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Anthem Arrives

When Bioware first announced its newest franchise, Anthem, during 2017’s E3 conference the one thing they said to describe the game was that it was unlike anything they had ever done before. And if nothing else, Anthem is certainly living up to that particular description.
Anthem is just not a game that hardcore Bioware fans would ever say is typical of the studio. Known for its stellar storytelling and its single-player franchises like Dragon Age and Mass Effect, players of Bioware games anticipate story-driven adventures along with companion characters who provide friendly banter and light-hearted romances. And hey, Anthem does provide a decent-enough story plot, with interesting and amusing characters and some good conversation opportunities, too. But the story is only a single part of the over-arching adventure that is Anthem (and hey, there’s no romances, either).

Anthem is described by its creators and by its growing fanbase as a co-op action and role-playing game, rather. In fact, its very best features can not be truly enjoyed without gathering a group of friends to embark into the gorgeous backdrop of the world of Anthem. 

There is nothing of Earth, here. This is a strange, new planet to explore, where every creature and bit of life comes from the Anthem of Creation – a powerful and mystical force that literally and even disastrously produces creatures, technology, and natural phenomena throughout the world. Everyone fights to survive and some to control the Anthem, and right there in the middle are the Freelancers, the heroes who embark past the walls of human cities to gather whatever resources they can find and to tame the myriad threats that the Anthem provides.

Freelancers survive outside the walls wearing armored suits, called Javelins. So far, the game’s four classes are encapsulated in whatever Javelin the player opts to suit up in, and each one of the four Javelins offers uniquely independent playstyles for the player’s gaming experience. There is no standard trinity that players of more traditional multiplayer games may try looking for, but this just keeps matched teams from insisting on any kind of perfect build, too. Any Javelin the player chooses will provide chances to cause damage to enemies or to save team-mates who have come under fire, in fact.

Still, exploring the different Javelins will give players an opportunity to decide which style of gameplay is their own personal cup of tea, so to speak. The Colossus, for instance, provides a heavy armored approach to the game, actually soaking up damage even as it unleashes massive firepower on the Freelancer’s enemies. The Storm, on the other hand, maximizes its time in the skies overhead to shield team members and rain down powerful lightning attacks on groups of enemies down below, too. The Interceptor is a more ground-based Javelin, zooming down onto enemies to zip and zap them swiftly with flashing blades and poison grenades. The final Javelin is the Ranger, which is also the first Javelin every beginning player will experience. The Ranger relies upon a steadied mix of abilities from all the classes, providing a well-rounded chance to inflict fast, intense damage to large numbers of enemies and combo attacks that obliterate threats in even wide areas. 

But it is the wide world of Anthem that truly sets the adventure apart from other games involving massive armored suits. Well, that and the whole flying around the world, too. In fact, the flying and swimming controls on the final released version of the game on February 22, 2019 were tuned in advance of the release through several test and demo sessions, where players pointed to issues on the varied platforms the game would be available. While there are still some players complaining the Javelins ability to maintain flight over an extended period of time simply is not great enough, the chance to navigate Anthem through the skies and even deep underwater offers opportunities for some purely amazing scenery and just plain, massive fun all at the same time. 

There were some buggy moments during the final days leading up to the release of the game, as well. Some players experienced issues with the game’s audio, actually losing sound in the middle of combat motions while moving around the world and battling enemies. A larger issue, however, was in the load times that quite a few players endured, where team-mates zoomed ahead and through the mission while they were still agonizingly lagging on the loading page. The game’s developers were quick to respond to the various issues and gameplay bugs that players reported, though. They welcomed comments on Anthem’s Twitter and Reddit pages, providing fast, public responses that the issues were noted and being addressed. The day one launch of the game then included a patch to try squashing the bugs, too.

But still, the game’s official launch was not completely void of problem or issue. Some players experienced terrible crashes of their consoles while playing Anthem, even. But overall, gameplay is remarkably smooth, even when the game is set to its highest graphic and audio settings. Each player’s game includes a chance to experience the story and get to know the various characters in Anthem, making dialogue choices that can help form their personal Freelancer. But the story is told through a first-person perspective of the walled city called Fort Tarsis, which creates a sense of disconnection with the individual player-character. Individuality comes from the amazingly complex personalization of the player’s Javelins, rather, and the Anthem fanbase has thrown itself into incredible renditions of paint and vinyls applied onto their suits.

Anthem is definitely a new experience, and those players who’ve adventured in other multiplayers are already asking for features common to such online multiplayer games. For instance, there’s currently no player-versus-player in the world of Anthem, and no real “raids” in the classical sense of multiplayer gameplay. There’s also a serious lack of clan or guild structures for players to rely upon. These are potential additions set aside for later patches to the game, is what the game’s developers are quick to assure.

