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Covenant Football League - Champion Crowned.

Chard's Goat Herders crowned Covenant Football League Champion for the 2019 season!
Trailing 140.22 to 139.74, Chard's Goat Herders staged a comeback and rallied back to beat Irok's Rokkets in the championship game with a final score of 152.36 to 140.22.  Chard's Goat Herders finished the season with a record of 11-5, while Irok's Rokkets ended the campaign at 13-3.
1st Place  -  Chard's Goat Herders
2nd Place  -  Irok's Rokkets
3rd Place  -  Baentir's Brawlers
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Season’s Greetings

Season’s Greetings, wishing you and your loved ones peace, health, happiness and prosperity during the holidays and in the coming New Year.
~  Covenant of the Phoenix
 
 
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Path of Exile - Free to Play

Path of Exile is a free-to-play action role-playing video game developed and published by Grinding Gear Games.
ABOUT THIS GAME
You are an Exile, struggling to survive on the dark continent of Wraeclast, as you fight to earn power that will allow you to exact your revenge against those who wronged you. Created by hardcore gamers, Path of Exile is an online Action RPG set in a dark fantasy world. With a focus on visceral action combat, powerful items and deep character customization, Path of Exile is completely free and will never be pay-to-win.

Key Features
Freedom. Power. Revenge.
Banished for your misdeeds to the dark, brutal world of Wraeclast, you play as the Duelist, Witch, Ranger, Templar, Marauder, Shadow or the Scion class. From forsaken shores through to the ruined city of Sarn, explore Wraeclast and uncover the ancient secrets waiting for you.
Unlimited Character Customization
Create and customize hundreds of unique skill combinations from tradable itemized gems and our gigantic passive skill tree. Combine skill gems, support gems and trigger gems to create your own unique combination of power, defense and destruction.
Deadly Missions
The Forsaken Masters each have their own style of mission and each of these missions has many variations. As you explore deeper into Wraeclast, the pool of available variations increases to challenge you in new ways. All of the Missions and their variations can occur anywhere in the game, including within end-game Maps.
Dressed to Kill
Path of Exile is all about items. Find, collect and trade magic, rare and unique items with arcane properties, then customize your character build around the deadliest combinations you possess.
Brutal Competitive Play
Battle in PvP tournaments seasons and Capture the Flag events for worldwide recognition. Compete in Daily Leagues and Race Events that run as separate game worlds with their own ladders and economies to win valuable prizes.
Customise Your Hideout
In their extensive travels throughout Wraeclast, the Forsaken Masters have discovered ideal locations for an Exile to use as their own secret Hideout. Once you've earned a Master's trust, you may be taken to a Hideout, where you can create your own personalised town. Masters residing in your Hideout offer you daily Missions and train you in advanced crafting options. Use your Hideout as a quiet place to craft after battle, or expand it and use it as a personalised Guild Hall with hundreds of decorations.
Fair-To-Play. Never Pay-To-Win.
We're committed to creating a fair playing field for all players. You cannot gain gameplay advantage by spending real money in Path of Exile.
https://store.steampowered.com/app/238960/Path_of_Exile/
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By Damis

Smite - Free To Play.

Smite is a 3D fantasy MOBA where players take on the role of mythological gods and battle in team-based arenas. Unlike other MOBAs, SMITE puts you directly onto the battlefield with a third-person action viewpoint. From blind-side ambushes to aimed shots, a new pantheon of strategic possibilities awaits.  Become a legend of myth, enter the Battleground of the Gods, and play FREE now!

Game Modes:
Conquest – the main 5v5 game mode. Features three lanes and a jungle area filled with neutral monsters. Arena – a 5v5 game mode with an open battle area rather than lanes. Each team begins with 500 points and must reduce the other side's to zero by killing heroes, minions, and escorting allied minions to portals. Joust – a 3v3 game mode with a single lane which otherwise plays like Conquest mode. Joust can also be played 1v1. Assault – similar to ARAM (All Random, All Mid) in LoL, players are assigned a random God and fight on a map with a single lane. Siege – a faster version of Conquest. Siege mode consists of only two lanes and contains a special Siege Juggernaut minion that deals extra damage to structures.
Never played a battle arena before? Don’t worry. Auto-buy, auto-level, and the deathmatch-like Arena mode let you jump right into divine MOBA action. Aspiring pro? Top the ladders, join a competitive team, and you too could be playing at the SMITE World Championship.
https://store.steampowered.com/app/386360/SMITE/
 
