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ATLAS: Present and Future

We have been at it since day one, that ugly and...well, let's just stick with ugly...launch. Even through the lag muck and server instability, you could read the stars and see the potential.  Right off the bat it was only for the tough, and we barreled through the glitchy log-ins, the shaky starter zones and the wretched "lawless" starting areas and found our way to the rafts.  Some were able to get to our island after 3-4 hours of learning how to tack, zig zag and fight through server borders and with a full stack of human hides, and then some were finally rescued after what seemed like days of being eaten alive by scorpions and crocodiles, only to quickly get used to dying to the cold, the wolves, the alpha horses, the water, the sharks and each other's general noob mistakes.
Yes, with the known developer, we did try to ARK it, or Dark and Light it...hell, we've even tried to Life is Feudal this one....and Atlas is just NOT those games.  Some visuals and sounds are there, but the depth and options and functionality is just SO much more.  What really took the game from just another ARK expansion to, the potential mmo of the decade, was getting out on our first schooner, the SS Skjoldr (video below).  The experience was entirely PvE, but when you have 13 people packed on to a single vessel and the guys repairing the ship are as vital as the helmsman steering and the deckhands manning the sails, it became something I haven't seen in a game since our friday night flights on the Decimator back in SWG.
We have had just a blast learning the game and surviving our island and our neighbors over the past couple weeks.  Though it may appear as if we are well off enough, growing from 30 actives day one, to more than double that now, we absolutely could use more folks interested in living the Atlas life.  Whether you are interested in navigating the high seas, captaining a brigand, farming the tundra, mucking through politics, taming elephants or exploring the massive (30-40 hours of sailing from one end to the other) world, it is all here and we have many members willing to help you get started.
Here is a few screencaps and videos to give you an idea of what we have been up to:
 
 




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ATLAS

From the sister studio of Wildcard, makers of ARK: Survival Evolved...
ATLAS: The ultimate survival MMO of unprecedented scale with 40,000+ simultaneous players in the same world. Join an endless adventure of piracy & sailing, exploration & combat, roleplaying & progression, settlement & civilization-building, in one of the largest game worlds ever! Explore, Build, Conquer!
https://store.steampowered.com/app/834910/ATLAS/
Early access, Thursday, December 13th  (Update:  delayed release to December 19th) [Update 2: delayed release delayed to December 21st]
Chapter group: 
Discord:  https://discord.gg/v74dSHQ
 
 

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Xalt defeats Elric for 2018 Fantasy Football Crown

Xalt's Zappers smirk at expectations, knock off Elric's Arksters in 171.07-127.47 rout

Both teams exceeded their projected point totals, but it was Xalt's Zappers who got the victory, cruising to a 171.07-127.47 win over Elric's Arksters. Elric's Arksters earned a 3.86-point lead on Saturday behind Joey Bosa (2.18 points) and Mike Williams (1.68), but Xalt's Zappers held the lead the rest of the way. They were led by Matt Ryan (25.46 points) and Damien Williams (22.53). Ben Roethlisberger (42.22 points) and T.Y. Hilton (19.4) led the charge for Elric's Arksters in the loss. This marks the second time this season Xalt's Zappers have beaten Elric's Arksters, after winning 118.28-117.7 in their last matchup. Xalt's Zappers end the season at 12-4, while Elric's Arksters finish the campaign at 9-7.
 
Matchup Highlights

Sunday Early    There were players with standout moments on both teams early Sunday, after which Xalt's Zappers owned a 125.41-53.13 lead. Matt Ryan had a 75-yard touchdown pass and a 44-yard touchdown pass for Xalt's Zappers, while David Njoku had a 66-yard catch. T.Y. Hilton made the highlight reel for Elric's Arksters with a 55-yard catch.

Sunday Late    Both teams had players with big-time moments on Sunday afternoon, but it was Xalt's Zappers who took the lead, 148.54-96.80. For Xalt's Zappers, Robert Woods had a 39-yard touchdown catch. Ben Roethlisberger made the highlight reel for Elric's Arksters with a 20-yard touchdown pass and a 49-yard pass.

