A Tale in the Desert was sold off to one of the original players. He also wrote the Linux and Mac client ports, and at one point in time was working on his own MMO using the ATITD server and client code as a basis. Tale 6 was 'beaten', (ie, all of the monuments were built) though it took 4.5 years to happen. (The original intent was for a Telling to last 6 months to a year).
Anyway, a new telling is on the way, with preorders making into the world today at noon, with the general launch occurring tomorrow.