What Anthem provides, rather, is a four-man team structure to explore the world through missions, expeditions, strongholds, and freeplay. The match-making tool in Anthem will quickly place players into random teams. Or players can create their own teams by inviting potential team-mates off their Origin friends list. 

Covenant of the Phoenix has set aside Chapter space for the community’s Anthem explorers, providing forums where guides and advice can be bantered over and shared. Also share some pictures and funny stories, too. But the Discord channels that COTP has established for the Anthem chapter of the community are even more useful, with potential team-mates gather together to help each other through the adventure. 

What is definitely true, though, is that embarking into the wider world of Anthem is most fun when you have a team to help back you up. The threats can be intensely challenging sometimes. The Freelancer can happily slaughter thousands of scorpions and Grabbits alike, only to turn a corner and run into a Titan. Hulk smash takes on a whole new meaning, then. So Anthem practically demands a team approach in order to succeed. As players and developers alike say, anyone can solo the game, sure. But it is far better to play with friends.  Only, do not hesitate to explore the Anthem with Covenant of the Phoenix! This is only the start! 
 
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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:
 
 




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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) [Update 2: delayed release delayed to December 21st]
Chapter group: 
Discord:  https://discord.gg/v74dSHQ
 
 

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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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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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  3. Sharing this update list because it really shows that the devs for the game are paying attention to players and details. Some of these updates are new, some reflect mods made available only to private paid servers, but all are now on the free to play official server, and make the game much better! Thanks to Yak for posting them! 8:35 AM] [Sentry] Yakarue: - Mortar and Pestle slots increased to 40 - Soap Blueprint added to Cooking Pot and Grill - Large Storage Box slots increased to 100 - Small Storage Box slots increased to 40 - Sugars now stack to 500 (increased) - Thatch now stacks to 1000 (increased) - Grenade weight increased to 5 - Firegel, Gunpowder, Blasting powder, Mythos and Coral can now be stored in the ship resource box. - Reduced Grenade damage to players by 33%, to NPC Crew and Creatures by 10% - Increased Playershop health to 12000 - Reduced base damage of Blackjacks by 10% and reduced the Fall Swing damage by 65% - Doubled stamina cost of shield bash - Fire Elemental now takes 50% more damage from Shotguns and 100% more damage from Ballista - Fixed ""Fail" sound line for the medkit using male voiceline for female characters - Fixed being able to place wallhooks on demolishable resources to prevent floating structures - Fixed being able to place triangle foundations on top of beds - Player Name is now included in the tribe log when scuttling ships or demolishing it via a shipyard - Fixed a bug which allowed you to move whilst bola'd - You can now base on non-allied PvE boats, and we've added an action wheel entry to force non-allied characters off of your ship in PvE
  4. Thank you Grad! Worked like a charm!
  5. Download the archive with the Global Font here (208 MB) The first thing to do is go to the folder: The path to the folder with installed Steam games... ...\SteamApps\common\ATLAS\ShooterGame\Content\Localization\Game Create a folder in that directory called "global" Extract the downloaded contents into the “global” file On your steam game library right click and select “set launch options” In this window we add a parameter "-culture=global" (without quotes). Click “OK” and your all set!
  6. Thanks for the update.
  7. grad +1 new mechanics starting to revive some of the community.
  8. Seems pretty fair, with a few things that are old news. Plenty of room to build. New colonies servers are better. Vitamins are less important. Ships differ greatly in handling. AI is no longer expensive. Added quests for more PVE Powerstones and Fountain of youth are on the same islands, the mobs there and tactics to complete them are pretty lame.
  9. Captain's Log 26: The Hoppening 🐰 APR 18 @ 9:28PM - JATHEISH Ahoy Pathfinders! One week has passed since the launch of our Mega-update 1.5 (ATLAS v100), and what a crazy voyage it’s been! As mentioned in our previous announcement, this update has been one of the largest we’ve ever worked on as a team and we are incredibly proud of the results. The last few days have shown us that these changes have been a step in the right direction to help fulfill ATLAS’ ambition of becoming the ultimate fantasy pirate adventure. Since the patch launched, we have been continuing to iterate daily based on your feedback and reports, and have plenty more being cooked up as we speak. This log will talk about some of the new content you’ll get to experience in our upcoming mega update, our Easter Event, as well as the future of Empires. Update on Empires & NA PvE After careful consideration, we have decided that we will be shutting down the Empire network as it has been demonstrated by the players that the Colonies & Settlement system is much more favored. We suspected this to be the case prior to the launch of these