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By Elric

Wolcen: Major Content Patch

If you haven't already heard, Wolcen just dropped a huge 1GB content patch yesterday (6/24/2019). They added a lot of good stuff, and they are really moving along in the development path.  If you haven't heard of "Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem" before, it is an Action RPG similar to Diablo III that is being developed for Steam by Wolcen Studios.  On a side note, it is on sale this week for 20% off!
https://store.steampowered.com/app/424370/Wolcen_Lords_of_Mayhem/
 
 
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By Throne

ATLAS: Present and Future

We have been at it since day one, that ugly and...well, let's just stick with ugly...launch. Even through the lag muck and server instability, you could read the stars and see the potential.  Right off the bat it was only for the tough, and we barreled through the glitchy log-ins, the shaky starter zones and the wretched "lawless" starting areas and found our way to the rafts.  Some were able to get to our island after 3-4 hours of learning how to tack, zig zag and fight through server borders and with a full stack of human hides, and then some were finally rescued after what seemed like days of being eaten alive by scorpions and crocodiles, only to quickly get used to dying to the cold, the wolves, the alpha horses, the water, the sharks and each other's general noob mistakes.
Yes, with the known developer, we did try to ARK it, or Dark and Light it...hell, we've even tried to Life is Feudal this one....and Atlas is just NOT those games.  Some visuals and sounds are there, but the depth and options and functionality is just SO much more.  What really took the game from just another ARK expansion to, the potential mmo of the decade, was getting out on our first schooner, the SS Skjoldr (video below).  The experience was entirely PvE, but when you have 13 people packed on to a single vessel and the guys repairing the ship are as vital as the helmsman steering and the deckhands manning the sails, it became something I haven't seen in a game since our friday night flights on the Decimator back in SWG.
We have had just a blast learning the game and surviving our island and our neighbors over the past couple weeks.  Though it may appear as if we are well off enough, growing from 30 actives day one, to more than double that now, we absolutely could use more folks interested in living the Atlas life.  Whether you are interested in navigating the high seas, captaining a brigand, farming the tundra, mucking through politics, taming elephants or exploring the massive (30-40 hours of sailing from one end to the other) world, it is all here and we have many members willing to help you get started.
Here is a few screencaps and videos to give you an idea of what we have been up to:
 
 




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By Throne

Xalt defeats Elric for 2018 Fantasy Football Crown

Xalt's Zappers smirk at expectations, knock off Elric's Arksters in 171.07-127.47 rout

Both teams exceeded their projected point totals, but it was Xalt's Zappers who got the victory, cruising to a 171.07-127.47 win over Elric's Arksters. Elric's Arksters earned a 3.86-point lead on Saturday behind Joey Bosa (2.18 points) and Mike Williams (1.68), but Xalt's Zappers held the lead the rest of the way. They were led by Matt Ryan (25.46 points) and Damien Williams (22.53). Ben Roethlisberger (42.22 points) and T.Y. Hilton (19.4) led the charge for Elric's Arksters in the loss. This marks the second time this season Xalt's Zappers have beaten Elric's Arksters, after winning 118.28-117.7 in their last matchup. Xalt's Zappers end the season at 12-4, while Elric's Arksters finish the campaign at 9-7.
 
Matchup Highlights

Sunday Early    There were players with standout moments on both teams early Sunday, after which Xalt's Zappers owned a 125.41-53.13 lead. Matt Ryan had a 75-yard touchdown pass and a 44-yard touchdown pass for Xalt's Zappers, while David Njoku had a 66-yard catch. T.Y. Hilton made the highlight reel for Elric's Arksters with a 55-yard catch.

Sunday Late    Both teams had players with big-time moments on Sunday afternoon, but it was Xalt's Zappers who took the lead, 148.54-96.80. For Xalt's Zappers, Robert Woods had a 39-yard touchdown catch. Ben Roethlisberger made the highlight reel for Elric's Arksters with a 20-yard touchdown pass and a 49-yard pass.

Sunday Night    Harrison Butker had a 54-yard field goal for Elric's Arksters, who trailed 171.07-118.27 after Sunday Night Football.
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AT&T Sucks...and this is just one reason why.

I'm writing this blog post to vent, but also in the hopes that somewhere in cyberspace it will be picked up and cataloged by search engines and spread like a virus...to warn others of the evil corporation that AT&T is: their service sucks, their customer service sucks, most of their technicians, linemen, IR techs, and supervisors suck...and in general they just suck as a whole.   My story begins around June...no names have been changed to protect the guilty. Admitedly my timeline may be

Killercod

Killercod

 

Don't blame the player...blame the game!

