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By Damis

Smite - Free To Play.

Smite is a 3D fantasy MOBA where players take on the role of mythological gods and battle in team-based arenas. Unlike other MOBAs, SMITE puts you directly onto the battlefield with a third-person action viewpoint. From blind-side ambushes to aimed shots, a new pantheon of strategic possibilities awaits.  Become a legend of myth, enter the Battleground of the Gods, and play FREE now!

Game Modes:
Conquest – the main 5v5 game mode. Features three lanes and a jungle area filled with neutral monsters. Arena – a 5v5 game mode with an open battle area rather than lanes. Each team begins with 500 points and must reduce the other side's to zero by killing heroes, minions, and escorting allied minions to portals. Joust – a 3v3 game mode with a single lane which otherwise plays like Conquest mode. Joust can also be played 1v1. Assault – similar to ARAM (All Random, All Mid) in LoL, players are assigned a random God and fight on a map with a single lane. Siege – a faster version of Conquest. Siege mode consists of only two lanes and contains a special Siege Juggernaut minion that deals extra damage to structures.
Never played a battle arena before? Don’t worry. Auto-buy, auto-level, and the deathmatch-like Arena mode let you jump right into divine MOBA action. Aspiring pro? Top the ladders, join a competitive team, and you too could be playing at the SMITE World Championship.
https://store.steampowered.com/app/386360/SMITE/
 
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By Damis

FRACTURED MMO OPEN ALPHA 2 WEEKEND

Want to try out Fractured but got no game access? Play FOR FREE during this weekend’s stress test!
The Open Alpha 2 Weekend is bringing 3 days of free access to Fractured for everyone.  The event is starting on Friday, December 6, at 4pm CET (10am ET) and ending on Monday, December 9, at 12pm CET (6am ET).
How to be part of it? It’s easier done than said: just register a Fractured account (if you haven’t already), download the game client and wait for the doors of Myr to be opened!
https://fracturedmmo.com/open-alpha-2-weekend-test-extension/
 
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By Damis

Boundless - Open World MMO

Boundless is a subscription free MMO maintained by optional in-app purchases.

In a Boundless universe of connected worlds, every player's choices will have an impact. Explorer? Builder? Hunter? Trader? Crafter? Make your own path.

Open portals to travel seamlessly between diverse planets as you expand your adventure across the universe. Watch the sun rise on a volcanic world before joining friends to prospect for precious resources on a desert planet.

Starting with your first humble campfire, will you live a nomadic life in the wild, or found a new settlement with your allies from which to grow your empire? Rally citizens to expand your city, competing to become the capital of your world and claiming the title of Viceroy.

Will you build a citadel, drive the economy, or craft masterpieces of technology? Join the hunt for exotic creatures, develop your homestead, or seek new horizons?

Shape your citizen, forge your destiny, and sculpt your world in this epic voxel sandbox MMO built on endless possibility.


Join the Great Transmigration and explore the Known Worlds of Boundless. Each world is full of unique inhabitants and resources, ripe for discovery. With your trusty Totem in hand and the ability to build Warp Conduits, you can pinpoint locations on other worlds and travel seamlessly between them. No waiting. No loading.


Discover and use materials to build your base. Craft Beacons and claim land as your own, protecting all your beloved items within it bounds from other Players and from sacrifice to the land. Use special tools to tweak and transform blocks into ever more interesting and unique structures. Your imagination is Boundless.


Master the art of crafting! Create weapons, tools, building materials, and a whole host of other technologies waiting to be discovered in the Known Worlds. Use advanced Crafting Machines to build ever more sophisticated items and further your potential. Forge your legacy.


Hunt down creatures of all shapes and sizes scattered throughout the Known Worlds. Each world has challenging creatures to discover, each requiring different strategies to best. Get ready to take them on!


Everything bought and sold in Boundless is generated by you, the players. Buy and sell items through player-owned shops, and compete with others to become the most successful trader on the planet... or maybe in the universe!


Harvest and cultivate the alien worlds you discover. Will you till the soil to harvest exotic crops? Or perhaps you’ll delve below ground to establish vast subterranean fuel farms? Maybe you’ll take advantage of innovative new Goo farming


Boundless is a sandbox MMORPG that enables player collaboration. You can choose to play solo, or join up with friends or players from all over the world. Explore, defeat dangerous creatures, gather rare resources and build a colony together.

