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  1. EDIT 2: We issued a fix earlier this morning for the armored dock crashing issues. If you are still experiencing any further issues or bugs, please report them to us in the bug report form here: http://bit.ly/36zPZmJ We apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you! EDIT 1: The team is currently investigating the crashing issues with armored docks and the potential data loss from the related crashing. We will update again when we have more info. Please send further bug reports or details of any issues here: https://bit.ly/36zPZmJ Thank you! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ahoy Pathfinders! We hope you’ve all enjoyed the 2x event over the Thanksgiving Weekend! This week, we have a bit of a smaller maintenance patch, with the Small Armored Dock now available! Small Armored Docks, for Schooners and Sloops, will have 20,000,000 health. We are also beefing up the Large Armored Dock to 30,000,000 health. Gold upkeep has been lowered to 150 a day, while Small Armored Docks will have an upkeep of 50 a day. We have also made a number of changes and bug fixes to balance and improve the Armored Docks. Rest easy knowing yer furry companions are safe onboard your protected Ships! Development and optimization work for the Trade System continues! We have made improvements to the Market UI for Market Searching. Most importantly, we have addressed several server issues to improve performance and latency. Thank you for your feedback and bug reporting as the Trade System continues to undergo development. Again, not all features of the Trade System, including the NPC Ships, are out yet. Subsequent patches will continue to see more and more improvements and fixes. Missing resources and new items are now available for Trade as well! Anyone got any Ale or Grog? We’re stockin’ up fer a new adventure as the Ramming Ship is getting closer to making its debut on the ATLAS seas! Look out for it in the nearby future Released Patch Notes V516.2 New Structure: Small Armored Dock The Small Armored Dock is suitable for protecting Schooners and Sloops. It can be crafted at a Smithy after learning the Intermediate Shipwright Skill in the Seamanship tree. Health: 20,000,000 Upkeep Cost: 50 Gold every 24 hours Crafting resources required: 700 Alloy 900 Fiber 4,000 Stone 1,000 Thatch 1,250 Wood 10,000 Gold Large Armored Dock Increased health from 300,000 to 30,000,000 Decreased upkeep cost from 500 to 150 Gold every 24 hours Added 50,000 Gold cost for crafting Armored Dock NPCs and Tames on protected ships can no longer be damaged Added a new protected icon that replaces the anchor icon above protected ships Ships can now anchor inside an Armored Dock even if the Dock is placed in deep water Ships must not have received or dealt damage for at least five minutes before receiving protection from an Armored Dock Bug Fix: Armored Docks can now only protect one ship at a time Bug Fix: Ships are no longer protected after an Armored Dock is destroyed Bug Fix: Protected ships will no longer decay. This prevents an issue where protected ships instantly sink when raising their anchor after a long period of time Ships Brigantine price decreased from 25,000 to 18,000 Gold Increased max level of common ships from 42 to 50 NOTE: This change only applies to ships built after the patch Trade Markets Searching now returns a paged list instead of all Markets. This should clear up the performance hit on the server when someone opens a Market Added new resource types for Trading: Rushes (missing from Thatch) Oil Category and variants Salt Category and variants Consumables: Wheat Maize Ale Grog Others Cannon Balls Large Cannon Balls Gunpowder Fire Gel Blasting Powder Organic Paste Fertilizer Bug Fix: Addressed several server issues that led to increased latency Bug Fix: Trade Routes are now correctly calculating distance when the shortest path wraps around the map border Bug Fix: Disconnected Markets are no longer shown as candidates in the Market List Misc Warehouses and Farmhouses can now only be enabled or disabled by players within the same company Restored XP reward to standard Golden Age Army of the Damned Soldiers NOTE: Golden Age Army of the Damned Soldiers in caves still don't reward XP Bug Fix: Treasure will no longer spawn on Sea Forts Known Issues Not all available Markets are showing up from every other Market during search Upkeep Cost on Armored Docks does not properly show the next time. Upkeep is still taken on skill Final Note Again, we would like to emphasize that ATLAS is still in Early Access, meaning many things can and will likely continue to drastically change - even in the middle of development. Anything discussed is only up to date as of the moment it is posted. Features and changes that ultimately make it to the next patch, as well as timing, may be different from what was previously discussed. As always, we appreciate the suggestions and feedback from the community. Please keep them coming! Thank you for all of your support! Happy Sailing, - ATLAS Crew For the latest dispatch on #playATLAS keep yer one good eye trained on this here information Natter n' chatter on Discord: https://discord.gg/playatlas Hear ye, hear ye on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sailtheatlas Watch us scallywags on Twitch: http://twitch.tv/sailtheatlas Plus ye can band with us Pirates on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/playatlasgame
  2. EDIT 2: We issued a fix earlier this morning for the armored dock crashing issues. If you are still experiencing any further issues or bugs, please report them to us in the bug report form here: http://bit.ly/36zPZmJ We apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you! EDIT 1: The team is currently investigating the crashing issues with armored docks and the potential data loss from the related crashing. We will update again when we have more info. Please send further bug reports or details of any issues here: https://bit.ly/36zPZmJ Thank you! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ahoy Pathfinders! We hope you’ve all enjoyed the 2x event over the Thanksgiving Weekend! This week, we have a bit of a smaller maintenance patch, with the Small Armored Dock now available! Small Armored Docks, for Schooners and Sloops, will have 20,000,000 health. We are also beefing up the Large Armored Dock to 30,000,000 health. Gold upkeep has been lowered to 150 a day, while Small Armored Docks will have an upkeep of 50 a day. We have also made a number of changes and bug fixes to balance and improve the Armored Docks. Rest easy knowing yer furry companions are safe onboard your protected Ships! Development and optimization work for the Trade System continues! We have made improvements to the Market UI for Market Searching. Most importantly, we have addressed several server issues to improve performance and latency. Thank you for your feedback and bug reporting as the Trade System continues to undergo development. Again, not all features of the Trade System, including the NPC Ships, are out yet. Subsequent patches will continue to see more and more improvements and fixes. Missing resources and new items are now available for Trade as well! Anyone got any Ale or Grog? We’re stockin’ up fer a new adventure as the Ramming Ship is getting closer to making its debut on the ATLAS seas! Look out for it in the nearby future Released Patch Notes V516.2 New Structure: Small Armored Dock The Small Armored Dock is suitable for protecting Schooners and Sloops. It can be crafted at a Smithy after learning the Intermediate Shipwright Skill in the Seamanship tree. Health: 20,000,000 Upkeep Cost: 50 Gold every 24 hours Crafting resources required: 700 Alloy 900 Fiber 4,000 Stone 1,000 Thatch 1,250 Wood 10,000 Gold Large Armored Dock Increased health from 300,000 to 30,000,000 Decreased upkeep cost from 500 to 150 Gold every 24 hours Added 50,000 Gold cost for crafting Armored Dock NPCs and Tames on protected ships can no longer be damaged Added a new protected icon that replaces the anchor icon above protected ships Ships can now anchor inside an Armored Dock even if the Dock is placed in deep water Ships must not have received or dealt damage for at least five minutes before receiving protection from an Armored Dock Bug Fix: Armored Docks can now only protect one ship at a time Bug Fix: Ships are no longer protected after an Armored Dock is destroyed Bug Fix: Protected ships will no longer decay. This prevents an issue where protected ships instantly sink when raising their anchor after a long period of time Ships Brigantine price decreased from 25,000 to 18,000 Gold Increased max level of common ships from 42 to 50 NOTE: This change only applies to ships built after the patch Trade Markets Searching now returns a paged list instead of all Markets. This should clear up the performance hit on the server when someone opens a Market Added new resource types for Trading: Rushes (missing from Thatch) Oil Category and variants Salt Category and variants Consumables: Wheat Maize Ale Grog Others Cannon Balls Large Cannon Balls Gunpowder Fire Gel Blasting Powder Organic Paste Fertilizer Bug Fix: Addressed several server issues that led to increased latency Bug Fix: Trade Routes are now correctly calculating distance when the shortest path wraps around the map border Bug Fix: Disconnected Markets are no longer shown as candidates in the Market List Misc Warehouses and Farmhouses can now only be enabled or disabled by players within the same company Restored XP reward to standard Golden Age Army of the Damned Soldiers NOTE: Golden Age Army of the Damned Soldiers in caves still don't reward XP Bug Fix: Treasure will no longer spawn on Sea Forts Known Issues Not all available Markets are showing up from every other Market during search Upkeep Cost on Armored Docks does not properly show the next time. Upkeep is still taken on skill Final Note Again, we would like to emphasize that ATLAS is still in Early Access, meaning many things can and will likely continue to drastically change - even in the middle of development. Anything discussed is only up to date as of the moment it is posted. Features and changes that ultimately make it to the next patch, as well as timing, may be different from what was previously discussed. As always, we appreciate the suggestions and feedback from the community. Please keep them coming! Thank you for all of your support! Happy Sailing, - ATLAS Crew For the latest dispatch on #playATLAS keep yer one good eye trained on this here information Natter n' chatter on Discord: https://discord.gg/playatlas Hear ye, hear ye on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sailtheatlas Watch us scallywags on Twitch: http://twitch.tv/sailtheatlas Plus ye can band with us Pirates on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/playatlasgame View full article
  3. Ahoy Pathfinders! To thank everyone sailing along the EA journey with us through thick and thin, whether yer a new shipmate or a seasoned Captain, we're activating 2x Gold, Taming, and Harvesting now until 11/30 11:59 PM PT. Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!
  4. Ahoy Pathfinders! To thank everyone sailing along the EA journey with us through thick and thin, whether yer a new shipmate or a seasoned Captain, we're activating 2x Gold, Taming, and Harvesting now until 11/30 11:59 PM PT. Happy Thanksgiving Weekend! View full article
  5. Ahoy Pathfinders! There will be no patch this week, so instead we’re delivering some information based on some questions we have collected and seen around the community! Since we announced the renewed ATLAS journey last Summer, a lot of things have changed in the development cycle, and we are still working on improving our processes and the feedback loop with the community as well. Like in any adventure, some parts of the journey can be rough but as we overcome them, we continue to move forward and build on our experiences. Whether we are making small steps or revisiting old ideas, it is important to remember that we are still sailing forward! Development is very often not linear, and understandably things can get confusing for the community - even for those seasoned Pathfinders who have been sailing the seas of ATLAS since the very beginning. We hope that today’s discussion and some of the answers to your questions will help the community understand our vision for ATLAS and where we are currently at. ATLAS, in general, is lacking a strong theme. Yes, we are a Pirate game, but it's currently a mishmash of a bunch of different stuff and we are looking to address that post the release of the current feature slate (Trade System, New Ships, and Claim System). Right now the idea we are liking most is something we're calling "Stormpunk" which centers around that idea that there are more resources to capture on the water (like harnessing lightning). We are going to maintain an element of fantasy moving forward, but it may not be so openly Dungeons and Dragons (although we love this game!) or "high fantasy" feeling. As with all things, everything will remain as we introduce new things, and we will fade things that people lose interest in. What is the long term plan or overall vision? It'd help explain a lot of these changes if we were also privy to just a rough idea what the long term will look like, because right now it seems things are going a bit backward in regards to accessibility, especially for small groups and solo players. At the highest level, the goals are as follows: Get players out on the ocean - there are lots of things we're doing to encourage this but it basically means that we want players spending more time at sea and less time on land. In order to do that we really have to blow out all the things you can do at sea so that they are as fun and interesting as what you do on land. Make ship-to-ship combat fun. There is so much to this, but we really want PVP interactions on the water to be richly rewarding. Increase player recuperation. Survival games can be tough and we want to make sure that players can be devastating to one another, but that the losing side player doesn't have to feel like they are starting over each time. We also want to make small companies and lone wolves more viable. We still have a ways to go before we reach these goals. We know that we are not there yet and that the current state of ATLAS does not reflect what we envision. Most of what we have implemented so far is still in its beginning stages, and are only just setting the foundation for how the gameplay is going to evolve. Trade System For instance, one of the main goals of the Trade System is to increase play at the smaller group and solo level. We recognize that right now the system is not very friendly to these players - There's a lot of balance to be done there and a number of missing elements, like the upcoming Tradewinds feature, but we are working on it. Ultimately, when all pieces are in place, we are planning for a system where large companies will actually be incentivized on a different scale for helping small companies and solos. The Trade System is still in its alpha stage, and as of build 515.17, all Trade Shipments are virtual and locked to a single grid. We are continuously working on Market optimizations as well as bug fixes and server side improvements to bring the system to full functionality. Subsequent patches should see more refinement to the Trade System, opening up more routes and eventually the NPC Trade Ships. Please note that at this stage, we may have to disable and re-enable Trades sometimes to work out and troubleshoot any issues that may potentially arise. What about the players that do not wish to utilise the market system? Asides from the market, are there any other big gold "earners" in the planning besides maps and whales/sunken treasures? Although the Trade System is meant to be one of the core pillars of gameplay, our main goal is that "gold comes from the sea". So yes, you'll see some additions and refinements to life on the ocean which should make getting gold easier for non-marketplace participants. Claim System We are looking into rebooting the original claim system that allowed players to take over a section of the island. This is done by placing down a claim structure that takes longer to build and is more robust than a claim flag. It may also have its own defenses. Once fully built, it will have to be destroyed for you to lose your claim and everything that goes along with it. We are not completely reverting back to the old claim system, but will be taking the original concept and building off of it. We are currently still testing some ideas. Ship Systems Getting a new ship system into the game that can support future expansions does take a bit more time than just putting out a "new" one on the existing system, and we are excited to be getting closer to it! We teased the first one, the Ramming Ship, a few weeks ago and we have a number of other ideas for these unique and specialized ships, but we don't want to spoil the surprise completely. The important note here is that we are moving from releasing ship parts to releasing complete ships that have special roles in the game and thus begin to grow the strategy of managing a fleet. All of the upcoming Ships that can be bought with gold will be primitive class and up. Ramshackles will still be available at Freeports for now, but when you buy things with gold they will be good ships. In regards to