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    Community Crunch 126: Console Update, Server Maintenance, Contests and more!

    Hey Survivors! Welcome to the latest edition of the Community Crunch! :Jerbhi:

    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!

    Console Transfers and TLC2!

    We're targetting a console release for this update in mid-April (week of 16th April) and will keep you posted about more accurate release dates once we get closer to the date! With this update, we'll also be:

    - Enabling item transfers and the vanilla-version of aberrant creatures to be moved to Aberration servers. This means that you'll be able to take over your regular Spino to an Aberration server.

    - Preventing people from building within the Ragnarok Puzzle cave, so if you store any structures or creatures down there, make use of this time to relocate them ASAP as once this update goes live on console, that will no longer be possible. 

    It is important to note that the Turret Update will not go live on console with this update, but instead a future one. 

    Upcoming Maintenance for some NA PC Servers!

    The maintenance will take place on Wednesday, April 11th at 2 pm Eastern. The maintenance will take approximately 2 hours to complete. During this time the servers will be shut down and the save data transferred. Once the transfer is complete, the servers will be brought back online. These servers will no longer appear in your Favorites due to an IP address change, therefore, you will need to search for the server again and re-favourite your server.

    You can find the list of servers in this thread:

    ARK: Evolution Events!

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    We will not be running an Evolution Event this weekend. Our next Evolution Event will take place from the 20th of April at 1 PM EST until Monday the 23rd at 3 PM EST. All Official Servers will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes:

    2x Harvesting Rate
    2x Taming Rate
    2x EXP Rate

    Easter Egg Contest!

    During the Eggcellent Adventure Easter Event, we ran a little egg painting contest! Survivors were tasked to collect their Easter Eggs and decorate them! We had two categories, one for in-game submissions, and the other was for real life egg painting. With the conclusion of the event, we're excited to announce our winners! Let's give it up for the following survivors and their eggcellent painting abilities!

    Rex Hatching Egg by Mitharen!

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    Bunny Dodo Egg by Hosscat!

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    and...

    Bunny Plesiosaurs Swimming Egg by wenkula!

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    We'll be in touch via email for your prizes! 

    We hope you guys enjoyed the Eggcellent Adventure event! We've loved all the screenshots you've sent us of the festively coloured tames you've discovered. Here are some pretty awesome ones:

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    This year, unofficials servers can also continue to enjoy the event to their heart's content by keeping the event running ;)

    Mod Tutorial Contest Update!

    Mod tutorial contest #3 is currently underway and still accepting entries until Friday. Remember that for this contest I am looking for tutorials for ridiculous and wacky buffs.

    I would also like to announce that the winner of the mod tutorial contest #2 is Xanjis! 
    He has made an excellent tutorial for making a material/blueprint combo react to the time of day in ARK. Using a system like this, you could have a material do any number of things. It could shift textures, change values for stuff like roughness or specular or any dynamic parameters that you have set for your materials. You could have the entire world look light and fluffy during the day and nightmarish at night!

    Have fun with this kind of system in your mods!

    Next week I will have a new Wildcard Workshop tutorial ready for you. We'll be diving into and breaking down replication for you all. You get a detailed look at how to build your mods with multiplayer in mind while keeping them performant.

    Official PC Legacy PVE Savefiles!

    Download 'em here!

    Attention PC PvE Legacy Survivors! We've made the current Legacy PC PVE Savefiles available to download. This has been a community request for some time from our player base as some of you have expressed interest in moving on to your own dedicated servers. The snapshot was taken on the 3rd of April 2018 and we're going to see if we can also make console PVE legacy saves available. Please keep in mind that we won't be offering this on our regular Official Network or PvP Legacy servers.

    Notification Settings on SurvivetheARK!

    There have been some changes made to the email notification settings on our community hub. You can read more about the changes in Chris' latest announcement:

    ARK is on Sale for PS4 & Xbox!

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    ARK is available on sale in the PS4 Europe region with discounts across all titles!

    ARK: Survival Evolved

    ARK: Scorched Earth

    ARK: Aberration

    ARK: Explorer’s Edition

    ARK: Season pass

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    ARK is currently on sale in the Xbox Digital Store until 9th of April 2018!

    ARK: Survival Evolved - 40% off

    Explorer's Edition - 40% off

    and later on in Spring, there will be some more awesome Xbox sales available!

    Community Contests!

