ATITD Catchall

So glad we've finally unlocked marriage - Spoucewarp is really the glue that holds this game together after the first act.

Speaking of which, I gotta find me a spouse. Hey Moon, wanna get hitched? More like a mutually beneficial Chuck and Larry sort of situation.

Lol...

This weekend's events include a contest where, to participate, you and your pals sit around smoking the Hookah, with bonus points for being the most sharing and social.

What other MMO has ever had a competitive event that consisted of just chilling with your fellow players?

Not nearly enough! I'll be back in town finally this weekend and looking forward to getting back to Egypt.

I imagine I'm about 1000 miles behind now, but that's par for the course.

Actually, things have settled to a reasonable pace, so you should be able to catch up pretty quickly.

All this weekend there are a bunch of Fishing tournaments being held, with prizes for top sized fish, most total fish, participation, and more.

Got this email a day or two ago:

GOODBYE TO TALE 8
So we are now coming to the end of Tale 8, finishing on August 30th 2019. What an 18 months it has been, how time flies in the Desert.

HELLO TO TALE 9
LAUNCHING 30TH AUGUST 2019

So, what will be new in Tale 9? Here's a brief run-down of the new and exciting changes:

- 15 Month Tale
- Brand New UI
- New test mechanics and new Skills
- New scenery and homesteads
And a complete new Skill experience (no more levels!)

If you pre-order for the whole Tale 9, you will get immediate access into the Tale 9 Alpha and can see most of the exciting changes!.
If you are not ready to join us in the Alpha, reserve your character name so its not taken on launch day!

I've been logging into the alpha a bit. There are a lot of QoL changes so far, and the focus on decreasing the click-fest and 'need' to macro is obvious.

I think we're still being asked to keep mum on most of the changes, but screen shots of some of the UI changes have been posted in the public discord (and there more UI improvements expected). The person who took over for Tale 8 had to scramble a bit, so while there were quite a few changes in T8, some of them clearly needed more cooking, and not all of the desired changes were able to make it in on the short time schedule. T9 development has had a lot more time, and it shows. It's already obvious to see beneficial changes to systems that were developed around a higher server population than has existed in some time. The beginning stage of the game is looking to be a lot more guided, with a lot of its sharp edges smoothed over or removed all together. Unless you really want to support the developer, I have trouble recommending doing the prepay now; with so much changing, it is hard to be sure most of the changes will actually work out for the better. And I haven't played in the alpha enough to see if there are any useful solutions for the common 'mid-game-doldrums'. But the changes do look pretty promising to me, and I think it would be worth checking out again when T9 goes live.

Any word on what the costs will be? I couldn’t find their fee schedule anywhere on the public webpage

I think the pricing and ability to subscribe might only show up once you are logged in, but since I already prepaid I can't see any of the pricing options. The whole-tale pre-pay is $159.95 (US). It looks like the monthly rate was $11.95 for T8; I've seen no mention of a change in pricing, and given that T9 is expected to last 15 months, that seems about right. There is a six month option as well.