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  1. Came across a thread on Reddit that has a link to the Discord chat that Dollie and Jat were kind enough to initiate after seeing that the live stream didn't go over very well. Doesn't seem to be any new information. However, Dollie does elaborate some on what GS is thinking and where they are taking the game. About a 100 times better than the live stream imo. <LINK>
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    I enjoy playing atlas

    Open world, full loot, skill based sand box describes the perfect game for me. Graphics that at least attempt to look real life is a necessity as well (I despise that cartoony stuff.) The above describes Atlas to a tee (mostly). I'm not some heavy duty PvP kind of player. I tend to carry real life morals and values into games with me .... I know how silly that sounds. Regardless, I don't go out killing, stealing and raiding unless provoked. Beauty of Atlas is I will be provoked, by design. Been on Lawless from the start because that is the best way to accommodate what I want to do. Called them "Troll Bases" ... built several 5 layer honeycomb wall thick, 6 floor high (each absolutely packed with ramps to slow grenade attack) bases. Completely solid except for a chest in the middle containing a note that says "lol". Difficult to explain the joy I get when I log in and some clan has put in the time and resources to get to my troll chest. To be fair it really isn't that difficult. Grenades or cannon bears can get through in no time. Rebuild and wait for the next one. If I was able to figure out who attacked me my quest would begin. Add them to the KOS list, build a new Schooner (They usually sunk my ship too) and let the fun begin. Just one of the ways I have fun in Atlas .... so many other ways to have fun. My point is in Atlas I was able to play however the heck I wanted to and that is what I love about it. Despite what you may will read in the information spaces Atlas is a really good game that has potential to be great. I truly hope they get back to skill based and stay away from theme park play style.
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    Are you old?

    I guess I tend to think in whys and why-nots more than anything else. I believe discord and twitter both are quick and simple answers to questions that pop up. The time and effort for Jat and Dollie to write up an answer on the forums versus twitter and discord is substantial. This thread is a good example with Dollies posts (Thank you!). I think this "right here, right now" level of patience everyone has accommodates twitter and discord better. As has been said repeatedly in this thread, it shouldn't matter. If a company wants to get information out, the official forums should be the place. Period. I am inclined to agree even though I do understand daily time constraints very well. As a small business owner I tend to wear numerous hats throughout the day/week and I would think GS is no different. Excuse? No ..... just why. Dollie seemed to put to rest the notion that "others" were privy to information that the masses were not. I can accept that and move on. I also think the live stream was intentionally vague because they do not have very many answers at this point. They have a road map. New lead developer and things are still being worked out. I like to think that is a good thing. I truly hope that is a good thing.
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    Atlas and steam charts

    This is where I am at with Atlas. Give the new guy a chance and see what happens.
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    Answer to: New ATLAS Road Map

    As far as XBox tie in goes, I imagine that is up to GS and how they deal with the advertising. Somebody around here had mentioned that MMO advertising budget is a substantial amount of the cost to create one (might of been Boomer.) I don't feel like researching it so I'm just gonna go with it. I know GS has said that the release into PC EA was a complete surprise with the number of players. Partially why it was such a mess. It is why there are 4 freeport islands in each grid, There was originally one island and it was overwhelmed with new players. Streamers were pushing the game pretty hard as well. I heard GS was paying them to stream. My point is if GS puts out a new fancy XBox video (They are pretty good at those videos.), gets some of the more popular XBox streamers going (They have those, right?), does a bit of advertising where ever XBox people go and they could end up with a decent amount of new players sales. Seems silly to me as the game is still in EA and I would think they would save for the real release, but, what do I know. Sales are sales.
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    Are you old?

    So I'm reading a thread on Atlas Reddit filled with all the cryin' souls that just watched the live stream. Blah, Blah, Yada, Yada, you know, same ol stuff different week. Regardless, I come across the following post .... "The stream was basic at best, and the reason again as i stated above is because Dollie and Jat came on to discord voice and gave us the details that should have been in stream not discord voice. Instead of answering questions about cosmetics they should have answered questions like Dollie and Jat did that the majority cared about." Easily raised my eyebrow and thought to myself "What the F#%k". Again .... per usual .... per GS historical norm .... there are information channels that seem to get treated substantially differently than others. If you are not in the right one, you are SOL. So I'm kinda pissy and my son comes in and says "What's up?" I explain to him the separation of information and he just nods and doesn't really say much (Usual response is "I can't believe your still playing that game."). However, on his way out he does say "Forums are for old people, dad." What? What does that even mean? Apparently the general consensus "IS" discord and twitter for gaming info .... at least in his world. So I thought about this as I really don't care for either to be honest, it does make sense. I see the live stream dev panel and I would call all of them young(er). An argument could be made about all info channels should receive the same information, but, I'm trying to stay away from that for the moment. I'm sure that is where this will devolve though. Secondarily, I do not know for certain if Jat and Dollie in discord voice even happened. Seeing as I am an old(er) person (50), my question is .... if you are reading this, are you an old person? Is this forum just filled with edgy curmudgeons shaking their walking sticks at the monitors?
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    Totally chocked about this stream

