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By Throne


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!
Early access, Thursday, December 13th  (Update:  delayed release to December 19th)

By Throne

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.
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
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

By Throne

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: 
By Throne

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

By Elric

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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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 replacement. So yeah, this comp will fail anytime now, I can't get a new one, so I'm not going to be around. Not that anyone cares of course, but I thought I might as well inform you guys. Add to that the enormous personal and family related problems I am having, and well.... now the title makes sense, doesn't it? Story of my life, really; struggle and struggle and Murphy shows up and things get worse. Oh well. Maybe "things will get better" as people keep telling me.... I don't think they will, but who knows? Maybe my boss will advance me some wages.... Which isn't likely. Who knows, maybe someone I know will help out, though I doubt it...   On that note, I'm going to try to sell off the ships I bought for Star Citizen..... Perhaps one of the people here will buy a LTI Redeemer......   With that, I'm signing off, possibly for the foreseeable future, perhaps forever if my situation keeps getting worse...   Been fun. I doubt anyone here cares, But I'd like to think you guys do.




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. Same goes for seeing a certain mixture of chemicals rain from the skies. Ditto for our ancient buddy Pestilence, although that little Djinni isn't something you want out of his Trifoil and triple circle labelled bottle. Ever. I do suppose you could go the Cookie Cutter route, drop a GBU-43, but unfortunatly, ISIS does have MANPAD's they looted. So that's out. The real thing I am wondering is why Iran hasn't tried to take over Iraq with their own army; I know they are heavily involved with supporting anti-ISIS militia's and stuff, but we saw what happened with the Muj in Afghanistan when the Soviets invaded; they did their job, then turned and became a problem. Potentially same problem. But Iraq is so weak right now.... or rather, their leadership is. I mean, usually when one army has more troops and arms they win. Usually. But of course, Leadership is the trump card. More than a few great leaders have won with lesser amounts of troops and arms. Or, when one side has troops that cut and run at the first sign of problems, that can account for it. Long and short of it is, the West will likely have to step in to handle matters. Again. Unless Iran steps in.




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 done, as its rather hard for a man to sever his own spine and fracture multiple vertebrae whilst in police custody. Yes, I do agree that the rioting is bad Shi.t,especially when the freaking National Guard gets called out.   But for fucks sakes, it doesn't have to take up ALL the airtime, especially when there are other, arguably more news worthy things happening, like the aforementioned crisis in Nepal. Strangely, despite death, destruction, and chaos drawing reporters like a corpse does flies, major news networks are more fixated on Baltimore; while there has been destruction in Baltimore, its NOTHING like what we are seeing out of Nepal, where, for all intents and purposes, the countries capital is trashed.   I don't get it; is it "It's not OUR people" syndrome? Meaning that anything that happens in America automatically takes massive priority over a natural disaster? Or is it racism of a sorts ; "they're Asian, we don't care; 'Muricans first!". I mean, come on; the more attention drawn to this MASSIVE NATURAL DISASTER that happened, the more people will actually care.   Then again, massive media presence didn't help out that civil war in Darfur did it? People still dying, the funding drying up, shi.te even worse than it was, and not a peep out of major western media. Or how about Haiti? Haiti is still all screwed up, and the money is literally being pissed away there, with corruption at massive proportions. But does anyone really seem to notice? Ehhhhh... no. Honestly, I think Western Media needs to grow a conscience or something, because this is just absurd how things are going.   As before, not sure if anyone is actually going to bother to read this, but meh, I had time to kill, and I'm bored.




"Happy" Birthday...

