Don’t worry, this is intentional! In addition to having no combat whatsoever, A Tale in the Desert’s big claim to fame is how it occasionally ends its “tellings” and reboots the server for another seasonal challenge with new rules. The current telling, the game’s ninth, began back in August 2019.
The studio announced that on May 28th, the ninth telling will conclude to make way for the tenth: “As we venture into our tenth tale, join us in the desert for a 12-month adventure of crafting, trading, and becoming a part of the Egyptian community. Create your character and begin your journey travelling to Egypt for fame and fortune, join one of three houses and learn skills to create and craft.”
If players wish to do so, they can pre-order a subscription for the entire telling for $130 and receive extra bonuses.