Dear Abandonia visitors: We are a small team that runs one of the largest DOS Games websites in the world. We have only 3 members of staff, but serve 450,000 users and have outgoing costs like any other top site for example: our servers, power, rent, programs, and staff. Abandonia is something special. It is a library of old games for you to download. It is like an old gaming arcade with all the old games in their original format. Abandonia is a place where you can find great old games and have fun four hours and years. To protect our independence, we are dependent of our friends using the site. We run on donations averaging around 6 USD (5 Euro). If everyone reading this gave the price of a cup of coffee, our fundraiser would be made easier. If Abandonia is useful to you, take one minute to keep it online for another year. Please help us forget fundraising and get back to Abandonia.
The original Dungeons and Dragons board game heralded the rise of the role playing genre and captured the public imagination. However, RPG board games involved a lot of calculating, making notes, rolling dice and collecting cards. With the rise of computer RPG games, this changed. The computer took care of all the complex calculations, all the variables - and the most important thing: you didn’t have to worry that it would try to cheat.
The Bard’s Tale is one of the great RPG games that people simply loved to play. Although they're classical RPGs, they're somewhat different from the rest: you don’t get to customize your characters. You need a party to go on a quest, as in every classical RPG, but you only get to select the race and the position of the party members. There are no skills, wisdom, magic, or any other points you may distribute either randomly or intentionally; you can only create characters and choose a party to go on the quest.
That quest is to overthrow the evil wizard Mangar, who has seized control of the city of Skara Brae. This may sound very easy, but bear in mind that Mangar is helped by all sorts of monsters, which you'll have to fight on the streets, in dungeons, in sewers, and in the very towers of Skara Brae, where the evil one hides.
So if you’re looking for a classic RPG from the golden era of computer gaming, the original Bard’s Tale is the right thing for you!