Other Features
Colonise planets by yourself or join a settlement with others and grow your beacon into the capital of the world with the Prestige system Craft hundreds of items including, building blocks, tools, weapons, food and many more Spend your hard earned skill points in the Skill Tree and tailor your character to how you want to play the game Complete Objectives, Feats and events to earn rewards and Experience Points to level up your character Build and maintain a Portal between worlds for you and others to use Trade items with others or set up a shop to sell and buy items while you’re off adventuring Each world automatically regenerates areas that are not protected by a Beacon and returns it to its original layout, creating new and much needed resources for you to collect Seamlessly travel to new worlds and discover different creatures, resources, block colours and user generated creations in an ever-changing universe No Subscription Required
Explore a vast living, ever-changing and developing MMO universe with NO monthly subscription fee! Hunt, trade, craft, build an empire with friends and become Boundless. You can join the exclusive Gleam Club to further support the game and to get a few cosmetic perks and keep your beacons fuelled, but everything in the game is accessible without any additional in-game purchase.
https://store.steampowered.com/app/324510/Boundless/
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By Elric

ArcheAge Unchained

When the first ArcheAge was released, it was a huge chapter for COTP.  The initial game hype was off the charts, and we had a lot of fun at first... Unfortunately they had some pretty big missteps with the release schedule and some content that was not released as planned (or poorly handled).  A lot of the issues with the game can be attributed to conflicts between the original Korean developer XL Games and the USA publisher Trion Worlds.  Over time the game went F2P and quickly became a Pay2Win game.  Let's just say that the community was unhappy with the direction of the game. 
Enter GamIgo Games!  Last year Gamigo Games purchased Trion Worlds and acquired the ownership rights of ArcheAge.  As a direct result of all the community backlash, they decided to release a completely different version of the game.  By popular demand, ArcheAge Unchained is going to be a completely separate game on its own, and they are eliminating the big P2W problems.  ArcheAge Unchained is being released on October 15th, and it will be a Buy 2 Play model.  You pay the initial game cost up front, and after that there will be no subscriptions or "Premium monthly costs".  The only items for sale in the "cash shop" will be 100% cosmetic, and anything game impacting from the original ArcheAge game was removed.  For example, the game was due to come out the last weekend in September, but Gamigo Games decided to delay the game for more PTS testing.  The big change they were working on was to make all cosmetic items Bound on Pickup / Purchase.  They wanted to avoid anyone buying cosmetic items for RL money and then selling them on the in-game marketplace to earn gold.  Many people in the community saw this as being slightly Pay 2 Win, so it was removed from the game!

Here is a good video talking about the upcoming release of ArcheAge Unchained, and some history of the original game:
 

At this point we don't have any official plans of a COTP Chapter, but we will certainly go that way if we get enough people interested!
If you want more information, here is the full copy / paste of the FAQ from the official ArcheAge Unchained forums:

 
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By Damis

Maestrom Free to Play on Steam.

Maestrom
Grim fantasy combined with thunderous naval combat in a vibrant, monster-saturated world! Captain an Orc, Dwarf or Human warship and sail the turbulent Abyssal Ocean with online multiplayer, in free-for-all & team based matches.

Be ruthless! Sink other players ships, take their loot and collect their bounty! Be greedy! Maps are littered with floating treasure chests and ships loaded with gold. Be cunning! As the match progresses hungry sea monsters become more aggressive and encroach the safe waters ships can sail in. Ships sailing in 'Dead Waters' for too long end up as monster chow! Be unsinkable! At the end of a match ships can be upgraded and customized with captains, cannons, armor, mates and more! WARSHIPS WIN WITH WITS
Enemy ships can be rammed, grappled and boarded!
Maneuver a ship through the swelling sea and prepare for ramming! The faster the ship is moving the more devastating the collision will be on impact.

Boarding locks both ships in place while crews fight it out. If one crew manages to kill all of the opposing crew, it can spell disaster & sink a ship quickly, sending it to the depths!

ARMOR, AMMO AND POSITIONAL DAMAGE
Each ship has armor on all four sides. The armor sections serve as additional defense toward damage to that side and must be destroyed before the ship's hull can be damaged. Maneuvering to keep your armor between you and your enemy is vital to staying afloat - and seeking the enemy's damaged sides will make you much more lethal in combat!Every cannon has access to three kinds of ammunition and can swap during combat to suit the situation. Ammo is unlimited.
Iron shot blasts chunks out of ship armor and hull. Chain shot is used to shred enemy sails and cripple a ship’s speed. Grapeshot slaughters enemy crew and makes ships easier to board. LURKING THE DEEP
Like the ocean they reside in, sea monsters are titanic forces of nature. They stalk unwary captains and can devour a ship whole. Like this Murkwater Thrasher.

FREE-TO-PLAY DEFINITION FOR MAELSTROM:
As Free-to-Play definitions vary with games we want to define it clearly so players know what they can expect: All gameplay and progress can be unlocked by playing the game for free. No additional purchases are needed to enjoy the game to its fullest extent. There are no ways to purchase a competitive advantage in game. Players must play the game to progress & become more powerful. There are no ways to purchase a top tier ship with a powerful crew, it must be earned by playing the game. Players can however, accelerate progression with boosts. Gold is in-game currency and earned by playing the game. Gunpowder is premium currency & the only item sold for cash in-game. It is used to buy all of the premium items in the store such as the battle pass, cosmetics, boosters & bundles. Gunpowder can also be earned for free via the Battle Pass, completing quests & checking the store. Battle Passes unlock cosmetics, gold or gunpowder & there is a premium track that unlocks additional rewards for gunpowder. Future content will be added through seasonal Battle Passes, events or content drops. There are no loot boxes. All Items are directly purchasable in the store. https://store.steampowered.com/app/764050/Maelstrom/
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Ztuke

ALERT - Wi-Fi security flaw found (WPA2)

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Hello and stay calm, there is no need to start panicking.

