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I've long since lost my disks for Bard's Tale, but I've been copying the files from computer to computer for about a decade.

I'd like to play the game again, but I want to play it fresh, with no sold items appearing in Garth's Equipment shop, and none of the keys (or the eye) already taken from the dungeons. If I remember right, for the eye at least, only one party can ever get it.

Anyway, I want a fresh game. Is there a way I can go about resetting the game for the MS-DOS version without doing a reinstall?

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After searching through my old CDs, I found a version of the game I'd copied to disc right after a fresh install.

It turns out that that the file simply called ITEMS is the one that tracks that data, but you cannot simply delete it, or when you start the game it will ask for the install disk so that it can grab a new copy. The file is modified as you play, so the only way to reset your game is to copy the default ITEMS file over your existing one. If you don't have a default ITEMS file to restore with, it appears that you are out of luck.

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