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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)
 

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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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Fallout 76 is Live

Fallout 76 is live right now. It wasn’t supposed to go live until midnight last night but it’s arrived early so a few of us started our journey through Bethesda’s post-apocalyptic MMORPG yesterday.
So far, it is playing more like a Fallout 4 co-op with a new ((much larger) map than the pvp mayhem some were expecting.
I did run into a few brave souls who wanted to tangle early on, but not much came of it as there are protocols that keep open pvp from being too deadly until after you reach level 5.
I crashed twice in 10 hours, and my 4 yr old system held up nicely on ultra graphics (I7 - RX 480 - 32GB Ram).
The base building is unique and interesting.  Pieces snap much more smoothly than I remember in FO4.  If you find a unique plan (blueprint) like a crafting station or furniture, you can help your team out by building it for them on their camp (base) and they'll get to keep it, even if they move their base around.
The S.P.E.C.I.A.L system has been revamped with cards you can use to customize your characters perks and abilities, e.g. Guild Wars.  I didn't see it as a minus or plus, just something new to figure out and maximize for the way I play the game.
The difficulty was typical of Fallout games, where it can be a challenge for moderate gamers and daunting for casual gamers new to the Fallout franchise.
Good times are always best shared, and this game is no exception....running around with a team is much more enjoyable, however the game does not diminish whatsoever when it comes to making progress solo.
So far, it has my endorsement.
Join us in discord https://discord.gg/ar8NGD or on the forums
 

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New Ark Expansion!

If you haven't already seen it, the new Ark expansion was released yesterday.  The new expansion, "Extinction", takes the players back to Earth to find a ravaged homeworld with all sorts of new creatures and challenges.  It seems like they've taken some popular mod content and created some massive "Titans" that function as world bosses throughout the new map. 
The new launch trailer: 
 
COTP does not have an "official" server right now.  Currently Cecil and I run a private server for any COTP members that want to join.  Hit me up via PM if you would like to give it a try!  We are working with our hosting company to get the new expansion server up today.
Here is the official content notes from the Steam page:
 
 
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Stephen Colbert + D&D?

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Saw this on my Facebook feed tonight... I definitely do not hear the Elric name dropped on TV much these days. ;)  Check it out!

 

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Jeepers this brings back fond memories.  Need a local DM so I can restart this old passion.

Still have all me old books, modules and dice.  Many from the early 80's  :)

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This made me happy.

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1 hour ago, Shae said:

This made me happy.

Right?!

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On 8/13/2018 at 1:27 AM, Nanulak said:

Jeepers this brings back fond memories.  Need a local DM so I can restart this old passion.

Still have all me old books, modules and dice.  Many from the early 80's  :)

I still play pen and paper (as opposed to computer) RPGs like D&D.  If you cannot find a game locally, you might consider trying Fantasy Grounds.  (It is on Steam, but I recommend going direct to Smiteworks so that they don't give up a cut to Steam for no good reason.  You can then ask to apply your license to Steam after the fact if you really want to use Steam to launch it.  It takes some time but they will make it happen.)

You should do your own research... buyer beware... and all that.  YMMV, etc.  For me, I bought FG over a decade ago and it is the best money I ever spent on software.  Any software, not just on gaming.  Since I moved out of a big city all of my gaming has been on FG.

Currently it is possible to use the free demo if all you will do is play games as a player.  (Not run games as the DM/GM/Referee/etc.)  This limits you to only being able to play (as a player) in games where the person running the game has purchase the Ultimate license (most expensive license).  A demo player cannot play in games run by someone with a standard license.  If you want to run games the demo is useless to you. 

If you want to be able to play (as a player) with anyone that runs a game (whether they have the Standard license or the Ultimate license) you can just buy the Standard license.  If you want to run games then you can buy the Standard license and run games for anyone that has either the Standard license or the Ultimate license.  (You cannot run games and have players on the demo.)

If you want to be able to play (as a player) with anyone you do not need the Ultimate license.  (The standard license is all you need.)  So, if you will never run a game you don't have to consider the Ultimate license.  If you want to run games for anyone (Standard license, Ultimate license, and demo players) you need the Ultimate license.  (This adds demo players to the pool of players already available to people with a Standard license.)

Note that these licenses are just for the FG software and do not bring with it any of the additional commercial content.  That must be purchased in addition.  (It is analogous to purchasing the various D&D books and you will see, in fact, that the D&D books for the current edition are all available for purchase in FG... as well as resources for various other systems as well.)

If you have questions I recommend going to the website I linked above and looking about.  Read the FAQ... explore the forum... explore the wiki... and then hit the forum up with your questions.  The FG community is very helpful.

If you have any concerns about the price of the software, don't buy it.  It isn't worth it if you don't believe it is worth it... you'll regret it later.  If however you want to be able to game with folks all over the world... this is a fair price to pay IMHO.  (I bought the Standard license.)  I have been discussing as if purchasing a license is the only option.  However, you could also "subscribe" to either a Standard or Ultimate license.  This gives you the benefit of the license during the duration of your subscription.  I don't recommend it because obviously the longer you subscribe for the more expensive it gets in comparison to simply buying the license.  However, as a test you could always fall back on the subscription options.  Note that the cost of the subscription won't be applied to the cost of a license as far as I know.  I've known some that have gone this route and didn't mind paying for a couple of months of a subscription to get a feel for it and then bought a license outright.

There is a Fantasy Grounds Convention coming in October you should check out no matter what you decide.  If you are on the fence about purchasing a license, you can register for a game or two during the convention and see the software in action using the free demo.  (I haven't checked for this upcoming FG convention, but generally all the games at the convention accept demo players.)  If you've already bought in the convention is just another opportunity to get some fun gaming in.

Most FG games use something for voice communication (like discord, TS, Mumble, Ventrillo, etc.).  Some still play text only games where everyone is typing in real time, but as you can imagine over the years that I've been playing over FG the percentage has swung way over towards voice games as the quality of voice communications improved.  Currently, some are using video calls so that you can see each other... that is still a small number but I expect that number will grow over time.

Finally, a link to FG youtube.

Remember do your own research.  I bear no responsibility for how you spend your money.  No matter what, enjoy!

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