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ATLAS

From the sister studio of Wildcard, makers of ARK: Survival Evolved...
ATLAS: The ultimate survival MMO of unprecedented scale with 40,000+ simultaneous players in the same world. Join an endless adventure of piracy & sailing, exploration & combat, roleplaying & progression, settlement & civilization-building, in one of the largest game worlds ever! Explore, Build, Conquer!
https://store.steampowered.com/app/834910/ATLAS/
Early access, Thursday, December 13th  (Update:  delayed release to December 19th)
 

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Kenshi 1.0 Released

It is generally a rarity that finds a single player game a feature of CotP articles, however, over recent months this game has entered my personal top five games of all-time and has passed my hourly steam totals for Mount & Blade, Fallout 4 and Skyrim in the process.  What the....yeah, I know.
So many titles over the years have claimed that it allows its players to "win" the game "their way" in an "open sandbox" environment.  Well, we cannot get the time back that we spent realizing that those developers were still significantly limited in the scope of what any individual's personal definition of in-game "freedom" actually means.  For me, M&B and SWG came close.  Unfortunately, both those games (or their EMU reboot) are either approaching or have surpassed the ten year mark of their seemingly eternal impending latest release. Enter Kenshi.
Freedom is a fun word in Kenshi...yes, you have the freedom to stay solo, group up with a squad, make a vegetable farm, join a faction, enslave a faction, slay the champion, be the richest hermit, recruit an army of robots or build the great city....blah blah, boring.  Now, the freedom to fail in the most unique form possible...that is the true gem in this game.  I will give you just the one example:
My squad is epic, I will tame the badlands and establish a civilized trading outpost...plan = awesome.  Headed for the abandoned fishing outpost.  Acid rain, not fun...put up tent, survived.  Reached fishing village, it is not a fishing village.  Really freaky "skin" people pour out of all the village buildings.  We put up a good fight but were overwhelmed.  One by one, my squad members were....stolen.  Knocked out, picked up and taken to some of the village huts.  What is going on here?  Then the screams.  Agonizing screams from my captured squad members.  No idea.  I am the last one to go down.  KO'd, picked up, taken to a nearby hut....
I died from blood loss.....after I was put into a grinder that peeled my skin off.
https://store.steampowered.com/app/233860/Kenshi/
 
WHAT IS KENSHI?
Kenshi is a single player sandbox PC game set in a vast and atmospheric ‘Sword-Punk’ style open world. With a mix of RPG elements, squad-based control and city-building features, gameplay is completely free-roaming and open: enjoy the freedom and potential to do whatever you want.
Set in an unrelenting world of bloodthirsty cannibals, starving bandits, brutal slavers and wild beasts, survival alone is a grueling struggle… You are not the chosen one. You’re not great and powerful. You don’t have more ‘hitpoints’ than everyone else. You are not the center of the universe, and you are not special. Unless you work for it.
Character Customization 
Edit your characters, build up their strengths and watch them endure and grow. Train Your Skills in Robotics, Thievery, Engineering, Medicine, Weapon Smithing and more!
Squad-Based Control
Play with one character or control a whole team; an army, even. Combat is Real-Time Strategy style with a choice of ranged and melee fighting styles
Build Your Base
Create and run your own city, manage an empire or simply wander the lands as a lone drifter. Research upgrades such as industry tech, weaponry crafting and trade goods
Wounds Affect Gameplay
Complex medical system where injured characters limp, crawl, bleed to death or pass out from starvation. Stem blood loss to avoid predators and replace lost limbs with robotic prosthetics
Open-ended Gameplay
An original sandbox world. Lay siege as a warlord or make your riches as a trader… There are endless game style possibilities and the world will never stop moving
Train hard
There is no level-scaling, the world does not level up along with you. At the start of the game almost everyone will be stronger than you and you’ll have to use your cunning to survive
Survive
Escape capture from deadly slavers & cannibal prisons, rescue your squad mates from grisly death and get them all home alive
Start A Faction
Keep to yourself, form an alliance or oppose other factions and territories of the world… good or bad
 
https://lofigames.com/road-map/
 


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Drayvn ARK cluster updated with Extinction

The ARK: Extinction map has been added to Drayvn's Server Cluster.
The Goal:
Link multiple maps on one server so that players can truly enjoy everything the game offers. You can live on the Island and still explore the dungeons on Extinction while using the dragon you got from scorched and the spelunking tools you got from Aberration.
Note: This is a private server cluster created by Drayvn and is open to COTP members who are able to conduct themselves in a mature manner.  
Note II:  These servers are not modded in order to provide some difficulty to those who can handle it.
Maps currently in cluster:
The Island Scorched Earth Aberration Extinction Server Names:
Pheah Islands Pheah Scorched Pheah Aberration Pheah Extinction Forum Group Link: 
 
