Conan Exiles Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Conan Exiles RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Conan Exiles Razmas Quarters Key Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/ie52o/conan-exiles-razmas-quarters-key-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/ie52o/conan-exiles-razmas-quarters-key-guide Mon, 21 May 2018 13:22:50 -0400 Ty Arthur

Although Conan Exiles is now out of Early Access and technically in full release, there's still a slew of bugs and glitches plaguing players that have just come to be expected from survival games these days.

From thralls that won't heal to clipped animations when fighting on elevated hills to a door that just won't seem to open properly, battling the code is currently one of the biggest challenges in Conan Exiles.

If you can't quite manage to get inside Razma's Quarters after nabbing the key, we've got the skinny on how to beat this bugged door and find out what's waiting inside!

Finding the Razma's Quarters Key

To get the key, you need to head to the jungle on the eastern edge of the map, near the shoreline. Inside the temple ruins, you will fight the living statue animated by evil magic and then battle the Witch Queen boss herself.

Be sure to loot the Witch Queen's body after the fight to get the key (and then also head to the back of the room and examine the sculpture at the top of the stairs to learn a new recipe).

 Pilfering the key from the Witch Queen's body (thanks to smskcntr for the screenshot)

Razma's Quarters Door - How to Get Inside

With key in hand, you can now enter Razma's Quarters way on the other side of the map. Finding the key is only half the battle, though, because the door is terribly bugged. For some reason, only half the door opens, and there seems to be a second invisible doorway behind it blocking your entrance.

If you are one of the lucky few to just walk right in, then congratulations on having the gods smile on you! Otherwise, it will take a bit of effort to actually cross the threshold after unlocking the door.

One of the most surefire ways to get inside and speak to Razma of Shem is to stand directly at the inside of the door, turn around so you are facing away from it, then crouch down and roll backwards. If your character isn't too tall, usually you will roll straight inside the main room.

Some players have been able to force clip themselves inside by standing at the entrance and then forcing the door closed while you are inside the animation radius. When the door closes, it pushes you inside the building if you are standing at the right angle. This seems to be the only way to exit out the door at the moment (until a patch arrives), hanging onto the inside and then trying to move forward as the door pushes you out.

If you are playing on your own private server, you can also enter Ghost mode and use the teleport admin command to transfer another player directly inside or outside the house.

 Unlocking the door to Razma's Quarters with the key

Once inside, there oddly isn't that much to do besides getting a little extra lore on what was happening with the Witch Queen, so it's a lot of effort for very little reward. The roof of the building, however, contains an armor stand that provides a new crafting recipe.

Did you figure out another way to get inside Razma's Quarters using the Witch Queen's key? Let us know your method, and if you managed to find anything inside that was actually worth all that effort that we missed!

Need help with any other part of this survival sim set in the long-forgotten Hyborian Age? Be sure to check out our other Conan Exiles guides here to survive in the harsh wastelands:

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Conan Exiles PvE Guide: Best Weapons, Builds, Locations, and Servers https://www.gameskinny.com/08s2y/conan-exiles-pve-guide-best-weapons-builds-locations-and-servers https://www.gameskinny.com/08s2y/conan-exiles-pve-guide-best-weapons-builds-locations-and-servers Thu, 17 May 2018 11:46:05 -0400 Sergey_3847

Currently, there are three types of servers in Conan Exiles: PvP, PvE, and PvE Conflict. The PvE servers play differently in that you can't damage other players, so the choice of best PvE weapons and tactics changes significantly.

Tricks that work in PvP don't necessarily translate too well in Conan Exiles PvE or PvE Conflict. That's why you need to be well-aware of these differences before venturing out into the Exiled Lands.

Follow our guide below for all the Conan Exiles PvE tips and tricks you need.

PvE Rules and Strategies

The main differences between the three types of servers are the following:

  • PvE servers allow players to damage NPCs and creatures, but not other players, thralls, or their buildings.
  • PvP servers offer a complete player vs. player experience in which they can damage each other as much as they want. However, the building damage is active only at primetime (5-11 p.m.).
  • PvE Conflict is a combination of PvE and PvP in which players can damage each other, but only at primetime. The building damage is inactive at all times.

Most players will probably choose the PvP segment of the game, but the PvE experience can be just as satisfying, if not more.

Gather Resources

The survival element is prevalent in PvE. In the beginning, it is important to gather food and resources, such as wood and stone, to build your first shelter. You will be able to improve it as time goes by and turn it into a real private fortress.

Gain Experience

In Conan Exiles you get XP points for exploring the unknown territories, so don't be afraid to venture out. However, don't forget about your own safety, and craft at least the simplest axe to protect yourself.

Crafting and killing creatures also grants experience, which unlocks new recipes that you can use to craft even better weapons and gear.

Clans and Religion

Later on, you can create or join other players' clans. Together you can do a lot more, and this will make both you individually and your clan stronger. You can then take on harder enemies.

Following and making sacrifices for one of the gods in the game is also important. As a result, you will be able to get some unique weapons and armor.

Best PvE Weapons

Steel Trident
  • Damage: 32
  • Armor Penetration: 8.1%
  • Durability: 1260
  • Weight: 5.25

Steel Trident is an exceptionally effective weapon in PvE since it has great range, which gives you a massive advantage over any type of enemy.

However, the trident is mostly used against large creatures, where stopping power is more important than precision. In order to craft Steel Trident, you will need the following items:

  • 8x Branch
  • 30x Steel Bar
  • 8x Twine
  • Blacksmith's Bench
Ancient Warhammer
  • Damage: 36
  • Armor Penetration: 24.3%
  • Durability: 1440
  • Weight: 6.3

The Warhammer is a bit heavy, but its armor penetration is beyond anything you've ever seen. It's also a bit slow, but you can always switch weapons when you need it and use the hammer at more appropriate times.

For example, when you need to break through armor and smash some bones, all you need to do is to make sure that it connects. If you want to craft this thingy, then you will need:

  • 6x Shaped Wood
  • 50x Steel Bar
  • Blacksmith's Bench
Ancient Bow
  • Damage: 12
  • Armor Penetration: 8.1%
  • Durability: 800
  • Weight: 4.2

Melee weapons are great, but what do you do when you need to take out a target in the distance? That's when you really need a bow, and there is no better one than the Ancient Bow.

Craft it and use it with razor arrows, and you will understand why bows are so highly regarded in PvE. The crafting recipe is a bit expensive, but you should manage it nonetheless:

  • 6x Shaped Wood
  • 13x Thick Leather
  • 13x Silk
  • 5x Steel Bar
  • Carpenter's Bench

Best PvE Builds

Strength Build
  • Strength: 35
  • Vitality: 25
  • Grit: 20
  • Encumbrance: 30
  • Survival: 10

The central point of this build revolves around the Axe of the Lion -- a massive weapon with 53 points of damage that gives high bonus to your strength.

Another item that can add an incredible amount of strength to your build is the Hyperborean Slaver Armor. If you're going for the strength build, then this is the way to go.

Accuracy Build
  • Accuracy: 50
  • Vitality: 25
  • Grit: 30
  • Encumbrance: 15

This build is made for archers. There are a couple of amazing bows in Conan Exiles, so if you like this playstyle, be sure to invest your points into Accuracy. The higher it is, the more damage your bows will deal.

Some of the best bows in the game are Bessie's Bow and Eye of the Khan. You will also need the Shemite Armor, which gives bonus to your accuracy as well.

Grit Build
  • Vitality: 20
  • Grit: 50
  • Agility: 30
  • Encumbrance: 20

This build is highly mobile as it revolves around stamina that allows you to pursue creatures. That is also why you need a spear -- an excellent choice for grit build. The best choice of spear is Black Dragon Pike.

The best armor for this type of build is the Vanir Settler set, which gives bonus to your grit.

Best Base-Building Locations

Shattered Springs

If you're planning on settling in a place that's as well protected as possible, then there is probably no better place than Shattered Springs, located in the Desert biome.

It is almost entirely surrounded by mountains, which don't let anyone inside except through a few openings you can use to protect yourself. Another distinct feature of this area is that it constantly produces toxic fumes, which keep NPCs away from this place.

Of course, you can work around it and equip a Sandstorm Mask, which will protect you from the fumes.

Mounds of the Dead

Another great place to settle down is located in the western part of the Tundra biome. It's a pretty dark and uninviting place, but there's a lot of woods around, athough full of undead.

This place also has several unlockable recipes that can be found around the lake region.

Thugra's Stand

The Stand is located north of The Summoning Place and east of The Hand of the Maker. It has a pretty high plateau, which can be used for base-building. The fact that your base is located above the ground in a completely inaccessible place makes it a truly great spot.

Conan Exiles PvE Conflict Tips and Tricks

Base Defense Tips

Since PvE Conflict servers allow other players to attack you, there is a great need to properly defend your base. The first thing you need to do is enhance the resistance of your walls with the help of Sandstone Foundation.

Then, you need to make sure that you can survive raids. Build your base in a remote area and fortify it. You also need to leave as few things as possible before logging off. This means that you need to use most of your materials so that raiders are left with nothing to steal.

Lastly, if you still want to keep a few valuable things in safety, then create a hidden stash away from the base, and keep your stuff there.

Combat Tips

If you choose a weapon, whether it's an axe, a bow, or a sword, be sure to learn it as well as you can. You must know the exact range and damage it produces in various situations.

Never attack first, but let other players come at you. When you're in a protective position, you have a better understanding of your situation.

Always carry aloe potions, Yog meat, or ambrosia. These will keep you alive. Also, you can carry at least one good shield to protect yourself.

Conan Exiles PvE Fast Servers

Here are three of the best PvE servers in the U.S., which you can use to polish your skills:

"This is a PVE server where all are welcome to play in a neighborly, friendly, and respectful fashion. Learn, Build, Hunt, Gather, Trade, Go on adventures with friends and help other players succeed. Simple Common Sense Server Rules are implemented to keep it fun and fair to all players. Trolls and trouble makers are dealt with quickly to keep a positive, harmonious and friendly laid back atmosphere. This We Guarantee!"

"The Crossroads *RP/PVE/18+/Mods~Pippi and Age of Calamitous*

Mystery, Adventure and Treasure await for those who look for it

Mods
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=894048678

Our Steam Group
http://steamcommunity.com/groups/The_Crossroads

Discord
https://discord.gg/gs3YN7N

Server
172.107.16.152:28200"

"The DirtySouth pve, we have 3x leveling,5x gather rates Kits for newcomers and vets and are currently using the Mod Pippi! We have a great core player base that are always helpful. Come give us a shot and explore the land of Hyboria."

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That is all for our PvE and PvE Conflict tips, and for other Conan Exiles guides at GameSkinny, check out the links below:

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Conan Exiles Stat Builds Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/ygi06/conan-exiles-stat-builds-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/ygi06/conan-exiles-stat-builds-guide Wed, 16 May 2018 15:06:14 -0400 Ty Arthur

With so many stats and so few points to distribute, building the perfect Conan Exiles character requires a careful stat build focus if you want to survive in either solo single player or a full PvP server.

