The Bard's Tale (2004) Updated on Steam

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The Bard's Tale (2004) Updated on Steam

Post by phimseto » October 29th, 2017, 8:55 am

The Bard's Tale Remastered & Resnarkled now live on Steam!

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Hi everyone, as part of our 15th Anniversary Celebration, we're updating The Bard's Tale with a new Remastered and Resnarkled Edition. This will be the new standard edition of the game. For those of you who already own The Bard's Tale, no worries! Your version will be updated automatically for free!
  • The Bard's Tale Remastered & Resnarkled features the following updates:
  • Updated splash screen and app icon.
  • Runs at highest desktop resolution by default without bringing up the Graphics settings app.
  • Graphics settings app updated to no longer incorporate legacy language settings. Instead, the Steam specified language is used which is the preferred method.
  • Full Steam overlay support (Shift + Tab).
  • Steam achievements & trading cards.
  • Additional language support for Italian.
  • 64 bit OS’s no longer crash at startup.

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Re: The Bard's Tale (2004) Updated on Steam

Post by ZiN » October 30th, 2017, 12:11 am

Proper controller support pls!

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Re: The Bard's Tale (2004) Updated on Steam

Post by vv221 » October 31st, 2017, 12:46 am

Please tell me this update is in no way a Steam exclusive…

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Re: The Bard's Tale (2004) Updated on Steam

Post by phimseto » October 31st, 2017, 4:01 pm

We'll be bringing it to GOG eventually, vv.

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Re: The Bard's Tale (2004) Updated on Steam

Post by vv221 » November 5th, 2017, 1:03 pm

Nice, this will be a good excuse to fire it again ;)

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Re: The Bard's Tale (2004) Updated on Steam

Post by Jherad » November 12th, 2017, 12:03 pm

I've just come back to this game after a long time, and noticed that there now appears to be a big problem with the original trilogy (tested with BT1). Characters are not saving correctly - or perhaps more correctly, they *are* saving, but the image file (bt1d2.2mg) is being overwritten every time the game is launched (no matter whether BT2004 is left open, or run from scratch).

While BT1 is running, you can save and load characters from the inn just fine, but the moment the game is relaunched, they're toast.

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http://steamcommunity.com/app/41900/dis ... 201457678/

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Re: The Bard's Tale (2004) Updated on Steam

Post by Jherad » November 14th, 2017, 8:05 am

From the steam thread - a quick fix for the above problem:

So it looks like the problem is really very simple. When you run BT1 for the first time, it extracts a bunch of required emulator files (config, images etc) to a folder in appdata. It *also* creates a 0 byte flag file called iibt1.

Then, every time you launch BT1, it looks for that flag file, and if it doesn't find it, it re-extracts all the required files to your appdata folder, overwriting anything with the same name that's already there.

One small problem -

It's not looking in appdata for iibt1, it's looking in BT2004's root directory lol.

Simple fix, move (or create) iibt1 (no extension, 0 byte file) in steamapps\common\The Bards Tale
From that point on, BT1 no longer overwrites the image files, and saves work fine. IF you delete the appdata folder, you'll probably also need to delete the iibt file to get it to recreate next time.

From inXile's perspective, all they should need to do to fix this going forward is have BT2004 look in the correct place for iibt1. Should be trivial.

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Re: The Bard's Tale (2004) Updated on Steam

Post by phimseto » November 14th, 2017, 8:22 am

Hi Jherad, thanks for passing this along. I'll forward this along to the team. Hopefully, it's as easy as suggested.

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Re: The Bard's Tale (2004) Updated on Steam

Post by waltc » November 14th, 2017, 11:15 am

phimseto wrote:
October 31st, 2017, 4:01 pm
We'll be bringing it to GOG eventually, vv.
My GOG version runs fine on Win10x64, version 1709, build 17025. RX-480 8GB, Crimson 17.11.1. No problems there. So I gather the 64-bit update to the executable wouldn't apply to the GOG version, anyway. Only thing I've noticed is that the game won't run at all with the latest Crimsons if the "Enhanced Sync" setting in the drivers is turned on (which allows Vsync-on to run at 85%-90% the performance of Vsync-off settings with minimal tearing.) With all other vsync modes selected, the game runs fine.

Game runs fine @ 2560x1440...so I would hope some texture improvements might be had, at least, since there is apparently no "remastering" of the game's graphics involved. I think maybe "updated" might have been a better word choice here...;)

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Re: The Bard's Tale (2004) Updated on Steam

Post by Orpheus the Bard » January 20th, 2018, 6:46 am

Regarding the Bard's Tale Classics. The Steam version is extremely buggy now. I swear it got worse each time I bothered to reinstall the game.