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Fallout 76 is Live

Fallout 76 is live right now. It wasn’t supposed to go live until midnight last night but it’s arrived early so a few of us started our journey through Bethesda’s post-apocalyptic MMORPG yesterday.
So far, it is playing more like a Fallout 4 co-op with a new ((much larger) map than the pvp mayhem some were expecting.
I did run into a few brave souls who wanted to tangle early on, but not much came of it as there are protocols that keep open pvp from being too deadly until after you reach level 5.
I crashed twice in 10 hours, and my 4 yr old system held up nicely on ultra graphics (I7 - RX 480 - 32GB Ram).
The base building is unique and interesting.  Pieces snap much more smoothly than I remember in FO4.  If you find a unique plan (blueprint) like a crafting station or furniture, you can help your team out by building it for them on their camp (base) and they'll get to keep it, even if they move their base around.
The S.P.E.C.I.A.L system has been revamped with cards you can use to customize your characters perks and abilities, e.g. Guild Wars.  I didn't see it as a minus or plus, just something new to figure out and maximize for the way I play the game.
The difficulty was typical of Fallout games, where it can be a challenge for moderate gamers and daunting for casual gamers new to the Fallout franchise.
Good times are always best shared, and this game is no exception....running around with a team is much more enjoyable, however the game does not diminish whatsoever when it comes to making progress solo.
So far, it has my endorsement.
Join us in discord https://discord.gg/ar8NGD or on the forums
 

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New Ark Expansion!

If you haven't already seen it, the new Ark expansion was released yesterday.  The new expansion, "Extinction", takes the players back to Earth to find a ravaged homeworld with all sorts of new creatures and challenges.  It seems like they've taken some popular mod content and created some massive "Titans" that function as world bosses throughout the new map. 
The new launch trailer: 
 
COTP does not have an "official" server right now.  Currently Cecil and I run a private server for any COTP members that want to join.  Hit me up via PM if you would like to give it a try!  We are working with our hosting company to get the new expansion server up today.
Here is the official content notes from the Steam page:
 
 
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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 story despite having no words.   3. The Muppet Christmas Carol 1992 - Always a top 5 favorite of mine.   4. The Polar Express - 2004 5. Elf - 2003 6. A Christmas Stopry - 1983 7. A Charlie Brown Christmas - 1965 8. It's a Wonderful Life - 1946 9. The Nightmare before Christmas - 1993 10. Rise of the Guardians - 2012

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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 future successes, but that would be anything but the truth.  First chance I got to make a real game-changing leadership decision, I fell flat on my face (The Rage of Angels incident), lost dozens of friends and singlehandedly cut this community's membership by 90%.  Failing is pretty sucky in the moment, fortunately, it gives you the chance at winning in spite of previously failing...which is awesome. We had a really good run in Asheron's Call, and made a lot of really good memories, many of them out of really bad situations.  Apparently, this community has, as a whole, taken this ability to mind-numbing levels, which has, in turn, given the ten thousand or so members that have joined us over the years some incredibly good times.  Most of the reasons that this community has really worked out is already stated in the guild charter, however, one unwritten standard has definitely set us apart....If you can manage to have a good time during a really bad quest, it leaves nothing but good memories.

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VPN Log Review Case Study

As an eDiscovery professional, I found the below article quite interesting.....especially considering the below linked video from the Onion from a couple years ago.   http://www.theonion....-oversea,14329/     Case Study: Pro-active Log Review Might Be A Good Idea   Andrew Valentine January 14th, 2013   With the New Year having arrived, it’s difficult not to reflect back on last year’s caseload. While the large-scale data breaches make the headlines and are widely discussed among security professionals, often the small and unknown cases are the ones that are remembered as being the most interesting from the investigators point of view. Every now and again a case comes along that, albeit small, still involves some unique attack vector – some clever and creative way that an attacker victimized an organization. It’s the unique one-offs, the ones that are different that often become the most memorable and most talked about amongst the investigators. Such a case came about in 2012. The scenario was as follows. We received a request from a US-based company asking for our help in understanding some anomalous activity that they were witnessing in their VPN logs. This organization had been slowly moving toward a more telecommuting oriented workforce, and they had therefore started to allow their developers to work from home on certain days. In order to accomplish this, they’d set up a fairly standard VPN concentrator approximately two years prior to our receiving their call. In early May 2012, after reading the 2012 DBIR, their IT security department decided that they should start actively monitoring logs being generated at the VPN concentrator. (As illustrated within our DBIR statistics, continual and pro-active log review happens basically never – only about 8% of breaches in 2011 were discovered by internal log review). So, they began scrutinizing daily VPN connections into their environment. What they found startled and surprised them: an open and active VPN connection from Shenyang, China! As in, this connection was LIVE when they discovered it. Besides the obvious, this discovery greatly unnerved security personnel for three main reasons: They’re a U.S. critical infrastructure company, and it was an unauthorized VPN connection from CHINA. The implications were severe and could not be overstated.
The company implemented two-factor authentication for these VPN connection. The second factor being a rotating token RSA key fob. If this security mechanism had been negotiated by an attacker, again, the implications were alarming.
The developer whose credentials were being used was sitting at his desk in the office.
Plainly stated, the VPN logs showed him logged in from China, yet the employee is right there, sitting at his desk, staring into his monitor. Shortly after making this discovery, they contacted our group for assistance. Based on what information they had obtained, the company initially suspected some kind of unknown malware that was able route traffic from a trusted internal connection to China, and then back. This was the only way they could intellectually resolve the authentication issue. What other explanation could there be? Our investigators spent the initial hours with the victim working to facilitate a thorough understanding of their network topology, segmentation, authentication, log collection and correlation and so on. One red flag that was immediately apparent to investigators was that this odd VPN connection from Shenyang was not new by any means. Unfortunately, available VPN logs only went back 6 months, but they showed almost daily connections from Shenyang, and occasionally these connections spanned the entire workday. In other words, not only were the intruders in the company’s environment on a frequent basis, but such had been the case for some time. Central to the investigation was the employee himself, the person whose credentials had been used to initiate and maintain a VPN connection from China. Employee profile –mid-40’s software developer versed in C, C++, perl, java, Ruby, php, python, etc. Relatively long tenure with the company, family man, inoffensive and quiet. Someone you wouldn’t look at twice in an elevator. For the sake of case study, let’s call him “Bob.” The company’s IT personnel were sure that the issue had to do with some kind of zero day malware that was able to initiate VPN connections from Bob’s desktop workstation via external proxy and then route that VPN traffic to China, only to be routed back to their concentrator. Yes, it is a bit of a convoluted theory, and like most convoluted theories, an incorrect one. As just a very basic investigative measure, once investigators acquired a forensic image of Bob’s desktop workstation, we worked to carve as many recoverable files out of unallocated disk space as possible. This would help to identify whether there had been malicious software on the system that may have been deleted. It would also serve to illustrate Bob’s work habits and potentially reveal anything he inadvertently downloaded onto his system. What we found surprised us – hundreds of .pdf invoices from a third party contractor/developer in (you guessed it) Shenyang, China. As it turns out, Bob had simply outsourced his own job to a Chinese consulting firm. Bob spent less that one fifth of his six-figure salary for a Chinese firm to do his job for him. Authentication was no problem, he physically FedExed his RSA token to China so that the third-party contractor could log-in under his credentials during the workday. It would appear that he was working an average 9 to 5 work day. Investigators checked his web browsing history, and that told the whole story. A typical ‘work day’ for Bob looked like this: 9:00 a.m. – Arrive and surf Reddit for a couple of hours. Watch cat videos 11:30 a.m. – Take lunch 1:00 p.m. – Ebay time. 2:00 – ish p.m Facebook updates – LinkedIn 4:30 p.m. – End of day update e-mail to management. 5:00 p.m. – Go home Evidence even suggested he had the same scam going across multiple companies in the area. All told, it looked like he earned several hundred thousand dollars a year, and only had to pay the Chinese consulting firm about fifty grand annually. The best part? Investigators had the opportunity to read through his performance reviews while working alongside HR. For the last several years in a row he received excellent remarks. His code was clean, well written, and submitted in a timely fashion. Quarter after quarter, his performance review noted him as the best developer in the building.     http://securityblog....be-a-good-idea/