servers, but we believe in trying out and testing new systems and want to make the best use of Early Access as we can. The results speak for themselves, so as of tomorrow, Friday the 19th, at 7 PM Eastern the Empire Server will be shut down. This network will be replaced with a North American PvE network using the existing Colonies system. We still believe that there is a place in the game for ambitious PvP players, and we believe that open-ended PvP is a really important and fun part of ATLAS. We want to find a way we can still support those goals whilst still keeping our more controlled and rule-based PvP. The Hoppening 🐰 This weekend, the ATLAS will be paid a visit by the Magical Easter Bunny! They’ve struck a deal with the Cosmetic Vendor at your local Freeport and will be giving away their specially branded Bunny Ears for a small donation of Easter Eggs! So hop on into the ATLAS this weekend and join the hunt for eggs which are buried in treasure or can be collected from chickens. Before you know it, you too could be standing proud--or at least standing--with your very own Bunny Ears! If ears don’t float your boat, you could always be a scallywag and throw the egg at passers-by, yolking their vision or slowing down wild creatures. Get yolked! The Hoppening Patch Notes (v101) Treasure Chests now include Easter Eggs and Chickens (both wild/tamed) will drop them over time. Easter Eggs can be used to purchase crafts of a Bunny Hat (they stack, so you can purchase multiple crafts and keep them even after the event ends!) Eggs can be thrown at players to cause a post-process ‘yolk’ effect and at wild creatures to slow them down. Increase player speed by 10% across-the-board Water Reservoirs now automatically generate water if they are placed on fertile soil. How quickly they generate water depends on the soil type and biome, indicated on the HUD when you place or look at the water reservoir. You can now self-heal with the medkit. How much healing you get is dependent on a new Self-Healing Skill (though you can Heal yourself without the Skill, you'll only get 10% effectiveness) Killing the Krakens now completes the respective Quest for everyone in the combat zone, not just the people who have got all the Power Stones / Essences. (not retroactive) Fixed Treasure Maps sometimes generating stuck into the world geometry (not retroactive) Spikeshot now has a 15-second Defuse timer that begins upon impact Company limit on PvP server has been increased to 75. Mermaids should now properly target players on ships (they should then sing to lure the players off the ships). Upcoming Patches Over the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing more about our next mega update which we have planned for ATLAS. It’ll be a similar scope to that of the one that launched in April, here’s a little sneak peek at what’s to come! An enormous dungeon found deep in the depths of the polar region. We can see that this was clearly once occupied by pathfinders but now deserted. Rumour has it that they were slaughtered or their fear of a legendary and elusive mythical beast steered them away. We’ve also got a lot more plans for combat, including new weapons! Here’s something we’re working on currently, with more details on other weapons to come soon: More islands will soon be emerging their way onto the ATLAS network early this summer, and they’re going to be large and higher quality than ever before! And as always, we’ll be continuing to iterate on your reports and feedback on a regular basis. Since the Mega-Update 1.5 launched, we’ve had over 10 patches fixing bugs, adding in new features, and making adjustments. You can expect that to continue over the coming days, weeks, and months ahead! Latest Patch Notes, up to v100.81 - Fixed multiple cases where players would get stuck in structures after reloads, respawns, or fast travels. - Fixed a bug where player flags would be merged into companies if they didn't have a company previously. Creating your own company when you own a flag will still merge the flag, however joining an existing one won't merge over the flag. - Significant improvements for raft sail-mounting control - Possible fix for 'ghost islands' appearing when transitioning between servers - Submarine is now unlocked when defeating the Kraken, regardless if you have collected all the power stones as an individual. - Readjusted (increased) gold dropped from Whales, so that their total reduction was only 17.5% rather than 35%. - Active Settlement wars should now show up on the map for everybody, regardless of team and regardless of how zoomed out you are. v100.7 - Possible fix for tamed Creatures falling through structures on server load/overtime. - Fix for creatures over spawning when wandering out of spawn areas. - Increased structure check on creature spawns to prevent them from spawning inside bases on Lawless servers. May still occur in areas with a large open space, such as a big pen. - Fixed a case where Army of the snarfled were being destroyed but did not count towards your objective, therefore made it impossible to dig up certain treasure chests. - Eliminated some D3D hung crashes - Adjusted mythical shipyard crafting requirements so they can be crafted at smithy - Maximum tax on PvP is now 30% - Barshot projectile has had it's range and speed increased so that it's closer to a regular cannon ball - Water Reservoirs now hold 12,000 water and Barrels hold 4,000. - Whale health has been increased by 20% and gold reduced by 35% - Ballista reload time has been increased - Elevators now rise at 3x the rate and can carry 2x more -- may cause some clientside jittering when moving on top of the elevator (known