The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate

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The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate
The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate cover
Developers
Interplay Entertainment
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Release dates
DOS 1990
Taxonomy
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Turn-based
Perspectives First-person
Genres RPG
Themes Fantasy
Series The Bard's Tale
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The Bard's Tale
The Bard's Tale 1987
The Bard's Tale II: The Destiny Knight 1988
The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate 1990
The Bard's Tale Construction Set 1991
The Bard's Tale (2005) 2005
The Mage's Tale 2017
The Bard's Tale Trilogy 2018
The Bard's Tale IV: Barrows Deep 2018
The Bard's Tale IV: Director's Cut 2019
The Bard's Tale ARPG : Remastered and Resnarkled 2020

Key points

Characters can be imported from The Bard's Tale and The Bard's Tale II: The Destiny Knight (see Import characters).

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM details are not known
DOS
This game is not available digitally. Digital versions of The Bard's Tale (2005) include emulated Apple IIgs versions of The Bard's Tale, The Bard's Tale II: The Destiny Knight, and The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate.

Essential improvements[edit]

Import characters[edit]

Characters can be imported from The Bard's Tale (*.TPW) and The Bard's Tale II: The Destiny Knight (*.TW).
Parties cannot be imported from previous games; to recreate a party, import each member individually.
Import characters[1]
  1. Go to the Camp (either when starting the game or during an existing saved game).
  2. Choose Transfer characters.
  3. Choose the game to transfer from.
  4. Type the full path including a final backslash (for DOSBox this will be relative to the mounted drive - see MOUNT).
  5. If you are transferring from the first two games, you will be asked whether the character's sex is meant to be Male or Female (these games did not have the option of choosing a character's sex during character creation).
  6. Exit back to the Camp menu and choose Add a member to add the converted characters.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\THIEF.CFG

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\SAVE.GAM
<path-to-game>\PARTIES.INF
<path-to-game>\THIEVES.INF
Files are stored on a save floppy (when running from floppy) or in the installation folder (when running from the hard drive).
SAVE.GAM contains the current saved game.
PARTIES.INF contains party data.
THIEVES.INF contains character data. A character is only updated when that character is removed from the party at the Camp.[2]

Video[edit]

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
320x200 only.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
For DOSBox toggle with Alt+ Enter (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
For DOSBox use an unofficial build (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Input[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
For DOSBox set in the DOSBox configuration file.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
All speech is text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
For DOSBox change the priority background value in the DOSBox configuration file.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes CGA, EGA, MCGA, Tandy, PCjr

System requirements[edit]

DOS
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 2.1
Processor (CPU) 8088
System memory (RAM) 512 KB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) CGA

References

  1. Verified by User:Garrett on 3 September 2021
  2. The Bard's Tale III: The Thief of Fate Command Summary Card, Page 5