Game Sheet: A Tale in the Desert
(from the original archive of "The Linux Game Tome")

Description: This game places you in Egypt's past at the time of the pharaohs. You must strive to advance in the seven disciplines of man to prove Egypt's worth to exist.

To do this, you must assist in researching various technologies and skills that can be used to further yourself or your guild along in completeing the tests.

Author: eGenesisCompany: eGenesis
Version: Linux ClieCategory: Role Playing Game
License: commercialCost: US $13.95/month with free trial
Votes: 9      Vote->      Rank: 4.1 / 5        N.A.
Source? No     Sound? YesXWindow (X11)? Yes     Console? No
3D Accelleration? Yes     Multiplayer? YesPlay Online? Yes     Submitter: Pluribus
Community Site:
Wiki with Information about many things in the game:
Wiki with Information about many things in the game:
Last updated: 2005-03-26 02:34:47


Date: 2003-02-13 20:02:59     User: anonymous     Subject: A Tale in the Desert
The Linux client is now available for download. Teppy
Date: 2003-02-14 05:30:43     User: Tru_Playaz     Subject: Oh dear....
Doesn't look like i'll be able to use this after-all.

Despite my GeForce 3Ti200 64Mb I can't get the required 32bit colour depth for the desktop and there appears to be no option to run at 16bpp.

Oh well, thats me stuffed; back to the drawing board.
Date: 2003-02-14 09:41:07     User: aelfgar     Subject: Sucks
This game in incredibly boring. I played for 4 hours and I fell asleep! And they want to charge money for this! I wouldnt even begin thinking about paying for this.
Date: 2003-02-14 10:46:57     User: Tru_Playaz     Subject: Re: Sucks
I might consider paying if it would run on my system but I cant afford a (higher) spec video card to get 32bpp + the cost of membership :(
Date: 2003-02-14 14:23:10     User: StarTux     Subject: Re: Oh dear....
Oh dear... I am running my X server on 16bpp and with a Geforce 2 and it...t works great! Addictive game for anyone who like something that builds :). Go for it! StarTux
Date: 2003-02-14 14:25:57     User: StarTux     Subject: Good game :)
This is a very original game that could keep you going for months...Yes its $14 a month, but you get the first month free to try it out. Its slated to last about a year or so... StarTux
Date: 2003-02-14 14:27:19     User: StarTux     Subject: Re: Sucks
Just set your X to 16bpp and you're set, really... I am using a Geforce 2, your card is a lot better than mine. StarTux
Date: 2003-02-14 17:52:32     User: ajalics     Subject: Sweet.
For a commercial game it is excellent. Nice to see Linux and Windows clients at the same release date. It is addictive. It is also somewhat repititous, but that is pretty much the norm for most RPG's.
Date: 2003-02-15 00:35:45     User: anonymous     Subject: Can't connect to official server
For some reason I can connect to the builder server(but not login ofcourse), but not to the official server(I gave up after a few dozen retries). I can connect to the german server too but my german is a bit rusty ;-). Can I do something about this or is it just the traffic?
Date: 2003-02-15 05:45:48     User: anonymous     Subject: Re: Can't connect to official server
I'm seeing the same thing here. I guess we just try again later.

On another note, in the choose server and gfx mode window, the font in the drop down lists
and on the buttons is mainly unreadable. What font do i need installed to fix that ?
Date: 2003-02-15 10:48:19     User: anonymous     Subject: Segfault when selecting OpenGL mode
Whenever I choose OpenGL, I get a segfault. System: Athlon XP 2000+, Geforce4 Ti-4200 with 128MB, 256MB RAM, Redhat 8.0. Anyone else seeing this problem?
Date: 2003-02-15 14:39:59     User: Pluribus     Subject: Client problems
I have fixed several client issues today... (Ah the fun and PAIN of Linux commercial game development...) Try running the launcher again. Also make certain that your drivers are setup properly. Out of about 15 people having issues that stopped into the irc channel ( #atitd-linux) 90% where people with broken drivers OR this [email protected]#$%^ GCC 2.95 -> GCC 3.x ABI change problem. (The ABI change requires the person to install compatability libraries from thier vendor to make it work.)
Date: 2003-02-15 14:43:50     User: bobz     Subject: Re: Client problems
FWIW, the client runs great for me. Thanks, Pluribus!

Is there any way to run in a resolution higher than the default?

Date: 2003-02-15 15:17:47     User: Pluribus     Subject: Re: Client problems
It runs at the same "resolution" as your desktop, however if the 800x600 window is too small it IS resizable. or for those that prefer, Fullscreen is available (although some window manager seem to prevent it) ALT-Enter or ALT-F12 are the fullscreen toggles
Date: 2003-02-15 18:38:58     User: anonymous     Subject: Incorrect "Disk almost full:" message
I have yet to encounter one serious bug in the game. This is great! My only complaint is that the client insists on believing that my disk is almost full and leaves a permanent warning about this at the top of my screen. In fact, the game is running on a 23GB partition that has almost 5GB free. I'll be surprised if that isn't enough to run the game safely. I suspect the client is checking the amount of free space by percentage or something. Since my disk is 85% used, it MUST be almost full. Not.
Date: 2003-02-15 18:40:12     User: bobz     Subject: Re: Client problems
Ohhh...I didn't even think to try resizing the window before toggling fullscreen. Thanks for the clue. :)
Date: 2003-02-15 22:17:09     User: Pluribus     Subject: Re: Segfault when selecting OpenGL mode
Try relaunching, there was bug in the menu system that has since been fixed. It shouldnt crash on RH8 since that is what I use for my desktop :-)
Date: 2003-02-16 19:12:23     User: anonymous     Subject: 3D card
I have a toshiba laptop wit an S3 card. Would it even work on my machine? I have redhat 7.3, but I dont think I have any real 3d acceleration on my linux side. I am asking cuz I haven't found any system requirements on the page. Thanks in advnace
Date: 2003-02-17 07:09:17     User: King Mob     Subject: Addictive. Fun. GREAT. *sigh*
ATITD got me. I was only planning to grab the linux binaries and have a quick look at it, that was yesterday at around 10 pm...