While choosing your stat build, keep in mind that you can actually respec at any time by brewing a yellow lotus potion with 10 yellow lotus blossoms, so trying out different builds isn't all that difficult.

Below we cover all the worst and best stats to focus on for a killer build. For the TL:DR version, here's the basics of what you need to know:

No matter what your particular build focus is, in general, it should have Vitality highest, then decide if your next-best stat should be Encumbrance, Strength, or Grit; then focus on the other two. Any remaining points can be spread across the rest of the stats (except for Survival, which you don't need).

Survival

More than just a dump stat, Survival is pretty actively pointless in nearly all scenarios. Picture a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest, and you are almost at the utter uselessness that is the Survival skill.

Sources of food and water are plentiful, and you can craft items like berry pulp that are much more efficient than water skins, so it's just an all-around worthless stat.

Presumably, the developers will change how this stat works in a future patch to make it worthwhile, but for now, put your points elsewhere instead of lighting them on fire and watching them burn with Survival.

Accuracy

At the moment, ranged combat just flat-out isn't as damaging or efficient as melee combat. In other words, this is dump stat number two, and it's best avoided.

If you put a ton of points in here and really focus on bows, you can get something halfway decent going with your Conan Exiles build, but frankly, it's a better idea to go with Strength and a melee weapon.

This remains true in either a solo private server of a PvP scenario, as the many obstacles in the terrain and the stamina system mean that you can pretty much always chase an opponent down and eventually force a confrontation instead of having to hit them from afar with a bow.

Agility

With a direct impact on your armor's effectiveness, Agility seems really useful at first, but in most cases, you really only need to put 10 points in here to get reduced stamina loss from sprinting.

If you tend to get hit a lot, then it can be a better stat to focus on, but for the most part, it's better to avoid getting hit in the first place by staying out of harm's way or simply having more health from the Vitality stat.

Grit

There are ways to game the system and handle your stamina based on skill rather than raw stats, but in general, it's a bad idea to have a low pool of stamina in combat situations (especially in PvP).

At the very least, getting to 20 in Grit for the bonus stamina regeneration is a good idea in most builds. If you manage your sprinting and combat properly through lots of practice, however, you can keep Grit to a minimum and place those points elsewhere.

 You want to be able to keep sprinting away when things go badly

Encumbrance

Whether you want to put a focus on points here depends largely on how you play, but for many players, the ability to carry more in a survival game is always welcome.

Yes, food spoils and needs to be consumed rather than hoarded, but when carrying other materials around for building, you generally want more available inventory space. Pack Mule in particular is a pretty hefty perk to aim for. The lower-tier perks also make you more resistant to crippling slow effects and knockdown.

Keep in mind that a full set of light armor gives you a big bonus to Encumbrance, so you can artificially inflate this stat without actually putting points here.

Vitality

Ironically, the polar opposite of Survival, you want a hefty Vitality score to actually survive. In particular, you want to get to 30 Vitality quickly for the passive health regeneration perk. That easily makes Vitality the best stat at the moment -- and the one you most want to focus on with your build.

Strength

Points in Strength don't scale quite as well as the other stats, which give you bigger boosts to their various areas of influence, but you still want to put points here. Since ranged weapons aren't as useful, you want to be able to land strong blows more often with a melee weapon.

Particularly at the lower levels, during which you're focusing on Strength, using two daggers can keep you alive due to the bleed effect and ability to cartwheel backwards out of harm's way. Combining dagger attacks with the Salting the Wound perk acquired at the second Strength tier can be very effective.

Going to the full 40 points for the Brutal Strikes perk can be useful, but it means losing out on a lot of other stat boosts, so if you want that perk, be sure to use items and potions that give you a Strength boost.

 Bleeding an enemy with daggers (thanks to The Vaniverse Gaming for the screenshot)

What's your favorite Conan Exiles stat build, and do you have any tips for a great stat breakdown and perk scheme for us to try out? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to check out our other Conan Exiles guides here:

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How to Heal Thralls in Conan Exiles https://www.gameskinny.com/8hc7r/how-to-heal-thralls-in-conan-exiles https://www.gameskinny.com/8hc7r/how-to-heal-thralls-in-conan-exiles Tue, 15 May 2018 12:59:17 -0400 Ty Arthur

Life tends to be nasty, brutish, and short in Conan Exiles after your would-be survivor gets cut down from the corpse tree by the dark-haired Cimmerian himself. To get a leg up over the competition, you want to tame an army of thralls to perform tasks for you and defend your base.

Unfortunately, thralls are much squisher than they should be due to a series of Conan Exiles bugs currently plaguing servers, and in one particularly glaring glitch, they can even be killed in PvE by other players when they are supposed to be immune to player death.

At this point, there doesn't seem to be a reliable way to consistently recover a thrall's health after you spend the time to tame them, although there are several options to attempt while waiting for patches.

Capturing Thralls

The act of capturing and taming thralls causes them damage, since people don't typically volunteer to be your slaves without a little prompting.

If you haven't figured out how to capture a thrall yet, you need to knock the potential thrall out with the Truncheon, then drag them back to your base with Fiber Bindings. Place the thrall on the Wheel of Pain to break them, and be sure to have some Gruel on hand so they don't starve while being tortured.

Up to four thralls can be placed on a standard Wheel of Pain at a time (note that there are also lesser and greater versions in your recipes), although they are simply queued for torture down the line and don't all get broken simultaneously. If you have a Taskmaster assigned to the Wheel, thralls will be tamed faster.

 Nothing says "vacation in Hyboria" like a trip to the Wheel of Pain!

Passive Thrall Healing Over Time

Since they will typically be damaged when you are done bludgeoning, binding, and torturing a thrall, they are supposed to return to full health automatically through the passage of time.

Obviously, they don't, and this is a known bug currently being worked on with an upcoming patch. Stay tuned for details on when it will arrive!

Using Food/Potions for Health

Although only working intermittently for a handful of players, it seems like placing a healing potion such as Aloe Extract or even putting food in the thrall's inventory should get them to use the item and recover health every time.

Right now, they mostly just ignore the items, or occasionally consume them with no obvious effect.

Thrall Health Regen With Entertainers

Placing an Entertainer near a damaged thrall is occasionally working for PC players at this point, but it's not a completely surefire healing mechanism at the moment.

Both the Dancer and Musician thrall types are supposed to create a heath regen buff on any other nearby thralls, but guess what? It's not working at all for console players.

Up to 10 stacks of health regen are supposed to apply while standing near a Dancer/Musician, and those stacks should remain in effect for up to half an hour after leaving the aura around the Entertainer, but at the moment, that doesn't seem to be working on thralls as intended. 

 Dancer thralls busting out their sweet moves

Sadly, at the moment, there doesn't seem to be much to do but wait for a patch or an announcement from the developer on a workaround, as thrall healing in Conan Exiles just isn't working properly. 

Have you managed to actually heal any of your tamed servants? Let us know what worked for you, and we'll get this article updated! In the meantime, be sure to check out our other Conan Exiles guides for those aspects of the game that aren't bugged:

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Conan Exiles Legendary Weapons Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/epl20/conan-exiles-legendary-weapons-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/epl20/conan-exiles-legendary-weapons-guide Tue, 15 May 2018 10:58:24 -0400 Sergey_3847

There are 40 legendary weapons in Conan Exiles. They include axes, swords, daggers, spears, and many others. These weapons are highly efficient and have their own specialties.

You can get these weapons only from legendary loot chests, which can be found all over the Exiled Lands. But in order to open them, you need to be at level 60 and have skeleton keys.

If you want to know what legendary weapons are currently available in Conan Exiles, as well as their stats, then follow our guide below.

Legendary Axes

Title  Damage Durability Weight Perks
Reaver's Axe 51 1350 4.03 Shieldsmash
Strangely Familiar Axe 53 1350 4.03 Shieldsmash, Bonus Grit
Axe of the Lion 53 1350 4.03 Shieldsmash, Bonus Strength
Battle-axe of the Berserkers 53 1350 4.03 Shieldsmash, Bonus Health
Glimmermoon 56 1350 4.03 Shieldsmash

 

Legendary Swords 

Title Damage Armor Penetration Durability Weight Perks
Tulwar of Amir Khurum 48 9.9% 1350 3.5 Cripple
Dueling Blade of the Hawk 50 9.45% 1350 3.5 Cripple, Bonus Agility
The Wightblade 50 9.45% 1350 3.5 Cripple, Bonus Vitality
The Bane of Khostral Khel 50 9.45% 1350 3.5 Cripple, Bonus Strength
El's Drinker 52 9% 1350 3.5 Cripple

 

Legendary Greatswords

Title Damage Armor Penetration Durability Weight Perks
The Watchblade 60 13.5% 7200 5.25 Cripple
The Papyrus Blade 60 14.85% 1800 5.25 Cripple
Jedias Greatsaber 63 14.18% 1800 5.25 Cripple
Baal-pteor's Razor 63 14.18% 1800 5.25 Cripple, Bonus Encumberance
Blade of the Adventurer 66 13.5% 1800 5.25 Cripple

 

Legendary Maces

Title Damage Armor Penetration Durability Weight Perks
Lovetap 1 -- 3300 4.55 Shieldsmash
Aja's Bane 50 18.9% 1650 4.55 Shieldsmash, Bonus Strength
The Unintelligible 50 18.9% 1650 4.55 Shieldsmash, Bonus Survival and Encumberance
Momentum 52 18.0% 1650 4.55 Shieldsmash
The Brittle Bastard 55 16.2% 400 4.55 Shieldsmash

 

Legendary Hammers

Title Damage Armor Penetration Durability Weight Perks
Sledge of Tsotha-lanti 54 27% 4800 5.25 Sunder
Bec-de-Corbin 54 29.7% 2400 5.25 Sunder
Forgelight 56 28.35% 2400 5.25 Sunder
Baal-pteor's Lodestone 56 28.35% 2400 5.25 Sunder, Bonus Strength
Hanuman's Gada 59 27% 2400 50.0 Sunder

 

Legendary Daggers

Title Damage Armor Penetration Durability Weight Perks
Akbitanan Blades 39 13.5% 1800 2.45 Bleed
Heartsblood 39 14.85% 900 2.45 Bleed
Daggers of Nameless Days 41 14.18% 1800 2.45 Bleed
Zhaibar Knives 41 14.18% 900 2.45 Bleed, Bonus Agility
The Grim 43 13.5% 900 2.45 Bleed

 

Legendary Spears

Title Damage Armor Penetration Durability Weight Perks
Warspear of the Black Circle 43 8.1% 2100 4.38 --
Gavain's Rusty Pike 48 9.9% 2100 4.38 --
The Impaler 50 9.45% 400 4.38 --
Vaulting Pole 50 9.45% 2100 4.38 Bonus Agility
Black Dragon Pike 55 8.1% 1120 4.38 Bonus Stamina

 

Legendary Bows

Title Damage Armor Penetration Durability Weight Perks
Frostshot 18 9.9% 1500 3.5 --
Bessie's Bow 18 9.45% 1500 3.5 Bonus Grit
The Huntress 18 9.45% 1500 3.5 Bonus Survival
Eye of the Khan 18 9.45% 1500 3.5 Bonus Accuracy
Splinter 21 -- 1500 3.5 --

 

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That is all for the legendary weapons and their stats, and for other Conan Exiles guides at GameSkinny, please check out the links below:

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Conan Exiles Exclusive Recipe Locations Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/voo1s/conan-exiles-exclusive-recipe-locations-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/voo1s/conan-exiles-exclusive-recipe-locations-guide Mon, 14 May 2018 10:37:04 -0400 Sergey_3847

There are two ways you can get recipes for crafting weapons, gear, and other items in Conan Exiles. You can either spend knowledge points or find recipes in Exiled Lands and other biomes.

