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Cover painting by Randy Berrett

The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate package design by Michael LaBash

Package design by Michael LaBash


I pray my body does not fail me before I am able to complete this most important missive. I pray as well that, somehow, the heroes who once before saved Skara Brae will find this accounting and act upon it. I leave this record so those who come after will know what horrors that the Mad God Tarjan has perpetrated, and so that they will not be lulled into believing that Skara Brae was his sole target.

How can I describe that day. Nay, it did not begin like all others, for on that day we celebrated the victory over Mangar that had so recently liberated our city. Bards from the world over arrived in Skara Brae to play and herald the brave deeds of those heroes who saved us. The townspeople danced in the streets with happiness, and the great festival filled all with an overwhelming joy of life and renewed hope for the future.


Then Mangar's Master, The Mad God Tarjan, arrived to reduce our day of celebration into a day of mourning. His shadow sank the city into pitiless black oblivion. Foul creatures that had festered in his flesh like maggots burst forth to assault fair Skara Brae. People ran, but could not run swiftly enough to escape. Tarjan's minions left none untouched.

Forgive the shakiness of my script, for life ebbs painfully from my body as I write. Tarjan, mocking my death curse, told me Skara Brae was merely one in a series of conquests he had long contemplated to complete his revenge. He laughed when I said heroes would come to destroy his mad plan, yet I sensed fear in his voice when I promised that the legendary Hawkslayer, and those who defeated Mangar, would return again to triumph. As payment for my threat, he gave a swift twist of his jewelled sword into my belly.

Tarjan must be stopped. Whosoever reads this, you must get word to the heroes. This will be their greatest challenge, for upon their efforts rests the fate of more than Skara Brae, more than the Six Cities of the plains. Their failure will mean the extinction of all life—save for the wretched Tarjan and his servile parasites. Pray for success... and life renewed.

Your fighters are all thumbs,
your mages speechless,
and your bard is scared sober.
Things are looking pretty bleak
. . .

Skara Brae is in ruins. Roscoe's Energy Emporium stands vacant. The Equipment Shoppe went under so quickly Garth was crushed. Your Bard hasn't stopped whimpering since he realized all the taverns were closed....

Someone—or some thing—has sealed the city's fate with an evil so vast, so unspeakable, that a host of Paladins and an army of Archmages are out-matched. Hard times call for subtlety. Smaller is better. Sneakier is better. What the world needs now is a thief.

The Thief of Fate.

Better than Ever!

  • New auto-map feature lets you leave your scribe at home.
  • Enhanced Save Game allows you to take a breather anywhere.
  • Not copy protected. Faster than Bard's Tale I or II.
  • Seven kinds of spellcasters—including new Chronomancers and Geomancers—thirteen character classes in all, male or female.
  • Over 100 spells—including Magma Blast, Earth Maw, and Far Death.
  • Over 500 kinds of monsters want to meet you. Some might even join your party.
  • 84 dungeon levels to explore, 7 dimensions to conquer.
  • Colourful, animated graphics so real you'll want to tickle the dragon's chin.
  • Optional use of Bard's Tale I and II characters, but no previous experience required. Includes starter dungeon to bring you up to speed.

Over 500 monsters, each deadlier than the last.

Your Rogue's special abilities are just part of the new arsenal of tricks, spells, and artifacts at your disposal.

Over 80 full-colour, scrolling mazes to test the mettle of your hardiest party. Good thing you can save the game at any location...

Lost in the maze? Just check out your auto-map.


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Game screen from Amiga version


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