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Wolcen: Major Content Patch

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

ATLAS: Present and Future

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

By Throne

Xalt defeats Elric for 2018 Fantasy Football Crown

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

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

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

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

Sunday Night    Harrison Butker had a 54-yard field goal for Elric's Arksters, who trailed 171.07-118.27 after Sunday Night Football.
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Blog Renamed and new purpose on doing the project

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Ok so over the past week I have been having more speed bumps in my life yet again.  One being is my family in general is not in good health be it my father, couple of my uncles and also my one grandfather who I only have left of grandparents.  Also, finalizing my withdrawal medically from spring semester and patiently waiting for what they will do with my grades and change them to just Ws instead of WFs.  So, I have had a ton of stress of late and that being said I was giving though on the project that I am doing with some people.  I thought to myself that if we concentrate on 3 projects at once, it will raise the stress to a maximum and I do not want that for anyone, especially not me right now cause my stress is already through the roof.

So, instead of doing 3 projects, we shrunk it down to just 1 project only.  We got rid of the comic book idea cause comic books are rarely read nowadays, even the new marvel comics and dc comics.  I will, however, still be doing a fan 3D art comic of Star Wars on my own time.  We also got rid of the video game idea because we do not have enough people interested in helping with the project and also we would need a good amount of people who are knowledgeable on coding and scripting a video game so that's out of the question.  We were left with one obvious choice:  a tabletop game.

Now I talked to some of the people that are working with me on this project and they agree that a tabletop game maybe more feasible to get people interested than a comic and video game.  Also, me being a 3D modeler, I can see about down the road investing in a 3D printer to print minis out that maybe used in the game.  Be it a Tabletop Tactical Minis game or even a RPG.

The genre we are doing is still going to be mecha, that hasn't changed.  The amount of games in general for mecha is few and far between.   We have decided that it will still be that genre.

I look forward to posting updates on this in the future.  Again, if anyone has interest in wanting to help out with this project, it is totally volunteer, please get in touch with me via discord, forums or even email.  Thank you



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It's better to take a break from college to get yourself together and then tackle it later.  My older son took a year off and did so much better when he went back. 

Keep in mind there are more ways to earn a degree than attending a university.  If you are good with taking tests, you should look into accredited schools which allow you to earn credits by passing a proficiency exam for course work.  Instead of spending $900 - $1500 for one class and having to sit in class for 8 weeks,  you study for a week or two and take a test, which costs around $50 to $100 per test.  Thomas Edison University and Excelsior College are good schools which are fully accredited and have a regular campus.  I know a few people who finished their degrees with them.

Good luck on the the table top game.  

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