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A Tale in the Desert

michael posted more than 11 years ago | from the not-everyone-gets-to-be-a-pharaoh dept.

Games 365

Sandy99 writes "A Tale in the Desert is a massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (mmorpg) that has been in development for 4 1/2 years and goes live tomorrow. There is no killing in this game. It is all about cooperation to unlock the knowledge of Egypt. A basic overview is at the official site. Discussion forums are at atitd.net. Maps of Egypt and construction knowledge are at atitdmaps.com. Everything has been produced by a handful of independent developers and a bunch of volunteers. This is also the first mmorpg to debut with both windows and linux clients."

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First moo! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5306237)

First poo!

no killing (2, Funny)

Mantorp (142371) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306238)

boring

Re:no killing (2, Funny)

Sevidrac (634513) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306253)

Well, maybe you can have curses on buildings and kill people indirectly.

Re:no killing (4, Insightful)

403Forbidden (610018) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306291)

Ever hear of a little non-killing game called The Sims and how it became a best-seller??

Killing is not the only basis there is for a video game, or more spacifically a MMORPG, but it is an over used one :\

Oh and I see they finally release a P2P game in a way that makes sense.... free.

Re:no killing (5, Funny)

SquadBoy (167263) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306319)

I did plenty of killing in The Sims and so did many others.

http://www.geocities.com/the_simms_ca/kill.html

Re:no killing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5306361)

the sims was idiotic.

"let's have a game where you pretend to be a human doing every day things, while you avoid doing every day things yourself while you sit at a computer pretending to be a human doing every day things".

Re:no killing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5306382)

Not to mention the total lack of interaction between players in the Sims Online. I've seen a better sense of community on a Quake 3 deathmatch.

Re:no killing (5, Funny)

chimpo13 (471212) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306373)


The Sims would be worth playing if you could kill.

I'd like to be a burglar or a killer. And I'd like it if I could release hords of locusts and rats carrying bubonic plague fleas.

If it's a game based on real life, where's the fun? A blurred out visit to a hot tub with a nekkid Sim? It's the violence in real life that makes it fun.

But it's not, so I have to release hords of locusts myself.

Just doing a quick scan of crime types on google, Sims should have: Abuse of the Disabled, Aircraft Hijacking, Animal Abuse, Arson, Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, Drunk Driving, Elder Abuse, Fraud, Genocide, Graffiti, Hate Crimes, Hazing, Homicide, Illegal Dumping, Kidnapping, Modern Slavery, Money Laundering, Police Brutality, Red Light Running, Sex Crimes, Speeding, Squatting, Stalking, Terrorism, Theft, Torture, and War Crimes.

Re:no killing (1)

Mullen (14656) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306405)

Ever hear of a little non-killing game called The Sims and how it became a best-seller??

I agree, however, I have no clue how The Sims became such a hit. It is about the most boring game in the world. I see people playing it for hours and just smile as they play. I just don't understand how.

I was in the The Sim Online beta, again samething. I have no clue how that game can survive let along actually get people to stay with it. I would rather watch paint dry than play The Sims. I guess it's just me.

Re:no killing (1)

Taldo (583925) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306432)

It isn't 'such a hit.'

This has to be one of the most commonly misused and manipulated figures in the game industry. The Sims has made a huge amount of money.... selling the same game repeatedly to the same people.

It isn't a 'huge game.' You just can't do anything without any of the dozen or so expansion packs.... so the small number of people who actually DO like it, (who can understand why?) have pumped a huge amount of money into it.

It's the most amazingly dull, pointless, stupid and lame game in history. Even using a cheat doesn't make the offline version interesting.

Re:no killing (2, Interesting)

Lonath (249354) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306443)

I agree, however, I have no clue how The Sims became such a hit. It

It's a hit because girls like to play with dollhouses. Boys need their dolls to have guns and they need to blow things up when they play pretend. Girls are happy playing "rl" with their dolls.

Re:no killing (2, Funny)

dmanny (573844) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306314)

Of course there was no killing in Ancient Egypt either.....