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TERA SUPPORT IS HILARIOUS

Conversation between CotP member "Smurph" and TERA Support   SubjectChat Session Discussion Thread GM Dubstar said...05/12/2012 12:30 AMLet me know if you have any other questions..   Brandon “GM Dubstar” EME Customer Support - Specialist     ** OUR STAFF WILL NEVER ASK FOR YOUR PASSWORD ** ** Keep It Secret, Keep It Safe** Chat Transcript05/12/2012 12:29 AMHi, my name is GM Dubstar. How may I help you? Smurph .: Hey. Smurph .: How are you doing? Smurph .: Uhm. One second please Smurph .: Alrighty Smurph .: Hi Smurph .: My name in game is Condoms Smurph .: and my guild members are feeling semi offended by the name Smurph .: as well as some of the players in game. Smurph .: I was wondering if I could get you to change my name? GM Dubstar: lolol sure Smurph .: Smurph .: Dubstar. So pro. Smurph .: So atm I'm on my mini toon GM Dubstar: I'd be offended too if I was running around with male genitals.. Smurph .: Smurph. Smurph .: Lol Smurph .: Most hellarious support ever. Smurph .: Alright Smurph .: So im on smurph Smurph .: im about to delete it Smurph .: Could you have my name Condoms Smurph .: renamed to Smurph? GM Dubstar: What server, young condom? Smurph .: Lol Smurph .: Valley of Titans GM Dubstar: To smurph? Smurph .: Yeahp Smurph .: let me delete real fast GM Dubstar: And want the one on BC changed too? GM Dubstar: Dont delete anything.. Smurph .: BC? GM Dubstar: Please Smurph .: Oops. Smurph .: :l Smurph .: Already deleted Smurph Smurph .: meh. Smurph .: Its no big deal. it was a lvl 28 toon that I am no longer using GM Dubstar: Mk.. Smurph .: I dont have one on bc. Smurph .: or at least not that im aware of. GM Dubstar: It says you do. GM Dubstar: Named condom Smurph .: Uhh. GM Dubstar: But your good to go, young Smurph Smurph .: Nope. Smurph .: Kay Smurph .: Oh GM Dubstar: You know what would be really weird? Smurph .: one more tang. Smurph .: What? GM Dubstar: A Smurph condom lol Smurph .: Lol Smurph .: My toon is still named Condoms. GM Dubstar: Hmm.. This is a sticky situation GM Dubstar: lolz GM Dubstar: Close your launcher GM Dubstar: And give it another thrust Smurph .: Zoomfg lol Smurph .: Gonna go all day huh? Smurph .: Smurph .: Is it also possible for me to change my appearance? Smurph .: Make my toon look more.. Smurph .: short and blue Smurph .: I'm already an elin Smurph .: just the hair isnt blue. Smurph .: It'll bug me to no end. GM Dubstar: Once again, restart launcher Smurph .: Booting. Smurph .: Elder dubstar. Smurph .: Still nuthin. GM Dubstar: '''____''' Smurph .: ill reboot it again GM Dubstar: Go to the banker or parcel claim window Smurph .: Okay GM Dubstar: You actually have to exit the launcher as well Smurph .: Oh Smurph .: Didnt do that Smurph .: Still nothin Smurph .: loggging in and heading to banker thingy Smurph .: extra g in there. Smurph .: for fun iguess Smurph .: Okay. Smurph .: I'm there. Smurph .: Did you change Condom's name? Smurph .: I'm Condoms Smurph .: multiple. GM Dubstar: On VT? GM Dubstar: Lol what? Smurph .: Valley of Titans Smurph .: Yeah I'm Condoms Smurph .: Awe snap you did condom? GM Dubstar: You should be smurph? Smurph .: Nope. Smurph .: Still Condoms. GM Dubstar: Great.. Now we have 2 condoms, and only 1 smurph.. Smurph .: lol. GM Dubstar: How is this gonna work out?? Smurph .: Idk. Smurph .: What happened? lol Smurph .: Whats the problemo here xD Smurph .: Tell me what to do oh wise one. GM Dubstar: Hmm.. I think that name is already taken? Smurph .: No. Smurph .: I just deleted it Smurph .: like while we were talking Smurph .: Smurph GM Dubstar: I see that.. Smurph .: Mmk.. GM Dubstar: How's Dr. Smurph? Smurph .: D: Smurph .: Nuuu. Smurph GM Dubstar: Or smurph.condoms Smurph .: What happened? GM Dubstar: Smurph.condoms.inc.. Smurph .: How is Smurph taken already? Smurph .: lol GM Dubstar: You can have your own condom company inside the world of tera? Smurph .: Lol? GM Dubstar: Be all like come here buddy, I have my condom on, I'm ready to go!! GM Dubstar: Haha jk.. Smurph .: Lol GM Dubstar: But Its not letting me change it right now Smurph .: My guild members are Loling hard about this stuff. Smurph .: Whys that? GM Dubstar: Maybe we shall give it a minute Smurph .: mmk. Smurph .: I have minutes. Smurph .: and hours. Smurph .: friday night no lifer right here. Smurph .: Shall we chit chat? GM