issue that we're working on). - Medkit spoil timer increased to 12 hrs - Increase durability of grappling hook by 2x - Increase earthworm spoil time to 1 hour - Increase the stasis range of Mermaid so they're easier to find - No cooldown on placing cannons in PvE - Reduced creature harvesting for berries - Ramshackle sloop weight capacity has been reduced to 1200 - Raft weight capacity as been increased to 1600 v100.6 - Giraffe now harvests 6x thatch again - Fixed an issue where structure check was allowing players to build when there was no foundational support - Improved bola offset for feeding Elephant and Giraffe - Fixed a bug which allowed you to take items from the trade window of another person in the same company as yourself - Fixed a case where player inputs would 'stick' on sails that they had just unmanned v100.5 New server commandlines: ?SuppressSettlementName=true Suppress the capability to rename settlements except for server admins. ?SuppressJoinNotifications=true Hides all the join/leave notifications on a server regardless of client options. v100.43 - BattlEye update v100.4 - Fixed some issues where characters were able to contest Flags out of range, and where they weren't showing up with the "Flag Range Sonar" action. Also increased the time of the Flag Range Sonar to 30 seconds. - The flag Contesting range has been lowered to 10k for Colonies mode, down from 15k. - Official Servers now have a much lower repopulation prevention radius for resources and creatures (approximately 25% the previous range) v100.33 - Fixed blueprint number-of-crafts-remaining erroneously appearing on engrams - Added a text to craftable item icons indicating how many times it can be crafted based on the resources in the inventory - Adjusted the position of the item icon stat label to not overlap with the quantity label - Doubled the size of the quantity label on the gameplay HUD item crafting indicator to be more readable - Fixed a camera blip when grappling hook attaches in TPV - Fixed the Melee Camera Animations checkbox option to work again v100.31 - Can only select Freeports/Lawless as home servers now on the Official Network - Claim resume timer is now 10 seconds after contesting has ended - Claim contesting requires placing a flag in range of the enemy flag - WALL Lantern resource consumption rate reduced by 75% - Max Tax rate on PvE set to 20%, and is only additive on PvE (doesn't reduce the taxee's resources) - Improved Grappling Hook functionality resulting in better interactions with Floatsom, and when climbing down. - Freeports and Lawless Servers have a unique display icon in the server map grid. and you can check out our entire Patch List since release, here! Show ‘n Tell #3! Check out our PlayATLAS announcement to see the results of our sixth Show 'n Tell contest![www.playatlas.com] Alrighty, that’s it for this post. Thank you so much for becoming a part of our crew and we can't wait to show all you scallywags, landlubbers, captains, and seadogs what lies ahead! Happy Sailing, Grapeshot Games 🏴‍☠️For the latest dispatch on #playATLAS keep yer one good eye trained on this here information🏴‍☠️ Hoist ye sails to our Homepage: https://www.playatlas.com/ Natter n' chatter on Discord: https://discord.gg/playatlas Navigate ye olde Subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/playatlas Hear ye, hear ye on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sailtheatlas Watch us scallywags on Twitch: http://twitch.tv/sailtheatlas Plus ye can band with us Pirates on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/playatlasgame
  10. Got an alert that Steam has Atlas 50% off right now (down to $14.99). I may have to pick it up for myself.
  11. We are getting closer to a live server with the new patch, for the moment we are on Public Test Servers for Empires, PvE, and an EU Test Realm. Here are the notes for today's update. https://www.playatlas.com/index.php?/atlas-news/records/atlas-mega-update-15-release-info-r114/ Ahoy Pathfinders! We just wanted to give you a quick update on where we're at with this upcoming major version release! The team and the community have been extensively running the latest update through its paces on our Public Test Realm in tandem with our internal testing and bug fixing. We've found the PTR to be highly beneficial for our team, and because of you guys, we have been able to identify many bugs and resolve them before the update officially launching on our main network. So thank you very much, we truly appreciate all the support and feedback you've shown us, especially over the past week! We're very eager to get this patch out and it's not too far away. ATLAS has been revised and re-envisioned in this Mega-Update 1.5, which is the culmination of 3 months of live feedback from players since launch! To read about the upcoming features, check out our patch notes: Launch Information As of right now, we are currently working on generating our release candidate. We expect that our entire network will be wiped and the patch made available on: Thursday, the 11th of April at 10 AM PDT For this relaunch, we'll be spooling up the following networks, completely fresh with no pre-existing data: Colonies: EU and NA Networks PVE: EU Network Empires: NA Network We're currently in the midst of setting up hardware and expect that we'll be able to deploy an additional NA PvE network in a couple of weeks time. Please keep your eye on our social media, discord, and announcements through the night as we'll be sharing updates as we get closer to the launch time. Additionally, for those of you who are just beginning your ATLAS journey, we recommend you wait until the update has launched and keep an eye on Steam if you er...value your booty. Happy Sailing, Grapeshot Games ‍For the latest dispatch on #playATLAS keep yer one good eye trained on this here information‍ Natter n' chatter on Discord: https://discord.gg/playatlas Navigate ye olde Subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/playatlas Hear ye, hear ye on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sailtheatlas Watch us scallywags on Twitch: http://twitch.tv/sailtheatlas Plus ye can band with us Pirates on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/playatlasgame