the existing Ship system, can we get tokens as random loot drops from bosses to craft schooners/brigs/galleons please? So there is a route for smaller groups to get boats? This probably won't happen. Right now we're really happy with how hard it is to get bigger ships. Many players have reported having more fun than ever with "Sloop Wars". Dropping tokens would benefit large companies more and go against what we are trying to do, which is to fundamentally change how ships are currently perceived. Right now, ship progression is linear. Once you can build a Schooner, you never build a Sloop again and so on up the ladder. We are more focussed on giving every ship type a viable role on the ocean and introducing strategy and reasons for each ship type to exist. On the Horizon Post integration of the claim system we'll be going back through all the content that is currently in the game and be making quality of life improvement and balance adjustments. We aren't very interested in nerfing things so much as bringing their fun factor way up. How far out are we from super wind sea-highways that make traveling around the map faster and consolidate content? We're trying to get it by the end of the year. A lot depends on how long it takes to balance the Trade System, new Ship System, and new Claim System. Any plans for expanding fishing so it doesn't suck so much? Like better random loot tables from fishing, maybe getting maps randomly from fishing. higher quality fishing pole=better maps/blueprints/gold etc. We can answer this by saying that we don't think there is nearly enough fun stuff to do on the water and we are looking to blow that out significantly. This will include water creature taming, better fishing, ocean resource gathering, and better diving. Any planned changes for freeports? Exponential decay or something to prevent freeport living? Not yet. We have to put in all the systems that allow lone wolves and small groups to survive elsewhere first. Long term, we envision settlements of any kind to be more friendly or hostile to you depending on how you've treated them in the past. Can you tell us more about the ideas behind how breeding is envisioned by the Dev team for beginner breeders through the most advanced breeders? Right now it takes too much time to do, unless an entire weekend day is devoted to it. Perhaps more difficulties while raising babies through their infant stages, but have it be for a much shorter duration so that it is more practical and enjoyable for a wider audience. One of our designers has taken the breeding and taming of creatures under her wing. In the background she is working on a completely revamped system that should be more of what you want to see. Can't tell you when it will ship, but I can tell you that we are working on it. Treasure Maps need a lot of work. Are big changes planned for the hunts to be more engaging? The distance requirement is also a negative map factor. It's not enjoyable to sail 7 grids out, 7 grids back to run a Masterwork map. Could maps that are of any qualities spawn on an island that are closer? Yes, a rework of this is planned, but it's down the road. It's not where we want it either and for sure we are looking at the treasure spawning closer. Additional Q&A What is some of the work that is currently being done to help with optimization and performance issues? About half our engineering staff is on performance and optimization. We know it's a problem and are working to fix it. The issue is that we also want to continue to put the rest of the planned features in the game to see if they are viable. We want a high performance game as much as you do. Remember, optimization isn’t going to suddenly happen in one patch. Some improvements may happen in small steps over time, while other improvements are a bigger engineering endeavor and may not be seen until we are further along. Is the team still looking at ways for players to keep some progress through wipes? Yes. We haven't figured out a balanced and scalable method yet, but we do want that. Adding a new global server structure with the Trade System was the first step on this and we'll keep working towards it. The challenge here is that the funnest part of a wipe for most people, is that they are all on an even footing again. Allowing players to retain progression may also allow them to maintain oppression. Can we please get a HUD indicator once a ship is protected by the new shiphouse structure? The green text popping up once the anchor is down is not such a great indicator. Totally agree that this is a bit confusing. A complete UI revamp is on the schedule and this item is part of that. This is nitpicking, but can handling sails trim opposite to how they do now? It is backwards to real world physics Ok. We'll look into it. Teleporting bed to bed, and killing yourself to respawn on lawless islands for discovery points is one of the lamest things I have to do in this game. Will other features be looked at for discovery points that are more interesting? In short, yes. We agree that killing yourself and bed teleporting is lame. We all want to fix that and give you more ways to travel the world more quickly. Will we be able to have the fog of war back? We had it early in the game, but it could be cheated by sharing game files and so was removed. The thrill of exploration was exciting for many players. As things stand at the moment, you just always have the full map explored. It's something we hadn't thought about. We’ll look into this idea. Final Note Again, we would like to emphasize that ATLAS is still in Early Access, meaning many things can and will likely continue to drastically change - even in the middle of development. Anything discussed is only up to date as of the moment it is posted. Features and changes that ultimately make it to the next patch, as well as timing, may be different from what was previously discussed. As always, we appreciate the suggestions and feedback from the community. Please keep them coming! Thank you for all of your support! Happy Sailing, - ATLAS Crew For the latest dispatch on #playATLAS keep yer one good eye trained on this here information Natter n' chatter on Discord: https://discord.gg/playatlas Hear ye, hear ye on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sailtheatlas Watch us scallywags on Twitch: http://twitch.tv/sailtheatlas Plus ye can band with us Pirates on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/playatlasgame
  6. Ahoy Pathfinders! There will be no patch this week, so instead we’re delivering some information based on some questions we have collected and seen around the community! Since we announced the renewed ATLAS journey last Summer, a lot of things have changed in the development cycle, and we are still working on improving our processes and the feedback loop with the community as well. Like in any adventure, some parts of the journey can be rough but as we overcome them, we continue to move forward and build on our experiences. Whether we are making small steps or revisiting old ideas, it is important to remember that we are still sailing forward! Development is very often not linear, and understandably things can get confusing for the community - even for those seasoned Pathfinders who have been sailing the seas of ATLAS since the very beginning. We hope that today’s discussion and some of the answers to your questions will help the community understand our vision for ATLAS and where we are currently at. ATLAS, in general, is lacking a strong theme. Yes, we are a Pirate game, but it's currently a mishmash of a bunch of different stuff and we are looking to address that post the release of the current feature slate (Trade System, New Ships, and Claim System). Right now the idea we are liking most is something we're calling "Stormpunk" which centers around that idea that there are more resources to capture on the water (like harnessing lightning). We are going to maintain an element of fantasy moving forward, but it may not be so openly Dungeons and Dragons (although we love this game!) or "high fantasy" feeling. As with all things, everything will remain as we introduce new things, and we will fade things that people lose interest in. What is the long term plan or overall vision? It'd help explain a lot of these changes if we were also privy to just a rough idea what the long term will look like, because right now it seems things are going a bit backward in regards to accessibility, especially for small groups and solo players. At the highest level, the goals are as follows: Get players out on the ocean - there are lots of things we're doing to encourage this but it basically means that we want players spending more time at sea and less time on land. In order to do that we really have to blow out all the things you can do at sea so that they are as fun and interesting as what you do on land. Make ship-to-ship combat fun. There is so much to this, but we really want PVP interactions on the water to be richly rewarding. Increase player recuperation. Survival games can be tough and we want to make sure that players can be devastating to one another, but that the losing side player doesn't have to feel like they are starting over each time. We also want to make small companies and lone wolves more viable. We still have a ways to go before we reach these goals. We know that we are not there yet and that the current state of ATLAS does not reflect what we envision. Most of what we have implemented so far is still in its beginning stages, and are only just setting the foundation for how the gameplay is going to evolve. Trade System For instance, one of the main goals of the Trade System is to increase play at the smaller group and solo level. We recognize that right now the system is not very friendly to these players - There's a lot of balance to be done there and a number of missing elements, like the upcoming Tradewinds feature, but we are working on it. Ultimately, when all pieces are in place, we are planning for a system where large companies will actually be incentivized on a different scale for helping small companies and solos. The Trade System is still in its alpha stage, and as of build 515.17, all Trade Shipments are virtual and locked to a single grid. We are continuously working on Market optimizations as well as bug fixes and server side improvements to bring the system to full functionality. Subsequent patches should see more refinement to the Trade System, opening up more routes and eventually the NPC Trade Ships. Please note that at this stage, we may have to disable and re-enable Trades sometimes to work out and troubleshoot any issues that may potentially arise. What about the players that do not wish to utilise the market system? Asides from the market, are there any other big gold "earners" in the planning besides maps and whales/sunken treasures? Although the Trade System is meant to be one of the core pillars of gameplay, our main goal is that "gold comes from the sea". So yes, you'll see some additions and refinements to life on the ocean which should make getting gold easier for non-marketplace participants. Claim System We are looking into rebooting the original claim system that allowed players to take over a section of the island. This is done by placing down a claim structure that takes longer to build and is more robust than a claim flag. It may also have its own defenses. Once fully built, it will have to be destroyed for you to lose your claim and everything that goes along with it. We are not completely reverting back to the old claim system, but will be taking the original concept and building off of it. We are currently still testing some ideas. Ship Systems Getting a new ship system into the game that can support future expansions does take a bit more time than just putting out a "new" one on the existing system, and we are excited to be getting closer to it! We teased the first one, the Ramming Ship, a few weeks ago and we have a number of other ideas for these unique and specialized ships, but we don't want to spoil the surprise completely. The important note here is that we are moving from releasing ship parts to releasing complete ships that have special roles in the game and thus begin to grow the strategy of managing a fleet. All of the upcoming Ships that can be bought with gold will be primitive class and up. Ramshackles will still be available at Freeports for now, but when you buy things with gold they will be good ships. In regards to the existing Ship system, can we get tokens as random loot drops from bosses to craft schooners/brigs/galleons please? So there is a route for smaller groups to get boats? This probably won't happen. Right now we're really happy with how hard it is to get bigger ships. Many players have reported having more fun than ever with "Sloop Wars". Dropping tokens would benefit large companies more and go against what we are trying to do, which is to fundamentally change how ships are currently perceived. Right now, ship progression is linear. Once you can build a Schooner, you never build a Sloop again and so on up the ladder. We are more focussed on giving every ship type a viable role on the ocean and introducing strategy and reasons for each ship type to exist. On the Horizon Post integration of the claim system we'll be going back through all the content that is currently in the game and be making quality of life improvement and balance adjustments. We aren't very interested in nerfing things so much as bringing their fun factor way up. How far out are we from super wind sea-highways that make traveling around the map faster and consolidate content? We're trying to get it by the end of the year. A lot depends on how long it takes to balance the Trade System, new Ship System, and new Claim System. Any plans for expanding fishing so it doesn't suck so much? Like better random loot tables from fishing, maybe getting maps randomly from fishing. higher quality fishing pole=better maps/blueprints/gold etc. We can answer this by saying that we don't think there is nearly enough fun stuff to do on the water and we are looking to blow that out significantly. This will include water creature taming, better fishing, ocean resource gathering, and better diving. Any planned changes for freeports? Exponential decay or something to prevent freeport living? Not yet. We have to put in all the systems that allow lone wolves and small groups to survive elsewhere first. Long term, we envision settlements of any kind to be more friendly or hostile to you depending on how you've treated them in the past. Can you tell us more about the ideas behind how breeding is envisioned by the Dev team for beginner breeders through the most advanced breeders? Right now it takes too much time to do, unless an entire weekend day is devoted to it. Perhaps more difficulties while raising babies through their infant stages, but have it be for a much shorter duration so that it is more practical and enjoyable for a wider audience. One of our designers has taken the breeding and taming of creatures under her wing. In the background she is working on a completely revamped system that should be more of what you want to see. Can't tell you when it will ship, but I can tell you that we are working on it. Treasure Maps need a lot of work. Are big changes planned for the hunts to be more engaging? The distance requirement is also a negative map factor. It's not enjoyable to sail 7 grids out, 7 grids back to run a Masterwork map. Could maps that are of any qualities spawn on an island that are closer? Yes, a rework of this is planned, but it's down the road. It's not where we want it either and for sure we are looking at the treasure spawning closer. Additional Q&A What is some of the work that is currently being done to help with optimization and performance issues? About half our engineering staff is on performance and optimization. We know it's a problem and are working to fix it. The issue is that we also want to continue to put the rest of the planned features in the game to see if they are viable. We want a high performance game as much as you do. Remember, optimization isn’t going to suddenly happen in one patch. Some improvements may happen in small steps over time, while other improvements are a bigger engineering endeavor and may not be seen until we are further along. Is the team still looking at ways for players to keep some progress through wipes? Yes. We haven't figured out a balanced and scalable method yet, but we do want that. Adding a new global server structure with the Trade System was the first step on this and we'll keep working towards it. The challenge here is that the funnest part of a wipe for most people, is that they are all on an even footing again. Allowing players to retain progression may also allow them to maintain oppression. Can we please get a HUD indicator once a ship is protected by the new shiphouse structure? The green text popping up once the anchor is down is not such a great indicator. Totally agree that this is a bit confusing. A complete UI revamp is on the schedule and this item is part of that. This is nitpicking, but can handling sails trim opposite to how they do now? It is backwards to real world physics Ok. We'll look into it. Teleporting bed to bed, and killing yourself to respawn on lawless islands for discovery points is one of the lamest things I have to do in this game. Will other features be looked at for discovery points that are more interesting? In short, yes. We agree that killing yourself and bed teleporting is lame. We all want to fix that and give you more ways to travel the world more quickly. Will we be able to have the fog of war back? We had it early in the game, but it could be cheated by sharing game files and so was removed. The thrill of exploration was exciting for many players. As things stand at the moment, you just always have the full map explored. It's something we hadn't thought about. We’ll look into this idea. Final Note Again, we would like to emphasize that ATLAS is still in Early Access, meaning many things can and will likely continue to drastically change - even in the middle of development. Anything discussed is only up to date as of the moment it is posted. Features and changes that ultimately make it to the next patch, as well as timing, may be different from what was previously discussed. As always, we appreciate the suggestions and feedback from the community. Please keep them coming! Thank you for all of your support! Happy Sailing, - ATLAS Crew For the latest dispatch on #playATLAS keep yer one good eye trained on this here information Natter n' chatter on Discord: https://discord.gg/playatlas Hear ye, hear ye on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sailtheatlas Watch us scallywags on Twitch: http://twitch.tv/sailtheatlas Plus ye can band with us Pirates on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/playatlasgame View full article