Some recipes are exclusive and can't be obtained through knowledge points, so the only way to get them is to find them on the map. If you are looking for these kinds of unlockable recipes in Conan Exiles, then follow our guide below.

All Unlockable Recipe Locations in Conan Exiles

  • Totems. Located in the Frozen North part of the map, near The Temple of Frost.
    • Teaches Vanir Totem
    • Crafted at Artisan's Worktable
  • Specialist Cooking I. Located in the central part of the Exiled Lands, near The Summoning Place.
    • Teaches Darfari Bug Soup, Spiced Soup, Corrupting Brew, Flavored Gruel
    • Crafted at Stove
  • Specialist Cooking II. Located on the border of Scrubland and Forest biomes, between Skyholme Ruins and Stormwatch.
    • Teaches Aloe Soup, Spiced Oysters, Cooked Oysters, Berry Juice
    • Crafted at Stove
  • Specialist Cooking III. Located in the central part of Scrublands, near Stargazer's Crest.
    • Teaches Meaty Mashup, Enhanced Gruel, Cleansing Brew, Spiced Tea, Herbal Tea, Seed Soup
    • Crafted at Stove
  • Specialist Cooking IV. Located in the central part of Scrublands, near Mounds of the Dead.
    • Teaches Trail Jerky, Steak and Eggs, Exquisite Stew, Savory Jerky
    • Crafted at Stove
  • Specialist Cooking V. Located in the central part of the Forest biome, at the Trapper's Cabin.
    • Teaches Hearty Stew, Demon Blood-Sausage, Rhino Head Soup, Lasting Meal, Spiced Slivers
    • Crafted at Stove
  • Specialist Cooking VI. Located in the central part of the Exiled Lands, near The Summoning Place.
    • Teaches Hearty Meal, Bone Broth, Spiced and Shredded Roast, Bug Kabob, Spiced Egg
    • Crafted at Stove
  • Specialist Cooking VII. Located in the northwestern part of Exiled Lands, at Muriela's Hope.
    • Teaches Chili Desert Style, Yellow Lotus Soup, Egg Surprise, Salted Berries
    • Crafted at Stove
  • Specialist Cooking VIII. Located in the western part of Exiled Lands, at the Tower of Bats.
    • Teaches Feral Feast, Century Egg, Bush Jerky, Oyster Omelette
    • Crafted at Stove
  • Specialist Cooking IX. Located in the northern part of the Forest, at the Lian's Watch.
    • Teaches Mushroom Stew, Roasted Mushrooms, Mulled Brew, Cimmerian Meal, Mushroom Tea
    • Crafted at Stove
  • Specialist Cooking X. Located in the southwestern part of the Jungle biome, at the Drifter's Rest.
    • Teaches Cooked Pork, Cooked Pork Dinner, Lumpy Soup, Mixed Meat Scraps, Potion of Endowment
    • Crafted at Firebowl Cauldron
  • Specialist Brewing I. Located in the northwestern part of Exiled Lands, near the Den.
    • Teaches Phykos Rum, Honeyed Wine, Absinthe
    • Crafted at Fermentation Barrel
  • Specialist Brewing II. Located in the central part of Scrublands, near the Cursed Mound.
    • Teaches Resin Wine, Firewater, Shroom Beer
    • Crafted at Fermentation Barrel
  • Relic Hunter Banners. Located in the central part of the Savanna Grass biome, at the Waterside.
    • Teaches Relic Hunter Banner
    • Crafted at Artisan's Worktable
  • Relic Hunter Armor (Epic). Located in the central part of the Savanna Grass biome, at the Southlake.
    • Teaches Relic Hunter Shirt, Relic Hunter Turban, Relic Hunter Gloves, Relic Hunter Trousers, Relic Hunter Boots
    • Crafted at Armorer's Bench
  • Dogs of the Desert Banners. Located in the northwestern part of Exiled Lands, at the Den.
    • Teaches Dogs of the Desert Banner
    • Crafted at Artisan's Worktable
  • Black Hand Banners. Located in the northeastern part of Exiled Lands, at the Black Galleon.
    • Teaches Black Hand Banner
    • Crafted at Artisan's Worktable
  • Hyena-Fur Armor (Epic). Located in the northeastern part of Exiled Lands, at the Scoundrel's Gateway.
    • Teaches Hyena-fur Chestpiece, Hyena Skull Helmet, Hyena-fur Gloves, Hyena-fur Wrap, Hyena-fur Boots
    • Crafted at Improved Armorer's Bench
  • Skulltaker. Located in the central part of the Exiled Lands, near The Summoning Place.
    • Teaches Impaled Skull
    • Crafted at Artisan's Worktable
  • Darfari Banners. Located in the south of the Savanna Grass, near the Skulker's End.
    • Teaches Darfari Banner
    • Crafted at Artisan's Worktable
  • Buccaneer. Located in the northeastern part of the Jungle, at the Buccaneer Bay.
    • Teaches Buccaneer Peg Leg (Left Fitting), Black Hand Boots, Eye Patch, Black Hand Earrings, Buccaneer Peg Leg (Right Fitting)
    • Crafted at Carpenter's Bench

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That's it for all the exclusive unlockable recipe locations, and for other Conan Exiles guides at GameSkinny, check out the links below:

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Conan Exiles & Expansion Lands On Xbox One https://www.gameskinny.com/8xue5/conan-exiles-expansion-lands-on-xbox-one https://www.gameskinny.com/8xue5/conan-exiles-expansion-lands-on-xbox-one Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:13:20 -0400 Luke Luby

Conan the Barbarian has finally landed on the Xbox One as Funcom’s hit open-world survival game Conan Exiles made its debut on the platform as part of the Xbox Game Preview program.

The Xbox One edition of Conan Exiles is identical to the PC version and benefits from over six months of Early Access --during which the developers added a wealth of new content, features, and improvements. Funcom also launched The Frozen North, a free expansion update for both PC and Xbox One, that increases the size of the world by 70% and takes Conan Exiles from the desert into the snowy highlands.

Funcom's Head of Games, Lawrence Poe, spoke about the Xbox One release, saying:

"Today’s launch on Xbox One and the release of The Frozen North expansion updates is an important milestone on the game’s Early Access roadmap. During the first six months of Early Access on PC our focus has been to work with our core community eliminating exploits, improving core systems, and fleshing out both content and features."

Conan Exiles is planned to leave Early Access and see full launch on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 in Q1 2018. While the team has been able to expand and improve the game significantly the first six months of Early Access, there are several months left and the team will continue to work side-by-side with the community to realize the game's full potential.

Mr. Poe also commented on the Early Access campaign:

"In this phase two of Early Access the game is bigger and better than ever and we are very excited about bringing the game to an entirely new audience on Xbox One."

The game is available on Xbox One at a price point of $34.99, and can be purchased in 39 countries with pricing customized across various currencies. The price point will increase once Conan Exiles leaves Game Preview on Xbox One and Early Access on PC and launches in full in Q1 2018.

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8 Most Anticipated Upcoming MMORPGs -- And Why You Care https://www.gameskinny.com/206vs/8-most-anticipated-upcoming-mmorpgs-and-why-you-care https://www.gameskinny.com/206vs/8-most-anticipated-upcoming-mmorpgs-and-why-you-care Mon, 10 Apr 2017 11:00:01 -0400 Paige McGovern

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Camelot Unchained

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  • Developer: City State Entertainment
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  • Engine: Unchained 
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  • Current Status: In Development
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  • Expected Release: TBA
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  • Business Model: Subscription
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  • Platform: Windows PC
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Camelot Unchained is a unique realm vs. realm MMO. Players choose one of three realms to join, which will influence their race and class choices. You can be a Tuatha, Hamadryad, Empath, Fianna, Jotnar, Stonehealer, and more. Players must fight for resources and land, and coordinates attacks and sieges against enemy realms. 

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What Makes it Different
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There will be no real world money shops in the game. Gear and supplies can't all be bought by one NPC -- players must find the masters of a profession to craft coveted items. The economy will be entirely player-run. All magic spells will be created by the player, and not the developer. Spell books and a set of runes are necessary.  

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How to Get Involved
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Register an account on the official website, become a part of the forum community, and pledge a minimum of $35 to receive Beta 2 access and the full game upon launch. 

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What do you think about these MMOs? Are you planning on playing any? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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Crowfall

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  • Developer: ArtCraft
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  • Engine: Unity 5
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  • Current Status: Pre-Alpha 4
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  • Expected Release: TBA 
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  • Business Model: Buy to Play
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  • Platform: Windows PC
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  • Official Website
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What it Offers
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Crowfall is described as a "thronewar simulator" MMO. There will be elements of strategy, politics, survival, and kingship in this game. Every player will have their own kingdom. Combat is action-based. 

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What Makes it Different
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There are no instanced dungeons in Crowfall. With many different elements, the game is diverse and can suit any player. There are no levels. Upon creation, players choose a unique character archetype, such as Confessor, Forgemaster, Frostweaver, or Myrmidon. Every skill can be accessed, but its use may change based on archetype. Skills must be raised to quality for a promotional class, which can vary greatly from one's original chosen class. Players can also learn select disciplines.

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How to Get Involved
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Register on the official website and pledge a minimum of $69 to gain access to scheduled pre-Alpha testing. 

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Chronicles of Elyria

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  • Developer: Soulbound Studios
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  • Engines: Unreal 4, SpatialOS
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  • Current Status: Production
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  • Expected Release: 2017
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  • Business Model: Buy to Play (Pay for Life)
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  • Platform: Windows PC
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  • Official Website
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What It Offers
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Chronicles of Elyria takes place in a medieval world where kingdoms, counties, and towns are run by players and NPCs alike. The game is an entirely open world where players must explore and settle in profitable areas to survive and thrive. Any griefers will be deterred by the law and jail time, which will consequently limit their playable life.  

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What Makes it Different
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Players start as a child in player- or NPC-run families. The game evolves over a 10-year storyline. Characters will never be offline with the help of programmable, offline character scripts. In addition, the game will run on a unique business model where the player must pay for a Spark for a new life every 10 to 14 months, when their character dies. 

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How to Get Involved
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Register an account on the official website, and check out the store to pledge your support for the game. Pledge a minimum of $40 to gain access to the full game upon launch. 