Dubstar: Haha I'm down GM Dubstar: I cant take too long though Smurph .: How does one like yourself become a "GM" GM Dubstar: I was born as such.. Smurph .: lol GM Dubstar: Raised by the popori GM Dubstar: trained by the amen GM Dubstar: Then granted powers by the priest when ready GM Dubstar: A really long, tough process Smurph .: q Smurph .: Lol GM Dubstar: Kind of like 300 GM Dubstar: That's what the sky looks like here, too Smurph .: Are all GMs so... Smurph .: trolly? Smurph .: Lol Smurph .: All I wanted change my condom and now im getting all these stories Smurph .: TERRIBLE SUPPORT Smurph .: RAGE GM Dubstar: hey.. that's Terable support round here GM Dubstar: and all this is coming from a condom.. GM Dubstar: That's why you smell bro Smurph .: Woah Smurph .: Too far man! Smurph .: Lol Smurph .: They pay you for this? GM stuff? GM Dubstar: Earlier, I saw a little crab from Cutthroat harbor running across you earlier Smurph .: in TERA accounts? GM Dubstar: Nah its more like slavery Smurph .: Awe Jeepers Smurph .: I'd work as a GM GM Dubstar: Restart the launcher now, btw Smurph .: they'd have to pay me in condoms tho Smurph .: MAGNUMS ONLY Smurph .: Not to brag. But I'm rockin at least a pinky. GM Dubstar: Hahaha whatever.. Smurph .: pinky and a half on a good day. Smurph .: umad. GM Dubstar: This link if for you brotha: GM Dubstar: http://www.allcondom...ger-condoms.htm Smurph .: Offended! Smurph .: Lol Smurph .: I'm soooooooo screenshotting this entire convo bro. GM Dubstar: wait till you see your new name.. Mr.Small.Condom GM Dubstar: lolol Smurph .: If you'd like I can bleep yer name out tho. Dont want you to get in truble xD Smurph .: Aye it worked Smurph .: Now how about my look? Can I edit that somehow? Smurph .: My hair mostly. Smurph .: I mean if my name is smurph, gotta play the part. Smurph .: blue hair n all. GM Dubstar: Idc bout the name.. Dubstar will become a know world wide entity.. Smurph .: lol GM Dubstar: The worlds first large-scale Smurph Condom Manufacture Smurph .: Ahh Smurph .: I see it now. Smurph .: Rolling in the condoms. Smurph .: We make them Smurph size Smurph .: All of asia be so happy Smurph .: We very happy asian man Smurph .: So happy! Smurph .: Asia man wear long time! Smurph .: All time! GM Dubstar: Lolololz Smurph .: xD GM Dubstar: that just made my day.. GM Dubstar: I was about to go home GM Dubstar: But effff it, I'll stay for another 8 hrs.. Hoping to get a player as BA as you Smurph .: Awe Shinazzy. Smurph .: No way that will happen. Smurph .: COSMETICS BRO Smurph .: I WANT THE BLUE HAIRS Smurph .: DO UHT GM Dubstar: I thought we went over this? Smurph .: MOST IMPORTANT PART OF TERA EXPERIENCE Smurph .: No we got caught up in the condoms GM Dubstar: You cant change your look unless you have a mutated disease with crabs on you.. GM Dubstar: Which smurphs are immune to Smurph .: Jeepers Smurph .: the one time condoms have foiled my plan GM Dubstar: Nah, go to the banker.. GM Dubstar: One time?? Smurph .: Yeah GM Dubstar: I usually reuse those suckers.. Smurph .: I aint got kids Smurph .: Lol GM Dubstar: Me neither Smurph .: Dude Smurph .: I could milk this all day Smurph .: You just give me anything I want Smurph .: Lolololol GM Dubstar: Go to the banker and get your stupid little parcel, and make yourself blue Smurph .: Milk. Condoms. Semen. Smurph .: Lulz Smurph .: Thanks bro. Smurph .: THANKS Smurph .: AND ITS NOT STUPID Smurph .: ITS IMPORTANT Smurph .: IMPORTANT PARCEL GM Dubstar: Eww.. Smurph .: Parcel not there yet Smurph .: Idk GM Dubstar: Have you got the parcel yet? Smurph .: No GM Dubstar: So why it wouldn't let me change your name earlier.. Smurph .: I hadnt taken my condom off yet. Smurph .: I forgot. Smurph .: >.< GM Dubstar: Is I accidentally changed some character named Condom to smurph GM Dubstar: And he had 3 condom characters.. On 3 different servers Smurph .: Lol Smurph .: Someone is dedicated. Smurph .: Really doesnt want to have kids GM Dubstar: So if anyone ever tells you their getting screwed by Tera.. Smurph .: Be like wtfbbq? Smurph .: Lol GM Dubstar: You can say at least there's at least a condom on all the servers ;d Smurph .: Yeah Smurph .: Makes sense. Smurph .: Procrastinating parcel. Smurph .: So do you play tera Smurph .: or just work for enmasse. GM Dubstar: I played before launch on the production server GM Dubstar: And made it to lvl 25 GM Dubstar: But