Aside from that the first two games are of superior quality - Bard's Tale One and Two- to their counter parts on Steam. Even when compared to the new and supposedly improved version of the same thing gifted to the backers of this game. Like, I wasn't going to bother with them at first, & then I did try them out just for comparison. So, all three games suffer graphically (The bard in the introduction to the first game looks like a zombie.)

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Re: The Bard's Tale (2004) Updated on Steam

Post by shmerl » February 25th, 2018, 10:41 am

phimseto wrote:
October 31st, 2017, 4:01 pm
We'll be bringing it to GOG eventually, vv.
I just noticed this thread. Is there any progress with update release on GOG?

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Re: The Bard's Tale (2004) Updated on Steam

Post by phimseto » February 25th, 2018, 10:59 am

Hi shmerl, I'll make an inquiry.

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Post by shmerl » February 25th, 2018, 5:39 pm

Thanks!

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Re: The Bard's Tale (2004) Updated on Steam

Post by shmerl » March 27th, 2018, 5:09 pm

phimseto wrote:
February 25th, 2018, 10:59 am
Hi shmerl, I'll make an inquiry.
Hi! Did you get any update on this?

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Re: The Bard's Tale (2004) Updated on Steam

Post by phimseto » March 27th, 2018, 7:52 pm

Hey shmerl, yeah. There were a few business-related reasons for it. However, I'm going to bring it up that you and others have been asking, just to see if there's a new window of opportunity to do so.

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Post by Kaaedus » April 15th, 2018, 1:14 pm

phimseto wrote:
March 27th, 2018, 7:52 pm
Hey shmerl, yeah. There were a few business-related reasons for it. However, I'm going to bring it up that you and others have been asking, just to see if there's a new window of opportunity to do so.
Registered just to +1 this. Just got the game from GOG, and I'm having a graphical bug under Linux that has been fixed in the new version from what I've read.

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Re: The Bard's Tale (2004) Updated on Steam

Post by Mahayla » April 17th, 2018, 4:59 pm

I cannot find the download for my original bard's tale. Is there a place on my pledge page that I can download them? If so, how do I get to them?

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Re: The Bard's Tale (2004) Updated on Steam

Post by hexaae » May 24th, 2018, 12:21 pm

This game still silently crashes on quit 1/3 times:

Nome dell'applicazione che ha generato l'errore: The Bard's Tale.exe, versione: 2.7.2.7, timestamp: 0x5a7da303
Nome del modulo che ha generato l'errore: The Bard's Tale.exe, versione: 2.7.2.7, timestamp: 0x5a7da303
Codice eccezione: 0xc0000005
Offset errore 0x0029e6dc
ID processo che ha generato l'errore: 0x2b4
Ora di avvio dell'applicazione che ha generato l'errore: 0x01d3f391ba21745f
Percorso dell'applicazione che ha generato l'errore: E:\SteamLibrary\steamapps\common\The Bards Tale\The Bard's Tale.exe
Percorso del modulo che ha generato l'errore: E:\SteamLibrary\steamapps\common\The Bards Tale\The Bard's Tale.exe
ID segnalazione: cb4da9e1-4e9f-49f9-b2cf-9a24dcdf73b5
Nome completo pacchetto che ha generato l'errore:
ID applicazione relativo al pacchetto che ha generato l'errore:

Playing fullscreen 1920x1080
Windows 10 x64 1803 (17134.81), Nvidia drivers 397.93 WHQL (1920x1080 75Hz G-Sync display), GeForce Experience 3.7.0.81

Ignored Steam thread: https://steamcommunity.com/app/41900/di ... 157513690/

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Re: The Bard's Tale (2004) Updated on Steam

Post by Mawthra » August 14th, 2018, 9:37 am

Registered as well just to see what's up with the GOG version? An irritant buying games on GOG comes with: chasing down developers for game updates... the price of no DRM :(

Really, when is it coming? And how can you go on to sell more games on the platform if you don't fully support the ones you already have on there?

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Re: The Bard's Tale (2004) Updated on Steam

Post by tarasis » August 15th, 2018, 3:07 pm

phimseto wrote:
March 27th, 2018, 7:52 pm
Hey shmerl, yeah. There were a few business-related reasons for it. However, I'm going to bring it up that you and others have been asking, just to see if there's a new window of opportunity to do so.
Friendly reminder that there are those of us who own the game on GOG who want to have some of the updates that the new steam version has had.

If you aren't willing to bring those fixes to GOG then you should be offering Steam keys to those that want them, rather than treating us as second rate citizens.

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