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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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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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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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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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  2. Jaqen HGar

    Asmodian Play

    lol i will make 1 when i get a new tv.
  3. Grim

    Asmodian Play

    Madblue, always the troublemaker!. Cheers Grim
  4. MadBlue

    Asmodian Play

    Yeah, I wasn't thinking of this as being something separate, just an aside for alts - and a way to have a presence on the other NA server. Also, since I'll be leveling up six characters through the exact same content on the Elyos side, it would be nice to experience something different for a change.
  5. Air

    Asmodian Play

    Although I am always enjoying the more the merrier, I do want to make sure that we use the same forums and voice chat. I do not have an Asmodian, but I can always create one and join the legion to reach out to those that I need.
  6. MadBlue

    Asmodian Play

    Just an FYI. I created an Asmodian "Covenant of the Phoenix" legion on the Katalam server, in case anyone wants to play Asmodians as well as Elyos.
  7. Jaqen HGar

    Power

    Very nice! keep up the work = )
  8. Felord

    Power

    Hey, i have been playing my Sorc for about a bit, i am lvl 35 and having a blast with it. i consider it alot of fun. Felord - have fun and rock on
  9. Air

    Aion New Sentry ◕ ◡ ◕

    Thank you Jaqen, Everyone, please help me welcome Jaqen HGar as Aion's new Sentry for our legion. Welcome, and I look forward to working with you throughout the game.
  10. If anyone needs help with questions game or cotp related you can contact me here or in the game on JaqenHGar. Also when I get max lvl I will run clan-related events, hunts, questions, to win prizes!
  11. Times are changing, and so is this game. Aion will have a new layout, with new land content as well as change structure. Aion has been out since 2008, however, today 2018 we are still with 2008 graphics. In Aion 6.0, this will change. With the new update from NCSoft CryEngine, we will see much improvements in the graphics, more fluent with combat, and a overall better combat experience. Come join us now and level your character up to 75 before the expansion comes out. Aion 6.0 is not set to release until the late year of 2018. Here are some looks of new gear, wings, weapons and a sneak peak on how the graphics are going to be improving in the CryEngine Update.
  12. Air

    Sign Up for In-Game Invite!

    Vraith were you able to get in? Do you need any assistances?
  13. Air

    Sign Up for In-Game Invite!

    Let me know when you want an invite.
  14. Vraith

    Sign Up for In-Game Invite!

    Found what I needed... Now to remember pins. :-( V
  15. Sparkal

    Sign Up for In-Game Invite!

    I just started out and trying it out and so far I like it. Looks like I will have to manage two accounts if I want to have every subclass though There is a total of 11 subclasses and the max per account is 8. Anyways right now, I am only going to start with 1 character. Sparkal - Gunslinger - 10 Time on may vary
  16. it took them around 24 to 36 hours to respond back to the guild thing.
  17. So, the new guild is Covenant of the Phoenix and the old one is CotP? I am surprised the old guild is still in existence. I still can't logon NCSOFT, which is irritating. I am not going to create a new account. I was able to reset my password for GW2, but that is because the link sent me to arena to change my password for GW2. Still can't get an email from NCSoft.
  18. Honestly Damis, I wouldn't even think about a new account. These gifts are account bound, and that is what makes the game so easy to go through. And the promotions that were before, would not be attached to new accounts, hence you losing some extra bonus. I agree with Ztuke, check any alternate emails you might have and see it is going to another email. When I needed an email it would take 30 mins to come through. If you get in let me know and I will move you over to the new guild. We still have the old guild, and members are in there, but they move the permissions to a character name Drake, which I don't know who this is. They have been on 2 days ago but since they were the next highest member level in the Legion. I am ok with that but no one could invite in the Legion. That Legion was a Lvl 5, which could take 150members, however, I have a Level 6 legion which has a higher level and named it Covenant of the Phoenix. So as we go we are going to use that lvl 6 Legion as members, and use the lvl 5 guild CotP as an alt or bank storage.
  19. Alternate email address?
  20. I am going to download and try the game out again. I haven't played it for years. I don't think I even maxed out a character before I quit the game. Right now, I am having problems getting my password reset. I have tried to reset the password multiple times, but I am not getting any emails to reset it. I already checked my spam and filter settings, so I submitted a ticket, but those folks could take days to respond. I am not going to create a new account, because my old account is linked to other games. I guess I have time to research the classes. Any advice for new or returning players?
  21. Air

    Sign Up for In-Game Invite!

    I will reach out to you tonight if you are on Done
  22. MadBlue

    Sign Up for In-Game Invite!

