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By Elric

ArcheAge Unchained

When the first ArcheAge was released, it was a huge chapter for COTP.  The initial game hype was off the charts, and we had a lot of fun at first... Unfortunately they had some pretty big missteps with the release schedule and some content that was not released as planned (or poorly handled).  A lot of the issues with the game can be attributed to conflicts between the original Korean developer XL Games and the USA publisher Trion Worlds.  Over time the game went F2P and quickly became a Pay2Win game.  Let's just say that the community was unhappy with the direction of the game. 
Enter GamIgo Games!  Last year Gamigo Games purchased Trion Worlds and acquired the ownership rights of ArcheAge.  As a direct result of all the community backlash, they decided to release a completely different version of the game.  By popular demand, ArcheAge Unchained is going to be a completely separate game on its own, and they are eliminating the big P2W problems.  ArcheAge Unchained is being released on October 15th, and it will be a Buy 2 Play model.  You pay the initial game cost up front, and after that there will be no subscriptions or "Premium monthly costs".  The only items for sale in the "cash shop" will be 100% cosmetic, and anything game impacting from the original ArcheAge game was removed.  For example, the game was due to come out the last weekend in September, but Gamigo Games decided to delay the game for more PTS testing.  The big change they were working on was to make all cosmetic items Bound on Pickup / Purchase.  They wanted to avoid anyone buying cosmetic items for RL money and then selling them on the in-game marketplace to earn gold.  Many people in the community saw this as being slightly Pay 2 Win, so it was removed from the game!

Here is a good video talking about the upcoming release of ArcheAge Unchained, and some history of the original game:
 

At this point we don't have any official plans of a COTP Chapter, but we will certainly go that way if we get enough people interested!
If you want more information, here is the full copy / paste of the FAQ from the official ArcheAge Unchained forums:

 
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By Damis

Fractured MMO

Fractured is an open-world fantasy sandbox MMORPG which blends action combat with fully interactive environments, appealing equally to lovers of competitive and cooperative gameplay. Jump right into the fray from day one. Defeat your enemies with skill and wit, not equipment or level. Gather resources, craft, trade and venture into legendary travels as a solitary hero, or start a settlement with your guild and grow it into the next empire. A true sandbox MMORPG, Fractured lets players pursue the gameplay they enjoy, create the type of character they enjoy, and focus on doing what they enjoy. 
Fractured Key Features
Unique And Dynamic Setting – Explore the universe of Fractured, which is spread across three planets – Arboreus, Syndesia, and Tartaros. Travel is an important part of the game experience; unlike many traditional MMORPGS, players must find a way to survive as they traverse the worlds. In addition, eclipses, unique PvE events, have a huge impact on the lives of demons and humans. The state of the universe, and even the position of planets, matters!
Race Is More Than Cosmetic – The race you belong to has an actual impact on game mechanics, from the type of society you live in to the ways you can interact with other players. Choose a human and live in – or at odds with – a feudal society. Be a beastman, and live in harmony with nature. Or, choose a demon, and slake your thirst for blood and revenge!
Crafting That Matters – Finding a broadsword in the corpse of a rat sounds a little unlikely? Forget about old RPG clichés and enter a world where every item is crafted by players. Exploit the uneven distribution of resources to get high profits when trading at faraway markets – but make sure you reach your destination alive!
Get Into The Action – You do not need to grind zombies for 80 hours or reach some level limit before you can join your friends on adventures. In Fractured, you can take part in any content from the first day in the game! The Knowledge system offers power and flexibility, allowing players to develop exactly the character they wish to play.
Action Combat Evolved – Fractured melds the combat style you’ve loved in single-player Action RPGs with a complex sandbox universe. Learn to aim, dodge and master over 400 abilities and 40 unique status effects: only your skills and tactics will lead you to victory! The environment is fully interactive, and can be used to give you an edge in your adventures.
https://fracturedmmo.com/
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By Damis

Maestrom Free to Play on Steam.

Maestrom
Grim fantasy combined with thunderous naval combat in a vibrant, monster-saturated world! Captain an Orc, Dwarf or Human warship and sail the turbulent Abyssal Ocean with online multiplayer, in free-for-all & team based matches.

Be ruthless! Sink other players ships, take their loot and collect their bounty! Be greedy! Maps are littered with floating treasure chests and ships loaded with gold. Be cunning! As the match progresses hungry sea monsters become more aggressive and encroach the safe waters ships can sail in. Ships sailing in 'Dead Waters' for too long end up as monster chow! Be unsinkable! At the end of a match ships can be upgraded and customized with captains, cannons, armor, mates and more! WARSHIPS WIN WITH WITS
Enemy ships can be rammed, grappled and boarded!
Maneuver a ship through the swelling sea and prepare for ramming! The faster the ship is moving the more devastating the collision will be on impact.

