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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!

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Rhykker's Review:

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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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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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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.
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.
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.
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3440x1440 (21:9) G-Sync Recommendations?

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Looking to get one now that I've upgraded from GTX 970 SLI to RTX 2080.

I've started looking around and there are so many options (had been thinking Predator X34 until today when my horizons broadened).  Color reproduction matters to me a lot more than angle of view (gaming screen will be just about straight on -- I've got 4 other IPS panels for other needs).

I'm guessing there are people here who follow monitors a lot more than I do.  Any recommendations?

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 I have been wanting one for the last few years now and though there are some good ones out there, they all have issues. So I continue to wait for a good one to be made but it should be noted I am picky. Black light bleed issues, fake 10 bit color not for me.

 Only advice I can give you is screw ACER and their forced splash screen on power up. Nothing like turning on your monitor, seeing your desktop for a half a sec then having to sit through a 5 second AD for a monitor you own. I started a big uprising on their forums and they said they added a feature in settings to lower it to 2 seconds but I have not bought once since so I do not know. 

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Been hearing about some super new LG coming later this year.  At this point, I think I'll wait till Black Friday/Monday (though "Black Monday" means something else, but I can't say "Cyber Monday" without having a Beavis reaction).

The Alienware (AW3418DW) is high in the running as is an AON AGON.  The AON price is better, but while it has many good reviews, it also has some bad.  I think if I'm going to spend $1k on a monitor, I'd best be as picky for the gaming monitor as I was for the photo editing ones.

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10 hours ago, Bakath said:

I started a big uprising on their forums and they said they added a feature in settings to lower it to 2 seconds but I have not bought once since so I do not know. 

Always causing problems, Bakath.  :dwarf:

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I returned two x34p

 In my case, the first one had a lot of bleeding light in bottom left. 

The second one was even worst about bleeding and in this case also none of the buttons worked or the analog to browse in the las worked. So I couldn't open osd or even turn off the monitor. 

It was suppose to be the top UltraWide monitor bases. On reviews but in my case was crap. 

I ended up waiting for the new LG 35" that still need to be released. But yesterday i bought a cheap BenQ EX3501R without gsync. Let see when arrives..

If this fails too I will again wait for the new LG (now don't remember if it will have gsync or not) 

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I have a pair of BenQ for photo editing (32" 4k and 27" 2560x1440).  Quite happy with them.  I looked at the EX3501R, but the lack of G-Sync pushed it lower on the list.  I'll wait for the LG and reviews and then likely decide between it and the Dell/Alienware.  Having Dell warranty adds a lot of soft value.

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To be blunt, I see a lot of comments on the NVIDIA community forums under the drivers section whenever they post up a notice about new drivers on how they have still NOT fixed G-Sync. I do not know if this is general or on specific cards but it has been something like two years now they have failed to address this issue.

Here is a LINK to the current Driver Announcement post on the NVIDIA forums. They were posted on 10/10/2018 and release on 10/11/2018. This is for reference drivers 416.34. The topic is 31 pages long. The second post is a list of items new or still broken that are hot topics with the user base, but there are many more in the following posts. Bear in mind that driver response varies with hardware AND what OTHER drivers you have installed. 


Oh yeah, before I forget completely. It seems that monitor manufacturers made significant changes to the G-Sync specifications sometime in the last 6 months of 2017, so if the monitor DESIGN predates that it will be using the confirmed bad specification and bad implementation.

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