since launch I havent had time to play GM Dubstar: We got 4 more min's to chat, btw.. Smurph .: Busy fixing condoms. Smurph .: You're shift over in 4m ins Smurph .: or what. Smurph .: your* GM Dubstar: Nope, gotta go help more gamers ;d Smurph .: Ahh fun. GM Dubstar: But you'll get the appearance change tomorrow. Smurph .: Now I see the real reason for que time. Smurph .: Ahh thanks. GM Dubstar: So you get to run around another day looking like a condom Smurph .: My hair is purple. Smurph .: MEH GM Dubstar: Yeah, once your in, its like VIP Smurph .: Lol Smurph .: Well hey man GM Dubstar: http://www.condomdep...id/207/pid/2380 Smurph .: If you ever get to play Smurph .: Play on Valley of Titans GM Dubstar: I found ya!!! Smurph .: and send me a tell Smurph .: lolol GM Dubstar: I hear that's where its at.. Smurph .: VoT? Smurph .: yeah pretty big server. Smurph .: PvP all day. Smurph .: No lifer kids like me always online. GM Dubstar: Yep, that seems to be the most intense one.. GM Dubstar: But you should actually get that deal once you restart the browser Smurph .: Well between the 4chan guilds Smurph .: and the reddit guilds. Smurph .: What deal? Smurph .: oh hey GM Dubstar: Sorry, launcher lol Smurph .: got the parcel thingy GM Dubstar: Your good to go Smurph .: didnt need to restart. GM Dubstar: GM Dubstar: Realyy? That's odd Smurph .: Real odd. Smurph .: Well seriously dude Smurph .: Thanks Smurph .: Alot Smurph .: You're super canoodling cool GM Dubstar: Oh well.. Smurph .: Best support I have ever had. GM Dubstar: You as well, my man.. Smurph .: Hellarious GM Dubstar: That's what were aiming for.. Smurph .: : d Smurph .: Serious, EU Tera support I heard is terrible Smurph .: Froggster? Jeepers dat. GM Dubstar: And you caught me at hour 15 of my shift, so your starting to catch a different side of me lol Smurph .: You guys here though. Doing good work. GM Dubstar: Yeah Everyone and their aunt likes our support GM Dubstar: Besides trolls GM Dubstar: but trolls will be trolls Smurph .: 15 hours Smurph .: you work 24 hours straight? Smurph .: or what. GM Dubstar: I'm trying lol Smurph .: Money must be good. Smurph .: You work from home? GM Dubstar: We might run out of coffee soon though, if I keep at it GM Dubstar: Nah we got an office GM Dubstar: Our own office Smurph .: Out of where? GM Dubstar: Some realm over Tera.. Smurph .: Lol Smurph .: Kay. GM Dubstar: Looking down on yall fools runnin around slayin each other Smurph .: Lol Smurph .: Well alright dude Smurph .: Lookout for a post on TERA forums called Dubstar World Wide Entity GM Dubstar: Any more questions for the mighty Dubstar before we depart? Smurph .: Humn.. Smurph .: Uhh... Got any free stuff you can give me? GM Dubstar: Lol Ill call the Tera IRS tomorrow and get things squared away Smurph .: Idk. GM Dubstar: Mmh not today lol Smurph .: Lol alright Smurph .: Then I'm set GM Dubstar: I'll send you an email so you can come strait to me if you have any more issues Smurph .: Serious? Smurph .: Thanks GM Dubstar: You seem like the type to repost this.. Smurph .: repost what? GM Dubstar: This convo Smurph .: Yeah Smurph .: Totally plan on it. Smurph .: You said you were cool with it. GM Dubstar: So WHUDDDDDDDDDDDUP REDDIT Smurph .: Lol kay. GM Dubstar: That's the fattest shout out yall have got to date.. Smurph .: Meh. I guess ill post it on reddit GM Dubstar: And my main man condom aka Papa Smurph.. Smurph .: though I dont really use it alot. Smurph .: Papa condom. Smurph .: xD GM Dubstar: Please dont lol Smurph .: Dude you just gave them a shoutout Smurph .: I gotta now. GM Dubstar: But if you wern't planning on it please don't! Smurph .: The world must see it Smurph .: THE WORLD MUST SEE THE TRUE POWER Smurph .: OF SMURPH CONDOM INC. GM Dubstar: Haha whatever bro do what you do.. GM Dubstar: Lololz Smurph .: and Dubstar enterprises. Smurph .: Alright get to work slacker. Smurph .: Pz Smurph .: oh wait Smurph .: that link. Smurph .: gimme. GM Dubstar: haha what link? Smurph .: GM Dubstar: I'll send you an email so you can come strait to me if you have any more issues Smurph .: oh email Smurph .: alrighty Smurph .: D3rp Smurph .: Well then alright thats it. Smurph .: Cya dude. Smurph .: Thanks for the help and the laughs! GM Dubstar: lol have a good one, have fun!! 'Smurph .' disconnected ('Concluded by Agent'). [---001:010893:28166---]   Source: TERA SUPPORT IS HILARIOUS