    Future Contests

    Going forward, we're going to be pausing our weekly community contests (ARKitect & Nvidia Ansel). We'll be looking at new ways which we can directly engage the community, as well as share the best content that you guys produce through different initiatives. We enjoy hosting these contests and love seeing what you've come up with, so hang tight to see what we have in store! Now without further ado, let's check out this week's submissions! 

    NVidia Ansel Photography Contest

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    ARK: Survival Evolved now includes support for NVIDIA Ansel -- a revolutionary new way to capture in-game shots. 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:

    Three Categories

    Super Resolution & Freestyle: These can entries using both Super Resolution (8x resolution) or Freestyle filters. 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!

    Super Resolution & Freestyle!

    Winner!

    pitsmat - Spotlight

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    Honourable Mentions!

    BlueDragon - Bulbdogs Playground

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    BlueDragon - Caged

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    BlueDragon - Drop of Light

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    BlueDragon - Ringworld

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    pitsmat - Killer Slap

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    pitsmat - Melting Walls

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    pitsmat - Scorch

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    pitsmat - Teeth and Scales

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    pitsmat - Watching

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    roguewolf91 - Ambush

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    roguewolf91 - Bird Watching

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    Valoule - First encounter

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    Wolf Amaterasu - Angelic Wings

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    Wolf Amaterasu - Charge!

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    Wolf Amaterasu - Dodo Crossing

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    Wolf Amaterasu - Ghost Island

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    Wolf Amaterasu - Raptor Isle

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    Wolf Amaterasu - Sunrise  Watcher

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    Panoramic 360 Stereoscopic 3D!

    Winner!

    Wolf Amaterasu - Crystal Isles Sunset

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    Honourable Mentions!

    BlueDragon - Welcome to Ringworld

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    roguewolf91 - The Duel

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    Valoule - Burning tree

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    Wolf Amaterasu - Evening at the Beach

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    Wolf Amaterasu - Stream Junction

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    Wolf Amaterasu - Tropical Sunset

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    Wolf Amaterasu - Where the Rivers Meet

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    Freeform!

    Winner!

    Valoule - 3D Spear

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    Honourable Mentions!

    Valoule - Scratching the surface

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    Wolf Amaterasu - Survivor ARK Evolved

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    ARKitect!

    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 126 is…

    ThePilgrim for their Jumping Spider Tek base

    We'd also like to wish a huge congratulations to our runner-up!

    captainfatdog and their Figure of 8 Race Track!

    If you'd like to check out the submissions from the rest of the entrants, you can do so here:

    Fan Feature!

    Bronto Mansion by Valoule
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    You can check out the full album here: https://imgur.com/a/igFuU

    How Nameless become Alpha by Shockal
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    https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1355244772

    A raptor couple by Phenix220 (Fr)
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    https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1353813466

    Hulk and Superman! by CyanPug3lqy4k4okxq01.jpg

    Dodo Wyvern by 드찌/어찌
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    https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1352125879

    Thylacosmilus WIP 2 by Laelamcpitty
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    https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1354582952

    Introducing the Archelon! by Nokryn
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    https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1353983928

    Introducing the Sea Cow! by Nokryn
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    https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1352375132

    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:

    Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark
    Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark
    Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark
    Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark

    All the best,
    Studio Wildcard

    :Jerblove:


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    Hey First :) Thanks for the Win guys I really enjoyed building this glad you liked it. Still can not log in through my steam account atm 

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    30 minutes ago, ThePilgrim1 said:

    Hey First :) Thanks for the Win guys I really enjoyed building this glad you liked it. Still can not log in through my steam account atm 

    I'll shoot you a PM.

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    if the sea cow and the archelon were in ark i would so tame them especialy for such of purposes as the users that made those dossiers.... i think they would have a wonderfull niche in arks ecosystem to considering a carboenemys is a tortoise and we dont have yet a sea turtle.... wich would be more effective in water then said tortoise and the ocean is lack sea mammals..... we only have basilo wich is a whale... we need more sea life anyways and i think these would be good starters...

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    Hello, first congrats to the winners ! And thanks you for the freeform win ! :) 

    I dont want to complain, but common... sometime its just seems unfair.

    And dont get me wrong, i love the others build too, specially the race tracks :P (Cool and simple) . I think some more rules about how much one person can win by month would be cool and more interesting. Like 1Win/Categories/person/month. (thats will be for me more fair and will encourage more people to participate ) And I dont says either that i deserve some rewards for this builds. But sometimes because you  are a repetitive participant you seems like you are put aside from the contest.  

    Or my build are just poop and im dissapointed, who knows ...

