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By Elric

Wolcen: Major Content Patch

If you haven't already heard, Wolcen just dropped a huge 1GB content patch yesterday (6/24/2019). They added a lot of good stuff, and they are really moving along in the development path.  If you haven't heard of "Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem" before, it is an Action RPG similar to Diablo III that is being developed for Steam by Wolcen Studios.  On a side note, it is on sale this week for 20% off!
https://store.steampowered.com/app/424370/Wolcen_Lords_of_Mayhem/
 
 
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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

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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    Tools you will need See this link for the ARKpnt Editor If you do not want to use your default paint editor or you do not already have a favorite graphics editor installed, click here to download the free GIMP graphics editor. Local "my paintings" file folder Your local saves will be in your steam folder and will follow a folder path similar to this: SteamLibrary\SteamApps\common\ATLAS\ShooterGame\Saved\MyPaintings Prepare and download customizable area In Atlas, obtain a paintbrush (on avatar) and some black paint on a grill using berries and filled water containers (leather pouch or water jug). One filled jug and a few berries will make a stack of 5 paint. For sails, equip the paintbrush and left click on the mast of a ship, the in-game paint window will activate. For tattoos, right click and select the tattoo button on the lower middle of in-game paint window. Use the thick black paint option to outline all the areas on the sail and/or avatar you would like to customize. When finished, click the save to disk button in the middle top of the paint window. Once complete, you have successfully save the pnt file to your "my paintings" folder. Open up the ARKpnt editor and load the saved ARKpnt file from the above mentioned "my paintings" folder. Once loaded, click the "Save as Image" button in ARKpnt and save a png file to the same "my paintings" folder. Now, open the saved png file in your graphic editor (I use Gimp). Here's a few examples of what you'll initially pull out of an ARKpnt file: Now do some fancy magic in your graphics editor in place and within the bounds of the above rough outlines: Now export your changes in png format to your "my paintings" folder. Once exported, load the image file into ARKpnt by clicking on the "Load image" button in ARKpnt....it will then ask to convert the image using "Ark/Atlas" colors. You'll end up with something like this: Next, click on the "Limit Colors" button in ARKpnt. This will allow you to customize what the final product will look like using the colors available in-game as well as limiting how many colors will be needed (the editor tries to fit as many colors as possible). So far, I've stuck with red/black tattoos and Red/White/Black for sails. It just makes it easier for others' to download the file in-game and make a copy. Here's a couple of my finished products: Once you are happy with the finished product in ARKpnt, click the "Save as ARKpnt file" button and go in-game. Get back to the paint editor window ingame, with the paintbrush left-click on the sail or right-click for tattoos. Don't forget to select the tattoo button in the bottom middle of the paint editor window. (if you fail to do this, the upload will come out fuzzy. Now click on the upload button: If you are missing dye, the editor will visually show you what you're missing. If you have all the required dyes, click the same button again to upload and apply the dye. The paintbrush will apply the paint automatically. There are some caveats that will cause network timeouts for some tattoo designs...I haven't figured out what exactly causes them, other than uploading less.
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