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The Bard's Tale 1

The Bard's Tale 1 is the first chapter of a popular first person RPG series by Interplay. You control a group of six adventurers with the task of defeating the evil wizard Mangar the Dark. You will fight monters, explore the city of Skara Brae, solve riddles and guide your party into earning levels, gold and glory.
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A series of novels based on The Bard's Tale were published by Baen Books during the 1990s. Although the books had little in common with the storyline of the games, their existence is a testament to how influential the Bard's Tale brand had become.

According to Bill Heineman (programmer of The Bard's Tale III) the name of the overall series was to be Tales of the Unknown, and the three games were to be entitled The Bard's Tale, The Archmage's Tale, and The Thief's Tale. However, the immense popularity of the first game prompted Electronic Arts to re-brand the series under the more well-known name, The Bard's Tale.

Skara Brae is the name of a real historical settlement on the west coast of Orkney (off northern Scotland). The town name is also used in the popular Ultima series of computer games.

Some shield spells in the manual are described to have been invented by a wizard named Ybarra, and upon giving the correct answer to a riddle question at one point in the game the party receives a magic item: The Ybarra Shield. This is in reference to one of the game's developers and founders of Electronic Arts, Joe Ybarra, a producer responsible for M.U.L.E., the original Madden NFL and many groundbreaking games.

players: single player

input: keyboard, mouse, joystick

graphics: CGA, EGA, Tandy

sound: PC speaker

Abandonware DOS popularity: average

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