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By Damis

Barotrauma - On sale on Steam

Barotrauma is a 2D co-op survival horror submarine simulator, inspired by games like FTL: Faster Than Light, Rimworld, Dwarf Fortress and Space Station 13. It’s a Sci-Fi game that combines ragdoll physics and alien sea monsters with teamwork and existential fear.  The game is on sale on Steam for 34% off the regular price.  The sale ends January, 2020.
EMBRACE THE ABYSS
In the not too distant future, humanity has fled to Jupiter’s moon. With its irradiated icy surface, life can only be found in the ocean below. Travel through a punishing underwater world and discover what lies in the depths of Europa. Stay alert: danger in Barotrauma doesn’t announce itself.
HELP YOUR CREW SUCCEED, OR MAKE SURE NO ONE DOES
There are as many ways to enjoy Barotrauma as there are ways to die in it. Work together with your crew to achieve your goals, or brace for betrayal when you have a traitor on board. Play with friends, strangers, or your worst enemies.
EXPLORE, OPERATE, COMMUNICATE
Navigate underwater, complete missions for the last remnants of humankind, explore the ruins of an alien civilization, flee or fight monsters. Operate complex on-board systems and devices like the sonar, nuclear reactor, weapons, engines and pumps. Communication is key!
EXPERIMENT, CRAFT, CREATE
Master the complex on-board wiring and the comprehensive crafting and medical systems. Create your own submarines and monsters with built-in editors to rival the standard ones. Even tap directly into our source code and mod away.
Features
Best enjoyed in multiplayer, with 2–16 players on a submarine. Supplement your player count with bots as needed; single player also available and being developed further. 6 player classes with different skills and tasks: Captain, Engineer, Mechanic, Medic, Security officer and Assistant. Procedurally generated map and missions with multiple game modes for virtually endless replayability. Built-in Submarine, Character and Procedural Animation editors. Share and discover mods directly via Steam Workshop. All data exposed in xml and the game’s source code public on GitHub. https://store.steampowered.com/app/602960/Barotrauma/
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Reminders to Ernie before reading further. 1: Put on fresh diaper. 2. Make sure oxygen bottle is close by.

 

Landmark launches June 8th for Those that bought Trailblazer packs, and opens June 10th for those who bought Founders pack, Settler pack and the people smart enough to not have bought the Trailblazer, Founder and Settlers Pack.

Everyone rejoice!   WOyaaawwwnOT

 

https://forums.daybreakgames.com/landmark/index.php?threads/launch-wipe-q-a.57220/

  1. This Q&A is specifically about wipe questions, for other questions please also refer to the Landmark launch FAQ posted here.

    What will be wiped, and when will the wipes happen?

    There will be a full character and build site wipe with the launch update. We will bring the beta servers down for the last time on Tuesday, June 7th around 10am to perform the wipes and do the launch update. Trailblazers will get exclusive early access on Wednesday, June 8th around 10am. And full launch will be open to all who have purchased the game on Friday, June 10th. (All times are in PDT time zone.)

    There are no plans for further wipes after launch.

    When can I play?!

    Trailblazers will get exclusive early access on Wednesday, June 8th around 10am. And full launch will be open to all who have purchased the game on Friday, June 10th. (All times are in PDT time zone.) Official launch announcement can be found here.

    Will the same Landscapes (islands) and Worlds be available after the wipe?

    We intend to keep the same Landscapes post-launch as we have immediately prior to launch, including the new Pioneer Landscapes, which are flat landscapes intended for new players. The number of worlds will be determined based on demand.


    Do I get to keep my name?

    Yes, the name of the character that existed at the time of this wipe will be reserved exclusively for that account to use again after the wipe, as long as the character had logged in after April 2015. If you want to keep your name but aren’t sure if you have played since April 2015, just make sure to log into the game before we bring the servers down for launch.


    Do I get to keep my guild name?

    No, guild names will not be reserved or saved during this wipe. You will need to re-create your guild after the wipe.


    Will our current upkeep "accrual" be kept after the wipe?

    Yes, the upkeep system is not changing and any upkeep time accrual you had before the update should remain the same after the update.


