If you’re a Mac role-playing game fan who just can’t get enough of Baldur’s Gate and its add-on, Tales of the Sword Coast, you might be interested in the recent efforts of The Talisman, who coordinated the Macintosh conversion of an unofficial add-on called
Dark Side of the Sword Coast. The conversion is available for download from the Balduran Adventurers’ Spa & Grill.
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Dark Side of the Sword Coast is an unofficial third-party add on, or mod, created by Kenneth Henderson and TeamBG, a group of Baldur’s Gate enthusiasts. The mod contains:
8 new non-player characters to join your party.
80 new weapons, armor and other items
100 new spells
70 new monsters
5 major quests
Enhancements to the original Baldur’s Gate quests and encounters.
Bear in mind that you’ll need the original Baldur’s Gate and its add-on pack, Tales of the Sword Coast (both published for the Mac by
), to make use of this mod.
If you’re wondering who’s hosting and coordinating the download of the mod, it’s Team MacBG — a group of Macintosh Baldur’s Gate enthusiasts who “work on expanding the possibilities for Infinity Engine Games like Baldur’s Gate, Shadows of Amn, Icewind Dale, and hopefully other titles as they become available.”
Team MacBG didn’t do the actual conversion work on the Mac version of Dark Side of the Sword Coast, but their efforts are helping to make it possible to distribute the mod to Mac users. Their efforts include The Darkest Day, a mod developed for Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn, released last year for the Mac by
MacPlay. They’ve also created a Mac tool called the Infinity Resource Editor (IRE) that enables you to change the parameters of your game play in supported games which use the Bioware Infinity engine — the core technology which powers the Baldur’s Gate game series.