That black chick is HOT!!!!!!!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5306315)

Finally, some sweet Ebony poontang in a game. Time for some Jungle Fever.

They DO have killing (1)

scotay (195240) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306370)

You can kill brain cells! [atitd.com]

HMMMMM (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5306239)

2nd Post.

Fright!

third is the turd! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5306256)

thu thu thu third, third, third is the turd!

Blood Thirsty (5, Interesting)

MankyD (567984) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306240)

It'll be interesting to see if the game can attract the blood thirsty gamers aroud today. It seems that death and chaos are often one of the more amusing parts of games, as sick as it may be to say. GTA seems to demonstrate this quite clearly.

Re:Blood Thirsty (4, Funny)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306301)

It'll be interesting to see if the game can attract the blood thirsty gamers aroud today.

It's all fun and games until some lamer kicks sand in the face of your mummy.

This brings to mind countless Far Side cartoons...

Re:Blood Thirsty (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5306304)

Hate to burst your bubble, but there's nothing sick about death and chaos. They are natural parts of life, and games wouldn't exist without them. Sports wouldn't exist without or natural desire to compete and conquer. If you have a problem with humanity, the netherworld is just a handful of pills away.

It's interesting that liberals seem to believe we can live in a world without conflict. What a naive, boneheaded concept.

Re:Blood Thirsty (1)

JLyle (267134) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306335)

Hate to burst your bubble, but there's nothing sick about death and chaos. They are natural parts of life...
Yeah, just ask Dolly [slashdot.org] .

Re:Blood Thirsty (1)

MankyD (567984) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306339)

I suppose I didn't really say that they weren't a natural part of life, (although last time a checked, most people weren't running around in the streets with flame throwers).

Rather, I stated that death and chaos were often the amusing parts of games. Just to clarify ;-)

Re:Blood Thirsty (5, Insightful)

CVaneg (521492) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306408)

Well, I don't know that you're entirely correct. After all the two best selling PC games of all time are The Sims and Myst. Both of which are relatively death and chaos-free. (Sadistic Sims players being the exception.) Of course, your central point probably still stands true with people who consider themselves gamers.

FRITZ POST! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5306241)

zet is not funny!

fp!!!! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5306242)

fp!!

junk

blah blah

fp (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5306243)

not

I'd love to give it a shot (5, Funny)

Mr. Grimm (599800) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306244)

If I wasn't already backed up until sometime after the third apocolypse with my game playing. The only answer is for me to quit my job.

Re:I'd love to give it a shot (5, Funny)

KDan (90353) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306271)

Please do so - but tell me where you work first so I can take over!

kthxby :-)

Daniel

Nugget? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5306249)

Isthere a nugget in the butt? Or a butt in the nugget? Buddha says both.

A game where you can't kill?? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5306254)

Bush won't like this at all...

Linux Client Anti-IE (2, Offtopic)

Flamesplash (469287) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306259)

I clicked on the linux client link of the main site and after displaying one page of script IE just hosed itself. I guess IE tried to interpret the .run file as something and failed. I hope it didn't nuke anyting on my machine....

Re:Linux Client Anti-IE (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5306292)

This sounds like an httpd.conf configuration problem... instead of executing the script, the server is serving up the script's source code... with a lot of gibberish appended which must be the actual guts of the .exe the link it is supposed to be linking to.

IE locked up on me too, after a few seconds, which is a shame since I wanted to get a look at the script in some detail. I am in the process of downloading it (Save Target As...) right now so hopefully that will allow me to check it out... Assuming I can find an editor that will open 69.6 megs without crashing.

Re:Linux Client Anti-IE (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5306334)

MODERATORS!

How is this off topic? He is trying to download the .EXE and the link is broken!

Ummmmmmm? (1)

kfg (145172) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306414)

1.Brain Dead
2."My finger slipped. Yeah, that's the ticket!"
3.?????
4.Profit!

