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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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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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