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Game News Gates of Integrity is a Bard's Tale homage 31 years in the making

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  1. Infinitron I post news Patron

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    A couple of weeks ago, user CryptRat spotted a new RPG on itch.io called Gates of Integrity. It's a faithful homage to the original Bard's Tale trilogy created by a German fellow who calls himself Tarjan. I don't always post about this sort of thing, but this game has a particularly interesting story behind it. Namely, that it's been in development on various platforms for the past 31 years, which puts Grimoire to shame. That's worth a shoutout. Here are some screenshots and details:

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    Can you save Anroburg from the evil mage Thargorim?
    Create your party, level up, crawl through mad dungeons and avoid death traps - like you did in the late 80s.

    Gates Of Integrity is a humble tribute to the original Bard's Tale 1, released in 1985 for all then-popular homecomputers. I played the Amstrad CPC version and I was instantly sold to the world of computer role playing games. So I decided to give it a try and recreate the Bard's Tale-ish atmosphere in an own game. This was in 1989. Well, it have been over 30 years but here we are... If you are interested in the different versions I did (but never completed), you might want to take a look here:
    https://tarjan.itch.io/gates-of-integrity/devlog/138008/5-versions-in-30-years

    The levelling is easier than with the original Bard's Tale, but beware: It is really, really oldschool. You can save your game, but only in the guild. The interface is keyboard-driven as it was back in the 80s. And you might loose quite a few heroes on your first steps into the unknown.
    The story is my own, as are all maps and dungeons. You will hear some atmospheric sound tracks from Derek Fiechter while you are playing. Most of the monsters, spells and classes are very AD&D / Bard's Tale-ish to capture the spirit of the original Bard's Tale.

    I hope you like it! If you played Bard's Tale (or the Devil Whiskey), you will feel at home instantly.​

    Gates of Integrity is available for free on itch.io or directly from its official website, though we encourage you to kick the developer a few dollars if you appreciate these sorts of games.
     
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    I find it peculiar that there are so many BT clones out there, it's not like the original is a terribly good game.
     
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    Gates of Integrity. Even the title carries traces of the calculating autist.
     
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    The title is really bad, and could only have been coughed up by a Euro. But otherwise, looks cool and will play.
     
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    In these rotten times it's good to have some integrity!
     
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