Maybe another door to Tabula Rasa will open?
Fans of Tabula Rasa sprung to action today as a petition to resurrect the game made its way on to gopetition.com. In addition, Richard Garriott himself asked for fans to sign the petition via his twitter account. The petition has approximately 500 signatures thus far and calls for either the source of the game or for NCSoft to resume the game's operations as a Free-2-Play MMO. NCSoft has yet to respond to the petition.
Call me cynical but when I saw Garriott's blessing of a Tabula Rasa resurrection petition, I saw it as a kick in NCSoft's crotch from Lord British. The end of Tabula Rasa remains one of the most dramatic series of events in video game history. Just before Richard Garriott meets his lifelong goal of travelling to space, he is notified (in quarantine, mind you) that he has been fired. NCSoft then drafts a letter of resignation in his name and publishes it as an open letter without his permission. The resulting hulabaloo resulted, partially, in the game's closing just 2 years after launch. While many will cite the game's closure due to poor design, the $24 Million Garriott was awarded after he returned from space indicates that something was tremendously wrong during the game's development.
The petition states that they believe NCSoft will not ignore 100,000 signatures; however, it remains to be seen if 100,000 signatures will equal the $24 Million NCSoft has already lost to this game...and that doesn't even count the actual development cost.
Below is the last 10 minutes of Tabula Rasa's final event and server closure.