KFG

Re:Linux Client Anti-IE (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5306383)

#!/bin/sh
# This script was generated using Makeself 2.0.1
CRCsum=1990513133
MD5=7839267e76d16f6828ef 89045786fb84
TMPROOT=${TMPDIR:=/tmp}

label="Li nux eClient Full install" XXXXXXXXXX
script="echo" XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
scriptargs="To patch to current and start client: cd eClient; ./elaunch" XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
targetdir="eClient"
keep=y&nbs p; XXXXXXXXXXXX

print_cmd_arg="" XXXXXXXXXXXXXX
if type printf > /dev/null; then XXXXXXXXXXXX
print_cmd="printf" XXXXXXXXXXXXXX
elSif test -x /usr/ucb/echo; then XXXXXXXX print_cmd="/usr/ucb/echo"
else
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX print_cmd="echo"

Re:Linux Client Anti-IE (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5306433)


Yes... that is what I saw when I went to download the Linux client.

You probably tried to post the whole script but Slashdot would not let you... even though it is supposed to be an open source-based site! How ironic is that?

Such graphics... (3, Insightful)

Xerithane (13482) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306262)

I'm thinking The Sims Online has beat them to the non-killing MMORPG market. This game looks utterly bizarre, and since when did Ancient Egyptions have genetically modified crops complete with mutagen agents?

I'm thinking I must have missed a few Discovery channel episodes. It probably would have been easier for them to reskin The Sims Online and release that..

I'm not seeing the importance or significance here, they are basing their engine off Cal3d and are releasing the source for their engine, which roughly looks like shit. Parsec just released their source, which is incredibly cool, and their engine looks good.

For $13.95 a month, I think I'd be pretty pissed off if this is what I got.

Re:Such graphics... (3, Insightful)

alriddoch (197022) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306320)

cal3d is a character animation library, and as far as I am aware eGenesis are just releasing their modified version of cal3d.

If the graphics are all you are looking at, then you are missing the point. This game is not about the graphics. As I said in my main post, its about political interplay between the players.

Re:Such graphics... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5306404)

Check your facts before hitting Submit, moron. eGenesis' release was written from scratch.

"its about political interplay " (3, Funny)

kfg (145172) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306425)

You mean that crap I get from my family and coworkers, unwanted, for free?

KFG

Re:Such graphics... (1)

Xerithane (13482) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306444)

If the graphics are all you are looking at, then you are missing the point. This game is not about the graphics. As I said in my main post, its about political interplay between the players.

Oh, you mean like the Sims Online. I'm sorry, but if they want to appeal to an audience, they need to ensure their graphics don't look like ass. People don't want to play a game that looks like it's 10 years old unless they're collectors and it reminds them of the young days of video games. Like playing Super Mario Brothers on the original NES.

I wouldn't bash it if it were free to play, but they're charging $13.95 for a Sims Online with a tech tree and horrible graphics. My review without playing it is, save the $13.95 a month. I also would never play it, I read up on it and thoughts, "Wow, this looks really gay." I think the same thing about Everquest and TSO. I played EQ, and kept the same philosophy so I don't think it would change by playing it.

MMORPGs cater towards the portion of people who get off on talking to imaginary people. If you want to pay $13.95 to grow some imaginary grapes, and masturbate to a 40 year old man named "Cleopatra" than go right ahead, I'm not one to stop you. I'm just saying that the political interplay is over-rated, and I don't think this game did a good job with it, as opposed to the other alternatives (TSO, EQ, and all the other MMORPGs)

Well.. (2, Funny)

Der Krazy Kraut (650544) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306266)

.. I hope it at least includes sex, drugs and rock & roll.

Re:Well.. (1)

KDan (90353) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306308)

No! No sex, drugs and rock'n'roll! However, we invite you to take part in our highly interesting tests!!!

For instance:

The test of Trust. To complete this challenge, a player must place a significant amount of gold in a ritual vault, and give keys to ten high-level individuals. If, after 24 hours, none of the ten powerful individuals has stolen the gold, then the player really does know who to trust. He passes the test, and gains a level in leadership.

Fascinating, is it not? What about this one!

