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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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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. Leah

    Welcome BaronBrewzer

    Welcome! —Leah
  3. Today
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Oort

    Origin handles?

    Xarq
  8. Yesterday
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. I went ahead and recorded my Datacron hunting adventures on the new planet of Ossus. I'll post the videos, here, so you guys know how I managed to nab the things. Feel free to find me in Discord if you have any questions, or need to vent etc lol. Here's the +2 Endurance datacron (and the most difficult btw): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47w7S8LpRys&feature=youtu.be Here's the Red Mastery datacron: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WI4HNdkMxUY&feature=youtu.be Here's the Presence datacron: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOJq5qKckfM&feature=youtu.be
  12. October

    Ashes of Creation: Apocalypse Open Beta Dec. 18th

    I backed it in the Kickstarter and am very excited for it, though I won't be doing much of the Apocalypse testing. Not very interested in the whole battle royale craze sweeping gaming recently.
  13. Nanulak

    Ashes of Creation: Apocalypse Open Beta Dec. 18th

    As one who backed this game, I will look at it when they have more MMO and not just the battle royale.
  14. Damis

    Ashes of Creation: Apocalypse Open Beta Dec. 18th

    Hell Yeah, I am going to be checking it out. Ashes of Creation is on our radar list and we have a score or more who want to play it.
  15. BaronBrewzer

    BaronBrewzer Member Application

    My Discord handle is baronvonbueno
  16. Ernie

    Female crew members...

    Got my first one today.
  17. Erudius

    Origin handles?

    Erudius here
  18. Hey all, hope all is well. I am once again able to play with being able to afford to lol. I know I have been away and missed alot of content. All I ask is that if you group up with me, please be patient as since I am relearning all the controls lol.
  19. Yehosha

    ATLAS

    Ok so "early access" means we'll be the first ones playing and testing it? How developed is this game? Has this game been played by anyone yet besides the devs? Do you guys really believe 40k people can be on a server at once and the game be playable? I'm skeptical any game can support even a fraction of that, especially a large scale pvp battle. Very few games can pull that off. Is there going to be a subscription on top of the $30, or is that it? Is there going to be any sort of cash shop? Do we know anything about combat classes or crafting? Most importantly, how many of you will be there on day 1? I'm DYING to play a good game with you guys, so if you guys think this has any chance of being decent at all, I'm in.
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  21. Throne

    ATLAS

  22. BaronBrewzer

    BaronBrewzer Member Application

    Much appreciated Ztuke, everything looks great so far and looking forward to start meeting new people.
  23. Welcome to the COTP family BaronBrewzer! Chapter: Atlas
  24. Ztuke

    BaronBrewzer Member Application

    Welcome to the CotP Community! We hope that you will enjoy your stay, with our great gaming family.
  25. What game are you joining us in? Atlas How did you hear about us? Researching online for a guild to join for Atlas Do you have family or friends already in CotP? No I do not Do you agree to abide by the rules set forth in the Covenant of the Phoenix Charter and Chapter policies? Yes Tell us a little bit about yourself. I've been playing MMOs since the 1990s and have played dozens. Although Atlas is a Pirate themed MMO, with the Manifesto of being cutthroat, underhanded and cruel, I want to join a guild with very strong morals and unwavering loyalty. I was very impressed by your Charter and would be humbled to become a member of an organization with such honorable codes of conduct. I'm a retired Army Special Forces Lad, as well as a retiree from a government agency, so if I enjoy Atlas a lot, I will be spending many hours farming hard for my Brother/Sisterhood, since I no longer work.....lol Game character name (for contact)? I have not decided what my Atlas player name will be; however, Baron Brewzer is my handle for most games.
  26. Welcome to Covenant of the Phoenix Forums. Please feel free to browse around and get to know the others. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.

    1. BaronBrewzer

      BaronBrewzer

      Thank you for the information kind Sir. I am here to see if I can join your Brother/Sisterhood in Atlas. By the way, I've been MMOing since the 1990s and your charter is the best I've read. I will be submitting an application.

      Good Day to you

  27. Ernie

    Female crew members...

    What do you guys think about that? They get free brothers in arms, but only their crew members arms? I personally feel guilty shooting at a woman. Seems like this could be trouble.
  28. Hey guys, I don't know if this game is on your radar, and I know everyone is sick of Battle Royale, but this is a little different. Ashes of Creation is launching an open beta for it's Battle Royale gamemode called Apocalypse. The beta starts on Dec. 18, and I was curious if anyone else is going to be checking it out.
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