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MMORPG | Setting:Historical | Status:Final  (rel 05/27/06)  | Pub:Pluribus Games
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A Tale in the Desert

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.
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
How many still play this game? Posted by Lorken on February 10, 2013 @ 7:56PM
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

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