Sunday Night    Harrison Butker had a 54-yard field goal for Elric's Arksters, who trailed 171.07-118.27 after Sunday Night Football.
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Kenshi 1.0 Released

It is generally a rarity that finds a single player game a feature of CotP articles, however, over recent months this game has entered my personal top five games of all-time and has passed my hourly steam totals for Mount & Blade, Fallout 4 and Skyrim in the process.  What the....yeah, I know.
So many titles over the years have claimed that it allows its players to "win" the game "their way" in an "open sandbox" environment.  Well, we cannot get the time back that we spent realizing that those developers were still significantly limited in the scope of what any individual's personal definition of in-game "freedom" actually means.  For me, M&B and SWG came close.  Unfortunately, both those games (or their EMU reboot) are either approaching or have surpassed the ten year mark of their seemingly eternal impending latest release. Enter Kenshi.
Freedom is a fun word in Kenshi...yes, you have the freedom to stay solo, group up with a squad, make a vegetable farm, join a faction, enslave a faction, slay the champion, be the richest hermit, recruit an army of robots or build the great city....blah blah, boring.  Now, the freedom to fail in the most unique form possible...that is the true gem in this game.  I will give you just the one example:
My squad is epic, I will tame the badlands and establish a civilized trading outpost...plan = awesome.  Headed for the abandoned fishing outpost.  Acid rain, not fun...put up tent, survived.  Reached fishing village, it is not a fishing village.  Really freaky "skin" people pour out of all the village buildings.  We put up a good fight but were overwhelmed.  One by one, my squad members were....stolen.  Knocked out, picked up and taken to some of the village huts.  What is going on here?  Then the screams.  Agonizing screams from my captured squad members.  No idea.  I am the last one to go down.  KO'd, picked up, taken to a nearby hut....
I died from blood loss.....after I was put into a grinder that peeled my skin off.
https://store.steampowered.com/app/233860/Kenshi/
 
WHAT IS KENSHI?
Kenshi is a single player sandbox PC game set in a vast and atmospheric ‘Sword-Punk’ style open world. With a mix of RPG elements, squad-based control and city-building features, gameplay is completely free-roaming and open: enjoy the freedom and potential to do whatever you want.
Set in an unrelenting world of bloodthirsty cannibals, starving bandits, brutal slavers and wild beasts, survival alone is a grueling struggle… You are not the chosen one. You’re not great and powerful. You don’t have more ‘hitpoints’ than everyone else. You are not the center of the universe, and you are not special. Unless you work for it.
Character Customization 
Edit your characters, build up their strengths and watch them endure and grow. Train Your Skills in Robotics, Thievery, Engineering, Medicine, Weapon Smithing and more!
Squad-Based Control
Play with one character or control a whole team; an army, even. Combat is Real-Time Strategy style with a choice of ranged and melee fighting styles
Build Your Base
Create and run your own city, manage an empire or simply wander the lands as a lone drifter. Research upgrades such as industry tech, weaponry crafting and trade goods
Wounds Affect Gameplay
Complex medical system where injured characters limp, crawl, bleed to death or pass out from starvation. Stem blood loss to avoid predators and replace lost limbs with robotic prosthetics
Open-ended Gameplay
An original sandbox world. Lay siege as a warlord or make your riches as a trader… There are endless game style possibilities and the world will never stop moving
Train hard
There is no level-scaling, the world does not level up along with you. At the start of the game almost everyone will be stronger than you and you’ll have to use your cunning to survive
Survive
Escape capture from deadly slavers & cannibal prisons, rescue your squad mates from grisly death and get them all home alive
Start A Faction
Keep to yourself, form an alliance or oppose other factions and territories of the world… good or bad
 
https://lofigames.com/road-map/
 


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Drayvn ARK cluster updated with Extinction

The ARK: Extinction map has been added to Drayvn's Server Cluster.
The Goal:
Link multiple maps on one server so that players can truly enjoy everything the game offers. You can live on the Island and still explore the dungeons on Extinction while using the dragon you got from scorched and the spelunking tools you got from Aberration.
Note: This is a private server cluster created by Drayvn and is open to COTP members who are able to conduct themselves in a mature manner.  
Note II:  These servers are not modded in order to provide some difficulty to those who can handle it.
Maps currently in cluster:
The Island Scorched Earth Aberration Extinction Server Names:
Pheah Islands Pheah Scorched Pheah Aberration Pheah Extinction Forum Group Link: 
 
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** How to play NeverWinter better for free. **

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http://neverwinter.gamepedia.com/VIP_Program

Spend some cash to get enough zen for one month of VIP status,or save all your AD until you convert enough of it for the zen to buy VIP status.

 

1.  Get your LockBox Keys:

 

Collect the daily lockbox keys, wait until you have at least 20 lockbox keys, then open lockboxes with those keys,

Don't open any boxes/caches/chests/troves you get from those lockboxes, just sell the loot from the lockboxes directly,

 

 

2.  Get your Astral Diamonds converted to Zen:

 

Exchange the AD you get from the sales into ZEN using the Astral Diamond Exchange.