The test of the Bedouin. You must travel the land in search of the most remote, the most strange and unheard-of locales. In these places you will find altars, and you must anoint these altars with exotic spices and essences. These gods know who has found the most mysterious of places. The persistence, fortitude and endurance of these players is rewarded with a level in the discipline of the human body.

I say, you will have NO END OF FUN with this game! Buy it now! Run to the store!! You know you want to!!!

Daniel

Re:Well.. (4, Insightful)

koh (124962) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306413)

The test of Trust. To complete this challenge, a player must place a significant amount of gold in a ritual vault, and give keys to ten high-level individuals. If, after 24 hours, none of the ten powerful individuals has stolen the gold, then the player really does know who to trust. He passes the test, and gains a level in leadership.

Then a high-level clan with 11 cooperating members can have everyone pass the test quite easily, if I'm not mistaken.

The lack of violence will have everyone aim for the next most regarded status : godlike stats or inane "test" scores.

Look at the way people like to impress each other with cellphones in countries where you can't carry weapons ;)

Re:Well.. (1)

KDan (90353) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306437)

The only problem is... will they find 11 people to play this game? If they don't it might be quite hard to pass the test of trust! :-P

Seriously, though, will anyone bother making clans there? What for? Not for protection against other clans... so for what? For votes in the tests? Oh great, are we going to transport the worst bits of politics (without the only good bits, ie actually doing positive stuff for society) and go and pay to play that???

I mean, hell...

Daniel

Looks good (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5306268)

Looks great... im tired of sprite games

Another MMORPG is being made (2, Informative)

shadwwulf (145057) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306269)

Vir's Odyssey [iceflow.net] is being made. It will have a Linux client before it has a windows client.

Re:Another MMORPG is being made (3, Funny)

TheNumberSix (580081) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306407)

Vir's Odyssey?

Is the point of the game to put people's heads on pikes and wave at them?

Re:Another MMORPG is being made (2, Informative)

t0ny (590331) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306417)

Both will go out of business quickly

wiff (0, Offtopic)

joediga (643912) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306270)

If my wife finds out about this, I'll never get to use my computer. She freaks over this kind of game... I guess I'll have to think up some other hobby. Is sword-swallowing hard?

Re:wiff (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5306345)

I would suggest starting with something simpler like cock.
And you're welcome.

Re:wiff (1)

snoozerdss (303165) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306367)

Is sword-swallowing hard?
I'm sure it would be but...........If you could get your wife into THAT.. well, think of the possibilities!!!

Tail in the Dessert? (4, Funny)

Linux_ho (205887) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306272)

God-damned dog. Tail's just at the same height as the coffee table my ice cream's sitting on. I think he does it on purpose.

Re:Tail in the Dessert? (1)

DJ FirBee (611681) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306411)

My dog would slurp up that ice cream.

But then again, he's a "bad dog".

YMMV.

I heard about this awhile ago... (3, Insightful)

Steveftoth (78419) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306273)

and I think that the only problem with it is that it will be limiting. The thing about MMORPGs that are sucessful, they appeal to most gamers. Most people who play games can understand that you have to go an kill 50,000 wombats to get a level and collect the shinys. It's as old as video games. The hard core few who spend all their waking days and nights to play those games can because that's the way they are designed. This game doesn't seem to have a limitless supply of things to do as eventuatly you will run out of fun stuff to do.

Also, MMORPGs give you the feeling of accomplishment even if you are not really doing anything. Even if all you do is kill one or two wombats, you earn a FEW XP and it looks like you are advancing. I don't know exactly how htis game is setup, but if I think that if the players don't feel as though they are always moving forward (like in EQ) then many will not play.

Also I heard that some of the goals are strange, like you have to get like a hundred (or however many) people to an area and they all have to pray for a certain amount of time or something. And that's a goal. Strange stuff like that. So it could be interisting, I just don't think that it will be as big as many of the other games.

Re:I heard about this awhile ago... (1)

$$$$$exyGal (638164) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306346)

I wonder if the time has come for games that have a purposely short lifetime? This seems to be common on television... so why not MMORPGs? Of course, you'd have to time it right, and advertise it to the right people (maybe offer huge prizes), but I think it could work. Just invest $1,000,000 and get $5,000,000 back, and then shut it down ;-). Then who cares if there is nothing else to do with the game?