  12. UPCOMING PATCH NOTES PLEASE NOTE THESE PATCH NOTES ARE NOT FINALISED AND THERE MAY BE CHANGES PRIOR TO FULL RELEASE ON THE LIVE SERVERS. ATLAS 1.5 - ETA: APRIL 11TH (PTR: 4TH OF APRIL) MORE NOTES TO COME! New Features and Content - Redesign: ATLAS World - 40% more islands/landmass & new world map layout. - Redesign: Claim System - Colonies: Freeform building, with more progress-protecting and time-enforced PvP rules creating a cooperative atmosphere, and limits to ensure the game is more oriented towards single players or smaller groups. Previous mode now known as Empires and PvE will be a modified version of colonies. - New Environment: Deep Ocean Trench. A new area to explore, guarded by powerful underwater creatures and home to the new Giant Crab - New Environment: Eastern Tundra now has its own visual design, no longer using the Western Tundra style - New Weather: 'Snow' weather systems for Polar and Tundra - New World Phenomenon: Aurora Borealis light display which will result in a harvesting bonus, visible in particular regions. - New Vehicle: Submarine. Explore the depths of the ocean in this small scouting submarine. Use the claw arms to help harvest the ocean floor and explore (demolish) player shipwrecks. Also equipped with a harpoon (uses ballista bolts) as a new underwater weapon which will ramp up oceanic combat. - New Creature: Giant Crab. It can carry heavy loads, along with players, tames and wild creatures - New Item: "Guillotine". Hanging your foes in a noose taking too long? Off with their heads! - New Item: "Large Wall". Equipped with parapets and ladder snaps so you can now build a proper defensive perimeter! - New Item: "Small Gates". 2-wall high gate structures for wood and stone. - New Item: "Player Shops". Players can set up automated shops, listing loot for sale and naming their own gold coin prices. - New Item: "Settlement War Declaration". Tied to the War System. Drag over a settlement on the ATLAS map to declare war on them! - New Item: More tame tokens for more mythical creatures! Allowing players to have limited-time tames of the Fire Elemental, Rock Elemental, and Gorgon. BONUS: Rock Elemental and Cyclops are rideable! - New Feature: War System - Declare war on your enemies! - New Feature: 1 'Mainline Quest' involving gathering 9 trench stones and defeating the hardmode Kraken! - New Feature: 7 more ‘Quests’ which upon successful completion will provide their own unique Skill unlock - New Feature: Curses. Tied to the execution of players - New Feature: Player-to-Player secure trading system - New Feature: Procedurally Generated Shipwrecks which players can explore for items and blueprints. They can be found by diving deep into the ocean, or looking out for their visual indicator on the surface of the water, or successfully completing the sextant mini-game which will point you in the direction of nearby shipwrecks. - New Feature: Human Catapult. Player characters can now be deployed into battle using a catapult. - New Cosmetics: Peg Legs, Hook Hands, and Multiple Armor sets to customize the look of your company and crew! Can be purchased at the cosmetics vendor. - Redesign: Squads (Ship) of the snarfled will now come in multiple size variations with different stats and difficulty levels. - Redesign: Grappling Hook has been revamped, better physics & rappelling mechanics, and players will be able to realistically swing using them. - Redesign: Explosive Barrels. Can now be carried in hand, thrown overboard to sink and will explode when they collide with anything underwater (Depth Charge!). Balance Changes - The higher quality shipyard used when building a ship, the more level ups a ship will be able to obtain. - Ships can now level up their total damage output (which effects all cannons on a ship) and their total resistance, as new upgradable stats. - All tamable creatures made breedable, with no exceptions except for Mythical Creatures. - Various spawner adjustments & fixes across all islands - Reloading now changed to have the mini-game appear back to back, rather than through various points of the animation. - Vitamin debuffs have been removed and will only cause health loss when a player has a vitamin surplus or deficiency. - Increased smithy inventory slots to 130. - Increased weight of catapult from 12 to 84. - Adjusted the crafting quantities on higher tier blueprints so they don't require as many resources as before. QOL Changes - Territory map will now display allies as teal-coloured - Character creator now has a Height slider to make it easier to set your character's desired height - Any dead ships (shipwrecks) from your Company appear with a unique icon on your map now, so you can find the wrecks - Global territory message updating - Currently contested claims will be indicated on the minimap - Players can now mount a sail to directly control the sail's open/close amount and rotation settings in a more intuitive way. - Toggle ladders button for ship captain, defaults to L key. - Company Groups have been increased to 10 - Players cannot accept alliance invites unless they're an admin - Company Log can now be sorted - New group permission which acts as an effective 'company owner'. Only the true company owner can set/unset that specific group rank. Misc - Improved Server and Client performance - Visual feedback for players being unable to board unallied boats on PvE - Full body animations for harvesting - More realistic old age wrinkles - Additional face sliders for character customization - Dive suit overlay has been adjusted so it's easier to see when underwater - Commodities trader can only be found on the Merchant Ship on PvP servers - Respec potion has been moved to the Crew Recruiter on Freeports RELEASED PATCH NOTES CURRENT V24.4
