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A Tale in the Desert is a highly unique game, both in and out of the MMORPG genre. In 2015, it was relaunched and is being updated regularly by the new Pluribus Games company. The primary focus of this MMO is on ancient Egyptian society, and dwells heavily on crafting, trading, and the day-to-day social challenges of the era. There is no combat here. Instead, players are called upon to engage in personal, group, building, research, and community 'tests', replacing traditional confrontational MMO gameplay with teamwork.


  • Tellings | Lasting an average of 18 months, a Telling is akin to a chapter of a story, or tale, to be more applicable. Normal gameplay takes place during a Telling, with global foregame, midgame, and endgame events and goals created by the players and the game's developers, eGenesis. ATITD is currently on its sixth Telling.
  • Economy | A variety of skills available for players to learn and market give the game a strong economy, dealing mainly with regional and global trade.
  • "Newbie Island" | A welcoming place for new players to start, where veteran players come to assist new players in learning the game's basics before joining in the current Telling.
  • In game Legal system | Players may create petitions to introduce a variety of laws that may directly affect the game world.
  • Tests | There are currently 56 Tests grouped under 7 Disciplines: Architecture, Art, Body, Harmony, Leadership, Thought, and Worship.
Developer: Pluribus Games
Publisher: Pluribus Games
Genre: Historical MMORPG
Status: Final
Release:  05/27/06
Has PVP: Yes
Distribution: Download
Retail Price: Free
Pay Type: Subscription
Desktop Client
System Req: PC Mac Linux 
A Tale in the Desert II (06.08.05)
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Thursday May 6,2010
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Monday Aug 9,2010
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Monday Jul 12,2010
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Thursday May 6,2010
Latest Features 
RipperX is at it again with his latest introductory video. This time, Ripper takes a look at the non-combat sandbox MMO, A Tale in the Desert. Watch Ripper's first steps in Ancient Egypt and listen to his thoughts about his...Read more...'s Adam Tingle writes this review of the game that has gone through many tellings, but still retains its true sandbox nature, A Tale in the Desert.Read more... staff writer Bill Murphy recently took a walk across the sands of Egypt with A Tale in the Desert Community Manager Staci Krause. While there, he took in some of the sights of one of the genre's only non-combat...Read more...
Guide: Body Discipline, Part II
Wednesday Sep 23,2009
Krueger takes us on a guide of how to master the body discipline in A Tale in the Desert III. This is the second part of a two part article.Read more...
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