--naked [slashdot.org]

Re:I heard about this awhile ago... (1)

Steveftoth (78419) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306380)

Why shut it down when income is greater then expenses. All the cost of making a game like this is upfront, the maintance is minimal compared to the upfrint costs.

Re:I heard about this awhile ago... (1)

swv3752 (187722) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306439)

There is a specific plot line that will be advancing regardless what your character does. This sounds like a cross between a classic Diplomacy game and a table top RPG.

Hey (3, Insightful)

Azureflare (645778) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306275)

Wouldn't it be cool if the players failed miserably, and it all turned into a desert? oh...wait a minute....

*ahem* Maybe this will be a haven from all the rabid player killas we have all grown to hate in online games. It's nice to see someone trying to create something constructive, instead of completely destructive. The destructive games make me think our culture is perpetually stuck in adolescent mode...heh, well, I guess it's that in combination with everything else ^^

Any time now (3, Funny)

fobbman (131816) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306277)

I can't wait the first Katz story about the rash of young males who, after playing this game, are now running around in the desert digging for stuff. Oh. The humanity.

Re:Any time now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5306348)

Please don't encourage him to start writing again. It took long enough for his spam about his dog book to fall into obscurity.

Now that you mention it... (1)

fahrvergnugen (228539) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306441)

Now that you mention it, where the hell IS Katz?

We haven't seen a story posted by him since July [slashdot.org] .

Did the Katz detractors / trolls actually win?

No violence, eh? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5306278)

Should be a hit in france then!

What really matters is quality of play and cost (3, Insightful)

slashbrent (102855) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306279)

Killing, no killing.. whatever. EverQuest is as successful as it is because of the interaction of the players and other design factors - not because many of use like killing creatures.

If these people managed to incorporate good, involved game play - then i'll put down GTA3:VC and try it out.

Also, if it costs and arm-and-a-leg, then see ya (a la XBox live- only $10 month.. Ha!).

There is no killing in this game. (5, Informative)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306281)

It is all about cooperation to unlock the knowledge of Egypt.

Shows the developers know nothing about what motivated explorers. Early egyptology was a cutthroat business, funded by people with huge egos (not to unlike how much of North America was explored by botonists seeking to bring back exciting new specimens for their patrons in the old world.)

A well. Should be fun, after all, you can have lots of fun with Settlers of Catan and it doesn't involve (much) killing.

Re:There is no killing in this game. (1)

Dethpickle (593107) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306424)

It is all about cooperation to unlock the knowledge of Egypt.

Great. Maybe we can all hold hands and sing Kumbaya...

In other news: There is a new online game out, available to only a select few, where you get to play a cunningly lethal and undying mummy terrorizing some very confused looking Egyptologists...

I'm unconvinced. (1)

teamhasnoi (554944) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306285)

Can I be a pimp in the game?

Re:I'm unconvinced. (1)

rampant mac (561036) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306368)

Yeah, that would be fun... Snoop Dogg circa 1200AD

/shout "Level 32 Pharaoh pimpizzle shizzle lookin' for diznizzle!"

4 1/2 years??? (4, Funny)

silvaran (214334) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306286)

A Tale in the Desert, formerly known as Sovereign [slashdot.org] .

A trully fascinating game (5, Informative)

alriddoch (197022) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306288)

I have played a number of MMORPGs, work on the WorldForge project, and have been playing Tale on an off for well over a year now, and I have found it an absolutely facinating game. Above all else this game is about politics. The tasks that need to be done in order to make progress in the lang of egypt quickly get beyond the abilities of single players, and guilds become essential to achieve anything, and this is where the fun starts. True leadership is required to get a guild functioning effectively, and a guild can be made or broken by the effectiveness of its key members. The democtratic system in the game, which mean that the players can vote to implement almost any rule also leads to some interesting outcomes.