  13. https://www.playatlas.com/index.php?/atlas-news/records/brief-update-on-ptr-the-upcoming-atlas-15-patch-r102/ BRIEF UPDATE ON PTR & THE UPCOMING ATLAS 1.5 PATCH Hey Pathfinders! Just wanted to come in and give you a quick status update for ATLAS 1.5 before the weekend. We are planning on launching the Public Test Realm next Wednesday, the 3rd of April, and by then there will be an in-depth Captain’s Log which will do a deep dive on the entire patch so you know what to expect. Going forward, we expect subsequent major updates to come on a monthly basis, which will include more content such as new items, weapons, creatures and new areas for players to check out! We know that this update has taken quite some time and we really appreciate everyone’s patience as we dug down to the core of the claiming system and reworked it. We expect that we’ll have this ready to ship onto the main network by the week of the 8th of April. Following ATLAS 1.5, there will be a lot more to come in terms of design changes and content. This announcement post contains a sneak peek of some upcoming new creatures, can you guess what abilities they’ll have?
  14. Thanks to Yakarue for posting this video of CotP Assaulting CSTG main base harbor in K4. Some of the design elements we would like to incorporate into our base for next server wipe on April 8th. https://www.twitch.tv/videos/390581446
  15. To be, or not to be,....rammed by a whale!
  16. Hesh is amazing, will try to put some of your knowledge to use for todays K4 activities.
  17. We know chinese only loot once they break in. They don't demolish completely. Don't be afraid to reclaim and fortify a husk as a quick operating post.
  18. Chinese tactics: Large & Small Characters War of Resources. Engage at distance first. Auto-loot Auto-aim. Infantry & pets engage only after snipers have started killing in area. Fire wagon Horse for quick response. Position distance shooters. Engage with supported wagons. Bear wagon cannons. Snipers claim as core of assault and bears push in. Loot Immediately Pass gear back to bears on cannons. Snipers lay beds on newly claimed areas. Rinse, repeat Rear of combat line is maintained. Suggested countermeasures: Labrynth style choke points. Spread resources & beds to operating bases. High Ground sniper posts. "Contest Kits" - 2x2 structure mats and bed. Quick build and camp. Flame & AOE defense posts, minimal structure - guns. Key is to neutralize bear cannons and run them out of materials. Those who engaged, please continue the topic.
  19. Current ATLAS Official Server Network Server Version: v16.14 Current ATLAS Official Server Network Server Status: Smooth Sailing! UPCOMING PATCH NOTES PLEASE NOTE THESE UPDATES MAY NOT NECESSARILY BE IN THE NEXT PATCH BUT WILL MAKE INTO AN UPCOMING ONE. V17 - BOUNTIES - ETA: LATE FEBRUARY New Features - Bounty System for PVP: Don't like a particular player or Company? Set a bounty on their heads, then other players can get gold for bringing in the target's head - Guillotine: hanging your foes in a noose taking too long? Off with their heads! - Submarine: explore the depths of the ocean in this small scouting submarine. No weapons on board, but it does have claw arms to help harvest the ocean floor and explore (demolish) shipwrecks - Player shops in freeports. Players can setup automated shops in each freeport, listing loot for sale and naming their own gold coin prices - New creature: Giant Crab. It can carry heavy loads, along with players, tames and wild creatures - Tame tokens are available for more mythical creatures, allowing players to have limited-time tames of the Fire Elemental, Rock Elemental, Cyclops, and Gorgon. BONUS: Rock Elemental and Cyclops are rideable! - New cosmetics: get your pirate on with hook hands and peg leg cosmetics. Yarr! - New armor cosmetics to customize the look of your Company and crew - Streamer Stealth Mode: client option to disable showing all location information; super useful to prevent stream-sniping 😉 - Added a new deep ocean trench environment to explore, with powerful underwater creatures and is the home of the new Giant Crab - Added a new extensive Polar Dungeon, only accessible by Pathfinders who have all the PowerStones or have defeated the Kraken Endgame Balance improvements - Beating the Kraken unlocks a new Feat, which allows players to prevent wild creatures from aggroing on them within range for a period of time - Beating the Polar Dungeon unlocks a new perfect water breathing Feat, allowing players to remain underwater for a period of time without consuming any oxygen Updates - Players can now mount a sail to directly control the sail's open/close amount and rotation settings in a more intuitive way - AOD AI Ships will now come in multiple size variations with different stats and difficulty levels - Global territory message updating - Any dead ships (shipwrecks) from your Company appear with a unique icon on your map now, so you can find the wrecks - Character creator now has a Height