eGenesis has launched the open beta of A Tale in the Desert IV, the fourth iteration, or Telling, of its unique multiplayer online game in which participants engage in intellectual tests and cooperative play. Set in ancient Egypt, each Telling features a series of increasingly complicated and difficult tests that players must accomplish to advance in the ranks of the game's disciplines, which is comparable to rising in levels in a game like World of Warcraft.
Some of the tests are competitive, although no combat is involved -- they involve puzzles, games, and other intellectual exercises. Very few players are able to complete all of the tests within the time span of a Telling, which typically lasts between one and two years. Various events, initiated by an unseen Pharaoh played by eGenesis founder Andrew Tepper, also occur during a Telling, challenging players to react appropriately.
A player in ancient Egypt
On Tuesday, December 9 at 6:00 PM EST, a traditional event known as Amnesty will close out A Tale in the Desert III. The Pharaoh will reveal all of the third Telling's secrets during it. Players who arrive an hour-and-a-half early will be able to participate in a party with fireworks, a bonfire, and virtual wines.