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This Month At Polarity: Your TL;DR Guide to our Community.

At Polarity, we know you are busy and can't always keep up with all the happenings around here.  So monthly, we’ll put together a few things we thought you wouldn't want to miss. Here you will find short game reviews, tips and tricks, new game content and community happenings. So what do we need from you? We need to know what's going on. We need to know if you reached affiliate or partner this month.  If you have a clip with other community members of some epic play (or failure). What are you hyped about? What are you hoping we cover?

Connect with any of the @Community Owners and let us know.

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Community Info!

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Minecraft Server Change!

Polarity Gaming strives to provide awesome servers for everyone to play on! We are currently thinking of changing the game type on the community Minecraft Server. Let us know via #minecraft-chat or #all-chat what you think of the idea or mod/game types you would like to see.  Crowd funding means this server is free to play for the next year for all community members! https://polaritygaming.com/minecraft/minecraft.html


 

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Final Fantasy 14 Takes Off!

Final Fantasy 14 has taken off in the Polarity community. Spear-headed by Boktai, the excitement for the game seems to be tidal waving the community. Boktai has established a Free Company (Final Fantasy 14 equivalent of a guild) for the Polarity Gaming community. If you would like to join the fray in battling for the light, message @boktai or @brockiebrock @hop @kingtushy @bombercanuck on discord for a Free Company Invite. If you are on the fence or curious about the game, check out the free trial https://freetrial.finalfantasyxiv.com/na/ . There are no time restrictions for the free trial, only limitations on trading and level capped at 35 on each job (class). Be sure to assign the self-assignable role via the roles channel on discord to access our Final Fantasy chats.


 

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Polarity is looking for Community Leaders!

Polarity Gaming Network is taking off, with new members joining the discord every day! We are currently looking for active community members for the new Community Leader position, with the specific title still being up in the air. This position will be part of the path of moving up in the community. We are looking for members to help us with ideas and enhancements for the community; helping organize and run community game nights; support discord members and more. If you are interested in applying for this position please DM a Polarity Owner for more information.


 

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Polarity Community Game Night!

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The last community game night involved a ton of deception and laughs. The Polarity community game together to hunt each other in a crazy game of Hide n Seek or in Garry Mod’s terms, Prop Hunt. You take turns choosing a prop (item) from around the world and try to hide in plain sight while your friends hunt you down. Don’t forget to keep an eye on the #community-suggestions channel  for community game night and the #community-announcements channel on discord for information on community game nights!

Watch PolarityGN on twitch or announcements in discord for community games and times.

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Polarity's People

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A gaming network like Polarity isn't all games.  It's also about the people too. DM @Treefrog to share news.


Polarity Birthdays!

Polarity Community wants to wish @TheCajunBuddha a happy 21st birthday!  


Polarity Member News!

One of our awesome Polarity Staff members @DovahGoose started a new job this week. Give us a hand in offering congratulations to him.


Polarity Staff Promotions!

Congratulations to @MinecratCamper for being promoted to Community Admin in Polarity.  As someone who takes his interactions with other members of Polarity seriously, whether it be in voice chat or in the games we enjoy playing as a community, he is a positive addition to the team. You can typically find him playing play Mount and Blade Warband or recently Hero Siege.

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Community Twitch News!

@TheCajunBuddha made Affiliate on Twitch this month! A variety streamer, with a focus on MMOS and shooters, playing games like TERA, Tom Clancy’s: The Division 2 and he's recently set up a computer to expand on these titles. His streams are relaxed and fun, but when playing in competitive game mode, tend  to be a little (NOT MUCH) more serious. Check out his twitch channel at http://twitch.tv/thecajunbuddha

Our own @Brock (Brockiebrock) is a Twitch Affiliate.  Currently manning Worlds Adrift, he focuses on games with lots of customization and freedom of play style, like Dauntless or Final Fantasy. Brock is interested in having a tight knit community with a more casual vibe. Check out his twitch channel at http://twitch.tv/brockiebrock


Speaking of community twitch, our very own TheCajunBuddha has offered up some tips for up and coming streamers.


Hey guys Braylon here, AKA BFirm, TheCajunBuddha, Bee, etc..

I recently became  a Twitch Affiliate, and I’ve got to say it was work. To become affiliated you must have 50 followers, stream for 8 non-consecutive hours, stream on 7 different days, and have an average of three viewers. Within the same month! All four of these can be a real struggle for beginning streamers. Someone may think ‘Oh why should I stream today, no one will watch me, or follow me, I’ll be doing it for no point’. Don’t stream for the viewership, stream because you genuinely just want to. I play video games because I enjoy them, if someone is watching me or not, I’m still having fun playing the games that I love. When you play games that you love, you have fun, and you genuinely be yourself, people will come to you. Don’t try to be someone else, be yourself, people can see through you trying to act like someone else.