The various betas ran under wine long before the Linux game came out, so many friends who only play games under Linux have also been joining in. The arrival of the Linux client is most welcome though. I will almost certainly maintain a subscription to this game, and play it when I can, although free time is so hard to come by.

Re:A trully fascinating game (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5306416)

So because of your obvious love affair with this game, we can safely assume that you won't be getting any from a real girl tonight then?

Wait.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5306296)


I saw this and thought it might actualy be a realistic game about egypt, but then saw the screenshot of the cactus gathering, with cacti not native to anywhere remotely near egypt. Whatever.

This is going to market.. how? Even as much as I am into egyptian history and mmorpgs, i'm feeling somewhat unimpressed after skimming this over. The models of the women seem rather stacked and it looks like someone went and had a bit much fun in Poser4... Maybe its a selling point. I just don't seem to get the point of this, if you do a game thats not big made up fantasy and has lots of magic and fighting, then you have to have something more captivating than this, i think... but like the game civilization.. only time will tell..

What's the point? (1)

Mullen (14656) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306297)

There is no killing in this game

Not to sound like the blood thirsty American that I am, but what the hell is the point? If I can't bash in the head of another person, virtually of course, then I don't want to play this MMORPG.
I want blood, gore, violence, sex, weapons, and some interaction with other people of like mind. If I want to live a violent free life, I would interact with real people in the real world.
Yes, the real world is not that violent.

Re:What's the point? (3, Funny)

rampant mac (561036) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306393)

"If I want to live a violent free life, I would interact with real people in the real world."

Welcome to Earth, you must be new here.

Re:What's the point? (1)

StarTux (230379) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306396)

"Not to sound like the blood thirsty American that I am, but what the hell is the point?"

Thats exactly what you sound like...

Yes I like kill'em take over there lands type of games too, but I like this type too..

StarTux

Hardly even worth /.ing... I mean NO killing!!!!! (0, Troll)

FragHARD (640825) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306298)

Games like this need to be played on a card table not a comp.

Cooking? (4, Funny)

chrisseaton (573490) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306299)

"Cooking
The long awaited cooking comes to ATITD. Food created can increase, or decrease stats."

People have been waiting for a cooking module? Cooking? COOKING?

Re:Cooking? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5306317)

Its the Bork Bork Bork Opera cooking module, go swedish chef style and cook up some might grub to defeat the roman empire! Hooray for adventure and excitement!

Review (2, Funny)

LongJohnStewartMill (645597) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306310)

Well, if anything, you know it's going to be better than "A Tail in the Dessert". That game just grossed me out.

Windows and Linux clients... but where are (1)

blaqsun (643717) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306322)

the FreeBSD and Mac OS clients?

They're trying to steal my essense. (4, Funny)

t0qer (230538) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306326)

From the game:Human Body: The test of the Bedouin. You must travel the land in search of the most remote, the most strange and unheard-of locales. In these places you will find altars, and you must anoint these altars with exotic spices and essences.

So just like all the other MMORPG's out there, I must sit in front of my computer for hours while my character walks and walks and walks and walks.

Actually though, the game does seem kinda cool. There's some sort of fireworks system where you can create your own particle effects. You have to make wine to increase your "Perception"

Instead of PVP, you manage your resources until you can build landmarks (Pyramids of Giza anyone?)

Sort of like Freeciv with a FPS view and massively multiplayer.

I see this game stealing many hours of my essense :D

Funny idea (4, Interesting)

koh (124962) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306330)

There is no killing in this game.

Interesting. Even more if they succeed. I like video games myself, and it's just insane how many times you utter the word "kill" while talking about games lately.

Someone in another post spoke about the "Sims" game being without kills. I have to disagree, since (I'm not making this up) I know at least one person who made her sims starve to death to have some fun and get some ghosts around in the house.

However, killing is so hyped nowadays that I doubt a game about Egypt and Knowledge will attract many players... Mostly older and world-aware players I guess. Can they make a buck with, say, the US market ?

Wait and see.

Graphics? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5306343)

I know graphics don't make the game but... they can certianly help. This game looks like it was released 10 years ago.

