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Covenant Football League Started For Season 2019

Covenant Football League
A new season is about to start for our Fantasy Football League.  Currently, all slots are full, but some may open up on Monday, August 26, 2019.  Anyone interested in joining the league should reply to the Discussion thread.  A second league could be created if there is enough interest. 
Keeper Deadline
The deadline to select keepers is Monday, August 26, 2019.  You can make and edit your selections until 11:59 PM PT on Sunday, August 25, 2019
Choose your Keepers here: https://football.fantasysports.yahoo.com/f1/787185/5/keepers
Please remember that each team is allowed only TWO keepers, unless your name is Xalt, who gets THREE keepers because he won last year's team pick-em.
 Saturday, August 31,  2019:  7 PM PDT | 9 PM Central | 10 PM Eastern
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Fractured MMO

Fractured is an open-world fantasy sandbox MMORPG which blends action combat with fully interactive environments, appealing equally to lovers of competitive and cooperative gameplay. Jump right into the fray from day one. Defeat your enemies with skill and wit, not equipment or level. Gather resources, craft, trade and venture into legendary travels as a solitary hero, or start a settlement with your guild and grow it into the next empire. A true sandbox MMORPG, Fractured lets players pursue the gameplay they enjoy, create the type of character they enjoy, and focus on doing what they enjoy. 
Fractured Key Features
Unique And Dynamic Setting – Explore the universe of Fractured, which is spread across three planets – Arboreus, Syndesia, and Tartaros. Travel is an important part of the game experience; unlike many traditional MMORPGS, players must find a way to survive as they traverse the worlds. In addition, eclipses, unique PvE events, have a huge impact on the lives of demons and humans. The state of the universe, and even the position of planets, matters!
Race Is More Than Cosmetic – The race you belong to has an actual impact on game mechanics, from the type of society you live in to the ways you can interact with other players. Choose a human and live in – or at odds with – a feudal society. Be a beastman, and live in harmony with nature. Or, choose a demon, and slake your thirst for blood and revenge!
Crafting That Matters – Finding a broadsword in the corpse of a rat sounds a little unlikely? Forget about old RPG clichés and enter a world where every item is crafted by players. Exploit the uneven distribution of resources to get high profits when trading at faraway markets – but make sure you reach your destination alive!
Get Into The Action – You do not need to grind zombies for 80 hours or reach some level limit before you can join your friends on adventures. In Fractured, you can take part in any content from the first day in the game! The Knowledge system offers power and flexibility, allowing players to develop exactly the character they wish to play.
Action Combat Evolved – Fractured melds the combat style you’ve loved in single-player Action RPGs with a complex sandbox universe. Learn to aim, dodge and master over 400 abilities and 40 unique status effects: only your skills and tactics will lead you to victory! The environment is fully interactive, and can be used to give you an edge in your adventures.
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The Scalebreaker DLC game pack brings two new Season of the Dragon dungeons, expanding upon the events of both Wrathstone and Elsweyr. The Dragons are free from the Halls of Colossus, and now you must deal with the fallout of their release. While these stories are part of the year-long saga, you can enjoy both without having completed either of the year’s earlier content—enjoy!
Lair of Maarselok
For centuries, Maarselok slept deep in the mountains between Elsweyr and Grahtwood. However, upon the opening of the Halls of Colossus, this monstrous Dragon has awoken, and now threatens to spread his corruption into the domain of the Wood Elves. Only with the help of the Warlock Carindon and the forest spirit Selene can you defeat this terrifying new Dragon!

Hunt the great Dragon Maarselok!
Moongrave Fane
Hidden within a fallen Khajiiti temple, the vampires of the Hollowfang prepare to perform a terrible ritual. Joined by the former Dragonguard Grundwulf, they wish to drain the blood from a captured Dragon! You and your team must fight your way into the fallen ruin and put a stop to their plan before it’s too late.
Both dungeons can be attempted in Normal and Veteran difficulties, with a Veteran Hard Mode option available for those looking for a challenge. Brave delvers can discover new rewards up for grabs in both dungeons, too, including new item sets, Achievements, collectibles, and more.
The Scalebreaker DLC game pack is free for all ESO Plus members and available for purchase for 1,500 crowns from the in-game Crown Store (listed under DLC).
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Starsector sandbox space sim

Starsector is an open-world single-player RTS space-combat game with roleplaying, exploration and economics from Fractal Softworks. You take the role of a space captain seeking fortune and glory however you choose.   

