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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:  
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:
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
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.
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RIFT 4.0: Hotfix #4 12/1/2016

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RIFT 4.0: Hotfix #4 12/1/2016

* Level boosters will now always put you in the level channel most appropriate to your newly boosted level.
* Starfall Prophecy notoriety rewards are no longer giftable.
* Updated ability cooldown display times to correct incorrect cooldowns in Addons.
* Those who purchased a Nightmare Thresher over the weekend should now have them delivered to their in game mailbox on all characters on their account.
* The Heroic Prophecy Pack no longer grants a Large Artifact Bundle.
* Your Celestial Remnants and Challengers Marks are now displayed when viewing accessories in the Rift Store.
* Added a new slash command: /combatlogexpanded to enable the new combat log features. If you do not want to use them you can still use /combatlog 
* Elaborated on combat log lines. 
* All times are now in the form of mm-dd-yy:hh:mm:mms. 
* When initiating combat, the combat log now shows the buffs and debuffs of all of your party members.
* Fixed a bug where a character could get more than five legendary abilities. In the case that a character does have more than five legendary abilities they will experience a soul reset.
* Legendary Shadow's Touch now affects your next 3 abilities.
* Legendary Aggressive Avarice healing reduced by 50% in PVP. 
* Legendary Fervent Strike now lasts 30 seconds.
* Legendary Fae Mimicry now affects 7 abilities and causes 125% of damage as life damage. Causes your next 2 cleric abilities to not trigger cooldowns.
* Legendary Bolt of Judgment proc chance increased drastically.
* Legendary Insignia of Blood proc chance increased drastically.
* Legendary Crushing Blow cooldown reduced to 12 seconds.
* Legendary Icy Blow now affects both Water and Air damage. Damage bonus increased to 15% per stack.
* Legendary Furious Assault now passively causes Glacial Strike to deal an additional 45% of its damage over 3 seconds. Air and Water damage increased by 30%.
* Legendary Waterjet snare increased to 30%. Now also passively reduces damage taken by 3%.
- Note: Tooltip incorrect, to be corrected in a future hotfix.
* Legendary Flame Lance now increases healing by 15%.
- Note: Tooltip incorrect, to be corrected in a future hotfix.
* Legendary Bolt of Light now increases healing by 15%.
- Note: Tooltip incorrect, to be corrected in a future hotfix.
* Legendary Neural Prod now increases the damage of the next 3 abilities by 30%.
* Legendary Neural Prod's debuff description now correctly matches the ability tooltip.
* Prismatic Armor and Cycle of Fire now correctly stack their Global Cooldown adjustments.
* Earthen Renewal now correctly consumes Cold Snap stacks if it was already instant when Cold Snap was cast.
* Legendary Storm Slash no longer consumes charge twice while Charged Blade is active. 
* Legendary Storm Slash now affects the next 3 abilities.
* Legendary Piercing Beam now increases damage and healing by 20% and lasts 30s. 
* Legendary Empyrean Ascension also passively causes slashing attacks to deal 50% more damage and spells with cast times to deal 30% more damage.
* Legendary Vengeful Shock damage increased by roughly 150%. Tooltip clarified to show it always strikes twice.
* Charged Blade damage bonus increased to 30% for slashing and 10% for all other abilities.
* Legendary Plague Bolt now casts 20% faster and deals 20% more damage for each stack of Plague Carrier.
* Legendary Grave Rot no longer stacks with other slows. 
* Legendary Flame Bolt now affects the next 3 abilities.
* Legendary Fire Storm now lasts 30 seconds.
* Legendary Fusillade now also passively causes Flame Bolt and Searing Bolt to reset the cooldown of Cinder Burst and reduce the cast time of your next Cinder Burst by 3 seconds and cause it to deal 50% more damage.
* Cinder Burst now deals 30% more damage to targets afflicted by the damage over time effect from Fireball.
* Fireball now deals 75% of its base damage over 5 seconds when both Heat Wave and Fusillade are on cooldown. This effect doesn't stack.
* Legendary Neddra's Grasp now correctly applies Lingering Torment.
* Radiate Death and Healing Expertise now spread the correct versions of Life Leech and Neddra's Grasp.
* Legendary Void Barrage now also passively increases the damage of all damage over time effects by 100%.
* Legendary Effervescent Blast now has a 4 second cooldown. 
* Legendary Scald now lasts 25s.
* Legendary Molten Wave duration reduced to 6s. PASS
* Now correctly shows both legendary and non legendary versions.
* Legendary Animalism now lasts 10 seconds and has a 60 second cooldown. 
* Legendary Strangulate is now correctly tagged as a debilitate and can be broken free from. 
* Legendary Curative engine buff tooltip now correctly matches the ability tooltip.
* Cunning Ruse now correctly only removes your damage over time effects.
* Legendary Bull Rush now correctly triggers diminishing returns.
* Legendary Liberation Treatment now lasts 30s.
* Legendary Retaliation can now only trigger once every 2 seconds per target.
* Legendary Shadow of Dread now passively reduces Reaver Damage over Time damage by 25%.
* Plague Bringer now increases target cap by 2 (down from 7).
