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By Elric

ArcheAge Unchained

When the first ArcheAge was released, it was a huge chapter for COTP.  The initial game hype was off the charts, and we had a lot of fun at first... Unfortunately they had some pretty big missteps with the release schedule and some content that was not released as planned (or poorly handled).  A lot of the issues with the game can be attributed to conflicts between the original Korean developer XL Games and the USA publisher Trion Worlds.  Over time the game went F2P and quickly became a Pay2Win game.  Let's just say that the community was unhappy with the direction of the game. 
Enter GamIgo Games!  Last year Gamigo Games purchased Trion Worlds and acquired the ownership rights of ArcheAge.  As a direct result of all the community backlash, they decided to release a completely different version of the game.  By popular demand, ArcheAge Unchained is going to be a completely separate game on its own, and they are eliminating the big P2W problems.  ArcheAge Unchained is being released on October 15th, and it will be a Buy 2 Play model.  You pay the initial game cost up front, and after that there will be no subscriptions or "Premium monthly costs".  The only items for sale in the "cash shop" will be 100% cosmetic, and anything game impacting from the original ArcheAge game was removed.  For example, the game was due to come out the last weekend in September, but Gamigo Games decided to delay the game for more PTS testing.  The big change they were working on was to make all cosmetic items Bound on Pickup / Purchase.  They wanted to avoid anyone buying cosmetic items for RL money and then selling them on the in-game marketplace to earn gold.  Many people in the community saw this as being slightly Pay 2 Win, so it was removed from the game!

Here is a good video talking about the upcoming release of ArcheAge Unchained, and some history of the original game:
 

At this point we don't have any official plans of a COTP Chapter, but we will certainly go that way if we get enough people interested!
If you want more information, here is the full copy / paste of the FAQ from the official ArcheAge Unchained forums:

 
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By Damis

Fractured MMO

Fractured is an open-world fantasy sandbox MMORPG which blends action combat with fully interactive environments, appealing equally to lovers of competitive and cooperative gameplay. Jump right into the fray from day one. Defeat your enemies with skill and wit, not equipment or level. Gather resources, craft, trade and venture into legendary travels as a solitary hero, or start a settlement with your guild and grow it into the next empire. A true sandbox MMORPG, Fractured lets players pursue the gameplay they enjoy, create the type of character they enjoy, and focus on doing what they enjoy. 
Fractured Key Features
Unique And Dynamic Setting – Explore the universe of Fractured, which is spread across three planets – Arboreus, Syndesia, and Tartaros. Travel is an important part of the game experience; unlike many traditional MMORPGS, players must find a way to survive as they traverse the worlds. In addition, eclipses, unique PvE events, have a huge impact on the lives of demons and humans. The state of the universe, and even the position of planets, matters!
Race Is More Than Cosmetic – The race you belong to has an actual impact on game mechanics, from the type of society you live in to the ways you can interact with other players. Choose a human and live in – or at odds with – a feudal society. Be a beastman, and live in harmony with nature. Or, choose a demon, and slake your thirst for blood and revenge!
Crafting That Matters – Finding a broadsword in the corpse of a rat sounds a little unlikely? Forget about old RPG clichés and enter a world where every item is crafted by players. Exploit the uneven distribution of resources to get high profits when trading at faraway markets – but make sure you reach your destination alive!
Get Into The Action – You do not need to grind zombies for 80 hours or reach some level limit before you can join your friends on adventures. In Fractured, you can take part in any content from the first day in the game! The Knowledge system offers power and flexibility, allowing players to develop exactly the character they wish to play.
Action Combat Evolved – Fractured melds the combat style you’ve loved in single-player Action RPGs with a complex sandbox universe. Learn to aim, dodge and master over 400 abilities and 40 unique status effects: only your skills and tactics will lead you to victory! The environment is fully interactive, and can be used to give you an edge in your adventures.
https://fracturedmmo.com/
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By Damis

Maestrom Free to Play on Steam.

