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A Sentinel Has Arisen!

It was my pleasure to approve Elric's original application, welcoming him into the CotP family.
I have known Elric since he joined the CotP community and been in many of the same chapters with him. His commitment to CotP and those game chapters can not be questioned. He has shown his leadership qualities and passion at every turn.
Elric has impressed both myself and many of the CotP leadership as a person that you can rely on to do what is in the best interest of CotP and its members. He has helped to make CotP what it is today.
It was my pleasure to recommend and be involved in Elric's promotion to Templar.
I wish to personally thank Elric for all that he has accomplished and for the positive impact that he has had on the CotP community as a whole.
I have no doubt that he will continue his climb on the CotP leadership ladder and to be a positive role model for our community.
Thank you my friend, for all that you have done.
Please join me in welcoming our newest CotP Sentinel!  It has been a long journey and you have arrived intact.

A new Templar rises!

Our community has many great leaders who are always willing to step up and take on the challenges of the day. Leaders who are always willing to help others by sharing ideas or experiences, by encouraging and pushing the limits of themselves the people around them and the community as a whole , or by simply being there when needed. Leaders willing to take on the tough or tedious jobs to ensure our Community has what it needs to not only survive but thrive. Any leader in this group from those who have only led a raid in a single chapter to those who have worked hard for years have all changed our Community by giving of themselves to make our Community the Great home it is!
Occasionally a leader comes along whose impact is so amazing and the difference they make on our community so wonderful that we must stop and recognize them for all they do for the rest of us.
Let me be the first to Thank Phyreblade for all the works she does with SWTOR Chapter, The Social Media Dept, The workforce and The Founders week Celebrations team, to name just  a few. Let me also be the first to Congratulate Phyreblade on becoming our newest Templar! Looking forward to seeing all the greatness she will bring to her new role.

A New Guardian Rises From The Ashes

There are four basic characteristics that great leaders possess.
The first trait is a will to lead. Leaders want to lead. And they embrace the opportunity to do so.
Second, great leaders are willing to make the difficult decisions, the tough decisions that no one else wants to make. Great leaders never pass the buck to a future generation. They confront the brutal realities. They meet them head on. They don't ignore them. They address them as best they can. It's a matter of honor.
Third, great leaders believe in something bigger than themselves. People want to follow those serving the greater good. If people see a leader focused on self-interest alone, they will not follow. At least they won't follow as far as they are being asked. They won't go the extra mile.
People search for someone who is willing to look at the bigger picture, to serve a transcendent good. And so, while it runs against the conventional wisdom, great leaders are also the greatest servants. Great leaders lead by serving because they believe in something greater than themselves.
And finally, great leaders have a sense of humility about themselves.  Ironically, those who accomplish the most are often the ones who brag the least.
It is an honor and a privilege to announce that Grim has been promoted to a Guardian.  Grim is a natural fit for the role, given his 9 year history with the guild and his experience in managing several guild chapters over the years as well as providing administrative support.  This experience has honed his focus on the long term picture of doing what is best for the Covenant of the Phoenix community - a focus that will be at the core of the many judgment calls he will make as a Guardian.
Please join me in congratulating Grim and wishing him the best of luck in his new position as a Guardian.
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When you find yourself in that position of decision maker, where the decision is required and you have less than all the information you want, you better be ready and willing to make that decision.  Some would say that the risk involved is not worth the potential negativity, loss or pain of failure.  I personally argue that a great failure through action will be remembered much more fondly than the status quo or mediocrity via inaction.  It is this fearlessness in decision making that is necessary to be a leader in this community.
Creating memories worth remembering is what we do here in the Covenant of the Phoenix, and this is one of the great responsibilities we task our leadership with on a daily basis.  Our leaders know that they will make a difference whether they like it or not and that leadership is a gift given not by our administration, but by the CotP membership who enjoy this community and wish to continue toward that eternal goal of good times and great fun.
These ideals are what drives this community as well as what constitutes some of the most important values that we require of our Sentinels, of which certainly includes the one being appointed here and now.
One of the honorable few who never set out to be a leader yet became one through the quality of their actions and the integrity of their intent; our newest Sentinel joined us in the Darkfall chapter in early 2009 and became a leader in the same chapter not long after.  They have clearly understood the mandate from our founders that everybody has a story, and if you do not know the story, you cannot lead effectively.  A multiple chapter leader, workforce member and chapter liaison, they have worked tirelessly at helping create an environment of progress through action, an environment that dares to fail greatly yet manages to achieve so much more. 
It is an honor and a privilege to announce the promotion of an individual who exemplifies the type of leader we desire in CotP. This individual clearly possesses the core leadership characteristics that we look for in a Sentinel.
Vessa, rise and be recognized today as a Sentinel of the Covenant of the Phoenix.
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Phoenix Run Information

