For those of you who like to give each new MMOG a try, February 15 saw the launch of A Tale in the Desert. This unique game drops you into ancient Egypt where you must work towards achieving perfection in the seven disciplines of man. If you think one of these disciplines surely must be whacking overgrown ants or rats, you might want to check out the FAQ. The game seems focused around exploration, creativity, and interaction with others.Take a look inside for a taste of the FAQ and some more details.
According to the game manual, you can build camps with several different buildings. There are guilds and laws and politics in place. You can choose to live near a large population or a small group. However, the FAQ seems to indicate that this might not be the game for you if you prefer to "solo".
Q. Explain the Seven Disciplines and the Tests.
A. The ancient Egyptians wrote about Seven Disciplines of Man: Leadership, Thought, The Human Body, Architecture, Worship, Conflict, and Art. They believed that if a man could achieve perfection in all seven, he'd live forever.
A Tale in the Desert centers around the tests, which measure your skill in the seven disciplines. They don't measure your character's abilities --- they measure your abilities. That's a big difference. For example, to advance in leadership, you'll actually need to be able to convince people to do things. To advance in conflict, you'll need real tactical and strategic ability. To advance in art, you'll need artistic talent.
All of the tests share one thing in common: your goal is to affect your fellow players. In conflict, you must defeat them. In architecture, you must outbuild them. In worship, you must coordinate them. No matter the discipline, passing a test revolves around other players.
Priced at $13.95 / month, it will be interesting to see how it holds up. The information on the website demonstrates this is clearly not more of the same as far as MMORPGs are concerned. Do any of you plan on trying this out? I may download the client if it really comes with a trial as GameSpyDaily seems to indicate in their story. Anyone wanna meet me in Egypt?