Maestrom
Grim fantasy combined with thunderous naval combat in a vibrant, monster-saturated world! Captain an Orc, Dwarf or Human warship and sail the turbulent Abyssal Ocean with online multiplayer, in free-for-all & team based matches.

Be ruthless! Sink other players ships, take their loot and collect their bounty! Be greedy! Maps are littered with floating treasure chests and ships loaded with gold. Be cunning! As the match progresses hungry sea monsters become more aggressive and encroach the safe waters ships can sail in. Ships sailing in 'Dead Waters' for too long end up as monster chow! Be unsinkable! At the end of a match ships can be upgraded and customized with captains, cannons, armor, mates and more! WARSHIPS WIN WITH WITS
Enemy ships can be rammed, grappled and boarded!
Maneuver a ship through the swelling sea and prepare for ramming! The faster the ship is moving the more devastating the collision will be on impact.

Boarding locks both ships in place while crews fight it out. If one crew manages to kill all of the opposing crew, it can spell disaster & sink a ship quickly, sending it to the depths!

ARMOR, AMMO AND POSITIONAL DAMAGE
Each ship has armor on all four sides. The armor sections serve as additional defense toward damage to that side and must be destroyed before the ship's hull can be damaged. Maneuvering to keep your armor between you and your enemy is vital to staying afloat - and seeking the enemy's damaged sides will make you much more lethal in combat!Every cannon has access to three kinds of ammunition and can swap during combat to suit the situation. Ammo is unlimited.
Iron shot blasts chunks out of ship armor and hull. Chain shot is used to shred enemy sails and cripple a ship’s speed. Grapeshot slaughters enemy crew and makes ships easier to board. LURKING THE DEEP
Like the ocean they reside in, sea monsters are titanic forces of nature. They stalk unwary captains and can devour a ship whole. Like this Murkwater Thrasher.

FREE-TO-PLAY DEFINITION FOR MAELSTROM:
As Free-to-Play definitions vary with games we want to define it clearly so players know what they can expect: All gameplay and progress can be unlocked by playing the game for free. No additional purchases are needed to enjoy the game to its fullest extent. There are no ways to purchase a competitive advantage in game. Players must play the game to progress & become more powerful. There are no ways to purchase a top tier ship with a powerful crew, it must be earned by playing the game. Players can however, accelerate progression with boosts. Gold is in-game currency and earned by playing the game. Gunpowder is premium currency & the only item sold for cash in-game. It is used to buy all of the premium items in the store such as the battle pass, cosmetics, boosters & bundles. Gunpowder can also be earned for free via the Battle Pass, completing quests & checking the store. Battle Passes unlock cosmetics, gold or gunpowder & there is a premium track that unlocks additional rewards for gunpowder. Future content will be added through seasonal Battle Passes, events or content drops. There are no loot boxes. All Items are directly purchasable in the store. https://store.steampowered.com/app/764050/Maelstrom/
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By Damis

Astellia Launching September 28th.

Astellia  is launching officially on September 27, but those who have  pre-ordered the game can start to filter into the game world as early as this afternoon. Players who purchased a Legendary Pack can begin their journey this afternoon, with the game world opening up to everyone through the course of the next seven days.
Legendary Pack
- Start Date: 9/20 @ 5:00pm PDT (2:00 CEST)?
Platinum Pack
- Start Date: 9/23 @ 5:00pm PDT (2:00 CEST)?
Gold Pack
- Start Date: 9/26 @ 5:00pm PDT (2:00 CEST)?
Official Launch Start
- Start Date: 9/27 @ 5:00pm PDT (2:00 CEST)?
For those on the fence about purchasing the game, Astellia can now be played with a subscription model. For $9.99 a month, players can dive into Astellia and decide for themselves if the experience is worth the full price. If so, you can then upgrade your account with the full game purchase. 
The subscription doesn't offer players the chance to hop in early, but it does afford something the ability to try it for a month without spending the full price on the game.However, keep in mind that any payments made towards the subscription cannot be used towards the purchase the game. 
Read more at https://www.mmorpg.com/astellia/news/astellia-adds-subscription-plan-to-give-players-another-way-to-play-the-mmo-1000053642#4BUZRIEk1HKXZH0w.99
 