Communication is the biggest key to making it in the streaming life, whether it’s communicating during your stream, to yourself or to your viewers. Or making yourself social media pages and just talking to others, promoting when you go live, thanking everyone for joining, or joining in on conversations about games or events that you are passionate about. Becoming affiliated within Twitch is work, it’s  a true struggle some days; if you want it you’ll have to work for it, once you get it though, it’s definitely fun and worth it. Lastly, I want you to know that you are not alone in this process, everyone that is an affiliate, partner, or even streamer has gone through or is going through the struggle. Ask questions, talk to people, join different discords, make friends, your biggest support that you can have through the process is great friends!

Best tips:

  1. Be yourself

  2. Play the games that you enjoy and want to play

  3. Don’t worry about the viewer count

  4. Communicate at all times

  5. Enjoy what you do

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Community Gaming News & Reviews!

Hero Siege by @Alec

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This past month, a new action role playing game has stepped up to the plate to be showcased in TMAP (This Month at Polarity). This new competitor is called Hero Siege and if you enjoy games like Binding of Isaac and Diablo, well Hero Siege gleefully smashes the two together to create a beautiful 2D, pixel art, ARPG. Now I'm going to be honest with my review of the game. Hero Siege is the brainchild of three developers who dedicate almost all of their free time to making the game as best as they can. Typically, I don't enjoy games that are not polished and fleshing out, but Hero Siege is realised extremely well for only having 3 developers working on it. Yes, there are a number of bugs and glitches, but somehow that all becomes part of the charm of the game.The early game can be a bit slow, but as soon as you hit the endgame, it sucks you in for an endless grind to make your character as strong as possible. The game is rapidly evolving and the developers have gifted Polarity Gaming Network 5 keys to the game or keys for DLC if you already own the game. If you would like to try the game out just let me @Alec (CRO) know and I can give you a key. Thanks everyone and I hope to see more join us in the epic chase to become a Hero!

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Mordhau by @Ishwa

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Mordhau is the new medieval first-person action game taking the gaming world by surprise.

Developed my Slovenian independent studio Triternion, Mordhau hit the scene out of nowhere, and is quickly gaining traction, having already sold over 500,000 copies as of last reports.

So, what is Mordhau exactly you ask? The game takes its name from the German word Mordhau or “murder-stroke”, a style of sword fighting where you hold your sword inverted, both hands on the blade, in order to deliver a blunt strike to an opponent with the guard or pommel like a makeshift mace or hammer. It is a multiplayer “hack ‘n slash” game similar to Chivalry: Medieval Warfare - another medieval fighting game from back in 2012 - but with a few major differences. Interestingly enough, Mordhau allows you to use the very technique it is named after, depending on the weapon you choose to wield in combat.  

The first difference from Chivalry, is the overall scale of things. Mordhau allows up to 64 players (32v32) in its online competitive Frontlines (think Battlefield medieval style) and Battle Royale modes. It also offers a horde mode that is similar to the now classic CoD Zombies, but with swords, supporting 6 players on official servers, and some smaller Deathmatch, and dual type modes.

So thus far you’re probably thinking it’s just larger scale Chivalry, right? Well, you’re only half right, as Mordhau offers yet more layers to its intricate gameplay. Mordhau allows you to pick from several starting classes such as the heavy armor and longsword wielding Knight or the Huntsman with his far-reaching longbow. But more importantly, you are allowed to build your own classes. The game has tons of armor pieces, weapons, and even perks/abilities to choose from. The armor falls into the categories of light, medium, or heavy, and there is a large selection of swords, axes, hammers, bows and more ridiculous goodies such as a frying pan or a lute available with the Peasant perk.

Combat however, is definitely the core of the game. The player can perform directional swings as well as the mouse wheel enabling a straight stabbing lunge and overhead swings with melee weapons. The player can also block other players’ attacks by right clicking with good timing, or parry and riposte with better timing. But learning to properly chamber, feint, morph, and drag/accel with your attacks can set you apart from the common rabble. It is very similar to Chivalry in this regard, but it seems to be more intricate and skill based. “Chivalry without the cheese” as fellow community owner Zyvx has said.

To sum it up for those of you thinking about joining the fray, Mordhau is a game that has a very steep learning curve; if you decide to play, one tip I can offer that is probably more important than anything else – this is a game you should expect to be bad at right away, and that’s okay. But with dedication and practice, I’m sure you can learn to dominate the battlefield, or at least play a sick Doom theme on your lute while the rest of us risk life and limb for honor and glory

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Risk of Rain 2 developers for President 2020 by @Altered

