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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.

The Classics Return

Posted by inXile entertainment (Creator)
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Back in Time!

Hi all,

Paul here with a quick check-in regarding Tuesday's release of the remastered The Bard's Tale Trilogy. Both the Krome and inXile dev teams are excited to finally get this into your hands. It's appropriate that The Bard's Tale and Back to the Future both came out in 1985, as we're taking a cue from Huey Lewis and going "Back in Time!"

Here's how the process will work.

  • Starting Tuesday, backers at the $20 reward tiers and above will receive an email from CrowdOx asking you to specify either a Steam or GOG key for the game. Remember to keep an eye on your spam/filter folders in case it ends up there. 
  • Soon after you make that selection, you will receive another email - the latest edition of your Digital Fulfillment email, this one now containing your chosen code. 
  • Once you receive the code, you can follow these instructions on how to redeem it for Steam and GOG.

A few things to remember: 

  • The Bard's Tale Trilogy is currently Windows only and contains the first volume. The latter two volumes, along with the Legacy Mode, arrive later in the year. 
  • Please keep in mind that we have tens of thousands of backers to send keys and emails to. It will likely take a little while for the full list to be processed, so don't panic if your digital fulfillment email does not arrive right away. We appreciate your patience.
  • You must have completed your CrowdOx survey and confirmed your pledge in order to get your rewards. 93% of you have, but if you haven't done so yet, or aren't sure, we encourage you to first check your email to see if you have received your pledge confirmation email from CrowdOx. If you haven't, then you can follow these instructions on how to have CrowdOx send/resend your survey so that you can access it and confirm it.
  • Only backers at the $20 and above will be receiving a remastered trilogy key.

Finally, the original games are very challenging. We encourage you to band together to pass along advice and discoveries, whether on the Steam or GOG forums or our own official forums. 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!

From the developer side of things, we're really looking forward to seeing the kinds of best practices, suggestions, guides, and personal preferences you develop as you visit the games for the first time or if you're a returning playing "getting the band back together." Either way, have fun going back in time to 1985! 

Until Next Time, 
Paul Marzagalli 
Public Relations & Community Manager 
@phimseto 

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    1. Derek J. Balling on

      Chiming in with yet another voice for "where's the Mac version?!!?"

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      Jim LeBaron on

      STill waiting on keys

    3. Robert Arnold on

      I did not get my digital keys either, how can we address this?

    4. Thomas Vilfroy on

      Well I still haven’t gotten the email link and I have been email, messaging you folks since 48 hours after the emails went out with ZERO response back from InXile....based on the lack any response, I think you folks need to change your name to OutXile since no one wants to acknowledge be as well as others who are in the same boat!!

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      Tim Franklin on

      Another voice for a Mac version if at all possible, please!

      I'm guessing they're lightweight enough that they'll be playable under emulation / VM, but I'd rather not have to...

    6. mixedsignals on

      A Linux version would be excellent. From the GOG download, it looks like this was made in Unity, which exports to Linux. I'd kind of expected a Linux version; I backed a game with Linux support and expected that the bonuses would also support Linux.

      Any word on Linux support for the remasters?

    7. John Medany
      Superbacker
      on

      Chaney 9.99 ? for a brand new most excellent RPG ? Why ? generally if I saw a new game released at 9.99 I'd just ignore it as either an old rerelease or a bad game that no one wants. After working for years on a premier PC product why slash to 6 months old that no one brought price before you even release it ?

    8. Paul Marzagalli on

      Hey Peter & other Mac users, Brian has said that he's going to have the team look into a mac version of the remasters once all three volumes are out.

    9. Peter Verdi on

      Another HUUUUUUGE vote for a Mac version here! You would make an old gamer VERY happy with a Mac version of the Remaster-trilogy!

    10. Claude M. on

      What the heck... when I just checked, it said "Not selected yet", but I am 100% sure I picked Steam when I filled out the survey the first time. Oh well, did it again now, so let's see what happens.

    11. Claude M. on

      Filled out the survey when you sent it the first time around, but still haven't gotten my key either. When I go there, I just get the "Congratulations! You've completed the information needed to get your rewards for The Bard's Tale IV. Here's a review of your finalized pledge information." message, and that's pretty much it.

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      Neo on

      Please make a Linux version! :)

    13. Paul Marzagalli on

      @Jonathan, what email did you back the project with?

      @Laudrac You can follow this to get your CrowdOx email updated if necessary https://inxile.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/115004651508-How-to-change-Bard-s-Tale-IV-backer-email-address-

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      Jonathan on

      How long until we get the code? I filled out the survey several times last week.