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By Damis

ESO: SCALEBREAKER DLC GAME PACK

The Scalebreaker DLC game pack brings two new Season of the Dragon dungeons, expanding upon the events of both Wrathstone and Elsweyr. The Dragons are free from the Halls of Colossus, and now you must deal with the fallout of their release. While these stories are part of the year-long saga, you can enjoy both without having completed either of the year’s earlier content—enjoy!
Lair of Maarselok
For centuries, Maarselok slept deep in the mountains between Elsweyr and Grahtwood. However, upon the opening of the Halls of Colossus, this monstrous Dragon has awoken, and now threatens to spread his corruption into the domain of the Wood Elves. Only with the help of the Warlock Carindon and the forest spirit Selene can you defeat this terrifying new Dragon!

Hunt the great Dragon Maarselok!
Moongrave Fane
Hidden within a fallen Khajiiti temple, the vampires of the Hollowfang prepare to perform a terrible ritual. Joined by the former Dragonguard Grundwulf, they wish to drain the blood from a captured Dragon! You and your team must fight your way into the fallen ruin and put a stop to their plan before it’s too late.
Both dungeons can be attempted in Normal and Veteran difficulties, with a Veteran Hard Mode option available for those looking for a challenge. Brave delvers can discover new rewards up for grabs in both dungeons, too, including new item sets, Achievements, collectibles, and more.
PURCHASE DETAILS
The Scalebreaker DLC game pack is free for all ESO Plus members and available for purchase for 1,500 crowns from the in-game Crown Store (listed under DLC).
https://www.elderscrollsonline.com/en-us/home
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Working on stuff for Heavy Gear Blitz

Ok so I have been working on something cool for a game I am soon going to be getting into hardcore.  The game Heavy Gear Blitz is a Tabletop War game with Minis and is very cool to play.  I do not know the rules yet, but I have always been a fan of the Heavy Gear series. The project I am doing is going to be making land ships for real life gameplay.  What are land ships?  Land ships are the mainstay of the armies of the North and South in the Heavy Gear universe.  They range from Land Carri

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GohanF22

 

Blog Renamed and new purpose on doing the project

Ok so over the past week I have been having more speed bumps in my life yet again.  One being is my family in general is not in good health be it my father, couple of my uncles and also my one grandfather who I only have left of grandparents.  Also, finalizing my withdrawal medically from spring semester and patiently waiting for what they will do with my grades and change them to just Ws instead of WFs.  So, I have had a ton of stress of late and that being said I was giving though on the proje

GohanF22

GohanF22

 

I had an apifiny

Now to clarify before people get confused on the tags, the mecha comic is separate from the comic that will be worked on for the Enmity of Creation Project. I had a great idea pop into my brain like earlier today and started thinking on it entirely.  I thought to myself I need a good idea to start working on my artwork, something that I KNOW I will love doing no matter what.  And these ideas came into play.  What I am going to do starting possibly sunday, I am going to start working on a me

GohanF22

GohanF22

 

Next Week's Synopsis

This week is already shot for me to do anything seeing as how I am every day drowsy from the meds I am on so doing anything this week is probably fool hardy.  That being said I will try to start on stuff Sunday. What I intend to start on is artwork, Job Hunting and get some start on the Enmity of Creation Project. I'm debating on either doing watercolor or something 3D to start working on for my artwork.  OR...something big to work on for awhile.  Not sure yet.  I will also be starting

GohanF22

GohanF22

 

Status update on me

I am drowsy at the moment thanks to the new medication I was put on by my neurologist.  This is hopefully going to kill the migraines good.  So far it's working only it has a serious side affect that I need to get used to.  It's making me super drowsy right now so me driving anywhere is like out of the question.  At least until the affects wear off that I'm not bothered by it anymore. Also, likelihood of me getting a W on my classes for this semester are probably good cause the amount of do

GohanF22

GohanF22

 

Trying to do Artwork...withdrawing medically from Semester

So yeah I have been trying to do some artwork cause yep...I am withdrawing medically from this semester cause of incessant migraines that will NOT go away.  This is only temporary.  Will be going back to school in the fall.  However, it will make my graduation date now sometime in December cause of this withdrawal.  My gpa is intact, but my graduation date is not.  Anyway, always a plus and minus to everything. So, I will post what I have been working on.  Been fooling around in DAZ and now

GohanF22

GohanF22

 

Tabletop RPG maybe temporarily out...for now.