Boarding locks both ships in place while crews fight it out. If one crew manages to kill all of the opposing crew, it can spell disaster & sink a ship quickly, sending it to the depths!

ARMOR, AMMO AND POSITIONAL DAMAGE
Each ship has armor on all four sides. The armor sections serve as additional defense toward damage to that side and must be destroyed before the ship's hull can be damaged. Maneuvering to keep your armor between you and your enemy is vital to staying afloat - and seeking the enemy's damaged sides will make you much more lethal in combat!Every cannon has access to three kinds of ammunition and can swap during combat to suit the situation. Ammo is unlimited.
Iron shot blasts chunks out of ship armor and hull. Chain shot is used to shred enemy sails and cripple a ship’s speed. Grapeshot slaughters enemy crew and makes ships easier to board. LURKING THE DEEP
Like the ocean they reside in, sea monsters are titanic forces of nature. They stalk unwary captains and can devour a ship whole. Like this Murkwater Thrasher.

FREE-TO-PLAY DEFINITION FOR MAELSTROM:
As Free-to-Play definitions vary with games we want to define it clearly so players know what they can expect: All gameplay and progress can be unlocked by playing the game for free. No additional purchases are needed to enjoy the game to its fullest extent. There are no ways to purchase a competitive advantage in game. Players must play the game to progress & become more powerful. There are no ways to purchase a top tier ship with a powerful crew, it must be earned by playing the game. Players can however, accelerate progression with boosts. Gold is in-game currency and earned by playing the game. Gunpowder is premium currency & the only item sold for cash in-game. It is used to buy all of the premium items in the store such as the battle pass, cosmetics, boosters & bundles. Gunpowder can also be earned for free via the Battle Pass, completing quests & checking the store. Battle Passes unlock cosmetics, gold or gunpowder & there is a premium track that unlocks additional rewards for gunpowder. Future content will be added through seasonal Battle Passes, events or content drops. There are no loot boxes. All Items are directly purchasable in the store. https://store.steampowered.com/app/764050/Maelstrom/
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By Damis

Astellia Launching September 28th.

Astellia  is launching officially on September 27, but those who have  pre-ordered the game can start to filter into the game world as early as this afternoon. Players who purchased a Legendary Pack can begin their journey this afternoon, with the game world opening up to everyone through the course of the next seven days.
Legendary Pack
- Start Date: 9/20 @ 5:00pm PDT (2:00 CEST)?
Platinum Pack
- Start Date: 9/23 @ 5:00pm PDT (2:00 CEST)?
Gold Pack
- Start Date: 9/26 @ 5:00pm PDT (2:00 CEST)?
Official Launch Start
- Start Date: 9/27 @ 5:00pm PDT (2:00 CEST)?
For those on the fence about purchasing the game, Astellia can now be played with a subscription model. For $9.99 a month, players can dive into Astellia and decide for themselves if the experience is worth the full price. If so, you can then upgrade your account with the full game purchase. 
The subscription doesn't offer players the chance to hop in early, but it does afford something the ability to try it for a month without spending the full price on the game.However, keep in mind that any payments made towards the subscription cannot be used towards the purchase the game. 
Read more at https://www.mmorpg.com/astellia/news/astellia-adds-subscription-plan-to-give-players-another-way-to-play-the-mmo-1000053642#4BUZRIEk1HKXZH0w.99
 
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By Damis

ESO: SCALEBREAKER DLC GAME PACK

The Scalebreaker DLC game pack brings two new Season of the Dragon dungeons, expanding upon the events of both Wrathstone and Elsweyr. The Dragons are free from the Halls of Colossus, and now you must deal with the fallout of their release. While these stories are part of the year-long saga, you can enjoy both without having completed either of the year’s earlier content—enjoy!
Lair of Maarselok
For centuries, Maarselok slept deep in the mountains between Elsweyr and Grahtwood. However, upon the opening of the Halls of Colossus, this monstrous Dragon has awoken, and now threatens to spread his corruption into the domain of the Wood Elves. Only with the help of the Warlock Carindon and the forest spirit Selene can you defeat this terrifying new Dragon!