when I logged out, 8 and a half hours later, I had just made my first piece of rope, next to the nile. And I was extremely proud of it, because I went a long way to get there.. wait a minute. I did not save the world, rescued no beautiful virgin princess, killed no ancient evil god. why the hell is this fun?

first of all, ATITD has the "just one more level" factor that every great game features... you just want to finish this distiff, and then, you just want to create some thread, to trade it for a loom, to create canvas, to... you get my point.

second, everything in the game has been done with great and loving detail. from the trees to the rivers, to the avatars themselves... a friend and i travelled through the lands to learn new techniques, and when we first arrived at the nile.. it was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen on my pc screen. I felt like an explorer in the 16th century that just went through all of america and is suddenly facing the pacific.

also, you can't advance in this game by brute force, only by cooperation. an example : to create firebricks, you need, among other things, silt and wood. me and my neighbor needed lots of firebricks, so he gathered wood, I gathered silt, and we shared. doing this. we finished our production much faster than we would have been able alone.

also, the extreme level of depth is what makes this game special. want to be a trader? build your camp up next to a river, and sell your goods to passer-bys. prefer being alone? move up to a mountain and get by by growing cabbage. feel that cabbage is been sold at too high a price? create a trade route that imports it from the encampment to the north. think that there are too many traders in the region? make a petition for a law that slows commerce. and so on, and so on..

The linux port is flawless, smooth and beautiful. Pluribus did a fantastic job, and managed to do single-handly what the whole team behind neverwinter nights did not manage in months (sorry guys, but facts are facts.)

so, my recommendation : if you are into rpg, and think that something that is not "99,7% hack'n'loot with a grain of a story" would be great, then get your 14$ and come to the world of ATITD.

no, I am neither emplyoed / paid by eGenesis, nor is Pluribus standing behind me and holds a spear against my head. this game just plain rocks. enough writing, I got some flax to process.

Date: 2003-02-17 07:14:55     User: King Mob     Subject: Re: I hate replying to myself..
...but I always forget something. If you run Gentoo 1.4, you need to emerge the package "lib-compat" in order to play ATITD. the package is ~700k, and you need it for many other games anyway.
Date: 2003-02-19 11:33:07     User: anonymous     Subject: Re: 3D card
From what I read the requirements are pretty low. Give it a try.
Date: 2003-02-19 11:41:18     User: tbaleno     Subject: One way to quit your Everquest addiction
Start playing this. I used up my 24 free online hours in 3 days. I haven't played Everquest since I started playing. Unfortunatly its more expensive monthly than everquest. But you save $50 because the download is free.
Date: 2003-02-20 21:59:12     User: anonymous     Subject: small review, Linux Guild?
so cool. I love the civ games. this is civ on crack. you start small time, you aspire to big time and you have one real life year to accompolish whatever you can. Oh, did I mention there's thousands of other players trying to do the same things? (They just hit the 1000th paid subscriber less than a week after the release) hey linux players... lets make a guild (or two?)! Interested? convene in #linux on (I *guess* you bsd types can come too) --moriarty
Date: 2003-02-21 12:40:06     User: tbaleno     Subject: Re: small review, Linux Guild?
There is a linux guild on ATITD. it is located around -1200, -1500 if my memory serves me. Ask in the atitd-linux channel on stratics.
Date: 2003-03-03 05:07:05     User: Tomun     Subject: Re: small review, Linux Guild?
If you go to those coords you cant fail to find the linux guild.
Tux's Waterfowl Retreat is growing steadily. I started playing Saturday, joined the guild Sunday.

This game is addictive I must've been playing 10 hours yesterday. Mainly alone too, its quiet until the Americans wake up.

I expect i'll get a few hours in tonight too..

Date: 2003-03-12 12:12:38     User: anonymous     Subject: Re: Can't connect to official server
I posted that a while back, waited a week and everything works.

I'm now completely hooked on the game.

Whoever said that there weren't enough games on Linux has obviously never played this.
Who needs any other games ?

Date: 2003-05-02 04:14:37     User: rogerwerne     Subject: excellent
I cancelled my subscription of Anarchy Online today. :-) This game is amazing. I've been waiting for this for a long time. Build don't kill! Love it. Everything you do leaves a mark in the world. Both short term and long term goals are obvious and fun.
Date: 2003-07-05 02:55:14     User: anonymous     Subject: This game is not free!
It's cost money! Please correct the info.
Date: 2003-07-30 06:59:07     User: anonymous     Subject: BTW - The binary works on FreeBSD
And works great (4.8-STABLE, XFree86 4.3, ATI Radeon-VE). The game rocks. Pity I will not EVER get payed subscribtion to the game. I agree to pay once, but, subscribtions - bzzzt.... :(
Date: 2003-09-07 03:16:15     User: anonymous     Subject: tux waterfoul retreat guild
is closed.
Date: 2007-08-18 04:57:00     User: anonymous     Subject: A Tale in the Desert
i love this game after i'm out of college i will start playing it :/ cant afford it until then
Date: 2007-12-04 16:20:16     User: anonymous     Subject: Re: A Tale in the Desert
wow cool games