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By Throne


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!
Early access, Thursday, December 13th  (Update:  delayed release to December 19th)

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.
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
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

By Throne

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: 
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

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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  • Enjoy your summer everyone!


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    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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    The server has been changed over to A17 experimental. This is a semi unstable build, there will be bugs, though they are few, they are there. If you wish to play please make sure you download the experimental version by right clicking the game in your library, properties, the betas tab, and set it Latest_experimental. You can not be in game to do this, the DL will be about 2.5gb. The game has been completely overhauled, please keep this in mind. Message me for the server PW, it hasn't changed if you played before on this server.
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    This may be the game to breathe some fire back into the community. The other games on our radar list won't be out for a while, so we should try to push this one. This would be a good time to send out the community newsletter. I loved Ark, the only complaint that I heard about that game, was about the server caps, so, a survival MMO with a scale that allows for 40,000+ simultaneous players in the same world is remarkable to say the least. I am going all in on this one and I encourage others to do the same. Let's go in hard and rock this thing.
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    You answered that question in a different topic, best advice you gave, wait until Fall 19 for Beta 2. Will do.
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    Welcome to the family. Make yourself at home. Multiple Games Cheers Grim
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    Hellllllooooo fellow space cadets! Or maybe I should say fellow ruling Emperors and Empress'.... BETA shall start very soon, and I promised to come back and give you all a full run down and start getting you all more involved in the game. Well here I am with a full report. Outscape will start Beta by the end of this month, and between the end of December and start of January they will start early access. Early Access will be discounted heavily (we think it will be 20$, while live debuting next year will be 35$). This gives us a month to check out beta, and who knows they may push back early access for now. A few things to get you interested in the game: - You control an empire as big or small as you want, there are soft caps in some areas, but no hard limits. - There are 5 Races (Mankind (humans), People's Realm (Militaristic humans), Synits (Robots/Skynet), Ripchee (Cats/Khajits), Sntheral (Reptiles)) - Eventually there will be 12 main races, however there will be 10+ minor races of which you can take over their planets and receive bonuses. - Each race has 4 Tiers of ships - Colonizing, Transports, Freighters, Corvettes, Frigates, Heavy Frigates, Carriers, Battleships, Dreadnoughts. - The galaxy is full of systems of planets, and each planet will have gravity, temperature, mass, land vs water, all effecting the growth of your civ. - As you grow you will have to deal with happiness, corruption, and expansion (unless you are Syntis, which have problems of their own). - Different ways to play the game from mining, combat, transporting, terraforming, to espionage, the tech tree will be quite large. - Between 150-200 tech levels spread out over 4 Tiers, a lot to discover, with each Race getting several of their very own techs. - Gaining resources can come through mining a planet through mines, mining planets and asteroids with ships, or killing pirates/people. - Trading in game is hardcore old school, you meet and create a canister in space that anyone can grab if they have the cargo space. - When you defeat fleets a portion of their build cost will be left behind in their wreckage for you to discover and salvage. - Combat is automated through your own setup of commands, placement within the fleet, and makeup of the fleet. - Maneuvering outside of combat is real time, getting a good angle for attack is real time, placing mines, defense, and patrol are all real time. - Build large colonies the way you want, focus on making them happy, or pushing them to mine, or perhaps create a fortified bastion. - Experience traveling through space exploring who is near you, what planet types you might find, trying to find resources around you. - Fend off pirates while looking for asteroid belts to take advantage of all while trying to maintain your colonies. This is just a taste of the game to come, if you have any questions please feel free to leave me a message. Like some of the other games we will have a separate discord since we require A LOT of different rooms. Please message me here or drop a line in this thread if you are interested. Sign up for BETA here: https://outscape.net/signup/ref/kmoz7r399e
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