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Dark and Light

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  • Developer: Snail Games 
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  • Engine: Unreal 4
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  • Current Status: pre-Early Access 
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  • Expected Release: TBA
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  • Business Model: Buy to Play
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  • Platform: Windows PC
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  • Official Website
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What it Offers
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Dark and Light is a fantasy sandbox MMO. Magic is a part of the world and the characterization of the game. In a dynamic story, the player must choose to fight for light or be consumed by darkness. 

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What Makes it Different
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According to the game's Steam page, there "are over 100 magical skills related to survival, exploration, defense, transformation, control, [and] attack." With no set classes, there is a growth system for players and NPCs alike. Both melee and magical weapons can be forged and mastered. Magic will be used whether a player is hiding from an enemy, constructing a house, or claiming land by changing physical laws. 

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How to Get Involved
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Become a part of the conversation on Steam

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Epocylipse The AfterFall

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  • Developer: Razor Edge Games
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  • Engine: Unity 5
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  • Current Status: In development
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  • Expected Release: TBA 
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  • Business Model: Buy to Play
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  • Platform: Windows PC
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  • Official Website
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What it Offers
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Epocylipse is set in the year 2258. It is a survival MMO where humanity has been all but wiped out after an outbreak of an infectious disease. In this game, there is a day and night cycle, aging characters, faction wars, and a fully loot-able harsh environment. 

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With aging comes perma-death, which means characters must find a heir before they pass on. The game is skill-based, so how well you play in the environment really matters. If the game isn't hard enough, you can enable optional rules that pose new challenges. You can play alone, with friends, or on servers. How you want to play is up to you.

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How to Get Involved
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Register on the official website to be a part of the forum community.

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Conan Exiles

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  • Developer: Funcom
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  • Engine: Unreal 4
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  • Current Status: Early Access
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  • Expected Release: 2018 (full launch)
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  • Business Model: Buy to Play
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  • Platform: Windows PC
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In Conan Exiles, players explore the land and civilizations of an ancient world where monsters truly do exist. The player must craft tools, buildings, and fight giant creatures to stay alive. They must also battle against the elements and watch out for deadly sandstorms.

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This year, The Purge will be implemented. The Purge are enemy NPCs that will raid, pillage, and destroy everything they encounter. Players must work together to stop this deadly threat. In addition, players will be able to tame animals, and new systems -- sorcery and settlement systems -- will be introduced. The opportunities in this game will be limitless. 

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How to Get Involved
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You can purchase the game on Steam Early Access now for $29.99, or upgrade to the Barbarian Edition for an extra $30. 

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Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen

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  • Developer: Visionary Realms, Inc. 
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  • Engine: Unity 5 
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  • Current Status: In development
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  • Expected Release: 2017
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  • Business Model: Subscription
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  • Platforms: Mac and Windows PC
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  • Official Website
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Pantheon is set on the fantasy world of Terminus, where many diverse civilizations, deities, and fantastic creatures rule. The world is designed to be challenging with tough monsters, plenty of exploration, and a reliance on friends and community. The planned weather system and enchanted areas add a survival element to the game not often found in MMOs. 

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Death is meaningful. High-level characters can "retire" and pass a portion of their skills onto their children. Rare spells and items can only be found in unique locations, and can be locked behind an event. Visionary Realms is reinforcing an emphasis on group play by planning AI NPCs and player-run dungeons and regions.  

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How to Get Involved
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You can support Pantheon's development on the official website here. Pledge a minimum of $50 to gain access to the beta and full game. 

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Ashes of Creation

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  • Developer: Intrepid Studios
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  • Engine: Unreal 4 
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  • Current Status: Pre-Alpha
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  • Expected Release: TBA 
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  • Business Model: Subscription
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  • Platform: Windows PC
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  • Official Website
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Ashes of Creation promises a world "built to react to the actions of [the] players." Land can be developed anywhere and can be specialized for a certain purpose. There are many custom skills and abilities that ensure 64 unique classes. And there are multiple quest types that can change in real time. Players can fight in dungeons, raids, large-scale castle sieges, city defenses and assaults, and arena combat. 

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What Makes it Different
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The world is planned to be highly interactive. Intrepid Studios' Node System will control how the world is developed. This system will split the map into four distinct sections: Military, Divine, Economic, and Scientific. The many skill and combat choices will allow every player to thrive. Griefers in the open world are not expected to be a problem because of the game's in-depth flagging system. 

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How to Get Involved
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There will be a Kickstarter campaign for Ashes of Creation in approximately three to five weeks. There will be a countdown on the official website once the Kickstarter is two weeks away. Register your account now to stay updated on the Kickstarter and to begin participating in the forums. 

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New MMOs are announced and released constantly. The genre is full of unoriginal World of Warcraft clones and overambitious or money-hungry developers who promise to produce an MMO to be proud of -- and usually fall short. 

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That is the fear, of course: that a game can sound fantastic on paper, but it's unlikely to ever deliver. If a game does release, it may be after years of setbacks and crowdfunding. And still, it can still be underwhelming. There can still be empty promises.

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I get it. We're all afraid of getting our wallets emptied and our dreams dashed one more time for supporting -- or simply hoping -- for that one game that's going to change everything. But there's still hope for the MMO genre.

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Let us show you why with these eight upcoming MMOs you should definitely be watching.  

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The Current State of Conan Exiles https://www.gameskinny.com/fs9ns/the-current-state-of-conan-exiles https://www.gameskinny.com/fs9ns/the-current-state-of-conan-exiles Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:00:01 -0400 Emily Parker

Conan Exiles came out of the gate swinging at the end of January this year. It had quite a bit of competition across the gaming industry but made headlines and impressions nevertheless. The survival market is still an active consumer, and it was easy to see the pure potential that Conan Exiles was bringing to the table. 

Funcom recouped its development costs in a few short weeks, netting $1 million dollars of that within the first hour. While the high-quality marketing trailers and first-of-its-kind dong slider surely had a lot to do with these numbers, the promise of a free building and harsh survival world drew in plenty of doe-eyed and hopeful PC gamers.  

Unfortunately -- as with many Early Access titles -- the $30 Conan Exiles had its fair share of issues on release. Lag spikes, several easy exploits, unbalanced God summoning and an eerie resemblance to its prehistoric predecessor, Ark, quickly tanked its ratings across the web. The developers have been thankfully very active, and a couple months have made some difference.

Since the initial release, several new items, weapons, and thralls have been introduced, exploits fixed and combat improved. Most recently -- and long awaited for players on official servers -- the Ruin system will begin erasing unused structures. The decay can be turned off on private servers but will keep clutter build up on Funcom's official servers.

Weapon damage has been re-hauled and scaled to tier, making the resource commitment worth the final product. While Funcom is under some heat for releasing a patch that broke portions of the game right before the weekend, the new dye system seems to be working as planned. 

The real beast, or the reason many have given up on the game until further notice, still requires attention. The game is arguably unplayable as a PvPer, with some serious performance and exploit issues that need to be addressed. The lag issues seem completely arbitrary, sometimes only enough to allow a hyena pack gnaw a lonely adventurer to pieces, other times sling-shotting the player completely underneath the terrain.

Funcom is also executing an "Exploit Hunters Program" to help spot and eradicate their cheater infestation. This combined with a regular patch schedule should help eventually curb the official server epidemic.     

A mount system, siege machines, sorcery and end game NPC armies are still slated for 2017. With a commitment from Funcom to put $5-10 million into the fledgling survival RPG before the end of the year, it's likely we'll see these additions and some significant optimization.

As with the rest of the game's features, Funcom has dreamed up some really interesting additions. For instance, one of the siege machines will be corpse launcher that allows players to rot bodies and launch them at enemies' bases to spread corruption. Another highly anticipated content patch will be an end-game mode or "The Purge." The game will start spawning masses of NPC armies on the border of the map. Players will have to prepare for all out war, and possibly capture the most powerful NPCs for their own base. 

2018 will see Conan Exiles ports on PS4 and XBONE.

 

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7 Overlooked Superhero Games Starring Comic Book Characters https://www.gameskinny.com/etd74/7-overlooked-superhero-games-starring-comic-book-characters https://www.gameskinny.com/etd74/7-overlooked-superhero-games-starring-comic-book-characters Tue, 28 Feb 2017 12:00:01 -0500 Michael Llewellyn

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The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction

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Hulk: Ultimate Destruction by Sierra Games was the best adaptation of the Hulk character ever seen in a videogame, even Bruce Banner himself was voiced by the returning Neal McDonough -- the same voice actor from the 1996 animated series.

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Despite being a huge unstoppable monster, the Hulk character controlled with a great feeling of fluidity in using his strength and momentum to run up walls, climb buildings and power-jump over great distances -- all of which meshed together brilliantly when in combat.

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As the game's title suggests Hulk is capable of destroying everything in his path, he can level tall buildings, run through cars like they aren't even there and even grab and destroy enemy jets and helicopters in mid-flight.

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Ultimate Destruction also features a very well told comic book story supported with great voice acting and performances all round.

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Unfortunately, we didn't see another Hulk game in the series from the same developers as they lost the rights to the character but very similar mechanics were used again in the Prototype series from the same team.

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Did I miss any other underrated or overlooked Super Hero games? Give me your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below.

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Batman: Arkham Origins

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Arkham Origins had to deal with negativity from the fans before the game was even released, and despite the game being released by Rocksteady's direct (WB Games Montreal) just being a different developer was enough for fans to turn their noses up.

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While Origins didn't bring a lot new to the table with the combat system as well as a pointless multiplayer mode. It did bring the best boss battles seen in the series to date, as well as a great plot. Origins also introduced the gadget that allowed Batman to virtually recreate crime scenes seen again in Rocksteady's own Arkham Knight.

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The focus on characterization and the dynamic between Batman and Gotham's rogues gallery of villains are real standout point of the game. Origins also gave fans some of the best DLC seen in the series which finally did justice to the Mr Freeze character -- Arkham: Origins is definitely worth another look.

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Captain America: Super Soldier

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Captain America: Super Soldier is game that's borrowed more than just a few gameplay mechanics from Arkham Asylum, especially in its combat system and interconnected hubs.

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While it didn't quite reach its full potential, likely due to the pressure on the developers to make the release date in time for the film. The combat system is fluid, intuitive and cinematic, and does a great job of making you feel like Captain America himself.

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Regardless of being an Arkham clone, Super Soldier could have been something special if it was given more time in development, but it's still a genuinely good game that fans of The Cap will appreciate.

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Spider-Man: Web of Shadows

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Spider-Man: Web Of Shadows is an open world game based on the comic books rather than the movies, like many previous adaptations of the game. It features a lot of recognisable faces from the Marvel universe like Wolverine, Luke Cage, and Venom to name a few to keep comic book fans happy.

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Despite its age Web Of Shadows still features some of the best web slinging and mid-air combat seen in the Spider-Man franchise, and is definitely worth a try if you're waiting for Spider-Man: Homecoming.

