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By Damis

Conan Exiles - Time To Mount Up

It is time to mount your steeds and ride across the plains of the Exiled Lands. One of the most sought-after features since Early Access launch is a reality: Mounts are now available in Conan Exiles!  You can engage in mounted combat and level up your pets and thralls, so they grow more powerful the more time you spend with them.
MOUNTS
Getting a mount works the same way as getting a regular pet. You will first have to find a foal, then bring it back to a Stable to raise it. Stables work the same as Animal Pens, but are for horses only.
Like Pets/Thralls, horses will grow stronger as they level up. Raise several different horses to find one with the stats you like.
Once your foal has grown into adult horse it can be placed in the world, like a regular Thrall/Pet. To ride into the sunset like your favorite cowboy you’ll need to equip your horse with a saddle, which can be unlocked at level 20.
Saddles will have different effects on your mount:
Cavalry Saddle – Fast acceleration, maximum speed, minimum defense, minimum maneuverability Scout Saddle – Long sprinting time, medium speed, low defense, maximum maneuverability Warhorse Saddle – Slow acceleration, minimum speed, high defense, low maneuverability No matter which saddle you choose, using a horse to get anywhere is significantly faster than running on foot.
MOUNTED COMBAT
With mounts we’re also introducing mounted combat. Shoot your enemies from afar with a bow and gallop away before they know what’s going on. Grab a sword, axe or mace and swing away from the comfort of your steed.  Equip a pike or a spear and attack your enemies by stabbing at them or equip a lance and tear through your opponent’s defenses with a mighty charge.
We think mounted combat is going to add a whole new level to Conan Exiles’ PvE and PvP gameplay and we’re excited to hear what you think.
PET/THRALL LEVELING
We’re also adding a leveling system for Pets and Thralls that can follow you. Leveling a Follower grants them increased stats and special bonus Perks.
When placing a Follower, they start at level 0 with a base set of Attributes. Faction and Tier determines growth rate and base Attributes, to make sure similar pets and thralls won’t be exactly the same. You can check your Follower’s Attributes by selecting “Info” from the radial menu.
Killing enemies when a Pet or Thrall follows you will grant them experience points. Crafting, exploration and other activities will not. Pets/thralls will only gain experience points when they are following you. Pets/Thralls will gain perks as they level up, which will further enhance their capability and grant bonuses to Attributes. The more specialized the Perk, the greater the bonus.

Conan Exiles: https://www.conanexiles.com/
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By Damis

7 DAYS TO DIE - Alpha 19 B-157 Experimental Released.

The Fun Pimps are working towards another huge upgrade for the survival game 7 Days to Die, with a new experimental build out now to try. It's a massive upgrade again to many areas of the game. Some of what's new includes: Linear Color Space Lighting, Improved Gamepad Support, New Survival System & Critical Injuries, Interactive Loading Screen, Food and Water Bars in the UI and HD Characters.
Alpha 19 Official Release Notes
https://7daystodie.com/a19-official-release-notes/
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By Damis

Camelot Unchained Newsletter #67

Slowed but not stopped. 
We are now entering the new 90 day development period.  So we expect to see giants in all their glory or at least an early version.  Also, they plan on starting up a persistent world on a 24/3 [weekends] server run by their overlord program.  Some things we may also see during this period is are the Spirit mages and dragons as they start to get flushed out.
This months newsletter:  https://mailchi.mp/citystateentertainment/unveiled-camelot-unchained-newsletter-642244
News: https://camelotunchained.com/v3/category/news/
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By Damis

Amazon's MMO New World Release Date.