    15. Chaney Engel on

      Devs. I implore you to reconsider your pricing for non-kickstarter people. As one of the Kickstarter people who supporter this at the non-minimum level, and have truly enjoyed the Beta test, as well as the remastered first volume, please lower the price for people who didn't do what I did, but need to be introduced to what made PC's addictive in the first place. I supported this not for this volume, but in the hopes that this could spawn another trilogy. I have been very happy with most of the Beta (hoping to have a LOT less CTD moments in the released version), and thrilled with remastered version, that should keep the die hard "gotta keep it 80's" fans and the ones like me that LOVED the original, but ABSOLUTELY LOVE the update enhancements happy. Offer it a $9.99 or lower to draw in the new audiences that weren't brought up on the addictive qualities in. Just my 2 cents, for what it is worth....

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      Jonathan on

      How long should it be to get the key? I didn't get mine yet.

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    18. Chunk on

      OMG what a blast from the past 😊 this is amazing.
      Thank you👍

    19. Chaney Engel on

      I have been having too much fun to comment, but am making time. I absolutely love the remastered version, and the fact that they left a legacy version for the die hard people. I have been playing the remaster, and it has addressed a lot of things that made the original frustrating at times. The graphics are fantastic (considering what they were), and the upgrades are fantastic. Take a bow!!

    20. Doug DaSilva on

      Got my key and been playing a bit of Bard's Tale I. This is definitely a blast from the past, and I'm having a lot of fun getting my head back into this old style of game. My brother and I spent a bunch of time playing the Bard's Tale trilogy on the Commodore 64 and making maps on graph paper. So many memories, and much more accessible now with the internet. :)

    21. Daniel
      Superbacker
      on

      Crowdox sucks. At least i Got my Key. It is telling that i Enjoy the remasters more Than the beta

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      Ron Peterson
      Superbacker
      on

      silly me. found it.

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      Ron Peterson
      Superbacker
      on

      call me stupid or whatever, but i see no way to select a Steam key,. help!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    24. Margaret St. John
      Superbacker
      on

      The code says its windows. I backed because you said you'd support mac. When is that happening? Very dissapointed

    25. Jeremie Lariviere
      Superbacker
      on

      easy to update my survey, thanks!

    26. SD
      Superbacker
      on

      @Ray Lee You can always set up a Windows VM in the meantime. If you're a Linux user, you likely already know all the details. :)

    27. SD
      Superbacker
      on

      Thanks, guys! My GOG key was quick and easy.

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      Ray Lee on

      Is there any expected timeline on the OSX or Linux versions of I-III? I don't have a Windows machine and backed this based on the promise of multiple platforms. I'm patient, I'd just like to know they're coming at some point.

    29. Dan Spezzano on

      @welo So last night I had the same thing. I did the process but got no confirmation email my survey changed. Went back in and the selection was not saved. Did it again, immediately got a confirmation email and 10 minutes later a key email. I would say if you didn't get an email after you followed the process, do it again.

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      weio on

      I selected which type of key i want about 3 hours ago but still don't have a key in email :)
      Not that it matters much, I'm in no hurry but your estimate of 10+ minutes seems to be a little bit too optimistic. (Well, you could say 10"+" minutes also includes 3 hours, so...)

    31. inXile entertainment 3-time creator on

      Emails finished going out, but there are still some individual hiccups in the system. if you are one of those still waiting, you don't have to. The system is in place for you to go in on your own and choose your key. A backer by the name of Shmerl did a precise walkthrough which I'll share here:

      Anyone waiting for their keys, here is a hint how to speed things up:

      1. Go to the Crowdox survey: https://app.crowdox.com/retrieve/inxile/the-bards-tale-iv
      2. Enter your e-mail you used for Kickstarter and click "Resend Email".
      3. You'll get an e-mail with the link to your survey. Open it and find "Do you need to make changes or want to add an extra item?".
      4. Click "Open Your Survey" there.
      5. Then (important and easy to miss!) click "Reward" tab on top left.
      6. Find The Bard's Tale I-III Classic Trilogy and select your GOG or Steam key.
      7. Complete the survey until all is confirmed (several steps there).
      8. After around 10+ minutes you'll get your GOG or Steam key in e-mail

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    33. Radd Berkheiser on

      So I had to apparently fill out my survey a third or fourth time in order to actually get a key. CrowdOx sends out these emails telling you to fill out a survey, which I'd done several times now. The site also warns you about refilling out your survey after asking you to do it, doesn't do a very good job of telling you that something changed or what that something is or why that something is important and preventing you from getting what you expected.

