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Friday, August 13, 2010
A Tale in the Desert - Disclosure

In the interest of full disclosure, I just received an unexpected present in A Tale in the Desert: A GM appeared and gave me a press account. Apparently they liked my game diary. :) So it appears I'll be playing that game for longer, being able to casually hang out there when I feel like it.
Smart guys ;)
That's nice to hear! I hope to continue reading your accounts about ATiTD for a while to come.
Actually the game has garnered great interest in me, as well as the fact that this game is cross platform (available for PC, Mac, and Linux).

Though I'm not quite capable of playing it right now (monthly fee and what have you). So I'm sticking with my Champions Online, life-time account.
For what it's worth I've downloaded and played a little ATitD the last couple of days. I cant say for sure yet if I am going to subscribe once my 24 hour trail expires but your articles definitely got me interested and I am considering a subscription.
I've been thinking about trying the game out too... but I'm worried that a 24 hour trial won't be long enough to decide if I like it or not.

Do you think that it's a long enough trial to get you a good sense of what the game's about?
I don't plan on ever playing ATitD, but I do like to read your posts on the game.
I'm worried that a 24 hour trial won't be long enough to decide if I like it or not... Do you think that it's a long enough trial to get you a good sense of what the game's about?

Yes, because it is 24 hours of /played online time, not "1 day from first logging on". If you play 4 hours a day, the trial is nearly a week.
Well I went ahead and downloaded it. I'm also not sure exactly how long I'm going to play the game, but if anyone wanders through Maia you might find me near the University of Thought, I'm Khepri.
What does a press account give you?
A press account gives me free access to the game, basically eGenesis waving my monthly fee. It does not give me any in-game advantages.
Well I know they can attribute my paid account directly your postings as this game was otherwise not even on my radar. And I am pretty sure a few others fall into that category. So it seems you paid your dues in a round about way.

Some of the best games, movies, books or whatever are sleepers and you would never know about them but for running across them by dumb luck. Kinda like finding wild sheep in Egypt, which I still have yet to do.
Speaking of a sleeper book that I have to plug, just because I doubt anyone has heard of it (except Aussies...which I am not one):

Eyes of the Calculor by Sean McMullen.

First book in the bad-ass "Greatwinter" trilogy, set in a post-apocalyptic semi-steampunk Australia/United States. A satellite system is programmed to indefinitely annihilate any electronic devices, forcing society and technology to advance adaptively.

-Mirror towers are used for communication across the flatlands of Australia
-the "Calculor" of the title is basically a computer, except performing the calculations is a massive system of humans with abacuses
-"Peddle-trains" (forget the actual term) are basically human powered using bike peddles
-in America large swathes of atomic wasteland have made "island" communities. Warfare is conducted using very small single-person flying machines (gyropters if I remember) in staged battles with strict rules of chivalry, by "Knights"

This is just to give you a taste. I know that any lover of good steampunk will find this extremely entertaining, and hopefully these tidbits pique that interest.

Decently well-written, although the main draw is the very creative and well thought out world. This series radically altered my own literary interests, both as a reader and writer.

I am aware how incredibly off-topic this is, but in the name of a good read I have to mention this book that I am sure 99% of people will never discover.
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