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By Throne

ATLAS: Present and Future

We have been at it since day one, that ugly and...well, let's just stick with ugly...launch. Even through the lag muck and server instability, you could read the stars and see the potential.  Right off the bat it was only for the tough, and we barreled through the glitchy log-ins, the shaky starter zones and the wretched "lawless" starting areas and found our way to the rafts.  Some were able to get to our island after 3-4 hours of learning how to tack, zig zag and fight through server borders and with a full stack of human hides, and then some were finally rescued after what seemed like days of being eaten alive by scorpions and crocodiles, only to quickly get used to dying to the cold, the wolves, the alpha horses, the water, the sharks and each other's general noob mistakes.
Yes, with the known developer, we did try to ARK it, or Dark and Light it...hell, we've even tried to Life is Feudal this one....and Atlas is just NOT those games.  Some visuals and sounds are there, but the depth and options and functionality is just SO much more.  What really took the game from just another ARK expansion to, the potential mmo of the decade, was getting out on our first schooner, the SS Skjoldr (video below).  The experience was entirely PvE, but when you have 13 people packed on to a single vessel and the guys repairing the ship are as vital as the helmsman steering and the deckhands manning the sails, it became something I haven't seen in a game since our friday night flights on the Decimator back in SWG.
We have had just a blast learning the game and surviving our island and our neighbors over the past couple weeks.  Though it may appear as if we are well off enough, growing from 30 actives day one, to more than double that now, we absolutely could use more folks interested in living the Atlas life.  Whether you are interested in navigating the high seas, captaining a brigand, farming the tundra, mucking through politics, taming elephants or exploring the massive (30-40 hours of sailing from one end to the other) world, it is all here and we have many members willing to help you get started.
Here is a few screencaps and videos to give you an idea of what we have been up to:
 
 




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By Throne

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) [Update 2: delayed release delayed to December 21st]
Chapter group: 
Discord:  https://discord.gg/v74dSHQ
 
 

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By Throne

Xalt defeats Elric for 2018 Fantasy Football Crown

Xalt's Zappers smirk at expectations, knock off Elric's Arksters in 171.07-127.47 rout

Both teams exceeded their projected point totals, but it was Xalt's Zappers who got the victory, cruising to a 171.07-127.47 win over Elric's Arksters. Elric's Arksters earned a 3.86-point lead on Saturday behind Joey Bosa (2.18 points) and Mike Williams (1.68), but Xalt's Zappers held the lead the rest of the way. They were led by Matt Ryan (25.46 points) and Damien Williams (22.53). Ben Roethlisberger (42.22 points) and T.Y. Hilton (19.4) led the charge for Elric's Arksters in the loss. This marks the second time this season Xalt's Zappers have beaten Elric's Arksters, after winning 118.28-117.7 in their last matchup. Xalt's Zappers end the season at 12-4, while Elric's Arksters finish the campaign at 9-7.
 
Matchup Highlights

Sunday Early    There were players with standout moments on both teams early Sunday, after which Xalt's Zappers owned a 125.41-53.13 lead. Matt Ryan had a 75-yard touchdown pass and a 44-yard touchdown pass for Xalt's Zappers, while David Njoku had a 66-yard catch. T.Y. Hilton made the highlight reel for Elric's Arksters with a 55-yard catch.

Sunday Late    Both teams had players with big-time moments on Sunday afternoon, but it was Xalt's Zappers who took the lead, 148.54-96.80. For Xalt's Zappers, Robert Woods had a 39-yard touchdown catch. Ben Roethlisberger made the highlight reel for Elric's Arksters with a 20-yard touchdown pass and a 49-yard pass.

Sunday Night    Harrison Butker had a 54-yard field goal for Elric's Arksters, who trailed 171.07-118.27 after Sunday Night Football.
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By Throne

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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      Chapter Leader: Lifedragn (Arnaeus Moonglow)