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Conan

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This game puts you in the shoes of the titular character Conan (voiced by Ron Perlman), while it's another game heavily influenced by the hack and slash mechanics of the God Of War series, it stands up well with it's own take on combat. The take being that it relies just as much on its enjoyable and intelligent counter move system, as it does slicing your way through hordes of warriors and monsters.

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The Conan character found massive success and popularity in comic book form from the 70's to the late 90's with Marvel, and is even more faithfully recreated now in the comics published by Dark Horse.

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There's not many good games based on the legendary Conan character and with Conan: Exiles gaining more popularity, it could be worth seeking this game out too if you're a fan of the barbarian.

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Batman: The Brave and the Bold

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Platform: Nintendo Wii (compatible with the WiiU)
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Batman: The Brave and The Bold the videogame is a side scrolling beat em up and platformer based on the cartoon series of the same name. It's a fun throwback to the 16-Bit era of gaming.

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While I'm not a great fan this particular adaptation of the Dark Knight, the game is still tremendous fun because it brought back the fun of the drop-in and drop-out two-player couch co op games of the past.

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I had some good times playing this game with my kids, so If you're looking for a good family friendly one or two-player game to play on the Wii (or Wii U) I'd definitely recommend Batman: Brave and The Bold.

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine

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Platform: Xbox 360/PlayStation 3
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X-Men Origins: Wolverine was undeniably a God Of War clone, but that didn't stop the game from being a fantastically violent thrill ride from start to finish.

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It was fully voiced by cast, from the movie of the same name, and was arguably more entertaining and certainly more faithful to the brutality of the Wolverine character.

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With the new Wolverine film Logan coming out very soon it could be the perfect time to give this game a try.

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With the upcoming release of the Spiderman: Homecoming game, Injustice 2 and the announcements from Square-Enix and TellTale Games working on their own Marvel projects. It's a very exciting time to be both a gamer and a superhero fan.

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There was a time where comic book based videogames, like a lot of licensed titles, were met with a lot less enthusiasm than they are now. That was, until Rocksteady showed the world how a superhero game should be done with the amazing Arkham series.

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There have been other superhero games that have gone overlooked, or simply passed off as another bad title but are still worth your time.

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If you are wanting to get your superhero fix, until the new Insomniac Spidey game gets released later this year, here is a list of some of those games that you may have missed the first time.

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If You're an Elite Dangerous Fan, You Need to Try Conan Exiles https://www.gameskinny.com/cw97i/if-youre-an-elite-dangerous-fan-you-need-to-try-conan-exiles https://www.gameskinny.com/cw97i/if-youre-an-elite-dangerous-fan-you-need-to-try-conan-exiles Tue, 28 Feb 2017 08:00:01 -0500 Rafal Gac

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Elite: Dangerous and Conan Exiles are games played in open worlds that are heavily dependent on every player’s imagination. To play them, it is necessary to pursue your own ideas and place them into each game's reality.

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Perhaps there are huge differences between both ED and Conan, but it is not difficult to imagine that at least some of the features of the Barbarian Era would pique the interest of space commanders.

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Without doubt, Conan Exiles is a game worth trying after all!

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Are you an Elite: Dangerous fan? Did you try Conan Exiles? Do you think you could play both games or even switch? Sound off in the comments below!

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They're Both Games of Domination

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Both titles offer a lot in regards to game politics and domination over other players and territory.

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In Elite: Dangerous, it's very common for conflicts between various factions to break out, with Commanders fighting it out in space. But they also try to dominate the opposition in other ways, such as through political and economic turmoil. 

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Conan Exiles has a lot to offer in the domination game, too. Players can wage wars, fight enemies, and rule over Exiled Lands.

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It wouldn't be very difficult for ED commanders to switch the space of the Milky Way to the wastelands of the Barbarian Continent.

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They're Both Games of Building and Construction

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In this case, Conan Exiles has more to offer than Elite: Dangerous. I know, just hear me out... The game has a very sophisticated building system, letting players build more than just simple things such as tools, weapons and armour.

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But this is not everything. In Conan Exiles players can also build their own homes, turn it into a fortress, and then even build an entire town around this fortress. If this is not enough -- players can also craft their own furniture and decorations to customise their own home or settlement further.

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This is much more that ED currently offering. Jumping into the world of Conan Exiles could give ED players a small taste of the potential additions, at least in the construction area, for Elite: Dangerous -- if Frontier would decide to implement them.

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Right now in Elite, instead of building things, players can improve their ships by adding modernized modules, prepared by so-called 'Engineers'. It is sort of a game of construction, but certainly not on the same level as Conan Exiles.

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Conan, in this case, can offer much more.

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They're Both Games of Discovery
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One of the main features of Elite: Dangerous is traveling to and discovering new star systems in the Milky Way Galaxy. Spending ages scanning space bodies, gathering data, landing on planets – all of those make up ED's primary draw. The average commander can spend not only hours, but days and months travelling to the edges of the Galaxy and back -- all in the name of discovery.

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Perhaps discovering an ancient world with Conan could give ED players the same level of excitement, or perhaps even more? There are dungeons there, vast lands to cross, ancient tribes to fight, and all sorts of creatures to discover. 

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Any explorer -- even one from space -- should be able to find something interesting in the Conan Exiles universe.

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They're Both Games of Survival
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Elite: Dangerous and Conan Exiles are both survival games. Regardless of their significantly divergent environments and survival obstacles, ED and Conan both require a certain set skills to stay alive in harsh, unforgiving environments.

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It seems that, in fact, Conan is even more demanding on its players due to the sheer amount of different challenges presented at any one time, such as harsh environments, ferocious natural obstacles, ancient warriors, and even mysterious creatures occupying endless dungeons.

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In Elite: Dangerous, survival is all about maintaining your ship and your wallet, avoiding nasty pirates, and keeping relationships with system factions. Ships can be burned while jumping out of hyperspace -- if you're too close to the star -- players can be attacked by pirates or other players, or they can die in space due to the lack of fuel in their ships...

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Both games are hard, and ED players might just like the challenge Conan presents. 

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Could Elite: Dangerous fans ever really get into Conan Exiles? At the first glance, it is obvious that both of these games are completely different. Although both are set in huge, open worlds, ED is set in space, full of galaxies and otherworldly exploration opportunities. In contrast, Conan Exiles is set in the mythical Conan the Conqueror universe, one that's much more medieval in nature and presentation.

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It is hard to imagine why on Earth any of Elite: Dangerous player should even consider jumping out of his spaceship for an ax. But it appears that there are features in Conan Exiles that could appeal to average ED fan. Let's take a look.

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Conan Exiles Is Selling Like Hotcakes, But What's with the Mixed Reviews? https://www.gameskinny.com/rhbz2/conan-exiles-is-selling-like-hotcakes-but-whats-with-the-mixed-reviews https://www.gameskinny.com/rhbz2/conan-exiles-is-selling-like-hotcakes-but-whats-with-the-mixed-reviews Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:00:01 -0500 Michael Llewellyn

For some people, first impressions last -- especially when it comes to videogames. And early fan reactions to Funcom's Conan Exiles shouldn't have been any different. Fortunately, in modern gaming, it isn't always so black and white, as patches and updates allow developers a bit more flexibility to fix bugs and iron out any problems that gamers are experiencing.

By releasing Conan Exiles into Early Access on Steam, it allows the game's developers, Funcom, a lot more flexibility to give fans what they want and to work with them to create an open world survival game in the Conan universe that works well before it's ready to launch.

A big advantage of going the Early Access route is if a developer is willing take on customer feedback -- either negative or positive -- and work to fix the issues as they continue to build on the foundations of their game through regular updates and patches, fans will (mostly) react in a positive way. You only have to take look at the dedicated Conan pages on Reddit to see how quickly fan reaction is turning around from initial early (and negative) impressions.

Word of mouth in Early Access goes a long way -- and fast It's basically free marketing for the developer and its potential for providing success is evident with Conan Exiles reaching over 360,000 sales within its first two weeks on the platform. It would be a mistake, too, to not consider that Conan has quite a large fanbase that are often difficult to please -- so endorsement from old and new fans alike will help elevate the game to a successful launch.

Fans have also been rewarded with the game's development tools to create their own mods to add to the game, which another a great way of continuing positive rapport with the current fanbase and drawing in new fans from the modding scene.

Funcom are the first to admit that they have made mistakes in the past -- despite being quite well received by critics, Age Of Conan did launch with a lot of bugs and other issues. Problems like this hurt the game's sales in the long run, so releasing a massive game of Conan Exiles' magnitude into Early Access allows the developers to target any bugs and gameplay problems early on before the final launch.

Open World Survival 

The land of Hyboria's already established and detailed world written and drawn up by author Robert E Howard almost 90 years ago, already feels like it was designed to experienced in an open world game. The lands and its inhabitants, from beasts to men/women are unforgiving and deadly. To help set it apart from other open world survival games, its unique setting is full of gigantic and vicious creatures and a deep mythology that has been the inspiration for just about every sword and sorcery tale that succeeded it. Hyboria is the perfect backdrop for a survival adventure game like Conan Exiles and something I have gone into far more detail with.

What makes a survival game work so well is the player's freedom to play solo, join a clan, build a fortress, and survive against the landscape and everything it throws at you. The sub-genre is giving many gamers what they have wanted for years, an adventure with no hand holding, where experimentation and discovering the game for yourself is as much part of the fun as the building and raiding.

A good recent example of an open world survival game that Funcom have no doubt looked to as a good business model of how to successfully build and market a game of this type with full community support is Ark: Survival Evolved.  Where Ark succeeded was it tirelessly worked on fixing bugs, continuously added new content and really got the fans involved. Popular YouTubers and Twitch users dominated gaming channels with their experiences with the Ark -- which was a great PR tactic from Studio Wildcard. As I mentioned above word of mouth and enthusiasm from the fans has the potential to really make a game succeed and drive a title to an almost cult-like status through early development.

The Tools To Create A Good Game

Obviously it has taken a lot more than just good PR and fan interaction to start creating a game that has made fans take notice. Fans and reviewers that have had the patience to stick with the game beyond its early flaws, have been rewarded with a game that has the foundations of being something special. These foundations didn't come from thin air, it was the culmination of the skills and knowledge they have brought forward from past development projects.

Although Age Of Conan lost quite a bit of momentum in the early stages with some game breaking bugs -- even though they were eventually patched -- the game itself was inviting, easy to pick up and has a lovingly crafted and a deep world based on the Conan mythos. This is an invaluable level of experience that they can no doubt adapt again as they continue to expand on Conan Exiles. Funcom know the world that Conan inhabits probably better than any other developer.

Conan Exiles has been particularly successful with its building mechanics, and the flexible tools in place really allow players to get creative. You can build your fortresses upwards and around cliffside mountains. The blocks and materials mesh together in a way that looks natural and blends nicely so it looks like real part of the environment. Of course Funcom are no strangers to implementing building mechanics in their games, as they developed Lego Minifigures Online and being able to bring that skillset and level of experience over into an open world survival game like this has pieced together perfectly.