  7. Ahoy Pathfinders! We want to start off by expressing our gratitude to the community throughout the launch of the Trade System. As we sail along the development journey, some seas may be rougher than others, but we are still making progress and we would like to extend our thanks to the community for their patience in joining us on this ride. Although we had to consequently disable Trades last week while we worked on a solution, we will be enabling them again with tonight’s patch. Patch 515.17 is scheduled for tonight, 11/18 at 7:00 PM PST. Harvest Rates will also be returning to normal. EDIT 11/18 as of 11:30 PM PT: We are working on the Trade Functionality and ping spike issues related to Markets. Trades are not working at this time. We hope to have a fix by the end of the week with Trades enabled again soon. If anything changes, we will let you guys know. Thank you! EDIT 11/18 9:00 PT: Note to Private Servers: Private Server Admins may need to run the following command to clear Market Logs and get the Trade Routes running again: cheat CleanMarketLogs 0 Further Developing the Trade System The ATLAS Trade System is an ambitious undertaking that we want to make into one of the core pillars of ATLAS gameplay. Even with the initial iteration of Trade Functionality introduced, it is still very early in the development phase. We are continuing to develop the system in a step-by-step process. Early Access gives us the unique opportunity to roll out the system in phases to see how it performs live, allowing us to also make changes and improvements based on community feedback. It is to be expected that while the Trade System is still in its early development phases, we may have to regularly enable/disable Trading as required to fix any bugs that may occur - although we will do our best to minimize this possibility. For players wondering if this means we will have to perform a wipe, the last wipe was necessary for us to clear any withstanding issues from a previous implementation of the Sea Forts. The Trade System was implemented in a way so that we can disable/enable Trade Functionality server side without requiring a client update or a wipe. With that being said, depending on the issue and how it affects gameplay, sometimes it can be necessary. Trade Shipments will remain virtual for the time being until the system is more stable, and testing on the tangible NPC Shipments continues. Survivability As a survival sandbox, the gameplay surrounding the risk of losing your stuff is part of the appeal. However, there is a balance to it and we recognize the need to introduce some elements to help with survivability. One of the first things we’ll be introducing are Armored Docks, as seen in the preview image, to protect your hard earned ships! With tonight’s update, players will be able to build the first one - the Large Armored Dock, which can be found in the Seamanship Tree under the Expert Shipwright skill. For 1200 Alloy, 1800 Fiber, 6000 Stone, 2000 Thatch, and 2500 Wood and a daily upkeep cost, players will be able to build a Large Armored Dock to park and protect their ship in this 300,000 hp Armored Structure. At this time, the Large Armored Dock can protect all ships. However, this large version is intended to store Brigs and Galleons, with smaller version(s) to come out later. The long term goal is that larger ships will need a lot more support than smaller ships. Please know that this is still the Alpha version of the Armored Dock. Future Patches will see bug fixes, balance changes, and more polish to the Armored Docks. We are not quite there yet, but with further balance and changes, we hope to see this as one of the first of many changes that will also help solo Pirates and Small Companies. Community Feedback We would like to thank the Community again for their continued feedback and support throughout the ATLAS development journey. The reintroduction of Explosive Barrels was meant to bring back an old mechanic and create a space and balance for it. We have spent a lot of time observing the gameplay surrounding it and we have been paying attention to your feedback. While we are still going to be introducing changes with Barrel gameplay in mind, we do hear you! In 515.17, Explosive Barrels can no longer be fired from Cannons or Large Cannons. We have also added an 80 Gold cost for crafting Explosive Barrels. Thank you to the Community for your part in helping us to shape and define ATLAS gameplay. Released Patch Notes V515.7 New Structure: Armored Dock The Armored Dock is a structure built in shallow water to dock a ship inside of. It must be destroyed before the ship can be damaged. This Alpha version of the Armored Dock is still in progress and not fully functional! Be warned! Smaller Armored Docks are coming in future patches along with bug fixes, balance changes, and polish. Added Large Armored Dock to the Seamanship Tree under the Expert Shipwright skill Has 300,000 health and is an Armored Structure, giving it increased resistance to explosive damage Costs 500 Gold upkeep per day (This will be reduced to 150 gold in the next patch) Explosive Barrels Explosive Barrels can no longer be fired from Cannons or Large Cannons (may still be fired from Catapults) Added 80 Gold cost for crafting Explosive Barrels Sea Forts Duplicated some flag interactions onto the Sea Fort Tax Bank Fixed some stuck interactions with the Sea Fort Tax Bank Structures Increased resistance to explosive damage by 40% for Large Stone Walls, Large Stone Gateways, and Large Stone Gates Weight of placed Catapults increased from 120 to 150 Trade Log Fixed issues where Trade Log incorrectly reflects what was sent and received Fixed an issue where sender and receiver were swapped in Trade Log Added resources received from Trade Events to Trade Log Fixed some scrolling issues with Trade Log Trade Shipments Fixed an issue where resources were received twice from one trade Fixed multiple issues where incorrect amounts of resources were received Fixed multiple issues with Shipments getting stuck, eventually causing performance issues Fixed the amount of Income (Gold) generated by Trade routes. It should now correctly reflect the route's length Updated some virtual shipment server settings Market Markets must now be within 22m of a Warehouse to connect Fixed an issue where Markets and Warehouses could not connect Fixed some issues where editing Trade Offers would create mismatched information between the server and the client and break those offers Added new Trade Route statuses to replace PENDING: SENT: Trade Route requests you have made that are pending RECEIVED: Trade Route requests other Markets have made to you Cleaned up some Market interface interactions Misc Removed XP reward from all Golden Age Army of the Damned Soldiers Added 10 second cooldown to gliding after crossing server borders Final Note Again, we would like to emphasize that ATLAS is still in Early Access, meaning many things can and will likely continue to drastically change - even in the middle of development. Anything discussed is only up to date as of the moment it is posted. Features and changes that ultimately make it to the next patch, as well as timing, may be different from what was previously discussed. As always, we appreciate the suggestions and feedback from the community. Please keep them coming! Thank you for all of your support! Happy Sailing, - ATLAS Crew For the latest dispatch on #playATLAS keep yer one good eye trained on this here information Natter n' chatter on Discord: https://discord.gg/playatlas Hear ye, hear ye on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sailtheatlas Watch us scallywags on Twitch: http://twitch.tv/sailtheatlas Plus ye can band with us Pirates on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/playatlasgame
  8. Ahoy Pathfinders! We want to start off by expressing our gratitude to the community throughout the launch of the Trade System. As we sail along the development journey, some seas may be rougher than others, but we are still making progress and we would like to extend our thanks to the community for their patience in joining us on this ride. Although we had to consequently disable Trades last week while we worked on a solution, we will be enabling them again with tonight’s patch. Patch 515.17 is scheduled for tonight, 11/18 at 7:00 PM PST. Harvest Rates will also be returning to normal. EDIT 11/18 as of 11:30 PM PT: We are working on the Trade Functionality and ping spike issues related to Markets. Trades are not working at this time. We hope to have a fix by the end of the week with Trades enabled again soon. If anything changes, we will let you guys know. Thank you! EDIT 11/18 9:00 PT: Note to Private Servers: Private Server Admins may need to run the following command to clear Market Logs and get the Trade Routes running again: cheat CleanMarketLogs 0 Further Developing the Trade System The ATLAS Trade System is an ambitious undertaking that we want to make into one of the core pillars of ATLAS gameplay. Even with the initial iteration of Trade Functionality introduced, it is still very early in the development phase. We are continuing to develop the system in a step-by-step process. Early Access gives us the unique opportunity to roll out the system in phases to see how it performs live, allowing us to also make changes and improvements based on community feedback. It is to be expected that while the Trade System is still in its early development phases, we may have to regularly enable/disable Trading as required to fix any bugs that may occur - although we will do our best to minimize this possibility. For players wondering if this means we will have to perform a wipe, the last wipe was necessary for us to clear any withstanding issues from a previous implementation of the Sea Forts. The Trade System was implemented in a way so that we can disable/enable Trade Functionality server side without requiring a client update or a wipe. With that being said, depending on the issue and how it affects gameplay, sometimes it can be necessary. Trade Shipments will remain virtual for the time being until the system is more stable, and testing on the tangible NPC Shipments continues. Survivability As a survival sandbox, the gameplay surrounding the risk of losing your stuff is part of the appeal. However, there is a balance to it and we recognize the need to introduce some elements to help with survivability. One of the first things we’ll be introducing are Armored Docks, as seen in the preview image, to protect your hard earned ships! With tonight’s update, players will be able to build the first one - the Large Armored Dock, which can be found in the Seamanship Tree under the Expert Shipwright skill. For 1200 Alloy, 1800 Fiber, 6000 Stone, 2000 Thatch, and 2500 Wood and a daily upkeep cost, players will be able to build a Large Armored Dock to park and protect their ship in this 300,000 hp Armored Structure. At this time, the Large Armored Dock can protect all ships. However, this large version is intended to store Brigs and Galleons, with smaller version(s) to come out later. The long term goal is that larger ships will need a lot more support than smaller ships. Please know that this is still the Alpha version of the Armored Dock. Future Patches will see bug fixes, balance changes, and more polish to the Armored Docks. We are not quite there yet, but with further balance and changes, we hope to see this as one of the first of many changes that will also help solo Pirates and Small Companies. Community Feedback We would like to thank the Community again for their continued feedback and support throughout the ATLAS development journey. The reintroduction of Explosive Barrels was meant to bring back an old mechanic and create a space and balance for it. We have spent a lot of time observing the gameplay surrounding it and we have been paying attention to your feedback. While we are still going to be introducing changes with Barrel gameplay in mind, we do hear you! In 515.17, Explosive Barrels can no longer be fired from Cannons or Large Cannons. We have also added an 80 Gold cost for crafting Explosive Barrels. Thank you to the Community for your part in helping us to shape and define ATLAS gameplay. Released Patch Notes V515.7 New Structure: Armored Dock The Armored Dock is a structure built in shallow water to dock a ship inside of. It must be destroyed before the ship can be damaged. This Alpha version of the Armored Dock is still in progress and not fully functional! Be warned! Smaller Armored Docks are coming in future patches along with bug fixes, balance changes, and polish. Added Large Armored Dock to the Seamanship Tree under the Expert Shipwright skill Has 300,000 health and is an Armored Structure, giving it increased resistance to explosive damage Costs 500 Gold upkeep per day (This will be reduced to 150 gold in the next patch) Explosive Barrels Explosive Barrels can no longer be fired from Cannons or Large Cannons (may still be fired from Catapults) Added 80 Gold cost for crafting Explosive Barrels Sea Forts Duplicated some flag interactions onto the Sea Fort Tax Bank Fixed some stuck interactions with the Sea Fort Tax Bank Structures Increased resistance to explosive damage by 40% for Large Stone Walls, Large Stone Gateways, and Large Stone Gates Weight of placed Catapults increased from 120 to 150 Trade Log Fixed issues where Trade Log incorrectly reflects what was sent and received Fixed an issue where sender and receiver were swapped in Trade Log Added resources received from Trade Events to Trade Log Fixed some scrolling issues with Trade Log Trade Shipments Fixed an issue where resources were received twice from one trade Fixed multiple issues where incorrect amounts of resources were received Fixed multiple issues with Shipments getting stuck, eventually causing performance issues Fixed the amount of Income (Gold) generated by Trade routes. It should now correctly reflect the route's length Updated some virtual shipment server settings Market Markets must now be within 22m of a Warehouse to connect Fixed an issue where Markets and Warehouses could not connect Fixed some issues where editing Trade Offers would create mismatched information between the server and the client and break those offers Added new Trade Route statuses to replace PENDING: SENT: Trade Route requests you have made that are pending RECEIVED: Trade Route requests other Markets have made to you Cleaned up some Market interface interactions Misc Removed XP reward from all Golden Age Army of the Damned Soldiers Added 10 second cooldown to gliding after crossing server borders Final Note Again, we would like to emphasize that ATLAS is still in Early Access, meaning many things can and will likely continue to drastically change - even in the middle of development. Anything discussed is only up to date as of the moment it is posted. Features and changes that ultimately make it to the next patch, as well as timing, may be different from what was previously discussed. As always, we appreciate the suggestions and feedback from the community. Please keep them coming! Thank you for all of your support! Happy Sailing, - ATLAS Crew For the latest dispatch on #playATLAS keep yer one good eye trained on this here information Natter n' chatter on Discord: https://discord.gg/playatlas Hear ye, hear ye on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sailtheatlas Watch us scallywags on Twitch: http://twitch.tv/sailtheatlas Plus ye can band with us Pirates on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/playatlasgame View full article
  9. Ahoy Pathfinders, We will be temporarily disabling Trade while we continue to investigate a solution for the Server Issues related to Markets and Trading. If you continue to see performance or server related issues, please report them to us in the Server Outage form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdhAG84VvDhPBurAY8p4JLUhQfAmhjg42UR6o5zQTuzlqD6NQ/viewform We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.