    Will I lose any of the items I purchased from the Marketplace?

    All items or bundles purchased on the Marketplace or their equivalent value in Lumens will be re-granted to your new character after the wipe so you can reacquire them or equivalent value items.


    What are Lumens? And the Lumen Station?

    Lumens are an in-game item (similar to Ether Shards, which no longer exist) that you earn as you play Landmark. You can easily earn Lumens as you play, and they cannot be traded. Lumens can be used to create items at the Lumen Station. This is a crafting station you can access via an in-game menu.

    The Lumen Station offers many useful things, including resource bundles, recipes for props, outfits, and more. This includes many items that were previously sold on the Marketplace. When we do the character wipe and you create your new character, if items you had purchased from the Marketplace are now available in the Lumen Station, we will grant you either the items themselves, or enough Lumens to create them immediately. (Items that are still sold directly from the Marketplace, such as base claims and Player Studio templates, will be directly restored to you.)

    For example, perhaps you had purchased a Moonstone Builder's Chest from the Marketplace prior to the wipe. Post-update, you will be able to create obtain Moonstone directly at the Lumen Station. When you create your new character, you will find you have all the Lumens needed (plus an extra bonus) to create the same amount of Moonstone. Alternately, if you no longer need Moonstone, you can use those Lumens to create something else! This should give you the options and flexibility to choose items that are the most useful to you post-wipe.


    I spent Daybreak Cash to buy extra build sites, or attachment build sites; will I get that back?

    After the update, you will have as many build sites as the number of base build sites (base claims) you had previously purchased, either as part of a founder's pack or direct purchase. The new build sites will all be the new, much larger size (see post for details). Attached Build Sites no longer exist as a concept, as the new Build Site size includes their dimensions, so any previously purchased will be refunded as Lumens, an in-game item which can be used in the Lumen Station. We checked how many base and attached build sites you had prior to the change of build site size, and in any case where a customer might have ended up with less building space than they had purchased, we have granted them an extra build site to ensure that everyone will always have as much or more building space after the build site size change and wipe.


    What about bonus outfits obtained via Marketplace bonus boxes? Will I get those back?

    Yes, you will receive Lumens which you can use to create the bonus outfits you had previously (or others, if you like them better) at the Lumen Station.


    I purchased items on the Marketplace to give to other people. What will happen to those items after the wipe?

    After the update, items purchased on the Marketplace or an equivalent value of Lumens will be re-granted to the first character created on the account that purchased the items. As is currently the case, the majority of these items can be traded, so can be given away again if you wish.


    Will we have Orbs of Reclaimed Energy again?

    Instead of Orbs of Reclaimed Energy, you will receive an equivalent or greater value of Lumens for Marketplace purchases made prior to the wipe (items that are automatically granted to your character, such as extra base claims, are exceptions to this). Lumens can be used at the Lumen Station to create resources, outfits, and other items, similar to the way the Orbs of Reclaimed Energy worked previously.


    Will my saved Designs be wiped?

    No. We will not delete any of the personal Designs that are saved in your designs management window, they are tied to your account, not your character. When you create a new character, the Designs for that account will appear on the new character. You will be able to re-place your Designs as soon as you have any materials needed.


    What about Designs stored as items in my inventory/chest/vault/etc?

    Only Designs actually in your designs management window will stay with your account. When you create an item from a design, and then delete it from your design management window, it is no longer stored on your account, so will be deleted when your character is deleted.


    Do I need to make a Design of my site(s)?

    We’ll create an automatic Design of all build sites currently in the world when we bring the servers down for the wipe and the update, so you will have that Design waiting for you when you log back in. This will create one single very large Design per build site.


    What if I am using all of my block storage? Will I lose the automatically created Designs of my sites?

    The Designs created when we do the wipe are allowed to exceed your block storage limits. However, you will not be able to create any new Designs until you have storage space available once again.
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What difference will the build site size change make to re-placing my Designs?

During beta, the build site size changed to 525x525x450 voxels in size, and attached build sites no longer exist. (See post for details.) You can still place older Designs that exceed these measurements; anything beyond the build site boundary will simply be cut off.


Is the list of free-to-place materials changing? If so, what will be free?