There are areas that need improvement in the game like its combat and I'm sure the developers have heard the complaints and understand better than anyone that swordplay is an important part of the Conan universe and will fix this later -- which is the beauty of Early Access titles.

Conan: Exiles is improving with almost daily updates from Funcom. The team there are clearly working hard at making this game everything it has the potential to be, and build on what already has the solid foundations in place to make this game a continued success both financially and critically by its full launch in 2018.

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Can Conan Exiles Make It in an 'Open World' of Already Great Survival Games? https://www.gameskinny.com/mz78m/can-conan-exiles-make-it-in-an-open-world-of-already-great-survival-games https://www.gameskinny.com/mz78m/can-conan-exiles-make-it-in-an-open-world-of-already-great-survival-games Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:00:01 -0500 Michael Llewellyn

Funcom's already successful new entry in the Conan universe, Conan Exiles has been available as a part of Early Access on Steam since January 31 2017, with a planned full release in 2018.

There are a lot of open world games on the market and to stand out you need to have an interesting universe which is capable of capturing the gamer early on. The world that Conan The Barbarian inhabits definitely qualifies with its long and storied history.

Funcom have a lot riding on their new Early Access game Conan Exiles, with news that they had laid off over half of their staff in 2012 due to the poor performance of Lego Minifigures Online, The Secret World, and Age Of Conan -- which needed to go the free-to-play route in order gain back its slowly declining user base.

It shouldn't be too surprising that we are getting another Conan game from Funcom, as in 2015 they entered into a lucrative partnership deal with Conan Properties International LLC. This in turn makes them the preferred developer of any games in the Conan franchise, on all gaming platforms. Clearly Funcom are determined to not only make a game that lives up to the Conan name but has a good return on investment for themselves and their partners in Conan Properties.

This time they've opted for an open world survival game not dissimilar to the likes of Ark: Survival Evolved which at the time of writing is the highest selling game on PSN. The survival sub-genre is becoming hugely popular with fans especially when they implement a player vs player raid and clan mechanics in the game. Being forced to survive against the savage land of Hyboria, fight off invaders, raiding and pillaging whilst building your own fortress are a perfect marriage to the lore of the Conan universe.

Naturally the already installed fanbase of Conan will be looking at this game with great interest, as many gamers who are fans of the franchise (like myself) have been waiting for a quality Conan title for a very long time. And Conan Exiles has the potential and a great opportunity to take advantage of the massive world and lore that surrounds the Cimmerian and bring in a new generation of fans.

Adapting The Savage Lands of Hyboria 

Looking at another open world game adapted from a successful book and literature series, The Witcher 3, it is clear to see that the developers CD Projekt Red had an unrivalled deep love and passion for the source material. This was reflected in the attention to detail from the different cultures and the vast bestiary of creatures. The same level of diversity and depth of the Witcher book series can be said about the Conan series too, and with Funcom's obvious passion for the Conan franchise and the experience that they had already gained through crafting a critically acclaimed open world MMO. Their decision to put Conan Exiles in Early Access shows a willingness to improve the game before its full release and listen to fan feedback in order to create the best Conan game they can.

In the books Conans motives are survival, enrichment and rising to power, and Funcom have discussed that the game is not just about surviving the savage lands but it's about dominance and brutality -- he is an anti-hero. In this case the developers have already realised what it takes to make a Conan game work and adapting the survival game mechanics portrays Conans own goal of taking his own kingdom and building an army.

Funcom have promised that the world map will expand and get even bigger by the time of the full release. The lands of Hyboria are ripe for exploring and battling with other players/NPC's and a variety of powerful -- in some cases gigantic -- monsters. The prewritten world history and it's map sets Conan Exiles apart from other survival titles. There is also no randomisation or procedurally generated maps as is common in most other survival games.

The Influence of Conan

On the surface gamers who aren't already fans of Conan may think it's just another game in a sword and sorcery setting, but if done right Conan Exiles can be so much more. The world that Conan inhabits is unique, dark and is absolutely a place where survival is absolutely key. The Conan and Kull stories predate even Tolkien, and have such a rich and deep lore to offer. If adapted correctly, it would fit perfectly in a game like Exiles.

Fans of the series have long hoped for a good Conan game. His character and world have often been imitated successfully in other franchises in gaming and pop culture.

Here are some examples of where Conans influence has been successfully implemented in modern popular culture:

  • The Chronicles Of Riddick trilogy is definitely based on Conan and Vin Diesel's character even pulls a Conan pose at the end of the second film whilst sitting on the throne.
  • The character Guts from the Berserk series has been quoted by Kentaro Miura as being directly influenced by Conan The Barbarian.
  • Wolfhound A Russian fantasy epic from 2006 has many similarities to the original Conan film.
  • Kratos from the God Of War series is another very similar character to Conan in terms of physicality and violence rather than looks.
  • The Golden Axe series was heavily influenced by the Conan universe especially the barbarian Tarik - The image of Arnold Schwarzenegger's Conan was used for the ending of the Master System version of the game.

A Brief History Of Conan

Like many I was introduced to the sword and sorcery film Conan The Barbarian in the 1982 film of the same name -- starring Arnold Schwarzenegger -- and then it's more toned down PG rated Conan The Destroyer -- it would be a PG-13 today. The Conan character dates much further back than that and had originated pre-Tolkien in 1932 and was written by Robert E Howard. He is based in the same universe as King Kull which was first published in 1929. The Kull character was based before Conan during the days of Atlantis in 100,000 BC and bares a lot of the same war smarts and physical traits as Conan but is far more chivalrous and a lot less brutal and savage. One reason for the many similarities between the Kull and Conan characters were because of a rejected Kull story known as By This Axe I Rule that was rewritten as a Conan story -- and was later renamed The Phoenix On The Sword.

The complete timeline, between Kull and Conan, is explained in depth in an adaptation of Robert E. Howard's own words by Marvel comics.

Howard created a whole new mythology with a world full of it's own history and distinct geographical locations, it carried a level of depth not seen again until Tolkien. The stories of Conan were printed in a pulp magazine known as "Weird Tales." The same publication that printed a lot of H.P Lovecraft's stories -- also friend and correspondent of Howard's. It became known that they often referenced each other's work in their stories. Many of Howard's unedited works are a part of the Cthulhu mythos -- which shows just how diverse and layered its universe is.

Conan was a Cimmerian from the Northern Wilds of Hyboria and in his introduction in The Phoenix On The Sword we learn that Conan has become the King of Aquilonia. So every story written after would be a prequel tale in the events the lead to his journey from a thief, pirate, mercenary, warrior, conqueror and eventually a king that spanned 29 stories by Robert E Howard.

The Conan series was later adapted into comic book form in 1952, by a Mexican publication Corporacion Editorial Mexicana, SA, up until 1966. But it wasn't until Marvel started publishing its own Conan The Barbarian comics in 1970 that he began to see success in mainstream comic form until 1996.

In 2003 Dark Horse purchased the rights to publish Conan comic books and rebooted the series with no connection to the Marvel line. They Dark Horse based the new Conan series on the original works of Robert E Howard and won awards for for best single issue, and favorite new comic book in 2004 -- Dark Horse have now digitally published the Marvel line of comics in a graphic novel format.

Conclusion

The Conan universe was created by Robert E Howard as a living entity that Conan resided in, and Conan is very much a product of his own environment. This is why Hyboria is tailor made for a successful video game adaptation -- in the open world survival genre -- and it's only a matter of time before fans get the game they deserve based on the Conan lore.

All the right pieces seem to be falling into place for Conan Exiles, and with Funcom being so open to fan feedback and almost daily updates and patches they are definitely taking steps in the right direction -- as expanded upon here -- in making this game stand out amongst the crowd.

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6 Mods We'd Love to See in Conan Exiles https://www.gameskinny.com/86f98/6-mods-wed-love-to-see-in-conan-exiles https://www.gameskinny.com/86f98/6-mods-wed-love-to-see-in-conan-exiles Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:00:01 -0500 Emily Parker

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Whether you think Conan Exiles is a great game already, or you're pretty sure it needs a little help, we can all get excited about what will come out of the modding community. 

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What do you think the best mods will be? Do you think Funcom will encourage its modding community or ignore it? Are you already working on a mod for Conan Exiles

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Additional Avatars

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Out of all the mods we've listed, this one is most likely to be right around the corner. The possibilities are endless -- and if we can go on what we've learned from other games -- hilarity shall ensue.

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There will be no limit on the amount of time players will sink into summoning Thomas the Tank Engine or the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. 

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Tame-able Fauna

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This feature appears to be even further down the list than mounts for Funcom, which would make it perfect for a modder to pick up. 

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Gators and Hyenas would make great battle buddies, and might be a nice fix for the game's crowd control issues. Providing a leveling system for them would just be icing on the cake. 

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Speedy Mounts

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We'd all love a faster way to get around the Exiled Lands, why not via a badass Rhinoceros? It is speculated that Funcom will eventually add this feature, but it's possible the modding community will beat them too it.  

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Whether mounts hit the official game or not, there's always room for faster mounts, better saddles, added inventory or increased damage. Plus, who wouldn't want to charge into battle and gore their enemies with a Rhino!?

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Unlockable Combat Upgrades

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The combat in Conan Exiles is interesting, but currently a little basic. Even a stun or extra knock back would be a welcome mod installation.

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Hiding them throughout the world or having them set to unlock at higher levels or by completing milestone achievements like "Kill X number of X with X" would add even more depth to a server. 

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Additional Wildlife

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There's no need to break immersion, but adding some more savannah-esque animals would liven the worlds up quite a bit. 

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A pride of lions or a flock of vultures would certainly add a little diversity, and it's likely the studio won't be adding anything in the way of fauna any time soon. 

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Inventory Management

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Managing inventory in Conan Exiles can be cumbersome.

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There's no need to get rid of the "survival aspect" of a player's inventory, but some inventory sorting and dumping mods would make this part of the game a lot less frustrating.

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Even higher on the list would be a mod allowing players to access all locally stored inventory while crafting. How convenient! 

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There is a wonderful tenacity in the gaming community; a clear drive to create and improve. It has never been more well represented than in the modding community. 

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Our favorite games only get better with some help from these rogue developers. We've got our fingers crossed for a few modded improvements for Conan Exilesand whether they're pipe dreams or right around the corner, let's all dream together. 

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Everything Wrong with Conan Exiles -- and How to Fix It https://www.gameskinny.com/ezzj7/everything-wrong-with-conan-exiles-and-how-to-fix-it https://www.gameskinny.com/ezzj7/everything-wrong-with-conan-exiles-and-how-to-fix-it Fri, 10 Feb 2017 11:00:53 -0500 Rob Kershaw

It may have only just hit Early Access, but Conan Exiles is already riding high in the Steam charts. The open world survival game made news recently thanks to its, ahem, adjustable genital size and realistic jiggly physics in that area.

However, this serves only to distract from a more important discussion -- namely, how good is the actual game? Feedback so far has been mixed, but there have been several key annoyances that have been mentioned again and again by players, which Funcom would be wise to address.

