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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]
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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. What do you think of Ravenloft ?
  3. Having checked in to do dailies for NWO, make contributions to the guild etc. There is a wrinkle in the game now. You can no longer cycle through your characters and do standard random dungeons for AD on each character, you only get a bonus/large amount of AD when you run it once on any character, after that, the next character gets no bonus. So one when from making an easy 25k per toon, down to 25k for one toon per day; laughingly, they allow now refinement up to 75k a day. Considering the amount of AD a non premium player would need to progress, the progression has been slowed by a factor of 10 if you ran the standard 10 characters most folks have to make 250kAD a day. I'd like to hear from any members on their thoughts about the new AD system. Is the grind too long now? Not worth the time and carpal-tunnel? Let's put it up to a vote.
  4. https://www.arcgames.com/en/games/neverwinter/news/detail/10894884 Announcing Neverwinter: Ravenloft! By Julia (nitocris83) Thu 10 May 2018 11:01:46 AM PDT You find yourself at the gates of a village, a dense mist obscuring the view… Greetings Adventurers! On June 26, prepare to walk through the gates of Barovia and into the mists with the newest Neverwinter release set in Ravenloft! This module includes an all-new Campaign, the Barovia adventure zone, the new Castle Ravenloft Epic Dungeon, updated Hunts, and more! In Ravenloft you will have the chance to travel to Demiplane of Dread with some special assistance from the Vistani. Your mission to rid the land of Barovia of its curse will lead you to encounters with all manner of horrors and creatures, including a new Monster Hunt mechanic! Night and Day will also play a meaningful part in your adventures, much like this cycle does to the creatures of this land. You will also come face to face with the vampire Strahd von Zarovich himself in Castle Ravenloft! Over the next few weeks we will be sharing in-depth Developer Blogs so stay tuned for more. The mists await…
  5. Greetings to all CotP Members! This weekend is an extended holiday weekend for many, so Cryptic has some offers for you, to keep you playing, earning Zen and buying stuff! 15% off of Bags and VIP - this is essentially the same a free coupon you get from opening your invocation bags. 2x Influence. Run those pent up Stronghold Quests and earn double the influence you normally would. Saturday is Dragon Flight for the Alliance, and Marauders will give 1200 influence! Be there! If the weather is nice by you, and you must go outside, have fun, be safe! Regards, Roberte This weekend, Cryptic is giving us a sale on the following things! Want to extend the sweet benefits of VIP or looking to increase your VIP Rank? Lord Neverember has you covered with a limited time 15% off VIP! 15% off VIP starts Thursday, March 29 at 7:30am PT (or after maintenance) on PC and 10am PT on Console 15% off VIP ends Monday, April 2 at 7:30am PT on PC and 10am PT on Console ============================================= 2x Influence & 15% off Bags! Looking to increase Influence donations to your Stronghold coffers? This weekend any source that would typically reward Influence will give double the amount! In addition, adventurers looking for additional inventory space will enjoy of a 15% bag sale! 2x Influence and 15% off Bags starts Thursday, March 29 at 7:30am PT (or after maintenance) 2x Influence and 15% off Bags ends Monday, April 2 at 7:30am PT Bags available include: Runic Bag of Holding (36 slots) Greater Bag of Holding (24 slots) Bag of Holding (12 slots) Note: The Stronghold Siege event does not award 2x Influence
  6. From Order of the Raven: 2018-03-26 The Reavers were robbed today by a dude who goes by @aldorockman. We are asking each and every alliance member to report this bum. Let's get this guy banned. I have been informed that if enough people send a guild theft report in via GM help, that the player in question gets banned. Whether of not that includes an IP address, Im not certain. Recently, The Jagged Dagger vault was robbed and that person was banned so I can only assume the same would happen as the theft was a similar scenario. There is no way of recovering stolen items in game, but I'm not willing to go down without a fight. I am hoping that this dude will never have a chance to cash in on his theft. ------------------------------------------------------------- Please input a GM Help: Player Behavior ticket. List this persons @handle. And report him for theft in game. All our guilds will be grateful if it gets him banned. Thanks in advance. ------------------- Example Ticket ------------------- The player @aldorockman was caught stealing from the Guild Bank of the Reavers Guild in the Order of the Raven Alliance. Please ban this person and their IP from the game so they can no longer steal from anyone else. Regards,
  7. Greetings Travelers! Last night, we were able to finish off donating to the last Level 2 structure needed, to begin work on Guild Level 5, once that is complete, we can start to build the long awaited boon structures. Please take a look at the new queued project for our Strong Hold, contribute what you can, buy vouchers for the rest like I do 8-) Last night was also Saturday night, our alliance Dragon Flight run. We did that a few times, then Marauders, then a couple bouts of Siege Event for even more rewards. Thanks to all that could and did attend. After each event there is a raffle giveaway hosted by Hiddan, and wow, some nice stuff was given away! Stick around for that next time if you missed it! Lastly, we were using the CotP alliance Discord server, I suggest everyone get on that. It's free, handy, and makes for a much better gaming experience! As always, if you have any questions use this in game mail service, it's the best for communicating with folks when they are not around, or you have something to communicate that needs remembering! Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Stay Frosty! Warm Regards, Ramie Mandalore.
