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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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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 Carriers being the bulk of the fleets, to battleships, dreadnaughts, cruisers, destroyers and frigates.  But why do they call them land ships? Well, the reason being is in the lore of Heavy Gear, the main planet, Terra Nova, has a gravity that can allow ships to be built and used on land with hover capability.  Instead of just having ships on the sea, you can now have  them on land. Here is a picture of one of them I am building in 3D:   This one here is going to be a Northern Battleship Land Ship.  Percentage wise done of this model I would say 20%.  It still has a long way to go.  Needs more detail, guns put on it, the hover engines need finished, etc. As I posted in the one thread, I finally found my calling and that is developing and doing stuff for Tabletop games. Grizzly




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 mecha comic and star wars fan comic.  I am going to do all kinds of artwork for both being 3D to regular 2D artwork.  I am going to be doing the star wars fan comic totally in a different universe cause, 1. I am not selling this at all cause if I did I would need to get permission from Disney and that's a ton of paper work and 2. After the whole ruining of the universe that we know and love of Star Wars thanks to Disney, I do not classify the new movies as canon and I can't seem to do a comic in the EU cause people won't know what is going on unless you read the books. The mecha comic is also going to be fan made but I don't think I may get in trouble if I sold that one cause the company that made these games are no longer around.  Yes someone owns the games themselves but I doubt even some of the copyrights on those games even exist anymore since the last game was made more than 18 years ago. Anyway I will be starting to work on them on sunday when I can cause also sunday I maybe spending time with my mother cause it is also Mother's Day.   Gohan   EDIT:  The mecha comic is going to be not from a video game I used to play.  I changed my mind.




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 to work on the project during the evening hours after 5ish EST. As stated, this week is pretty much shot cause until I sort of get used to these new pills, I can't really do much except game to keep me awake and preoccupied.   Gohan

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 documentation I am going to be sending to the school will be huge.  Only drawback is I may have to pay back the school some money.  It's a 50/50 chance, however, I did the withdrawal way after mid terms so me paying them back is probably slim.  Me getting a reimbursement wont be big though.  I may only get back few hundred dollars. I had to redo my daily planner cause I was not happy with it at all.  I was making it to rigorous to a point that I couldn't follow through with it.  SO,...I am trying this new planner I made to make it less strict and more lenient on me.  I will try my hardest to follow it to a T so I can start getting my life in order and not what has been going on for years.

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 that I will have more free time I will be doing loads more artwork and fiddling around with software programs. Here is a glimpse of what I have been working on...(no insults about the body please...this is art.)   She is supposed to be a Dark Elf.  I know you can't see the ears but trust me they are elven ears. Will be doing more finer touches on this and putting in a background and other things. More artwork on the way.  So...Stay TUNED!   Gohan   Edit:  Another Model.  Her name is Lady Erana De'Telmani (NO bad comments plz...)   Gohan

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 career as an artist.  These range from software and electronics. Here is what I intend to own here soon.  Some of the things I already own: Software: Autodesk Maya (Already own)
Autodesk 3ds Max (Already own)
Zbrush (Already own)
Adobe Create Suite (Already own)
DAZ Studio (Own, however will be changing from that to Zbrush once I learn it)
World Machine

Game Engines: Unity
Cryengine Electronics and Peripherals: DSLR Camera (Fuji Film or Nikon)
Wacom Cintiq Tablet

Yeah its a lot of stuff I need to get but I intend to invest in all of it. Gohan




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 the first 3D art I may undertake is a Fan Art of Star Wars.  Ideas for that are numerous but I think my first 3D Image I may do is something of like a Star Wars Starship or Vehicle or something of that nature. I will keep you all posted.



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