Relive the final moments of Tabula Rasa

    
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February 28th, 2009, was a dark day for MMO players, as crowds flocked to Richard Garriott’s Tabula Rasa in the hopes of hitting level 50 and seeing the return to Earth before the game was closed forever.

YouTuber GaminGHD said that he remembered it “like it was yesterday,” and in a new retrospective, he recalls the final hours of Tabula Rasa while sharing the many screenshots he took on a European server. He said that seeing the players swarm into the battle was a “beautiful sight” that was nevertheless bittersweet.

We’ve shared this video of the last day of Tabula Rasa with you after the jump along with a bonus interview with Garriott that explains why the MMO was mishandled and ultimately┬ácanned by NCsoft.

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wonder_llama

Awwww, man! Now you made me all sad again!

I was there at the end, and I remember how the devs came in and basically worked for free to give us a proper send-off. It was a crazy, riotous, laggy mess! And it was wonderful! I really wish someone would come along and shamelessly copy what made Tabula Rasa so much fun and build a new game around it. Global Agenda almost managed it, but then it died. And then Firefall almost managed it, and it died too. You wouldn’t think it would be so hard to make a sci-fi shooter MMORPG that’s fun and popular, but apparently it is. Right now I have high hopes that Destiny 2 can fill that void, so I’ll cross my fingers and see how it goes.
Here are a few random screen-shots I have of the final battle:

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Jack Pipsam

Always wish I could have tried it.

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possum440 .

What a train wreck. I had a very bad experience from an asshat dev that was obviously stressed and instead of fixing the 20 or so bugged quests I had on my ticket, he finished and advanced ALL of the quests I had, even the ones that worked.

Couple weeks later the game closed. I can see why. Dozens upon dozens of quests bugged or broken and devs and GM’s with attitudes.

To the folks stating it was overrated, it was nothing special, but it was unique and new for the time, I liked it until I started piling up bugged and broken quests.

I even participated in the writing contest and won third or 4th place, I forget. got my special boxed sales advertising “box” that was freshly crushed because it was sent with no protection. Ahh, the good ol days.

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Sleepy

I stopped playing once I found out it was being shut down. Not because I didn’t enjoy playing, but because I knew there was no point in getting any more attached to the world or my character. I’d still be playing it today if I could.

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Oleg Chebeneev

One of the most overrated MMOs

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MassivelyMacD

This is an opinion, disguised as a fact. Now please repeat: “I personally did not like this game, but others may not share this view”.

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Veldan

Eh, it’s perfectly clear that it’s an opinion. The word “overrated” alone means it’s an opinion, you can’t describe a fact with that.

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Tim Johnson

I’m not sure how overrated it is since I don’t remember the game getting rated too highly back when it launched(metacritic has it at a 7.8 for critics and an 8.0 for users). Plus the game didn’t really take off all to well on the subscriber side, part of the reason it was killed w/o the fan backlash of the same degree that NCSoft got with City of Heroes.

What your seeing in this article is the Fans of the game reacting to a lasting memory of their game that most of them probably don’t have since in 2009, not many people were recording their game play for posterity. This type of article is going to have mostly positive feedback, because those that liked the game will click through, those who didn’t aren’t going to bother unless they like to troll.

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mistressbrazen

Two very interesting clips. My heart goes out to the Tabula Rasa community. You could tell the guy narrating was really feeling those last hours. One wonders what the game would have become if it was allowed to settle and grow.

As to the interview with Garriott, I found that fascinating. I didn’t play Ultima Online or Tabula Rasa and I’m not going to play Shroud of the Avatar, but this guy certainly has been around the block. The lawyer part of me hears truth in all of his experiences with corporations and the law. I think no matter what people think about him, he gave a great peek into the “behind the scenes” machinations at a AAA gaming company. It helped to shed light on why we get what we get instead of what we thought the developers were going to give us. I have to give him a little bit of props too because he could have taken the cheap shot at NCSoft and he didn’t.

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NeoWolf

And let us not forget the awesome Cinematic Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4MGvdXKTVQ

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Purewitz

I played Tabula Rasa in it’s final few months, when it was free. I could really see why people loved the game and I was there the very moment the server shutdown as well. I would’ve played the game at it’s launch, but I was too deeply in love with Star Wars Galaxies to play another game at the time.

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April-Rain

I was there at beta, then launch and the final month and I do wish it was still going and I will always have a soft spot for it.

And I do think it could have grown and been developed into something even more special but NCsoft had the knives out for Garriot and killed it.

It was a unique mmo with none of the free to play rubbish and it will be sadly missed as we are a bit low on decent or AAA scifi based mmo’s right now.

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Purewitz

I argee. The only good ones we have right now are, Star Wars: The Old Republic and Star Trek Online. Also with MGM bringing back Stargate with the web series, Stargate: Origins. I hope they take another chance at bringing us a Stargate MMORPG. I also think a good 3D Doctor Who MMORPG could work. The BBC was so dumb to do that 2D Facebook MMO years ago. Firefly, Dune, and Transformers G1 would make for awesome sci-fi MMORPGs as well.

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Phubarrh

The sad part for me is that the science-fantasy game hinted at by the early concept art was what excited me. When it finally launched and I found myself in a military shooter bug hunt, I barely lasted an evening.