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Classical Music

Here is my top ten favorite classical music pieces. I'm not a buff by any means, but I do enjoy some good classics every now and then.     1. In the Hall of the Mountain King - Edvard Grieg - Peer Gynt, Suite No. 1, Opus 46 - 1876       2. Lacrimosa (Requiem) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Requiem Mass in D Minor (K. 626) - 1791     3. O Fortuna - Carl Orff - First movement from Carmina Burana - 1935       4. Morning Mood - Edvard Grieg - Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 Opus 23 - 1875     5. Bolero - Maurice Ravel - Orchestra - 1928     6. Kanon in D - Johann Pachelbel - Musikalische Ergötzung - abt 1694     7. La Primavera - Antonio Lucio Vivaldi - Le Quattro Stagioni (Opus 8, RV 269) 1723     8. Symphony No. 9 in D minor - Ludwig van Beethoven - Opus 125 1824     9. Clarinet concerto in A major (Adagio) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - K. 622 1791     10. Hallelujah - Georg Friederich Handel - Messiah HWV 56, 1741    

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CotP History: Part 1

September 2000 - Asheron's Call: Darktide     Throne, then known as "Ceraphim", met Oonagh, then "Audria" in the Gharundim desert town of Al Arqas where she swore fealty to the idealistic young warrior....and subsequently, the idea behind what would some day become the Covenant of the Phoenix was born.   Al Arqas was mostly known for a decent out of the way place to start a new character....and that was about it. It was a fairly nice place to have a life-stone bind and a semi-nearby archmage to buy components. The nearby mosswart caves provided some low level hunting, but not much else. We did not have much in terms of competition, but it's worth saying that we were the dominant monarchy in Al Arqas for the entirety of the time I played (Sep/2000 - Aug/2003).   Not long after meeting Audria, a few other key CotP members joined, including Metal Man (James), Peanut Gallery and Methanol.     It was an age of stability on the most brutal free for all PvP servers of it's time. Darktide politics was limited to a single war front, Anti-PK's (Antis) vs PK's...and the anti-PK's were winning, hence, the stability. The patch that brought Ayan Bakur to the world of Dereth was not long in the past and the glorious city was owned by Anti-PK's, a conglomerate of 20-30 Monarchies who enjoyed the benefit of the best exp (Olthoi/Tusker) dungeons nearby.     While the tag "Zandar Blackrock" wasn't known as a major monarchy at the time, through Ceraphim, it was involved in many of the server's great wars and turning points. We didn't get in on the early wars between TM, SiN, BR and CED up in Arwic and Eastham, but we did make it in on the second Ayan Bakur wars and pretty much everything else server-wide thereafter. Those were tough days when one pk clan, one neutral clan and one supposedly anti clan (wilc) joined forces to create a single PK clan (GEN) that would clean the carebears out of Ayan Bakur. They cleaned out just enough of us Antis to allow KoC (Blood), previously limited to Kara and the Mountain Retreat, to come in, clean up what was left of a brutal war and take Ayan Bakur for themselves. KoC would hold Ayan Bakur for the remainder of the city's relevancy (until Tusker Island), despite several attempts to regain the territory.     After our defeat, most antis spread out, some to Teth (under the protection of Alberion Mindeater), but most went to Kryst, a new island chain in the SE corner of Dereth.   To combat the growing rarity of actual Anti-PK monarchies, we joined the Darktide Rhino Party to better combat the growing forces of evil (RPK's). It was around this time that Polar Kraken (Jassid), Lyandrill (Ayn) and Kaobang joined in on the fun.   During our heyday we often defeated challenges to our superiority in Al Arqas, this was never more evident in our war against Choo Choo and Addiction. After 3 or 4 minor skirmishes to go along with the two major vitae filled battles, we put an end to their ambitions...and their guild, which fell apart a few weeks later.   We eventually left the Rhino Party due to lack of actual action (plenty of meetings though) and began searching out trouble on our own. This eventually led to being a founding member of the foremost turning point in Anti history, at least since the first Ayan Bakur War was won. Antiville was the idea that eventually led antis back to dominance after basically being spread out and disorganized for the better part of two years. It brought several of the largest remaining anti guilds together as neighbors and allowed for a combined effort no matter where we took the fight and who we took it too. So it came to pass, 2 years after they took Ayan Bakur from us, we took Tusker Island from KoC.   While our time in Asheron's Call would span several more years as House of Blackrock and eventually Powers Inc, my time ended in August of 2003 as I began playing elsewhere, in a galaxy, far far away...   TBC     Source: CotP History: Part 1