  8. This Weekend in Neverwinter By Julia (nitocris83) Thu 08 Mar 2018 07:00:00 AM PST In addition to double Refining Stones, we have some great sales starting today! This weekend, everything in the Trade Bar Store is 20% off and Blood Rubies and Keys are 15% off! Discounts begin Thursday, March 8 at 7:30am PT (or after maintenance) Discounts end Monday, March 12 at 7:30am PT If you’re aching for more mounts or companions, the Trade Bar Store has quite the selection including the Fire Archon, Heavy Twilight Nightmare and Phase Spider. The store is also the only place for the majority of fashions and dyes! Keys are your ticket to some of the best gear, mounts and companions available in Neverwinter. Enchanted Keys will open the Soulmonger’s Lockbox which includes a chance at the War Triceratops!
  9. The Lost City of Omu Treasure Pack. Pick up your Omu Treasure Cache! By Julia (nitocris83) Tue 27 Feb 2018 10:45:40 AM PST As you prepare to uncover the mysteries in the Lost City of Omu, make sure to stop by the Rewards Claim Agent in Protector’s Enclave for your Omu Treasure Cache! This pack can be claimed starting February 27 until March 27! In this pack (only one per account), adventurers will find: Items to help with the current and past Campaigns: Genie’s Gift x3 Lost Idols x50 Omun Treasures x100 Coupons for the Zen Store: Limited Time – Free Stone of Health Limited Time – 25% off any Service Limited Time -15% Off Any Companion Items to aid in increasing the power of your equipment: Refiner’s Cache Blood Ruby Preservation Wards x5 Silvery Enchantment, Rank 7 Dark Enchantment, Rank 7 Azure Enchantment, Rank 7 Radiant Enchantment, Rank 7
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    Stronghold Update: 2018-03 The stronghold is slowly being upgraded, it's a huge task requiring tons of slowly crafted items or expensive item vouchers from the Auction House. We are working towards Guild Level 5, with only one more secondary structure to upgrade before we can work on that. We have everything except labor, and those come from crafting labor crates or buying vouchers. Everyday, we add a bit more. Once Guild Level 5 is reached, we start to build boon structures that benefit the entire guild, and give us more power in the alliance. We are also looking to recruit a guild to the alliance, and in doing so will ask our guild to be promoted to a Sword Guild, and our invitee as a shield guild below us. Spring is coming!! Enjoy the outdoors!
  11. For a long time, many have reported or experienced (including me) a GUI bug that prevents any user manually targeted encounter powers from being used, because the GUI targeting is not working. After some searching and asking around, I can confirm, that all you have to do is reset your KEYBINDS to default settings, and that clears the bug. If you have any questions or concerns, plmk.
  12. Icewind Dale is one of the final campaign zones, and it is difficult for newer level 70 characters, because the denizens deal additional frost damage to you. If you are not prepared, you will be froze-food! To help negate these affects, a character should have the following: Frost negation foods from the Stronghold food vendor. Basic Set of Frostborn gear from the Tarmalune Trade Bar merchant, costing about 65 TB each piece, TB comes from opening lock boxes. The next Frost Resistant set is easier to earn and better, the Ostorian Relic armor you can upgrade, it has a higher set of stats and Frost Resistance, you have to run dungeons, earn Seals of the Protector, and turn them in for the first set of armor. The bad news, the stats drop slightly when the Voninblood that charges the armor runs out. You have to run dailies and kill monsters in Icewind Dale to get more Voninblood. An endless cycle, until you finish the campaign. The area will also drop Potions of EverFrost Resist for another 5% resistance, and they can also be bought on the Auction House. Good luck on the Frozen Tundra of Icewind Dale! Say Hi to Wulfgar!!