Link to source material   First off let me preface this by saying the horrific tragedy that occured in Norway defies any attempt at logical thinking, my heartfelt prayers go out to the Norwegian people as a whole.   That being said, I saw this article and couldnt' help but think of this knee jerk reaction for what it is...the blame game. An entire country is going to let the ramblings of one madman dictate policy to them. And once again, you and I as gamers are painted as sociological psycho

Killercod

Killercod

 

A child's hobby...I think NOT! Average gamer is 37 years old...

Link to Source Material   Caught the story above today, and since I'm 40 it caught my attention! We (folks my age) ARE the pioneers of the video game, the generation that crossed the atlantic to found a new world, the ones who braved the wild west and settled the gamer nation: most of us teething on the Atari 2600 and Intellivision consoles of the eighties, or beginning our gaming careers on a Comodore 64 or Apple IIe long ago. We were the ones feeding millions of dollars worth of quarters i

Killercod

Killercod

 

One more rant about healthcare

LINK TO SOURCE   This kinda thing is a hot spot for me, so after Tagon posted it I knew I had to blog about it.   Canadian researchers find a simple cure for cancer, but major pharmaceutical companies are not interested.   Researchers at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada have cured cancer last week, yet there is a little ripple in the news or in TV. It is a simple technique using very basic drug. The method employs dichloroacetate, which is currently used to treat metabolic d

Killercod

Killercod

 

The Virtual Black Market

Source Material   Came across this website talking about how selling virtual goods in games is more profitable that the real economy in some cases. Basically it said that gold farming and power leveling generated revenues in the region of $3 billion in 2009 and was serving as the primary source of income for an estimated 100,000 young folks, primarily in countries like China and Vietnam. It also mentions that most of the revenue from such transactions ends up in the country where the virtual

Killercod

Killercod

 

The Copyright Wars

Federal Felonies and Free Wiretapping!   "The White House today proposed sweeping revisions to U.S. copyright law, including making "illegal streaming" of audio or video a federal felony and allowing FBI agents to wiretap suspected infringers without a warrant under the terms of the Patriot Act."   Now, I see and feel the pain of people trying to protect thier intellecutal property rights in this day and age but...   WOW! A federal felony! According to the US Governemnt downloading or tr

Killercod

Killercod

 

A sad look into our digital future...

AT&T caps DSL broadband users   I'm thoroughly pissed off and disgusted with AT&T and I sincerely hope that as a business they fail and are consumed by another media company at this point. Their wireles service notoriously sucks, and now it looks like they are trying to punish thier landline customers..some of which don't have a choice in who their provider is. Nice monopoly there...   That being said, this is the wave of the future! Capitalism at it's finest...more money for the co

Killercod

Killercod

 

My Review of Dragon Age 2 Through Act I

PC Version Graphics are stupendous on a newer system... GTX 400 series or above should be great on HIGH. I downloaded the High Resolution Texture pack from here and everything still plays very well. 200 series is probably good on Medium/High as well and still looks/plays nicely.   To me, the game is definitely not like DA:O... but I'm not disappointed. Obviously there are going to be a LOT of heartbroken people out there that were really looking forward to a return to the old style of R

Liquid Wolf

Liquid Wolf

 

Legend of the Purple Barneys

Some say it's a myth, others say they once saw them playing cards with Bigfoot. Nevertheless, you will all soon know the truth behind the LEGEND of the Purple Barneys.   After yet another amazingly awesome PvP experience in Keshatta, the Covenant of the Phoenix and it's allies were hanging out and having a good time talking about the aforementioned pwnage and throwing a few jokes around.   It was but a few minutes into the conversation when jokes about funny guild names emerged.   Skjoldr

Throne

Throne

 

From: How people find their way to the CotP

There are three main ways that people find their way to the Covenant of the Phoenix website, and subsequently, CotP membership.   1. They link directly, most likely as a result of being recruited in-game and given the URL address.   2. They google search for "family gaming guild" or something similar and end up here.   3. They find us via links to this website located on another website.   Today we'll focus on item 3.   First off, how do these links get on other sites?   Many ways, b

Throne

Throne

 

