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By Elric

Wolcen - Full Release!

Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem is going into full release on Feb 13th, 2020!  I've been following this ARPG since it was first Kickstarted way back in 2015.  I've played it once or twice throughout the development process... Some Alpha, some Beta.  Overall it has come along very nicely, and I have high hopes for the future of this game.  This game has been discussed as once of the top games that will be pit against Diablo IV for the next generation of ARPG's on the market.  I know Cecil and I will be playing for sure.  Come join us in-game and on Discord!

Final Launch Trailer:
 


Rhykker's Review:
 

 
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By Damis

Covenant Football League - Champion Crowned.

Chard's Goat Herders crowned Covenant Football League Champion for the 2019 season!
Trailing 140.22 to 139.74, Chard's Goat Herders staged a comeback and rallied back to beat Irok's Rokkets in the championship game with a final score of 152.36 to 140.22.  Chard's Goat Herders finished the season with a record of 11-5, while Irok's Rokkets ended the campaign at 13-3.
1st Place  -  Chard's Goat Herders
2nd Place  -  Irok's Rokkets
3rd Place  -  Baentir's Brawlers
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By Damis

Season’s Greetings

Season’s Greetings, wishing you and your loved ones peace, health, happiness and prosperity during the holidays and in the coming New Year.
~  Covenant of the Phoenix
 
 
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By Damis

Path of Exile - Free to Play

Path of Exile is a free-to-play action role-playing video game developed and published by Grinding Gear Games.
ABOUT THIS GAME
You are an Exile, struggling to survive on the dark continent of Wraeclast, as you fight to earn power that will allow you to exact your revenge against those who wronged you. Created by hardcore gamers, Path of Exile is an online Action RPG set in a dark fantasy world. With a focus on visceral action combat, powerful items and deep character customization, Path of Exile is completely free and will never be pay-to-win.

Key Features
Freedom. Power. Revenge.
Banished for your misdeeds to the dark, brutal world of Wraeclast, you play as the Duelist, Witch, Ranger, Templar, Marauder, Shadow or the Scion class. From forsaken shores through to the ruined city of Sarn, explore Wraeclast and uncover the ancient secrets waiting for you.
Unlimited Character Customization
Create and customize hundreds of unique skill combinations from tradable itemized gems and our gigantic passive skill tree. Combine skill gems, support gems and trigger gems to create your own unique combination of power, defense and destruction.
Deadly Missions
The Forsaken Masters each have their own style of mission and each of these missions has many variations. As you explore deeper into Wraeclast, the pool of available variations increases to challenge you in new ways. All of the Missions and their variations can occur anywhere in the game, including within end-game Maps.
Dressed to Kill
Path of Exile is all about items. Find, collect and trade magic, rare and unique items with arcane properties, then customize your character build around the deadliest combinations you possess.
Brutal Competitive Play
Battle in PvP tournaments seasons and Capture the Flag events for worldwide recognition. Compete in Daily Leagues and Race Events that run as separate game worlds with their own ladders and economies to win valuable prizes.
Customise Your Hideout
In their extensive travels throughout Wraeclast, the Forsaken Masters have discovered ideal locations for an Exile to use as their own secret Hideout. Once you've earned a Master's trust, you may be taken to a Hideout, where you can create your own personalised town. Masters residing in your Hideout offer you daily Missions and train you in advanced crafting options. Use your Hideout as a quiet place to craft after battle, or expand it and use it as a personalised Guild Hall with hundreds of decorations.
Fair-To-Play. Never Pay-To-Win.
We're committed to creating a fair playing field for all players. You cannot gain gameplay advantage by spending real money in Path of Exile.
https://store.steampowered.com/app/238960/Path_of_Exile/
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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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Meander

Fallout 76

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For the first time in a long time I'm excited about a new release.

 

So far what I know it that it's a prequel, it's entirely online (but I'm not sure if an MMO or more of a public and private server type setup).   It's described as a multiplayer survival game.  There will be base building.  I pre-ordered the standard edition on Amazon, and because I'm prime it was $47.xx dollars instead of $59.  The pre-order comes with beta access.

