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Background

Have you ever wondered how it would be to live in Ancient Egypt? To be part of the civilization that built so many wonders? Well, now you can! In "A Tale in the Desert", you can relive those times and unravel their secrets. Build your own pyramid, help rule the country by passing laws and advising the Pharaoh, see how far you can make the civilization advance, or just explore the land and make new friends.


Gameplay

A Tale in the Desert (ATITD) is a groundbreaking MMORPG with rich variety in gameplay, that lets you build kingdoms from the ground up, actively interact with your fellow-people, and live in a diverse society where you can do almost anything; be a merchant, a courier, a builder, an artist, a cook, an explorer, a strategist, a king... or all of these--and more!. In fact if you find your very own part that hasn't been provided for, pass a law to do it! Whatever you decide, Egypt awaits you in "A Tale in the Desert".

Features

Construction
  • Objective: To build a base of operations.
  • Similarities to: Tropico, Rollercoaster Tycoon, Zeus, Capitalism
  • Explanation: Your base consists of machines that produce goods, ranging from simple objects like bricks and boards to highly customized goods like gearboxes, mixed paints, and cut gems.
  • The Challenge: Your base must be designed to operate efficiently and must take into account the values of the goods, supply, and demand.
  • Puzzles: As you unlock new technologies, you will need to figure out how they work and how you can use them to increase your efficiency.
    Trading
  • Objective: To make a profit trading goods and services with other players.
  • Similarities to: Master of Orion 2, Port Royale
  • Challenge 1: A Tale in the Desert contains too many goods for you to produce everything you need. You must trade to obtain the necessities.
  • Challenge 2: Learning skills is extremely expensive. To recoup the cost, you must figure out how to hire out your skills to other players.
  • Puzzles: You must figure out what your goods are worth, and what your time is worth. You must decide whether to give things away freely, and hope for generosity in return, or whether to trade on a more controlled, negotiated basis.
    Trading
  • Objective: To increase your powers by performing ritual tests of character.
  • Similarities to: The multiplayer games you see on Reality TV shows.
  • The Challenge: There are dozens of different tests, each one a unique ritual that increases your powers. They run the gamut from building a pyramid, to breeding and exhibiting a scarab beetle, to winning a dueling tournament, to searching for hidden altars, to winning an election. They only have one thing in common: they all require you to strategize against other players.
    The Tests
  • Objective: To increase your powers by performing ritual tests of character.
  • Similarities to: The multiplayer games you see on Reality TV shows.
  • The Challenge: There are dozens of different tests, each one a unique ritual that increases your powers. They run the gamut from building a pyramid, to breeding and exhibiting a scarab beetle, to winning a dueling tournament, to searching for hidden altars, to winning an election. They only have one thing in common: they all require you to strategize against other players.
    Lawmaking
  • Objective: To lift Egypt out of anarchy into true civilization.
  • The Challenge: A civilization must have rules: rules about who gets to own which piece of land, rules about what kind of pollution is permitted, rules about inappropriate behavior, rules about who gets to benefit from your research labors, rules about who owns which vein of ore. Egyptians must choose these rules for themselves.
  • The Puzzle: Can you do better than the real governments of today? Can you create a truly fair and just society?

    Hardware Requirements

    <li type="square">Windows 98/ME/2000/XP
    <li type="square">Pentium II 500
    <li type="square">256 MB RAM
    <li type="square">16MB 3D hardware accelerator

    Editor's Note:

    Link that verifies that the develper/publisher exists. http://www.gamespy.com/company/483/483510.html Ignore the previous one it was not working.

    Added on: July 02, 2005

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