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By Throne

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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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.
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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  2. BaronBrewzer

    Welcome to the Atlas Public forum.

    Aloha Damis, thank you for getting us up and running. Ready to kill some chickens and make some Huli Huli chicken with rice, so I can farm mats like a wild man.
  3. Yesterday
  4. Damis

    ATLAS

    Ahoy, mates looking to join ship should click on the following link to join the Atlas group. Note: Please only request to join the group if you are going to play the game. You can still chat in the Atlas forum whether you play the game or not. https://covenantofthephoenix.com/gc/30-atlas/
  5. Aloha everyone and welcome to the Atlas public forum.
  6. Trusin

    Subnautica Free!

    The is probably my #1 favorite all time games. I wish it was multiplayer. A great balance of story, exploration, building with each system being just the right depth (see what I did there). I can't wait for the sequal which will continue the story and give us a new part of the planet to explore. https://unknownworlds.com/subnautica/subnautica-zero-revealed/
  7. Get it while its hot! Your very own copy of Subnautica, the underwater survival game. Until December 27th, get it here Cheers Grim
  8. Last week
  9. BaronBrewzer

    ATLAS

    Actually, that's pretty close to how the developers explained their new tech, in the interview, but we'll soon find out.
  10. Trusin

    ATLAS

    If they are using SpatialOS it might be possible. https://improbable.io/games/blog/spatialos-gdk-for-unity-launch?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=gdk-unity-launch-blog&utm_content=10-oct
  11. BaronBrewzer

    ATLAS

    That right there Sir. For me it's been a famine in the MMO genre the past few years.
  12. Yehosha

    ATLAS

    I think I'm sold. As far as people joining, I think many of us are desperate for any MMO that's half decent. Just look at how many came and checked out Life is Feudal, even though that game wasn't very good at all. Had tremendous potential, but the devs blew it, but still we had what, 100 people come through?
  13. Throne

    ATLAS

    Plans will be very fluid from the start and will likely be day 1 decisions. Much like recent chapters, we'll have our daily goals up on the discord channel.
  14. BaronBrewzer

    ATLAS

    Good info, thank you Throne! Are there any firm plans for us in the first few weeks? If it's a good game and I enjoy it, I will probably be on for at least 10 hours minimum, almost every day, farming hard for us, to try to get ahead early.
  15. Throne

    ATLAS

    This is tough to predict anymore....we had hundreds in Black Desert and only a couple dozen in Dark&Light. What does stay fairly consistent is that we won top billing on both servers. Our overall membership statistics aren't promoted well on the forums, but when I send out the newsletter, it'll go out to 12 thousand individual emails. ARK snuck up on us and we went for private servers almost from the start, but guild-wide it's been a strong game for us for years, so I'd guess we'll be anywhere from 30-50 players strong on day 1.
  16. BaronBrewzer

    ATLAS

    Yep, I bought into Baron level in Crowfall and added more stuff, also at Young Hero pledge in Camelot Unchained and a mid-tier in Ashes of Creation. I was pretty gullible back in 2013 and got into Star Citizen, embarrassed to say, at the Grand Admiral level......dang.
  17. BaronBrewzer

    ATLAS

    Is CoTP going to have much of a presence in Atlas? It doesn't seem very strong right now.
  18. Throne

    ATLAS

    Yep, Shadowbane was a good one. I wasn't into it as much as many other CotP members, but Crowfall is something many of us are heavily invested and have large expectations for.
  19. BaronBrewzer

    ATLAS

    @Throne , You said this guild has been at several launches and you mentioned SB. Is that Shadowbane? Me and my son loved that game and haven't enjoyed an MMO together more than that one. I was excited when the creator of that MMO started a new MMO called Crowfall.
  20. Throne

    ATLAS

    As far as I can tell for crafting, it should be very "ARK-like"....I expect to see many re-used models and sounds similar to what we saw in Dark&Light. Latest ss....
  21. BaronBrewzer

    ATLAS

    Yehosha, only thing I've seen about combat so far is this article: Tactical melee combat systems with blocks, parries, dodges, character motion, optional shields, stunning and strength-varying strikes, directional attacks, and more for use in either first or third person perspectives. Fists, swords, maces, blackjacks, daggers, and much more give you tremendous options to pick the right weapon for the job. Meanwhile, period period-appropriate-weaponry with skill-based active reload systems include flintlock pistols, muskets, blunderbuss, and more — just be sure to keep your powder dry!
  22. Leah

    Welcome BaronBrewzer

    Welcome! —Leah
  23. Yehosha

    ATLAS

    How much of Atlas is even implemented right now? IS the full game being released for early access or only parts? Any word on combat or crafting classes?
  24. Throne

    ATLAS

    No subs, but there will be a cash shop for cosmetic items....not sure if it will be up at launch though. As for the early access....it'll mean dealing with bugs and other crap, but when you're online with a bunch of friends, you can generally find a workaround together. We were there for the EVE launch, the DAoC, SB, SWG and WoW launches....and pretty much every launch since. The bugs and glitchiness has generally been the same, even counting Steam's "early access" MMO's.....I'd say if there was anything close to a perfect launch, it was LotRO.
  25. Nanulak

    ATLAS

    All they have to do is spawn up a few well placed hurricanes to force reinforcements to fight it out amongst themselves in a different area. Mother nature [devs], can manage populations if they plan ahead for situations.
  26. Oort

    Origin handles?

    Xarq
  27. BaronBrewzer

    ATLAS

    In one of the interviews they said they could hold large numbers, since it's not memory intensive in a mostly oceanic world, not much rendering to be done with the ocean and all the open sea between the island masses. Also, they said that players would be spread out throughout the world on the different islands, as most people or guilds will want to claim their own land areas to call home and build up. They further stated that if there was a huge number of players battling in a single spot, with many more players on the way, they were going to have some situation (event, not sure) where other's cant make it to that exact spot, but would be fighting on the outskirts of it, in several places. They supposedly have some new server technology, that can stitch together high populace areas, by utilizing the power from the low populated areas of the world, at the time of a huge battle. We will see how that works out or doesn't. Hopefully there will be enough of us jumping in day one and working hard to get us a fair sized ship built up soon as possible and sail to find us a new home to build up.
  28. Sarktastik

    Ashes of Creation: Apocalypse Open Beta Dec. 18th

    That's great. I'm glad to know we'll have a community for it. I understand you guys completely. I myself am more interested in the MMO, but it will be nice to get a feel for the combat. Hopefully it will not be modified for the battle royale. I am most excited for the Node Seiges, I know it won't be coming with Apocalypse, but I am definitely looking forward to it.
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