CotP Economy FAQ now available

Hit the tutorials for the FAQ or just go to the link below.   There are many other aspects of the CotP Economy that won't make it into the FAQ anytime soon, so feel free to ask any questions you have in a reply.   If you wish to have a stock tied to your forum performance, just ask me here and I'll get one up.   I hope you enjoy it, have some fun!   http://www.covenantofthephoenix.com/forums/tutorials/article/4-cotp-economy-faq/   Source: CotP Economy FAQ now available

Throne

Throne

 

PvP and the CotP

Please be very clear on this....the CotP will never hold back a single member or leader from attempting to establish CotP entities on PVE servers whilst there are established PvP plans and opportunities available.   Likewise, the veteran CotP leadership will also never hold back vital statistically backed data to help inform this membership and leadership during the installation and procurement of plans that will best secure an expansion chapter's long-term success.   The overriding goal of

Throne

Throne

 

Sports: Crashing and Burning as a Jets Fan...Again

I have been a Yankees, Jets and Rangers fan for my entire life. Remove the Yankees from the equation and you can see that most of my sports-fan existence has been filled with not only failure, but epic, heartbreaking failure.   For the past five years or so, I've become much busier at work. With over 80 (for hockey) and 160 (for baseball) games played a season, hockey and baseball have become too time intensive for me to follow in any meaningful way. I can usually tell you whether my teams

Delmar

Delmar

 

Living Under Emperial Rule Waiting For The Old Republic

Knights of the Old Republic is my favorite game. Period. I loved everything about it, from the twisting plot, to the memorable characters, to the varied and interesting settings, to the final battle. When I heard that they were turning it into an MMO, I was thrilled. The press has all been positive. The previews and limited reviews have been positive. I was fortunate enough to have participated in a limited beta test for three days, which left me wanting more.   That was a couple of mo

Delmar

Delmar

 

From: Screenshot Request

Please upload all your guild hall/city/house/mansion/base pictures to the Gallery as soon as possible. I need them for an upcoming CotP story.   Thanks!   Source: Screenshot Request

Throne

Throne

 

Amazing Video!

The Trashmaster   French filmmaker Mathieu Weschler has invested two years creating what we believe to be the first feature-length (88 minutes) machinima movie made in the world of Grand Theft Auto IV.   The "trashmaster" divides his time between collecting garbage and cleaning up other forms of trash fouling up New York City's streets: dealers, small-time criminals... When the dancers in his favourite strip club are mysteriously killed, the trashmaster finds himself hot on the trail of a pa

Killercod

Killercod

 

First Post!

Can't rememebr where I tried this before, but I loved our previous blog function so I'm gonna try to write again! Stay tuned for my ramblings and rants about video gaming and life in general...

Killercod

Killercod

 

Covenant of the Phoenix Visitors by Country

The Covenant of the Phoenix pride's itself on being an international gaming community with gamers from all over the globe. This blog entry will be revealing the glorious top ten CotP countries ranked by visitors. In the past couple months, we've been visited by 116 countries including several visits from countries like Iran, Sudan, China and even a visit from Mongolia. Unfortunately, we've not yet received any visits from Greenland or Madagascar...   And now, the top ten.   Obviously, wi

Throne

Throne

 

From: New Website Features: (So Far)

This is just a post to outline what we've created so far...it will continue to grow. I'll update as necessary.   Main Page: Has the latest stories from the community, chapters and front page news we want to try and get all members to read.   Official Chapter Page: Shows all our current active chapters and their leaders. (All active chapters also have their own page)   Community Page: Shows the latest community news, member spotlights as well as our facebook and twitter connections. (like

Throne

Throne

 

From: Podcast name

As mentioned here we are about to launch a podcast and we are looking for name. So which of the suggestions do you think we should go with?   The first 8 are all from the twisted mind of Delmar, 9 came from Bandoid and 10 was what I was using when test recording with some friends, they all thought the name was what we were going with and loved it so I figured I would give it a chance in the poll. Since I am hoping to record this weekend the poll closes on Friday vote soon and vote often.   S

Tagon

Tagon

 

МАКSИМ - ТРУДНЫЙ ВОЗРАСТ

So we can blame Bandoid for my latest music fetish...is fetish the right word when it isn't sexual?!?! Anyway he posted a link to the winner Russian Idol, now he didn't post this because he liked the music, but rather because it was shocked at what she was wearing on what appeared to be children's show. Now I am not writing this to get into a debate about what was or was not appropriate (And before anyone ask I am a prude and was more then a little shocked by the choice of clothing) instead I am

Tagon

Tagon

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