 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07DDD9VK7/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1

 

Hopefully I'll see some of you there.

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Looks neat.

PC Gamer had this article yesterday, on it.
 

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Finally detailed at Bethesda's E3 showcase, Fallout 76 is indeed a multiplayer survival game, confirming rumors surrounding the prequel's recent reveal. 

Director of Bethesda Game Studios Todd Howard took the stage to explain the new direction for Fallout, addressing concerns from those expecting the usual singleplayer RPG the studio is known for. 

Always online, new rendering technology

"Of course you can play this solo. You'll be who you want, exploring a huge world doing quests, experiencing a story, and leveling up," explained Howard. Don't expect much in the way of NPC character interactions though. While we can't exactly confirm it, Howard's langauge implies NPCs (besides our personal robot butlers) will be a no-show. "Open world. Survival. Every person, or character, is real."

So while we can expect a massive open world four times bigger than Fallout 4, it definitely won't be as civilized. However, there will be plenty of "real" characters to interact with. Just don't expect to run into them every few minutes. "You'll be in a world with dozens, not hundreds, not thousands of other players," said Howard. 

We wouldn't expect to get along with everyone though. Some particular locations on the map will inspire fear and greed in the most gallant of players. "We love dynamic game systems," said Howard. "So we thought, why don’t we put multiple nuclear missile sites on the map, and then let all of you do whatever you want with them?"

The world will also feature six distinct regions with their own flora and fauna. Smell the roses and pet the local mutant dogs between nuclear obliteration panic attacks. 

Fallout 76 is built using new tech, and it shows. "We always start with the world, and this time it features all new rendering, lighting, and landscape technology," said Howard. It's certainly looking better than the typical Gamebyro fare, but we'll wait until release to pass judgement. 

New creatures inspired by local folklore

The Wendigo

During a montage showing off the new West Virginia setting, Howard also teased a few new creatures we'll see. Among them were ghoulish toads and bugs, and a massive flying creature that might be familiar to those in the area. 

"We even used the folklore of West Virginia to bring our Fallout versions [of monsters] to life," Howard said. So if you got a Mothman vibe from the big flying guy, you likely weren't off base.

Building is back, dedicated servers coming

Speaking of bases, the settlement building system is back, streamlined for multiplayer. You'll be able to build using tools similar to those in Fallout 4, but plopping down a house doesn't mean you're committing to the land. "You can build wherever you want. And you can pack up and move that wherever you want," said Howard. Early comparisons to Rust weren't totally inaccurate, but based on what we know so far, Fallout 76 will be much more player friendly. 

Howard backs up the assertion: "People wonder if this is hardcore survival. I like to think of it, maybe, this is more softcore survival"

Player friendliness extends to the back-end too. The platform will feature 100% dedicated servers and an an incoming beta. 

It's coming out this year

A release date was also announced, and it's pretty soon: November 14, 2018. 

We'll be poring through everything Bethesda showed, collecting everything we know about Fallout 76 in one place.

 



https://www.pcgamer.com/fallout-76-is-a-multiplayer-softcore-survival-game-about-building-settlements/?utm_content=buffer1774c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=buffer_pcgamerfb

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Private servers and mods also confirmed after launch.

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Sounds amazing.  Survival / Sandbox games like Ark, 7 Days to Die, Conan Exiles, etc. have been incredibly popular over the last couple of years.  It makes sense that they would try to capitalize on that genre while it is so popular.  Having a known "rock star" company like Bethseda behind the game even makes it more exciting!  I don't know if I will pre-order it, but I absolutely would love to play this game at some point.

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Hasn't been announced yet :(  Release is scheduled for November, so it shouldn't be too long.

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I thought Fallout 76 was going to be for a mobile platform so I paid zero attention to this game.  It wasn't until last night when I saw an advertisement during football that I realized I was wrong.  I have been so focused on Anthem information that I guess I just missed everything about this game.  Guess I need to watch some videos to learn more.  I really enjoyed Fallout 4 after I modded it.  We'll see.

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Well I already know my GPU won't support it.  I have a GTX 760 2 GB.  My Processor is an I5, not sure which one though.  

