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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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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: 
 
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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
 

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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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....I hate this new "master", tho I dare not show it. She is quick to kill or maim just to show her power, and while she has power, I would crush her simply if this damnable collar could be removed without electrifying my cortex. A recent visit from an un-named Lord of the Sith drew attention to me as being a Full blooded Sith under the collar which is unusual enough, but after the Lord started stating I have some small measure of force power, my new "master" has all but put me under her new interrogator droid G0-T0 to find out my past. I gain nothing by lying to her and while it has gained me much pain, the truth is not to her liking.

 

....uauuarhRhhggg... "Beep boop Beep". "I told you before My family is pure Sith and of a Dark line, we made a decision to back the wrong Lord and he lost. The punishment to our family is their first born son in slavery and any female children are to become camp "attendants". I know my pain is mostly mental, yet I still care for my sisters and wish they were not experiencing their own form of torture".."Beep Beep boop" *lightning lances thru my eyes and darkness envelopes me*

 

...floating in pure darkness..."Thrive on your pain..." I am delerious, it can be nothing else...a distant chuckle sets me on edge. "Blood of my blood, you carry my lineage in you and will not die here. Your power will awaken soon and will be recognized as such. Your life will not be easy, but you will be fearsome in life as your brother was in death. A memory bubbles to the surface of my pain.

 

When my younger brother died from an attack by a domesticated Hssiss, it was a prolonged death. He was talking in the throes of agony, and would occasionally shout in a language noone present could identify, until an old Sith Sorcerer came to visit my father about ordering some parts for his ship. My brother was almost gone, and yelled, "Yas kaboyur eim dai turedae". The Sith turns to my brother with hands raised up and lightning leaps from his fingers lancing lightning into my brothers dying body, insanely we all just stand there watching this unfold. The lightning fades to nothing and the smoking body of my brother twitches one time, as we hear, "I am free." and never moves again. The sorcerer just walks away to never come back. ..."Yas kaboyur eim dai turedae, is a black curse used when a force user is attempting to take over anothers body by coercion to transfer their essance into the new shell. The soul is disintergrated as the new host settles into the new shell." The disembodied voice echoes in my head. I am truly insane, there is no other reason I am hearing voices now. "Pain of a different type enters my neural pathways, and the voice is not so nice when it says, "Blood of my Blood, wake and fear NOTHING..."

 

...that memory lasted forever, but I know it is just a moments repast. *KAZOT* a light zap on the collar brings me to wakefullness immediately. "WAKEUP slave, Lord Malgar will speak with you."

 

"Slave for some reason I came to this miserable part of the world, and I have tested your ability, for some reason I do not know. I do know that you will no longer bare a collar, and will immediately go to Korriban for training as an inquisitor." With just a look at the "master" the Lord recieves the collar key and detaches the collar.

 

I take the time to fully examine my old "master" and commit to memory the look of surprise. I will see this look again when I visit this area after training. The Lord chuckles not un-similarly as the one in my dream and states, "Yes give in to your anger, feed your power with your hate, grow powerful." With a chuckle again, the Lord shoves me into the arms of his apprentices to be hustled into the back seat of a land speeder.

 

...I will be back to this hole and I will exact my revenge. I am powerful already, I must learn control and the Sith way.

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