tabula rasa

Official Site: Tabula Rasa (Wikipedia)
Studio: NCsoft
Launch Date: November 2, 2007
Sunset Date: February 28, 2009
Genre: Sci-Fi MMOFPS Sandbox
Business Model: Subscription
Platform: PC

Working as Intended: Sparking joy in MMOs

On this week's podcast, I mentioned that I'd just finished off Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, something that superficially...

The Daily Grind: What is your favorite memory from a shuttered MMORPG?

Free Realms. Warhammer Online. WildStar. Asheron's Call. We've lived through so these and so many other MMO shutdowns over the...

The Game Archaeologist: Tabula Rasa

The story of Tabula Rasa begins, as so many others do, with 1997's Ultima Online. Raph Koster and Richard Garriott's online fantasy...

Chaos Theory: Guide to love and heartbreak in Secret World Legends’ latest event

If I made a New Year's wish upon a falling star, it wouldn't be far-fetched to think getting new content in Secret World...
Paws for impact.

Massively Overthinking: The best MMOs of the decade

A few years back, we did a cheeky Massively Overthinking about our five favorite MMORPGs of all time. It was quite a...

ExileCon 2019: Path of Exile 2’s skill system reboot and Ascendancy classes

After the surprise reveal of Path of Exile 2 at ExileCon 2019, players were understandably hungry for more details. And that is...
My expectations weren't that I would be jumping into this right away, but...

The Soapbox: No, the MMO genre is not dead – but it could use a little positivity

One of my favorite idioms is "dead as a doornail." It always reminds me of the time I got sent out of my 10th...

One Shots: Look – but don’t throw

It's pretty common to be frustrated by MMOs showing you things that you can't ever touch or play. Whether it be fantastic races that...

‘Secret’ City of Heroes emulator operators address SCORE leak drama, rebut personal info database rumor

If you've been around the post-sunset City of Heroes community long enough, you've probably heard the rumors that there's a secret City of...

The Game Archaeologist: Dungeon Runners

Where do you rest on the spectrum of humor? If you find yourself giggling and snorting at dumb jokes, groan-worthy puns, and satire so...

Massively Overthinking: Why aren’t you playing the MMO most like your favorite sunsetted game?

This week's Massively Overthinking question comes to us from reader Smuggler-in-a-YT. "Star Wars Galaxies had its problems, but the sense of community, purpose, and...
I'm not back on any BS, I never left it.

Perfect Ten: Ten MMO systems that encourage alts

Here's how much I like having alts: I have alts in Final Fantasy XIV and Final Fantasy XI. Two games which are...
Which one of you is the Juno Reactor and which one is the Don Davis?

Massively Overthinking: The sunsetted MMOs we never played

I've been thinking a lot about MMO sunsets lately, thanks to WildStar, Pirates of the Burning Sea, and even that ridiculous
It's clear now.

Perfect Ten: Failed MMOs that could have succeeded with more love

Hindsight is 20/20. Unless you're blind in one eye from nostalgia, in which case hindsight is 0/20. In any case, you understand that it's...
Please let this stay far away from Rowling's endless retcons.

The Game Archaeologist: Harry Potter Online

If all goes well, later this year we will finally be treated to an actual Harry Potter MMORPG in the form of Harry...

The Game Archaeologist: Lineage

If we judged MMOs by their numbers alone -- and I'm not suggesting we do so -- then the original Lineage would be...

The Game Archaeologist: Ultima Worlds Online Origin

While the heady days of Ultima Online's dominant position over the industry are long gone, the MMORPG continues to operate and expand, and...
It's clear now.

Relive the final moments of Tabula Rasa

February 28th, 2009, was a dark day for MMO players, as crowds flocked to Richard Garriott's Tabula Rasa in the hopes of...
Ladies, please.

Choose My Adventure: Get out of here, DC Universe Online

So this is an unusual situation for me: I've never actually played a game for Choose My Adventure that I've disliked this much. Those...

Shroud of the Avatar’s Portalarium transitions into publishing, may consider partnerships

Barreling toward this month's Release 44, Shroud of the Avatar is (ahem) fleshing out its Elven population with better models and even...

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