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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 Throne

CotP and Fallout 76

Fallout 76's full release date was announced at Bethesda's E3 conference, and it's coming this year on November 14th, 2018 on PC
Now, please feel free to rewind your gaming memory to June, 2015...
ARK: Survival Evolved's early release showed up on Steam, and surprised the heck out of most CotP members, including myself.  Despite the server stability and networking issues, the game was quite a hit with CotP members and certainly made a lasting impact on this community.
While Fallout 76 is not sneaking up on anyone who doesn't live under a rock, I am personally hoping for another CotP adventure filled with good times akin to our experience in the early days of ARK's early release.  I hope to meet plenty of CotP gamers who I haven't had the opportunity to game with in the past, and potentially add a few new names to my eternal (short)  list of people I generally pretend to like.  Similar to ARK, I also expect we will have enough participation to garner some internal competition....(hopefully a change from the standard Throne's team vs Damis' team we generally end up in).
We do not have any plans for an official CotP group in the current BETA, however, as always, we will rely on our established team of early testers to give us a head start on how the game plays and where the early focus needs to be.
The group forum is up and open to whomever would like to join in on the discussions and plans.
General information:  
 
 
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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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By Damis

MapleStory 2 Chapter Created.

October 6th, Covenant of the Phoenix created a new chapter in MapleStory 2 on the North America East server.  MapleStory 2 will officially launch on October 10th, but people can start playing the game now if they bought a Head Start account. 
MapleStory 2 is a new MMORPG set in a colorful 3D block universe. Vastly different than the original game, MapleStory 2 will allow players to build their own worlds, levels, and share them with each other. The familiar Action RPG combat is back, but this time in a 3D isometric angle.
MapleStory 2 takes place before the events of MapleStory, and the rise of the Black Mage. The origin of the world's life, time, and space are kept in balance through the actions of three Sages, who live in Lapenta. Dark forces, however, broke the balance and put the world in crisis.
COTP Chapter Page: https://covenantofthephoenix.com/gc/25-maplestory-2/
Game Link:  http://maplestory2.nexon.net/en/landing
Head Start info:  http://maplestory2.nexon.net/en/founders
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By Damis

Star Wars Galaxies Emulator Server.

Star Wars Galaxies is a sandbox MMO set in the Star Wars universe shortly after the destruction of the first Deathstar above Yavin IV.  Star Wars Galaxies officially closed on 15th December 2011.  SWGEmu aims to emulate Star Wars Galaxies in it's Pre-CU era, version 14.1. The current game is stable, and all the classes are working, such as the creature handler, droid engineer and Jedi. 
We have members playing on the Basilisk server which has a large and active community base.  We have established a city on Dantooine and have entertainers and doctors available to buff members.
Some of the CotP members have started doing the Jedi Village quests on their way to becoming a Jedi.  Note, this the pre-nge Jedi, which requires players to put in time and effort to actually earn something great.  I was one of a handful of Jedi in our old CotP guild on Bloodfin in the original game and I can personally attest that becoming a Jedi was the proudest moment in my gaming history.  It took Months of hard work, but when I finally crafted and activated my light saber, it sent chills down my back.  No other game has ever given me that sort of satisfaction.  
The emu server does not have Jump to Lightspeed (JTL) working yet, but they do have shipwrights in place.  When JTL finally gets rolled out, I expect there will be a surge of veterans players returning to the game. 
Members interested in trying out the game or would like more information should contact Aveno in discord.
Basilisk 
https://www.swgemu.com/forums/content.php
Rules and policies
https://www.swgemu.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=120
 
 
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Starfall Prophecy Open Beta

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Open Beta is supposed to start on 10/17 (pushed from 10/13).  I've spoken to a couple of people about heading there as a group to explore the new content and mechanics.  If we get enough, we can do a guild charter to start a PTS guild up (for convenience).

 

Assuming it goes up on Monday, I'd like to give it a little time to stabilize and for the dust to settle.  Let's plan on Thursday, at 6:30 ST (per the 4.0 raid schedule).  Before then, if you're not familiar with the PTS, you'll want to do two things:

 

1.  Download/install it.  From Glyph, select PTS from the region drop-down (likely currently says "North America" and then Install or Update.  As of this writing, the update was over 3GB, so plan accordingly (don't do it Thursday evening if you're on a low bandwidth connection).