Slashdot weenies (0, Flamebait)

aufecht (163961) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306356)

We NEED more games to be developed for Linux. Aren't you tired of rebooting to play a fucking game?? I am. Someone releases a Linux clent of their game along with Winodws and all I hear is a bunch of bitching and whining, no blood, no fun..morons. Write your own fucking Linux game if you want blood and gore. To the people who released this game, thank you for having the courage to release a Linux client along with a Windows client. As you can see, the behavior of some these children is why many companies don't take Linux seriously. We are not all teenage brats.

A Breath of Fresh Air (5, Interesting)

phantumstranger (310589) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306358)

"There is no killing in this game."


I'm an adult. I'm a gamer. I'm a person that has, not-so-recently, come to the point that the violence in video games has become so terribly overdone that I'm bored with it. This isn't just to say, "Oh, it's everywhere and it's getting played out." I'm distressed that violence has become boring to me. Noticing this brought to my attention that I have become so numb to it that I view all these games as just the same storyline and different characters. I know it isn't that way but the adage regarding some of the more graphic anime there's-only-so-many-ways-a-demon-can-rape-a-lady is spreading to the [M]ature game market.


For me to find a non-violent game I had to play either [E]veryone or [T]een games (and some of the latter titles are questionable). I'm not trying to imply that the worlds problems fall on the doorstep of companies that make violent games. I just think that there should be more games targeted towards adults that have a mature theme and storyline that doesn't involve overt violence and / or sexuality.


I want to make this perfectly clear; I'm not trying to rid the gaming market of violence and sex. But as we all know, there is a time and a place for everything. An I'm glad that some people have decided to buck the tide and try out something "new."

Why no P2P MMPORG? OT as usual. (1)

teamhasnoi (554944) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306369)

I am intregued by some of these games that have come out; call me a cheap bastard, but I don't want a monthly bill for something that I would play 10 hours a month if that.

Wasn't there a p2p MMPORG that apppeared on /. last year some time? IIRC, it was not looking good.

p2p could mean a free MMPORG; perhaps you pay for updates with new features, items goals and such. All players would have to have the same version to play.

I thought that Thief would make a pretty sweet MMPORG - Sneaking into someones house and stealing their gold pieces/objects duh art. Fencing them to the highest bidder. Slitting the throats of uppity noblemen. Plenty of room for all manner of characters. Guards, thieves, nobles,

hehehe - just like what already goes on in many MMPORGs but purposely part of the game.

My email address (1)

Sandy99 (650563) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306385)

After I posted this article I realized I hadn't filled in the email field. If you want to reach me I'm sandy@sandydesert.com . I'm not connected with egenesis - the Tale in the Desert people except I love this game.

Interesting. Some thoughts on this game. (3, Informative)

Dolemite_the_Wiz (618862) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306386)

This is a quote from the FAQ of the game site about what the game is like.

The game is a blend between city-building games and games of guile like Diplomacy and Illuminati. There's no combat - you must win by smart management and sharp-witted negotiation, not by weapons. The game has a plot that unfolds in response to player actions, and when the story is over, the game ends.

Illuminati eh?

I've got to give this game a look solely based on the creators being influnced by this game. I didn't think that anyone played this awesome game. Here's the link to the main Illuminati site [sjgames.com] . Illuminati is, wihtout a doubt, one of the best and most original games ever made.

IMO, ATITD's biggest problem will come from groups like this [bbc.co.uk] who band together to solve or easily master games such as this.

Dolemite

These games suck your life away. (1)

DJ FirBee (611681) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306390)

I used to be hooked to Unreal Tournament and Tactical OPs and CounterStrike and Command and Conquer and Myth.

I stopped all of that. Phew.

Life seems a little empty now, but I am sure that it will pick up.

Right ??!!!!

Right ??!!!

Anyways you guys are all suckers to play those and you are wasting your life and what not.

BAD GEEKS BAD!

Unlock the secrets of Egypt? (1)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306391)


Ok... so what's behind the little door in the pyramid?

