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By Throne

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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By Throne

CotP and Fallout 76

Fallout 76's full release date was announced at Bethesda's E3 conference, and it's coming this year on November 14th, 2018 on PC
Now, please feel free to rewind your gaming memory to June, 2015...
ARK: Survival Evolved's early release showed up on Steam, and surprised the heck out of most CotP members, including myself.  Despite the server stability and networking issues, the game was quite a hit with CotP members and certainly made a lasting impact on this community.
While Fallout 76 is not sneaking up on anyone who doesn't live under a rock, I am personally hoping for another CotP adventure filled with good times akin to our experience in the early days of ARK's early release.  I hope to meet plenty of CotP gamers who I haven't had the opportunity to game with in the past, and potentially add a few new names to my eternal (short)  list of people I generally pretend to like.  Similar to ARK, I also expect we will have enough participation to garner some internal competition....(hopefully a change from the standard Throne's team vs Damis' team we generally end up in).
We do not have any plans for an official CotP group in the current BETA, however, as always, we will rely on our established team of early testers to give us a head start on how the game plays and where the early focus needs to be.
The group forum is up and open to whomever would like to join in on the discussions and plans.
General information:  
 
 
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By Elric

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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By Damis

MapleStory 2 Chapter Created.

October 6th, Covenant of the Phoenix created a new chapter in MapleStory 2 on the North America East server.  MapleStory 2 will officially launch on October 10th, but people can start playing the game now if they bought a Head Start account. 
MapleStory 2 is a new MMORPG set in a colorful 3D block universe. Vastly different than the original game, MapleStory 2 will allow players to build their own worlds, levels, and share them with each other. The familiar Action RPG combat is back, but this time in a 3D isometric angle.
MapleStory 2 takes place before the events of MapleStory, and the rise of the Black Mage. The origin of the world's life, time, and space are kept in balance through the actions of three Sages, who live in Lapenta. Dark forces, however, broke the balance and put the world in crisis.
COTP Chapter Page: https://covenantofthephoenix.com/gc/25-maplestory-2/
Game Link:  http://maplestory2.nexon.net/en/landing
Head Start info:  http://maplestory2.nexon.net/en/founders
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By Damis

Star Wars Galaxies Emulator Server.

Star Wars Galaxies is a sandbox MMO set in the Star Wars universe shortly after the destruction of the first Deathstar above Yavin IV.  Star Wars Galaxies officially closed on 15th December 2011.  SWGEmu aims to emulate Star Wars Galaxies in it's Pre-CU era, version 14.1. The current game is stable, and all the classes are working, such as the creature handler, droid engineer and Jedi. 
We have members playing on the Basilisk server which has a large and active community base.  We have established a city on Dantooine and have entertainers and doctors available to buff members.
Some of the CotP members have started doing the Jedi Village quests on their way to becoming a Jedi.  Note, this the pre-nge Jedi, which requires players to put in time and effort to actually earn something great.  I was one of a handful of Jedi in our old CotP guild on Bloodfin in the original game and I can personally attest that becoming a Jedi was the proudest moment in my gaming history.  It took Months of hard work, but when I finally crafted and activated my light saber, it sent chills down my back.  No other game has ever given me that sort of satisfaction.  
The emu server does not have Jump to Lightspeed (JTL) working yet, but they do have shipwrights in place.  When JTL finally gets rolled out, I expect there will be a surge of veterans players returning to the game. 
Members interested in trying out the game or would like more information should contact Aveno in discord.
Basilisk 
https://www.swgemu.com/forums/content.php
Rules and policies
https://www.swgemu.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=120
 
 
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    LIF: CotP Alliance defeats enemy army in 100 v 100 battle

    The Covenant of the Phoenix, along with its allies, defeated the 100+ strong Chinese army last night in CotP's first large scale entanglement involving Life is Feudal's battle system.

    The war is literally for the entire Buyan server.  With most European and American based clans, kingships and guilds living in the northern regions putting aside their existing arguments in favor of dealing with the massive invasion of Chinese clans and influence, the Warband Allance was proactive in throwing down the gauntlet and looking to deal a blow to CPLA's city claim.

    The risk is certain.  Win, and we reduce CPLA's city size and loot the entire enemy army.  Lose, and all the gear we take into the battle is theirs for the taking.  Participants on the Warband side included but was not limited to the aforementioned CotP, New France, Vanguard, RES, LR and RIP.  The Chinese side consisted of CRTG, Sixgods and many of their allies.

    The mood in the CotP fortress was solemn.  Most of us were done sharpening our blades, stringing our bows and fixing up our armor, and focused on mentally preparing ourselves for the oncoming battle.  Standing around our now glorious monument, some prayed, some said their goodbyes, and all were ready to serve their guild with honor.

    The call to arms came out and CotP answered with the largest showing of all involved parties, as expected.  Squads were created, battalions were formed and our members joined the shield wall, the assault crew, the cavalry and the archers.  We had but minutes before initial enemy contact was made.  Immediately, our side realized that the fighting would be in the midst of a large overgrown forest.  CotP fighters grinned....this was our kind of country.  We knew how to march in formation in spite of endless trees, we knew how to shoot through the undergrowth, and yes, we knew our cavalry's greatest enemy....the juniper, would be afoot en masse. 

    The conflict started first with infantry, we established our shield wall and moved forward slowly, taking moderate damage from the onslaught of the enemy's bows and crossbows.  Archer's following the shield wall, and led by CotP's "Zhek the Great" looked for the terrain necessary to gain clean angles to help progress our assault.  Calvary attacked separately, flanking the enemy and distracting them from the main assault.

    The initial push by the shield wall proved successful, and the enemy was pushed back quickly and efficiently.  Our Archers were making headway but the advance was stalled with both sides taking significant losses.  The Calvary seemed slow in creating enough of a distraction due to the terrain and undergrowth.

    The infantry was now passed the point of no return.  Losses began to pile up with several of our side falling to the endless barrage of arrows and bolts.  Damage was nearing a critical point with our shields beginning to break and many wounded and bleeding.  The decision to charge in and break the enemy will was made with little to no protest.  Huscarl's leaned into their busted tower shields, Assaulters assumed the posta di falcone and Archer's threw their bows aside and pulled their swords.  The Cavalry began to turn the tide as the infantry charge commenced.  For as much damage was done to our shields, the enemy was absolutely crushed within 45 seconds of the final assault.  Cavalry mopped up the retreating and defeated enemy.  We took the field and the battle was won.

    We looted the enemy and left to go home to a hearty meal and a neat brew, or two.  One night would be all the time we would have to celebrate....the fall harvest awaits.

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