      Seriously, I know you want help handling these aspects of delivery so that you can focus on making the game better, but CrowdOx is making the process for the backers very confusing and annoying.

      If this is what I will have to deal with in order to fund projects, I will end up not funding projects. I don't pay over $100 to fund a project to have the experience of getting said project be WORSE than the old method of just buying it at release.

      This is now the second time I have had problems with this project and CrowdOx. Many other people have expressed concern and had problems.

      Communication needs to be handled better. And CrowdOx needs to either fix their process or be dropped from future endeavors.

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      Steven Dirschel on

      The new CrowdOx survey doesn't add the cost of the Premier Collector’s Edition and the Collector’s Album Box I manually added as extra's so now it says I donated an extra $216.00 to the project instead of paying for my extra's. I already submitted a support ticket to them.

    35. David Nemeskey on

      Thanks for the remastered trilogy, I was really looking forward to it. Truth be told, I still am... when can we expect a Linux version?

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      Quantomas on

      As I am hugely appreciative for the remastered Bards Tale Trilogy ...

      the way CrowdOx has organised the fulfillment is annoying. They have possibly convinced you by pointing to a high conversion rate for backers choosing additional rewards. What they didn't tell you is how many backers are appalled by this marketing ploy, and will never support a crowdfunding again.

      You won't receive a single dime from me for any Kickstarter, unless I get a personal apology from your CEO and a firm commitment to avoid backer hassle like this.

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      Richard Jordan on

      I'm disappointed that the advertisement of a Mac version of the trilogy in an early update...

      "She will be working to make the games run natively, without needing emulators, on PC or Mac."

      isn't happening, or is being delayed for unknown length of time. Seems like on kickstarter you just have to expect it, no matter what the campaign promises. A key for a wintel only game is utterly useless for us.

    38. Matt Lee on

      I wish you had made clear from the beginning that Mac users would be treated as second-class citizens throughout this campaign. Starting to regret my decision to back it (no beta, no trilogy... who knows what else we'll miss out on).

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      Paul Ryan
      Superbacker
      on

      How nice. Finally get the remaster, only to discover that it doesn't seem to like or be compatible with Windows 7. Not especially impressed by that, and now I'm wondering if the actual new game will have the same issue.

    40. Plumpbiscuit on

      CrowdOx are fucking useless, two of the same emails and then a "confirmation" email, telling me the exact same thing. Still, no key! Backerkit is simple and straight forward with one single email and download links included.

    41. Morgan Clabaugh on

      @Brad: have you tried using an old CrowdOx e-mail to get into your Pledge? A number of us have had success, even though we have not received the "Go select your platform" e-mail (or didn't get it til much, MUCH later).

      If you get into your Pledge, even without the e-mail telling you to do so, you can still select a platform and get a key issued.

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      FrankyB on

      Just about to jump into the games, I was rudly reminded that "PC" is not "PC" - so no game for me anytime soon :'-( I hope that my penguin OS is on the list of the platforms that are to be supported in the near future.

    43. AJ on

      Worked great for me, key arrived within a few minutes of selecting platform in the survey.Thanks!

    44. krayzkrok on

      So no key this morning, I checked CrowdOx and the Steam/GOG option was apparently not selected. I'm pretty sure I had done so. Anyway, I selected it again and received the key after 10 minutes. About 20 minutes after that I got a CrowdOx email telling me to go and select a key.

      Came here and had a quick scan of the comment. Yeah, I don't think this CrowdOx thing is very good!

      Fortunately the game looks great, really impressed so far with making a 30+ year old game accessible. Will definitely be playing this soon.

    45. Brad McKee on

      I didn't receive it today either. Maybe tomorrow. No big deal, I'm still waiting for projects I backed over 5 years ago.

    46. Blackstaff on

      This crowdox site is just utter and complete shite. I shudder to see what's going to happen when the true game will release.

    47. RoyT on

      Lol! After going in myself and updated survey to select steam option, NOW I get the official email telling me to do the same thing. Way to go, giving non-backers access and screw the backers. No more backing this company.

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      Marc Dugal on

      More then 12 hours after release and still no mail!! I had planed to play this all day today but now it’s too late! Maybe I will be lucky and get my key by Friday????

    49. MikeHumphreys on

      Forgot to mention this. If you previously downloaded the Emulated version of the original trilogy (zip file), there's a game manual for each BT game in it.

    50. RoyT on

      Ok got the key. At least that was fast. Too late tonight for me, will have to follow up tomorrow. Did CrowdOx bribe Inxile? How else would they use such a shit company?