Ok so my tries to getting people interested from other discords I used to be on has failed.  I was trying to get some people to help out with building the Tabletop RPG, however I found out those people turned out to be total assholes.  Literally. It's like when you leave for over a year from one server...the entire server turns into a cess pool of idiots. That being said the idea of doing a Tabletop RPG is out of the question for now.  I will try to find another means to get people int

GohanF22

GohanF22

 

List of things I will be buying for my Artistic Career

Well my semester is getting closer and closer to being finished and first year done for masters.  However, likelihood of me doing good this semester probably not good cause my health has hindered my progress.  I maybe put on academic probation so I have a chance of improving my gpa next semester.  As long as i pull off good grades next semester, I'll be brought out of it. Anyway, thats not this blog is about.  What it IS about is what stuff I will be purchasing in the future to further my c

GohanF22

GohanF22

 

Concept Mind Map Finished

As you guys can see, I have done a lot of work so far with some people and by myself as well on this tremendous project.  The project is being called "Enmity of Creation" or another terminology would be "War of Creation".  Each project (RPG, Comic Book(s), Video Game) will have its own title but will be originating from this same working title.  They will also have pretty much the same storyline or stories intertwining with each other. If anyone doesn't know what this is...it's a Mind Map. 

GohanF22

GohanF22

 

Including now into the mix: Mecha Tabletop RPG

Well I had this idea running since last year and I thought to myself, "Now that I am working on a Comic Book/Video Game Project that is mecha, AND coinciding with each other...why not bring the RPG into the mix."  So that is what I intend to do.  Yes it is a TON of stuff on my plate...however, I need to do this in more ways than one.  One because I need to keep myself occupied and working on things because my life as a whole needs to change for the better.  Two, I need to learn how to multitask

GohanF22

GohanF22

 

Ideas for this weekend

So, this weekend I think I will start on working on my artwork as a whole.  I have been trying to brainstorm ideas for each of my strengths that I have and have come up with many so far.  However, I want to do at least start on one or two this weekend. Some of the ideas I have come up with range from Comic Book style artwork to 3D renderings and so on and so on.  I am leaning on towards finishing 2 watercolor paintings I have already started and something 3D to start as well. I think t

GohanF22

GohanF22

 

Brainstorming to Begin Soon

Well, I intend to be developing two different projects over the course of a certain time.  One being a Comic Book and another being a Video Game.  Both projects are a HUGE undertaking I might add, however, I am not afraid to do so.  Cool thing about this is...both projects will coincide with each other in story.  The genre I picked to develop both under is Sci-Fi Mecha.  Now the actual storyline is going to be made from the brainstorming, mind-mapping, and storyboarding that will be happening he

GohanF22

GohanF22

 

Top Ten Christmas Movies

For me, there is nothing not awesome about the Christmas time of year.  Living in Texas, despite having near zero chance of snow, this time of year still brings something magical to my home and my family.  This list changes for me from year to year, but I always enjoy making it!  I'll get right to the list, please feel free to reply with your favorites!   1. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer 1964 classic clay-animation version.   2. The Snowman 1982 - Very touching st

Throne

Throne

 

Back to Dragon Age: Origins

You know those places no one wants to visit? Let alone live there, mind you. Your friends and family, when they hear you say, "Come down for the weekend," they all start making excuses why they simply can't make it. That's what I mean, a place like that. The military introduced me to many of those places, actually. Gaming became the best escape - the chance to gather with others stuck in the same dire mess of a situation and usually wearing the same uniform, too. Something to do together wh

Phyreblade

Phyreblade

 

