Player Comments on The Bard's Tale
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.
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.
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! ^_^
on 12/16/2016 12:38:47 AM with a score of 0
Wow, I never really enjoyed poetry as much as this!
on 2/16/2021 10:13:14 PM with a score of 0
i think it could have used more romance
-- gwyn on 1/16/2021 4:49:10 PM with a score of 0
The details? Amazing. Plot? Generic, but with a certain twist. This is a great story, and its only fault is it's way too short.
on 1/11/2021 5:27:08 PM with a score of 0
There were around 10 possible tales to tell. Took me less than 20 Minutes. I recommend reading it and I really like how the author managed to rhyme this and all. What is missing though is a song. Yes, you could sing your own melody, and 10 songs would be over the top, but still man can wish.
on 1/1/2021 6:21:08 PM with a score of 0
it was amazing <3
-- moira on 12/31/2020 2:33:01 AM with a score of 0
This is a really nice time killer when you have extra time in class! Really creative, I love poetic stories like this that are like songs. I don´t read Choose Your Own Adventure stories too often but I´m glad I did this today. Nice job, really nice job.
-- Mags Nishida on 11/23/2020 9:39:49 AM with a score of 0
good ole mage 6/8
on 6/10/2020 4:42:37 PM with a score of 0
WOW I loved this story so much!!
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!
on 5/29/2018 2:05:00 PM with a score of 0
Short and dark, nice work.
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!
on 11/11/2017 9:13:18 PM with a score of 0
This game is excellent, with a great storyline and involvement.
on 11/3/2017 11:39:31 AM with a score of 0
8|8 for your craftiness with the verses well done
on 10/5/2017 10:25:08 PM with a score of 0
on 7/1/2017 2:54:23 PM with a score of 0
I thoroughly enjoyed the Bard's Tale. Wish it could be longer just so I could enjoy it more.
on 2/12/2017 5:35:28 PM with a score of 0
Very nicely done, sir. I quite enjoyed it.
on 1/23/2017 10:42:17 PM with a score of 0
Very true: once a criminal always a criminal.
-- The Ghost on 1/5/2017 3:50:59 AM with a score of 0
Great. I loved this!
on 12/22/2016 2:28:41 PM with a score of 0
Mmmm very good! :D As what the others said, sensible and great rhymes, awesome story, and beautiful imagery (I mean, if you count spit flying out of mouths beautiful... It's the imagery!)
The only thing I have to say is that the rhymes and sentences weren't in sync, so where the stanzas would end, the sentence (thought) didn't - you changed rhyme scenes in the middle of a sentence. I know it's really hard to do that, and I see the work you put into this!
This is one of the more classical ballads, and it's one of the better ballads I've ever read. :D
on 12/16/2016 2:28:52 PM with a score of 0
on 12/16/2016 6:59:15 AM with a score of 0
Great use of pictures to compliment the already good writing.
Definitely need to go through all the paths on this one. Nice job all the way around.
on 12/16/2016 12:19:11 AM with a score of 0
I can't remember the last time I gave out an 8. Maybe I never have? But holy crap, this was fantastic. The framing story and the ballads meshed perfectly, and every path worked as an engaging story and ploy in its own right.
VERY well done, I'm seriously impressed. You should've bet more points, because you've got this contest in the bag.
on 12/15/2016 11:44:41 PM with a score of 0