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Join the RPG renaissance! From the creators of Wasteland 2 and Torment comes the long awaited sequel to the Bard's Tale trilogy.
From the creators of Wasteland 2 and Torment comes the long awaited sequel to the Bard's Tale trilogy. Thank you for making this game a reality. The bard is back!
From the creators of Wasteland 2 and Torment comes the long awaited sequel to the Bard's Tale trilogy. Thank you for making this game a reality. The bard is back!
33,741 backers pledged $1,519,680 to help bring this project to life.

First Stretch Goal Unlocked, Much More To Come!

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Hey Exiles,

E3 2015 week has concluded and we are back in the saddle after a rip-roaring time. As some of you may have noticed, the campaign slowed down during E3 week. This is something we anticipated, as we knew we'd be fighting tooth and claw for coverage and attention, and one reason why we wanted to make sure our campaign was a bit longer this time around. Now E3 is over, the big Summer Sales are wrapped up, and we’re ready to jump back in!

Stretch Goal Unlocked

The most awesome news first: with pledge rate picking back up this week we have hit our first stretch goal, with $1.3 million raised on Kickstarter!!

With this stretch goal we’re adding two more companion NPCs to our roster, and enhancing our companion NPC system, giving all recruitable NPCs unique personalities, backstories and the ability to open up additional side content and reactivity. Companions will voice their own thoughts and interject in dialog and situations, and allow us to do that much more with the setting and story. Think Morte from Planescape: Torment and his wisecracking ways, or one of our many companions from Wasteland 2!

Our next stretch goal reveal is an exciting one! Monte Cook is just the first of an exciting team of RPG developers we like to call the RPG Superteam. We have three more big names to announce, and all of these guys will join our team designing one dungeon each at $1.5 million!

First up, we have Sean K Reynolds (the right head), a veteran tabletop game designer who many of you may have heard of. Sean was born in in southern California. A resident of Seattle off and on for the past 18 years, he has designed for TSR, Wizards of the Coast, Paizo, and other publishers, working on tabletop RPGs for D&D, Forgotten Realms, Greyhawk, Birthright, Ravenloft, and Pathfinder.

Next, we have Wolfgang Baur (the left head), who, among other things, is author of the award-winning Kobold Guides to Game Design, and has created dozens of tabletop adventures and sourcebooks including Hoard of the Dragon Queen (with Steve Winter), Dark*Matter (with Monte Cook), Kingdom of the Ghouls, Fortress of the Stone Giants, Herald of the Ivory Labyrinth, and Courts of the Shadow Fey. He also did foundational work on the Planescape and Al-Qadim settings for Dungeons & Dragons, and is the creator and keeper of the flame for the Midgard Campaign Setting and the upcoming Southlands Campaign Setting, and has contributed monsters to both D&D and Pathfinder.

Third, Bruce Cordell (the middle head), an award-winning game designer working at Monte Cook Games, writing for The Strange and Numenera RPGs, both launched via wildly successful Kickstarters. Prior to that, Bruce worked on Dungeons & Dragons over the course of 4 editions as a writer and developer, writing over 100 D&D products, including the Expanded Psionics Handbook, Gates of Firestorm Peak, Return to the Tomb of Horrors, Expedition to Castle Ravenloft, Gamma World, and the Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. He is also a novelist, and has penned many books for the Forgotten Realms setting, including the Abolethic trilogy.

inXile Loyalty Rewards

We say it all the time, but we mean it: our games would not happen without your incredible support. And we want to reward the generosity of our returning backers with this special offer.

Today we are happy to roll out an inXile Loyalty Rewards promotion! Anyone who backed Wasteland 2 or Torment: Tides of Numenera previously (either through Kickstarter or PayPal), and is backing us again with The Bard's Tale IV at $20 or above, will get a FREE bonus reward containing items from either Torment, Wasteland 2 or The Bard's Tale IV (valued at up to $15)! These rewards include items such as digital soundtracks, novella compilations, concept art books and more.

Furthermore, any of our returning backers who back The Bard's Tale IV at the $33 tier or higher will receive FREE copies of Ultima Underworld 1 & 2, from GOG.com and our friends at OtherSide Entertainment. This offer is only available until June 26th. You can read more details on this offer and the rewards on this page.

Highlighting A Tier: Puzzle Master

In this update we wanted to start highlighting and detailing some of our tiers, starting with the Puzzle Master tier. Remember you can see all tier details in an overview on our Tumblr.