  10. 11-13 UPDATE: We will be temporarily disabling Trade while we continue to investigate a solution for the Server Issues related to Markets and Trading. If you continue to see performance or server related issues, please report them to us in the Server Outage form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdhAG84VvDhPBurAY8p4JLUhQfAmhjg42UR6o5zQTuzlqD6NQ/viewform We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ahoy Pathfinders! Trade Functionality is finally here, and with it a Wipe for a fresh new start! To kick things off with a surprise, we will be having 3x Harvest Rates for one week, starting today! Now that it’s almost all together, let’s review how the Trade System functions. The Trade system is intended as a means to get resources flowing across the map, facilitating competition over resources and the access to trade. Every grid has 1-4 Sea Forts that act as control points which give players access to Trade Routes that let players connect what they are producing with what others are, establishing Trades in an automated fashion: All trading is automated - the Market will look at your configurations, and check the Warehouses of connected Markets to see if Trade conditions are fulfilled. If the conditions are met, a Trade Ship will be automatically created and set to embark on its destination. Players do not necessarily need to control a Sea Fort to be able to be able trade. However blockading Trade routes is possible if a Company controls all the Sea Forts on a server that route must go through. Companies that control Sea Forts may also tax Trade Ships that pass through its server, although Trade Ships will always choose to use the Sea Fort with the lower tax rate. Remember that at this stage, all Trades will be virtual, so any Trade that is started will reach its destination Market. Testing is still ongoing on the NPC Trade Ships that will eventually carry the goods. Now’s the perfect time to take advantage of these guaranteed Trades to get the gold rolling in and the economy moving! Although players won’t be able to attack your Shipments for now, you will still want to pay attention to the Random Events that may occur! You never know what you will end up getting… or losing. However, the chance of higher spoils may make the Trade more than worth while! All Random events are virtual and are resolved upon completion of the Trade. Shaping Gameplay and Progression With the Trade Functionality and the ability to gain income from it now in place, the dynamics of the gameplay will start to shift, as will progression and the balancing surrounding it. The economy of the game will be centered around the Trade System. Although the other ways to obtain gold remain, utilizing the Trade System will be the primary way to earn income, whether you are actively Trading, controlling Sea Forts, raiding Sea Forts, or later - attacking ships. There was a lot of noise surrounding the increase in gold cost to build higher tier ships and its pay-off. The introduction of the Trade System is meant to shake things up with the current state of play. We are not balancing our changes surrounding what was previously established and these new conditions in play should endeavor players to new strategies. As we mentioned, we are starting with very conservative numbers with this first pass of the Trade System and will be making adjustments as needed. Future mechanics or changes to ATLAS may continue to change up the gameplay and progression in the game as well. We are striving to find a balance for good and varying gameplay at all levels. We know that we are not there yet and it is important to stress that we are still in the middle of defining and refining the core gameplay and mechanics, so sometimes the waters are going to be pretty rough. What's left for 2020? Although Trade Functionality has made it, we still need to fully implement the rest of the system. As we previously mentioned, the NPC Trade Ships that players will be able to interact with are still undergoing development and testing. Next week will likely be a smaller maintenance update consisting of some fixes and any balancing adjustments if we see fit. The new Ships for Gold system is also on the way, and the first release of it will see the Ramming Galley hitting the shores… or more likely hitting your ships. Other specialized ships are also in the works. These new Ships will utilize a modular building system and exist alongside the current Ship system. Lastly, the other big goal we have for the remainder of the year is an overhaul of the Claiming system. We aren’t quite happy with the Island Claiming system and how it’s currently functioning. We will be reworking the Claim system based off of laying down individual claim flags in an area again. However, we are looking to take it into a different direction. We are still in the early stages of the design and fleshing out our ideas. As we get closer to making this change, we will bring it to further discussion. In summary, players can expect the completed Trade System, an introduction to the New Ship System, and a rework on the Claiming System. Again, all three of these items will continue to be tweaked and balanced. We are continuously shaping the game! This is also only what’s immediately on the table, and there is still more to come in 2021! Please stay tuned. Released Patch Notes v514.3 Trade Connected trade routes will now automatically trade between each other Every few minutes a Market will look for a potential trade Prioritizes Trade Routes in order Prioritizes Trade Offers in order When both Markets in a Trade Route have compatible Offers, a Trade is initiated Example: - Market A and B have a Trade Route - Market A offers 1 Lightwood for every 2.0 Thatch - Market B offers 1 Root for everying 0.4 Wood - If Market A tries to find a trade, they can find one for 1 Lightwood for every 2.25 Thatch - If both Warehouses have enough resources, the shipment is created. Trade Offers remain active after use, and can be part of more trades as long as there are enough resources in the Warehouse. Currently all shipments are virtual and do not generate Trading Ships that can be attacked. (This is in testing and iteration and expected in a later patch) Crafting Reduced the output of crafting Gunpowder from 2 to 1 Reduced the output of crafting Blasting Powder from 2 to 1 Market Updated the Structure Settings on the Market to be Reinforced Stone This gives Markets increased damage resistance Bug Fix: Added back the ability to connect Markets to Warehouses via interaction wheel (they should still auto connect if placed near each other) Resources Adjusted weight of many resources Reduced the weight of Gold Coins by 50% Reduced the weight of Gems by 75% Reduced the weight of Wood by 40% Reduced the weight of Sap by 60% Reduced the weight of Crystals by 60% Reduced the weight of Metal by 33% Increased the weight of Oil by 2x Increased the weight of Fiber by 8x Increased the weight of Flint by 2.4x Increased the weight of Keratanoid by 5x Increased the weight of Gunpowder by 1.5x Increased the weight of Organic Paste by 2x Increased the weight of Fire Gel by 2.5x Increased the weight of Blasting Powder by 2.5x Sea Forts Reduced the radius inside Sea Forts for claiming from 2.5 to 1.5 meters Increased Max Tax rate for Sea Forts from 30% to 50% Sea Forts added to D8 Sea Fort Taxes can now be set via 10% stepped increments in a Set Tax Wheel Submenu Sea Fort structures no longer respawn when an enemy is nearby Ships Increased Gold cost for crafting ships Schooner: 50 Gold → 5,000 Gold Brigantine: 250 Gold → 25,000 Gold Galleon: 500 Gold → 50,000 Gold Warehouse Reduced Placement Prevention Radius of Warehouse from 800m to 600m This increases amount of warehouses that can fit in an area by about 75% We're looking at how to best allow multiple companies to have warehouses nearby in the future Reduced Transport Radius of Warehouse from 500m to 450m Misc Increased the max stack size of Cannon Balls from 50 to 100 Bug Fix: Explosive Barrels can no longer deal damage in Freeports Bug Fix: Stack size for Fuel items in Warehouse and Farmhouse inventory is no longer affected by the Fuel Slot stack size Known Issues If you create a trade offer and then edit its resources, the Market UI doesn't update and may be out of sync with what's actually there Resources awarded by Trade Events may not be delivered or logged correctly Trade Log may incorrectly state which resource types are sent and received Trade Route income should be multiplied by the Trade Route's distance Editing the Tax Rate on Sea Forts requires you to manually exit the interaction wheel No feedback is given when a Market doesn't have a valid Warehouse to connect to Final Note Again, we would like to emphasize that ATLAS is still in Early Access, meaning many things can and will likely continue to drastically change - even in the middle of development. Anything discussed is only up to date as of the moment it is posted. Features and changes that ultimately make it to the next patch may be different from what was previously discussed. As always, we appreciate the suggestions and feedback from the community. Please keep them coming! Thank you for all of your support! Happy Sailing, - ATLAS Crew For the latest dispatch on #playATLAS keep yer one good eye trained on this here information Natter n' chatter on Discord: https://discord.gg/playatlas Hear ye, hear ye on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sailtheatlas Watch us scallywags on Twitch: http://twitch.tv/sailtheatlas Plus ye can band with us Pirates on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/playatlasgame
  11. 11-13 UPDATE: We will be temporarily disabling Trade while we continue to investigate a solution for the Server Issues related to Markets and Trading. If you continue to see performance or server related issues, please report them to us in the Server Outage form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdhAG84VvDhPBurAY8p4JLUhQfAmhjg42UR6o5zQTuzlqD6NQ/viewform We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ahoy Pathfinders! Trade Functionality is finally here, and with it a Wipe for a fresh new start! To kick things off with a surprise, we will be having 3x Harvest Rates for one week, starting today! Now that it’s almost all together, let’s review how the Trade System functions. The Trade system is intended as a means to get resources flowing across the map, facilitating competition over resources and the access to trade. Every grid has 1-4 Sea Forts that act as control points which give players access to Trade Routes that let players connect what they are producing with what others are, establishing Trades in an automated fashion: All trading is automated - the Market will look at your configurations, and check the Warehouses of connected Markets to see if Trade conditions are fulfilled. If the conditions are met, a Trade Ship will be automatically created and set to embark on its destination. Players do not necessarily need to control a Sea Fort to be able to be able trade. However blockading Trade routes is possible if a Company controls all the Sea Forts on a server that route must go through. Companies that control Sea Forts may also tax Trade Ships that pass through its server, although Trade Ships will always choose to use the Sea Fort with the lower tax rate. Remember that at this stage, all Trades will be virtual, so any Trade that is started will reach its destination Market. Testing is still ongoing on the NPC Trade Ships that will eventually carry the goods. Now’s the perfect time to take advantage of these guaranteed Trades to get the gold rolling in and the economy moving! Although players won’t be able to attack your Shipments for now, you will still want to pay attention to the Random Events that may occur! You never know what you will end up getting… or losing. However, the chance of higher spoils may make the Trade more than worth while! All Random events are virtual and are resolved upon completion of the Trade. Shaping Gameplay and Progression With the Trade Functionality and the ability to gain income from it now in place, the dynamics of the gameplay will start to shift, as will progression and the balancing surrounding it. The economy of the game will be centered around the Trade System. Although the other ways to obtain gold remain, utilizing the Trade System will be the primary way to earn income, whether you are actively Trading, controlling Sea Forts, raiding Sea Forts, or later - attacking ships. There was a lot of noise surrounding the increase in gold cost to build higher tier ships and its pay-off. The introduction of the Trade System is meant to shake things up with the current state of play. We are not balancing our changes surrounding what was previously established and these new conditions in play should endeavor players to new strategies. As we mentioned, we are starting with very conservative numbers with this first pass of the Trade System and will be making adjustments as needed. Future mechanics or changes to ATLAS may continue to change up the gameplay and progression in the game as well. We are striving to find a balance for good and varying gameplay at all levels. We know that we are not there yet and it is important to stress that we are still in the middle of defining and refining the core gameplay and mechanics, so sometimes the waters are going to be pretty rough. What's left for 2020? Although Trade Functionality has made it, we still need to fully implement the rest of the system. As we previously mentioned, the NPC Trade Ships that players will be able to interact with are still undergoing development and testing. Next week will likely be a smaller maintenance update consisting of some fixes and any balancing adjustments if we see fit. The new Ships for Gold system is also on the way, and the first release of it will see the Ramming Galley hitting the shores… or more likely hitting your ships. Other specialized ships are also in the works. These new Ships will utilize a modular building system and exist alongside the current Ship system. Lastly, the other big goal we have for the remainder of the year is an overhaul of the Claiming system. We aren’t quite happy with the Island Claiming system and how it’s currently functioning. We will be reworking the Claim system based off of laying down individual claim flags in an area again. However, we are looking to take it into a different direction. We are still in the early stages of the design and fleshing out our ideas. As we get closer to making this change, we will bring it to further discussion. In summary, players can expect the completed Trade System, an introduction to the New Ship System, and a rework on the Claiming System. Again, all three of these items will continue to be tweaked and balanced. We are continuously shaping the game! This is also only what’s immediately on the table, and there is still more to come in 2021! Please stay tuned. Released Patch Notes v514.3 Trade Connected trade routes will now automatically trade between each other Every few minutes a Market will look for a potential trade Prioritizes Trade Routes in order Prioritizes Trade Offers in order When both Markets in a Trade Route have compatible Offers, a Trade is initiated Example: - Market A and B have a Trade Route - Market A offers 1 Lightwood for every 2.0 Thatch - Market B offers 1 Root for everying 0.4 Wood - If Market A tries to find a trade, they can find one for 1 Lightwood for every 2.25 Thatch - If both Warehouses have enough resources, the shipment is created. Trade Offers remain active after use, and can be part of more trades as long as there are enough resources in the Warehouse. Currently all shipments are virtual and do not generate Trading Ships that can be attacked. (This is in testing and iteration and expected in a later patch) Crafting Reduced the output of crafting Gunpowder from 2 to 1 Reduced the output of crafting Blasting Powder from 2 to 1 Market Updated the Structure Settings on the Market to be Reinforced Stone This gives Markets increased damage resistance Bug Fix: Added back the ability to connect Markets to Warehouses via interaction wheel (they should still auto connect if placed near each other) Resources Adjusted weight of many resources Reduced the weight of Gold Coins by 50% Reduced the weight of Gems by 75% Reduced the weight of Wood by 40% Reduced the weight of Sap by 60% Reduced the weight of Crystals by 60% Reduced the weight of Metal by 33% Increased the weight of Oil by 2x Increased the weight of Fiber by 8x Increased the weight of Flint by 2.4x Increased the weight of Keratanoid by 5x Increased the weight of Gunpowder by 1.5x Increased the weight of Organic Paste by 2x Increased the weight of Fire Gel by 2.5x Increased the weight of Blasting Powder by 2.5x Sea Forts Reduced the radius inside Sea Forts for claiming from 2.5 to 1.5 meters Increased Max Tax rate for Sea Forts from 30% to 50% Sea Forts added to D8 Sea Fort Taxes can now be set via 10% stepped increments in a Set Tax Wheel Submenu Sea Fort structures no longer respawn when an enemy is nearby Ships Increased Gold cost for crafting ships Schooner: 50 Gold → 5,000 Gold Brigantine: 250 Gold → 25,000 Gold Galleon: 500 Gold → 50,000 Gold Warehouse Reduced Placement Prevention Radius of Warehouse from 800m to 600m This increases amount of warehouses that can fit in an area by about 75% We're looking at how to best allow multiple companies to have warehouses nearby in the future Reduced Transport Radius of Warehouse from 500m to 450m Misc Increased the max stack size of Cannon Balls from 50 to 100 Bug Fix: Explosive Barrels can no longer deal damage in Freeports Bug Fix: Stack size for Fuel items in Warehouse and Farmhouse inventory is no longer affected by the Fuel Slot stack size Known Issues If you create a trade offer and then edit its resources, the Market UI doesn't update and may be out of sync with what's actually there Resources awarded by Trade Events may not be delivered or logged correctly Trade Log may incorrectly state which resource types are sent and received Trade Route income should be multiplied by the Trade Route's distance Editing the Tax Rate on Sea Forts requires you to manually exit the interaction wheel No feedback is given when a Market doesn't have a valid Warehouse to connect to Final Note Again, we would like to emphasize that ATLAS is still in Early Access, meaning many things can and will likely continue to drastically change - even in the middle of development. Anything discussed is only up to date as of the moment it is posted. Features and changes that ultimately make it to the next patch may be different from what was previously discussed. As always, we appreciate the suggestions and feedback from the community. Please keep them coming! Thank you for all of your support! Happy Sailing, - ATLAS Crew For the latest dispatch on #playATLAS keep yer one good eye trained on this here information Natter n' chatter on Discord: https://discord.gg/playatlas Hear ye, hear ye on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sailtheatlas Watch us scallywags on Twitch: http://twitch.tv/sailtheatlas Plus ye can band with us Pirates on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/playatlasgame View full article
