Jun
15
2017
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Hard date on the Conan Exiles biome expansion.

It’s gonna be August 16th, which is when Conan Exiles also hits XBox.

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Mar
31
2017
4

Hey, you playing Conan Exiles?

…Technically, I still am; which is to say, I was, and in a month I probably will be again, as soon as I go and finish saving ANOTHER galaxy from having to do its own fetch quests. But for right now I’m playing Mass Effect. Which is a shame, because Conan Exiles is offering a bounty on exploits:

Similar to Ark: Survival Evolved’s bounty program, Funcom has introduced a cash-powered vehicle for tracking down exploits in their Early Access survival game, Conan Exiles.

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Funcom says it’s looking for “Serious exploits which can be used in online play and on multiplayer servers” that give players “big advantages in the game, like duplicating items or being able to build inside mountains/rocks.” Players spotting these kinds of exploits can email the developers to provide them with the info…

$100 to $500, depending on the exploit.  First person to report gets the money. So, hey, go for it. I gotta go rescue that cute asari reporter from something or other, myself. Swear to God, no wonder the Initiative went pear-shaped…

Mar
21
2017
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Noooo not my Conan Exiles base camps!

They’re gonna do a server wipe; I assume that this is gonna include the single-player server that I’m currently mucking about with. And I was just getting my penultimate base the way that I liked it, too.  Ach, well, Early Access.

Mar
10
2017
3

So, apparently Conan Exiles saved FunCom’s butt.

Which is good to hear, because FunCom’s The Secret World is still my favorite MMO.  Although it hasn’t had much new stuff, and I was worried about that, mind you. But I hadn’t realized how worried I should have been:

Speaking to Engadget at GDC, [FunCom] creative director Joel Bylos said the company was so close to bankruptcy before Conan Exiles it was borrowing from investors to make payroll. Seeking a way out of this dire situation, Funcom took to SteamSpy to see what sort of games sold strongly enough to make the bank needed to keep the company afloat – and which it could afford to make. The plethora of dodgy survival games on Steam was the answer.

“These games sell a lot, but they’re not that high quality. We could definitely hit that bar,” Bylos said. And lo! Conan Exiles was born.

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Feb
15
2017
3

I’m starting to understand why Early Access exists.

It’s certainly a great way to have gaming companies get their bug tests done for free.  The game in question? Conan Exiles. I figured out how to mitigate some of the REALLY annoying aspects of gameplay – mostly involving turning off that stupid ‘you lose all your stuff when you die’ feature – but dear Lord but the building crafting system needs work.  The combat is likewise not all that inspiring yet.  And I am not entirely thrilled with the concept of being a slaveowner, even though it’s certainly a part of the Hyborian Age.

But it’s still fun. Steep learning curve, but fun.

Feb
03
2017
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My Day One Reaction to Conan Exiles.

This ‘die and lose all your stuff’ mechanic is kind of annoying. It would be infinitely less annoying if you could create permanent spawn points instead of one-shot ones. Or do what The Secret World does, which is simply damage all of your stuff whenever you die. Or even let you keep the pick-axe, thus allowing you to quickly gear up again at the lower levels. Or… a bunch of other things, really.  Mind you, this is all Early Access, so hopefully they’ll start adjusting this soon.

Moe Lane

PS: Yeah, I bought it.  It’s FunCom, after all, and I am still a Secret Worlder even if the last original-content update was kind of lame. I can only hope that they’ll go back to updating TSW with stuff in the near future…

Feb
01
2017
9

This Conan Exiles video game article will unleash your inner 13 year old male. (Links NSFW!)

Why?  Well, because of this (DO NOT CLICK THAT LINK WHILE YOU ARE AT WORK, unless your boss has a similarly low sense of humor) reveal: “While no Early Access launch date was given for Conan Exiles, this open world survival game features a character creation menu which allows players to choose which level of nudity they want, and there is also an “endowment slider,” where players can decide how large or small their character’s penis is, or, for the female characters, how large or small their breasts are.” …And then, just in case you were wondering whether they were exaggerating in any way, shape or form, the author provided some handy pictures.  And some animations from the game demonstrating the, ah, physics involved.  Apparently, you can adjust the clothing levels, from tasteful to, well, nekkid.

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