The Bard’s Tale IV Update 21: Down to the Wire! Final Stream Reminder, Last Community Fan Works, Bardic Brian Unlocked!

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Hey Exiles!

We are down to the wire! With just a few hours left to go we are all hands on deck and eager to see exactly where our final pledge level will end up. It goes without saying that we are deeply appreciative of all your support throughout the campaign. With over 33,000 backers showing support thus far, we are just 3,000 backers away from being in the top 10 most-backed Kickstarter gaming projects in history!

As we head towards the finish, we are as pleased as ever to say once again: the Bard is Back!

Final Hours Stream, Featuring Quill18 and Wasteland 2 Director's Cut!

This is just a reminder that we will be live streaming our Kickstarter campaign wrap party on Twitch withrenowned YouTube and Twitch steamer Quill18. The stream will start at 4 PM and go to 6 PM PST (though the party won't end there). We also had many of you offer to join us for the party in person; we can no longer take additional guests, but we are looking forward to meeting some of our biggest fans!

As a special treat: we will also be live streaming brand-new gameplay from Wasteland 2 Director's Cut during the party! If you are a fan of Wasteland 2 you will want to check out this exclusive and extended hands-on look at the game. We are excited to share it in this much detail for the first time!

We will be re-posting the stream link to social media and Kickstarter later on today, so keep an eye out. In case you miss the stream, we will upload it to YouTube later!

Bardic Brian Skin Unlocked!

Our final social media push saw a huge uptick in fan contributions, likes, follows, and all that good stuff. We cannot make these games happen without you and we are ever-thankful for your support. Everything we do to get our games out there relies on your faith and goodwill – our “marketing budget "is the same budget that goes right back to supporting our fans.

On that note, you have impressed us yet again! Thanks to support on Tumblr and new fan art contributions, you have unlocked 21 achievements in total, and the Exclusive Bardic Brian Skin has now been unlocked for all backers of The Bard's Tale IV!

Brian is a little embarrassed, but such are the sacrifices he makes for you guys.

Enclave of the Fairy Host Story Updated

It's been a while since we've highlighted the Enclave of the Fairy Host story in an update. Our lead writer Nathan Long has been penning these for your social media achievements, and we figured we'd give him some more time in the spotlight, especially as the story is flavored with elements of our lore and gameplay concepts. You can as always view the full story on Tumblr, but here is an excerpt from some of the later chapters!

The elven mosaics in this room depict a feast in an underground banquet hall with tree roots for pillars and witch-lights for lanterns. Elves in beautiful clothes eat and drink and listen to an elven bard. All the servants are humans. An elf maiden has a man for a pet. He curls on a pillow at her feet.

The chanting is louder here. You can distinguish the words now. You recognize them as ancient Einarr.

The Einarr chanting fills your head as you enter this room. It shakes the floor and seems to make the very air vibrate. Two Einarr stand guard in front of an ornate pair of double doors on the far side. They ready their spears and cry out as they see you, but no-one hears them. The chanting drowns them out.

Anders thrusts out a hand and they slump to the floor, fast asleep. You step over their snoring bodies and ready your weapons as you approach the doors.

"This is it, friends,” says Lioslaith. “Your enemies are cornered. We must triumph here.”

“Yeah,” says Fiona. “Or the elf ghost is going kill us all, thanks to Anders.”

Anders grunts. “Let's just finish it.”

You push open the doors.

Nathan will be finalizing the story depending on our final social achievement tally, so we may have yet another chapter or two for you.

Final Fan Roundup

When we said last update that it was our last chance to feature fan art… well, turns out we have another last chance! Thanks to your incredible contributions in these final hours we have brand-new pieces to share from our community. You can see a selection of these below.

Bard's Ale render by Sergey Mishchenko.

Another Bard by Tomimt.

Trow Boy by June.

All of our fan art is in our gallery on Facebook, including kilt photos as well, so check ‘em out!

We'll be back later today to share the stream with you. In the meantime, let's make this an epic and fun finish to a long campaign!

Eric Schwarz
Line Producer