* Explosive Infestation now have a base number of targets of 2 (5 when talented).
* Rancid Cleave, and Desecrating Blow now have a base number of targets of 3 and are no longer affected by Deadly Reach.
* Legendary Dire Corruption damage reduced by roughly 22%.
* Legendary Viral Stream damage reduced by roughly 30%. Tooltip should now correctly reflect expected damage again.
* Reckless Strike will no longer sometimes proc twice in rapid succession. It also no longer has stacks to remove a case where stacks would be consumed too fast, preventing some procs. Damage reduced to compensate.
* Tactical Advance no longer effects Legendary Sergeant's Order. 
* Sergeant's Order no longer incorrectly benefits all warriors. Now only benefits the caster.
* Instant Adventure: Instant adventure participants are now correctly mentored to the correct level when they move to new adventure zones.
* When a player queues for an instant adventure, they will queue up for instant adventures on shard on which they are playing currently.
* Shal Korva notoriety Decrees have been added to the possible rewards from the quests "A Reputation for Adventure" and "Seas of Plunder".
* The Nightmare Saga: The quest By the Sword no longer requires players to participate in Conquest.
* Added a small selection of books to the Alittu library. They will randomly appear as people read them.*
* Quest: Of Devils and Prophecy – Fixed an issue where if players were grouped, only one player could loot the first Prophecy of Ananke.
* Quest: Draconian Solution – Fixed an edge case where a player would be unable to use the Dragon Nest. Also fixed the map locator for this objective.
* The Battle of Saint Taranis and Echo of the Battle of Saint Taranis – Gedlo goblins in Saint Taranis now despawn after the kill objective is complete.
* Zone Event: Horrific Horticulture – Bee Beard will now spawn correctly at the end of the event.
* Quest: King’s Fall and Echo of King’s Fall – Fixed NPCs from incorrectly dropping items reserved for planar NPCs. 
* Quest: Tuath’de Blades: The onslaught will no longer spawn invasions along the road to Critter Glen. 
* The Whipvine Lasher no longer has an incorrect title.
* Quest: Kick the Barrel: Fixed an issue where barrels could be used multiple times before despawning.
* Quest: Into the Wyredode – Fixed a scripting issue where Leofwine would play his VO multiple times if multiple players talked to him one after another.
* Onslaught: The Marsh Gate – This quest now has a map indicator for the Marsh Gate onslaught. Additionally, invasions should now give credit every time instead of only in certain parts of the scene.
* Fixed a bug where LFP rewards were not always being paid out.
* Rogues in stealth leaving the Warfront spawn areas should no longer be knocked out of stealth.
* Destruction Synergy Crystal now has the proper 2 piece and 4 piece set bonus values.
* Increased favor slightly for killing level 66 to 70 players.
* Fixed an issue where Starfall Prophecy PVP quests were not awarding the proper amount of favor. 
* Some Dimension Items from achievements were incorrectly flagged as Unbound are now once again Soulbound.
* Additional Dimension Items have been added to Stan's Super Secret Lure.
* All crafted gear has been increased in power-- this time for real!
* The title for the achievement "Exalted Angler" has been corrected.
* Visionary crafting daily quests now auto-turn in when completed.
* Many Starfall Prophecy recipes have had their Chondritic Dust material costs reduced or removed.
* Planar foothold have a small chance to drop Chondritic Planar Dust.
* Prophetic leg runes now apply the proper rune.
* Dust of the Void has been removed from many Dream Weaver recipes. Dream Ribbon costs have slightly increased to offset the difference.
* Added the following Dream Weaver recipes to the Visionary Recipe Vendor: Recipe: "Giant Lava Dome" and "Recipe: Black Electric Egg".
* The minion card Opie is now an attractor minion that adds Artifact cards to the decks. These special Artifact missions can also reward Planar Pellets and (rarely) Lucky Coins!
* Starfall Adventure Cache now have a chance of containing Chondritic Planar Dust.
* Fixed an issue with Starfall Adventure Caches that it would sometime give both a level 65 item and a level 66+ plus item depending on the level of the player.
* Greatly increased item drop chance from Starfall Adventure Caches such as armor and weapons.
* The vendor price of Scoria Fish and Scoria Fish livers has been reduced.
* Cosmic Cores now stack to 999 and no longer have a resell value.
* Consumable token boost potions now correctly state that they do not boost Tower Fragment or Celestial Remnant gains.
* Consumable token boosts and patron token boosts now boost Tok Token gains.
* Starfall Prophecy Weapon Runes now all correctly respect PVP damage reductions.
* Starfall Prophecy Weapon Runes no longer fall off when you die.
* Wardrobe: The appearance set “Ovog Ceremonial Garb” now appears in the Appearance Sets tab of the Character screen.
* Mossclaw Defense, Thunderguard, Devouring Soul, Lava Stone, and Combustion Soul no longer contribute to the Comet of Destruction set.
* Cowl of Prophecy now has mage stats.


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So many changes...


RIP (and good riddance) Reaver as the BiS DPS spec.


Guess I should go set up my other specs now :P

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I like the crafting changes.  I'm glad I didn't invest too too much in grinding crafting up.

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