  12. Ahoy Pathfinders! We have set up the Sea Forts for route control, the Markets for Trade configurations, and now Trade functionality is on the way with the next patch! As a reminder, it is currently scheduled for Tuesday 11/10 at 7:00 PM PT and includes a Wipe. The first iteration of Trade functionality will introduce virtual shipments only, meaning no tangible NPC Trade Ship will be created and all Trades that are started will reach its destination Market after a certain time. Players can still blockade Trades via control of Sea Forts, in which case a Trade will not start if there are no routes it can take to reach its final destination. The automatically generated Trade Ships that players will be able to impede and attack are still undergoing testing will be implemented later. We are also introducing Random Events to Trading, and these will appear in the Trade log when they occur. It’s wild out in the Seas, and you never know what can happen. Perhaps your ship sailed into a group of NPC pirates who took some of your stock. Or maybe you got lucky and ran into a treasure chest, gaining you extra gold! Maybe the amateur cook on board accidentally set your ship on fire so you lost some of your cargo - but inadvertently gained coal! Random events can be negative, neutral, or good, so be sure to keep an eye on your Trading Log or you’ll be caught by surprise! Multiple Random Events may trigger, and all Random Events are virtual and do not get resolved until the end of the shipment. The weights of several resources have been adjusted in relation to the Trade System as well. Economy The Trade system will be the main way for players to generate gold. We will be starting with very conservative numbers with the gold generation rate from Trades, and will adjust the numbers accordingly. With Trade Functionality now in play, we have increased the cost of building Ships. Players will need to Trade consistently and/or control Sea Forts to build income for Ships. Acquiring top-tier Ships is going to take some work and we are expecting to see a lot of Sloops at the beginning. The first Schooner, and subsequent Ships should feel like a big deal and a job well done! Whales, Ships of the Damned, Shipwrecks, Flotsam, and Treasure Maps are other avenues for gold as well. Re: Upcoming Wipe As noted, the next Patch will include a Wipe with the introduction of Trade Functionality. The Wipe will also resolve some previous issues such as interference from the old Sea Fort structures and problems with claiming Sea Forts on Lawless. We also received some questions about whether the Wipe would change the map or multipliers for the new “season.” We would like to start off by clarifying that with our recent change to our direction in development, we are shying away from defining official “seasons” while we are still in Early Access. In the Summer, we announced that we were renewing and essentially resetting the ATLAS development journey. Since then, we have come to realize that we cannot expect to have “seasons” while we are still shaping out the core gameplay mechanics. At this stage, we will be rolling out changes continuously and wiping whenever it becomes necessary. Meanwhile, we will consider how we may want to run seasons when it makes sense. The upcoming Wipe will not introduce any map or resource distribution changes, at least not right away. We are still looking at how we want to change and balance the distribution of resources. We like the idea of having Hot Spots/contested locations and want to bring more of that into the gameplay. Once the NPC Trade Ships are in, it will also create opportunities to attack the Trade Ships that are carrying rarer goods. The changes to resource distribution will be happening later in this cycle. This means that the value of certain locations can and will change until we strike the right balance, and it will mix up whatever the current circumstances at the time may be. Base multipliers/rates will also remain the same. There are no planned changes at this time, although we will likely look into readjusting them later down the line. Private Servers A wipe is not necessary for Private Servers, but it is recommended as there may be outstanding issues that a wipe would resolve if you had already added the original Sea Fort structures to your map. Be wary that adding Sea Forts now may cause unintended changes as well. Sea Forts are also not necessary to enable Trading on your server. Trading is set up so that if there are no Sea Forts in the server, it is considered an open route and there is no tax when passing through. If the origin or destination market is on a server with no Sea Forts, the trip will be virtual. In other words, Trading is allowed for everyone if there are no Sea Forts on a server. Unless you desire to add the gameplay surrounding Sea Forts, it is not a requirement for the Trade System. Tentative Changelog *** Please note that this is only a preview of the next patch and may be incomplete. Final Patch Notes for the Live build may differ and will be reposted once it goes live. Crafting Reduced the output of crafting Gunpowder from 2 to 1 Reduced the output of crafting Blasting Powder from 2 to 1 Market Updated the Structure Settings on the Market to be Reinforced Stone This results in increased damage resistance Bug Fix: Added back the ability to connect Markets to Warehouses via interaction wheel (they should still auto connect if placed near each other) Resources Adjusted weight of many resources Reduced the weight of Gold Coins by 50% Reduced the weight of Gems by 75% Reduced the weight of Wood by 40% Reduced the weight of Sap by 60% Reduced the weight of Crystals by 60% Reduced the weight of Metal by 33% Increased the weight of Oil by 2x Increased the weight of Fiber by 8x Increased the weight of Flint by 2.4x Increased the weight of Keratinoid by 5x Increased the weight of Gunpowder by 1.5x Increased the weight of Organic Paste by 2x Increased the weight of Fire Gel by 2.5x Increased the weight of Blasting Powder by 2.5x Sea Forts Reduced the radius inside Sea Forts for claiming from 2.5 to 1.5 meters Increased Max Tax rate for Sea Forts from 30% to 50% Ships Increased Gold cost for crafting ships Schooner: 50 → 5,000 Gold Brigantine: 250 → 25,000 Gold Galleon: 500 → 50,000 Gold Warehouse Reduced Placement Prevention Radius of Warehouse from 800m to 600m This increases amount of warehouses that can fit in an area by about 75% We're looking at how to best allow multiple companies to have warehouses nearby in the future Reduced Transport Radius of Warehouse from 500m to 450m Misc Increased the max stack size of Cannon Balls from 50 to 100 Bug Fix: Explosive Barrels can no longer deal damage in Freeports Final Note Again, we would like to emphasize that ATLAS is still in Early Access, meaning many things can and will likely continue to drastically change - even in the middle of development. Anything discussed is only up to date as of the moment it is posted. Features and changes that ultimately make it to the next patch may be different from what was previously discussed. As always, we appreciate the suggestions and feedback from the community. Please keep them coming! Thank you for all of your support! Happy Sailing, - ATLAS Crew For the latest dispatch on #playATLAS keep yer one good eye trained on this here information Natter n' chatter on Discord: https://discord.gg/playatlas Hear ye, hear ye on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sailtheatlas Watch us scallywags on Twitch: http://twitch.tv/sailtheatlas Plus ye can band with us Pirates on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/playatlasgame
  13. Ahoy Pathfinders! We have set up the Sea Forts for route control, the Markets for Trade configurations, and now Trade functionality is on the way with the next patch! As a reminder, it is currently scheduled for Tuesday 11/10 at 7:00 PM PT and includes a Wipe. The first iteration of Trade functionality will introduce virtual shipments only, meaning no tangible NPC Trade Ship will be created and all Trades that are started will reach its destination Market after a certain time. Players can still blockade Trades via control of Sea Forts, in which case a Trade will not start if there are no routes it can take to reach its final destination. The automatically generated Trade Ships that players will be able to impede and attack are still undergoing testing will be implemented later. We are also introducing Random Events to Trading, and these will appear in the Trade log when they occur. It’s wild out in the Seas, and you never know what can happen. Perhaps your ship sailed into a group of NPC pirates who took some of your stock. Or maybe you got lucky and ran into a treasure chest, gaining you extra gold! Maybe the amateur cook on board accidentally set your ship on fire so you lost some of your cargo - but inadvertently gained coal! Random events can be negative, neutral, or good, so be sure to keep an eye on your Trading Log or you’ll be caught by surprise! Multiple Random Events may trigger, and all Random Events are virtual and do not get resolved until the end of the shipment. The weights of several resources have been adjusted in relation to the Trade System as well. Economy The Trade system will be the main way for players to generate gold. We will be starting with very conservative numbers with the gold generation rate from Trades, and will adjust the numbers accordingly. With Trade Functionality now in play, we have increased the cost of building Ships. Players will need to Trade consistently and/or control Sea Forts to build income for Ships. Acquiring top-tier Ships is going to take some work and we are expecting to see a lot of Sloops at the beginning. The first Schooner, and subsequent Ships should feel like a big deal and a job well done! Whales, Ships of the Damned, Shipwrecks, Flotsam, and Treasure Maps are other avenues for gold as well. Re: Upcoming Wipe As noted, the next Patch will include a Wipe with the introduction of Trade Functionality. The Wipe will also resolve some previous issues such as interference from the old Sea Fort structures and problems with claiming Sea Forts on Lawless. We also received some questions about whether the Wipe would change the map or multipliers for the new “season.” We would like to start off by clarifying that with our recent change to our direction in development, we are shying away from defining official “seasons” while we are still in Early Access. In the Summer, we announced that we were renewing and essentially resetting the ATLAS development journey. Since then, we have come to realize that we cannot expect to have “seasons” while we are still shaping out the core gameplay mechanics. At this stage, we will be rolling out changes continuously and wiping whenever it becomes necessary. Meanwhile, we will consider how we may want to run seasons when it makes sense. The upcoming Wipe will not introduce any map or resource distribution changes, at least not right away. We are still looking at how we want to change and balance the distribution of resources. We like the idea of having Hot Spots/contested locations and want to bring more of that into the gameplay. Once the NPC Trade Ships are in, it will also create opportunities to attack the Trade Ships that are carrying rarer goods. The changes to resource distribution will be happening later in this cycle. This means that the value of certain locations can and will change until we strike the right balance, and it will mix up whatever the current circumstances at the time may be. Base multipliers/rates will also remain the same. There are no planned changes at this time, although we will likely look into readjusting them later down the line. Private Servers A wipe is not necessary for Private Servers, but it is recommended as there may be outstanding issues that a wipe would resolve if you had already added the original Sea Fort structures to your map. Be wary that adding Sea Forts now may cause unintended changes as well. Sea Forts are also not necessary to enable Trading on your server. Trading is set up so that if there are no Sea Forts in the server, it is considered an open route and there is no tax when passing through. If the origin or destination market is on a server with no Sea Forts, the trip will be virtual. In other words, Trading is allowed for everyone if there are no Sea Forts on a server. Unless you desire to add the gameplay surrounding Sea Forts, it is not a requirement for the Trade System. Tentative Changelog *** Please note that this is only a preview of the next patch and may be incomplete. Final Patch Notes for the Live build may differ and will be reposted once it goes live. Crafting Reduced the output of crafting Gunpowder from 2 to 1 Reduced the output of crafting Blasting Powder from 2 to 1 Market Updated the Structure Settings on the Market to be Reinforced Stone This results in increased damage resistance Bug Fix: Added back the ability to connect Markets to Warehouses via interaction wheel (they should still auto connect if placed near each other) Resources Adjusted weight of many resources Reduced the weight of Gold Coins by 50% Reduced the weight of Gems by 75% Reduced the weight of Wood by 40% Reduced the weight of Sap by 60% Reduced the weight of Crystals by 60% Reduced the weight of Metal by 33% Increased the weight of Oil by 2x Increased the weight of Fiber by 8x Increased the weight of Flint by 2.4x Increased the weight of Keratinoid by 5x Increased the weight of Gunpowder by 1.5x Increased the weight of Organic Paste by 2x Increased the weight of Fire Gel by 2.5x Increased the weight of Blasting Powder by 2.5x Sea Forts Reduced the radius inside Sea Forts for claiming from 2.5 to 1.5 meters Increased Max Tax rate for Sea Forts from 30% to 50% Ships Increased Gold cost for crafting ships Schooner: 50 → 5,000 Gold Brigantine: 250 → 25,000 Gold Galleon: 500 → 50,000 Gold Warehouse Reduced Placement Prevention Radius of Warehouse from 800m to 600m This increases amount of warehouses that can fit in an area by about 75% We're looking at how to best allow multiple companies to have warehouses nearby in the future Reduced Transport Radius of Warehouse from 500m to 450m Misc Increased the max stack size of Cannon Balls from 50 to 100 Bug Fix: Explosive Barrels can no longer deal damage in Freeports Final Note Again, we would like to emphasize that ATLAS is still in Early Access, meaning many things can and will likely continue to drastically change - even in the middle of development. Anything discussed is only up to date as of the moment it is posted. Features and changes that ultimately make it to the next patch may be different from what was previously discussed. As always, we appreciate the suggestions and feedback from the community. Please keep them coming! Thank you for all of your support! Happy Sailing, - ATLAS Crew For the latest dispatch on #playATLAS keep yer one good eye trained on this here information Natter n' chatter on Discord: https://discord.gg/playatlas Hear ye, hear ye on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sailtheatlas Watch us scallywags on Twitch: http://twitch.tv/sailtheatlas Plus ye can band with us Pirates on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/playatlasgame View full article