  If there is no Zen to be purchased, just put in buy orders for 500AD/Zen and they will get filled usually in small amounts.

 

 

3.  Gather your Celestial Bags from Invocation for Coupons:

 

As you invoke everyday, you start to pile up Celestial Bags of refining; they don't stack and can't be mailed to other characters.

    So they take up bag space, yet they are valuable because most contain some sort of coupon.

With a new character, you have all free bag and bank space to store bags.

Once the new character reaches the level to invoke, start saving up the bags, when you get closer to buying your next VIP level, you should have all of your 1000 zen in the Astral Diamond Exchange from having your buy orders for Zen filled.

Open C-Bags on the new character until you get a coupon worth x% off any item or VIP, if you get one, you will save 150 or more off of VIP status.

 

 

4. To consolidate all your Astral Diamonds onto one character for Auction House purchases:

 

Depending on the character you get the coupon on, move your AD from all accounts to that account using the Zen/AD exchange.

  You post a Buy Zen order to buy zen at a stupidly low price that no one will sell you Zen for.  

  Then you log on to the coupon character and cancel that order, as its all on the same account, and then withdraw the AD to that account, and use it all to buy the

     thing you want from the Auction House along with any coupons you might get.

With a little bit of loot luck, you might be able to go from 1 month ViP directly to 12 months ViP without paying a single cent for it...

 

Enchantments that get you more loot!

QuarterMaster's Enchantment , Tymora's Luck Enchantment , Dragon's Hoard Enchantment.

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VIP Rank 1

- 10% Bonus XP, Glory and XP for most professions.

- 15% Bonus Astral Diamonds on runs of Dungeons, Skirmishes, and PVP

- Moonstone Mask - access to the VIP area and the ability to teleport there at will.

- Bonus companion XP, they earn 20% of total earned XP

- Daily Rewards per character:

    15 ID Scrolls, 1 Epic Dungeon Chest Key

    Per Account - 1 Enchanted Key

 

Rank 2 of VIP status provides:

- Ability to Teleport to the Moonstone Mask at Will

- All active companions earn 20% of Total earned XP.

- Everyday you received additional items:  Per Character +5 ID Scrolls.

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Added the following:

 

Use the Zen/AD exchange to place Buy Zen orders for low AD amounts that no one will sell you zen for and do as follows to pool your zen onto the one character.

 

Depending on the character you get the coupon on, move your AD from all accounts to that account using the Zen/AD exchange.  You post a Buy Zen order to buy zen at a stupidly low price that no one will sell you Zen for.  Then you log on to the coupon character and cancel that order, as its all on the same account, and then withdraw the AD to that account, and use it all to buy the Zen you need to get VIP status along with using the coupon.

 

Could also be wise to save up your Invocation gift bags, open then after you pool all your AD in the Zen/AD exchange.  Open all the bags, have a bunch of coupons, use one for VIP.

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Adventurer Seals and the Seal Trader.

 

You get Adventurer's Seals as you travel around.  I have a level 24 Lock, and am at the carrying limit of 1200 seals - you can't get or carry any more until you spend the ones you have, this is a HUGE missed opportunity if you don't spend them so you can get more.

 

When you are at or near the 1200, go to Enclave and the Market / Traders Square and see the Adventurer Seal Trader.

She sells gear for a number of level ranges, but it is all garbage as none of it has enchantment slots.

She also sells General Wares, here lies the golden treasure.

You can use 500 ASeals to get a Bag of 500 Rough astral diamonds.

The much better deal is to purchase the Rank 5 Dark Enchantments for 100 each and sell them for around 300 on the AH, 500 worth of Enchantments will get you about 1200AD after taxes, and you can get a total of 12 of them, and use them in your gear as soon as able.

 

Happy Power Leveling!

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>> NeverWinter Mount Bonuses List <<- some good stuff in there.

 

Specifically get the Arkaiun Courser and the Jubilee Parade Horse for a stacking bonus of Comeraderie and Frienship, a large jump in Power and Defense, really large.

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Also, spend some zen on character slots.

As you invoke everyday, you start to pile up Celestial Bags of refining.

These are not stackable, so they take up bag space.  With a new character, you have all free bag and bank space to store bags.

Once the character reaches the level to invoke, start saving up the bags, when you get closer to buying your next VIP level, you should have all of your 1000 zen in the Astral Diamond Exchange from having your buy orders for Zen filled.

Open C-Bags on the new character until you get a coupon worth x% off any item or VIP, if you get one, you will save 150 or more off of VIP status.

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