Hunt the great Dragon Maarselok!
Moongrave Fane
Hidden within a fallen Khajiiti temple, the vampires of the Hollowfang prepare to perform a terrible ritual. Joined by the former Dragonguard Grundwulf, they wish to drain the blood from a captured Dragon! You and your team must fight your way into the fallen ruin and put a stop to their plan before it’s too late.
Both dungeons can be attempted in Normal and Veteran difficulties, with a Veteran Hard Mode option available for those looking for a challenge. Brave delvers can discover new rewards up for grabs in both dungeons, too, including new item sets, Achievements, collectibles, and more.
PURCHASE DETAILS
The Scalebreaker DLC game pack is free for all ESO Plus members and available for purchase for 1,500 crowns from the in-game Crown Store (listed under DLC).
https://www.elderscrollsonline.com/en-us/home
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  2. Well done. 👍 FYI: They also sell the pet armor there as well among other things.
  3. The Sabrefang is a level 25 Eastern Continent (Haranya) Battle Pet. All races can buy the Battle Pet for 10 Silver at Jaun's Ranch in Villanelle. When your character is level 15, it is highly recommended that you journey to Villanelle and buy the pet. The Sabrefang is a level 25 battle pet which will make it easier for you to level up. Step 1: You must be level 15. Step 2: Journey to Jaun's Ranch in Villanelle. Step 3: Select a cub and purchase it for 10 silver. Your choices are: Tabby Sabrefang Cub Striped Sabrefang Cub Calico Sabrefang Cub Step 4: Buy a Vita seed from the farm hand for 5 silver. You can also purchase armor for the pet from the farm hand too. Step 5: Go to the Well and get a bucket of water ready. Step 6: Plant the Vita seed and then harvest the fruit. Step 7: Place the Sabrefang Cub on ground and then follow directions such as feeding, washing and dancing with the cub. You are now the proud owner of a Sabrefang Battle Pet. Go back to adventuring and watch that fur ball tear mobs apart.
  4. Just remember to log in before you start your chores. Else you will be looking for additional work to do instead of staring at the queue. Note: Don't be afraid to tell your friends about this game. They may thank you one day!
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  6. 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.

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  8. Yep, its a file import process in ArcheAge / AU. We have the high-res versions of the logo that we used the first time around, so we should be able to do it again for AU.
  9. 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.

  10. The good news is that the game released on time and it runs smooth. The bad news is that there is a que which is to be expected. Patience is a virtue when it comes to ques. While it may be tempting to roll on a different server with less que, I would caution against it, because you are limited to two characters across the servers at this time. That will later change to six across the servers. It takes 24 hours to delete a character so if you make two characters on a different server than Wynn then it take you a couple of days to rejoin the rest of us.
  11. I may buy this as soon as it pops up on Steam. Been a while since I did the MMO thing. Will be nice to be around friends again.
  12. I do like it! Do you recall how the design was applied? As I play Atlas / Ark they have a paint tool, then a file import scheme to paint sails. How is it in AAU?
  13. I won't be able to attend tonight's meeting. I am just leaving work now and it's almost an hour drive home.
  14. As a lover of coin, this sounds like a win win.
  15. You might want to test that extra xp from over achieving. I saw a couple content creators state that you get extra coin instead of xp now.
  16. A few thoughts: since labor is continuously regenerating, open those coin purses whenever you are close to capping labor else you will be wasting the labor. Also, I overachieve quests just because i'm an overachiever and the game told me i'd get extra xp if I overachieve quests. Also, I have no plans on rushing to level 50.
  17. A YouTube streamer named "Kanon" has put together some really solid guides for launch week in ArcheAge Unchained. I would highly recommend you check these out (videos below). However, here is the "TLDR" if you don't want to watch the first video:
  18. Great info. I just need to remember to stop and do this task as I go by this area.
  19. Yep, we plan on suggesting a list of areas for the guild to try to claim.
  20. Nice quick video on how to get your battle pet early. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpOFAGz-PYM
  21. I thought a lot of people did it that way, I remember Elric's earlier posts about the game went back and forth with missing the 'e' 😂
  22. It would be nice to have a few designated areas planed out ahead of time. So when I get to the point where I can attain land I know where to go so there is a concentration of COTP members. Alternative designated spots are also recommended if there is nothing available in the primary spot I will know the next few spots to try.
  23. Good information for people interested in grabbing some land. https://www.dpsvip.com/news/442--archeage-housing-zone-guide-choose-a-best-location-to-build-house http://forums.archeagegame.com/showthread.php?229091-Best-spots-on-the-east-side
  24. I prefer the Archage spelling.
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