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  1. I pretty much agree with the OPs wonderfully written letter. The thing that I would like to stress though, before doing any more planning or any more road mapping, the core game needs to be fixed and worked on. Most people agree that structures need a lot of work. (Pillars, wall edges, windows, glass, to name some) and a very simple thing like fixing dye so that it shows up as the correct color. Those are only two of some things that either are half finished, don't work correctly or we are confused about. These are the type of things that we can have fun with while waiting for the more complicated aspects of the game are being worked on. These are basic core game problems that should have been dealt with before the game was even released. I am not sure why things like these would have been considered finished. I hope they are not. If you have building as one of your main game visions then give your people AAA building. If you give gorgeous dyes to your players, have the dyes actually work. Making hollow promises that never get addressed is one of the easiest ways to get mired down into the mud that holds a game hostage. Yes, there are so many problems with Atlas. Yes, a ton of work needs to be done as the game moves into new territory but why not fix the simple easy things that just got pushed aside and forgotten because other things seemed more important. Get the game back on track with basic core fixes. Help us to have fun playing with what we have so that we can be more patient waiting for what you guys are going to do.
  2. We have our base on the eastern tundra island and there are fish up there. Not a lot but they are there.
  3. This is what is listed as being part of Blackwood: Along with this new boss, Blackwood includes: The full ATLAS experience (including all your favorite features and mechanics) merged into a single 1x1 server grid. 7 unique biomes across 11 islands, from hazy bogs teeming with life to mysterious jungles full of danger and toil. Resource-rich islands complete with every material from the core game. New cities and outlying areas ideal for roleplaying and server events. A beautiful mermaid city ripe for exploration. A new boss arena featuring unpredictable enemy types and spawn locations. The Forbidden Reach: a hard mode island featuring elemental beings. It definitely says 7 unique biomes and maybe they are there, but some must be very very tiny. The official biomes are : Polar, Tundra, Temperate, Tropics, Desert , Equatorial and Ocean. I have found bit and pieces of what I thought were parts of those biomes but not complete areas and for sure not complete islands of those biomes. Same with the resources. I have found actual Tin and Silver and Emeralds and Rubies but those are the only metal and gem nodes that I have found. There are lots and lots of the other mats that, as far as I have found, no one has seen them anywhere on Blackwood. It would help immensely if we could have a Forum section just for Blackwood discussion. I really can't fathom why there isn't one.
  4. I have asked about structures in the Q&A thread. I think that a game needs to have all their basic game functions down before even trying the fancy stuff and structures is at the top of that basic list. We don't even have windows for our windowed walls and the silly looking jigsaw puzzle edges are just weird. They need to start over and get the basic game stuff down and then they can try all the fancy stuff. I have heard "We will just let the modders figure that out" but having THAT frame of mind is a sure way to let a AAA game become a C+ game at best.
  5. No matter what you guys are planning for the future of the game, something that can be done and should have been done a long time ago, the basic structures need to be worked on. Everyone loves to build, even in a pirate game but the structures are very lacking in being finished. We don't have glass windows or any window coverings at all so that would be a start. The way the edges look when you put the walls together are just terrible? Who in the world thought it was a good idea to make the edge of a wall look like a jigsaw puzzle? A game company should not be solely relying on modders to make their game great! The game should start out great and then modders add to it. When the basic game falls short it can only cause people to give negative reviews on the simplest game mechanics. The next thing that is very doable and would make a huge amount of people happy is the paint and dye. Why even have so many beautiful paint colors if they don't work? Get back to the basics first. Fix things that we have been begging for since day one and at least those things won't be letting us down every time we get into game. So my question to the new lead designer is: 1. Will structures be worked on and improved? 2. Will the paint and dye system be fixed so that the colors actually show up correctly on the ships and buildings?
  6. I am wondering this as well. In the news story from today it stated that there were 7 unique biomes but if there is, I have not been able to find them and I have been to every island on the map. It also stated that you can find all resources but again, I have not been able to find most of them.
  7. Would anyone know how to make the Artifact Key last a bit longer on Blackwood? Our keys are only lasting two hours. On the other unofficial server we played on, the key would last for 24 hours but it was not a Blackwood map. Is it possible?
  8. We had a whale get up and personal in our little port area but not sure if it was the blue or sperm. Rav said she thought it was the blue whale because it did not come after us. LOL On the server we play on, they have added a mod that allows the sub automatically when you are able to learn it. We haven't tried it yet, though.
  9. I thought I understood that you were supposed to be able to do all the achievements on the Blackwood map. Maybe I dreamed that or misunderstood? Anyone know?
  10. That is so odd. I am trying to paint on medium canvas and it does not show any paintings available. I was able to paint them just fine in regular Atlas. I am not in single player. I am on a unofficial Blackwood map. What is even more odd, I tried painting our claim flag and it said I needed Forest Green. I saved the original file without Forest Green, since it is not in Atlas and was able to paint our old claim flags, but this file asked for Forest Green. I re-saved it again without Forest Green and it painted just fine. I was able to see my sail files, also. I am so curious why I don't see my canvas files.
  11. I am playing on the Blackwood map and trying to paint on a canvas but my files don't seem to be showing up. Did the location for Blackwood painting change to a different location? I checked and all my paint files for Atlas are still in My Paintings folder.
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