Bt Builder

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Bt Builder is an open source implementation of the Bard's Tale Construction Set. The eventual goal is to make a game builder that can implement the three main Bard's Tale games in addition to Construction Set games. Other possible extensions include Wasteland and Dragon Wars. The editor file formats and custom pictures have been deciphered. At current we do not intend to decipher all file formats instead a new free collection of graphics and sounds will be included with the game. The game interface is fairly usable at the moment. The eidtor is usable but not very user friendly. Some elements are not editable from the UI yet.

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Bt Builder 0.5.2 (source tar & gzipped)

Bt Builder 0.5.2 (Windows build)

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Recent News

May 1, 2015: Bt Builder 0.5.2 released. Do not allow teleport in combat. Display zero for value of teleports initially. Restore proper graphics after selecting a teleport location in map editor. Added party passes skill check, party has tag, add tag, remove tag, and run xml special commands. Add the ability to specify actions in the building xml files. Add cut/copy/paste to the special editor. Support exclamation point as a not operator for effect tags.

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