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    I can't wait for TLC 2 to come to console! And I think the Archelon and the Stellar's Sea Cow would be awesome aquatic additions to the game!!! Thanks Wildcard!!!

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    1 hour ago, AdligerAdler said:

    Great. Not just 2x breeding, now they reduce even the normal evo events.

    We've not always run them each weekend, this was just the first time we've given the heads up about it, though you'll see an event the following weekend.

    20 minutes ago, Valoule said:

    Hello, first congrats to the winners ! And thanks you for the freeform win ! :) 

    I dont want to complain, but common... sometime its just seems unfair.

    And dont get me wrong, i love the others build too, specially the race tracks :P (Cool and simple) . I think some more rules about how much one person can win by month would be cool and more interesting. Like 1Win/Categories/person/month. (thats will be for me more fair and will encourage more people to participate ) And I dont says either that i deserve some rewards for this builds. But sometimes because you  are a repetitive participant you seems like you are put aside from the contest.  

    Or my build are just poop and im dissapointed, who knows ...

    This was mentioned in the post and may have been missed, but we're taking a break from these contests, we're looking into other ways to actively engage the community. Feedback is appreciated though :)

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    The issue with the breeding events or lack there off is sad and quite frankly depressing for those of us that have a life, now the reason you have given for doing only 4 a year is really crap eg. ( server tame limits capped) this only happens on PVE servers NOT PVP so my question is can we get breeding events for pvp servers only???

    for all those that agree with me spam the 💩Out of this 

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    How about a contest where you hide different collectables to help with maturation rates? Kinda like the valentines event with the chocolate but instead like a Golden Dodo which when killed gives you a special golden meat when fed to the babies it helps raise their maturation rate and imprint. And for berry babies have special bushes hidden around the maps when harvested does the same thing for berry eaters.

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    I think you guys are making a mistake not doing the minimum 2x events on the weekends. Your player base plays more because of them. Unless your goal is to get people to play less (which admittedly it feels like a lot of the time), I think you’re mistaken. Guarantee I’ll be checking out some new games since it doesn’t make sense to Ark a lot without 2x. 

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    2 minutes ago, flamron said:

    I think you guys are making a mistake not doing the minimum 2x events on the weekends. Your player base plays more because of them. Unless your goal is to get people to play less (which admittedly it feels like a lot of the time), I think you’re mistaken. Guarantee I’ll be checking out some new games since it doesn’t make sense to Ark a lot without 2x. 

    Yeah I agree dude 

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    Hey everyone.

    So in a post for ARK Park I had asked the question "Where is Extinction?"  So far those who saw, I never received a response.  I believe as that we, as the customers and consumers of your product, should not have to wait for click-baiters to mention the name for the views on their channel.  We would rather hear from the people making the game, as well as Extinction.  I'm just tired of checking every week for Extinction news, and not seeing a Q&A or anything, just news on things we were told in December of 2016 and TLC that, as gorgeous as it looks, is not required.  I'm not asking for everything about Extinction, just simply "where is it?"

    If you agree, spam this as a message--the people have a right to know.

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    2 hours ago, danlillis said:

    if the sea cow and the archelon were in ark i would so tame them especialy for such of purposes as the users that made those dossiers.... i think they would have a wonderfull niche in arks ecosystem to considering a carboenemys is a tortoise and we dont have yet a sea turtle.... wich would be more effective in water then said tortoise and the ocean is lack sea mammals..... we only have basilo wich is a whale... we need more sea life anyways and i think these would be good starters...

    Agreed.

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    3 hours ago, AdligerAdler said:

    Great. Not just 2x breeding, now they reduce even the normal evo events.

    Evo Events never have been a guaranteed thing. They put them on 95% of the time over the weekends so missing one weekend every now and then isn't hurting anyone.

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    Thanks for having held these contests. They have been going almost 3 years so I think that is just part of the natural life cycle where it feels like most things have been done in some form or another or people have moved on to do other things. I remember way back in 2015 when there were 15+ entries to the building category.

    The idea Jat was talking to me about in December would be interesting to see followed through, the "themed ideas". So for pics, the themes could be like "carnivores" or "action" or "colorful" or "black and white", and similar key words for other stuff, like build a dinosaur for arkitect, create a vehicle, a ship, spaceship, etc. I think having such a specific focus might create more appeal since you won't suddenly have someone come along with a massive village that took 200 hours or something, and levels the playing field a bit more.

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    3 hours ago, VenomXenomorph said:

    Actually, DLC is exactly what they need rn.  Both to continue the story for the fans, and to finish the story.  Then bug fixes will be all that's left to focus on.