The Puzzle Master tier comes with every digital base reward available: a forum badge, the Bard’s Tale IV and its manual, a digital strategy guide, digital novella sets for BT 1-3 and The Bard’s Tale IV, a digital soundtrack, songbook, artbook, map and wallpapers, as well as alpha and beta access to the game. Additionally, in physical rewards you get the big box style Collector’s Edition Box signed as well as the classic BT trilogy-style Collector’s Album Box, with physical DVDs of the game, the game manual, CD soundtrack, printed artbook and songbook, and an old school cloth map!

But the best part of the tier is your in-game contribution: puzzles play a huge part in our game, being a key element in how we present exploration and the mystery of our setting. It’s part of our way to challenge and engage players, and nothing is quite as satisfying as beating a fiendish puzzle. For our puzzle design we are utilizing physical manipulation of objects in the world: sliding tiles around, flipping switches, interacting with objects directly to pass a puzzle. But a puzzle doesn’t have to be a single object, it can be one big room with deadly traps pitted throughout that you have to read a rune-map for to traverse properly.

At this tier, you’ll work directly with us to craft a puzzle in the game world. Once we have our puzzle design solidified enough that we know our design philosophy, possibilities and constraints, we’ll communicate these ideas to you with some examples, and you send us back your puzzle’s as a design doc. You can go detailed if you like, with drawings and ideas in a full document, or you can just send us a brief outline and let us work out the details, that will be up to you!

Your work will not go without credit, as you’ll get your name and a short message in our credits, as well as your name written on the Standing Stones of Gratitude directly in the game world for all to see!

I Want My RPG!

And now for something fun: Gavin/Miracle of Sound did a wonderful rendition of "Money for Nothing", with his own RPG-themed take on it, and lyrics by our own Nathan Long. Take a look!

This video really highlights the power of the crowd and the community in spreading the word. He previously did a great song for Wasteland 2 as well, which we even used in the game's credits, and it's great to be able to work actively with such a passionate and talented member of the gaming community.

Social Media Achievements

We've been steadily hitting more community social media achievements. We've now hit number 12 and as previously announced, have unlocked the Red Boots DLC for inclusion in the game to all backers. We want to keep sending cool stuff your way, but need your help to make it happen! So keep sending us your love and support on social media like Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr, forums, through fan works and more. We are close to unlocking some new achievements and not too far away from another community reward for you guys!

Room 16: All backers $20 or above receive TWO Julie Fowlis songs: the song from the in-engine video which was based on the poem from BT1, and "Smeòrach Chlann Dòmhnaill (The Mavis of Clan Donald)", an 18th century Gaelic song from her latest album, Gach Sgeul.

One that’s getting tantalizingly close is the in-engine video views. We’d love to get that one in front of more eyes as we want people to see what we’re doing

Shout-Outs

We would be remiss if we didn't mention some exciting-looking Kickstarter projects for you to take a look at. First, we'd like to announce that we have partnered with Kings Wild Project and Jackson Robinson to crowdfund an awesome Wasteland-themed playing card deck! These cards feature art inspired by Wasteland 2 and look and feel awesome. You can view photos of the cards here. The Kickstarter for these cards will begin July 1st, 7 PM Central time, so mark your calendar!

Next, we have Perception, a game that we backed a little while ago. This first-person horror game explores what it's like to be blind. Coming from developers behind BioShock and Dead Space, what most captivates us is the game's visual style, which is evocative and beautiful as well as frightening. The game has just crossed the finish line and funded successfully with about 2 days left to go, but we loved the look of it so much we wanted to share it with you. So get in while you still can!

That's all for now, Bard fans! We hope you've enjoyed this update and we also hope that you will take advantage of our special offer for Ultima Underworld 1 & 2 from OtherSide Entertainment, and spread the word to RPG fans who might not have heard of The Bard's Tale IV yet. We are deeply appreciative of your trust and support and want to make this game the biggest and best it can possibly be, and with your power and support we can make it happen!

Chris Keenan
Project Lead – The Bard’s Tale IV
@RangerKeenan

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrianFargo
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheBardsTale
Tumblr: http://thebardstalerpg.tumblr.com/

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      PeterC on July 1, 2015

      Don't you already have enough kilt pictures to unlock room 16?

    2. Theobeau:OOoE\Mad man with a box/Exiled on June 25, 2015

      Nice to see supporters of inXile's previous KS campaigns recognised with add ons. Interested to see how it actually works out and whether the June 26 deadline refers to inXile rewards or just to the free copies of Ultima.

