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The RPG Scrollbars: Language Of Uncommon Tongues

The sign of a truly hardcore world is that it has its own languages. Klingon. Dothraki. Elvish. The term for these is 'Conlangs' - aka 'constructed languages' - and whether you see them as a vital part of world-building or a joke-in-waiting on The Big Bang Theory (they're due a third one one of these days), there's more to them than just slapping together some…

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This Is The End: Tabula Raises Hell

MMOs are supposed to be the never-ending story. When one bucks that trend - when it concludes - it becomes something else entirely. In hindsight, is it still the same looped search for short-term personal rewards that it began as (and that its peers remain to be), or does it become a complete experience, more akin to a traditional game? We already knew troubled sci-fi…

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Richard Garriot Still Loves His Ultima

Just a quickie about GameDaily's fairly candid interview with Lord British hisself. The sometime space voyager mostly shares about his thoughts on the upcoming Tabula Rasa closure. He seems saddened but not devastated; perhaps that's because the old boy's seen plenty of his games suffer in the past, or perhaps it's endemic of how TR was never what it should have been. The bombshell, such…

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Going Blank Again: Tabula Rasa For Free

At Christmas, we should spare a thought for those who are more unfortunate than ourselves. Like John. And the live team on Tabula Rasa whose work is winding down as the game for its final closure on February 28th. But until then, the game's actually totally free to play for everyone. Instructions are on the site proper, allowing you to either play from an old…

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Tabula Rasa Cleans Its Slate

(And isn't that joke getting annoying now? I aim to displease...) With WAR, WOW and LOTRO managing a high-fantasy chokehold on the MMO market at the moment, one might forget that Tabula Rasa's still out there offering something a little different. There've been various reports that the Richard Garriott-figureheaded sci-fi onliner isn't doing so well of late, but perhaps an apparent renewed offensive could lure…

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NCsoft Confirm Job Losses In UK

The rumours have been floating for a couple of days, but it's now confirmed that NCsoft Europe will axe 58 jobs from its Brighton office. According to reports by GamesIndustry.biz, the first round of sackings took place yesterday, with jobs going from a variety of departments. This follows from yesterday's announcement that NCsoft would be consolidating a number of its component parts into the new…

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NCSoft Austin In Trouble?

Edit: Denied by NCSoft, but then they would say that. The rumour-mill over at Joystiq is grinding up some vital seeds of information from the Texas MMO scene. It looks like NCSoft's main North America office might be in trouble, which means that Dungeon Runners and Tabula Rasa are on dangerous ground. Future development of Tabula Rasa will reportedly be handed over to Seattle-based Guild…

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Operation Immortality – DNA In Spaaaaaace

Need your DNA in space? Yeah, we thought so. Thankfully Richard Garriott is here to help. Well, if you're in the US anyway. (Apparently EU law prevents it taking place - any lawyers out there know why?) "What," you ask incredulously, "are you on about?" Well, it seems that in a deeply peculiar promotion for the middling NCSoft MMO, Tabula Rasa, players are being offered…

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Hellgate? Screwed. Tabula Rasa? Okay. Apparently.

If we paid attention to note the relative amounts of Online RPG noteworthy news, we'd be sure to note that today is the biggest day for noteworthy news since the previous noteworthy news day. Firstly, Bluesnews brings to our attention that Flagshipped discovered Guy Somberg's blog post about the state of affairs at Flagship. He rapidly deleted it, but Google-cache remembers all, where he despairs…

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Tabula Rasa… Autopsy?

Is sci-fi MMO Tabula Rasa stumbling towards extinction? Eurogamer certainly seem to think so: Today's piece, sadly, feels more like an autopsy. Tabula Rasa isn't cold on the slab, but it's certainly heading that way. And so yet another sci-fi MMO heads off into troubled waters. What's going on here? Can Eve's esotericism really be the only way to create a reasonably successful sci-fi game?…

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Going Blank Again

Just in time for Space Week Jason Ford, Mission Designer for Tabula Rasa talks about a Mission in Tabula Rasa. Who'd have thunk it? Thanks Gametrailers! You'll be first pick for our high-level raid party. It's actually an updated mission in a forthcoming update. It includes AI becoming self-aware and - as everyone knows - that's rarely a good thing for more carbon-based Self-aware things.…

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Korean Times claims Tabula Rasa Blanks Out

Cho Jin-seo of the Korean Times has started internet grumblings with his latest piece where he reports that Tabula Rasa, "has proven to be a financial disaster". With information taken from an investor conference call, he claims that it's only seen 5 million in revenue when TR was believed to cost 100 billion. It also claims that Garriott started the project more than twice, the…

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Tabula Rasa: Hybrids

If RPS were to start a book-club styled games discussion then I think it would be Tabula Rasa that I would first bring to the group as a suggested reading material. It's a game that I haven't made my mind up on. I've played a few levels and enjoyed it, but my opinion has not had time to settle. I've heard various net chums complain…

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Seven Levels of Tabula Rasa

What’s the first thing humanity should be sure to protect in the event of alien invasion? Its brightest minds? Its strongest labourers? Its finest art? A lock of Elvis’ hair? Wrong, wrongity wrong. It’s Dell PCs, of course! Tabula Rasa’s bloody full of them. Everything else is as alien as can be, but high performance Dell XPS gaming systems are everywhere. The implication is that…

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Tabula Rasa: Good News/Bad News

Good news: I've worked out how to dye my armour hot fuschia, so sidestepping ZeroPunctuation's World Of Khaki Motley. Bad news: If you walk into a shop in America and buy it, you're not allowed to play. While you can buy Tabula Rasa, until the release tomorrow only those who threw down money on the preorder pack can play. And you thought the hour or…

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Tabula Rasa Dated

Sci-fi MMO Tabula Rasa will go live on the 19th of October, and the 16th for pre-order people. (What an interesting way to spread the server load). Like John, I was unable to figure out quite what the Tabula Rasa Beta NDA would actually allow us to say, but I'll have a crack at summing it up here (in a legal way) for those of…

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