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Bards Tale (Interplay)

download the install packageBardsTale.lha
created at2015-12-06
size of install package38103 Bytes
Author/Contact
(use it to report problems with that install)
StingRay
Mantis BugTracker179
Hall Of Light38
Lemon Amiga121


 THIS PACKAGE COMES WITH ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR
 IMPLIED, STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE. THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO USE, RESULTS AND
 PERFORMANCE OF THE PACKAGE IS ASSUMED BY YOU AND IF THE PACKAGE SHOULD PROVE
 TO BE DEFECTIVE, YOU ASSUME THE ENTIRE COST OF ALL NECESSARY SERVICING,
 REPAIR OR OTHER REMEDIATION.
 UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, CAN THE AUTHOR BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE
 CAUSED IN ANY USUAL, SPECIAL, OR ACCIDENTAL WAY, ALSO IF THE OWNER OR A THIRD
 PARTY HAS BEEN POINTED AT SUCH POSSIBILITIES OF DAMAGE.

 This install applies to "Bard's Tale: Tales of the Unknown"  1986 Interplay.

 Requirements:
 -------------
 This install requires WHDLoad and RawDIC to be in the path.
 These programs can be found in the WHDLoad package.
 To install from a different drive than DF0: select installation mode Expert.

 The installed game requires 0.5 MB ChipMem
 (+1.0 MB for preload and Kickstart ROM).
 It can be quit by pressing F10 (key can be changed with Tooltype "QuitKey=").

 The game requires an installed A500 Kickstart 1.3 image.
 The kickstart image must be located in the directory "Devs:Kickstarts" and
 must be named "kick34005.A500". The image can be extracted from a A500 with
 tools like 'GrabKick' or similar which can be found on aminet.
 If the image is of wrong version or altered in any way WHDLoad will quit with
 an appropriate message.
 Additionally the file "kick34005.A500.RTB" must be installed in the same
 directory as the kickstart image. It can be found in the archive
 "util/boot/skick346.lha" on aminet.


 Features:
 ---------
 - Full load from HD
 - RawDIC imager is used to save files from main disk
 - protection removed (Electronic Arts encryption)
 - 2 versions supported
 - Solution included
 - NewIcon (created by me)
 - Source code included as usual
 - Quit option that works on 68000 machines (default key is 'F10')

 And another patch I have redone completely, there were a lot of bug reports
 for the old patch so I had a look, the old patch only supported a cracked
 version which explains why a lot of people had problems with it.
 It also required 1MB chip memory and more than 1MB Fast memory for a reason
 I fail to understand!

 The protection used for this game is the Electronic Arts encryption which
 was very good back in its day! Back in June last year I coded a generic
 decrypter (i.e. my routine handles all variants of the protection
 automatically) for it just for fun which took me 2 days to do. The decryption
 keys are located on the protection track which means the game won't run if
 the protection track is missing. The encryption handles binary and executable
 files which I find quite interesting considered when it was developed!
 Someone clearly spent a lot of effort to make it "not too easy" to break.

 The install uses "UnADF" by Andrew Bell (included in the package) to extract
 the files from the disk image because some of the files don't have the required
 protection bits set and hence can't be copied on OS2.0+ machines.

 If you already have created a character disk you can install it too using
 the install package, after the game has been installed you will be asked if
 you want to install the character disk.
 
 Enjoy this classic game from HD (patches for Bard's Tale 2&3 will follow soon)
 and have a happy new year everyone!



 Update, 06-Dec-2015
 -------------------

 I have finally coded a RawDIC imager which is now used to save all files from
 the game disk as I didn't like the UnADF solution very much. This means that
 UnADF could be removed from the archive and now only "standard" WHDLoad tools
 are used in the install process.


 Sting, 27-Dec-2013/06-Dec-2015
 


 Greetings to all in Scarab and Scoopex, the WHDLoad team, PMC,
 Musashi5150, Skan, Slummy, Loaderror, Frequent, Wayne Kerr, Mr.Spiv,
 Alpha One, CFou!, Paradroid and all the other usual suspects. :)

 Special greetings to all Golf MK1 fans worldwide except those
 lowlifes who "borrowed" my MK1 for a joyride!

 Extra greetings to the usual suspects on #amigascne, see you all at
 Revision 2014! :)



 History:
 --------
 
 version 1.2 (06.12.2015)
 - RawDIC imager is now used to install the game disk, UnADF
   removed from archive

 version 1.1 (27.12.2013) done by StingRay:
 - redone from scratch
 - protection removed
 - 2 versions supported (SPS #0010, SPS #1978)
 - source code included

 v1.0 done by Agressor


 Contact:
 --------
 If you have problems with this installation please try and get a newer
 version of this package from the WHDLoad WWW-Page. If that doesn't help try
 some Tooltypes like NOCACHE, NOAUTOVEC, EXPCHIP, NOMMU, PAL or NTSC. If
 that also fails, please inform the author via the Bug-Report-Form which
 can be accessed on the WHDLoad WWW-Page.

 For the full WHDLoad package, other installs and updates refer to:
	http://www.whdload.de/
 or	aminet:dev/misc/whdload#?
 and	aminet:game/patch/

Icons contained in install package

WHDLoad Slave information
BardsTale.slave - 27.12.2013 13:45:40 - 5464 bytes
required WHDLoad version17
flagsNoError EmulPriv Examine
required Chip Memory512 KiB ($80000)
required Expansion Memory256 KiB ($40000)
info nameThe Bard's Tale: Tales of the Unknown
info copy1986 Interplay
info installinstalled by StingRay/[S]carab^Scoopex
Version 1.1 (27.12.2013)
Kickstart name34005.a500
Kickstart size256 KiB ($40000)
Kickstart checksum$f9e3
Configuration

Install Archive Content Listing
UnpackedLvlMethodPackedOSDate/TimeName
8681lh5669Amiga2015-12-06 14:41:24BardsTale_Install/BardsTale.islave
104441lh54010Amiga2013-12-27 09:05:48BardsTale_Install/BardsTale.newicon
54641lh53741Amiga2013-12-27 13:45:40BardsTale_Install/BardsTale.slave
15841lh51046Amiga2007-09-05 22:15:12BardsTale_Install.info
372361lh59343Amiga2015-12-06 15:27:00BardsTale_Install/Install
7101lh5353Amiga2013-12-27 08:52:56BardsTale_Install/Install.info
49311lh52484Amiga2015-12-06 15:43:34BardsTale_Install/ReadMe
19901lh51310Amiga2000-09-10 23:37:22BardsTale_Install/ReadMe.info
163721lh56433Amiga2002-11-12 00:54:50BardsTale_Install/Solution
13921lh5877Amiga2002-11-12 00:54:32BardsTale_Install/Solution.info
111131lh53738Amiga2015-12-06 14:40:30BardsTale_Install/Source/BardsTale_ImagerSlave.s
94531lh53309Amiga2013-12-27 13:45:28BardsTale_Install/Source/BardsTale_WHD.s

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