 

Fallout 76 (minimum):
Requires 64-bit processor and operating system
OS: Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)
Processor: Intel Core i5-6600k 3.5 GHz /AMD Ryzen 3 1300X 3.5 GHz or equivalent
Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 780 3GB/AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB or equivalent
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Storage: 60 GB of free disk space

Fallout 76 (recommended):
Requires 64-bit processor and operating system
OS: Windows 7/8.1/10
Processor: Intel Core i7-4790 3.6 GHz / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X 3.5 GHz
Graphics: Nvidia GTX 970 4GB / AMD R9 290X 4GB
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Storage: 60 GB of free disk space

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Does anybody want to play the B.E.T.A.?  Pre-orders just got 3 Friend codes for the b.e.t.a. only.  It has also been confirmed that there will be more play times after Sunday's session.

 

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I am really curious if they have said what system requirements are needed  or if they match what I’ve posted above.  I assume even in Beta it has to be close to what is going to be live

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You can drop into this Twitch stream...  Lots of knowledge there and they are cool with answering questions.

 

 

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I am late to the party but would love to team up with guildies in fallout 76.

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Still have 2 keys for the B.E.T.A.  Final dates below.  It is a 45GB download.

 

Tuesday, November 6: 10 am - 12 pm PT / 1 pm - 3 pm ET
Thursday, November 8: 11 am - 5 pm PT / 2 pm - 8 pm ET

 

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I can’t decide what platform to play on. PC or PS4. Leaning towards PC. Thoughts?

i think once they allow modding, it is better on PC

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As of right now, CotP will officially be full PC at release....however, if someone else wants to get a group going on Xbox or PS4, I'm all for it.  Bethesda has already said they have no plans for cross platform at release.

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Vraith hooked me up with one of the "B.E.T.A." keys, so I did get a chance to try it out.  I only got a couple hours to play, but I did really enjoy it so far.  The gameplay was more like 7 Days to Die, but with strong Fallout aspects.  Right off the bat you start getting into the storyline. There was a lot of interesting things to do before you even leave the starting area inside the bunker.  I can't remember any other open-world survival games that had this much invested in the plot.  Most games like this just throw you out into the game and you figure it out as you go along.

My only minor concern was resource management... Resource gathering was more on the lines of scavenging for items, as opposed to harvesting trees, rocks, etc. You find items throughout the world, and then take them to a crafting station to scrap those items and get crafting materials.  I expected it to be more like other open-world survival games.  Truth be told this is relatively minor.  I can definitely see the current style of resource gathering working for a game like this.  The items were easy enough to find in the abandoned city sites that I saw in the early parts of the game.

After recently playing Rend that did not have a map, I was very excited to see a functional map in Fallout 76.  It even has landmarks on it so you don't feel so lost when you first get started.  The UI's "compass" is also very useful.  One common complaint in games like this is that people get overwhelmed by the massive world and don't know where they should be going.  Fallout 76 has a good combination of map and a waypoint system that definitely helps with that.

One other thing they did really well is to incorporate an "Events" system.  While I was going through one of the abandoned towns, an event popped up that I got to try out.  Basically all of the abandoned farming robots had some sort of virus and went berserk.  They started attacking all the players.  I didn't join an official "group" per say, but every part of that town I went to I rallied with other players to fight off the robots.  More then once I saw players get pinned by a group of robots.  Other players were quick to jump in and fight them off together.  Very cool to see this kind of player interaction, as most games like this tend to be "kill on sight" for every player they run into. ;)

All in all, this game has some major potential.  I'm looking forward to seeing where this game goes over the next few months!

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Sounds like a really good review. Thanks. I’m all in as well.

I know it’s trivial, but can the folks playing the Beta on PC post what cpu and gpu they are currently running?  I’m trying to decide on 1060 6 Gb or 1050 ti on an upgrade GPU and I’m crossing my fingers on not having to upgrade my cpu

 

thanks

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i5-4750 @ 3.2, 16GB, and AMD Radeon R9-290 w/ 4GB.

 

 

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Vraith, if you didn't use that other key I would give it a strong consideration. 

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