Stability Woes

Funcom has had multiple server issues. Not just small glitches, but big, game-breaking problems. Players have been disconnected, suffered extreme latency issues, and have generally been pulled through the wringer while trying to play the game.

To its credit, Funcom has held its hands up and stated that fixing these problems is a priority. And rightly so -- without the stable foundation needed for a game as pretty as this, Funcom may as well write off the entire enterprise. SimCity and the demise of Maxis can attest to that.

Balance Issues

If you play Conan Exiles as a solo player, you’re going to be at an almost immediate disadvantage to those who choose to join a clan. Working together to take down mobs, gain experience, build up your character and get better gear -- all of it is far, far simpler to achieve than if you played alone.

There doesn’t currently appear to be any benefit to being a solo player, and there are a multitude of reasons to join a clan. We understand that this is a multiplayer game, but not everyone is drawn to signing up with other people; it certainly shouldn’t put you at a disadvantage if you choose not to.

Furthermore, there appears to be no way of protecting the bases you build if you take a break from the game. For casual players who want to dip in and out every other week, you’ll likely end up rejoining and witnessing what remains of your base after its been smashed to pieces in your absence. Not all players want to be online every day -- these people should be considered too.

Spammable Buildings

Currently, you can run around the world map in Conan Exiles, laying down the foundations for buildings and claiming huge swathes of land to the detriment of other players. This has understandably led to consternation from gamers who can’t get a foothold on the property ladder. Funcom actually addressed this directly in a recent Reddit AMA stating:

We agree and we wanted to add a decay system before launch, we just never got there. Our decay system will be based on the building size - the larger the building size, the slower it decays. So random foundations will decay very quickly. We're also making it such that small placeable objects don't claim land but still respect land claim rules.

Hopefully we'll get to see this system implemented as planned. Otherwise players are going to find it easier to get a property in Miami Beach than in a virtual medieval world. 

Dull Combat

Many players have expressed dismay that fighting in Conan Exiles amounts to hammering the left mouse button until your enemy is dead. That may have been fine back in the days of Diablo and Titan Quest, but this isn’t an isometric action-RPG. It’s an open world game where your first-person perspective brings you right into the fray, and is therefore deserving of something a little more satisfying than a one-button attack.

Plenty of similar games have managed to offer half-decent fighting. Chivalry: Medieval Warfare is over four years old, but its combat system stands head and shoulders above Conan Exiles’. Again, this is something that Funcom acknowledged in the AMA, stating that they were considering light and heavy attacks, dodging, and also considering how bows and crossbows work. Combat is a huge part of the game, so if it turns people off from the outset, they are unlikely to return.

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The fact that Conan Exiles is still in Early Access means that there is still time for a lot of these issues to be ironed out. It certainly looks the part, having fully embraced the medieval aesthetic and setting. But if Funcom wants to deliver an engaging, interesting experience that keeps pulling players back online -- no matter how many times per day, week or month -- they will need to make sure that they address these fundamental areas.

Are you playing Conan Exiles in Early Access? Are you enjoying the experience? What could be improved? Let us know in the comments!

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How to Use the Bow in Conan Exiles https://www.gameskinny.com/1xw0l/how-to-use-the-bow-in-conan-exiles https://www.gameskinny.com/1xw0l/how-to-use-the-bow-in-conan-exiles Mon, 13 Feb 2017 06:20:38 -0500 Will Dowell

To survive in Conan Exiles you must be prepared. Combat is brutal and challenging, requiring mastery of each weapon to succeed. The bow is a powerful ranged weapon, but only to those who know how to use it. Luckily, this guide will teach you how to use the bow in Conan Exiles.

Before you engage in bloody combat, you must craft your weapon. Each bow and arrow requires different materials and tools to create. For those wanting to craft, here is a list of requirements for each bow and arrow:

Hunting Bow: 7 Branches, 13 Hides, 13 Twine.

Flinthead Arrows: 10 Branches, 50 Stones

Crossbow: (Needs Carpenters Bench) 7 Branches, 26 Iron Bars, 13 Silk.

Hyrkanian Bow: (Needs Carpenters Bench) 7 Branches, 13 Thick Leather, 13 Silk

Ironhead Arrows: (Needs Carpenters Bench): 10 Branches, 10 Iron Bars

Razorhead Arrows: (Needs Carpenters Bench): 10 Branches, 10 Steel Bars

Fire Arrows: (Needs Carpenters Bench): 10 Branches, 10 Steel Bars, 10 Brimstone.

Snake Arrows: (Requires Worshiping Set and Needs Carpenters Bench) 10 Branches

*To craft these items you require individual recipes earned through spending knowledge points.

To use your bows in combat, you must pair them with a set of arrows. This is done through dragging your arrows onto your bow. When firing, make sure you maintain distance between you and your enemy to limit potential damage.

Stay tuned for more Conan Exiles tips.

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How to Get Silk, Crystal, Demon Blood, Yellow Lotus, and Aloe in Conan Exiles https://www.gameskinny.com/j3lfd/how-to-get-silk-crystal-demon-blood-yellow-lotus-and-aloe-in-conan-exiles https://www.gameskinny.com/j3lfd/how-to-get-silk-crystal-demon-blood-yellow-lotus-and-aloe-in-conan-exiles Wed, 08 Feb 2017 15:03:03 -0500 Sergey_3847

The world of Conan Exiles is full of surprises and unknown items. You may not even be aware of the value of some of the resources that you can find in the deserts and the caves of the exiled lands.

This guide will help you locate especially useful materials in the game, and give you recipes on how to craft some of the most essential items.

How to Get Silk in Conan Exiles

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Silk is an incredibly light and strong material that is often used for advanced crafting in Conan Exiles. However, getting silk may turn out to be a bit troublesome, since the only source of silk is gossamer that drops from spiders.

Spiders can be found in the central part of the map inside the spider caves (see the screenshot above), and they are really hard to kill due to their ability to inflict a crippling poison on your character. It will not only deal constant damage to you, but also impair your movements.

Use sword made of iron or steel to quickly kill the spiders, and keep hitting their dead bodies until they drop the gossamer. You need 2 pieces of gossamer to be able to craft 1 piece of silk.

How to Get Crystals in Conan Exiles

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Crystal is a multi-purpose material that can be used for crafting practical materials like glass or turned into an explosive substance called dragon powder that can be used to demolish entire buildings. But first you need to find some of those crystals.

The main source of crystals in Conan Exiles is the Rocknose creature that looks like a rhino made of stone. Find this beast and kill it with the weapon of your choice, and it will drop crystals for you. Another way to find crystals is to scourge caves -- sometimes they appear naturally there.

Use 2 crystals in your furnace to craft glass. If you want to craft dragon powder, then you’ll need:

  • 100 steelfire
  • 50 crystals
  • 10 brimstones
  • 2 Demon Blood

How to Get Demon Blood in Conan Exiles

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Of all the above mentioned materials required for crafting dragon powder, Demon Blood is probably the hardest one to get. There are two sources where you can find this elusive material, and both are extremely dangerous -- Dragons and Rocknose King.

Currently, there are three known types of dragons in Conan Exiles: red, green, and undead. In order to get the Demon Blood you need to either kill a red or a green dragon. One of these types of dragons can be spotted in the central part of the map -- in the Unnamed City. The best way to kill a dragon is to do it with a group of other players.

Rocknose King is even harder to deal with than the dragon itself -- it’ll take you twice as many hits to kill the giant stone beast, so get ready for a long battle.

How to Get Yellow Lotus Potion in Conan Exiles

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In Conan Exiles you learn new recipes by spending knowledge points. However, there may come a moment in the game, when you decide to re-spec your character’s recipes. How do you do this? You need to consume the Yellow Lotus Potion -- it completely wipes all of your learned recipes, and refunds all of your knowledge points, so you can learn new ones.

This potion can be easily crafted in the cauldron with the help of 1 Yellow Lotus Blossom -- a yellow flower that can be found growing in the green parts of the map.

But beware, it may wipe your religion points as well -- it’s a known bug. On the other hand, you can always find the priests on the map and reclaim your god worshipping points for free.

How to Get Aloe Extract in Conan Exiles

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There are several ways how to regenerate life in Conan Exiles. You can tame entertainer thralls that can heal you and remove corruption, the worshippers of Mitra can get Ambrosia -- a substance that heals wounds, and the worshippers of Yog can use purified flesh for the same purposes.

However, one of the best and most effective ways to heal yourself is to consume an aloe extract. It can be easily crafted in the cauldron using 2 aloe leaves. You will find such aloe plants near the sources of water.

Crafting most of these items becomes possible after you reach level 15, so when you get there, be sure to stack up those materials and craft what you consider essential for your character.

Come back soon for more Conan Exiles guides at GameSkinny!

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Conan Exiles Beginner's Guide: Tips and Tricks for Surviving in the Exiled Lands https://www.gameskinny.com/jaz21/conan-exiles-beginners-guide-tips-and-tricks-for-surviving-in-the-exiled-lands https://www.gameskinny.com/jaz21/conan-exiles-beginners-guide-tips-and-tricks-for-surviving-in-the-exiled-lands Tue, 07 Feb 2017 14:45:05 -0500 Sergey_3847

Conan Exiles offers various multiplayer options on different servers for you to try out. Each server may have its own rules and requires an individual approach when it comes to survival. However, there are certain basic elements that can be applied at any stage of the game.

This guide will give you some of the most important tips on how to survive in Conan Exiles no matter which type of server you have chosen to play on. After you create your character, you will be thrown into the deserted world of the game. From there on, it’s up to you how exactly you want to move forward.

But here are a few tricks that you may find useful on your journey.

Satiating Thirst and Hunger

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You wouldn't believe how often people die from thirst in this game. So, if you want to live long in Conan Exiles, don’t forget to pay attention to the food and water indicators in the upper left corner of your screen.

Getting water requires you to simply approach any water source and press “E,” when you’re close enough. Food, on the other hand, is a bit trickier. You will find plenty of insects and other miniscule beings, but they are not that efficient for satiating hunger. Your best bet are eggs that can be snatched from the big nests lying around -- just make sure that their parents aren’t hiding nearby.

You will also encounter many wild animals on your way, such as rabbits, turtles, ostriches. If you manage to kill them, you will be able to cook them on a camp fire. Cooking meat is important -- it will stay fresh longer.

Beware: raw meat can turn into a rotten meat, which will give you food poisoning.

Crafting and Building

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You will need to craft yourself some clothes that will protect your body, and other useful tools that will come in handy when you decide to build your first base.

Start by collecting branches, stones and plant fibers that can be seen everywhere on the ground. Just with the help of these simple components you can craft your first pickaxe and a hatchet. These primitive weapons can help you kill animals and take off their hides.

When you reach level 5, you will be able to craft a hunting bow -- an extremely useful weapon in the harsh environments of the exiled lands.

Stones and wooden branches are not only used for crafting tools, but also for building your first base -- so again, gather them as much as you can. You will need over a hundred stones and about as much wood to be able to build your foundation, walls, ceiling, and doors.