      Additionally, Mr. Cooke looks seriously pissed in the pic...the price you pay for greatness!!

    3. Eelco on June 24, 2015

      Love the look of those playing cards. Found a timelaps video of creating that card. https://vimeo.com/131222814

    4. Sir Eyeball on June 24, 2015

      well its an update. I would love some more game info and a party size 6 or something like that stretch goal. As it is the current stretch goals are maybe great? I don't know because I do not know much about the game so more crafting? as to what crafting? More dungeons (OK more dungeons are always cool) in what world and with what kind of party? More gaming info in general please. BTW your map for the social media achievements is wrong by one room. It is either only four rooms or the next upgrade treasure room is in nr 17 not 16.

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      Saxon1974 on June 24, 2015

      Nice update, like the loyalty rewards. Also cool that RPG veterans are involved.

      I'm disappointed in the add on choices though. How about digital or cloth map? Digital strategy guide?

    6. Steven Harbron on June 24, 2015

      Thanks for the extra freebies.
      GOG have a collection of classic games that are permanently free, including 3 of the Ultima series.
      They occasional have extra games for free, IIRC Ultima 7 & 8 were recently freebies.

      Just search and add these to your account
      Akalabeth: World Of Doom
      Beneath A Steel Sky
      Dragonsphere
      Flight Of The Amazon Queen
      Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number - Digital Comics
      Lure Of The Temptress
      Stargunner
      Teenagent
      Treasure Adventure Game
      Tyrian 2000
      Ultima Worlds Of Adventure 2: Martian Dreams
      Ultima™ 4: Quest Of The Avatar
      Warsow
      Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, The - Free DLC Program
      Worlds Of Ultima: The Savage Empire

    7. Steven Harbron on June 24, 2015

      Just backed Perception cos of the shout out.

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      Jabberwok on June 24, 2015

      sweeet, more free stuff. AND free Ultima. Now if you could just get me some extra free time to actually play all this stuff, I'd be set.

    9. The Deep End Games on June 24, 2015

      Thank you for the shout out. :)

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      Alex Gregory on June 24, 2015

      Keep up the good work!

    11. Mr.Monttu
      Superbacker
      on June 24, 2015

      Sweet update <3

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      CryptRat on June 24, 2015

      [quote]giving all recruitable NPCs unique personalities, backstories and the ability to open up additional side content and reactivity.[/quote]
      Is it really The bard's tale? I don't think it's a bad thing, but the important thing is that I can recruit kobolds and zombies, I don't care if they have no personnality.

    13. Radon on June 24, 2015

      1st: Cool song! Would be great if this will help securing additional funds!
      2nd: Hey, cross-game-bonuses! I ain´t got these torment comics yet, might wanna get them!
      3rd: I already wrote it twice, but really: RELEASE THAT TECH-DEMO. Currently, right after E3, folks are in the mood to download tech demos. So that´s a real chance for you to get much more promotion for nearly zero effort!

    14. manio on June 24, 2015

      Woohoo! Nice update guys. You can never go wrong with extra rewards! Also love the song , miracle of sound is awesome ( i have lost count of how many times i listen to cries of a dead world, i had it on repeat for hours!). Upping my pledge, you really deserve it.

    15. Raymond Croteau on June 24, 2015

      Free stuff for "pre-ordering" Wasteland 2 and Bards Tale IV? I'm in!

      And a free "Red Boots" DLC, too!!!

      Glad to be part of this!

    16. DeeK on June 24, 2015

      Neat idea with the loyalty rewards. Good to have something in place to reward recurring backers.

      Also, can someone get an X-Ray machine to the RPG Super Team? I think they're all crowded inside the Super Costume (à la Day of the Tentacle).

    17. WaltC on June 23, 2015

      Great news on bursting through a stretch goal! I was happier 'n a pig in swill to see the game fully funded--this is like icing on the cake! (And I'm chock full of "witty" cliche's tonight, as well!)

    18. Chet on June 23, 2015

      I think those playing cards would go over well as a reward in one of the backer tiers.

    19. Jeremie Lariviere
      Superbacker
      on June 23, 2015

      thanks for the update !
      inXile Loyalty Rewards - i already pledged for or own most of the bonus content, but that's a cool offer
      cards - cool! he's a good guy, i've gotten several of his other decks before