Amazon has delayed its upcoming open-world MMO New World from August 25th to an undefined spring 2021 date.  It sounds like Amazon may be taking a more cautious approach to game development after early feedback from testers that the games weren’t quite what they hoped.
The New World team wants to add “more features and content before we share it with a wider audience,” including “plenty of middle and endgame experiences,” studio director Rich Lawrence said in a blog post that was also shared on Twitter. “We want our players to feel completely immersed in the game, and know that our studio stands for quality and lasting gameplay you can trust — and that means added time to get things where we want them before we fully release.”
Does New World require a subscription?
No, there will not be a subscription fee to play New World. You only need to make a one-time purchase—it's $40 for the standard edition—though there may be expansions or other things to spend money on in the future.
How to play in Beta
If you signed up for the beta on or before July 9th, already pre-ordered the game, or are a current alpha tester “in good standing,” you’ll be able to participate in a “first-hand look at New World” beginning on the game’s previously scheduled launch date, August 25th, according to an FAQ on the New World website.
If you get access to that first look, you’ll be able to play the game “in its current state” and for “a limited period of time,” according to Lawrence.
https://www.newworld.com/en-us
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New Raiders & Casual Raiding

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So it comes without question that people in Covenant are interested in raiding, the more newer players who wish to get into the raiding scene and see what all the hub-bub is about when people are talking about rotations, pushing DPS walls, solo healing, DPS-healing, so on and so forth. So I've spoken with Fatalia and I spoke with Bunny, Bunny who facilitated the idea of making a casual raid group and Fatalia who is backing the idea 110%. I am just putting the information out there for those interested in doing so as I did not see a thread dedicated to doing so, and trying to talk in voice-chat sometimes becomes overwhelming due to how many people are in it at once.

So the idea stems from starting off at either Coil Savage or the lower end Savage of Alexander aka Gordias before moving on to Midas and then Creator. Alexander being the new raid-tier for Heavensward offers a unique challenge to players through it's tricky mechanics and semi-punishing DPS checks. For many of you, this would be your first time raiding so a bare minimum is going to be expected of you. The mindset from that of an average player to a raider is not a very long leap, but your expectations/standards do need to be raised if you're going to break from the mold of casual to hardcore in the future. You need to be able to take criticism with a grain of salt and give feedback where it is necessary and most importantly you need to be able to communicate with your fellow raid members, breaking bread with those around you will make your raid experience much better and your performance/syngery as a group will soar to newer heights as you progress through more difficult tier's of Alexander.

 

Job Expectations 

This is the bare minimum/bottom of the bowl for what is required to raid.

Level 60 Disciple of War/Magic

An understanding of your job's basic rotation, while weaving in oGCD (Off Global Cooldown Abilities). Being able to read guides that show you how to optimize your DPS so you can play your job at an efficient level. This is required as to not put any extra strain on someone else. You are there as a team and everyone must do their part to ensure successful raiding!

ACT - Advanced Combat Tracker - This is what is used to track and monitor DPS (Damage Per Second) HPS (Heals Per Second), Mechanics and other factors of a fight. Without this tool it is without a doubt that any group will be in the dark as to why they wipe, what mechanics caused that wipe and what they can do to impede/mitigate the mechanic that wiped them. 

FFLogs (Optional) - I am saying this is optional because you guys are just beginning your career as a raider. FFLogs is essentially a leaderboard where players can upload their ACT Data or "Parse" to a public database where everyone can view it. This is usually used to determine what your role is in a raid and how well you do compared to other players. Ask about it and people will tell you more information.

 

Raid Terms 

These are some fancy lingo's all of us raiders use! 

Wipe/Wipe It Up - Easily explained. 

OT - Off Tank 

MT - Main Tank 

LB - Limit Break 

Trash/Trash Pull - Fodder Mobs

Rez - Ressurection

CD - Cooldowns

There's a variety of different languages used by different raiders, but these are just a few you'll come across. Over time you'll come to learn/understand them and maybe even make a few of your own. In no time you will be apart of the XIV raiding community! If you are interested in raiding and want to explore more into it, feel free to ask myself, Fatalia or anyone in the FC! We can direct you to the right sources and informative players in the Free Company who have equal or more raiding experience! 

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Love love love this!

 

If we can make this happen I think it would be a great thing! There is a steep learning curve between what 99% of the game prepares you for and what is needed to successfully raid on a current Savage tier. A fresh group starting slow and growing together is something that I have always wanted to see happen.

