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  • New mic set up, all parts collected, please use /join egypt. Thanks to dymo, Pascalito, AmadineT and Kabasto for help sitting it up. Egypt appreciates it. Thanks

Please note only people with T5 accounts can log in to this wiki

  • To set up an account, enter ATitD5, and type into the chat box /webpass (password) where (password) is a password for this site (not recommended to be the same as your ATitD5 login password)
  • Come see us in #atitd-wiki on IRC for more info
  • FaceAnkh, nchanter, Kartal, Rogarian, Teao and others

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If you forget your password, just re-set it in-game by using the webpass command again.

Welcome to the Wiki

Welcome to A Wiki in the Desert, a wiki for the Massively Multiplayer On-line Role-Playing Game A Tale in the Desert.

This wiki exists to document the game and to provide a community scratchpad for the players. You can find Guides on things such as growing Flax, an Atlas of interesting places, and various personal pages created by the Users and Guilds. If you're looking to buy and sell, try Trading. Visit the community portal for lots of info on current events, debates on the forums, or just random chatter.

Anyone with an ATITD game account can edit any page on this site, but you have to log in first. Please read the user's guide and information on formatting to see how to edit, and read our Policies before editing. Politics are not welcome (exception: Users pages, but no personal attacks please) and, if you want to discuss something such as laws, you'll find the forums more suitable. If you have any difficulties, please ask around in game or contact a wiki admin.

If you have a suggestion for how to improve the wiki software, please add it to the Suggestions page. If you have a suggestion for improving the content, please just go ahead and do it! If you want to contribute but don't know how, start creating missing pages listed here, or verify the information in pages containing unchecked content copied from the T4 wiki.

We also have a voice chat server setup for Mumble.

Current issues

A Tale in the Desert V - Launches Saturday

Citizens of Egypt,

As I write this, we're days away from the release of A Tale in the Desert V. We'll go live:

   Saturday, August 7, 2010 at 12:00 Noon EDT (GMT-0400)

Last Saturday, as ATITD IV concluded, we learned that Sami won the majority of citizens' votes, and ascended as Pharaoh. In electing Sami over Wahim, players voted to falsify the two monuments that were completed, and instead implore the scientists in Tale V to create seven new technologies. The following player-designed skills and technologies will be released during A Tale in the Desert V:

   Foraging - The ability to memorize correct foraging techniques after 7 consecutive correct attempts
   Preservation - Allows one to wrap up a fresh cooked meal that can be eaten on the road
   Advanced Silkworm Farming - Allows changing silkworm diets by use of fresh leaves
   Aquaculture - Ability to grow papyrus in camp
   Herbology - Accurate prediction of aqueduct towers locations that will aid growth of herb seeds
   Fertilization - Production of a one-dose-needed, slow-acting fertilizer
   Molecular Balance - Comparison of the genetic weights of two plant genomes

I've made a bunch of other changes for Tale 5: I'm particularly proud of the mining system, which I've written about before, and which has undergone some evolution during our beta. I'll describe how mining iron works, though each kind of ore has somewhat different rules.

You'll be presented with a field of 7 different orestones. Some are red, some yellow, some green. (There is a colorblind-compatible mode available) Also, some of the orestones are covered by spikey crystals, some with cube-shaped, and some long and thin. The goal is to find three stones which:

   All 3 are identically colored, or all 3 differently colored
   All have the same crystal shapes, or all differently shaped

It takes some concentration - it feels hard at first. But when you find a set of three - known as a workload - it's worth about 100 ore. Sometimes it will be worth much more than that - several hundred, or occasionally even a thousand. When you do find one of these huge workloads, you can call over friends who can also harvest the same workload for an equally large amount.

Furthermore, there are bonuses for finding multiple workloads in one field, and for finding rare 4 stone workloads, and all of these bonus amounts can be stacked. This description doesn't do it justice - it's taken an aspect of the game that has always been tedious, and made it into something entirely addictive.

The fishing system has also been totally replaced. It's irritated me for some time that ATITD, with perhaps the most complex tradeskill system of any online game had such a rudimentary fishing system. No more: there are now 49 species of fish. You'll notice that some fish have preferences for certain bait, or certain geographical habitats, seasons, times of day, and other peculiarities. In addition to the 49 kinds of meat, each from a different fish, fish may contain roe, or scales in many colors (there's an entire science to this), or other by-products that you may discover a use for.

In addition to fishing itself being a multi-level practice-based skill, there's a whole skill devoted to fly tying itself. Another new skill, Arthropodology, will help you discover the really rare insects on which your flies are based. And finally, you can learn the filleting skill - also multi-level - to increase usable meat when a kitchen isn't handy.

There's plenty more to discover, and I'm looking forward to the most fascinating Tale yet. See everyone Saturday!

Dawn on the Nile, Teppy

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