    I wouldn't treat that as a proper story tbh. Randomly found notes of dead explores throw narration pace away through the window. 

    It was high time for WC to start working on bug fixes seriously. Pumping the game up with more and more redundant features would reach a point where it would be impossible to fix anything. The core fundation of the game is a buggy, unoptimised mess. That's the fact and WC did nothing to adress this problem once and for all. We do not need more things that will be broken, because they did not pay attention to the quality of the game for 2,5 years. If you built something on buggy code, the result may be extremely unpredictable. The game is in a huge need of QoL updates. 

    With right commitment to bug fixes game can thrive like Division or Rainbow Six Siege. That is a marathon, not a sprint tho. However, WC has attention span like a child, because of bad project manager I assume, so I'm quite sceptical they will stay with current commitment for long. 

    Edited by Lewiatan

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    5 hours ago, VenomXenomorph said:

    Hey everyone.

    So in a post for ARK Park I had asked the question "Where is Extinction?"  So far those who saw, I never received a response.  I believe as that we, as the customers and consumers of your product, should not have to wait for click-baiters to mention the name for the views on their channel.  We would rather hear from the people making the game, as well as Extinction.  I'm just tired of checking every week for Extinction news, and not seeing a Q&A or anything, just news on things we were told in December of 2016 and TLC that, as gorgeous as it looks, is not required.  I'm not asking for everything about Extinction, just simply "where is it?"

    If you agree, spam this as a message--the people have a right to know.

    your totally right as a somewhat clickbait tuber the amount of question i have got about extinction plus other parts of the game due to wildcards inability to set correct dates has been huge but i cant complain with so many people never gettinga straight answer channels that do news are big because of it  but that shouldn't be the case so come on wildcard its time you officialy announce extinction at least not happening this spring, unless you catch a comment on social media by yourselfes there has been no official word that extinction is not due this spring yet we all know its coming in summer? i get you want the hype train of e3 or some other expo to show off whatever you have cooking but its really disappointing you haven't learned from sotf and primal survival not to leave bad news to the last minute

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    5 hours ago, pkurzawski said:

    Evo Events never have been a guaranteed thing. They put them on 95% of the time over the weekends so missing one weekend every now and then isn't hurting anyone.

    What's the motive behind that? Recently they stated there will be a max. of only 4 breeding events a year. Not everywhere there's the tame cap issue. Then the weekend before Easter there was no evo event. Now 2 weeks after Easter there will be no evo event again. What's the reason? When was the last time we didn't have an evo event twice within 4 weeks (we didn't even get a breeding event this easter)? 

    I hope it won't become true but this could show the event future. This is why I'm worried. I wouldn't like that. Many others wouldn't like that. Personally I'll probably play less Ark and more something else this weekend. Bet I'm not the only one. After they gave us an evo event almost each weekend for a long time, it should be standard in my opinion. Would it hurt the game or any player if it was standard? I can't imagine how. Maybe make it 48 hours but don't cancel it.

    Edited by AdligerAdler

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    40 minutes ago, jammyjade said:

    your totally right as a somewhat clickbait tuber the amount of question i have got about extinction plus other parts of the game due to wildcards inability to set correct dates has been huge but i cant complain with so many people never gettinga straight answer channels that do news are big because of it  but that shouldn't be the case so come on wildcard its time you officialy announce extinction at least not happening this spring, unless you catch a comment on social media by yourselfes there has been no official word that extinction is not due this spring yet we all know its coming in summer? i get you want the hype train of e3 or some other expo to show off whatever you have cooking but its really disappointing you haven't learned from sotf and primal survival not to leave bad news to the last minute

    Overall, I agree what you said here. However, you ought to use punctuation, because your comment is hard to read without it.

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    Just now, Lewiatan said:

    Overall, I agree what you said here. However, you ought to use punctuation, because your comment is hard to read without it.

    zzzzzzzzzzzz

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    The craving for actual new content is real. New map, or new creature, or new whatever... this should tell the devs something. Sure we would like to see bugs fixed (thought most of us have developed strategies around them as if they were basegame features by now) but on the other hand most fixes end up with a patch the next day with a new fix fixing the fix... so at least new content makes us immediately happy.

    And gives us something to get excited for. Whatever happened to getting excited for upcoming stuff ? Can't do that with no upcoming stuf in the foreseeable future. Come on Ark, help us like you.

    (PS: who do I talk to about an accessibility issue ?)

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