Demo: The Bard's Tale Updated Demo
This updated demo contains tutorial, and as well the Mountain Tomb level from the Chapter VI: The Mountain Pass area.
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- The Bard's Tale
Table of Contents
System Requirements. 3
Introduction to the Demo. 3
The Story and Characters. 3
Installation Notes. 3
Video Setup. 4
Keyboard/Mouse Controls. 5
Known Problems. 6
Hints and Tips. 6
End User License Agreement 8
In order to play this preview of The Bards Tale, your computer system must meet
the following requirements:
CPU: Intel Pentium III 933 Mhz or better
RAM: 256 MB or more
OS: Windows 2000 or XP
3D Graphics Card: GeForce 3, ATI Radeon 8500 or better
(Please note: card must support DirectX Vertex Shader version 1.1 or higher)
(Also note: GeForce MX cards are not supported)
Sound Card: DirectX-compatible
Peripherals: Mouse and keyboard
Introduction to the Demo
The Bards Tale Demo delivers a fully playable excerpt of The Mountain Tombs
area of the game.
The Story and Characters
In The Bards Tale you play the role of the Bard, a vagabond with an amazing
ability to play magical tunes on his musical instrument that summon up
creatures to help him in his quest for coin and cleavage. You start out only
able to summon a lowly rat but you acquire more tunes as you progress through
the game and the ability to summon more than one creature at a time as you
acquire better instruments.
The story begins with the Bard summoning his rat and sending it into the tavern
of Houton village so that he can then offer to get rid of it in exchange for
some food and a place to sleep for the night. Through a series of similarly
shady and selfish maneuvers the Bard somehow finds himself entangled in a quest
to save a princess and ultimately to save the world from destruction. This
demo lets you play a section well along that path whereat the Bard has already
acquired some additional magical tunes and magical weapons and armor.
In The Mountain Tombs chapter of the story featured in this demo, the Bard
finds himself trapped in an ancient Viking burial complex. Having accidentally
fallen into one of its icy underground chambers while traversing a snowy
mountain pass, the Bard must somehow find his way out. The tomb is filled with
traps that protect the burial chambers from looters and, oh, did I mention the
This demo is delivered as a self-extracting executable installer. It will
consume 313 megabytes of free space on your hard drive. You may install it to
any location on your hard drive that has at least that much free space.
To run the game, simply use the shortcuts for The Bards Tale Demo on the
desktop or start menu.
Windows XP users, please note: If the game was installed under an
Administrative account, the shortcuts will not be available to Limited
accounts. Instead , double click on The Bards Tale Demo.exe in the folder where
you installed the demo.
To uninstall, run Add/Remove Programs from the Control Panel.
Before you run the game, you may wish to run The Bards Tale Setup.exe that is
in the same location as The Bards Tale Demo.exe. This utility allows you to
select various video options including the screen resolution. By default the
game will play at 640x480. Running this utility is not required but the game
looks MUCH better in higher resolutions. Of course running at too high a
resolution will also slow the game down, so choose the highest resolution that
will still deliver a good playing experience on your system.
From the Main Menu, select Play Tutorial to have some of the controls explained
to you. You can also view or modify the controls on the Options/Controls menu.
Select Play Mountain Tom b to begin playing the demo.
Windows XP users should see the note about running the game from a Limited
This game contains vertex and pixel shaders. In order to run the game, your
video card must at least support the vertex and pixel shader 1.1
specifications. If the demo complains about not finding a vertex shader 1.1.
device, and your video card supports this vertex shader specification, please
ensure you have the latest DirectX drivers installed.
Users may experience slow performance on this series of cards.
GeForce 3TI-4TI, 3dLabs Wildcat, SiS Xabre, XGI Volari:
These series of cards have known graphic anomalies.
Additionally, users may experience slow performance on these series of cards.
Windows XP-64 bit edition:
Users of this operating system may experience choppy performance.
Intel 865, 915:
Intel brand 3D cards are not supported.
Hints and Tips
Use the summon menu to summon allies to aid you in battle. Theres no such thing
as a fair fight. Each summons has unique abilities. Choose your friends wisely.
The trick to not dying is not getting hit. So make sure you block (default is
the space bar). Time your blocks to your enemies attacks and improve your
chances of survival.
Make use of the Caleigh Artifact to heal yourself when you get into trouble.
The Left Shift + A key combination (default) brings up the Artifact Hot Menu,
then the S key selects Caleigh, then press A, W, or D for 1, 2 or 3
1 adderstone gets a full heal
2 adderstones gets full heal and a blessing
3 adderstones gets full heal, blessing and temporary invulnerability.
Especially useful in the Bugbear Cairn.
The R key is a shortcut to invoke the Caleigh artifact with 1 adderstone for
Save your game at every save point (i.e. the floating Books). The save points
are marked as blue dots on the hud mini-map.
Keep the Trap Finder summoned character out and listen for him saying I smell a
trap or some such comment. When you hear it, dont go running ahead, let the
Trap Finder go ahead to disable the trap first.
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