The previous tales have come to a close.
The new tale, Tale VI, starts on Saturday, December 3, at noon EST (GMT-0500)
The game offers the first 24 hours of play free as a trial. You can download the client from http://atitd.com
Unlike most MMOs, there is no direct combat. Instead you compete with and against others to help develop Egypt's technologies and to attain levels in the seven disciplines: Architecture, Art & Music, Harmony, the Human Body, Leadership, Thought, and Worship.
As an example, one of the Art & Music tests is called the Test of Khefre's Children. To pass this test you breed and cross-breed beetles trying to develop interesting patterns and then enter your beetles in shows. Other Egyptian citizens then vote on their favorites. If you win a level 1, level 2, and level 3 show, then you pass the test. To see some spectacular looking beetles, check out: http://www.atitd.org/wiki/tale4/Beetlemania/Scarabs
I'll be on at opening on Saturday. If you're around, look for merek!