Well, Conan Exiles has been out now for 6 months and still going strong.
DD has been through some good and bad times, I mean concerning Conan Exiles. We still have our own server. During this time we merged with another community called "Depraved Wastelands". They have a lot of players, but it did not go well. Let me explain.
Privately own server like the ones in Conan Exiles allows owners to control everything. The entire world where the players play can be manipulated. We can add creatures and NPCs, we can build structures and remove them. We can give items, any game items to any players. The owner of the server has a password that gives you Game Master (GM) powers.
Now that you know this, let me go on with the rest of the story. The small community of DD acquired a private server and ran it. From the start of the beta test Funcom offered, called Early Access, in February we played in the same world and changed it with many players built structures. This is saved on the private server in the form of a data base that includes everything, the characters, levels and all the possessions, all the player built buildings, because not like other MMO, in Conan Exiles you build a lot. You build your own house or you build in a clan and help build a village for your guild. This is what DD did. We were two very active players and built a lot. We built a road system so that we can travel the world safe from any creatures, because I warn you now, in Conan Exiles you die a lot. It is a hard game.
With our world mold with our structures, we had fun, but we simply did not have enough players. We looked at what others did, and this one community that was a lot like ours had their own server too. This was Depraved Wastelands. We had a good server, powerful and stable, they had players. So we merged with them and became Depraved Wastelands - Dark Desires. Part of the merge, we kept control of the server with the DW leaders and we gained a lot of active players. One thing we lost is our world. We had to use their world. So all the road and structures we had built were gone.
Well, it was bad, but we went on, having learned a lot building on the old data base. We rebuilt and played many hours on this new world.
After two months or so, Funcom released a large patch. Called phase 2. This added a lot to the game, a large area, Cimmerian type of land, and lots of new mechanics and lots of new creatures and more.
When this happens, most people wanted to keep the progress we had done and just add the phase 2 patch. There was a vote, it was close, but a lot of the voters were people that had just join the server with nothing to lose. DD did not want to rebuild a second time. It was simply too much. This leads to a drama war and refusing to delete all our progress we split from DW and went back on our own data base. We took this time to actually go back to the world, (data base) before the merge with DW, the one with all the roads.
So we lost a lot of the players, most of them, only the active DD players, maybe 3, and a few others stayed with us.
Now, about a month after the drama, we have about 10 active players. Some old names are coming back, some old DD members, but we need more.
We also have the DD mod. A mod is a way to modify the game. We have our own DD mod, doing things we want. We have introduced a currency in the game and also added a lot of RP items. It is a huge advantage to have a MOD made the way we want. When merged with DW the community seemed to love having that control over the MOD. We added things for them too in the MOD.
We also use a second mod that gives us sexual emotes. Like full sex between players.
Well, this is it, here are a few pictures of the game and what we have done. I'll do another update when a few things have happened, perhaps in a month or so. Enjoy the pictures.