2.  Transfer your toon to the PTS.  From the Character Select screen, select Transfer, then "COPY TO PTS".  This will put a current copy of your toon on PTS and leave the existing one alone.  At this time, the playtest shard is closed to transfers.  Hopefully that's only while they're setting up PTS for the Open Beta.  It could be you'll need to create a new toon, in which case there may be instant-65 and gearsets available.

 

If you're interested, you can reply there.  Or just show up.

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If you haven't already downloaded the PTS, you can speed up the process a bit by starting the download for the PTS, stopping it, and then copying the content from your Live directory over to the PTS directory. By default, you'll see these two folders in "Program Files (x86)\Glyph\Games\RIFT" You'll still have a ~3GB patch for all the expansion content, but you won't have to re-download the entire game.

 

If you can't/don't transfer a character to the PTS there's a process for boosting and gearing a new character:

  • Make a new character, we'll call him Bob
  • Take Bob to the porticulum in his capital city (or use the item to port you to Tempest Bay if you have it)
  • Let Bob touch the sparkly bear trap (I'm not kidding)
  • Bob will wake up in the golem foundry and talk to the NPC named Fluffy
  • Fluffy will give Bob a quest for 400p.
  • Fluffy sells insta-50 pots as well as max PA XP items, and bags for cheaters
  • To the right of where Bob walked in and saw Fluffy, there are several other sparkly bear traps. Pick blue for Guardians and Red for Defiants
  • Bob will be in his capital city...or dead in the enemies' capital
  • Change your dungeon difficulty by right clicking on your portrait. Dungeon Difficulty > Master
  • Allow Bob to gently fondle the sparkly bear trap near the portal
  • Go talk to Mr. SL Raid-something or other
  • Mr. SL will sell you insta-65 pots as well as boxes of gear for various tiers.

 

These boxes are jam-packed with crap, hopefully you got the cheating bags.

 

Edited: I should know better than to post things after midnight -.-

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For those like myself who have their game setup through Steam, the same trick can be used:

  • Startup as normal, selecting PTS on the top right of your screen.
  • Allow the download to start and then immediately exit.
  • Navigate to Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\RIFT\Games\RIFT.
  • You should see two folders, one named Live, one named PTS.
  • Inside the Live folder, copy the folder named Assets.
  • Paste this inside of the PTS folder, overwriting any files you may have downloaded.
  • Restart your Glyph, ensure PTS is selected and click Play.
  • Close the opened client and allow Glyph to update all files.

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Beta still isn't up, and I must've misread the post.  It's not 10/17.  It's week of 10/17.  Thursday may not be late enough.

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I'll try to make it if I'm invited. I may end up doing more harm than good.

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Maya, you're back?  Thought you were done with Rift.  Spoke to Brandolina a couple of times and he seemed done, too.

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I definately needed a break, musical chairs with guilds was taking its toll.  Will need to see about raiding though as I have to get up early and get the real Maya to school in the mornings and don't want to be dragging ass the rest of the day. Will also need mamma bears blessing.  So it's all up in the air at this moment in time.

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Well, I'm sure we're all going to be doing lots of harm to all manner of things, so you'll be more than welcome.

 

I'm intensely curious about what's coming and hoping I get a chance to break a few things and file bug reports.

 

There may be instant-70 pots available. We'll have to decide if, or when, we want to check out what we can expect from end game on release.

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As an update, according to one person on the Rift forums, the open beta is really open. Anyone can get on the PTS and see the new content/play at 70 during the open beta regardless of purchase.

 

Also, there's a more complete guide to taking a fresh character to end-game ready here: 

http://forums.riftgame.com/general-discussions/general-discussion/486977-how-gear-up-pts-test-sp.html

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From Brasse:

The Beta Build is still chugging along. It's solid, but like all hulking behemoths, it is SLOW.
 
We are starting to build ETAs, but all I can tell you at this point is "this afternoon." 
I realize that covers the period from 12 noon to 6pm PST, but such are the mysteries of code!
 
Remember, as on any launch day, do NOT take the day off, do NOT delay real life fun and duty - stuff happens!
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Looks like they're on track for open beta for today.

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