17 Years of Awesome

I was a month or so into joining an established guild called "House of Blackrock" when I met Oonagh (then Audria) and created a friendship that would eventually lead to the beginning of the Covenant of the Phoenix.  I was level 12 and she was level 5 on the Darktide server of Asheron's Call.  I was also just recently 22 years old and rocking my way through life in the fast lane.  I would love to say it was just so easy to formulate the plan that would eventually lead to this community's fut

Throne

Throne

 

My home of four years

Over the course of four years I have had the pleasure of being a part of this family. It brings me sense of peace to serve by my comrades, I serve with a sense of responsibility and honour to this covenant. I wish to do more to help our covenant and should any of my leaders ask of me anything I shall do it without hesitation.

Hyperionwolf

Hyperionwolf

 

State of Mind

How is it possible... To hate yourself as much as I do? To look down at yourself, And break out in tears because of what you see. And there's nothing you can do about it, But try to change, And be somebody you aren't. Try to be the same person, With a different shell, And be perfect. How can you hate yourself to the point you want to get rid of yourself, Or to the point that you cut and bruise, And starve. How can you hate yourself as much as I do? How does one be happy?

Ztuke

Ztuke

 

Chapter 2 – Repercussions

Pop. SnapSSSSSSssssssssss.   Mari stirred next to the warmth of a fire burning near her. It was morning. She had cried herself to sleep. Beside the fire, on a rock, was a bowl full of water. She cupped it and examined it closely. She smelled it. ‘Fruit?’ She drank a sip then almost involuntarily drained the rest of the liquid from the bowl. She breathed a small sigh. ‘So sweet.’   The green canopy had been a wonderful covering from the morning shower that had set the leaves of the forest a-g

Erudius

Erudius

 

Skjoldr's Story

....I hate this new "master", tho I dare not show it. She is quick to kill or maim just to show her power, and while she has power, I would crush her simply if this damnable collar could be removed without electrifying my cortex. A recent visit from an un-named Lord of the Sith drew attention to me as being a Full blooded Sith under the collar which is unusual enough, but after the Lord started stating I have some small measure of force power, my new "master" has all but put me under her new i

Erudius

Erudius

 

Chapter 01 - In the forest

Clothes and armor rested neatly on a marbled stone this early morning. A lightsaber nestled into the top of the clothes. The lush forested jungle echoed with the call of life. Footsteps paced along the ridge, following the path of the falls to their end, where a man stood. The grey mist lifted his spirits and the deafening roar created by the water crashing into the pool below calmed his nerves. The sounds of war could not reach him here.   Then there was a stillness. Foreign. Confused. Hurt.

Erudius

Erudius

 

You may not see me for a while... or ever....

For anyone who has actually bothered to read these (and this) blog post(s,) congrats, I didn't think anyone ever would. No comments, so it wasn't anything special, but oh well, everything I do is shite anyway.   Case in point; the computer I am using, and my inability to replace it. I've been trying my damndest to scrounge the money for a new one before this one gives up the ghost; I tried, and failed, as this comp will now only start in safe mode. And joy, I'm still short for enough to get a

Lazurkri

Lazurkri

 

State of the world...part 'o' it anyway...

Where to start? Game of Thrones is shaping up to be a great show, Age of Ultron is awesome, Tomorrowland sucks, Mad Max is a great return to the franchise, and, oh yeah, ISIS is running nuts! Long story short; So long as the Iraqi army are the only ones with boots actually on the ground, I don't see ISIS being taken out. Air power can only do so much, conventionally anyway.... I really don't think people are quite to the point of wanting to see a light brighter than the sun pop into existance.

Lazurkri

Lazurkri

 

State of American Media

Breaking news! American Media has the attention span of a gnat and the priorities of Justin Bieber! Confused? Let me clarify; Whilst people are dying in Nepal and the entire country is pretty much screwed, the American Media seems hilariously fixated on what is happening down in Baltimore, at least when it comes to TV and Satellite radio, with nothing but "Breaking News out of Baltimore!" reports constantly. Now, I've been keeping tabs on what is going on, and I do agree, something has to be do

Lazurkri

Lazurkri

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