The Bard's Tale IV Update 43: The Backer Alpha Unleashed!

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The Bard's Tale IV Update 43: The Backer Alpha Unleashed!

Post by phimseto » March 21st, 2018, 10:26 am

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In this latest Bard's Tale IV backer update, we share important news about the backer alpha and announce the full name of the game!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/in ... ts/2141820
Today is a day thirty years in the making! For the first time since players defeated the Mad God Tarjan in 1988’s The Bard’s Tale III: Thief of Fate, fans will have a chance to play a sequel and experience new gameplay! This first playable version is an important stepping stone toward the game's release later this year, and we’re all excited to finally share The Bard’s Tale IV: Barrows Deep with you. Whether you are one of our alpha backers or will be watching press coverage, we’re looking forward to hearing what you think!
All that and more in the link above! Enjoy!

- The inXile Team

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Post by SK_1759 » March 21st, 2018, 10:37 am

OMG Steam sucks with d/ls
100Mb down and it's sitting at 12.7
Ugh

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Re: The Bard's Tale IV Update 43: The Backer Alpha Unleashed!

Post by sear » March 21st, 2018, 10:40 am

SK_1759 wrote:
March 21st, 2018, 10:37 am
OMG Steam sucks with d/ls
100Mb down and it's sitting at 12.7
Ugh
Steam has a worldwide CDN. If you're in a location where nobody has downloaded the files yet, it has to move them to your nearest server. It should speed up over time and as more people start downloading. :)

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Post by thebruce » March 21st, 2018, 10:40 am

I tried to start Steam, it wouldn't load, now strange things are happening with my Windows, and I don't say that lightly being IT. I have to reboot. Can't blame inXile for this :P
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Post by Zombra » March 21st, 2018, 10:50 am

Planning to do a stream at about 10:30PM [Pacific]. Tune in and ask questions. https://www.twitch.tv/icf_zombra
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Post by thebruce » March 21st, 2018, 11:03 am

PST? or 11:30 PDT? :P
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Post by Zombra » March 21st, 2018, 11:45 am

Right, Pacific time, whatever. 10¾ hours from right now.
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Post by thebruce » March 21st, 2018, 11:48 am

oooh, I missed the PM. 10:30(am) was 1:30pm, which had already passed, prompting the DT point. Never mind then - 10:30pm Pacific, you were right... I wasn't being nitpicky JUST about the S/D, lol. Aaaaanyway. Stupid DST. Messes everything up. haha
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Post by Orpheus the Bard » March 21st, 2018, 11:55 am

I was totally blown away to find those emails hailing the arrival of this game alpha & so easily, they were right near the top of the pile. When I was resetting my Steam Password. I was so afraid I would miss this because I can't even log into my Kickstarter account. It's like a blocking problem, but that don't matter since I'm downloading the demo right now.
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Post by DoogeeX » March 21st, 2018, 12:45 pm

Does having Beta access also give you access to the Alpha? I did the 70 dollar option.

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Post by Zombra » March 21st, 2018, 12:53 pm

DoogeeX wrote:
March 21st, 2018, 12:45 pm
Does having Beta access also give you access to the Alpha? I did the 70 dollar option.
Alpha access was granted at the "VIP" ($105) level and higher only. Sorry :(
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Post by waltc » March 22nd, 2018, 2:30 pm

Zombra wrote:
March 21st, 2018, 12:53 pm
DoogeeX wrote:
March 21st, 2018, 12:45 pm
Does having Beta access also give you access to the Alpha? I did the 70 dollar option.
Alpha access was granted at the "VIP" ($105) level and higher only. Sorry :(
Drat--I went for a $75 tier--missed it by $30--didn't realize it at the time I backed the game so long ago, I guess...I believe I could have provided a lot of energy to the bug-fixing/catching process as well as some constructive commentary in both the complimentary and constructive criticism departments. Ah, well...such is life! From the developer's perspective, I would consider alpha-level participation and commentary--time consuming as such always is--as more of a contribution to your efforts and success than a "benefit" obtainable only by way of ponying up more dough during the backing stage. While beta-level participation might certainly be seen as a tangible benefit some customers might well be willing to pay for, imo, alpha-level testing is far more work than it is much else, I should say... :) Anyway, sounds good and I shall buck up and adjust to the harsh reality of being denied participation in the alpha versions of BT IV... :lol:

BTW, speaking of Steam, I fired it up today and was pleased to note that finally Valve has brought correct DPI scaling to the Steam UI...Hooray!... :lol: Honestly, though, the UI finally looks so much better at my desktop of 2560x1440! Dramatic visual improvement--cleans up the UI a lot. Previously, if you'd invoke application dpi scaling the Steam UI would open a tiny window, etc. Scales nicely in Win10x64, version 1803, build 17127. Finally! Gabe may move with the speed of a glacier--but I'm here to tell you that he does indeed move, after all!

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Re: The Bard's Tale IV Update 43: The Backer Alpha Unleashed!

Post by Grotesque » March 22nd, 2018, 11:39 pm

when the characters attack the enemy, use their images with their back at the player for some logical consistency.
Bugs can be fixed but shitty design is forever.

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Post by Iiago » March 25th, 2018, 1:56 am

Yeah I was so psyched for the Alpha - I've got the premium collector's edition bundle, assumed Alpha came with that. I was wrong :-/ Ah well, I'd been meaning to go back and finish BT2 and 3 anyway.

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Post by DNACowboy » March 25th, 2018, 5:53 am

Iiago wrote:
March 25th, 2018, 1:56 am
Yeah I was so psyched for the Alpha - I've got the premium collector's edition bundle, assumed Alpha came with that. I was wrong :-/ Ah well, I'd been meaning to go back and finish BT2 and 3 anyway.
Me too, I can't believe Inxile won't let backers who invested more than $120 access to the Alpha :-( Luckily, my friend has it and let me try it out but I'd far prefer to have it myself.
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Re: The Bard's Tale IV Update 43: The Backer Alpha Unleashed!

Post by Drool » March 25th, 2018, 2:04 pm

DNACowboy wrote:
March 25th, 2018, 5:53 am
Me too, I can't believe Inxile won't let backers who invested more than $120 access to the Alpha
I wish I had Alpha access too, but it's not like the reward tiers were confusingly written...
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Post by Iiago » March 25th, 2018, 5:27 pm

Drool wrote:
March 25th, 2018, 2:04 pm
DNACowboy wrote:
March 25th, 2018, 5:53 am
Me too, I can't believe Inxile won't let backers who invested more than $120 access to the Alpha
I wish I had Alpha access too, but it's not like the reward tiers were confusingly written...
Hey Drool I've been meaning to ask you for years - what does "not too late, make it eight" in your sig mean? I think you're not the only person with it eitther

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Re: The Bard's Tale IV Update 43: The Backer Alpha Unleashed!

Post by _noblesse_oblige_ » March 25th, 2018, 7:50 pm

BT IV party size is what it refers to, I think.
He and several others wanted the party size to be 8 slots. inXile was originally planning only 4, iirc.
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Post by Iiago » March 25th, 2018, 8:27 pm

Ohhh....thanks. Yeah I wasn't a fan of a party size of 4, glad it got increased.

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