Current Features
Develop your character into a hot-shot pilot, a smuggler, a stern admiral, an industrial magnate – or anything in between Pilot your ship in top-down 2D combat Command your fleet in tactical battles Gain experience to level up your skills Detailed space combat mechanics Customize your ship’s loadout before battle Outfit ships with your weapons of choice and add hull modifications to create devastating tactical combinations Hire officers to give skill bonuses, pilot auxiliary ships, and oversee your operations Explore war-torn star systems Exploit events to trade goods for profit Win the favor or scorn of powerful factions Discover new worlds and salvage lost derelicts Mod support for diverse user-made content Claim new worlds, build outposts and industry Cripple core world supply lines to create easy prey for piracy or bolster the rule of law and try to reverse the Sector’s descent into chaos Survey forgotten worlds and establish new colonies among the ruins Use lost and forbidden technologies to advance your cause – can you afford to pay for the consequences of your hubris? Leave your mark upon the world and determine the fate of the Sector with your decisions
Still in its alpha phase, this one looks to be something to keep an eye on moving forward.  If you preorder now, you pay $15 – 25% off the final price.
What you get:
Early access to the game, starting with alpha builds – available now! Discounted price The full version, when it is finished You help support the development of Starsector http://fractalsoftworks.com/
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War Thunder - Free to Play

War Thunder is a free-to-play vehicular combat multiplayer video game developed and published by Gaijin Entertainment in cross platform format for Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Shield Android TV.
In War Thunder, aircraft, attack helicopters, ground forces and naval ships collaborate in realistic competitive battles. You can choose from over 1,000 vehicles and an extensive variety of combat situations many of which are exclusive. You can find yourself blasting your pursuers from a bomber turret, defending your teammates on the ground from an air raid with anti-aircraft guns, shooting down enemy planes with a firestorm from multiple rocket launchers, or trying to sink an enemy warship with a torpedo from a fast attack boat.
Features include:
Seamless cross-platform gameplay between Windows PC, Linux, Mac, PlayStation®4 with Xbox One users being included in PC battles – everyone on the same server. Over 1,000 highly detailed aircraft, helicopters, tanks, warships and other combat vehicles crafted carefully from historical documents and surviving sources. 80 maps representing the main historical battle theaters.  Intense PvP experiences in full-scale combat missions at various difficulty settings for all play styles and degrees of experience.  Rich PvE content including dynamic historical campaigns and solo missions.  Regular content updates including new vehicles, maps, missions and nations.  Astonishing graphics, authentic sound effects and beautiful music creating an atmosphere to fully immerse yourself in.  Create custom content for War Thunder and share it on War Thunder Live, with the prospect of earning real money through the Revenue Share Partner System! Free to Play Download
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     Relaed has asked me to post some tips for you guys regarding campaigns and other things toward late game. First off, don't be intimidated. 

     The campaigns you can find in your Sword Coast Chronicles are mainly for the level 60-70 range of questing. The first area you'll head to will be Drowned Shore kicking off the Elemental Evil campaign. As with all of the campaigns your goal for each will be to earn your late game stats known as Boons, and also some pretty nice gear. Each of the areas will have daily quests to do, similar to your Stronghold quests. These quests give rewards that will allow you to progress through that campaign. To progress, simply do the same thing Sybella had you do. Open the campaign list and then open the area you're working on and work on each tier until you've completed it, and move on to the next. The last tiers will usually contain the Boon stat to unlock, so choose wisely. Below I'll list the campaigns (in order I hope) to help you get started.


Tyranny of Dragons - This campaign actually begins from the first Harper quests you do in Neverdeath Graveyard and fighting the Green Dragon Charthraxis. Be sure to check Harper Boward opposite Sgt. Knox in Protector's Enclave before venturing out on these. You'll be directed further in these daily quests from there. You can find her near the Reward Agent. This campaign will eventually lead you to Well of Dragons at level 70 where you'll face off against the toughest Dragons in the game, including the Raid on Tiamat.

Elemental Evil - Drowned Shore, Reclamation Rock, Fiery Pit, Spinward Rise

Maze Engine - This is the addition authored by R.A. Salvatore himself from what I can tell. The items I have found here in the Maze Engine store seem to be fashion items for transmuting your gear. This campaign seems to run from level 60 onward in the form of Chapters.  

