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Teppy (105859) writes "Since founding eGenesis in 1998 I've been the lead designer of A Tale in the Desert. Though ATITD never attracted a huge playerbase, it still has fiercely loyal fans, and proved that MMORPGs could be about things other than combat. About 3 years ago I decided to create another MMORPG, again without combat, and this time focusing on real-money gambling. In Dragon's Tale you level your character by completing gambling quests; as your level increases, new areas of the game can be explored, and new types of wagers become possible.
As you gain levels you can mentor new players, capturing a percentage of their gambling. You can create gambling events for others to play, putting up prizes and even charging entrance fees. You can gamble your way to political office, becoming governor of an island, and exercising the powers that go with the office.
I've made every game in Dragon's Tale unique: There is not a single slot machine or blackjack table to be found. But you can tip cows for money, run monkeys through mazes, feed ducks, go fishing, drink, smoke, 60+ different games in all, and new ones are being added all the time. Sort of a Disneyland for gamblers.
Teppy (105859) writes "How's this for a disruptive technology? Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer network based digital currency with no central bank, and no transaction fees. Using a proof-of-work concept, nodes burn CPU cycles searching for bundles of coins, broadcasting their findings to the network. Analysis of energy usage indicates that the market value of Bitcoins is already above the value of the energy needed to generate them, indicating healthy demand. The community is hopeful the currency will remain outside the reach of any government." top
Teppy writes "After nearly 3 years, the latest installment of the combat-free, but "hardcore PvP" MMORPG A Tale in the Desert has launched. Among many changes, Tale 4 features a redesigned mining and metals system, improved graphics and user interface, an Achievements system, and seven new Tests designed by Tale 3's Oracles (top players). Native Linux, OSX, and Windows clients are available." Link to Original Source top
Teppy writes "Nothing tickles my schadenfreude bone more than when a pseudoscience master gets humiliated. When it happens on live TV with an audience in the hundreds of millions, well that just delights me to no end. This is the story of how Sanal Edamaruku challenged India's "most powerful black magician", on live TV, to kill him." Link to Original Source