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This is great and will hopefully help those who may have been on the fence about raiding or just barely getting their feet wet. Everything we can do to make people who want to get into raiding for the first time more comfortable so it isn't a nerve wracking event, the better.

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I will be one of the people that will help in this group :D I hope we can see if this happens i think it would be a fun and interesting thing to be apart of

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I'm gonna quote this here cause I'm gonna follow up with a question after:

 

ACT - Advanced Combat Tracker - This is what is used to track and monitor DPS (Damage Per Second) HPS (Heals Per Second), Mechanics and other factors of a fight. Without this tool it is without a doubt that any group will be in the dark as to why they wipe, what mechanics caused that wipe and what they can do to impede/mitigate the mechanic that wiped them. 

FFLogs (Optional) - I am saying this is optional because you guys are just beginning your career as a raider. FFLogs is essentially a leaderboard where players can upload their ACT Data or "Parse" to a public database where everyone can view it. This is usually used to determine what your role is in a raid and how well you do compared to other players. Ask about it and people will tell you more information.

 

 

 

You say these tools are benefits to general raiding. Now I don't game on a PC but game on a Ps4 Console. Lets just say in a hypothetical instance that I would be interested in general raiding.  How would you get these tools on there??

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I'm gonna quote this here cause I'm gonna follow up with a question after:

 

ACT - Advanced Combat Tracker - This is what is used to track and monitor DPS (Damage Per Second) HPS (Heals Per Second), Mechanics and other factors of a fight. Without this tool it is without a doubt that any group will be in the dark as to why they wipe, what mechanics caused that wipe and what they can do to impede/mitigate the mechanic that wiped them. 

FFLogs (Optional) - I am saying this is optional because you guys are just beginning your career as a raider. FFLogs is essentially a leaderboard where players can upload their ACT Data or "Parse" to a public database where everyone can view it. This is usually used to determine what your role is in a raid and how well you do compared to other players. Ask about it and people will tell you more information.

 

 

 

You say these tools are benefits to general raiding. Now I don't game on a PC but game on a Ps4 Console. Lets just say in a hypothetical instance that I would be interested in general raiding.  How would you get these tools on there??

 

You can not.  The game does plenty well enough job to telegraph boss abilities, and how to avoid them, and a lot follow from normal modes, so you should generally know how to avoid them.  If people die to unavoidable damage (targeted dmg, room wide aoe dmg) then your healers aren't healing enough.  If you're constantly hitting enrage or can't kill X before it blows up and wipes the raid, then your dps is low. If a tank dies to a tankbuster even after getting healer shields and topped off, then they aren't using cooldowns (or the proper ones at least).  If you're not advancing through a combo (the next ability didn't light up), then you missed and your accuracy is low (you can also turn off all other player dmg floating on the screen and you'd notice the big MISS float up from the boss).  The only thing you can see from ACT and not from the game itself is the actual numbers of dmg and healing, but the game has an answer for that in Stone, Sea, Sky practice dummies. If you can kill the selected dummy (for instance A9S dummy) within the time it gives you, then you can do enough dps to help the group clear.  The only thing then is keeping up your rotation while dodging mechanics.  That comes with practice in the fight itself.  Lastly, the game has a combat log (which is what ACT reads) which is customizable to show exactly what you want it to, like just dmg you've taken, or just dmg you've done, or both, or everyone, etc.  It will even say in the dmg log how you died (YOU have taken 10000 damage from X (5000 overkill)) if i remember correctly.  Haven't looked in a while.  You can even seperate your chat windows so you can have them showing all the time.

 

ACT can be another tool if you plan on being in the competitive scene and need to extreme min/max, or if you're tryin to join a raid group that is highly competitive, but for just getting through content, they are not needed.

Edited by Justanote Ondafridge

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I would be interested in joining a raid group. I've been waiting to get my ilvl up first before asking about raiding and always willing to learn how to better my class being personal tutorial or guide.

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I would be interested, I posted my classes and availability in a pinned post.

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