  13. What Is Getting Doubled Now? First of all, let’s go over the stuff that is getting doubled now. Obviously all enchantments and runestones are still included, but now normal refining stones like Peridots and all Enchanting Stones (Ultimate Enchanting Stone) get doubled as well. This includes every gemstone that drops from utility enchants, boxes or content. You’ll get double Enchanting Stones from Dread Ring lairs and Tomb of the Nine Gods in example. With this change, the amount of boxes you should save up for the event drastically increases. Here is a, probably incomplete, list: Warded Enchantment Pack and similar enchantment packs from lockboxes Lost Artifact Pack and similar artifact packs from lockboxes that drop refining stones Expedition Companion Pack and similar companions packs from lockboxes Resonant Bag and all other refining bags from the Leadership profession Enchanted Coffer and all other chests of good from the Leadership profession Refiner's Cache from the CtA event vendor Elemental Air Sealed Container and similar elemental container Steward's Incentive Package Spoils of War and all other Quartermaster drops Coffer of Celestial Enchantments ardent rewards Celestial Bag of Refining Heroic Encounter rewards Enchanting Stones from Dread Ring Lairs or Tomb of the Nine Gods Refining Stones in many dungeon chests Quartermaster’s Still Work the Same Unfortunately the new ranks of the Quartermaster’s Enchantment don’t mean that its bags drop higher enchantments now. Players already tested it and the thresholds and information we’ve posted here are still valid. So upgrading doesn’t make tons of sense because you still need at least three slots to get to 10.5%. What Makes Sense Saving Up? Did you know that Uncensored runs the biggest Discord of Neverwinter? Come join our team, streamers and hundreds of players to talk the site and all facets of the game! Obviously not everything makes sense saving up for the Double Refining Stones event. The Celestial Bags of Refining in example don’t even stack and net so little actual RP that it’s hardly worth it. If you have some laying around on alts however, it might be a good idea to open them during the x2. The same can probably be said about HEs, ardent coffers, Refiner’s Caches, the elemental containers and the Steward’s Incentive Package. I personally think the biggest inclusion is the stuff from Leadership. Since you’ll probably be running the tasks all day anyway, save up the boxes and open them during the event. They drop unbound stuff which can be sold for a nice profit. Also check the artifact packs that drop from lockboxes. Some net refining or even enchanting stones, which are getting doubled as well. Farming Dread Ring with alts could also turn into a profitable thing to do for the same reason. Additionally pretty much all dungeon chests receive a nice little boost during the event days. Overall this looks like a significant upgrade to the enchantment and runestone double event. The only downside is that you have to clear a few more inventory slots for the additional packs you want to save. But since the refining rework should have freed up a lot, this is probably no big deal. https://blog.nwo-uncensored.com/double-refining-stones-event-guide/
  14. Awesome! Thanks for providing this to us, much appreciated!
  15. How about another? muahahaha! z1vbjnWW Feathered Roc Mask and Endurance Pack 10 Potions of Rejuvenations 10 Tidespan potions 5 Portable Alters 10 Potions of Lesser Healing 5 Greater Scrolls of Identification Cheers Grim
  16. New code, yipeeeeee! NEVERWINTER GIVEAWAY | SWORDS OF CHULT hxUhJSsY Just Thayan Title 1 x Wayfarer's XP Booster 5 x Rank 4 Enchantments 3 x Refining Stones 5 x Injury Kit (based on your level) 5 x Healing Potion (based on your level) Cheers Grim
  17. Cool beans, there are still keys left. Cheers Grim
  18. We didn't know that you could be dead in the enclave! It's supposed to be safe! Hehe. We had a good time though.
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    2018-01-17 STRONGHOLD Having discussed with a couple leaders of other guilds in our alliance, they are in the same position that we are in, getting a smaller guild to Level 5 and then being able to build boon structures is a lot of work. We have laid the ground work and have built the facilities to produce Wood, Metal, Stone, and Food. We tend those structures until they are full, then comes the harder party. 10s or 100s of thousands of points for item donations, campaign currencies being the hardest, so we are looking to bring some rational to the process. Designated Donators! I would like to hear from those that would be willing to focus on just one area of donation, specialize in it, maximize it. Please contact me if you would be willing to focus on providing inputs for the following stockpile materials. GEMS: I invested tons in making Gems, so I can stick to that, others are needed. LABOR: Just make profession people, but them, buy vouchers, etc. SURPLUS EQUIPMENT: Several professions can be used to fulfill this one. GOLD : Requires Alchemy to make or just donate gold. ASTRAL DIAMONDS: Events like the siege are coming to give vouchers, this one is a team effort. So please, respond to me, letting me know which category you can focus on, we leadership will try to fill in the gaps. Any and all suggestions are appreciated to help the process along. Thanks in advance. Warm Regards,
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