a tale in the desert

Official Site: A Tale in the Desert
Studio: eGenesis/Pluribus Games
Launch Date: February 15, 2003
Genre: Fantasy Ancient Egyptian Sandbox
Business Model: Hybrid F2P (Optional Subscription)
Platform: PC

Here’s what’s coming with A Tale in the Desert’s 9th telling at the end of August

The Egyptian-themed crafting game A Tale in the Desert is currently winding down its eighth "Telling," with the final weeks offered for...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 230: A tale of geeks and gamers (and the Legends of Aria interview)

Justin and Bree are joined by Legends of Aria's Derek Brinkmann for a deep-dive into the launch patch, plus we discuss Villagers & Heroes, SWTOR, Neverwinter, DCUO, and WoW, with a mailbag topic about City of Heroes' spiritual successors.

The Daily Grind: Has a free trial ever convinced you to buy an MMO?

Many years ago when my guild was between home games, we decided to conduct a little experiment to entertain ourselves while we waited for...

A Tale in the Desert prepares for its ninth iteration

Aside from being a social/crafting MMO with absolutely no combat, A Tale in the Desert's biggest claim to fame is its sporadic reboot...

The Game Archaeologist’s ultimate MMO archives v2.0

While The Game Archaeologist columns take up the most time of any project I do here at Massively OP, I absolutely love doing...

The Game Archaeologist: Raph Koster on MUDs and Privateer Online

The release of Raph Koster's monster book of game essays, Postmortems, was of high interest to Bree and me for different reasons. For...

The Game Archaeologist: A Tale in the Desert

Once asked what he thought was the most innovative MMO from the last decade, Dr. Richard Bartle, the creator of MUD, gave a succinct answer: "

Global Chat: Avoiding MMO activities

Have you ever noticed that you play it way too safe in your MMOs, especially when it comes to interacting (or not) with others? 

A Tale in the Desert has launched its eighth Telling since 2003

Last summer, we included classic sandbox A Tale in the Desert in our Whatever Happened To column as one of those games...

Raph Koster on MMO ecosystems, the balance of power, and tennis

Most MMORPGs have the core sandbox problem: Whoever gets there first, controls all the toys and has the power to drive everyone else away....

Whatever happened to PlanetSide 2, A Tale in the Desert, and Istaria?

Ever pause during your day and find yourself wondering, "What ever happened to that game?" With hundreds upon hundreds of online titles these days, it's...

The Game Archaeologist: How DikuMUD shaped modern MMOs

Even though there are hundreds and thousands of MMOs spanning several decades, only a small handful were so incredibly influential that they changed the...

Massively Overthinking: Prestige systems in MMORPGs

Last week, an interesting question dropped into our team inbox. It was from a game developer -- I don't know for which game --...

Stronghold Kingdoms plans to let players delete their own server

Stronghold Kingdoms developer Firefly Studios claims to be making history today by becoming "the first developer to place the fate of entire...

Perfect Ten: MMOs you forgot existed (but are still running)

No MMO can be in the spotlight eternally. Even some of the biggest names out there -- your World of Warcrafts, your

Global Chat: Why is Blizzard so sluggish?

World of Warcraft: Legion and Blizzard's recent decisions were at the forefront of a couple of recent MMO blog posts as of...

A Tale in the Desert reboots into Tale 7 on September 11th

We've known for a little while that A Tale in the Desert's next "telling" was on its way, but now we have...

A Tale in the Desert preparing to restart with Tale 7

A Tale in the Desert's current "telling" -- Tale 6 -- has been running a long time, ever since its debut in 2011....

Perfect Ten: Combat-free MMOs

If there's one thing that always, always goes with MMOs, it's combat. I mean, we can't be a hero without killing something, right? We...

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