Bard Quest is the second MS Paint Adventure, and essentially the flagship story, as the site went up simultaneously with Bard Quest. The story follows a bard on his eponymous quest. It is by far the shortest adventure, and languishes permanently in an unresolved state.
The gimmick which makes Bard Quest most unique from the other stories (and which also lead to its failure) is that it is a “choose your own adventure” (CYOA) story, meaning any page can have multiple options to take. In comparison, Jailbreak features two linear split paths which recombined, Problem Sleuth occasionally features one-or-two-panel alternate options which would typically get a protagonist killed, and Homestuck stays linear until late in Act 5 and throughout Act 6, where occasionally multiple paths present themselves, and loop back so they can all be read before proceeding linearly again.
Bard Quest ran from June 12 to July 05, 2007. Afterward, the MSPA site gathered dust for several months until the next adventure, Problem Sleuth, began on March 10 of the following year. Bard Quest is the least popular of all the stories, and the one most likely to remain uncompleted.
A thrilling journey begins in humble circumstances as a bard is brought before queen” amuses the king. The bard is thus appointed as thefor his amusement. The only option that bares meaningful results is to sing about the queen. The king, it turns out, is a homosexual, but the double entendre of “
Pulchritude, but does not have enough golds to afford it. He may ask for +5 extra large dragon corpse satchels, but the blacksmith detects his natural talent for dragon slaying and And finally, he may ask for +5 issues of the finest gay porn magazines, but, the bard decides to visit the blacksmith. He may ask for armor of +5
Otherwise, the bard decides to visit Cod Palace, where he finds the . His only option ( ) is to steal the thing and make off with it. , the now codpiece-adorned bard finds two vagrants who quickly swear themselves to his (codpiece's) majesty.
These new manservants are a little codpiece-barren, but there'swithout putting an abrupt end to their adventure. So instead they just Here the arms of opportunity seem to expand wider than ever, but tragically each path ends no further than two or three pages. The heroes are , forever yet to encounter a swamp wizard.
- Bard Quest shares its name with one of Andrew's early comics.
- Numerical data about Bard Quest is maintained here.
- Bard Quest bizarrely skipped from page 136 to page 171 between the first two pages of the story on the old MSPA site.
- Bard Quest makes one last appearance in the story of Problem Sleuth. While Ace Dick is playing the Game of Life he ends up trudging through a swamp, the last meaningful panel of Bard Quest Incidentally, he makes it to the suicide stump from Jailbreak on the next page.
- Bards that appear in future adventures take visual cues from the bard of this quest.
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