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  2. Same here. A lot has improved this year. More than happy to show any newcomers around. And if anyone from CotP is planning to start up and expects to wear cloth or leather get in touch with me and I'll set you up with a nice set for free.
  3. The developers announced that Chapter 1 for SotA is free to play no level restrictions or trading restrictions. The only thing is you can't participate in Universal Chat (aka Global chat) but you can purchase an orb for 2 dollars to have access to that. I have close to 3700 hours in this game spread across two accounts. There has been a lot of quality of life improvements but the game still has a lot more work to do. The learning curve is still difficult but I am happy to help anyone out to learn the basics.
  4. You aren't up to date on my guild situation. Please consider me no longer a member of CotP as well. I no longer wish to be associated with the guild on any level.
  5. Haven't really had one of these, but just to keep information flowing. As evidenced by our Hometown thread as well as a post Spryone had made about switching guilds... the majority of active Covenant of the Phoenix members have either joined Stormsong (including myself) oriented group. This group is aware of and respectful of our identity as Covenant of the Phoenix members even having been welcomed and integrated into their larger in-game group. As such, I do request all members participating in another guild continue to adhere to the principles outlined in our charter. We still represent our community here and if we leave a good impression we can always cross-recruit if we see members of these groups discussing games we have a more solid chapter presence in. Other chapters are always looking for more good members and any good quality folks we can steer in that direction only helps us all. As the the Covenant of the Phoenix guild itself: I have acquired a second account to hold onto guild leadership should we ever wish to come back and reclaim the name. If anyone wishes to claim Guild Master status and actively work on growing our in game presence please get in contact with me (PM here on the board, Arnaeus Moonglow or Phoenicia Covenance in game) and we can discuss a transfer. I would gladly join under someone with the time and dedication to recruit and grow the organization. Time is something I have been lacking of late myself. Barring that, anyone wishing to jump into the game just needs to reach out and any one of us would be willing to join in an adventure or five and show you around.
  6. Lifedragn

    Been gone for a bit

    Sorry to hear that Drothar! A good many of us have moved over to Stormsong Vale. If you've not already successfully sold, I'm sure we can get something situated for you to place and screencap. If you have sold, disregard. Apologies for not having caught this sooner!
  7. Inseril

    Migration

    Hey Spry, I agree with you that SotA despite its bugs and unfinished content is still a lot of fun. I believe I was the one who originally brought SotA to CotP's attention. I never thought it would never draw a large player base of current members as it is clearly a niche game. I had hoped that we would be able to draw new players to the guild since we provide a large community, great forums, and strong overall leadership that would make us appealing. Given that this game was an open development game for a couple of years we as a chapter never defined what we were about. Some of the biggest guilds in SotA clearly had a vision of what they wanted and they created it. Although we has a strong core base of players for a while we never truly had a vision or a direction. I am not even sure that I remember having a healthy discussion other then a few posts her on the forums or chatting amongst ourselves in Discord. As an officer and main cheerleader of this game I take responsibility for that lack of direction and vision. It didn't help that due to an emergency medical condition I was gone for 2 solid months. Having said that, my latest approach as been to try and get non CotP friends interested in the game. I have gotten about 15 people to try the free trial however only 1 seems to want to stay with it. These were all hardcore UO and Ultima fans so I felt they would appreciate the design. Unfortunately with the learning curve coupled with bugs and in some cases technical difficulties running the game (I couldn't log in for a month because of windows 10 update not letting me load the game and I got tired of always uninstalling the update just to play Sota when every other game of mine played fine). First impressions as so important. I think Port would of done better by minimizing the scope of chapter 1. If they focused on the main systems of combat and crafting which I actually really like and maybe one story path in one region they could of nailed it and the polish of the scenes would of been great. The new scenes look awesome but releasing 3 a month is way too slow but if they only had one region all scenes would of gotten proper love and they could of added the other 2 storylines as chapter 1.2 and 1.3. I am undecided in terms of either joining a more establish active guild that enjoys PvP or putting my own small crew of players together that will focus on PvP. Everyone is on my friends list and I am always up to group up with anyone so just send me an IM.
  8. Inseril

    Been gone for a bit

    Drothar I am sorry to here about everything you are going through. I recently had a major unexpected surgery in November that had me laid up for 2 months and I am still paying bills for that. I wish you well and look forward to future gaming with you.
  9. So I am going to need to liquidate my SOTA stuff due to the lady friends mom passing away and a stack of medical bills, is their a place I can plop down my house and get some screen shots? Been a horrible couple of months.
  10. I have decided to move Spryone out of CoTP and join the Guild known as Stormsong. I guess the main reason is that when I started playing Shroud I looked forward to playing with so many of you who were commited to the game. Those of us who are playing are still playing and enjoying everything about the game. It has its querks but they will all get better with time. Each patch makes Shroud just a little bit better and just like EVE it will be expanding and fleshing out into the game UO could never be. I love playing with everyone who is in CoTP presently and who has been in it in the past but after committing to Shroud as much as I have I want to be able to play with groups of guildies regularly and enjoy the other aspects of the game as a group of Avatars. We have been there in spurts as CoTP and it has been great fun when we were. Release has happened and those who have come back are either here to stay or not. The guild I have joined seems to be like us spread out throughout the World with players on at different times of the day but more than just one or maybe two others besides myself. This should allow for groups the opportunity to complete those ring events or crafting recipe trading events that UO/Shroud is all about. Heck a couple Fridays ago I was out on the dance floor while a DJ was jamming out some tunes on Twitch in a Community event. Its been a long time since I got to do the "Humpty Hump". Summ!, Spry
  11. Inseril

