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Update #21

Happy Holidays From InXile Entertainment!

The holidays are a time of friends, family, and eating yourself into a food coma. It is also a time where friends and family give thoughtful gifts to those that they love. We here at inXile are feeling the holiday spirit, and we can’t think of anyone we love more than the 63,000 of you that backed Wasteland 2. So that settles it; inXile wants to give all of our backers a great gift this holiday season. Since we are all out of fruitcake and snickerdoodles, we decided the best gift we could give you all was a FREE copy of The Bard’s Tale. You read that right; all of you backers who log into the Ranger Center web portal between now and the end of the year will be able to get a code that will let you download your very own copy of The Bard’s Tale from our friends at Steam.

“What is The Bard’s Tale?” you ask. Good question. Let me tell you. The Bard’s Tale was inXile’s first game (published 2004), and it is a reimagining of the original Bard’s Tale series created by Brian Fargo and Interplay in the mid 1980s. Our remake is a much lighter action RPG than the original, and it is considered by many to be one of the funniest games ever made. The Bard, who is voiced by The Princess Bride’s Cary Elwes, is a sarcastic, reluctant hero who has little interest in saving the world unless there is enough profit in it. We try to turn all the classic RPG clichés upside down in this hilarious tribute to the genre we all love. But don’t just listen to me; here is what some of the critics think: 

 “The Bard’s Tale is easily the funniest game I’ve ever played, and I’ve played all the funny games out there.” –IGN 

 “The Bard's Tale earns a full five GiN Gems for their treasure chest, a score that even the sarcastic Bard should not have a problem with.” 5/5 Stars and RPG of the Year –

To download your free copy from Steam, first log into your account at Ranger Center:

Once there, enter your login information or sign up if you were naughty and haven't done so yet. Under the Account tab, you’ll see “A FREE GIFT - The Bard’s Tale” near the bottom. Click “Get Your Free Download Code”. For more instructions on activating a product on steam, click here. 

In other news, we wanted to tell all of our backers about the initial success of our crowd-sourcing experiment that we have set up with the Unity Asset Store. We have had hundreds of requests from fans who want to help us make the game. We obviously don’t have the budget to hire everyone, but we did want to find some clever ways to let people help. Secondly, we are a small team, and the Wasteland is a very big place. The more props we get from the fans, the more time our guys get to spend working on key game-play elements. Well, our good friends at Unity decided to help us accomplish both of these goals by letting us set up a special Wasteland 2 asset submission process. We welcome artists and modelers from around the world to join us and submit their amazing work to be considered for inclusion into the game. All you have to do to participate is find the Wasteland 2: Artist’s Starter Kit in the Unity Asset Store, then visit our site for concept art and more instructions. All assets chosen for inclusion in the game remain the property of the creator and they are free to sell it in the Asset Store. In addition to us buying the asset from the creator, we are providing an “As seen in Wasteland 2” badge that they can display on their item in the store.

The great guys at Penny Arcade spoke with Brian about this plan.  Check it out here:

So far, the response to this program has been fantastic. We have dozens of submissions already from the first batch. Below are a couple of examples of our concept art, and the assets that were created by fans.

This crowd-sourcing experiment is in its very early stages, but so far we are very impressed with the artwork being delivered.

Thanks again to all of you, our wonderful backers… and have a great holiday!

inXile entertainment


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      Creator Phillip Carver on October 27

      Ha! I'm just now seeing this update. I should probably read Kickstarter emails far more frequently than I do...

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      Creator Andrew Bangs on April 16, 2013

      Add me to the list of people that didn't read the update in time. Still, what a great gesture!

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      Creator Nick Grugin on March 9, 2013

      Well crap, guess I waited too long to read all of these updates, either way cheers for letting people have a copy of The Bard's Tale, never played it but I am sure it's awesome.

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      Creator Luis Bermudez on January 12, 2013

      Bard's Tale is awesome!! Can't believe I didn't notice it before ^_^

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      Creator Alecry on January 8, 2013

      I've been behind on these updates. Thank you for The Bard's Tale; it's a pleasant surprise :)

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      Creator JD on January 8, 2013

      Nooooo! Wish I'd seen this update sooner, would've loved a copy of the game! Nice thought though, thanks :)

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      Creator Teemu Valkama on January 8, 2013

      These crowd-sourced assets look really toony to me. In the watertanks the scale seems to be off when comparing to the reference. There's also something wonky going on with the smoothing groups of the tank on the left.

      Sorry for the whine. Just hoping for a less toony game.

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      Creator Andrea Campanini on January 5, 2013

      any chance to find someday The Bard's Tale stuff on

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      Creator Don Reba on December 27, 2012

      Amazingly, the game runs great even on integrated Intel 4 Series graphics.

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      Creator Ricardo de Jong on December 26, 2012

      I would like to thank you for the bards tale (already had the game on the consoles) but a pc version is always nice too! :D

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      Creator Ross on December 24, 2012

      Thank you for Bard's Tale. Now I've got something to chew on for a bit while I'm waiting for Wasteland 2.

      I love the idea of being able to help for the game. However, I'm an amature composer, not an artist. Any chance us musicians can help out with the game? I'd love to contribute.

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      Creator Ogre Jehosephatt on December 24, 2012

      Man, this is such a nice surprise. I always wanted to play it, but I never got around to picking it up. Thank you so much. You all are some classy folks.

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      Creator Andrew Tyler Bowen on December 23, 2012

      Can any one tell me is Bards Tale will run on a laptop? intel i5 integrated graphics not a dedicated card.

