The Tale is a 2D side-scrolling online game developed by Actoz Soft. Gamers take the role of adventurers in a mythological fantasy world.
It was launched in South Korea in February 2006 where it was well received. In February 2007, Actoz entered into an agreement with Chinese game operator Shanda to open in mainland China.  On March 18, 2008 OGPlanet signed with Actoz Soft to bring The Tale to North America. Aeria Games launched The Tale in Europe on July 30, 2009, and closed the server on October 21, 2010. 
Sign-ups for North America closed-beta testing began on July 10, 2008. Testers were selected from July 22 to July 30. Closed-beta testing began on July 31, 2008  and ended on August 6, 2008. An open-beta test was held for fileplanet subscribers from August 15, 2008 to August 18, 2008. Official open-beta testing began on August 21, 2008 and ended on September 3, 2008. The Tale was officially released on September 18, 2008.  The Tale was also published by GameNGame, but this version closed in May 2015. As of June 28, 2017, La Tale has been relaunched by Papaya Play.
Gameplay of The Tale is based on most MMORPGs . Players control a single character that fights monsters, obtains and completes quests, and participates in other activities. The game has a 2D side-scrolling setting similar to MapleStory and Ghost Online . The keyboard is used to hotkey character actions while the mouse is primarily used to speak to non-player characters (NPCs), purchase items, and manipulate items (via enchants, upgrades, etc.).
There are two types of currency in the North American version of The Tale : Ely and Astros. Ely is the normal in-game currency, used to buy equipment and other usable items. Ely is gained through killing monsters , selling items, and completing quests . Astros are the currency used to buy fashion-shop items . Astros must be purchased through OGPlanet , NX Cash for Nexon products. Astros were not introduced during closed-beta testing but were tested in open-beta (and are now added in the game). Note that the clothes you buy will be permanent and will never expire. Unlike, NexonAstro items with Ely from other players. Although it can be purchased, buying a-tradeable items can result in being banned or scammed. There is no safe way unless the player buys something that can be traded. To tell the difference between trade-able and un-tradeable items, simply “trade” is green. If it is grayed out, then you can not trade it.
Gameplay and characters
One player account has three slots for characters. By purchasing an item called the Slot Card from other players or the fashion shop, players can add up to eight more slots to their account. Players have the choice of choosing their character’s gender , class, and appearance. Names are also given to characters at this point (be warned that even if a character is deleted, the name will not be reusable).
Hit points (HP) are displayed on the top left corner of the screen in orange. HP can be recovered by using potions, consumables, and by sitting. HP regeneration ability, enabling gradual HP recovery per set of time. For example, the Syringe has a 70% HP and SP recovery over the time span of 10 seconds with a 30-second cool down. Reaching zero hit points gives the player an option of returning to the nearest town or returning to the nearest saved waypoint . They will be resurrected with half HP and SP unless a Potion of Resurrection is used. This potion allows the character to be resurrected at the place of your hit points depleted to zero.
Spirit points (SP) are also displayed on the top left corner in blue. This indicates the amount of SP, or points for skill usage, the player has left. SP can be recovered through potions, consumables, or by sitting. Few items and equipment have SP regeneration ability. SP will be consumed on most skill uses. Wizards and Bards have the ability to heal. They are able to utilize SP to recover their own HP or other players’ HP. However, there is a new class that does not need to use their skills: Card Master. This class has three different bars that are exactly the same as SP but are used for different skills. The three bars are: Darkness, Elemental, and Mana Cards.
