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A Tale in the Desert is an massively multiplayer online roleplaying game with an ancient Egyptian setting. It has two main differences to other games in this genre: Firstly it abandoned fighting completely. The main focus of the game lies in the community and the mutual forming of a society. Secondly it has a limited run time, every few years a new "tale" starts which resets the game and brings new features.

Since grinding monsters is out of the question, the main occupation is crafting and the completion of several tests which are divided into seven categories: Architecture, Art, Body, Conflict (later replaced with Harmony), Leadership, Thought and Worship. The tests itself are varied, e.g. logic puzzles for Thought, finding a certain number of mushrooms for Body or building houses for Architecture. Every category starts with an easy quest as tutorial and ends with special challenges where many players have to work together.

Another important part of the game is research and development which are conducted in schools and universities. Like the tests these improvements are divided into the seven categories, e.g. Chemistry in Thought or mining in Architecture. Like in reality before an invention is made "public" the development costs time and resources in it. Later everyone can learn the techniques in schools. Other things have to be developed/learned by the players themselves, e.g. the optimal production of certain goods.

Another special feature of the game is the legal system which is basically done by the players themselves. The process is basically that one player starts a petition and gathers signatures. If he got enough there is a voting. When the proposal passes this step the game gets reprogrammed to enforce the law.


A Tale in the Desert Windows This is the game's equivalent of a quest log.
A Tale in the Desert Windows A look at one of the game's locations.
A Tale in the Desert Windows We started the game.
A Tale in the Desert Windows Main menu

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Alternate Titles

  • "Kemet: A Tale in the Desert" -- German title

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Bytten Windows Sep 10, 2010 95 out of 100 95
Just Adventure Windows Nov 10, 2003 A- 91
IGN Windows Mar 11, 2003 8.9 out of 10 89
GamersHell.com Windows 2003 8.1 out of 10 81
Boomtown Windows Apr 06, 2003 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Windows May 05, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Mar 29, 2006 7.25 out of 10 72
games xtreme Windows Aug 13, 2006 7 out of 10 70
GameStar (Germany) Windows May, 2003 69 out of 100 69
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Jul, 2003 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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