  14. Ahoy Pathfinders! Last Saturday we discussed our progress on addressing the map flickering and PVE Sea Fort claiming issues from the last patch, and although we aimed to get the hotfix out on Tuesday, we ended up being able to integrate these fixes with an early release of the new Markets! This new build is scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday 11/04, at 7:00 PM PT! Again, the actual Trading will not be available quite yet in this Market patch as we are still actively testing its functionality and mechanics. Players will be able to craft a Market at a Smithy as long as they have the required Advanced Automation skill from the Construction tree. For now, you savvy seafarers can check out the configurations and set up your preferences. Please let us know your feedback on how the Market UI functions. Our crew craftsman has made a few renovations on the Sea Forts, but the construction is still ongoing! Pirates with an eye for aesthetics can expect further design improvements down the line. Additionally, Sea Forts now also display owner and tax rate. A number of balance passes have been made as well as we continue to observe the gameplay surrounding it. Upcoming Wipe Early next week, we are expecting to release the third part of the Trade System which will introduce the actual Trading functionality. In order to implement this, a wipe will be required. Currently, this is scheduled for next Tuesday, November 10. For clarity, tomorrow’s Market patch will NOT include a wipe, but next week’s Trading patch will. More information about the Trading patch to come. Released Patch Notes Server v513.7 // Client v513.8 *** Private Servers, please see new configuration variables at the end of the patch notes New Feature: Markets A new Market structure has been added Markets must be connected to a nearby Warehouse to function The Warehouse must be connected to a Farmhouse for full functionality The Warehouse acts as a repository for trading resources for the Market Trade Routes may be created between Markets Preferences for Resource Trading may be set on the Markets Markets DO NOT currently Trade Markets trading is in testing and bug fixing and will come with a later patch Trading will be automated based on preferences set on the Market A successful trade will generate some amount of Gold Coins Markets have 150k health and are difficult to destroy Crafting a market requires the Advanced Automation skill from the construction tree and may be done at a Smithy Some Trade and Market tuning values are configurable for private servers Sea Forts Updated the terrain of the Sea Fort island Simple cosmetic updates to the look of Sea Fort structures (this art is still a placeholder) Adjusted respawn times for some structures on Sea Forts (walls still respawn quickly) Made some Sea Fort tuning values configurable for private servers Updated data on the map about Sea Forts (owner and tax rate are shown) Now only shown when zoomed in Performance while map is open should be improved Increased Defense Tower's damage resistance Explosion Damage Received: 100% → 70% Explosive Barrel Damage Received: 100% → 10.5% Catapult Boulder Damage Received: 100% → 28% Ballista Damage Received: 100% → 7% Added immunity to melee attacks and liquid flame Modified Tower Wall's damage resistance to match Defense Tower Explosion Damage Received: 31% → 70% Explosive Barrel Damage Received: 31% → 10.5% Increased damage dealt by Defense Towers Explosion Damage: 100 → 250 Direct Damage: 180 → 500 Bug Fix: Sea Forts can no longer be captured on PVE servers Bug Fix: Players will no longer spawn on Sea Forts Misc Bug Fix: The map no longer flickers Bug Fix: Warehouses can no longer be placed on ships Server Config (private servers) New variables for Sea Forts, Markets, and Trading have been exposed for server configuration (add to BaseServerArgs of the JSON file): ; Trade BaseTradeIncomeGoldAmount = 10; Base amount of gold a Trade Route generates per server it travels through, as the crow flies TradeIncomeGoldIntracompanyScalar = 0.5f; Multiplier for trading within the company TradeIncomeGoldAllyScalar = 0.5f; Multiplier for trading with allies TradeMarketCoolDown = 300.0f; Delay between starting a new shipment if one has begun TradeRouteShipmentMaxWeight = 1500.0f; Combined weight of all resources in a trade, shared between both shipments TradeRoutesMaxPerMarket = 5; Max number of trade routes each market may have MaxAllowedTradeShipsOnServer = 5; Max number of -real- ships allowed on a server before they queue up VirtualShipFactorServerMax = 8; used to balance rate of real v virtual ships VirtualShipFactorVirtualDecay = 0.8f; same VirtualShipFactorRealGrowth = 0.5f; same VirtualShipDelayInSeconds = 60.0f; How long it takes a virtual ship to travel through a server ; Control Points ContolPointLandClaimTime = 1500; how many seconds it takes to claim a Sea Fort from neutral ControlMaxClaimTaxRate = 30; Maximum percent out of a hundred that a Sea Fort can tax a ship using it ControlPointCostLimit = 100; Total amount of build points a Sea Fort may have on it for defenses ControlPointAggressionDecayTime = 60; How long a Sea Fort remains aggro at someone who attacked ControlDestroyedDefensiveStructureAutoPlacementDelay = 600; How long it takes for the Sea Fort to start rebuilding ControlPointNeutralStructureAutoPlacementDelay = 120; Delay between each rebuild step Known Issues Old Structures on Sea Forts did not get moved with the island, and Sea Fort may not necessarily recognize these structures. This will be fixed with next week's wipe, or players can also simply destroy the old structures Claiming issues with Sea Forts on PVP Lawless Final Note Again, we would like to emphasize that ATLAS is still in Early Access, meaning many things can and will likely continue to drastically change - even in the middle of development. Anything discussed is only up to date as of the moment it is posted. Features and changes that ultimately make it to the next patch, as well as timing, may be different from what was previously discussed. As always, we appreciate the suggestions and feedback from the community. Please keep them coming! Thank you for all of your support! Happy Sailing, - ATLAS Crew For the latest dispatch on #playATLAS keep yer one good eye trained on this here information Natter n' chatter on Discord: https://discord.gg/playatlas Hear ye, hear ye on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sailtheatlas Watch us scallywags on Twitch: http://twitch.tv/sailtheatlas Plus ye can band with us Pirates on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/playatlasgame
  15. Ahoy Pathfinders! Last Saturday we discussed our progress on addressing the map flickering and PVE Sea Fort claiming issues from the last patch, and although we aimed to get the hotfix out on Tuesday, we ended up being able to integrate these fixes with an early release of the new Markets! This new build is scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday 11/04, at 7:00 PM PT! Again, the actual Trading will not be available quite yet in this Market patch as we are still actively testing its functionality and mechanics. Players will be able to craft a Market at a Smithy as long as they have the required Advanced Automation skill from the Construction tree. For now, you savvy seafarers can check out the configurations and set up your preferences. Please let us know your feedback on how the Market UI functions. Our crew craftsman has made a few renovations on the Sea Forts, but the construction is still ongoing! Pirates with an eye for aesthetics can expect further design improvements down the line. Additionally, Sea Forts now also display owner and tax rate. A number of balance passes have been made as well as we continue to observe the gameplay surrounding it. Upcoming Wipe Early next week, we are expecting to release the third part of the Trade System which will introduce the actual Trading functionality. In order to implement this, a wipe will be required. Currently, this is scheduled for next Tuesday, November 10. For clarity, tomorrow’s Market patch will NOT include a wipe, but next week’s Trading patch will. More information about the Trading patch to come. Released Patch Notes Server v513.7 // Client v513.8 *** Private Servers, please see new configuration variables at the end of the patch notes New Feature: Markets A new Market structure has been added Markets must be connected to a nearby Warehouse to function The Warehouse must be connected to a Farmhouse for full functionality The Warehouse acts as a repository for trading resources for the Market Trade Routes may be created between Markets Preferences for Resource Trading may be set on the Markets Markets DO NOT currently Trade Markets trading is in testing and bug fixing and will come with a later patch Trading will be automated based on preferences set on the Market A successful trade will generate some amount of Gold Coins Markets have 150k health and are difficult to destroy Crafting a market requires the Advanced Automation skill from the construction tree and may be done at a Smithy Some Trade and Market tuning values are configurable for private servers Sea Forts Updated the terrain of the Sea Fort island Simple cosmetic updates to the look of Sea Fort structures (this art is still a placeholder) Adjusted respawn times for some structures on Sea Forts (walls still respawn quickly) Made some Sea Fort tuning values configurable for private servers Updated data on the map about Sea Forts (owner and tax rate are shown) Now only shown when zoomed in Performance while map is open should be improved Increased Defense Tower's damage resistance Explosion Damage Received: 100% → 70% Explosive Barrel Damage Received: 100% → 10.5% Catapult Boulder Damage Received: 100% → 28% Ballista Damage Received: 100% → 7% Added immunity to melee attacks and liquid flame Modified Tower Wall's damage resistance to match Defense Tower Explosion Damage Received: 31% → 70% Explosive Barrel Damage Received: 31% → 10.5% Increased damage dealt by Defense Towers Explosion Damage: 100 → 250 Direct Damage: 180 → 500 Bug Fix: Sea Forts can no longer be captured on PVE servers Bug Fix: Players will no longer spawn on Sea Forts Misc Bug Fix: The map no longer flickers Bug Fix: Warehouses can no longer be placed on ships Server Config (private servers) New variables for Sea Forts, Markets, and Trading have been exposed for server configuration (add to BaseServerArgs of the JSON file): ; Trade BaseTradeIncomeGoldAmount = 10; Base amount of gold a Trade Route generates per server it travels through, as the crow flies TradeIncomeGoldIntracompanyScalar = 0.5f; Multiplier for trading within the company TradeIncomeGoldAllyScalar = 0.5f; Multiplier for trading with allies TradeMarketCoolDown = 300.0f; Delay between starting a new shipment if one has begun TradeRouteShipmentMaxWeight = 1500.0f; Combined weight of all resources in a trade, shared between both shipments TradeRoutesMaxPerMarket = 5; Max number of trade routes each market may have MaxAllowedTradeShipsOnServer = 5; Max number of -real- ships allowed on a server before they queue up VirtualShipFactorServerMax = 8; used to balance rate of real v virtual ships VirtualShipFactorVirtualDecay = 0.8f; same VirtualShipFactorRealGrowth = 0.5f; same VirtualShipDelayInSeconds = 60.0f; How long it takes a virtual ship to travel through a server ; Control Points ContolPointLandClaimTime = 1500; how many seconds it takes to claim a Sea Fort from neutral ControlMaxClaimTaxRate = 30; Maximum percent out of a hundred that a Sea Fort can tax a ship using it ControlPointCostLimit = 100; Total amount of build points a Sea Fort may have on it for defenses ControlPointAggressionDecayTime = 60; How long a Sea Fort remains aggro at someone who attacked ControlDestroyedDefensiveStructureAutoPlacementDelay = 600; How long it takes for the Sea Fort to start rebuilding ControlPointNeutralStructureAutoPlacementDelay = 120; Delay between each rebuild step Known Issues Old Structures on Sea Forts did not get moved with the island, and Sea Fort may not necessarily recognize these structures. This will be fixed with next week's wipe, or players can also simply destroy the old structures Claiming issues with Sea Forts on PVP Lawless Final Note Again, we would like to emphasize that ATLAS is still in Early Access, meaning many things can and will likely continue to drastically change - even in the middle of development. Anything discussed is only up to date as of the moment it is posted. Features and changes that ultimately make it to the next patch, as well as timing, may be different from what was previously discussed. As always, we appreciate the suggestions and feedback from the community. Please keep them coming! Thank you for all of your support! Happy Sailing, - ATLAS Crew For the latest dispatch on #playATLAS keep yer one good eye trained on this here information Natter n' chatter on Discord: https://discord.gg/playatlas Hear ye, hear ye on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sailtheatlas Watch us scallywags on Twitch: http://twitch.tv/sailtheatlas Plus ye can band with us Pirates on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/playatlasgame View full article
  16. Ahoy Pathfinders! Happy Halloween! Today, we have a small news update and a few teasers of the next part of the Trade System, along with a giveaway! Development Unfortunately, the last patch introduced some map issues that were bigger than we initially thought. What we believed was a minor bug that caused flickering when zooming in on the map, actually manifests in different ways on different performance machines, as we have come to learn. As it is more nuanced, it is taking us more time to fully tackle. The second major issue we are working on is fixing the claiming of Sea Forts on PVE. There are multiple ways that we can approach this and we are carefully considering what would be the best option. At this time, we also have multiple branches that we are working on to stabilize for the next build. Whether or not we can release a branch will depend on how testing goes, and we are aiming for a patch next Tuesday. If all goes well, we can expect to release a small maintenance update with fixes on Tuesday, and then the Market Update next week. However, if we have additional problems, we may have to hold the updates. Continuing on that note, our overall goal is to continually release more updates on a regular basis. In between some of the content patches, some weeks may be more along the line of smaller maintenance updates/fixes. Teasers We dropped the first part of the Trade System - the Sea Forts last week. We have been observing the action surrounding them as we continue to update and balance the Sea Forts. The next part of the Trade System that we will be releasing are the Markets! Although players will not be able to use the Trade Routes just yet (we are still testing it out), you will be able to build these Markets next to your Warehouses and play around with the menu and configurations! Here’s a sneak peak of the new Market, as well as a look at how its UI is developing: We also have one last sneak peak of the testing we are doing on the Trading Ships and Routes! Again, Trade Routes will not be available yet with the Market update. The Trading Ships are not ready and the functionality of the Routes are still being tested. *** Please note that the above is a very rough work in progress and what you are seeing will continue to change. Giveaway Last but not least, we are ending the month with a Halloween giveaway! We’ve allied with the crews over at Blue Microphones and Nitrado to scour land and sea far and wide for Treasure, and now the spoils are yours to take - aye, if yer lucky! From now until the November 5th, enter our raffle for a chance to win a Yeti X from Blue Microphones, a 50-slot Atlas voucher from Nitrado, or a Steam Key for Atlas to recruit some new mates! For more information and to enter, visit the link here: https://www.playatlas.com/index.php?/giveaways/giveaway-halloween2020/ Good luck, ye scallywags! Final Note Again, we would like to emphasize that ATLAS is still in Early Access, meaning many things can and will likely continue to drastically change - even in the middle of development. Anything discussed is only up to date as of the moment it is posted. Features and changes that ultimately make it to the next patch, as well as timing, may be different from what was previously discussed. As always, we appreciate the suggestions and feedback from the community. Please keep them coming! Thank you for all of your support! Happy Sailing, - ATLAS Crew For the latest dispatch on #playATLAS keep yer one good eye trained on this here information Natter n' chatter on Discord: https://discord.gg/playatlas Hear ye, hear ye on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sailtheatlas Watch us scallywags on Twitch: http://twitch.tv/sailtheatlas Plus ye can band with us Pirates on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/playatlasgame
  17. Ahoy Pathfinders! Happy Halloween! Today, we have a small news update and a few teasers of the next part of the Trade System, along with a giveaway! Development Unfortunately, the last patch introduced some map issues that were bigger than we initially thought. What we believed was a minor bug that caused flickering when zooming in on the map, actually manifests in different ways on different performance machines, as we have come to learn. As it is more nuanced, it is taking us more time to fully tackle. The second major issue we are working on is fixing the claiming of Sea Forts on PVE. There are multiple ways that we can approach this and we are carefully considering what would be the best option. At this time, we also have multiple branches that we are working on to stabilize for the next build. Whether or not we can release a branch will depend on how testing goes, and we are aiming for a patch next Tuesday. If all goes well, we can expect to release a small maintenance update with fixes on Tuesday, and then the Market Update next week. However, if we have additional problems, we may have to hold the updates. Continuing on that note, our overall goal is to continually release more updates on a regular basis. In between some of the content patches, some weeks may be more along the line of smaller maintenance updates/fixes. Teasers We dropped the first part of the Trade System - the Sea Forts last week. We have been observing the action surrounding them as we continue to update and balance the Sea Forts. The next part of the Trade System that we will be releasing are the Markets! Although players will not be able to use the Trade Routes just yet (we are still testing it out), you will be able to build these Markets next to your Warehouses and play around with the menu and configurations! Here’s a sneak peak of the new Market, as well as a look at how its UI is developing: We also have one last sneak peak of the testing we are doing on the Trading Ships and Routes! Again, Trade Routes will not be available yet with the Market update. The Trading Ships are not ready and the functionality of the Routes are still being tested. *** Please note that the above is a very rough work in progress and what you are seeing will continue to change. Giveaway Last but not least, we are ending the month with a Halloween giveaway! We’ve allied with the crews over at Blue Microphones and Nitrado to scour land and sea far and wide for Treasure, and now the spoils are yours to take - aye, if yer lucky! From now until the November 5th, enter our raffle for a chance to win a Yeti X from Blue Microphones, a 50-slot Atlas voucher from Nitrado, or a Steam Key for Atlas to recruit some new mates! For more information and to enter, visit the link here: https://www.playatlas.com/index.php?/giveaways/giveaway-halloween2020/ Good luck, ye scallywags! Final Note Again, we would like to emphasize that ATLAS is still in Early Access, meaning many things can and will likely continue to drastically change - even in the middle of development. Anything discussed is only up to date as of the moment it is posted. Features and changes that ultimately make it to the next patch, as well as timing, may be different from what was previously discussed. As always, we appreciate the suggestions and feedback from the community. Please keep them coming! Thank you for all of your support! Happy Sailing, - ATLAS Crew For the latest dispatch on #playATLAS keep yer one good eye trained on this here information Natter n' chatter on Discord: https://discord.gg/playatlas Hear ye, hear ye on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sailtheatlas Watch us scallywags on Twitch: http://twitch.tv/sailtheatlas Plus ye can band with us Pirates on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/playatlasgame View full article