slider to make it easier to set your character's desired height - Territory map will now display allies as teal-colored - Reorganized claim flag notifications, so they no longer clutter up the entire HUD when lots of messages are flying by Misc - Streamlined ship hull rendering for performance gains - Server Performance improvements round 2 (+25%) - Additional balance changes - NPCs will be added to Freeports which will allow players to redesign their character's tattoos for a gold cost - Significant server improvements over the coming weeks, where we'll be doubling performance increment by increment. ⚓ RELEASED PATCH NOTES ⚓ CURRENT V16.14 - Fixed a server crash related to demolishing structures - Fixed an exploit with Grapeshot that allowed it to be shot rapidly v16 Server Changes - Player Movement Optimisation for an approximate 15-20% performance gain on servers - Server Launch Option which locks the Fountain of Youth to one Golden Age Ruins server: -AlwaysActiveFountainsOfYouth Balance Changes Land - Stone Structures crafting costs have decreased by reducing the metal cost by 55% and reducing the organic paste requirement by 25% Ship - Steering Wheels are now considered 'stone' when it comes to their defence type, so they cannot be hurt by fire and take less explosive damage Creatures - Dragon now has 65% less HP when Tamed - Dragon now takes 40% more bullet and explosive damage when tamed - Dragon now recovers stamina 25% more slowly when flying - Dragon can no longer be healed by Nature's Touch - Dragon tamed timer reduce from 8 hours to 6 hours - Dragon Fire Damage reduced by 50% - Dragon Token cost increased to 40,000 gold coins
  20. Wow, that is a lot of good change to the game. Looking forward to the update.
  21. https://www.playatlas.com/index.php?/forums/topic/2628-pc-patch-notes-client-v1561-server-v1567/ Current ATLAS Official Server Network Server Version: v15.67 Current ATLAS Official Server Network Server Status: Smooth Sailing! UPCOMING PATCH NOTES PLEASE NOTE THESE UPDATES MAY NOT NECESSARILY BE IN THE NEXT PATCH BUT WILL MAKE INTO AN UPCOMING ONE. V16 - BOUNTIES - ETA: LATE FEBRUARY New Features - Bounty System for PVP: Don't like a particular player or Company? Set a bounty on their heads, then other players can get gold for bringing in the target's head - Guillotine: hanging your foes in a noose taking too long? Off with their heads! - Submarine: explore the depths of the ocean in this small scouting submarine. No weapons on board, but it does have claw arms to help harvest the ocean floor and explore (demolish) shipwrecks - Player shops in freeports. Players can setup automated shops in each freeport, listing loot for sale and naming their own gold coin prices - New creature: Giant Crab. It can carry heavy loads, along with players, tames and wild creatures - Tame tokens are available for more mythical creatures, allowing players to have limited-time tames of the Fire Elemental, Rock Elemental, Cyclops, and Gorgon. BONUS: Rock Elemental and Cyclops are rideable! - New cosmetics: get your pirate on with hook hands and peg leg cosmetics. Yarr! - New armor cosmetics to customize the look of your Company and crew - Streamer Stealth Mode: client option to disable showing all location information; super useful to prevent stream-sniping 😉 - Added a new deep ocean trench environment to explore, with powerful underwater creatures and is the home of the new Giant Crab - Added a new extensive Polar Dungeon, only accessible by Pathfinders who have all the PowerStones or have defeated the Kraken Endgame Balance improvements - Beating the Kraken unlocks a new Feat, which allows players to prevent wild creatures from aggroing on them within range for a period of time - Beating the Polar Dungeon unlocks a new perfect water breathing Feat, allowing players to remain underwater for a period of time without consuming any oxygen Updates - Players can now mount a sail to directly control the sail's open/close amount and rotation settings in a more intuitive way - AOD AI Ships will now come in multiple size variations with different stats and difficulty levels - Global territory message updating - Any dead ships (shipwrecks) from your Company appear with a unique icon on your map now, so you can find the wrecks - Character creator now has a Height slider to make it easier to set your character's desired height - Territory map will now display allies as teal-colored - Reorganized claim flag notifications, so they no longer clutter up the entire HUD when lots of messages are flying by Misc - Streamlined ship hull rendering for performance gains - Server Performance improvements round 2 (+25%) - Additional balance changes - NPCs will be added to Freeports which will allow players to redesign their character's tattoos for a gold cost - Significant server improvements over the coming weeks, where we'll be doubling performance increment by increment. ⚓ RELEASED PATCH NOTES ⚓ CURRENT V15.67 - Fixed a case where Steam clients sometimes were unable to connect to the servers. We recommend hosts upgrade to this version. v15.63 - Discovery Zones now provide 1 Discovery Point per unlock - Resolved some connection timeout issues. v15.61 Server Changes - Server optimisations to increase performance by approximately 5% - Optimized transition data cleanup in Redis to avoid DB bloat. - Server Listing for non-ATLAS servers has been rewritten and will list non-ATLAS servers immediately. Fountain of Youth and Aging Changes - Fountain of Youth is only usable if you're over age 90. - Fountain of Youth is now available on two random Golden Age Servers. - Old Age debuff has been reduced by 50% Bug and Exploit Fixes - Fixed a bug which made it so that beds and boats would not display on the map if they weren't in a company. - Fixed a bug with the Drake which allowed it to phase through structures - Fixed a bug which allowed players to have more beds on their boat than permitted, this is a retroactive fix. Balance Changes Land - Increasing explosive damage to stone structures by 2.5x. - Increasing seige structure damage to stone structures by 60% - Wood Land Structure has been buffed to provide better resistance to siege weapon types by 40%. - Wood Land Structures have been buffed to provide better defence against all non-explosive/siege damage types by 50%. - Stone Structures crafting costs have been increased by adding metal cost, and changing fiber requirement to organic paste, which requires both fiber and sap to craft - Thatch Structures have had their crafting costs reduced by 3x. - NPCs mounted on Puckles are now invincible Ship - Ships can only receive damage from collision encounters with other ships if they're of the same or a greater weight class (deals with cheesy cheap ramshackle builds to sink bigger boats). Galleon - Weight class 5 Brig - Weight class 4 Schooner - Weight class 3 Sloop (Ramshackle) - Weight class 2 Raft - Weight class 1 Dingy - Weight class 0 Creatures - Drake balances adjustments (10% less HP, 10% less damage, and double stamina cost for using fire breath) - Magical tames can no longer be used in boss fights and will be destroyed when used inside the dome (Drakes)
  22. Day 2 I logged in expecting to wake up next to Bakath and Damis, but the game had special things in mind for me this morning... Somehow a wolf had somehow jumped through 2 doors or a very heavily constructed wall, killed me but apparently was nice enough to spare Bakath and Damis, lol. Glad that they knocked out the weird bugs, LOL. My respawn screen had me in the ocean somewhere and I forgot how to specify my respawning back onto the island so I just hit 'respawn'. Well now I was back at newbie island and had to drown myself to get back to the fort, lol. Thank goodness for voice coms. Got back to the island, no Grim corpse, guess it bugged, rotted away or someone looted it (the best possibility). I had to re-outfit. Luckily there were things around, which allowed me to do that. A nice pirate outfit, axe, pick and a pike. I proceeded to cut down trees, gathered wood and mined for a bit of iron. The wood to be used hopefully towards Damis's replacement ship and the iron to repair the tools and pike as needed. Damis you should really better keep track of where your ships are, just a thought...hehe. :D Oh ya, while chopping wood, a wolf decided to eat my face and I managed to kill it with my new pike that I had grabbed while re-equipping, yippee... hehe. Someone knocked at my door, I was given a few Grimmy do things and had to log out. Got finished with my chores and restarted my computer. I saw Bakath on Steam, we messaged a bit, he had to take the dog out, prep his coffee maker before jumping into game and... I fell asleep at the keyboard (I wish I could say that was something new and unusual hehe). I woke up later that evening, saw that Bakath had logged for the evening and I had missed Damis. Both working stiffs, so it is understandable. An interesting game, indeed. I can see much fun in the future. Cheers Grim
  23. Day 1 Welp I finally knuckled under and grabbed the game. I was amazed that it downloaded and installed as fast as it did. I was not surprised that I had to set everything to rock bottom, in order to be able to play it. hehe. While I love my computer and it I consider myself fortunate to have it, at 10 years old, it is beginning to feel the strain of the new games. I will be updated it sometime later this year, hehe. So I get things set up, log into the game and Bakath meets me at the newbie island. I was pretty surprised, I was not expecting a little old crazed, starved fellow to meet me (If you know Bakath, you know what I am saying, lol). Imagine an old crazy looking leprechaun. We jump into his newbie sloop and for the next half hour, he tells me how we are going to die, on our way to the guilds island. We did get close to death several times. Between the ghost ships running around and insane waterspout attacks, it was both nuts and really fun. I was amazed how well the game looked and ran, once we got out to sea. Long story short, we make it to the island, not before several deaths via vitamin deficiency and freezing to death. Thank goodness Bakath had the foresight to drop a bed onto the boat before we left, lol. Bakath made us some warm clothes, Damis some metal tools. life was nice... Well then we were hungry and thirsty again, at least it was fairly to solve that, with a bit of hunting, fishing and those lovely rain barrels. I grabbed my shiney new tools and went to harvest things, getting reacquainted with the game mechanics. Pretty much as I remembered Ark, less the dinosaurs. Ended up running back into the fort, slamming the doors close as a level 30 snake thing tried to make me his next meal. As I was trapped, I decided to log for the evening. I laid down next to the snoring Bakath and Damis and reflected on my time in game. It was much better than I had feared, but I was glad I had waited to get into game, until after the initial chaos of the games release. I had fun, the game hitches a bit (due to my computer) and I am good with that as I will be upgrading in the near future and more than that, it was a great feeling to hook up with CotP in a game again. Enter the fond memories of AoC, Darkfall and many other games... Cheers Grim
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