsync, etc. right-click Apple IIgs (ROM03) and choose Properties.

Game data[edit]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\*.TPW
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\inXile entertainment\bt1d2.2mg
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/The Bard's Tale/btpriv/bt1d2.2mg
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/BardTale/bt1d2.2mg
This game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
320x200 only.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Toggle with Alt+ Enter (when using DOSBox or MESS).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
When using MESSUI, fullscreen borderless is the default.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Use MESS for digital versions; false for DOS version.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Everything is text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 2000, XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz
AMD Athlon XP 2400+
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 6 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce FX 5700
ATI Radeon 9600
DirectX 9.0c compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.6
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3.6 GB
Linux
Minimum
Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz
AMD Athlon XP 2400+
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 6 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce FX 5700
ATI Radeon 9600
OpenGL 2.0 compatible

References