 

Okay feeling calmer?

Then I will try and give you a brief summary of this discovery while trying my best to avoid as much of the techno-babel as I can. For the tech heads out there, this will not include details or in-depth descriptions, use Google for those.

 

First off, what is Wi-Fi?

Wi-Fi is a system of equipment and code that allows various electronic devices to communicate with and through each other without actually being connected by a physical link.

 

Okay, so what is WPA2?

WPA2 is one of the latest (widely implemented 2004) and commonly used security specifications and protocols used in most wireless equipment found today.

 

I'm still in the dark here as to what the problem is?

I'm coming to that, but the short version is that earlier this month (October 2017), it was made public that a flaw in this security system had been found. This flaw applies to the early WPA and WPA2 protocols and allows anyone WITHIN range of your Wi-Fi system with the knowledge, code and equipment to intercept the initial 'contact' between your device (cell phone if it is using Wi-Fi, tablet, notebook, laptop or anything else you may have) and the access point (Modem/Hub, Hub or Router). 

So, to start with, the bad guy has to be close enough to get a usable signal from your Wi-Fi, there is a range limit here.

During this initial 'contact' the system is vulnerable and this is where the problem lays.

 

What can I do, NOW?

First off, do NOT panic. Yes, this is a potentially very serious situation but panicking and taking knee-jerk actions can make things far worse. Remember, the media and press who are reporting this make their living by 'exaggerating' a news report so they get ahead of their competitors.

Now, take a deep breath, hold it for five seconds and slowly let it out. Do this two or three times.

Right then, first a warning, what follows is going to include some tech talk, sorry about that.

Do NOT, REPEAT NOT switch to WPA, WPS, WEP or any of the older protocols, some of those can be broken in seconds!

 

For those of you running a Linux operating system, there is a patch already available. Ubuntu 14.04+, Arch, OpenBSD, Debian, Gentoo, Linux upstream users can patch now. OpenBSD was patched back in July.

For those of us running the Windows operating system, Microsoft considers their latest flagship operating system (Windows 10) to generally be safe, they are not taking any chances and have released a security fix already. (Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 Security Bullitin)

 

For other operating system and firmware users I will include the following list which was correct as of 08:47 AM (ET) October 17th 2017.

 

Fixed

Intel Chipsets - Updates available for various chipsets

Lineage OS - Fix merged with regular update due this week (23rd Oct)

UniFi - Firmware 3.9.3 resolves the issue

Microtik - Router OS v6.39.3, v6.40.4, v6.41rc and up

DD-WRT - Core code fixed, waiting for builds to roll out

Meraki - Fixed with Meraki 24.11 and 25.7

Aruba - Updates available across Aruba hardware

FortiNet - FortiAP 5.6.1 and up fix the issue

Cisco - Updates available across Cisco hardware

Synology - Fix available

 

Pending or in Beta

macOS - macOS 10.11.1 (beta only)

Raspberry Pi - Jessian, Stretch fixed. Wheezy and others by October 17

Android - Fixed at patch level "November 6, 2017." Rolls out soon to Pixel + Nexus

Samsung - Modern Samsung devices receive Google security patches, but older ones don't. No comment on those

iOS - iOS 11.1, out in a few weeks

Netgear - No release available, but due "soon"

LEDE - Fix available in nightly builds

Eero - eerOS 3.5 and up

 

No Fix KNOWN!

Google WiFi - Google says a fix will roll out "soon"

Apple Airport - Apple has not responded to requests for comment

AVM - Aware of issue but won't update unless "necessary"

TP Link - The company doesn't know if it's affected

KPN (NL) - Statement released with no fix information

Nest - Reportedly Nest is telling customers their devices aren't affected

Sonos - No response to queries

Amazon - "In the process of reviewing devices." No fix issued for Echo etc

Belkin - "Aware of the issue" but no fix for Wemo/Linksys devices

 

OTHER things

CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team - Carnegie Mellon University) - This is an exhaustive list and not an easy read!

 

OFF Topic but related

For General security instruction on how to protect yourself, I highly recommend starting here!

 

Please note that i will not be updating this post due to the sheer time involved in checking all the sites required and my current work load.

 

For further details, please either Google "wifi security flaw wpa2" or check out some of the links listed below.

Original SOURCE notification post

The Guardian

Wired

Centre for Internet Security

 

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