Sharandar - You begin this campaign by going through Old Sharandar which is a short instance to New Sharandar. This begins at level 64.

Dread Ring - This one starts off running a short instance through Ashen Battlefield similar to the beginning of Sharandar. Starts at level 70.

Icewynd Dale - This is where things get fun. The area of Caer Konig is where you can get started with Black Ice and some interesting late game PVP. Beware the Yetis. Some new additions to this area for me is unlocking the Sea of Moving Ice which is a part of the latest Module? Not too sure on this one, but hey..I'm still learning as well. I've unlocked a few new areas here that I will be progressing through.

Storm Kings Thunder - This is an area I still need to unlock, more to come....


     If I left out an area here let me know and I'll make the corrections. There are still some late game areas that are new to me that I'll be exploring in the future, so I'll do my best to update you here and in-game as well. As for the daily quests you receive in these areas, some are instance-based and could be difficult if you go solo, so bring a friend! These daily quests can be much quicker and easier to finish up with a party of two or more. Some of the items you can expect to be rewarded with range from Weapon and Armor enchants to the Marks needed to upgrade your enchantments and artifacts. So be sure not to use these Marks to refine with!! Very Important! When in doubt, read the description! Good luck and Happy Gaming!

     If you're stuck and not sure where to go next, asking questions is the best way to learn and I'm happy to help if I can. Hope this helps at least a little bit for someone.

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Very cool, Thanks!


Good to know we have so much to do, after hitting the higher levels..   :)







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Thank you for that!  I was wondering myself what is next, as I skipped many adventure zones, and most things are not giving me exp.


>> Here is the list of zones by level. <<


Zone Name Level Range Protector's Enclave 01 - 70 Stronghold 04 - 70 Blacklake District 06 - 09 Tower District 10 - 15 Blackdagger Ruins 20 - 25 Neverdeath Graveyard 26 - 30 Helm's Hold 31 - 34 Ebon Downs 35 - 37 Vellosk 38 - 41 Pirates' Skyhold 42 - 45 Icespire Peak 46 - 49 The Chasm 49 - 52 Rothé Valley 52 - 55 Mount Hotenow 56 - 58 Whispering Caverns 59 - 60 Gauntlgrym 60 - 60[1]Drowned Shore 61 - 63 Reclamation Rock 63 - 65 Fiery Pit 65 - 67 Spinward Rise 67 - 69 Sharandar 64 - 70 Dread Ring 70 - 70 Caer-Konig 70 - 70 Icewind Pass 70 - 70 Dwarven Valley 70 - 70 Well of Dragons 70 - 70 Mantol-Derith 70 - 70 Bryn Shander 70 - 70 Lonelywood 70 - 70 Cold Run 70 - 70 Sea of Moving Ice 70 - 70


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Bryn Shander is a part of Icewynd Dale. I went there when I unlocked it and ..oh man! HAHA...rough neighborhood, but a LOT of fun! I also found that those chapter quests of the Maze Engine coincide with the Underdark campaign where you can find some of the first tier Epic sets. I'm unlocking more everyday in these tiers which are all new to me. Remember, I stopped playing on the introduction of the Elemental Evil module. I made what was then a new Oathbound Paladin and found all those past campaigns I was half finished with (Sharandar, Dread Ring, etc..) all had their difficulty level jacked up from lvl 60 to lvl 70. This broke a lot of my gameplay, made my tier 2 epic armor sets worthless, and altogether caused me to just uninstall until they balanced things out, which I'm happy to say they did..very well.

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New Sharandar:  

Lists as a Level 65 quest in my log.

First quest reward for TR is a +4 Elven Rigid Leather Armor - BoP, Item Level 101, really nice.  Lvl Req 64.


1. Cerandis Greenward - " We were excavating some fo the nearby ruins when we were attacked by trolls and had to retreat.  Not all of my scouts made it back, and now the trolls plan to make a meal of them.  If you can recover my missing scouts from the trolls, it will save both lives and morale.

2. Gathur Trueshot - Thanks for aiding the others, I am safe here, but there is another problem.  The trolls were protecting a band of redcaps who are now plundering our ruins for the relics that are rightfully ours.  We can't have that, kill the redcaps, recover the relics, and take them to the wizard Thradisar Starwise near the waterfall gate.  He will be very interested to meet you.