Later in the game you will be able to use iron and steel, and craft advanced tools and weapons. For this you will need either to learn blacksmithing or tame a thrall with the corresponding skill. As for building, you’ll need to make a furnace and a blacksmith's bench.

How to Tame Thralls

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There are plenty of NPCs, or “thralls,” in Conan Exiles, and they all have different skills that can be used for your own benefit. But first you need to tame them and force them to serve you by putting them in the Wheel of Pain.

The process of taming thralls is as follows:
  • Build the Wheel of Pain at your base
  • Craft a truncheon and use it to knock out an NPC
  • Craft fiber bindings and use them to bind the unconscious NPC
  • Bring the NPC to your base and put it in the Wheel of Pain
  • Put some food in the NPC’s inventory, something that is easy to make -- gruel, for example.
    • But in truth, they eat anything you give them, so it really doesn’t matter that much.
  • The Wheel of Pain will be activated and the will of your thrall will be broken.

Some thralls are easier to tame than others, but the hardest ones are usually warriors or archers that can help you fight enemies. However, this doesn’t mean that peaceful NPCs are useless. On the contrary, a blacksmith can be extremely useful for crafting you some new weapons, or a tanner can provide you with new clothes.

These types of thralls are exceptionally useful, as they build things faster than your character. So let them work, while you go hunting and killing.

Worshipping Gods and Summoning Avatars

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Currently, you can worship three gods in Conan Exiles (four, technically, but Crom is agnostic and gives you no powers).

The god of your choice will let you build their altar right away. But in order to craft shrines of the rest of the gods, you must find their corresponding priests. Gods can be worshipped by committing sacrificial acts.

  • The first god is Yog, who grants you special weapons and armor, if you will eat human flesh in his name.
    • You can find his priest, Nunu The Cannibal, in the southern part of the map.
    • You will need to build an altar for him, called “The Pit of Yog.”
  • The second god is Mitra, who grants you an ability to craft holy weapons, armor and a symbol of Phoenix.
    • Mitra is the god of right and justice and he can be worshipped with the help of Jamila, the Pirate Queen.
    • Jamila can be located in the eastern part of the map.
  • The final god is Set, who gives you powers against poison and an ability to turn snakes into arrows.
    • Set’s priest is Mek-kamoses, and he resides in the northern part of the map.
    • If you want Set’s powers, you need to sacrifice humans on his altar.

When you reach the highest level of worshipping gods, you will be able to summon the gods’ avatars -- giant creatures that have an immense destructive power. But this element of game comes much later in your adventures.

Come back soon for more Conan Exiles guides at GameSkinny!

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Conan Exiles First Impressions: Between Barbarianism and Civilisation https://www.gameskinny.com/9do1e/conan-exiles-first-impressions-between-barbarianism-and-civilisation https://www.gameskinny.com/9do1e/conan-exiles-first-impressions-between-barbarianism-and-civilisation Sat, 04 Feb 2017 12:29:48 -0500 Sergey_3847

Conan Exiles is the latest survival sandbox game from Funcom that has been just released on Steam Early Access. It is set in the Conan the Barbarian universe and it is the second attempt by Funcom to revive this adventurous IP.

Funcom released Age of Conan, a pay-to-play MMORPG, in 2008 to many positive reviews. However, the subscription numbers were underwhelming at best. Afterward, another attempt to draw players to the game was made in 2009 with its first expansion, titled Rise of the Godslayer, which didn’t really improve the situation too much.

So, almost ten years later, Funcom returns with the new Conan game, and you can now find out what’s inside this very early Alpha build -- as well as if you should play it -- by reading on.

The Setting and the Gameplay of Conan Exiles

The world of Conan Exiles is a deserted plane called Exiled Lands, which has occasional oasis and towns scattered about. As is the case with many games of this sort, you start with almost nothing in your hands, so you need to make sure that you gather water, stones, sticks and some food to stay alive under the hot sun.

Gathering resources is required for you to craft your very first basic tools, weapons and clothes. The better tools you have, the more resources you can gather and the more advanced items you can craft and build. Building, by the way, is a huge part of Conan Exiles.

Conan Exiles offers both multiplayer and single player experiences, with the main focus on public and private servers.

You can build almost anything and everywhere, even under the water. The interior of your home can be decorated with furniture and other cool stuff. This shelter not only serves as storage for your items, but it also can protect you from enemies. But for protection, you need to upgrade your abode to at least Tier 2 or 3.

One can say that all this is a standard survival sandbox package. However, there are a few other things in Conan Exiles that makes it stand out from the rest of those genre-specific titles.

Playable Modes in Conan Exiles

Conan Exiles offers both multiplayer and single player experiences, with the main focus on public and private servers. Server hosts will have access to lots of modifiable features, and every player who wants to join a particular server can choose from five different modes of difficulty: Purist, Relaxed, Hardcore, Roleplaying, and Experimental.

If you can’t decide which one you want to play, then you can allow the system to randomly choose the difficulty for you. However, if you want to experience the game as it was intended by the developers, then Purist would be the best choice here.

The rest of the modes offer various types of gameplay, where server admins can create their own rules of the game, and you can join others in some truly wild adventures. This shows how versatile Conan Exiles is, which makes it way more exciting than your typical survival sandbox game.

Taming Humans is a Lot of Fun in Conan Exiles

In a game like ARK: Survival Evolved, you can tame various beasts and ride them. In Conan Exiles, you can tame NPC humans, called “thralls.” It’s a damn strange, but at the same time, very fun experience, especially when you’re doing it with another group of players in online mode.

Taming thralls involves torture and enslavement on a special machine -- the Wheel of Pain. It sounds awful at first, but then you realize that you’re in the game about Barbarians, so it actually makes sense. When you capture one of the NPCs and break their will, you can force them to do what you want.

They can work on your piece of land and build more structures for you, or you can make them carry your items while you’re on the road. But what you really need is to tame a Blacksmith -- these NPCs are probably some of the most important ones, as they can craft you some awesome weapons.

Conan Exiles' Religious Aspect Brings New Possibilities to its Gameplay

During character creation, you will be given a choice of typical physical characteristics. However, there is one other additional feature that is quite interesting-- you can choose one of the four available gods to worship.

If you are not particularly interested in the religious aspect of the game, then you can choose Crom, as he has no influence on your gameplay, unlike other three gods: Set, Yog, and Mitra. Apparently, there will be more gods after the game leaves Early Eaccess, but for now, these four are your options.

Worshipping gods allows you to call out the so-called Avatars -- these are beings, such as giant snake or a squid, that can be summoned after you’ve upgraded both your altar and religious thrall to the highest possible tiers. The Avatars can make you a truly powerful player, if you go all the way into the worshipping system.

However, There Are Problems with Conan Exiles in Its Current Build

No Early Access game is bug-free, and Conan Exiles is not an exception. The first thing you can have trouble with is just simply starting the game – at times it just refuses to do so. Another one is joining a public server that again may take too long to connect. It is unknown if this is the game issue or a server issue.

But after a few tries you will be given the chance to play the game, and this is where all kinds of unexpected things can happen - everything from optimization problems to simple things like inability to interact with objects or NPCs. But all that should be fixed in the near future… hopefully.

The last thing that many players are not too happy about is the combat system. There is nothing technically wrong about it, but it’s just stale and boring. It definitely needs improvements in terms of movements and skills, since nobody wants to look at the same type of animation over and over again.


Rest assured that Conan Exiles will have a lot to offer when it is finished - the developers are saying that it won’t stay longer than a year in Early Access. But the way there is still pretty long, so it’s up to you if you want to invest your time and money into this definitely interesting, yet unfinished product right now.

Funcom promises a lot of really cool features in the future, such as tamable animals, siege weapons, more character customization, new biomes, sorcery system, etc. Right now the game offers modding that can change the game drastically even before the official updates, so some of these things may come earlier than expected.

Note: An Early Access code for this game was provided for review. 

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6 Exploration Games You Need To Pay Attention to in 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/h7tre/6-exploration-games-you-need-to-pay-attention-to-in-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/h7tre/6-exploration-games-you-need-to-pay-attention-to-in-2017 Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:58:40 -0500 Will Dowell

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Fe

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Fe shows a beautiful world full of both wonders and sorrow. You awaken as a small cub and must explore this new and frightening world. Face dark beasts and travel great distances in search for a place in this world. Discover yourself and others in a world where not all survive. Become the being you were destined to become.

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These games can provide not only the sense of adventure, but beauty, sorrow, and fear. What exploration games are you excited for in 2017? Let us know in the comments. Remember, art can make you feel, but only games can make you experience.

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Shape of the World

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Not all games require action or survival. Some only need an engaging world to explore and experience. Shape of the World provides this through a beautiful world in which each playthrough will never be the same. Inspired by Proteus and Flower, combat is replaced with a dynamic world to study and explore. Learn the land and become lost in the world. Experience the next Journey as the Shape of the World whisks you away into a land of art and beauty.

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The Wild Eight

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Now to something more realistic and frightening. In The Wild Eight you are stranded in the Alaskan wilderness and must face the cold world with seven other companions. You must fight nature itself as you try to solve the mysteries of your sudden plane crash, and become rescued before it's too late.

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Like Don't Starve, one wrong descision will lead your party to death and misery. Survive or die; the choice is yours.

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Prey for the Gods

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December 2017
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While some exploration games create dread, others create wonder and beauty. Prey for the Gods creates a stunning frozen island, in which you must slay the gods you once followed. Inspired by artistic masterpieces such as Shadow of the Colossus, Prey for the Gods sends you on a chilling journey filled with both serenity and chaos. Explore this beautiful hellscape this December.

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State of Decay 2

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TBA 2017
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Zombie games may have been done to death, but that does not mean State of Decay 2 has nothing to offer. Quite the contrary -- this game provides a new post-apocalyptic world to explore on the Xbox One. While seemingly generic, this game will forge alliances with its four player co-op and destroy them through harsh circumstances. Exploring in fellowship has never felt so dreary.

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Conan Exiles

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Jan 31, 2017
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When games come from Early Access, everyone is immediatly suspicous. This marketplace has been used to house shovelware and asset-flips while turning a blind eye to the consumers. But Conan Exiles does neither, with its expansive world and brutal conquest coming in only a few weeks.

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In this multiplayer survival game, build an expansive kingdom while dominating your enemies. Explore dangerous ruins filled with monsters and false gods, while striving to become the strongest in all the land. Prepare for the bloodshed and become the next warlord in Conan Exiles.

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It is human nature to search for the unknown. To wander the world, in real or in games, is always an engaging adventure. The exploration genre capitalizes on this desire, providing not only new worlds to explore, but new adventures to experience. Genre classics such as Minecraft and Journey show how much variety is present and how influential these type of games are.

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With so much variety, gamers looking for something new can easily become overwhelmed, as every choice of game provides a different experience. Finding quality titles can be extra challenging with every young developer trying to cash in on Minecrafts success. Luckily, this list will provide you six quality games to look forward to this year. 

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