  18. ATLAS

    2x Weekend 10/29 - 11/02

    Ahoy Pathfinders! With Halloween just around the corner, we thought we'd give you guys a little treat - 2x Weekend! Tomorrow 10/29 10:00 AM PT through 11/2 10:00 AM PT, we'll be doubling Treasure Gold, Taming Speeds, and Harvesting! Take advantage of the limited time boost to finally hit some of your goals and have fun! Happy Sailing, - ATLAS Crew For the latest dispatch on #playATLAS keep yer one good eye trained on this here information Natter n' chatter on Discord: https://discord.gg/playatlas Hear ye, hear ye on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sailtheatlas Watch us scallywags on Twitch: http://twitch.tv/sailtheatlas Plus ye can band with us Pirates on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/playatlasgame
  19. Ahoy Pathfinders! With Halloween just around the corner, we thought we'd give you guys a little treat - 2x Weekend! Tomorrow 10/29 10:00 AM PT through 11/2 10:00 AM PT, we'll be doubling Treasure Gold, Taming Speeds, and Harvesting! Take advantage of the limited time boost to finally hit some of your goals and have fun! Happy Sailing, - ATLAS Crew For the latest dispatch on #playATLAS keep yer one good eye trained on this here information Natter n' chatter on Discord: https://discord.gg/playatlas Hear ye, hear ye on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sailtheatlas Watch us scallywags on Twitch: http://twitch.tv/sailtheatlas Plus ye can band with us Pirates on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/playatlasgame View full article
  20. Post has been updated with link to downlaod latest ServerGridEditor
  21. ATLAS

    ATLAS Patch v412.5

    Ahoy Pathfinders! Today's the day! ATLAS v412.5 is here! NOTE TO XBOX USERS: Currently, there is an issue on XBOX where Sea Forts are unable to be claimed. We have a fix coming out for this tomorrow. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding! Private Servers Private Server owners will need to update the ServerGrid.ServerOnly.json file by adding a new entry to the database connections called new TradeDB: { "Name": "TradeDB", "URL": "xxx.x.x.x", "Port": xxxx, "Password": "xxxx" } Replacing the correct url, port, and password for your redis server in the above. It is also necessary to update to the latest ServerGridEditor here and re-export. You will also be able to add Sea Forts to the map if you wish to. Released patch notes v412.5 New Feature: Sea Forts Sea Forts are a form of Control Points that give Companies control over trading in an area. This system is foundational for the upcoming Trade System. Sea Forts have automated defenses that will respawn over time when neutral Players have a limited number of build points (100) to spend on a Sea Fort they own Currently only Defense Towers may be built (15 pts each) On PVP Servers, they may be captured and controlled! To capture them, destroy the defenses and plant a flag inside the central tower The flag takes 25 minutes to force an owned Fort return to neutral The flag takes 10 minutes to capture on a neutral Fort Sea Forts in Freeport Servers may not be captured In an upcoming patch, Sea Forts will allow access through a server for Trading You will be able to grant or restrict access to Allies or other Companies Access to a Sea Fort is required for you to have trade routes that travel through a server! Sea Forts may have a Tax Bank built on them The Tax Bank can be raided for gold. Neutral points have the Tax Bank as well NOTE: Until trading starts, they aren't actually earning any gold, so the Bank is empty Tax Banks will allow companies to tax Trade Routes that use their Fort for access Neutral Forts will have a high tax rate and allow everyone access to a server Map Added the Ship Salesman's Island to the center of each Freeport Grid NOTE: Ships are not yet available for purchase. They will be added in a future update Added Sea Fort Islands to the map. 1-4 exist on every server except the center Ships Increased maximum Ship level from 52 to 60 Adjusted Ship XP curve to increase the amount of XP required for early levels and greatly reduce the amount of XP required for later levels Overall, this change reduces the total amount of XP required to reach max level Added Gold cost for crafting Ships in a Shipyard Schooner: 50 Gold Brigantine: 250 Gold Galleon: 500 Gold NOTE: These costs will increase when the trade system has been fully implemented Structures Defense Towers may be built at the Smithy May only be placed at Sea Forts Requires Advanced Automation Skill from the Construction Tree Added Fuel Slot to Farmhouse and Warehouse Dedicated slot holds up to 1,000 units of Fuel This slot is separate from the main inventory Burns a unit of fuel at the following intervals: Oil: 350 seconds Coal: 200 seconds Wood: 100 seconds Thatch: 40 seconds Weapons Changed delay before using newly placed land artillery to 10 minutes This affects Cannons, Large Cannons, Catapults, Puckles, Ballistas, Mortars, and Swivel Guns Bug Fix: Cannons can no longer be fired underwater Misc Removed XP reward from all bosses including the Abominable Snowman, Kraken, Hydra, Drake, Ghost Ship, and Blackwood's Queen Cobra Removed Gold drops from Kraken, Squids, Army of the Damned Soldiers, fishing, and digging. The trade system will become the way to earn gold Bug Fix: Driving a Cargo Cart over a Pillar will no longer cause the rider to dismount Bug Fix: If a Ceiling Tile is placed on top of a Pillar and then destroyed, any object built on the Ceiling Tile will also be destroyed Known Issues No Sea Forts in D8 Golden Age Sea Forts currently cannot be claimed Map may flicker when zoomed Sea Forts currently have Peace Time which may be removed at a later date Players may spawn on Sea Forts sometimes Happy Sailing, - ATLAS Crew For the latest dispatch on #playATLAS keep yer one good eye trained on this here information Natter n' chatter on Discord: https://discord.gg/playatlas Hear ye, hear ye on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sailtheatlas Watch us scallywags on Twitch: http://twitch.tv/sailtheatlas Plus ye can band with us Pirates on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/playatlasgame
  22. Ahoy Pathfinders! Today's the day! ATLAS v412.5 is here! NOTE TO XBOX USERS: Currently, there is an issue on XBOX where Sea Forts are unable to be claimed. We have a fix coming out for this tomorrow. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding! Private Servers Private Server owners will need to update the ServerGrid.ServerOnly.json file by adding a new entry to the database connections called new TradeDB: { "Name": "TradeDB", "URL": "xxx.x.x.x", "Port": xxxx, "Password": "xxxx" } Replacing the correct url, port, and password for your redis server in the above. It is also necessary to update to the latest ServerGridEditor here and re-export. You will also be able to add Sea Forts to the map if you wish to. Released patch notes v412.5 New Feature: Sea Forts Sea Forts are a form of Control Points that give Companies control over trading in an area. This system is foundational for the upcoming Trade System. Sea Forts have automated defenses that will respawn over time when neutral Players have a limited number of build points (100) to spend on a Sea Fort they own Currently only Defense Towers may be built (15 pts each) On PVP Servers, they may be captured and controlled! To capture them, destroy the defenses and plant a flag inside the central tower The flag takes 25 minutes to force an owned Fort return to neutral The flag takes 10 minutes to capture on a neutral Fort Sea Forts in Freeport Servers may not be captured In an upcoming patch, Sea Forts will allow access through a server for Trading You will be able to grant or restrict access to Allies or other Companies Access to a Sea Fort is required for you to have trade routes that travel through a server! Sea Forts may have a Tax Bank built on them The Tax Bank can be raided for gold. Neutral points have the Tax Bank as well NOTE: Until trading starts, they aren't actually earning any gold, so the Bank is empty Tax Banks will allow companies to tax Trade Routes that use their Fort for access Neutral Forts will have a high tax rate and allow everyone access to a server Map Added the Ship Salesman's Island to the center of each Freeport Grid NOTE: Ships are not yet available for purchase. They will be added in a future update Added Sea Fort Islands to the map. 1-4 exist on every server except the center Ships Increased maximum Ship level from 52 to 60 Adjusted Ship XP curve to increase the amount of XP required for early levels and greatly reduce the amount of XP required for later levels Overall, this change reduces the total amount of XP required to reach max level Added Gold cost for crafting Ships in a Shipyard Schooner: 50 Gold Brigantine: 250 Gold Galleon: 500 Gold NOTE: These costs will increase when the trade system has been fully implemented Structures Defense Towers may be built at the Smithy May only be placed at Sea Forts Requires Advanced Automation Skill from the Construction Tree Added Fuel Slot to Farmhouse and Warehouse Dedicated slot holds up to 1,000 units of Fuel This slot is separate from the main inventory Burns a unit of fuel at the following intervals: Oil: 350 seconds Coal: 200 seconds Wood: 100 seconds Thatch: 40 seconds Weapons Changed delay before using newly placed land artillery to 10 minutes This affects Cannons, Large Cannons, Catapults, Puckles, Ballistas, Mortars, and Swivel Guns Bug Fix: Cannons can no longer be fired underwater Misc Removed XP reward from all bosses including the Abominable Snowman, Kraken, Hydra, Drake, Ghost Ship, and Blackwood's Queen Cobra Removed Gold drops from Kraken, Squids, Army of the Damned Soldiers, fishing, and digging. The trade system will become the way to earn gold Bug Fix: Driving a Cargo Cart over a Pillar will no longer cause the rider to dismount Bug Fix: If a Ceiling Tile is placed on top of a Pillar and then destroyed, any object built on the Ceiling Tile will also be destroyed Known Issues No Sea Forts in D8 Golden Age Sea Forts currently cannot be claimed Map may flicker when zoomed Sea Forts currently have Peace Time which may be removed at a later date Players may spawn on Sea Forts sometimes Happy Sailing, - ATLAS Crew For the latest dispatch on #playATLAS keep yer one good eye trained on this here information Natter n' chatter on Discord: https://discord.gg/playatlas Hear ye, hear ye on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sailtheatlas Watch us scallywags on Twitch: http://twitch.tv/sailtheatlas Plus ye can band with us Pirates on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/playatlasgame View full article
  23. Ahoy Pathfinders! The new patch is getting really close! We’re still doing some final work and checks on the build. We don’t have an exact time and date on when it’ll be out yet, but here’s a quick heads up that it’ll likely be out early next week! Please keep your eye on this post and our social channels for any updates as to when this patch will release. Now, let’s take a closer look at what’s coming and the tentative changelog. UPDATE 10/26: Patch will be out tonight at 7:00 PM PST. Estimated 30~45 minutes downtime. Please keep an eye out for in-game warning. Sea Forts & Trading Earlier this week, one of the major items we discussed was the upcoming Trade System! A lot of you were curious about what the Towers on the island Control Points, now called Sea Forts, would look like! Trade Routes won’t be available yet in this next patch, but you will be able to at least check out these Sea Forts and battle it out! Here’s an early sneak peek: *** Please note that the above reflects a work in progress. The Sea Fort tower structures are still undergoing some work and adjustments will be made in subsequent updates. We received a few questions as well about how the actual exchange of goods happens and how trade can be disrupted. When shipments for trade are generated, both parties will only receive the goods and generated gold if both Trading Ships successfully make it to the other Market. On PVP, a Shipment will not start if all Sea Forts on a grid that is a part of the Trade Ship’s route have blocked it from usage. Once a shipment starts, it will follow its intended path and pay taxes based on the conditions of its route at inception. Blockading will only stop new shipments or force it into another route if it’s not completely blocked. Trade ships can also be attacked directly, and although players will be able to steal resources from the Trade Ship, this functionality is still a work in progress. We have seen concerns about how these Trade Ships may affect server load. Optimization and server stability are ongoing issues that involve the continual work we are doing to update the back-end code. Improvements are going to be a gradual process. However, we do have a mechanic in place to prevent an overload of Trade Ships. Once generated Trade Ships have reached a certain threshold, any shipments that should have been generated thereafter will be virtual. Virtual shipments do not generate a Trade Ship and cannot be attacked or stopped once it has met the conditions to start. Ships We also discussed the upcoming Ships for Gold system. At this time the plan is to have it exist alongside the current Ship system. The next patch will see a few changes to Ships to balance it out with the changes that the Trade system and Ships for Gold system will bring. Maximum level has been increased to 60 for ships and the exp curve has been adjusted accordingly. Schooner, Brigantine, and Galleon will now additionally cost Gold to build, and this amount will increase once the Trade System has been fully implemented. The new Ship Salesman has also settled into the Freeports, so you can pay him a visit although no ships will be available for purchase yet. Re: Wipes Many players were also concerned upon hearing about “more wipes.” This doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s going to suddenly be wipes left and right, only that instead of hesitating to wipe or waiting until a new “season,” we will perform the wipe if a situation calls for it. However, it does mean that a wipe can happen at any time, but only when necessary. We're going to do our best to minimize the possibility, but the possibility is always there. We'll announce wipes when we're sure, although how much of a heads up we can give is going to depend on the situation. Understandably, many of you were also anticipating a wipe after hearing this news. This next patch will NOT include a wipe. However, as we continue to implement the Trade System, a wipe will be a necessary part of the process. We do not have a date for this yet, and will make an announcement once we do. We apologize for this inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. For our Pathfinders sailing the seas of Private Servers, we will also let Private Server owners know if we recommend to follow suit when we announce a wipe. In addition to the pieces we are setting in place for the Trade system and Ships for Gold, are a few changes and bug fixes as well. We’d also like to remind everyone that we are indeed working on bug fixes and other issues in tandem with the new content. Some patches may see more content, and other patches may see more tweaks or fixes. While certain patches may focus more in one area than another, it does not mean that we are not working on other things. We are a small team doing our best to balance all sides, and we appreciate all of your support and understanding as we continue to shape ATLAS’ gameplay. See the tentative patch notes below: Tentative Changelog ***Please note that this is only a preview of the next patch. Final Patch Notes for the Live build may differ and will be reposted once it goes live. New Feature: Sea Forts Sea Forts are a form of Control Points that give Companies control over trading in an area. This system is foundational for the upcoming Trade System. Sea Forts have automated defenses that will respawn over time when neutral Players have a limited number of build points (100) to spend on a Sea Fort they own Currently only Defense Towers may be built (15 pts each) On PVP Servers, they may be captured and controlled! To capture them, destroy the defenses and plant a flag inside the central tower The flag takes 25 minutes to force an owned Fort return to neutral The flag takes 10 minutes to capture on a neutral Fort Sea Forts in Freeport Servers may not be captured In an upcoming patch, Sea Forts will allow access through a server for Trading You will be able to grant or restrict access to Allies or other Companies Access to a Sea Fort is required for you to have trade routes that travel through a server! Sea Forts may have a Tax Bank built on them The Tax Bank can be raided for gold. Neutral points have the Tax Bank as well NOTE: Until trading starts, they aren't actually earning any gold, so the Bank is empty Tax Banks will allow companies to tax Trade Routes that use their Fort for access Neutral Forts will have a high tax rate and allow everyone access to a server Map Added the Ship Salesman's Island to the center of each Freeport Grid NOTE: Ships are not yet available for purchase. They will be added in a future update Added Sea Fort Islands to the map. 1-4 exist on every server except the center Ships Increased maximum Ship level from 52 to 60 Adjusted Ship XP curve to increase the amount of XP required for early levels and greatly reduce the amount of XP required for later levels Overall, this change reduces the total amount of XP required to reach max level Added Gold cost for crafting Ships in a Shipyard Schooner: 50 Gold Brigantine: 250 Gold Galleon: 500 Gold NOTE: These costs will increase when the trade system has been fully implemented Structures Defense Towers may be built at the Smithy May only be placed at Sea Forts Requires Advanced Automation Skill from the Construction Tree Added Fuel Slot to Farmhouse and Warehouse Dedicated slot holds up to 1,000 units of Fuel This slot is separate from the main inventory Burns a unit of fuel at the following intervals: Oil: 350 seconds Coal: 200 seconds Wood: 100 seconds Thatch: 40 seconds Weapons Changed delay before using newly placed land artillery to 10 minutes This affects Cannons, Large Cannons, Catapults, Puckles, Ballistas, Mortars, and Swivel Guns Bug Fix: Cannons can no longer be fired underwater Misc Removed XP reward from all bosses including the Abominable Snowman, Kraken, Hydra, Drake, Ghost Ship, and Blackwood's Queen Cobra Removed Gold drops from Kraken, Squids, Army of the Damned Soldiers, fishing, and digging. The trade system will become the way to earn gold Bug Fix: Driving a Cargo Cart over a Pillar will no longer cause the rider to dismount Bug Fix: If a Ceiling Tile is placed on top of a Pillar and then destroyed, any object built on the Ceiling Tile will also be destroyed Final Note Again, we would like to emphasize that ATLAS is still in Early Access, meaning many things can and will likely continue to drastically change - even in the middle of development. Anything discussed is only up to date as of the moment it is posted. Features and changes that ultimately make it to the next patch may be different from what was previously discussed. As always, we appreciate the suggestions and feedback from the community. Please keep them coming! Thank you for all of your support! Happy Sailing, - ATLAS Crew For the latest dispatch on #playATLAS keep yer one good eye trained on this here information Natter n' chatter on Discord: https://discord.gg/playatlas Hear ye, hear ye on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sailtheatlas Watch us scallywags on Twitch: http://twitch.tv/sailtheatlas Plus ye can band with us Pirates on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/playatlasgame