    I liked what I heard on the live stream. A lot. They touched on many things, but, were pretty light on details. Intentionally so I imagine. Specific items that stood out to me were the following. -A focus on turning Atlas into a "Pirate Simulator." More sea game play and less land game play. - Players be able to log in after a while and be able to jump in to the game without worrying about losing progress. Seemed to mean off-lining is somehow going to be addressed/eliminated. - Focus on XBox/Crossplay in recent past and into the future until it is implemented. PC put on the back burner until then. - No new content for a while even after XBox release as focus will be on bug squashing and QOL improvements (Phase 1). - Sailing speed from point A to point B and associated time frames are to be addressed. They are aware it can be laborious task and not very fun. - I distinctly remember them saying Atlas is currently a gear based game and they would like it instead to be a skill based game. Equal up the playing field. - Redo the skill tree to make it more impactful at an individual level. I truly hope they take a good long look at Star Wars Galaxies (Pre-Combat Upgrade) and give us more than one character to develop. Skill based -hit a stone to get better at hitting stones. Shoot a pistol to get better at shooting pistols. - Factions are to be experimented with. Alternate world layouts PvPvE servers are being considered. - Islands and claiming to be taken another look at to see what is working and what isn't. - Tames will not be the priority of Atlas as they are now. - XBOBS .... lol At the very least they seem to have selected a direction to take the game. Atlas is to be a "Pirate Simulator" first and foremost. Not sure "exactly" what that means, but, it is something. I really don't care about this fantasy/pirate thing people seem to have. As per usual so much is to be determined and time will tell. As I have said on multiple occasions .... Atlas is in "Early Access". Things will change. Wipes will happen. For whatever reason the EA stamp means very little to so many people. It pretty much means everything to me and as a result they get a level of courtesy and patience that a "released" game most certainly does not. Interesting tid bits .... Studio has spent most of their time working on the ocean/ship mechanics. Eric said he has a background in PvP skills and balance. Road maps and pie charts ... heh, what a concept. Based on how the wipe went last time, I wouldn't say anything close to the word wipe. Maybe a days notice and then implemented ... surprise!
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    New Lead Designer

    Perhaps I should have spelt it cryin' and it wouldn't have been taken so literally.
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    New Lead Designer

    The word "crying" is quite "tongue in cheek" in my post. At least that was my intention.
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    New Lead Designer

    Meh ..... pretty typical thread of crying about all the things we've heard on numerous occasions in the last 8+ months. I will save my thoughts and opinions (crying) for another thread or perhaps after the live stream. Regardless, I will take this opportunity to welcome you (new guy) to the fun that is Atlas. As much as I hate to use the "P" word, I will. This game has so much "Potential" and I truly hope you can turn things around a bit. Wish you the best of luck and looking forward to what you might bring to the table.
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    Atlas and steam charts

    Mr. Boomer is quite correct. The insinuation I made with "Who knows, there could be 4-5 games out there working with Ark code and just a different theme and companies/publishers released within the last few months. Hey if you've got the money and manpower why not throw some sh!t at the wall and see what sticks?" was that everything ties back to Snail. The simple fact of the matter is nobody knows (Well ... somebody knows) , just nobody here. Side note: I don't know what the hell happened to that post I made. Wrote it, copied and pasted it from text file. Click on "submit reply" and the forums went down for a few days. Was gone when I logged back in so I rewrote it from the text file I had and whammo a mess, Boomer replied before I could fix it. Strange .....
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    Mega update 3?

    Yes, looking forward to it. I do like dev streams as they seem to ... personalize the game ... ground things that are going on ... better inform us .... something ... ?? Not sure, but I like em.
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    Atlas and steam charts

    Bit of good old fashion forum PvP going on in this thread as the servers seem to be a tad under populated. It is EA however and I'm fairly certain when a company plays the EA card they get the only thing that really counts at this point. Time .... So, I'll give it to them before I grab my "Mythic" pitchfork and begin poking BIG holes. On a side note I think Jeremy/Wild Card/Snail went all out on the "Ark Mod" idea. I recall another game eerily similar to Atlas/Ark but with an old west theme. Developed and published by Ark folks a month or two after the Atlas release. Who knows, there could be 4-5 games out there working with Ark code and just a different theme and companies/publishers released within the last few months. Hey if you've got the money and manpower why not throw some sh!t at the wall and see what sticks? Just gotta make sure it's got that "Early Access" tag though. Here it is https://store.steampowered.com/app/840800/Outlaws_of_the_Old_West/
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    Q&A Community vs. Devs

    I've wondered about this myself. I remember in Star Citizen a while back (years) there was a guy that was on an absolute mission to destroy SC to no end. Anywhere and everywhere he could post he was making factually wrong, horrible and lengthy posts. Many different accounts (you could tell by his writing style and subjects), many different locations (Reddit, Official, mmorpg.com ... etc). Was brutal, don't know what ever happened to him. Darkfall Online had the same share of outspoken haters for years. Positively brutal posts about the game and the Dev team. Some of which was true and earned, but, most was just opinion about a game still in development. PvP games seem to bring out the worst in some people. Just makes me wonder if the strong arm forum moderation is a good thing or a bad thing for a game.