• The Bard's Tale Coming To PlayBook In August & Later To BlackBerry 10

    Thanks to a tweet from Anders Jeppsson, Global Head of Gaming Category at Research in Motion, we now know that The Bard's Tale game is coming to the BlackBerry PlayBook and BlackBerry 10! The game will be releasing next month, August, for the PlayBook, and of course will follow in January for BlackBerry 10 when the new platform launches.

    I myself have many memories playing the first version of this game back in the 80's. The Bard's Tale has since evolved over the years and became available for a variety of gaming platforms - including Sony PlayStation, xBox, Microsoft Windows, and iPhone/iPad. So it's great to see BlackBerry is getting the game as well.

    Here is a bit of info about The Bard's Tale game from Wiki:

    The Bard's Tale is an action role-playing game created by InXile Entertainment, and published by Vivendi Universal Games in 2004. Vivendi marketed the game as a humorous spoof of fantasy role-playing video games. It is neither a remake nor a sequel to Interplay Productions' Tales of the Unknown, Volume I: The Bard's Tale (1985).

    The plot involves "a sardonic and opportunistic musician and adventurer, driven by carnal rather than noble pursuits. The Bard (who is never identified by a specific name nor addressed by anything other than "The Bard,") is not interested in saving the world, his humble motivations are strictly 'coin and cleavage.'" His quest is narrated by a mocking, biased man who cannot stand him (Narration is provided by Tony Jay.)

    The Bard (voiced by Cary Elwes), ends up being recruited by a cult to help free a princess named Caleigh. As a result of this, the Bard finds himself being attacked by an assortment of fanatics from a Druid-like cult, sent to dispatch him by a being called Fionnaoch. (Many of the names and characters are influenced by Celtic mythology and the stories of the Orkney Islands.) On the way to complete his quest, the not so valiant anti-hero will have to overcome the truly terrifying challenges of three monstrous guardians, break-dancing corpses, spontaneously melodious goblins and a giant, fire-breathing rat.

    Eventually, its revealed that the Bard is just another in a long line of "Chosen Ones," many of whom he finds dead along his path. Caleigh is revealed to actually be a demon tempting people to come free her for years on the assumption that eventually someone would succeed. If the Bard frees Caleigh, she gives him all his hearts desires while destroying the world. If he slays Caleigh, The Bard returns to the road in search of the next bar maid. Alternatively, he can refuse to fight either the Druid Leader or Caleigh, allowing the undead to overrun the world, a situation he is content with as they make good bar buddies.

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