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      Creator Gnavin on December 23, 2012

      Thank you very much for The Bard's Tale! I tried it once, back in the day, but never got far enough in to properly enjoy it.

      I have a friend who is looking for modelling and art work, and I'll pass this link on to him. On the offchance he'd like to contact you to ask questions about any specifics, is there anywhere he can mail you?

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      Creator Daniel Yañez on December 23, 2012

      Thanks a lot!

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      Creator Ed Hale on December 22, 2012

      Awesome! Thanks!

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      Creator Joakim on December 22, 2012

      Exclusively on steam? Then screw it... partner with gog instead!

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      Creator Nohurtme on December 22, 2012

      Happy Holidays everyone! Thanks for the great gift, I've been meaning to get Bards Tale for quite some time. You guys are great!

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      Creator harborpirate on December 22, 2012

      What a great update, and an outstanding gift to boot! This sort of thing is exactly the reason I love backing games on Kickstarter; the sense of camaraderie and goodwill between developer and backer is something special that you just don't get through any normal pre-order system. I only wish I had more to donate to this project. Thanks again, guys. Merry Christmas and happy holidays.

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      Creator Sean Long on December 21, 2012

      All this awesome, AND a Christmas gift? Huzzah!! You guys are the best!

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      Creator David R on December 21, 2012

      Great gift guys thank you very much!! Happy holidays to the whole team.

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      Creator Lars Møller on December 21, 2012

      I'm extremely impressed by your generosity! Thank you very much - I'm installing it as I write this! :-)

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      Creator Anton on December 21, 2012

      Thanks! That was completely unexpected but very pleasant surprise!

      Happy Holidays!

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      Creator Shatterbrain on December 21, 2012

      Thanks! Is there any chance you could offer it on instead?

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      Creator Ben Odis on December 21, 2012

      Nice! Thanks & Happy Holidays!

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      Creator British on December 21, 2012

      So much for people that don't want to have anything to do with Steam...

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      Creator Mario on December 21, 2012

      Only commenting to say Thanks!

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      Creator Fernando Duarte on December 21, 2012

      Thanks a mil for this great gift! However, as any good gamer would have done, I had already bought the Android version a couple months ago (for dirt cheap too, one of the greatest buy ever made on Android!)

      Again, thanks a mil!

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      Creator Andrew Penrose on December 21, 2012

      Cheers for the gift! Always wanted to play Bard's Tale just never did. Merry Christmas to all at InXile.

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      Creator Mikael Abrahamsson on December 20, 2012

      Thank you all! Last time I played Bard's Tale was on my C64! Happy xmas to you all at InXile and all the rest.

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      Creator Trister - OO's Tormented Master Wetboy on December 20, 2012

      thanks for this. have to say that what you guys are doing is very encouraging.

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      Creator Phil Jefferson on December 20, 2012

      Wow, thanks very much!

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      Creator Hmm-Hmm. on December 20, 2012

      A very happy christmas and year's ending to all of you at InXile (and all you fellow backers)!

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      Creator Shmee on December 20, 2012

      Awesome! This is on my list of games that I have always wanted to play but keep forgetting about! Now I will be able to give it a try.

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      Creator Meynadier L. on December 20, 2012

      Wow! Thank's a lot for this all famous Bard's Tale I never could find for my Amiga.
      Really thank's for InXile Santa Claus!

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      Creator Pysiu on December 20, 2012

      i was thinking what to write for 2 minutes already so i will just go with

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      Creator Edmondo Tommasina on December 20, 2012

      I'm impressed and thanks for everything you are giving and doing. Backing this project was a great choice and I'm proud of you. Thanks.

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      Creator David Carson on December 20, 2012

      Damn, you didn't mention that the original Bard's Tale trilogy were in there too. I just fired up Bard's Tale 3 and nearly fell off my chair in an attack of nostalgia. That was the first CRPG I ever played, on the C64 back in '88 or '89 I guess.

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      Creator Andrew C on December 20, 2012

      That's a great Yule gift, thank you!

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      Creator Alexander Behling on December 20, 2012

      Wow! Thank you very much for this nice gift. I remember playing The Bard's Tale on my Atari ST back in the good old days...

      Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

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      Creator Giovanni Manca on December 20, 2012

      You are heroes of the videogame industry. I'm glad to see the work of the fans for 3D models: it's very good, I'd say: professional.

      Good Holidays, inXile!

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      Creator Rafael Lopes Vivian on December 20, 2012

      I need to be the ungrateful bastard here... why Steam of all places?

      Also these images you're posting in some recent updates are too wide for email (they break the formatting of the email).

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      Creator Poul Grym on December 20, 2012

      Thanks you! Happy Holidays!

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      Creator Andrew Zizzo on December 20, 2012

      Wow- Many Thanks!!

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      Creator Trym V. O. Tegler on December 20, 2012

      Thank you for the gift, InXile.

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      Creator Dominique Roumégous on December 20, 2012

      Thank you very much for the gift.

      Merry Christmas and happy new year.

      And last but not least, wonderful job from the community.

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      Creator Paul Laska on December 20, 2012

      Thank you very much for the Christmas gift! Just in time for my week off, now I can go defeat Mangar again, and enjoy all the goodness all over again. ;-D

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      Creator Stephen Bernal on December 20, 2012

      This is one of the more awesome updates from any studios I've seen.

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      Creator Malnara on December 20, 2012

      Big thanks for our Christmas gift :D !

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