Experience points(XP) states how much experience points the player has to reach the next level. However, they can also gain XP by saving at a Stone of Iris or Returning Stone (note that these works on the Returning Stones and Stones of Irises were not saved yet). At Level 10 and higher, XP Penalty system when you die, reducing 3% XP (and 2% Ely) on each death, but preventable if you have Iron Will (attained through an NPC that sells consumables eg Dora) or Potion of Resurrection. Experience points are also affected by combos, which are the series of attacks that do not fail or miss the target. A combo may reach an amount of 9,999 (when over 9,999 hits, it will still show 9,999 hits). Status points, or “stats”, are up and being automatically added to the character level up (maximum level is 235). A Stat Powder Coupon can be used to get a stat decrease and increase. When you use it, you can decrease it by 10%. Keep in mind that only a decrease and increase powder stacks. Statues can be used along with the Stat Powder potions; it might take a few tries to get a desirable outcome. Statues can be used along with the Stat Powder potions; it might take a few tries to get a desirable outcome. Statues can be used along with the Stat Powder potions; it might take a few tries to get a desirable outcome.
There are 9 starting classes in La Tale . Each class specializes in one of the furnace stats in the game: Strength, which determines flinch rate and damage capability; Stamina, which determines HP and defense capability; Magic, which determines something similar to Power; and Luck, which determines Critical Rate [ citation needed ] .
Warriors are the class of Power. They wield two-handed swords, spears, or knuckles. Although they lack defensive capabilities, Warriors excel at dealing with high volumes of physical damage in the frontlines. This class is recommended for beginners, since they are good for soloing. However, due to their low defense, they can die rather quickly.We are used for the sole purpose of dealing with physical damage. They are the one of the strongest classes, making them excellent for those who prefer powerful attacks. They are usually paired in the frontlines with Knights. Warriors are the only class that can use greatswords and spears.
Knights are the class of Stamina. They wield a shield or a shield in the other, or they can wield knuckles (but no shield). Like the Warrior class, they can not use daggers. Their exceptionally high physical and magical defenses and stamina allow Knights to withstand large amounts of damage. Knights possess the highest stamina of any class and have average offense. They are commonly used as tanks , which are the most important, if not all, of the damage to keep members of the party away from harm. Templar Knights even have healing abilities.
Wizards are the class of Magic. They wield staves, daggers, and knuckles. They mainly deal with water, which is divided into four elements: fire, water (which is further broken down into damaging water skills and healing water skills), wind, and earth. Wizards are great for damage and support at a distance. Wizards can be entirely offensive, entirely defensive, or a mixture of both. Fire and earth tend to be more offensive, while water and wind tend to be more defensive, note that water and winds Players can also choose to become healersby using healing water skills as a Wizard / Sorcerer or song / guitar heal skills as a Bard. Later in the game when they are ready to work, they can not get any better. Most players use two different elements instead of one another. Also, Earth is the only one to be able to use the air.
Explorers are the class of Luck. They wield daggers, bows, crossbows, and knuckles. Most Explorers deal damage from a distance. They lack the damage of the other classes, but they are compensated with very high attack speed and high critical attack rate. Explorers mainly deals with physical damage from long range. Their long range is also accompanied by increased attack speed, making them perfect for those who prefer distanced combat. Gunslingers are also long-ranged and have skills with short cool downs.
Engineers are the Balanced class. The stats they are distributed pretty much. They wield toolboxes. Their special abilities involve using contraptions from their toolbox, which gives them a varied set of skills to choose from. They also have a totem or turret which deals with some of them. Different turrets have different effects such as attacking, slowing, pushing, etc.
Soul Breakers wield souls in which many represent the monsters in LaTale. They are also a class, but it uses different types of elements. There is a Red, Blue, and Black Soul. Through every job advancement, a new soul is gained, meaning first job only to access the Red Soul. Some souls take a while to load their skill, some are fast. It depends on a player’s play style when choosing a soul. Most players usually just choose the strongest one regardless of what they like.
Card Masters is also the class of Magic. They wield cards that take both the weapon and the shield slot. This class is not a short range nor is it a class of skills. Card Master is special for this purpose, but it has not been used in the past (Darkness, Elemental, and Mana). The two job offers this class can be chosen from a long time or close ranked class. Battle Master is close range, while High Master is long range.
