Posts Tagged ‘Tabula-Rasa’

Operation Immortality – DNA In Spaaaaaace

Please don't save humanity.

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 the chance to have their DNA sequenced, digitised, and fired off into space as part of the “Immortality Drive”, to accompany Lord “Richard Garriott” British’s expedition to the International Space Station in October 2008. You know, in case the human race gets wiped out and we needs spares.

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Hellgate? Screwed. Tabula Rasa? Okay. Apparently.

Having since moved to London, I have yet to see this. I feel robbed.

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 how people are leaving Flagship in droves. Meanwhile, over at Eurogamer, a NCSoft spokesman say that Tabula Rasa’s sales are growing month on month. Which must be nice for them.

Full quotations beneath this linky-thing.
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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? Do people simply not want to play in a character-based science fiction world? Are we addicted to spaceships?

Okay, readers. What would you have done if you were Lord British? How would you fix the science fiction MMO and make something to challenge World Of Warcraft? Is it as simply as World Of Starcraft? Or do we need a licence, like Warhammer 40k? Or do you, like me, think that the lessons are there to be learned from City Of Heroes, Planetside, Guild Wars, and Eve Online? Are the MMO developers simply guilty of not learning from the mistakes of past games? What is the answer for the science fiction MMO?

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. If RPS became self aware, you’d be in trouble, mark our words. The video is called Patches to Ashes, after the unlikely name of the AI in question, which brings to mind Bowie’s Ashes to Ashes (Which is very Space week) and Clarence Carter’s Patches (Which isn’t very Space week).

Korean Times claims Tabula Rasa Blanks Out

Well, we like it.

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 studio is now to be downsized, while the project leaders, “will keep their position”. However Robert Garriott has been replaced by Chris Chung from his position as head of the organisation and the-not-ex-Lord-British Garriott is, “free from day-to-day operations”. More here.

The article’s already been strongly argued as misleading from NCsoft Sources, noting the reporter in question had previously written reports from conferences he never even attended.
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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 that it’s unlike WoW, or that it’s too like WoW, and I read Kieron’s remarkably enthusiastic review. And I want an excuse for some space adventure. I really do. This is a game I need to spend some more time with, perhaps go out to lunch, to see if we can be friends.

I want to get in there before I miss too much of what it has to offer. MMOs have a habit of evolving so that gamers say “oh yeah, patch 1.242342 was fun times…” I’m probably not going to miss much with the latest addition of various coloured humanoids, but I’m sure there’s some other stuff in there too:

Tabula Rasa Recruitment Drive

We’ve ranted that you should give Tabula Rasa a shot when a free trial arrived before. And lo! one has. And we thought we’d mention it as i) we’re a pc gaming blog. That’s what we do, man. ii) it gives another chance to publish this screenshot of a handsome in-game moustache.

Sexy!

It’s only a three day trial, but that’s certainly enough to give you a weekend of Bane-bashing (Which suddenly sounds like a euphemism, but I’m hungover, so bear with me). To get it, you have to be a member of Eurogamer (i.e. Fill in the form which lets you post on their forums) and then click the button on this page. Hurrah!