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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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Ztuke

Founder's Event 2015 Chapter Voting

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Founder’s Event 2015

Starting 26th March to 5th April

Event Forums

 

I would like to welcome you all to this year’s Founder’s event.

 

This year, you will see a number of changes in the way the event has been organized compared to previous years, one of these changes are this post you are now reading which is located within your Chapter forums.  With your kind indulgence, I will attempt to explain a little about the changes and just what exactly is Founder’s Week.

 

The Changes

The Changes are a result of feedback from the past year’s event and an attempt to reach out to more of our membership and encourage them to join us in the small range of activities we will be offering. While these posts are limited to the principle Chapters of the community they are not intended to alienate anyone or any Chapter out of Founder’s Week. If you are a member, officer or Leader of one of the smaller, more casual Chapters then please feel free to copy and paste this post into your own Chapter forums, amending where necessary for the sake of clarity.

 

This year we are introducing local Chapter and Community wide voting. You have the local (Chapter) voting to find who you think of as the best within your Chapter This voting will happen in your chapter's forums prior to Founders Week. Then, during Founder’s Week in the Founder's Week forums there will be topics to vote upon for the entire community to participate in, some original to the guild wide community, some from the chapters voting.  Basically what we will do is take the names of the winners from the local votes in each of the chapters and setup a series of polls reflecting some but not all of the local voting topics. This poll will be a simple click to select a player name from among a pre-selected list, the list you have all voted on locally. In this way we hope to honor those who have been recognized by their own Chapter’s membership and to nominate one of you as an example of the sterling ladies and fellows that populate our community as a whole.

 

Founder’s Week event

The online community known as Covenant of the Phoenix has existed for some time, I will not go into our history here, it will be covered in the Event Forums, but I will just say though that since March 29, 2007 we have selected a period of a few days to a week or more around this date to celebrate our founding, honor those who built this community and recognize the many varied members that make this community what it is today. March 29 is important because, while we have lost the exact date on which the community started as a single game guild, we know this date for certain as the date on which our current Guild Charter was enacted and published.

 

I will just end this section by saying that we strive to provide some mini-games, competitions and quizzes as well as discussion topics for our member ship to indulge and participate in over the event.

 

This Post

You have probably noticed already, the poll attached to this post, indeed you may have already answered some or all of its questions, I thank you for doing so if that is the case, but you will also find a simple questionnaire form below. All I request is that you simply highlight it, copy it and then paste into the reply box at the bottom of this page and fill in whichever questions you wish to answer.

 

I thank you for your time in reading this and for you participation in this event.

(Paladin) Ztuke (Lead Organizer)

 

 

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Founder’s Week Questionnaire:

 

Remember, all you need do is highlight the list of questions below, copy it into the reply box at the bottom of the page and fill in those answers you wish to give. If the question does not apply or you have no answer, then please feel free to leave it blank.

 

Section 1:

Q1. Crafter of the Year

A1.

Q2. DPS (All TYPES) of the Year

A2.

Q3. Healer of the Year

A3.

Q4. Tank/(Defense) of the Year

A4.

 

Section 2:

Q5. Best Chapter run Event of the Year

A5.

Q6. Recruiter of the Year

A6.

Q7. Most Helpful Member of the Year

A7.

Q8. Officer (of YOUR Chapter) of the Year

A8.

Q9. Rookie of the Year 2014-2015 (new member)

A9.

Q10. PvP Player of the Year

A10.

Q11. Player of the Year in YOUR Chapter

A11.

Q12. Strategic Planner of the Year (Guild wide events, raid planner, social organizer etc)

A12.

 

Section 3:

Q13. Photographer (in-game) of the Year

A13.

Q14. Videographer of the Year

A14.

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Everyone who is part of the EVE chapter and wants to take part fills in what they want or who they want to vote for, this is for local (Chapter specific) votes.

 

Just highlight the questions, post it into reply and fill in in those you want to answer.

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Can you clarify what the question above are for?  I am confused because it talks above about chapter level voting in the chapter forums, but it also has a list of questions and says to reply here.  Should we be doing a separate vote with the questions above for our Chapter in our forums?  If so, what then is the reply used for in this box?

Thanks!

You have the local (Chapter) voting to find who you think of as the best within your Chapter This voting will happen in your chapter's forums prior to Founders Week. 

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Due to real life issues, some of this is work that is being pushed out on the fly without the usual preparation time (1 month to six weeks).

 

This is my intention.

 

In the past we ran a range of voting topics under the name of the Phoenix Awards, these awards were to identify those that YOU the membership think of as the best in fulfilling the role of the various topics as you understand them. HOWEVER, since in the past, these votes were performed in an open forum environment, it could quickly be determined who the popular votes were AND who was the DOMINANT Chapter (not always the largest). The biggest complaint with this system was that the largest of larger Chapters could organise and walk off with the bulk of the awards (titles) and therefore removed a lot of the fun aspect from the idea.

 

Now the concept is, that we the COMMUNITY (as opposed to the Chapter Leadership) want to see as many of our members as possible taking part but many members just took one look at the forums in the past, saw the way the voting was going and just did not bother, later on saying it was pointless since the largest chapter was always going to win. (Mostly true alas, but not always)

 

SO, this year, I have split the voting into two parts. This is the new concept which I had started to work on and approach members of the community for their input but then real life stepped in. Okay two sets of votes. The first set or tier takes part here in the individual chapter. It is here that you are voting among yourselves for who you think best or want to see winning that subject. Now the questions are somewhat generic and open to interpretation, YOUR interpretation, not mine. If you think the question has not bearing on the game you play then you can just ignore it. The questionnaire was designed to be generic, which is why I asked for people to just copy and paste it into their reply and answer only those questions they felt pertinent.

 

The second tier of voting comes later, after the local chapter voting shuts down. What I was going to do, just for fun was create a poll (a fixed list of names) based upon the winners for various categories and let the whole community choose between those names rather then let indiviual members prpose a name.

 

The idea is that each Chapter has its set of winners and heroes, while the community gets to pick a winner for a community award. The down side is that once again the community vote can be dominated by sheer numbers, however I off set that against the fact that each chapter gets a list of who THEY think is best based upon majority vote of those in that chapter.

 

The additional thing is, if there was one of the smaller chapters who are less active that wanted to take part, then the original post can be copied and pasted in total into that sub-chapters forum space and all the need do is send a message to me letting me know so that I can monitor it.

 

My intention is that the per chapter voting is serious, the community voting on the same categories is for fun.

 

I have to admit, that if the community voting is too dominated I may in the furture propose running the majority of the categories on a per chapter basis.

 

In short, I am trying to make the Phoenix Award votes mean something again to you the membership, to reflect your opinions of who is best at each category for your GAME!

 

Sorry for the all of text, I am hopeless at explaining my crackpot ideas.

 

-Ztuke

 

P.S. If you really want to know how short notice much of this is being put together, then I will admit openly here, that I am essentially going rogue and have explained or communed with Senior Leadership over much of this. I am actually quite afraid of what they will think and do to me over this years's Founder's Event, because this is quite an important date for our Senior members and in the history of the Community.

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Just a friendly reminder, Voting ends on the 25th :)

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Chapter voting is now over. Please check the Founders week forums for the results :)

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