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phoenix Run is a game that I'm making. I actually never thought I would get this far. It is set in a galaxy with varied planets. The core of the game right now is centered around space ship travel. I have also been adding some ground elements and the ability to land a space fighter on a planet. You cant see it yet in game, but I'm also working on capitol ship interiors so that you can land your fighter on a ship and walk around. The idea of the game is to have a 3 faction PvP centric space sandbox. Most everything in game will be crafted by players. There will be a constant PvP limited world that will server as a home world, and there will be "matches" that are basically short term (weeks to months I hope) matches where the 3 factions in game will fight to supremacy. The winner of each match gets the best upgrades and tech increases to bring back to home world.

I have been working on the idea of this game for over 10 years. Changes in the game development market and technology in the last few years have really allowed me to start working on it. The game currently a C# wrapper of the open source graphics engine Ogre called Mogre. I will probably use Newton for physics. I haven't yet settled on a sound engine. Phoenix Run uses MIOS for input management. Currently there is no joystick support, but it is available with MIOS and since I am an old Jumpgate pilot, you can be assured joystick support will be added.

It's still very alpha. As of right now (7/25/2012) you can fly around in your fighter, use jumpgates to travel, chat, use the /emote chat command to do emotes, and you can land on planets. There is currently no combat. I wanted to do the combat last, to ensure I get all the travel and crafting options ironed out first. The game is limited by my interwebz, since the server sits in my house. Information on downloading the client is here: http://www.covenantofthephoenix.com/forums/topic/32435-installing-and-running-phoenix-run/ .  Everyone is welcome to fly around. 

I would like to thank all of the CotP members who have been supporting during the last 2 1/2 years I've been coding this game. Most of the faster progress has come once I dropped C++ for C# less than a year ago. I know, it's not as fast, but it's close and allows much faster development. I rewrote the servers in C# too. They are running in mono on CentOS.

Legal Stuff: I really don't think that I'll ever make a dime on this stuff, but just in case I will state here what I told guys who have wanted to help. Any code or models or other intellectual property added to this game by anyone must be their own property and becomes unlimited and freely licensed to me once donated to the game. Also once added to the game it is my responsibility to ensure it is free from any license restrictions by a third party. I will do this by reviewing any property being used in the game that is reported as being owned by a third party, and removing it as appropriate. These reviews will begin before the game is launched (assuming that it will be launched :) ). I kinda feel like a jerk saying that, but it's to protect you and I. And prevent any fights later on. If this was ever to become popular I would certainly need the help of any who helped and we could review the possibility of paid options at that time. Please bear in mind that I am a man of normal means and the game would have to be generating money for that to happen. I would of course implement a free to play model if I ever went commercial :) but lets leave the dreaming aside for now.

Edited by Meander

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I can help you out testing if you need bro.

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tysm Bakath, I really appreciate it.

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There is a new web site and installer.  Instructions are here in this forum: http://www.covenantofthephoenix.com/forums/topic/32435-installing-and-running-phoenix-run/


If anyone could run the game and test a bit I'd appreciate it.  Things to keep in mind are:


  • you should only try to land on Terra One, other planets are not finished and you will get stuck in errors.  Let me know if you get stuck and I'll move you.
  • You can fly around and shoot stuff, but you don't really destroy anything yet.
  • I've been fighting some server instability lately.
  • Your old characters are deleted :(
  • the new and correct game launcher / updater is version 1.0. 
  • you should create a game id and your first character on the website before you try to log in.

For anyone who has previously used the old method of creating a character to log in with using the forum, That no longer works, and those characters are no longer in game.  you may need to uninstall the game and download the newer installer from the web site if you have any issues. 


I have been getting impatient with my progress, so I am going to take the time next to make it so characters and actually damage each others ships and you can re-spawn when you die.  So at least maybe a few people can have some fun now and then.

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Switching game engines to Sunburn 2.18. 

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glad to hear you're still at it Meander, will take a look

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