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Desert Nomad Studios | Official Site
MMORPG | Setting:Historical | Status:Final  (rel 03/02/18)  | Pub:Desert Nomad Studios
PVP:Yes | Distribution:Download | Retail Price:Free | Pay Type:Subscription
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A Tale in the Desert

Collect resources such as wood and grass, turn them in at a school to learn the skills to craft increasingly advanced resources and machines. Though there is no combat in the game, you can compete against your fellow players to finish tests and hopefully be one of the blessed few to reach Oracle status in one(or more) of the 7 disciplines available.


  • Tests | Some tests require you to work together with friends, while other tests are completed on your own. Complete tests in one of the 7 disciplines of Architecture, Art, Body, Harmony, Leadership, Thought and Worship to get a new title and various rewards such as a boost to your stats.
  • Skills | Trade resources for skills at schools to be able to build new and better machines to make even more different resources. You can even crate your own fireworks!
  • Research | Donate resources to universities to unlock new skills and machines to build.
  • Laws | Create your own petition for a new law to be implemented into the game. Get as many signatures as you can, then turn it in at the University of Leadership and see your law on the voting booth where your friends can vote to make it happen!
  • Factions | New in Tale 8 is factions, where you gain rank when you help your faction by donating for research or giving tribute to regions to get their alliance. Beware though that if you do not help your faction, you might find that you get lowered in rank!
ATITD still alive ? Posted by Grunty on October 20, 2014 @ 8:38PM
NOT worth $14 Posted by Starshaker on May 14, 2014 @ 6:58AM
Kickstarter for this? Posted by VGTheory on September 9, 2013 @ 7:39AM
Is there beekeeping in game? Posted by revenoff on December 12, 2012 @ 6:19PM
$13.95?? O.o Posted by Realedazed on March 24, 2012 @ 6:53PM
Great idea but very bad grafics Posted by DLangley on March 5, 2012 @ 5:24PM
Anyone currently playing? Posted by potaco on March 4, 2012 @ 6:01PM
Current State of the Game? Posted by Tesinato on September 16, 2011 @ 1:19PM
Very Addiciting Game.. Posted by maultblaze on June 16, 2011 @ 2:29AM

New Developer Named, Free Open Beta Begins

New Developer Named, Free Open Beta Begins - A Tale in the Desert News

A new developer has been named for A Tale in the Desert. Pluribus Games has taken over the management of ATITD and a "new journey" will begin on September 11th, 2015. Tale VII is expected to last for approximately 18 months and will begin in ancient Egypt.

Posted Aug 30, 2015 by Catherine Daro

RipperX Plays in the Sandbox

RipperX Plays in the Sandbox - A Tale in the Desert News

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 initial experiences in A Tale in the Desert.

Posted Jul 05, 2011 by Suzie Ford

Version 5 Launches

Version 5 Launches - A Tale in the Desert News

A Tale in the Desert V has officially launched. ATitD IV is now closed and the era of Pharaoh Sami has begun. With Sami's election as pharaoh, new player-invented technologies will be the highlight. New technologies include Foraging, Aquaculture and Molecular Balance. Players will also have an ultra-sophisticated new fishing simulation.

Posted Aug 09, 2010 by Suzie Ford

New Version Coming August 7th

New Version Coming August 7th - A Tale in the Desert News

eGenesis has announced that A Tale in the Desert V will officially launch on August 7, 2010. The fifth version of the game will feature new systems as well as welcome back one golden oldie.

Posted Jul 16, 2010 by Suzie Ford

Coming to a Close

Coming to a Close - A Tale in the Desert News

Developer eGenesis has announced the imminent end to A Tale in the Desert IV with A Tale in the Desert V looming on the horizon. As the game as it is currently played comes to a close, players will have the ultimate choice to make: Who will become pharaoh for ATitD V?

Posted Jul 12, 2010 by Suzie Ford
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