Wanderers is a class of Strength. They wield a Black Jade and Lantern. However, the lantern is able to turn into a Katana sword with a special transformation skill. Meaning, the same weapon is used to attack with both a sword and a lantern. For you, it is mostly based on skill that you can rearrange in any order. You enter the order of the slots on the right side of the sword and place the shortcuts on your hot keys. Then, proceed to hold down one of the two shortcuts to the combos you have selected.
Skills are divided into five categories: General, Support, Action, Emotions, and Temporary.
In each category, there are sub sections.
The General tab consists of: Attacking Skills, Miscellaneous Skills, and Special Skills (which only apply if you are 4th job or sub class). Attacking skills are pretty straight forward. These are skills that are used in the past, but some skills are passive that increase the power of your character. Miscellaneous skills are mostly buffs, support, and passive skills that increase the stat of your character. Special skills have the same idea. 190. The General tab is the only one that requires skill points. You get 1 skill point per level up unless you are a Sub Class,
The Support tab consists of: Auxiliary Skills, Item Skills, Ely Skills, and Fight Arena Skills. Auxiliary skills are skills that you get through the game and complete quests. In this tab, there are such skills as Mining, Digging, and Ignite. Item skills are normally pet buffs that you can activate while having a pet equipped. Most players do not use this section, as they open the door to the menu. Ely skills are skills you can get by Ely. With the release of the Engineer class line, new skills called “Ely Skills” were introduced into the game. One skill for increasing the Four Stats: Power, Stamina, Magic, and Luck. These skills are not required. These are somewhat expensive for new players, so they are not a priority. Some skills can not be unlocked without going to the table. Books that can not be accessed through bumps The last way to get the remaining skills are through PvP. You have to reach a certain rank in order to trade in PvP points for a book. Fight Arena skills are the ones that are earned through getting PvP points and trading them in for skills that help counter or fight another player.
The Action tab consists of: Basic Actions. They are simply actions the character performs in general. These skills include jump, sit, fish, etc. Action skills do not require any skill points, they are already at the character’s disposal. For classes such as Strider and Blade Master, they have two skills called Special Hard Attack and Special Plain Attack. They can only be used when you are in the process of winning a particular game. Side note, Striders and Blade Masters’ Special Gauge points disappear if they are not used within a few seconds. If your class does not have these skills then everything is just said.
The Emoticon tab consists of: Emoticon A and B. Essentially, they are the same thing but a section of the world. Ones are a monster drop are not 100% success rate. The guidebooks are of varying difficulty, and some may fail.
The Temporary tab consists of: Temporary Skills. These are usually skills that are used for events going on at the time. They assist you in completing the missions that come. As the title states, most of the skills are temporary and will not be with you.
A player can use a skill by clicking the skill symbol on the skill menu. A simpler way is set a button on the keyboard to that particular skill. Skills are also color-coded. Blue stands for Weapon skills, purple for Magic skills, gray for Miscellaneous skills, red for Action skills, and green for Emoticons. Symbols with a colored background (clear) are consumable items.
Most skills have cool down times, which are noted by the skill symbol being shaded. Once all the shading has disappeared, the skill is able to be used again. A new addition to the game has been implemented in which the skills can be used again. Also, some Weapon and Magic skills can be chained into combos. They are noted by the flashing word “Combo” on the right side of your screen. Chaining these skills together allows the player to use them quickly, ensuring the combo will continue. However, only skills of the same tree and the same vertical branch can be used in combos. Sometimes, it just requires the player to learn how to play their class and discover their own play style. A few classes are flexible in your skills. Sefirot and Hero.
- Jump up^ “Shanda new game licenses for China from Actoz.” Article from China Tech News
- Jump up^ The LaTale European server – hosted by Aeria – is now closedAeria’s LaTale closure.
- Jump up^ “Beginning of closed-beta testing.” [ permanent dead link ] Notification from officialLa Talewebsite
- Jump up^ “Beginning of open-beta testing and date of official release.” Notification from officialLa Talewebsite