    So Frustrated

    Thanks Life, it has been so frustrating.
  12. Lifedragn

    So Frustrated

    Was just asking the night before last if anyone had seen you on, Inseril. Hope that computer comes swift and serves well.
  13. Grim

    So Frustrated

    Use the force, young padawan... Revert your Windows and gain enlightenment and peace! If you search the internet about this particular update, you will find tons of people that Microsoft has managed to piss off, heh. Cheers Grim
  14. Inseril

    So Frustrated

    Grim you are spot on about this. If it was a typical 45 to 60 dollar game I wouldn't be so pissed, but when you have several thousand bucks into a game (smh) it is infuriating lol.
  15. Grim

    So Frustrated

    If you are talking about the Fall Creators Update. Windows 10, version 1709, that version borked my Epic games as well. I simply reverted back to the previous version and continued as normal, it does try to reinstall at times tho and if you are not using professional, you have to let it install and then revert again. I stopped playing those games and let it install, now all is well, until I try to play another game that doesn't like that crappy update. Other than that, I am not aware of a fix. Cheers Grim
  16. Ihave not been able to play since release due to some issue with the latest Windows 10 Update. The game no longer boots properly for some reason. I have reported it to Port and several Dev have contacted me that they have heard of the issue but they have not been able to replicate it so they don't know of a fix. I deleted and redownloaded the game several times all my drivers are updated. I hear the music playing but the screen remains black. I had this issue before and I needed to roll back the update but it leaves my computer vulnerable. The good news is I have a new beast of acomputer coming later this week so hopefully I will be able to play again.
  17. Portalarium is declaring the end of Early Access today and beginning to Launch their marketing engine. There is still plenty of updates to come into the game. But for those that were waiting for "release" now is the time to check things out. Where To Find Us: The majority of our active member base has located their personal housing in Stormsong Vale. Stormsong Vale is located central to the North Paladis region. It can be found North of Yew, West of the Paladis Shardfall, and East of Harvest. The leader of Stormsong Vale is Church, who may be contacted if you wish to locate a home alongside the rest of us. He is very flexible with placing lots and accomodating housing desires. Arnaeus Moonglow, Inseril Moonbow, and Spryone DeRonin are all valid contacts for an invite to the CotP guild if you are not already a member.
  18. Lifedragn

    PvP PK

    Leaving the game, or simply staying with your new PvP style? It was a good time while it lasted! Thanks for having us in Findupre when it was around.
  19. Mekong

    PvP PK

    At this point I think it’s best I move on. Thank you for a good nearly 6 years. Things are very different here now and my own personal viewpoints have changed as well. That combination leads to my conclusion. Again, it was an honor. Safe travels.
  20. Lifedragn

    PvP PK

    Just be sure to treat those you PvP against fairly and in good sport. Reputation will follow a name, even if the guild tags change. Our charter does not prohibit aggressive PvP, but it does ask for honor in act.
  21. Sorry this was delayed. Apparently I was half asleep and forgot to save my post. I’m going to try my hand at some fairly aggressive PvP. I’m going to offshoot a guild until I decide if I’m sticking with it. I don’t want to bring any grief on CotP. I’m still CotP and here to help.
  22. Mekong

    The Path Ahead

    I understand where you are coming from Inseril. We will see shortly what happens with the population. I mostly play in MO but since many of the scenes are extremely small I find myself and my party members moving over to FO frequently. It is a catch 22 though. I l’m not going to find any new members or build any new relationships doing that. I’m holding out hope that the progress they are starting to make isn’t to late.
  23. Inseril

    The Path Ahead

    Sundays usually work for me. The problem I am having with the long term status of the game is I am not confident that the population will increase that much at launch. The games structure with online solo, online with friends, etc. makes it more challenging to recruit as the world seems empty to me. Unless it is a popular event, I seldom see more than 5 people in towns/cities. I see a hand full of players on the overland map but it is very rare to run into anyone in an adventure scene (I play almost exclusively in open world). I do like a lot of elements about the game but I just am concerned that it's not going to pull in the numbers to really give it the funds to make something special for future episodes.
  24. Sounds good. Hide threads you don't want and eventually they will drop to the back and get removed. New threads like this one will help push old stuff to the rear.
  25. Where To Find Us: The majority of our active member base has located their personal housing in Stormsong Vale. Stormsong Vale is located central to the North Paladis region. It can be found North of Yew, West of the Paladis Shardfall, and East of Harvest. The leader of Stormsong Vale is Church, who may be contacted if you wish to locate a home alongside the rest of us. He is very flexible with placing lots and accomodating housing desires.
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