Re:Unlock the secrets of Egypt? (3, Funny)

Senjutsu (614542) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306455)

Ok... so what's behind the little door in the pyramid?

Another even smaller door. This would go towards my theory that the Ancient Egyptians were actually a race of tiny jack-asses, who built the Pyramids as a giant practical joke on future generations.

I was already to try this... (1)

rollthelosindice (635783) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306394)

But 13.95 is just too steap to try and see if its a good game. Considering how many other time drains (read: video games) I'm currently playing, while also trying to work a job.

As heard on aTintD (5, Funny)

stefanlasiewski (63134) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306401)

m3g@k!LL: You cheater
BrainPower: What? How did I cheat?
m3g@k!LL: Howd you kill me so fast!!?!
BrainPower: Er, I didn't kill you. I was just trying to give you gold...
m3g@k!LL: awps r 4 l00z3rs dipw33d...
BrainPower: awps? I don't get it. Are you calling me names?
m3g@k!LL: no i mean awp snipers lamea$$
BrainPower: Sniper? This isn't counterstrike bozo...
m3g@k!LL: You have an aimbot
BrainPower: Er, there are no aimbots
m3g@k!LL: KILLING SPREE! I' fukin roxx!
BrainPower: ???
m3g@k!LL: This game suxxs, I cant kill. I'm goingto play unreal 3000...
BrainPower: ...

hmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5306402)

much as i'd like to believe this could succeed,
unless they imbued it with a massive amount of
depth, it won't fly .. and i doubt a "handful of
independent developers and volunteers" had the
resources to do it in such a way as to ensure any
real success :/ .. a pity, but ...

Finally! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5306403)

This is a game that I've been awaiting for years. It may sound similar in concept to the Sims or Everquest or Ultima Online, but this is something different. Rather than just being a community of online avatars, this is an evolving environment that empowers the participants to change the rules by popular referendum, and to construct a civilization from first principles.

Et tu, OSX? (1)

Angelwrath (125723) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306429)

When/where is the OSX client? Borshki bork bork!

Looks good. NOT (1)

t0ny (590331) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306431)

Gets a definite lock on "Most Boring Game of 2003". Wow, its only February and we have a winner!

Another good game... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5306449)

I found another good game. Set in a more contemporary world, however, than ancient Egypt - but not as "the real world" as ths Sims. Much like this one [tale], you have to develop skills, amass wealth, interact, develop communication and leadership abilities. However there can be killing or death - albeit it is engineered so it is not abundant, nor simple. It is probably the most Massively Multiplayer of them all. Some of the features include a wide range of challenges - learning to drive one of numerous vehicles. Multiple actual language systems. Practicing a skill and honing it into a trade: like glassblowing, painting, printing, small engine repair, carpentry - and many more. You get extra experience points for travelling far and wide (which I will admit, some of the journeys can be tedious) and you can even become an ambassador for your homeland. That's right - a political system! People in this game can rise in power. As your wealth and power increase, you can influence things in the game more and more - and the laws and rules of the game are constantly in flux, completely player controlled. I almost can't go into all the immense detail that has gone into this game, which has been developed for years on end to bring us to the most massively multi-player, most rich and deep experience possible. Get more info - it's called... Life.

Support Linux Development (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5306450)

C'mon, guys, if you want developers to target Linux for new releases (as opposed to just long-delayed ports of Windows games, etc) you should definitely give these independents your support.

Set in primitive egypt.. (1)

dphoenix (623525) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306452)

Oh, great, what's next for Slashdot once a bunch of us start playing this? "In primitive egypt, pyramids build YOU!"

From the FAQ... (2, Interesting)

Wampus Aurelius (627669) | more than 11 years ago | (#5306456)

The game has a plot that unfolds in response to player actions, and when the story is over, the game ends.

And then what? Everyone's account gets deleted? They close up all the servers and start developing a new game?

The players have total control over the laws of Egypt. You can create any laws that are needed to maintain order. This is necessary, because it is easy for players to interfere with each other in their quest for financial gain.

So the first person in makes it illegal for anyone besides him to make any laws. Oops.

I remain unconvinced.
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