Community Crunch 121: Triceratops TLC Preview, Introducing Zen Rowe and more!
Hey Survivors! Welcome to the latest edition of the Community Crunch!
The Community Crunch is where we share important things going on with ARK, as well as host contests and showcase creations made by the community!
TLC #2 Preview - Triceratops!
This week we'll be previewing the latest TLC of one of our oldest friend, here is everyone's favourite early tame, the Triceratops!
The Triceratops, one of our oldest friends and earliest creatures implemented into the game will be receiving both a gameplay update and visual update including facial changes plus a reskin. Generally, in terms of gameplay, we felt that the Trike was in a relatively good place in regards to how much benefit in provided vs how difficult it was to obtain. As an early game herbivore, we didn't want to do a complete redesign however it was clear to us that there were some very obvious changes we needed to make.
First of all, the Triceratops will receive the ability to perform a charge and ram attack! It has a short-wind up time to notify that the trike is preparing to charge, the attack will build speed and damage during the windup, which then transfers to increased damage and ends in a ram attack which will knock targets back and can leave them stunned for a short period of time.
Additionally, its herding instincts will be improved, resulting in two changes. A 'Rivalry Buff' which will be applied to all nearby ally Triceratops when in range of large therapods and carnivores that will increase their stats/dmg akin to Mate Boost. It will also increase the wild Triceratops' aggro notify range by twice so that other Trikes are more likely to come to its aid.
Introducing Zen Rowe!
Zen Rowe will be joining our Community Team as the Mod Community Manager! Here's what he had to say:
Allow me to introduce myself, My name is Josh, but some of you may know me as Zen Rowe. I have been a part of the modding community for over two years now and have been heavily involved with the discord especially. I had the pleasure of helping new people in the community learn how to use the ARK Dev Kit and watched them build out their ideas for mods, just as some did for me when I started out. For the last several months I have been sponsored for one of my projects, ArkFrame, which focused on enhancing the mods made by others and supporting interaction between mods.
Today, I am excited to become your new Mod Community Manager. My objective is to bring more consistent communication with the community and help mod authors build the quality of their projects even further. I will also be leading the sponsored modding team and be providing support for their projects.
We already have some changes planned for the mod community that will be coming soon. Every other week, as part of the community crunch, I will be doing mod spotlights and giving tips, tutorials, and best practices. We are also going to start hosting a Mod Tutorial Contest every other week. As a community, I believe we can embolden and encourage each other to make ARK even better, and I will be an active presence in the multiple areas of the modding community (UE4 forums, Discord, Steam forums). I look forward to working with you all and for our first bit of exciting news, let's begin with the Modding Tutorial Contest!
The goal of this contest is to encourage mod authors to share knowledge and increase the skill level and understanding of mod authors that are new or trying to acquire new skills.
The Great Migration #2!
This will be our final warning regarding the second deprecation of some of our legacy servers! It will take place on Friday, 9th of March. We'll be starting off by working on bringing these specific Legacy Servers offline in the early morning, and by the end of the evening, we'll have a launched a bunch of new Official Servers across all platforms. The save files for the PC servers will be made available on Friday the 9th, and we'll be working with Nitrado to get the console ones online as soon as possible! If you are a player on the Official Legacy Server Network please read the full post at the link below for more information as well as a list of which Legacy servers are being taken down permanently.
Our previously named Extinction servers have been renamed ARKPOCALYPSE servers for all platforms. They also have increased rates! Join a fast-paced server that wipes every month! The increased values are listed below as well as the key ones are listed on the image above.
Taming Speed will be increased to 3x
Harvesting Multiplier will be increased to 3x
XP Multiplier will be increased to 3x
Mating Interval will be reduced by 66%
Baby Mature Speed will be increased to 3x
Egg Hatch Speed will be increased to 3x
Baby Cuddle Interval will be reduced by 2x
Crop Growth Speed will be increased to 3x
Hair Growth Speed will be increased to 2x
You can play on your favourite map and transfer between other Arkpocalypse servers on a closed cluster, separate from the main PVP cluster. Note: Arkpocalypse servers are not affected by Evolution Events.
Fan Building Contest!
Survivors, Firespark81 & GGFizz are currently hosting a building contest for fellow PC Survivors. They are doing both a vanilla and modded contest.
If you're a budding arkitect and interested in the competition, check out the video above. They also have a list of rules and a sign-up form if you'd like to enter.
Contest Rules & Info: https://sites.google.com/view/buildconrules/
Be sure to get in touch with them if you're interested in participating, and good luck!
NVidia Ansel Photography Contest
ARK: Survival Evolved and the Scorched Earth Expansion Pack now include support for NVIDIA Ansel -- a revolutionary new way to capture in-game shots. Compose shots from any position, adjust with post-process filters, capture HDR images in high-fidelity formats, and share the screenshots in 360 via a smartphone, PC or VR headset.
Learn more about these features from the NVIDIA blog.
Now let’s get to the contest!
