The Bard's Tale

a Fantasy Adventure by pugpup1

Commended by EndMaster on 9/22/2019 10:41:24 PM

Player Rating6.46/8

"#60 overall, #6 for 2016"
based on 165 ratings since 12/15/2016
played 3,252 times (finished 217)

Story Difficulty3/8

"trek through the forest"

Play Length2/8

"So short yo' momma thought it was a recipe"

Maturity Level4/8

"need to be accompanied by an adult"
Contains content that may not be suitable for persons under age 13. If this were a movie, it would probably be PG.

What could be better than a night at the inn, tankard in hand, listening to a bard tell tales of faraway lands and great heroes? His story has it all- brilliant wizards, beastly monsters, and buxom lasses always ready for a smile and a good time. Alright, so I made up the lasses, but the rest is true. 

Player Comments

The Bard’s Tale was a pretty sweet story that I am really sorry to say I had not heard of until I found it on my own.

Of the poetry-type stories I have seen on this site, this is the best. The poetry did not feel forced and was all in plain language, as if it was actually being sung for entertainment. I read through the whole story without forced rhyme schemes and overly metaphorical language interrupting my enjoyment of the story, as so often happens.

The way The Bard’s Tale was framed was quite unique, and I adored it. On the first page, the reader is shown a traveler inside of a tavern. Then the bard begins playing, and the story literally becomes a bard’s tale, under the direction of the reader. The song sung reflects the history of the country the story takes place in, as is revealed in the endings. In each ending, the song is ended, and the story comes back around to the inn. The reactions of those who listened are not only entertaining, but they often were a reaction I could see happening in real life.
My favorite ending was The Spider.

The writing of the prose was very good. The first page drew me in right away in a way that most stories don’t, and I felt excited to read the next page. There is no re-branching either. The branches are pretty short, but there are a few of them—all worth reading.
There was an instance of pronoun confusion it seems in the minotaur scene. The bard briefly switched to second person. Other than that, there were no mechanical errors that really stuck out to me.

The pictures were nice. Pictures are not important nor necessary, but these helped add to an already interesting setting.
Additionally, this story is one that could be pretty safely recommended to children of any age that should be even allowed onto the Internet. So here’s something to recommend all the chillins.

Even if you don’t like poetry, you faggot reading reviews before story-games should check out this underrated story.
-- Cricket on 6/16/2019 12:48:53 AM with a score of 0
Definitely remember playing this one before and enjoying it. Always meant to go back again to it which I have.

Still as good as I remember. Just about everything about this one hits all the right notes as far as the writing goes. The description is very good and the story that unfolds is even better. Rhyming everything was just another example of putting forth that extra effort.

The story also makes great use of pictures to compliment the already great writing. Glad the author still remembered to put the writing first though along with providing enough branching and endings to make it a good CYOA.

It is no wonder that this story beat the chicken soup out of all the others in the ballad contest. Great job all the way around.
-- EndMaster on 6/24/2018 12:52:46 AM with a score of 0
The writing in this was pretty remarkable, and the pictures were a added bonus that certainly enhanced the reading experience.

Oh, and it had rhymes :) The effort and detail that was placed into this ballad was very impressive. I really found myself being drawn in by the imagery and writing.

Bravo on creating a very amazing ballad, pugpup! ^_^
-- TharaApples on 12/16/2016 12:38:47 AM with a score of 0
good ole mage 6/8
-- Kytty on 6/10/2020 4:42:37 PM with a score of 0
WOW I loved this story so much!!
-- Kytty on 6/7/2020 12:25:47 PM with a score of 0
An absolute masterpiece! I must admit once I saw the rhyming and poetry style of this story I thought I’d be bored as it is very rare to come across a good one doing so, but the author has good control of the style and created a highly entertaining game. Each option changes the story the bard tells drastically more than I expected with entirely different themes/moods depending on the story. Would love to see more work from this author!!!
-- Mj on 1/9/2020 6:53:25 PM with a score of 0
it like a scary story.
-- donehia on 2/21/2019 2:50:36 PM with a score of 0
This was amazing. A perfect combo of music and fantasy!
-- MusicalNerd7 on 5/29/2018 2:05:00 PM with a score of 0
Short and dark, nice work.
-- Papa2Toes on 2/5/2018 2:18:31 PM with a score of 0
This has definitely got to be one of the best stories in here!
The narrative is amazing and the fact that it is written in the form of a novel and a song is great!
The rhymes are on point and the endings are also amazing. Congratulations on this masterpiece!
-- LeoCaesar on 11/11/2017 9:13:18 PM with a score of 0
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