Ever feel unwelcome, unwanted, and alone? Ever felt all of these on what is usually for most, a happy day? Well, I'm feeling that right now!   Lets rewind a bit, give some backstory, shall we? I'm now 24 years old; when I was born the Hammer and Sickle was ceasing to fly, the US was busy in Gulf War One, and the Internet was still being used mostly by universities and governments. Hell, I can still remember Neopets, and the birth of Ebay. Of course, that was when I was still living with my biological family. Confused? let me clarify; my parents fought. All the time. Over me, over jobs, over family. Lots of things. First it was just shouting. Then it went up to Domestic Abuse scale, and I have memories of RCMP officers asking me what had happened when I was 8. I recall a few times my dad slept over at friends, one singular time when I was on crutches due to someone being a idiot with improperly extinguished campfire on a beach, and me having to deal with my mother screaming at me. And then, around age 9, my mother started taking out her anger on me. Small things, like smacking me if I wasn't fast enough with homework, etc, or not being home before 7, that sort of thing.   Then it escalated into things like me being thrown into walls, down stairs, etc. Now, unlike a lot of other abuse stories I've read about and heard about, I actually spoke to someone. In my case, ironically enough, with my school disciplinarian. A few comments, a few visible bruises, a cracked collar bone, and a concussion later, and I was paid a visit from some people from the Ministry of Children and Family Development whilst at school. I don't recall much from that time, but I do remember a intensely unpleasant phone call to my mother.   And then I was placed into foster care. I'm not sure how the system works in the US, or in Europe, but our (Canadian) system is a bit oddball, with both permanent and temporary homes, both good and bad. I mostly got the bad, ranging from rich foster families where the "Fostie" as I was called, was very much NOT part of the family, to homes were the people in question, whilst nice, simply didn't know how to deal with foster kids, and all of our attendant baggage. Baggage you say? Whatever do you mean by "Baggage", Laz? Well, in my case, I was diagnosed at around age 8 as autistic; looking back, it probably contributed to troubles with my biological parents, at least with my mother. My dad didn't seem to care; he was always the voice of reason. And boy, did that diagnosis cause me grief from then on. Everything from being treated as if I was mentally deficient to awkward silences when people were told to being beat up by "Peers" in school, all that and more. It wasn't until I was 14-15 when I finally was properly diagnosed as "High Functioning Autistic" mixed with a bit of "Asperger's" thrown in for good mix.   "High Functioning Autistic?" You ask, "How is that different from Autism itself?". Quite a few differences, actually, of which I'll let Wikipedia help out. Oh, and Asperger's, for giggles. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-functioning_autism http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asperger_syndrome   Still around? Yes? Good. Now, lets get this back on the road.   Essentially, ESPECIALLY in the last few years of me being in foster care, I was with foster parents who simply had no canoodling clue how to deal with someone like me; socially awkward, intensely so, and incredibly curious about everything. And, just for giggles, my last foster family? They were from the Baby Boomer generation, with all the cultural mores that intails. Also, thought that their previous experiences with foster care would help; it didn't. Let me put it this way; I love computers. Always have, always will. I attribute it to my biological father. However, when in foster care I'm told that due to "assessments" I'm not allowed to use a computer at home. I was in High School at the time. WTF, that can't be right, right? Sadly, yes. Even more amusing was my foster parents attempts to "reform" me, as if you can cure something like Autism with prayer, drugs, and negative reinforcement; it didn't, and only left me with a extreme distrust of religion, and people being given power, not earning it themselves. A even more amusing thing to note is that despite being denied a chance to use a computer at home ( to the point that when a friend lent me his to use to finish up a project, my asshole of a foster dad tossed it from the 2nd story balcony we had. Luckily we were able to pull the harddrive and recover the data. My foster dads reason? "I told you you can't use computers; your assessment said so, and by god it will be so!"), my foster parents each had a laptop. And my foster brothers.   Another funny thing to note is that, while foster families are SUPPOSED to help us "Get ready for life", they often don't. I wasn't even informed of the fact that the government washes their hands of us when we turn 19 until I graduated. Fun side note; my graduation? My foster dad grudgingly drove me to it when he couldn't find one of his own kids to do it, and then left me to wait after it was done. I eventually had a friend drive me home after I waited 4 hours, and after multiple phone calls that he picked up then hung up on.Nice man, my foster dad; treat your foster kids like Shinazzy, and your own flesh and blood like they were gold.... And then, abruptly, I was told to get out of the house; No warning, just " Get out". Luckily I managed to get a room from a friend before my foster dad pitcched me out on my ear. Even more amusing than that was the fact that, after scraping up the money for it (No help from my foster parents) they wanted to KEEP my 360, DS, and all my electronics that I had either bought or been gifted. That turned out a little badly for deal 'ol FD after he discovered that I had been taking lessons in self defense from someone at school; he tried to manhandle me around, I dislocated his shoulder, and broke a few fingers. I am 6' 1'', and maybe 140 pounds, he is 6' 2'', and 200 pounds. I had witnesses. It was strangely cathartic to give a little bit back of the Shinazzy I had to put up with over the years.   Since then, I've been in a variety of Shinazzy jobs, with the dual stigma of being a "fostie" and Autistic hanging over my head.   "How does this relate to having a bad day, Laz, especially your birthday?" I reply " Because my Birthdays have rarely been happy ones, and I usually have a aweful day" This also ties in with my intense dislike of nepotism, and people either with rich or well off families, or who are also rich or well off, as I grew up with little, got little, and was told I was lucky to have what little I did have. And in more than a few cases, told to "Praise God!" for that much.   So in closing, another year gone by, with little money, few friends, and my biological parents not wanting anything to do with me despite my biological brothers wanting to. At least my biological grandparents kept in touch, but they're starting to leave this mortal coil; a "happy Birthday", this has most certainly NOT been. No party, no real friends wishing me well, just another day were if I were to drop dead, very few people would actually care. And that, is something intensely depressing to realize   Post Script; To be honest, I'm not even sure WHY I'm writing this all down; posterity? Reasoning for the "come on with the constantly depressive comments" as Vindex Terrae puts it? Desire to tell my story, as depressing as it is? Musings of a intensely depressed, and somewhat manic mind? I don't know. All I do know is, that I am putting this up, to much derision, likely, or for no one at all to care, or even read, most likely. At this point, I don't really care anymore about being insulted, put down, or derided; I've experienced it all. Bring on your insults, your wrath; I don't care anymore .



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