Ask your teen or your husband

By Mir
March 31, 2008
Category Hot Hot Hot!

I’m not a computer games person (well, I did rather enjoy Zork back in the day, and if you have no idea what I’m talking about you are too young to play here, and also, get out of my yard) so I cannot vouch for this personally, but apparently there’s a popular PC game out there called Richard Garriott’s Tabula Rasa…?

I don’t know. Anyway, right now at Amazon you can get the regular version for $9.99 or the Collector’s Edition for $19.99.

I can’t tell you if the game is any good (the reviews are good, at least), but I can tell you that that appears to be pretty cheap. So. Now you can go ask a gamer if it’s worth it.


  1. I was awful at thos ms-dos games, but I loved them, sigh!

  2. I haven’t played any computer games since way back in Elementary when I played Oregon Trail. 🙂

  3. I remember Zork! Man, I am old. And my kids think I’m old when I tell them I played Super Mario Brothers on the original Nintendo. I had to prove to them that there was, indeed, a Nintendo BEFORE the Super Nintendo. And I even remember playing Space Invaders on the Atari. Then they look at me like I’m speaking in tongues.

  4. I didn’t play Zork, but I do remember it. I did play text based adventure games, however. I still haven’t solved Deadline. And if you’re interested in playing them once more, you can play them online at

  5. Hey, we were cutting edge at my house. We had Pong.

  6. I was so bad at Zork, I always got stuck and gave up. I was better off sticking to that Mouse Hunt game on the Commodore 64.

    I did uncover our old Coleco version of Pong when my mother moved a couple of years ago. It still worked. Mostly. If you didn’t mind only being able to move one paddle. I do still have the original Nintendo, Super Nintendo and Game Boy and they still work great–if you don’t mind something that looks like it’s from the stone age compared to what’s out now. 🙂

  7. ZORK!!! I always think I am the only person left in the universe who adored that game. Remember not to turn off your light, or you will be likely to be eaten by a grue. *sniff* Now I am feeling really old and REALLY nostalgic.

  8. Tabula Rasa is an MMO, i.e., it has a monthly fee. It has not caught on as well as the publisher (NCSoft) would like, despite having Richard Garriott (Ultima series) on as lead designer.
    It tries to do some semi-new things in the MMO space, mostly regarding its approach to combat and skill-based advancement.

    I cannot comment more as I haven’t played it, but I won’t be biting on this low introductory price.

  9. I have an active subscription to it. It’s neat as a Sci-Fi MMO (think World of Warcraft). Besides the monthly fee, expect a big time-sink. Not quite as polished as others, but definitely worth a play for the first month that comes with the initial purchase of the game. How many games do you buy that you play for more than a month anyway? Very few. Definitely worth $10.

  10. “I’m not a computer games person” – duh, you’re a Mac addict.

    $10 is a steal for a game and I had been very interested in this particular one so it is quite tempting for me. The problem is, I always have a hard time ponying up that monthly fee. I finally started playing one of those games a couple years ago so I could play with my brother whom I never see, so it was well worth it.

    Also, as with all software purchases, check the system requirements:
    For a general computer that isn’t currently being used for games, the video card requirement is usually the killer (though in my case I see I’d probably need a CPU upgrade – grrrr).

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