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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 heaved forth a starkly hilarious suggestion of "Barney Guild"....followed quickly be the realization that he was now somehow guilded beneath the brand new tag "Purple Barneys".   In a flash of brilliance to cap a funny joke, Throne had changed the guild name from "CotP" to "Purple Barneys" with flawless timing and awesomeness.   It was all in good fun....the guild name would be available to be reset in 24 hours and we would all laugh about it for a few days and then soon file it away amongst the other forgotten funnies of our decade long gaming experience.....or would we?   A few moments later, the harsh reality of Age of Conan guild administrative debauchery would reveal itself in bloody fashion. No, Mr. Genius Throne wouldn't be able to change the guild name back after 24 hrs...or 48...or 72. Oh no no no, we would now get to live our fantastic Age of Conan adventures under the tag of "Purple Barneys" for a full SEVEN DAYS.   The news soon reached the far reaches of Hyboria...from the server-wide chat: "who are all these Purple Barney's running around and owning me in PvP?!?!?".....then the official Age of Conan PvP Server forums: "where did all the Purple Barneys come from?".   Recruitment came to a halt so screeching, it wiped out a small family of nearby chipmunks.   Throne, now trying to figure out new recruitment angles using nickelodeon and disney gaming forums, was then contacted by the leader of one of CotP's closest allies....another realization was about to hit him square in his square, masculine and quite handsome jawbone. "Throne, the leadership of your long-time allies, -The Purple Dragons-, would like to know what the hellz you're trying to pull here?".   After causing a server uproar, a near alliance meltdown and a recruitment nightmare, Throne thought long and hard about what he should order for lunch. Jimmy John's had not yet reached Texas, so Pizza would have to do.   Much thought and very little discussion ensued, with the very clear result coming from a likely source in his good friend Damis. If at any point we were to suddenly cap off a funny guild-name joke by changing our in-game tag, we would certainly choose a much more relative and insightful name......   ....Teletubbies.

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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, but two in particular.   1. Recruitment threads   2. Signatures (the big one)   While recruitment threads are a must, signatures are viewed thousands of times more and in an exponential amounts of places.   Please be sure and have your signature contain http://covenantofthephoenix.com in as many places as you hold forum memberships!   Here's the most recent list of sites that link in to the CotP, how many links there are and how many different pages are linked:   darkfallonline.com 5,582 2 ign.com 5,073 2 gamerdna.com 2,331 1 dawntide.net 716 2 warhammeralliance.com 549 2 ageofconan.com 172 1 burningsea.com 51 1 startrekonline.com 33 1 riftgame.com 20 1 wordpress.com 18 1 mmatko.com 16 1 ddo.com 9 2 mortalonline.com 9 1 lordofultima.com 7 1 eurogamer.net 3 1 neoseeker.com 3 2 champions-online.com 2 1 potbs.com 2 1 runesofmagic.com 2 1 mmorpg.com 2 1 brainsparks.net 2 1 steamcommunity.com 2 1 livestream.com 2 1 clansdirectory.com 2 1 gpotato.com 2 1 eurogamer.pt 2 2 telarapedia.com 1 1 tentonhammer.com 1 1 vanguard-guilds.com 1 1 archeage-online.com 1 1 sony.com 1 1 webhostingtalk.com 1 1 whalliance.com 1 1 whmsoft.net 1 1 riftnexus.com 1 1 aesky.net 1 1 relicsoforr.com 1 1 opendns.com 1 1 mortalcountdown.com 1 1 mmoguildsites.com 1 1 mmoabc.com 1 1 jeuxonline.info 1 1 insideagon.com 1 1 hostmonsterforum.com 1 1 gametracker.com 1 1 curse.com 1 1 failblog.org 1 1 facebook.com 1 1 eq2-daily.com 1 1   Source: How people find their way to the CotP

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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

