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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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I just finished the vanilla story and am heading feet first into HW. So far I have been able to clear standard/hard dungeons without any significant issues, lvl 60 with ilvl 260 gear (insta 60 MNK). I am planning on doing some of the extreme dungeons this upcoming week to get a feel for it..

 

I am working on getting ACT installed, and working on my rotations. Am I setting myself up for failure with the positioning requirements for MNK in raids? I have watched some of the vids that are on our forums here and see that you are all over the place. MNK seems to be plenty powerful if I can maintain Greased Lightning stacks but that is solely based on keep hitting things from behind.

 

Also, I know all of you are doing the new content, but are there still runs that will be on the old stuff too? Since I am pretty much still a newb and want to try out raiding in this game, just wanted to know if I should focus on clearing the new content first before expecting to raid.

 

Side question: With the level cap increase, do the older raids scale up with the level cap or do they down-sync to the predefined levels?

 

There are plenty of things that I can do besides raiding since I still have loads of leveling to do, but I enjoy raiding more than anything.

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The old raids have the ability to be synced-forcing you to run them at the level intended; however, they also have the ability to run them unsynced so they can be cleared as the cap. Old raids will usually be done unsynced, since few want to plunge through progression with old content when they're overgeared at their cap anyway.

 

Running old content, however, does happen. There is a book WT/Wondrous Tales (weekly quest) that has you run through various content, PF or FC is a good way to get small groups for it (as unsynced doesn't really need full parties on most things). There is also what the FC calls "Bridge Night"-- This is when people help clear older/less current content for other--unsynced is normal but synced stuff too. While the night hasn't had a specific time of when the FC runs it; if you ask and there is enough people on that are able/not raiding at the time, it usually happens. If not, most will try to help you out soon as they can.

 

As to Focus on story before raiding. the SB raid will likely be gated behind the completion of the 4.0 storyline; as I know ARR's was and think HW was. So clearing story asap will help a great deal and start preparing you for raiding.

 

if you've more questions ask me on this topic or on discord; will do what I can to answer :D

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Before Stormblood MNK was not favored in end game raiding because even though their single target damage was the high, they did not offer ANY raid utility to boost the rest of the party. It wasn't impossible to find a group, but certainly harder than it was for other melee classes. Positioning was not as big of an issue because boss up time was generally high in raid, and maintaining stacks between mechanics was tricky but manageable. They attempted to change all of that with the SB updates, but from what I am hearing the changes hurt MNK more than it helped. So my guess is that MNK will have just as much, if not more, trouble in the upcoming tier. Red, Von'schweets, Cornell or Kindrec (Bloodknight in discord) would probably be able to explain the changes better.

 

As far as the old stuff, we aren't currently scheduling any clear nights for old content since so many are pushing to get ready for the new savage raids which launch in a little over three weeks. If the demand is there, we plan on bringing Bridge Night (clear all the things night) back after the raid has launched and everyone has settled in. In the meantime, my best advice would be to either ask for help in FC chat or keep an eye out for WT / Wondrous Tails parties in party finder. These parties are focused on quick kills to complete the objectives for the weekly WT book. These parties generally appreciate new players for their bonus which is also a benefit for the WT book.

 

I would focus on the story and getting to the new raid tier since there really is no benefit to doing the older stuff, even for raid practice as the difficulty ceiling is pretty low.

 

There are 3 options when queuing for the older content:

 

 - Standard queue: Syncs down to the original level of the content. I cant remember if the gear item level is capped or not, but if it is it is still pretty high so completing these is still pretty easy compared to what it was when each of them came out. Apparently drop rates on things like music are higher in this mode, but people rarely queue this way anymore. This is the mode you will get from Duty finder and typically only filled with new players that aren't aware of the other modes of queuing. These parties are generally pretty trappy since no one that isn't new ever queues this way.

 

- Unsynced / Undersized parties: This allows a party to queue and ignore any item or level caps and full party requirements. Most of the ARR primals can be completed easily with 3 or 4 people in this mode, as little as 1 solo person. This is how most people queue for old content.

 

 - Minimum item level: This sync down the original level AND the original minimum ilvl to enter the instance. This is the hardest possible mode. No one really does this. We have had some people interested in doing this for the challenge of it, but I would imagine it would be difficult to do this now with so many new things to do.

 

Long story short, the old stuff probably won't give you the challenge you are looking for and you have enough time to be ready for the next tier coming up if you want a challenge. All of the FC raid groups are currently full but we are looking for someone to lead another group. Not clearing the previous stuff shouldn't hold you back as long as you have your rotation down / can maintain high DPS and have generally good raid awareness

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lol I let my reply sit on my screen too long and Ahmira beat me to the punch XD

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I just finished the vanilla story and am heading feet first into HW. So far I have been able to clear standard/hard dungeons without any significant issues, lvl 60 with ilvl 260 gear (insta 60 MNK). I am planning on doing some of the extreme dungeons this upcoming week to get a feel for it..

 

I am working on getting ACT installed, and working on my rotations. Am I setting myself up for failure with the positioning requirements for MNK in raids? I have watched some of the vids that are on our forums here and see that you are all over the place. MNK seems to be plenty powerful if I can maintain Greased Lightning stacks but that is solely based on keep hitting things from behind.

 

Also, I know all of you are doing the new content, but are there still runs that will be on the old stuff too? Since I am pretty much still a newb and want to try out raiding in this game, just wanted to know if I should focus on clearing the new content first before expecting to raid.

 

Side question: With the level cap increase, do the older raids scale up with the level cap or do they down-sync to the predefined levels?

 

There are plenty of things that I can do besides raiding since I still have loads of leveling to do, but I enjoy raiding more than anything.

 

Hey Rashin! We have plenty of people that still want to raid that do not have a raid group, or did not fit into our current raid group times, so if you are interested in raiding, or leading a raid group let me know! Send me a message here, reply to the raid link,((http://www.covenantofthephoenix.com/forums/topic/51481-raiding-40-interested-apply-within/)),  or shoot me a message in discord on what jobs, (if other than MNK, I think most FC groups will not have an issue with taking a monk :D we had one ourselves) and your timeslot preferred so i can put you on our spreadsheet! :D

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I think for the most part I was hoping for a non-static group to just try things out since my work schedule prevents me from committing to a set day/time. Since I am only versed in SWTOR I thought maybe there was ad-hoc raiding that went on in the FC. Not a bid deal though. From what it looks like I still have a ways to go for gearing before I am raid ready. My DPS at ilvl 294 avg is not looking so good at about 2.5k with burst at about 3.2k on MNK if I blow all my off GCDs on opener. I am thinking that I will have to put my nose to the grindstone and get a ranged DPS up that can get in some utility and more time on boss. Like BRD/MCH/maaaaaybe DRG.

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You can insta 60 now?

 

Yes, as well as story-jump. $25 for job jump to 60, include gear and 300k gil, completes all job quests to 60.

 

A Realm reborn story jump is $18 and puts you are the beginning of the Heavensward story. $25 to skip ARR and HW.

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