There were 3 potential categories for survivors to enter their shots into and they were the following:
*NEW* Freestyle: These can be images or videos taken using NVIDIA's new Freestyle filters! If videos are submitted, they must have a maximum duration of one minute.
Super Resolution: These should be taken at 8x Super Resolution. Players can optionally use Depth of Field effects accessible in Spectator mode by pressing the [Delete] key.
Panoramic 360 Stereoscopic 3D: These should be taken at 4x Super Resolution, in 360 Stereoscopic 3D mode. We will crop them to 2D for web display, while also providing the 3D version for viewing within VR display.
Freeform: Any settings, whacky and creative use of Ansel filters are encouraged. Adding humorous titles/captions in Photoshop is also acceptable for this category!
And now without further ado, here are your entries!
BlueDragon - Dinner time
Ego - Funny joke
BlueDragon - Eternal Volcano
Wolf Amaterasu - Mysterious Night
roguewolf91 - The Watcher
Rahthos - Spring is Coming
roguewolf91 - The Dreamer
Rahthos - Surreal
GP - Flying Free
Rahthos - Half-Life
Rahthos - Descent
Rahthos - Contamination
Rahthos - Breath of Fire
GP - SNAAAAAAAKE
BlueDragon - Otter Cuteness
BlueDragon - Blue Crystal
BlueDragon - Blend in
GP - Fishing At Dawn
StateofMynd42 - Sailors be Warned
ZoaLive - Volcano at night
BlueDragon - Death below and above
ZoaLive - You better run
ZoaLive - Beautiful night
ZoaLive - Queen of the sky
ZoaLive - Twist
ZoaLive - Through the flames
Wolf Amaterasu - Bullfrog
ZoaLive - Grouping up
GP - Scrummage!
Wolf Amaterasu - Walk on the Beach
Wolf Amaterasu - Crystal Wyvern
GP - Strolling Through The Redwoods
GP - Dinner Time
roguewolf91 - Rise and Shine
Morgengrau - Enjoying the last golden light of the day
Ego - Spring mood
BlueDragon - Purple
BlueDragon - I believe I can fly
BlueDragon - Guardian of the Loot
BlueDragon - Awaken
Panoramic 360 Stereoscopic 3D!
Wolf Amaterasu - The Tropics
BlueDragon - Fire Water
Ego - Between two fires
roguewolf91- Heart of the Mountain
StateofMynd42 - Hot Times, Summer in the... City
Wolf Amaterasu - Chaos Reborn
Wolf Amaterasu - Over the Falls
GP - Fight At Dawn
Wolf Amaterasu - The Wilderness
Wolf Amaterasu - Tropical Retreat
Wolf Amaterasu - World in Despair
EXFIB0 - Vines
EXFIB0 - Aberration
F1r3fly - Ark Kombat
Wolf Amaterasu - Tyrannosaurus Pac-Man
Wolf Amaterasu - ARK Farms Honey Jar Label
Morgengrau - Winter is Here
Valoule - Ark Raptor Assault
This contest is open to all types of video be they funny, epic, scenic, stories, whatever inspires you. Just a general reminder that they should remain safe for work, think of the children!
And without further ado, the ARKVideo for Community Crunch 121 is...
Grumpy Town Mod Official Trailer by Jukari!
This is an award given to Survivors to celebrate the amazing structures you build. These bases are judged based upon a number of different factors such as their creativity, uniqueness, how fun of a base it is, the difficulty of building it, the functionality it provides and much more!
The ARKitect for Community Crunch 121 is…
New Mayflower by The Pilgrim!
If you'd like to check out the submissions from the rest of the entrants, you can do so here:
The Beauty of the Crystal Isles by Rahthos
ARK Aberration Theme Song (Metal Cover) 2018 by Nate Hayden
Epic Castle Build - On Ragnarok by TRanger
Bodyguard (PART 67) by GeeKy gAMer no.1 & gOOgly Owl
ARK KWAKA'S ALIEN JUKEBOX 2.0! THIS MUSIC BOX IS POSSESSED! ARK CINEMATIC (Ark: Survival Evolved) by SmileB4DEATH_YouTuber_71K
ARK BIGGEST CREATURES! ARKS BIGGEST DINOSAURS! CINEMATIC EXPERIENCE (Ark: Survival Evolved) by SmileB4DEATH_YouTuber_71K
Eco City by LEETHEG666
Kirby by Wolf Angelus
Chinese Water Dragon by Lusaka6
Featherlight by Caroline @runswithpencil
ScorchedEarth Wyvern Queen by FollyVentures
swamp thing 2 by mateaperic51
the psycho in digital by mateaperic51
Blackneck monitor by milokamilo
Odogaron by milokamil
Realistic Tyrannosaurus update by DinoPlayer34
Ark - Reaper Queen by cfowler7
Introducing Brachiosaurus! by Nokryn
That's it for this post guys! As always if you’ve got anything to share please get in touch and be sure to follow us on:
All the best,
Edited by Jen