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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 this leadership during all expansions is to do our best to ensure a lengthy and prosperous endeavor in an attempt to bring in the most recruits looking to join a mature gaming family, subsequently ensuring a higher rate of future successes involving more games and a more diverse group of members.   When I created my first Gharundim Staff Warrior on the Darktide server of Asheron's Call, it was the first time I ever started playing an MMORPG in the exact fashion I wished. Due to the founding of this community, this was also the last time I ever started playing an MMORPG in the exact fashion I wished. There comes a point in every leader’s journey where they realize that the greatest rewards in seeing the success of the fellowship lay not in what achievements were brought to fruition individually, but rather, what was accomplished as a team, a community, a family.   PvE based gaming servers have many benefits to boost the game-play of both group and individual. You generally can level faster and gain more precious loot and are more likely to gain access to end-game in a more efficient manner. These are nice, but unfortunately, are not as efficient as the by-products of the CotP being engaged on a PvP server considering chapters of similar size as well as the overriding goals of the community in general.   PvP servers are challenging, brutal and bring out both the best and worst of the group and individual, often equally. This is not why the CotP supports PvP expansion so vigorously though. There is a certain aspect of PvP game play that forces many gamers to gravitate toward groups of people who are mature, trusting and loyal. There are many single game created clans and guilds built from the idea that the highest levels, the best loot and regular epic end-game participation equal the best. Fortunately for us, we've found that the best gaming out there involves a combination of Maturity, Trust and Loyalty which, in turn, directly leads to the most fun any game can possibly offer....a really good time with really good friends.   In the end, while the individual goals of members are often lessened in the arena of PvP based servers, the goals of the chapter are heightened, often at a much higher rate.   I didn't want to give up our guild mansion in AC to help found "Antiville", but it was in the guild's best interest, so we did it and as a result helped destroy KoC's stranglehold in the then greatest xp area (Tusker Islands) in the game.   I didn't want to become Imperial at all, but I went along with it and lead the guild to victory in battle on the first three server wars against the rebel scum and later helped build "Covenant Imperial City", the single greatest player city on the server.   I really didn't find anything good about getting owned and having my entire inventory looted right in front of my eyes, so we decided to build some walls around the greatest city on the server (Apautan).   This thankfully isn't counterstrike. Some folks get the idea that always going for PvP servers is some elitist fetish for pwnage, but it has nothing to do with elitism when you've got an open recruitment policy and many of our most veteran leaders, including myself, are marginal 1v1 pvpers. Individually, yeah, we probably suck, but when we're together, we're an entirely different animal altogether. The goal certainly isn't elitism, its greatness.   We all know there is no "I" in "Team"....and since I've been a part of this community, it's been made perfectly clear to me that there is no "I" in "Greatness" either.   I hope you take this for what it is. I could give a flying flip what any individual does with his or her free time, but I will always recommend long-term success for the community as a whole over the wants and needs of any individual, including my own. If you absolutely need to play on a PvE server while the vast majority plays on a PvP server, you will absolutely miss out on a fantastic adventure alongside many many existing and future friends.   Source: PVE Chapter at launch?

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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

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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, with 9,005 visits in the past month, the United States comes in at the number one slot. It is easy to see why it is the most coveted group of internet users among advertisers as you dig deeper into the statistics. CotP visitors from the United States averaged a whopping 11 pages per visit and spent more than seven minutes browsing the site.   Number two on the list is Canada coming in with 535 visits. Canadians averaged six pages per visit and spent an average of three and a half minutes on the site.   Number three was the United Kingdom with 346 visits. Visitors from the UK averaged four pages per visit and spent two and a half minutes per visit browsing the site.   Here's the rest:   4 Sweden 181 4.22 0:02:43 5 Australia 168 1.77 0:00:58 6 Germany 123 2.17 0:01:00 7 Netherlands 98 2.45 0:01:02 8 France 83 2.2 0:00:55 9 Poland 80 1.48 0:00:52 10 Denmark 76 3.82 0:01:17

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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 us on Facebook here)   Livestream page: This is where you will see the latest alpha and beta videos from games that CotP is testing out as well as videos of guild events, raids, etc. We get a few visitors here so stop by and see if anyone is chatting...chats are saved for a couple days, so don't hesitate to chat up the community while you're browsing the videos (very cool integration by Tagon and Damis, you can watch videos and chat without ever leaving our site)   Flash Arcade: It's an arcade, has games, fun games, leaderboards, etc. Good times.     Installed   Profile Statistics Tab - adds a new tab to your profile, showing some interesting statistics of your posting. Such as number of posts per forum, per hour and your total number of votes/topics/polls.   Drag-move Personal Topics - gives you the ability to "drag-move" personal topics (PM) into different folders, instead of using the built-in dropdown box.   Secondary Groups Indicator - Will show all the secondary groups that a user belongs   Total Time Spent On Forums - Will show how much time each member spends logged into the site.   True Stats - True Stats causes IP.Board to include deleted posts and members in the board statistics numbers, rather than counting currently active posts and members. If you regularly prune old topics or users, that will no longer affect the board statistics displayed on the main page. (this should make Throne happy, since I tend to purge the deleted folder from time to time. > )   This next one should interest you altaholics. Now you can have multiple avatars to use for different occasions on the forums. :blink: MultiAvatars - ability to collect and use a set of avatars, and apply custom avatar for each post. Click on the small box in the bottom right corner of your avatar picture to open options.   Source: New Website Features: (So Far)

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New Website

Here is a list of folks who contributed to the creation of our new site:   I want to give clear and present credit to Damis for the original idea of using rocket-themes. He did a fantastic job of managing the plan from start to finish.   Design: Damis, Throne CSS/Scripts: Damis, Throne Joomla Setup: Damis, Throne, Tagon Social Media Setup: Tagon, Damis Graphics: Throne, Damis, Tagon, Elric, Mirathel, Killercod IPB Setup: Damis, Throne DB Migration: Damis Joomla Content: Throne, Damis, Tagon, CotP Community   The CotP isn't a company, it doesn't have paid employees and relies solely on the contributions of it's members as it relates to costs, content, project management, forum moderation and website administration. Please keep this in mind as you enjoy this new site....and think about what we can do in the future.....think about what was accomplished with three developers and three contributors and imagine what we could do with thirty developers and hundreds of contributors.   Hundreds of hours were put into the design, creation and implementation of our new website, be sure and thank those who participated in it's creation in ventrilo and/or the forums first chance you get!

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