Baldur’s Gate was the first RPG I played on PC and it kicked off a love affair and obsession that continues to this day. A guy at work gave me a bunch of (not altogether legit) games one day, and Baldur’s Gate was one of them. It was spread over five discs of RAR files, so I knew it would be pretty amazing. I played the hell out of it, and went on to buy (and love) its expansion, Tales of the Sword Coast (as well as most every other Black Isle/Blizzard RPG at the time). I explored every crevice, even finding a secret ring inside a 1×1 pixel rock outside the inn in the first area (that was a big deal, alright?) The game inspired me to create my own Forgotten Realms text-based RPG on an old gaming community, call the GameVine, and I blatantly ripped off images from Baldur’s Gate to create webpages to enhance my own text adventure (come to my little shop, and buy some arrows! one gold pieces, pretty lady!) I miss those days, when I was so powerful on the internet, and when the internet was much nicer. Ahh… the halcyon days of my youth.
I played Baldur’s Gate 2 up to about chapter 6, if I recall correctly. There was a big red dragon, and I kept getting killed, and this was before I knew about cheat mods and just running through in god-mode. I set it aside to do something else, and by the time I came back to it, I’d forgotten what quests I had left to do, couldn’t remember where I’d stashed all my spare items, and generally needed to start over. Which I did at least four times. I still haven’t finished it. But it’s on my nostalgia replay list, and I am super keen to play through the first one again too.
So this is the perfect inspiration. Beamdog are the folks who did the HD enhanced editions of Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate 2 (which I picked up during a Steam sale earlier in the year), and a little while back they talked about a new Baldur’s Gate title, currently just known as Adventure Y, on their blog. The game purportedly bridges the gap between the two original games, so this is the optimum excuse for me to replay one of my most beloved adventures.
As you can see from the screengrab, something is coming in a under a fortnight and I can’t flippin’ wait to see it. A Twitch stream will be going live once the countdown is complete on July 9, so I’ll be waiting with bated breath till then.