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The Bard's Tale IV Update 50: The Classics Return

Posted: August 13th, 2018, 5:01 pm
by phimseto
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In this latest update, we lay out tomorrow's distribution of The Bard's Tale Trilogy Remasters.

You can read all about it here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/in ... ts/2262588

Re: The Bard's Tale IV Update 50: The Classics Return

Posted: August 13th, 2018, 6:25 pm
by Zortok
phimseto wrote:
August 13th, 2018, 5:01 pm
I think that I can safely speak for many older players that while we fondly remember having to figure stuff out on our own, it certainly would have been nice to have the internet back then to help with some things!
Sacrilege!

Re: The Bard's Tale IV Update 50: The Classics Return

Posted: August 13th, 2018, 6:31 pm
by Drool
Zortok wrote:
August 13th, 2018, 6:25 pm
phimseto wrote:
August 13th, 2018, 5:01 pm
I think that I can safely speak for many older players that while we fondly remember having to figure stuff out on our own, it certainly would have been nice to have the internet back then to help with some things!
Sacrilege!
What, you didn't ask help on the local BBS?

Re: The Bard's Tale IV Update 50: The Classics Return

Posted: August 13th, 2018, 6:43 pm
by _noblesse_oblige_
Drool wrote:
August 13th, 2018, 6:31 pm
Zortok wrote:
August 13th, 2018, 6:25 pm
phimseto wrote:
August 13th, 2018, 5:01 pm
I think that I can safely speak for many older players that while we fondly remember having to figure stuff out on our own, it certainly would have been nice to have the internet back then to help with some things!
Sacrilege!
What, you didn't ask help on the local BBS?
This. Of course, I didn't have my first modem until after I had already played and beaten BT1.

Re: The Bard's Tale IV Update 50: The Classics Return

Posted: August 13th, 2018, 6:56 pm
by Zortok
Drool wrote:
August 13th, 2018, 6:31 pm
Zortok wrote:
August 13th, 2018, 6:25 pm
phimseto wrote:
August 13th, 2018, 5:01 pm
I think that I can safely speak for many older players that while we fondly remember having to figure stuff out on our own, it certainly would have been nice to have the internet back then to help with some things!
Sacrilege!
What, you didn't ask help on the local BBS?
Not that I remember. Not saying it was easy mind you - I do remember taking days to solve some of the harder riddles. I also remember meeting fellow gamers, talking about games we had played and getting an amazed reaction that I completed BT2 because no one knew anyone who had done that so there probably was not a lot of help on our local (I do not live in the USA) BBSs back then anyway.

Re: The Bard's Tale IV Update 50: The Classics Return

Posted: August 13th, 2018, 7:16 pm
by phimseto
Zortok wrote:
August 13th, 2018, 6:25 pm

What, you didn't ask help on the local BBS?
My 300 baud modem wouldn't cooperate.

Re: The Bard's Tale IV Update 50: The Classics Return

Posted: August 13th, 2018, 8:39 pm
by Drool
phimseto wrote:
August 13th, 2018, 7:16 pm
My 300 baud modem wouldn't cooperate.
My first functional modem was a screaming fast 4800.

Re: The Bard's Tale IV Update 50: The Classics Return

Posted: August 13th, 2018, 9:00 pm
by _noblesse_oblige_
My first Hayes compatible dialing string was ATDP rather than ATDT until we got tone dialing for our phone line.

Re: The Bard's Tale IV Update 50: The Classics Return

Posted: August 13th, 2018, 9:11 pm
by Drool
Okay, you win the Nerd Olympics! :lol:

Re: The Bard's Tale IV Update 50: The Classics Return

Posted: August 13th, 2018, 9:58 pm
by thebruce
Beat me by just a bit. IIRC, I used a 1200 baud but only shortly before getting 2400. I think I entered just as ATDT was the norm. I was a kid though. It was a while before I got my own phone line; I started by being allowed an hour or two on the landline each night. :)

Re: The Bard's Tale IV Update 50: The Classics Return

Posted: August 14th, 2018, 2:20 am
by Crosmando
Do we know exactly what time it launches?

Re: The Bard's Tale IV Update 50: The Classics Return

Posted: August 14th, 2018, 3:30 am
by Grohal
Crosmando wrote:
August 14th, 2018, 2:20 am
Do we know exactly what time it launches?
In 3,5 hours. 16:00 MEZ (German time) - according to Steam.

Re: The Bard's Tale IV Update 50: The Classics Return

Posted: August 14th, 2018, 6:32 am
by balinor
So here's the thing, in less than an hour The Bard's Tale trilogy goes live for sale on Steam and GOG. So surely the sensible thing to do would have been to sort out the keys YESTERDAY. Seriously, did Inxile hire someone just to make sure the ball was dropped on everything to do with this project?

Re: The Bard's Tale IV Update 50: The Classics Return

Posted: August 14th, 2018, 6:41 am
by Lanatir
Considering the professionalism that i have seen in this whole BT4 project so far it is simply not done yet and they hope to finish it in the last few hours.

Re: The Bard's Tale IV Update 50: The Classics Return

Posted: August 14th, 2018, 6:51 am
by barsiem
balinor wrote:
August 14th, 2018, 6:32 am
So here's the thing, in less than an hour The Bard's Tale trilogy goes live for sale on Steam and GOG. So surely the sensible thing to do would have been to sort out the keys YESTERDAY. Seriously, did Inxile hire someone just to make sure the ball was dropped on everything to do with this project?
Tbh the Steam / GOG keys could have been distributed as soon as it was added to those sites. That was about a week ago I think? We could have activated the game and it wouldn't have affected when we could download it, but we could have all been ready.

People have also been unable to buy the game as well on either of those sites to date, which has caused confusion as some people have assumed it will be free :lol:

Still, the main thing is it's released on time and works well. Fingers crossed for that in the next hour

Re: The Bard's Tale IV Update 50: The Classics Return

Posted: August 14th, 2018, 7:16 am
by Crosmando
Less than a hour to go and no sign of keys, looks like KS backers will be second-class to day 1 buyers :|

Re: The Bard's Tale IV Update 50: The Classics Return

Posted: August 14th, 2018, 7:56 am
by phimseto
Emails have begun going out to backers. There was a delay because we opted to make a GOG version of the remasters available, and long story short the infrastructure to support backer choice of platform for the remasters only got finalized late last night on CrowdOx.

Re: The Bard's Tale IV Update 50: The Classics Return

Posted: August 14th, 2018, 8:03 am
by Lanatir
Any timeframe? Are we talking minutes? hours? days?

Re: The Bard's Tale IV Update 50: The Classics Return

Posted: August 14th, 2018, 8:09 am
by _noblesse_oblige_
For those waiting for keys or who haven't decided on whether to purchase yet, Drool and I have made review videos (separate thread in "Classic Tales" subforum). thebruce has also updated his web site with fresh reference material: https://bardstaleonline.com/bards-tale- ... ng-started

Re: The Bard's Tale IV Update 50: The Classics Return

Posted: August 14th, 2018, 9:00 am
by joekucera2002
Still waiting...