My friend Dennis introduced me to this new game a few weeks ago, and I thank him very much for doing so. The Isle is a survival game, which currently is focused on surviving in a world as a dinosaur, with other dinosaurs to contend with.
Role playing as a dinosaur is quite appealing to me. It is similar to role playing as a wolf, and the added challenge of being either a hunter, or hunted species adds an element of fun. Sure things can get really slow at times if you are hiding in the bushes waiting for prey to walk by. But that is interlaced with action packed battles, and some very serious standoff's where neither side really wants to get into battle. Things can become very real in the game. Herds of herbivores roaming around, protecting each other, is not an uncommon sight. The down side is that sometimes people will spawn in as T-Rex's and protect the herbivores (which is called carebearing).
I hope that the game will evolve and grow nicely, with its focus being on playable animal species. The RP aspect that the game currently has in Alpha development is very real and deep, and should be embraced and nurtured.
I am running a server for the isle, surprise surprise! Not much to say about it yet, however, I will say that my server seems to be kinda popular so far. Some screenshots posted below are intended to help people figure out how to get around the map. The blue lines are easy trails between lakes, in my opinion anyhow. All in all there are lakes on the Region 2 map we currently use.
This view shows Spawn lake, and Hidden pond. Hidden is very close to spawn lake, and a good spot to regroup after a fight.
This view shows Cannonball, and the other side of Spawn Lake, including the lesser known pond called Island Pond.
This view shows Twins, and Cliffside / Oasis, in relation to Spawn lake. A pro tip, is that if you spawn on this side of the map, look for the dual white rock towers (one larger, one smaller) and head there. That is Cliffside. From there it is easy to get to Spawn Lake.
Spawn lake seems to be a gathering point for everyone. Herbs tend to gather at the narrow end, and carnivores at the wide end. Due to the constant clashing between Herbs and Carnivores there, it is not recommended to hang around there if you actually wish to survive - especially as an herb.
Cliffside is a decent sized pond, located on what I call the Far side of the map. It is next to the main three peaked mountain, and also marked by two white stone pillars of rock, one of which very wide, the other narrow. From this point, it is a clear shot to get to Spawn Lake, via the Ruins.
Twins Lake is a large lake in the forest at the far side of the map. The dense forest around Twins makes it less ideal for large packs to roam here, however this is a good lake for smaller groups or lone players to survive at. Getting to and from Twins can be tricky at times due to the thick canopy.
Cannonball is located in what I call 'The Foggy Forest'. It is very close to Spawn Lake, and thus a good spot to head to if you need to escape Spawn Lake, and need to hide. The fog in the area makes tracking difficult. Cannonball Pond is also known for the ability for dinosaurs to jump from the rocks above into the water. However this isn't always foolproof, and dinosaurs still sometimes die, or get stuck in the rocks above the pond. The pond is also the only pond deep enough to almost completely fit a pue into up to its head. So it can be a good pond for Pue's to hide in.
Oasis is a small pond located up a well defined trail in the trees, up the main central mountain. The trail can be accessed near the Ruins. Oasis has only one safe way in and out, so it can be dangerous. There are however a few risky but survivable escape routs that dinosaurs cornered up there can take to escape attackers.
Hidden is a pond near Spawn Lake. It is nestled in some trees in a nearby valley. See the photos above for reference. Hidden is a good rally point for herbs, when spawn lake is dangerous. However it can be difficult, terrain wise, to approach from the direction of Twins.
Island pond is a small shallow pond located out in the far reaches of the map. It can be located by finding the single white rock tower. The pond is typically only used as a stopping point enroute to larger ponds.