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Risk of Rain 2 is one of the funnest games I’ve played in years. It is a rogue-lite that has you collecting every item that you can get your hands to take you one step closer to an unkillable murder machine. ‘Collecting’ includes snatching items meant for other players in multiplayer. Currently, the game is in early access, however, it is one of the rare few that is actually playable and re-playable in its early access state. I’ve put about 100 hours into the game; the only reason I’m on hiatus is that I seem to do runs for 120 minutes at a time. Once you get the taste of a good run, there is no stopping. The music is dope, the items are nuts, and the game is just beautiful. The original Risk of Rain was a fascinating 2D side scrolling rogue-lite that was very niche and very fun, but the developers took that idea and made it exponentially better. They really hit it out of the park on this one, taking the ideas of the 2D version and making it full 3D, keeping all the environments similar, but different. All the while, keeping the imagery of the same sci-fi heroes and enemies the same as you grew to love before. If you are a literal god-gamer, such as myself, you should definitely be playing this masterwork of a game for 10 hours straight until your eyes bleed. I give it a “20 Energy Drinks and 200% attack speed”/10

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Adventure in being an exile @DovahGoose

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Conan Exiles is an open world, adventure, survival game based in the world of Conan the barbarian. Myself, along with several other Polarity community members have ventured from arid deserts to frozen tundras, crawling through labyrinths and perilous dungeons. The building system can be a bit of a grind, but also very rewarding and beneficial, if you build the correct structure to combat the elements. So knockout and “convince” some NPC to join your cause, building an army of followers not only gets you protection from other players, but followers that specialize in a trade can reduce the cost of building and crafting. There is always room for improvement, not only in building (max tier 3) but also for followers (max tier 4), and an event called the purge gives opportunities for high risk high reward gameplay. The purge is an in game event that spawns a large group of hostile NPCs that target your base and try to take what is yours. The reward is that some of the attacking NPCs will know valuable recipes you can’t get anywhere else. Join your friends in the wasteland this is not your end Exile.

All of these mechanics come together to make some very memorable adventures. Ishwa and I once went into the frozen mountains in the north to acquire some black ice, a rare crafting component. We donned our warmest clothing and set out. We mined all the black ice we could find (not much at all), so went exploring, spotting a temple, with two frost giants standing guard. At first, we had no intention of attacking but ultimately caution was thrown to the wind and we moved into the temple, attracting the attention of the frost giants. Their axes were sharp but the fangs of frostbite were sharper. The temperature drop in the temple slowly chipped away at our health over time and made it impossible to heal.  As soon as the second frost giant was killed, we ran for the temple entrance and an escape from the brutal cold. With only a few points of hp left, we exited the temple. We were weak but not deterred; the way was now open to us and opportunity beckoned. We got our health back and we proceeded into the frozen temple to loot the bodies of the fallen giants, finding spicy food that took the bite away from the cold. With frostbite no longer chunking away at our health, we descended some nearby stairs. We fought two more giants, who were tougher than the first two due to the constricted space, but we beat them nonetheless.After looting the giants, we turned towards the stairs we had just come down to find a horde of black ice nodes.  We loaded up our followers with several hundred blocks of the rare material. Pressing further into the temple, we came across three frost giants. This fight was fierce; the uneven terrain made it nearly impossible to dodge and our enemies numerical advantage made for a great challenge. We decided to retreat to more favorable ground, the fight dragging on until the looted spicy food ran out. We were at the mercy of frostbite again. Despite being pitted against three frost giants and the frostbite nipping at us again I think we could have won the fight… until the giants we killed previously respawned, my comrade, Ishwa, fell to the axe of one giant and I was forced to retreat with them close at my heels. While we were beaten back all was not lost we obtained the treasure we had been seeking. That is the great part about this game with some planning and a little luck you can accomplish great things but if you get too greedy you’ll find yourself running for your life. So what are you waiting for? Take up your weapon and join your friends in the wasteland this is not your end Exile.

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Season of Opulence @Zyvxgaming

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The Season of Opulence has arrived! This is Bungie’s last content drop in Destiny 2 for Forsaken Season Pass holders. There has been confirmation that after the raid completion on the 4th, Bungie will be sharing news about the September DLC to the community and unveil “a new era for Destiny and Bungie.” Below we have compiled key points from the information Bungie has released. More will come as we find out!

Power Surge:

Replacing the power surge bounties from Season of the Drifter, a new Power Surge Quest will be available at the start of the season. All players looking to complete the raid will have to complete this quest before hand. You will only have to complete it once; the raid and the power surge gear is awarded to all your characters.

Crown Of Sorrow Raid:

Raid Launches day one of Season of Opulence at 4 PM PDT. The World's First race is changing, capping players per encounter for the first 24 hours (first encounter capped at 700 and increases 5 every encounter) This allows the World's First race to really test a raid teams skill and communication, rather than previously saved bounties or grinding.

Direct Pick:

Starting in Season of Opulence, all Eververse items will be available for purchase with silver or bright dust, with a rotating inventory

Greatest Hits:

If you missed Eververse items in year one or past seasons, you can now grab them from Bright Engrams through the Eververse store.

Armor:

Full armor sets will be on sale in bundles, per class, instead of obtaining them alone or by chance.