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Posted: Nov 21st 2008 8:30PM Suspiro said

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This is bound to continue to happen to MMOs released before theyre ready.

Posted: Nov 21st 2008 10:50PM J Brad Hicks said

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All MMOs release before their ready. All of them. No exceptions.

But not all MMO studios cut off all funding on that day. Some MMOs continue funding for another 1 to 3 months to finish the game.

And not all MMOs put off character class design until the last minute. Tabula Rasa shipped rather earlier in the design and development process than most. But yeah, it was really clear as early as the 3 month mark that Tabula Rasa was never going to be what it could have been.
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Posted: Nov 22nd 2008 12:52AM (Unverified) said

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Well that sucks, I just won a copy from Massively lol. I wonder why they were promoting it with free copies if they are just going to shut it down. I had heard they had just made some major improvements as well.

Posted: Nov 22nd 2008 6:06PM Anatidae said

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Good riddance.

Seriously, stop hiring Richard Garriot for games! He has not made anything worth a crap since the C-64 time frame, and Ultima was only a hit because there were so few game designers out there. Almost anyone who actually made a game for the C-64 found it to be a hit.

Ultima Online is one of my old favorite games, but definitely not because of Garriot. The only credit I will give Garriot there is hiring talented people like Koster who were the real brains behind the game.

Further, Garriot makes this huge PR blitz about Tabula Rasa and if you find his old videos explaining how unique the gameplay is, you will find that the game actually really does not play the way his claims were. I wonder if the guy actually played the game.

And of course, any game with Garriot in it has to have an avatar for "Lord British" or the equivalent. The ego this guy has.


Frankly, if I were you players, I would come up with some clever way to create a class action lawsuit against Garriot. After all, the full title of the game "Richard Garriot's Tabula Rasa" clearly states that he is the one responsible. You guys who subbed this game should take the old videos and use them as advertisement for false claims by Garriot and demand some of your money back from him directly.


Clearly I don't like the guy. Even years ago when I worked in the game industry and met him in person at a conference I felt as though he didn't get the MMO scene. I hope that this failure, in his long line of failures, might start changing his name sake from something people assume is good for an MMO/RPG title to something that people would avoid. That way some real talent might have the change to create something worth a crap. Stop throwing millions of dollars to the Garriot screw-up fund publishers!

Again, the title is "Richard Garriot's Tabula Rasa". If your going to have an ego to put your name on a title, you should stand by it... or just go back into space and stay there. That works too.

Posted: Nov 23rd 2008 1:02AM cray said

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Disappointing that NCsoft didn't attempt to make any pricing changes. Perhaps the monthly fee was too high for a Shooter-style MMO. Perhaps they could've tried micro-transactions.

Could of tried anything but quitting so abruptly.

Posted: Nov 23rd 2008 5:52AM (Unverified) said

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"Have you lost your MMO? Say have you spent countless hours grinding and farming, to make the best Character just to be shut down by the game provider, because profits were low. Then here is your chance for change, the web site WWW.changingwind.org/savetr/news.php is the gamer based news site made to save the SCI FI game Tabula rasa. After 10 full years of development and the failure to Advertize this superb game is scheduled to be shut down and lost to the game industry for good. Yet we feel this game has a real chance to be great in the hands of the players who can focus real time to this single MMO and not 6-7 like the developer NC soft. So we are asking the gaming communities to spend 5 min post an idea, give resource Ideas , collectively or as an individual , help us save Tabula rasa and who knows your favorite MMO next."

Posted: Nov 24th 2008 12:04PM (Unverified) said

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"confirmation of this event truly saddens everyone in the MMO community"

HA! Hardly. Every game that dies because of a rushed, half-assed release sends a message loud and clear to publishers and potential developers that YOU CANNOT RUSH AN MMO OUT THE DOOR.

I have nothing against TR as a game. I do have something against games that release in an unfinished state. I especially have something against apologists who say that "all MMOs are like that at launch." Clearly they are not, and I'm glad to see a little darwinism at work in the MMO marketplace.

I'm also glad they have the good grace to shut it down rather than watch it limp along for years like Horizons or Vanguard.

Posted: Dec 17th 2008 8:05AM (Unverified) said

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I don't think you can really blame him for it's failure.
It's a risk to do other genres outside of "swords and dragons". And this risk is there for any MORPG.
IMHO there are just to many releases these days.
Seems like a major MORPG release, and, or expansion every six months.

I wonder how low the actual number of subscribers where. Maybe fairly decent, but not enough for them to want to keep it going.

Hopefully they will do something a little different and allow someone to license the game with a different income model.
Such as item mall, free w/premium content, (gasp) in game advertising, etc.

After all, IMHO it's much better then a lot of those free MORPG like Silk Road, 2Moons, etc., and those seem to survive well from item mall profits.

And or (even less unlikely) they would make it in some degree licensed for "open source" where there would be plenty of people to host free servers.

I hope you are reading this NCSoft :-)





Posted: Jan 2nd 2009 6:13PM (Unverified) said

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They're already doing in-game advertising. All the computers are Dell XPS's if I recall.
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