    I just reinstalled the game and was able to reclaim all my character names. Arborius - Sorcerer 17 Sandolas - Muse 4 Kurobara - Scout 3 Lashimir - Warrior 3 Garidan - Technist 3 Auradyne - Priest 3 They're all members of an existing CotP guild (although the guild has a string of characters, so nobody has reclaimed it). I had 2 level 4 Asmodians as well, but I deleted them to create two more Elyos (although maybe I'll just remake them as Asmodians on the other server). I'm usually online doing something on evenings Sunday -Tuesday and Thursday, so I'll try to make a point to hop on Aion during that time. Regarding the CotP guild my characters are in, other than my characters, there are two named characters (Airblade and Drake) and the remaining 71 are flagged for rename). The guild level is 5.
  23. I. Introduction Covenant of the Phoenix is an international gaming community that maintains high standards of game play while still maintaining a close-knit family atmosphere. The guild was established in 1997 on the Great Lakes server of Ultima Online and was founded on the principles of loyalty, honor, and brotherhood and thrives because on-line adventure games are more fun in the company of kindred spirits. Since it’s inception, CotP has branched out into a wide variety of MMOs and other games. We are much more than just a guild, we are a family. The community is very active in the management of the guild and the website. All members are viewed as equals and are not considered just another number. Our membership ranges in age from teens to the late sixties and geographically spans the globe (although most are adults residing in the North American continent). Most of us have jobs or college commitments and families, and therefore we support the premise that real-life has priority over game-life. That doesn't mean we don't do our best to be the top guild in every game we play; it just means that we don't set any ridiculous requirements for our members to live up to. Gaming should be fun, not work! II. Guild Focus We have a good mix of gaming styles from the casual to the hard-core, with our focus being to provide opportunities for all our members to participate in end-game events. We plan to be involved in all facets of game-play and provide support to our members in whatever path they choose to follow, which means we will be involved with PVE, PVP, Sea-Warfare, Crafting, Trading, Raids, Dungeons, and Sieges. We don't force members to raid or play "x" amount of hours per week. Our community has an established and sustainable mix of style, talent and ability which allow us to accomplish our goals without burning out any particular group. II. Aion Chapter Focus Contact Air for more information about the Aion chapter. ~ Click to Join ~
  24. If you need an invitation, please reply to this thread with the following information. In-Game Character's Name Class, and level (to match up name) Time frame you are normally on (so an invite can be sent at your convenience)
  25. Damis

    Stigma Stones

    Stigma Stones are imbued with the souls of past Daevas. The power of these souls allows one to equip the stone and receive an ability they would not normally be able to use due to their class or level. Some stones give the bearer a passive skill such as the ability to equip a weapon not normally available to their class, while other stones can allow the use of offensive or defensive abilities. Related Page: Greater Stigma Stones Quest for Stigma Stones Use of Stigma Stones is a privilege given to all Daevas. However, before being able to use Stigma Stones, each individual must complete a Campaign quest that leads them to the appropriate Stigma Master for their faction at level 20. Once completed the quest will award the first Stigma Stone available as well as a number of Stigma Shards. These shards are used as payment to the Stigma Master in order for a Daeva to socket a Stigma Stone. Race Quest Name Elyos A Sliver of Darkness Asmodian No Escaping Destiny Class Templar Gladiator Assassin Ranger Sorcerer Spiritmaster Cleric Chanter Stigma Stone Divine Fury I Improved Stamina I Sigil Strike I Arrow Deluge I Lumiel’s Wisdom I Absorb Vitality I Grace of Empyrean Lord I Rage Spell I Stigma Tuners As mentioned, the first Stigma Stone you receive will be from either of the faction Campaign quests available to you at level 20. However, more Stigma Stones can be found as random loot from defeated opponents or by purchasing them from the Stigma Tuner in the capital city for either faction. Elyos Stigma Tuner She can be found at the top of the elevator in the Protectors Hall. Stigma Masters (Elyos) Eltnen - Persephone Heiron - Pelias Sanctum - Miriya Equipping a Stigma Stone Once you have spoken to the Stigma Master and asked that they assist you with equipping a Stigma Stone, your profile window will open the Stigma tab. Drag the stone you wish to equip to an available slot. Once the stone is placed a confirmation window will pop up asking you to confirm this action. This window also informs you of the cost (in Stigma Shards) of equipping the stone. The cost is based on the level of the stone you attempting to equip; the higher the level the more shards you will need to equip the stone. The shards can be found by hunting creatures in the Abyss and some creatures in Inggison and Gelkmaros. Stigma Shard cost is three times the level of the stone: Stigma Stone Level Stigma Shard Cost Stigma Stone Level Stigma Shard Cost Stigma Stone Level Stigma Shard Cost 20 60 41 123 49 147 22 66 42 126 50 150 25 75 43 129 51 153 28 84 44 132 52 156 31 93 45 135 53 159 34 102 46 138 54 162 37 111 47 141 55 165 40 120 48 144 -- -- NOTE: This table only applies to the normal Stigma Stones. It does not apply to the Greater Stigma Stones. The exception to the above table concerns Stigma Stones that will be usable by different classes at different levels. When this occurs the cost will be multiplied by the lower of the two levels. For example: Unwavering Devotion I is a skill that a 34 Templar can use as well as a 37 Gladiator. The cost to equip this Stone would be as if both classes equipped it at 34 (102 Stigma Shards). If you wish to replace an existing Stigma Stone, you must first remove it. This action must be done by the Stigma Master, however it does not cost anything to do this. You cannot remove any Stigma Stones that are a prerequisit for an equipped Greater Stigma Stone. Earning more Slots for Stigma Stones Once you complete the level 20 Campaign quest for your faction that leads to your first Stigma Stone you will also open up two slots to equip them in. After that a new slot will be available every 10 levels. The final slot will be available one level 55 has been reached. Character Level Total Stigma Slots Available 20 2 30 3 40 4 50 5 55 6
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