The list of materials that are free to place changed several times during beta. It is expected to remain the same post-launch as it is immediately prior to launch. In general, most terrain materials that you see in the procedurally generated world (dirt, stone, sand) will remain free, but materials that look more “refined” will now cost resources to place. For example, plaster, stucco, and ceramic were previously free and will cost dirt to place after the update.


Will we keep the Zero anniversary, Fan Faire trophy items, competition winner trophies, Christmas sweaters, code-granted items from giveaways, etc., post wipe?

Yes, these items will be re-granted to the first character you create after launch. The only caveat is that we will not be able to guarantee which version of the Christmas sweater or Year Zero outfit you will get. For example, you will have a “Holiday 2014 Outfit” item in your inventory and, when you consume it, you’ll get one of the three possible outfits randomly. You will still be free to trade them with other people for the color you want, as before.


What happens to the content that was built in Landmark with the possibility of using in EverQuest Next?

While we cannot use these builds for EverQuest Next at this point, these amazing creations were essential in helping us to learn what was possible from the building tools and the voxel world – you managed to find ways to make the tools do far more than we ever imagined. If you had a build that was a winner of one of the workshops, you already have a trophy and have additionally been granted a title you can display on your character. Some screenshots of these may also be used as loading screen images for everyone to enjoy, and some of these builds have also been repurposed for use as Outposts in the Chaos Caverns so everyone can enjoy them.


What happens to the Landmarks of Landmark?

Once the live game launches we intend to place these near spire hubs on each landscape, as before.
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New terminology

If you haven't played for a while, welcome back! You'll find a lot may have changed since you last played. Among other things, we changed some of the terms used in Landmark to have a clearer theme and direction for launch, and to better reflect the creativity and brilliance of our players and their creations. Here's a quick summary of some of the new terms:
  • Characters are now called Luminaries and the unit of imagination is called the "lumen"! Luminaries acquire inspiration in the form of lumens as they complete everyday activities and the Lumen Station can distill these into equipment, resources, and knowledge!
  • Islands are now called Landscapes
  • Claims are now called Build Sites, and Claim Management is Site Management
  • Templates are now called Building Designs, or Designs for short
  • Voxels are more commonly known as Blocks
  • Underground caverns are known as the Chaos Caverns
  • Ruins are now known as Outposts, as they aren't all ruined any more
  • Achievements are now called Goals
  • Tweak Mode is now called Fine Tuning
Helpful tips section

  • Designs: You’ll receive automatically generated Designs of the build sites you currently have in the world. However, if you want to re-place your existing building more easily after launch, you may wish to save a version of it made entirely out of free materials; that way you can place it right away before you go mining for rare resources. Resources that are currently free to place and that we intend to continue to be free post-wipe: dark worked slate, darker worked slate, darkest worked slate, dirt and other similar terrain materials.
  • Build Site names: When the automatic Designs are created, they are given the name on the build site banner. So it may be helpful to go through your site management window before the wipe and make sure every site on that list has a descriptive name that will tell you what it is. This will make it easier to identify them in the future!
  • Pioneer Landscape build sites: Initially it will ONLY be possible to get a build site on the new Pioneer Landscapes when your character is created with a new automatically assigned site, so if you do pick up your site and then change your mind, you will not be able to move back. Therefore, be very certain you definitely don’t want a claim on the Pioneer Landscape before you move off them.
  • Do NOT delete your character again: We are doing a one-off reimbursement of Marketplace items after the character wipe, and these will appear on the FIRST character you create after the update. This is a ONE TIME grant. If you delete your character again, any items on your character will be deleted and that includes Marketplace reimbursements (including Lumens) which will not be restored a second time. (Why? Because you can purchase tradeable things with Lumens, so if you could keep deleting your character to keep buying more, that would be exploitable.) If you wish to change your character's appearance, you will soon be able to do so in game without having to recreate your character.
  • Build Site size: Build Site size changed during beta, and is now 525x525x450 blocks. If you have Designs saved from earlier in beta, it’s possible you may have some that are taller than this. Fortunately, you can paste a Design that overlaps the edge of your site; only the parts inside your site will actually be placed. So you can still place an over-large Design into the new build site, the extra height will just be cut off. However, if you expect this issue will affect you, you might want to prepare some appropriately sized Designs for the size changes in advance.

 

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Thanks for the info but I think I will sit this one out as I continue to rehabilitate my wrist.  But who knows what the future holds.

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