3. You will have to defeat a mini boss to reach Thradisar.  I would like his mount please!  



Travel through the path/pass interesting things to see, but nothing to do.  Exit to the camp center, vendors, zone rewards, and check your campaign for Sharandar.  Lots of good items to be had here.


Turn in quest to Merrisara for the armor, and get a new quest.

The Blighted Grove - Pass through the Wyldwood Gate, speak to Pelendethas Everstride, and collect 3 Vibrant Seedlings in the Blighted Grove of Sharandar.  Bring WinterWHite the seedlings so she can plant them.   It will take 10 FeyWild Sparks and 3 Vibrant Seedlings to start the first Sharandar Campaign Task.  Go through the new pass and find Pelendethas on the other side.


Pelendethas tells you that if you complete the 3 quests in the area, you will get the 3 seedlings needed by Merrisara today.


1, A Bad Influence - kill 3 Cyclops Commanders and destroy 3 Communication Orbs in the Outpost of Malabog.  Rewards 1 seedling, 1 rare Gold Crescent, Lesser Thaumaturgic Stone for runes/enchants.

  When fighting Cyclops Commanders, kill the little Withere Redcaps, or it gives CC huge heals.

2. Root of the Problem, enter the Gnarlroot Caves and defeat Grimak Nailbiter.  There is a key for a chest at the end sold by the currency vendor, but you have no currency at this point.  Perhaps kill lots of mobs for coin to get the key before entering?

3. From nearby NPC Emrae Firesky - Feywild Flowering - Gather 6 Fey Flowers, same rewards as above, your 2nd seedling.

4. Blighted Beasts from NPC Alihan Duskflight - Kill 6 Spiders, get the same rewards as above.


These Quests are Level 66, but the NPCs are Level 64 and you can quickly take on too many munchkins if not careful.

Repeatable every 8 hours.


A bad Influence turn in gives quest FeyDark Crystals, bring 15 to Merrisara to be 'purified'  you need 10 to start the Sharandar Campaign.


You will now have the sparks and seeds to START the Sharandar Campaign and complete the Plant Vibrant Seeds, unlocking the next 3.


1 - Malbog's Castle Key - requires: 3 gold, 20 gold Crescents, 10 FeyWild Sparks. - The key is needed to open boxes in Malabog's Castle Dungeon.

2 - The Dark Fey Enclave - 3 Gold, 50 FeyWIld Sparks - unlocks the Banshee Gate Key and the quest The Dark Fe Enclave.

3 - Iliyanbruen Warden Training - 2 gold, 60 Golden Crescents - Unlocks a Boon!  +400 Defense or +400 Power.



The only place Crescents are coming from at this point are the 8 hour repeatable quests, so move on to the Gnarlroot Caves.

But wait, continue to speak to Merrisara, she has a quest to speak to Thradisar and get another 10 Gold Crescents now.

Note that the Cloak and the Belt of the Seldarine can be purchased from here for 50 Gold Crescents each and are buyable on the AH.

You now have 13 Gold Crescents, purchase a Dark Fey Key for the box in Gnarlroot Cave, and go run that, or save them towards the unlocks that need more.


From the Wiki:  Gnarlroot Caves:

There is a Repeatable (Daily) available after doing 3 more Blighted Grove Repeatable Quests. Note however the quest is not required to run this dungeon. You can run it simply by going in the entrance as many times as you wish. You can also open the chest at the end as many times as you wish - given you have a Dark Fey Key. The quest is only necessary to gain the rewards listed on the right in the infobox.


Chest Drops:


(Requires a Dark Fey Key to access)


And one of the Following:

Additional small chance of one of the following:

When you go to the Cave, there is a Leprechaun outside, you get 1 free key from him every 6.5 hours, from his quest:  Have a Key!

The mobs inside are the same level as outside, its tight caves, so not much room to move.

I used the Defender Companion to hold aggro while I backstabbed, worked well.

1st Chest:



Drops: Kits - Adamant Ore , Spool of Fins Silk, Adamantine Weapon Blades, Adamant Ore , Aberrant Pelt



The mobs inside are the same level as outside, its tight caves, so not much room to move.

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Also note that The Stronghold gives you a quest to defeat 50 enemies in a zone and finish 4 quest in a zone.  The zones they list are actually in order of level from low to high.

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