  24. Ahoy Pathfinders! The new patch is getting really close! We’re still doing some final work and checks on the build. We don’t have an exact time and date on when it’ll be out yet, but here’s a quick heads up that it’ll likely be out early next week! Please keep your eye on this post and our social channels for any updates as to when this patch will release. Now, let’s take a closer look at what’s coming and the tentative changelog. UPDATE 10/26: Patch will be out tonight at 7:00 PM PST. Estimated 30~45 minutes downtime. Please keep an eye out for in-game warning. Sea Forts & Trading Earlier this week, one of the major items we discussed was the upcoming Trade System! A lot of you were curious about what the Towers on the island Control Points, now called Sea Forts, would look like! Trade Routes won’t be available yet in this next patch, but you will be able to at least check out these Sea Forts and battle it out! Here’s an early sneak peek: *** Please note that the above reflects a work in progress. The Sea Fort tower structures are still undergoing some work and adjustments will be made in subsequent updates. We received a few questions as well about how the actual exchange of goods happens and how trade can be disrupted. When shipments for trade are generated, both parties will only receive the goods and generated gold if both Trading Ships successfully make it to the other Market. On PVP, a Shipment will not start if all Sea Forts on a grid that is a part of the Trade Ship’s route have blocked it from usage. Once a shipment starts, it will follow its intended path and pay taxes based on the conditions of its route at inception. Blockading will only stop new shipments or force it into another route if it’s not completely blocked. Trade ships can also be attacked directly, and although players will be able to steal resources from the Trade Ship, this functionality is still a work in progress. We have seen concerns about how these Trade Ships may affect server load. Optimization and server stability are ongoing issues that involve the continual work we are doing to update the back-end code. Improvements are going to be a gradual process. However, we do have a mechanic in place to prevent an overload of Trade Ships. Once generated Trade Ships have reached a certain threshold, any shipments that should have been generated thereafter will be virtual. Virtual shipments do not generate a Trade Ship and cannot be attacked or stopped once it has met the conditions to start. Ships We also discussed the upcoming Ships for Gold system. At this time the plan is to have it exist alongside the current Ship system. The next patch will see a few changes to Ships to balance it out with the changes that the Trade system and Ships for Gold system will bring. Maximum level has been increased to 60 for ships and the exp curve has been adjusted accordingly. Schooner, Brigantine, and Galleon will now additionally cost Gold to build, and this amount will increase once the Trade System has been fully implemented. The new Ship Salesman has also settled into the Freeports, so you can pay him a visit although no ships will be available for purchase yet. Re: Wipes Many players were also concerned upon hearing about “more wipes.” This doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s going to suddenly be wipes left and right, only that instead of hesitating to wipe or waiting until a new “season,” we will perform the wipe if a situation calls for it. However, it does mean that a wipe can happen at any time, but only when necessary. We're going to do our best to minimize the possibility, but the possibility is always there. We'll announce wipes when we're sure, although how much of a heads up we can give is going to depend on the situation. Understandably, many of you were also anticipating a wipe after hearing this news. This next patch will NOT include a wipe. However, as we continue to implement the Trade System, a wipe will be a necessary part of the process. We do not have a date for this yet, and will make an announcement once we do. We apologize for this inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. For our Pathfinders sailing the seas of Private Servers, we will also let Private Server owners know if we recommend to follow suit when we announce a wipe. In addition to the pieces we are setting in place for the Trade system and Ships for Gold, are a few changes and bug fixes as well. We’d also like to remind everyone that we are indeed working on bug fixes and other issues in tandem with the new content. Some patches may see more content, and other patches may see more tweaks or fixes. While certain patches may focus more in one area than another, it does not mean that we are not working on other things. We are a small team doing our best to balance all sides, and we appreciate all of your support and understanding as we continue to shape ATLAS’ gameplay. See the tentative patch notes below: Tentative Changelog ***Please note that this is only a preview of the next patch. Final Patch Notes for the Live build may differ and will be reposted once it goes live. New Feature: Sea Forts Sea Forts are a form of Control Points that give Companies control over trading in an area. This system is foundational for the upcoming Trade System. Sea Forts have automated defenses that will respawn over time when neutral Players have a limited number of build points (100) to spend on a Sea Fort they own Currently only Defense Towers may be built (15 pts each) On PVP Servers, they may be captured and controlled! To capture them, destroy the defenses and plant a flag inside the central tower The flag takes 25 minutes to force an owned Fort return to neutral The flag takes 10 minutes to capture on a neutral Fort Sea Forts in Freeport Servers may not be captured In an upcoming patch, Sea Forts will allow access through a server for Trading You will be able to grant or restrict access to Allies or other Companies Access to a Sea Fort is required for you to have trade routes that travel through a server! Sea Forts may have a Tax Bank built on them The Tax Bank can be raided for gold. Neutral points have the Tax Bank as well NOTE: Until trading starts, they aren't actually earning any gold, so the Bank is empty Tax Banks will allow companies to tax Trade Routes that use their Fort for access Neutral Forts will have a high tax rate and allow everyone access to a server Map Added the Ship Salesman's Island to the center of each Freeport Grid NOTE: Ships are not yet available for purchase. They will be added in a future update Added Sea Fort Islands to the map. 1-4 exist on every server except the center Ships Increased maximum Ship level from 52 to 60 Adjusted Ship XP curve to increase the amount of XP required for early levels and greatly reduce the amount of XP required for later levels Overall, this change reduces the total amount of XP required to reach max level Added Gold cost for crafting Ships in a Shipyard Schooner: 50 Gold Brigantine: 250 Gold Galleon: 500 Gold NOTE: These costs will increase when the trade system has been fully implemented Structures Defense Towers may be built at the Smithy May only be placed at Sea Forts Requires Advanced Automation Skill from the Construction Tree Added Fuel Slot to Farmhouse and Warehouse Dedicated slot holds up to 1,000 units of Fuel This slot is separate from the main inventory Burns a unit of fuel at the following intervals: Oil: 350 seconds Coal: 200 seconds Wood: 100 seconds Thatch: 40 seconds Weapons Changed delay before using newly placed land artillery to 10 minutes This affects Cannons, Large Cannons, Catapults, Puckles, Ballistas, Mortars, and Swivel Guns Bug Fix: Cannons can no longer be fired underwater Misc Removed XP reward from all bosses including the Abominable Snowman, Kraken, Hydra, Drake, Ghost Ship, and Blackwood's Queen Cobra Removed Gold drops from Kraken, Squids, Army of the Damned Soldiers, fishing, and digging. The trade system will become the way to earn gold Bug Fix: Driving a Cargo Cart over a Pillar will no longer cause the rider to dismount Bug Fix: If a Ceiling Tile is placed on top of a Pillar and then destroyed, any object built on the Ceiling Tile will also be destroyed Final Note Again, we would like to emphasize that ATLAS is still in Early Access, meaning many things can and will likely continue to drastically change - even in the middle of development. Anything discussed is only up to date as of the moment it is posted. Features and changes that ultimately make it to the next patch may be different from what was previously discussed. As always, we appreciate the suggestions and feedback from the community. Please keep them coming! Thank you for all of your support! Happy Sailing, - ATLAS Crew For the latest dispatch on #playATLAS keep yer one good eye trained on this here information Natter n' chatter on Discord: https://discord.gg/playatlas Hear ye, hear ye on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sailtheatlas Watch us scallywags on Twitch: http://twitch.tv/sailtheatlas Plus ye can band with us Pirates on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/playatlasgame View full article
  25. Ahoy Pathfinders! After lots of internal discussion we have decided to start cranking out more frequent, smaller content drops rather than larger, expansive features that take months to prepare. This ultimately does not change our current feature course, but rather than wait for more content we are simply going to drop what we’re working on now - the first iteration of the Trade System next week! How does this affect your everyday pirate life? More dev news - you are going to hear from us more often on new features we are developing. Faster content drops means more new features, but also more map wipes. Good and bad, right?! In the true spirit of early access (which ATLAS certainly is still in!), we are going to tell our awesome community what we are working on, ask the community for gameplay feature ideas and see if some of them work….not every feature we test out will ultimately make it into the final game. We might change our mind! Now without further ado, let’s talk about where we are at with some of the things we’re working on! Trade System Since we first started on this renewed ATLAS journey, we have introduced Farmhouses and Warehouses into the mix. We have hinted that these were more than just a standard QoL improvement. We are building upon these features to develop a Trade System! We will be introducing a new structure, Markets, that are used to set up trades. Markets will need to be connected to a Warehouse, which in turn should be connected to a Farmhouse. Farmhouses are used to fill the Warehouse that the Market will use to look things up to trade. Markets will need to be placed next to a Warehouse and each Warehouse may only have one Market. Players will need to control both land for resources and Markets, and sea for Trade Routes. In the actual Market itself, players will have a menu that will allow them to set up their resources for trade and the exchange rate at which they will trade for. Players can then request trading routes with other Markets. Once the trade route with another Market has been established, the connected Markets will automatically set up the trades as long as both parties have the required resources within their Warehouses. A log is also available in the Market menu to keep track of trades, requests, attacks on your shipment. A new island type, Control Points, will be integral to the Trading System. Each grid on the server may have anywhere between 1-3 Control Points that companies can capture for an advantage. When trade conditions are met, Markets will create a shipment of the goods. This Trade ship will automatically sail to its target destination, going through any Control Points on the grids that are a part of its route. These shipments will also generate gold for each party - the longer the trade route, the more gold is generated. Companies that own a Control Point can set a tax on any shipment moving through it. If there is more than one Control Point on a grid, the shipment will automatically choose the lower tax if available. If a company owns a Control Point on the grid, it will prioritize the company’s to avoid tax. Companies that own a Control Point can also choose to blockade specific companies from using its Control Point, making it possible for companies to stop trades between others. Players will also be able to directly attack any shipments en route as well. The trade will only happen if both ships successfully reach their end destinations. Control Point islands will have a unique icon on the map. These islands will contain a central structure surrounded by canon towers. Players will have to destroy all canon towers and the middle structure where they will have to plant a flag in order to gain control. The structures will then rebuild themselves and players will be able to place the canon towers at specific defensive points and build other defensive structures around them. Control points will automatically start defending itself once attacked. Next to the towers will be the Tax Bank where the taxed gold is collected. Unowned Control Points can still defend themselves and will collect taxes into its Tax Bank. Tax Banks can be destroyed and stolen from. On PVE, no one can take ownership of the Control Points, so trades will always be open to anyone, however, the Control Points will always collect taxes at a set rate and PVE will also be able to steal from the Tax Bank. TeaseR: Ramming Ship A couple months back, we wanted to add an early version of a new Ships for Gold system. Upon reviewing Community feedback and further ideation, we took the feature back to the drawing board to further develop. With the next update, you may see a new NPC on an island. Although he has no functionality yet, we are sure that Pathfinders will be paying him plenty of visits in the future. The Ships for Gold system will be slowly rolled out after we launch the Trade System. While we are still in development, we wanted to tease the first ship that will be available for players to buy with gold - The Ramming Ship! ***The render above is still a work in progress and is subject to change. The Ramming Ship has a unique front end that is specialized for the purpose of - you guessed it - ramming straight into other ships! It features built in cannon ports and a lower deck with holes for oar boards that can be extended for a speed boost, even when there is no wind. Players can tactically use their oar boards for a temporary speed boost to increase their damage multiplier when ramming into an enemy ship! The Ramming Ship will likely not be customizable upon release, however, we are working on a modular customization mechanic for these new ships that can be bought for gold. The design goal here is to provide an “Interceptor” option that can be used to catch fleeing ships or shorten a chase. The current ship system will exist alongside this new ship system when it launches. However, apart from the Sloop, previous ships will additionally cost gold to build. Generating gold with trade routes will be integral to earning enough gold for upkeep. Final Note Again, we would like to emphasize that ATLAS is still in Early Access, meaning many things can and will likely continue to drastically change - even in the middle of development. Anything discussed is only up to date as of the moment it is posted. Features and changes that ultimately make it to the next patch may be different from what was previously discussed. As always, we appreciate the suggestions and feedback from the community. Please keep them coming! We will be paying extra attention to your thoughts on the upcoming Trade System and Ships for Gold, and will continue to make adjustments as necessary. Thank you for all of your support! Happy Sailing, - ATLAS Crew For the latest dispatch on #playATLAS keep yer one good eye trained on this here information Natter n' chatter on Discord: https://discord.gg/playatlas Hear ye, hear ye on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sailtheatlas Watch us scallywags on Twitch: http://twitch.tv/sailtheatlas Plus ye can band with us Pirates on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/playatlasgame
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