Community Crunch 131: Stream Roundup, Great Migration #3, Mod Community Updates, #3 & Xbox Sale!
Hey Survivors! Welcome to the latest edition of the Community Crunch!
Community Stream Roundup #1!
On May 10th we had our first Community Livestream. Thank you to all of those who attended and participated! The community team had a lot of fun and we hope you did as well. If you weren't able to catch the stream you can watch the video-on-demand on our Twitch page or by clicking on the video below.
The stream began with a brief round-up of community news from Jen. ZenRowe then introduced us to two mods during the Mod Showcase: Anzah and Immersive Taming.
From there the community team introduced a special guest, GGFizz, who is a YouTuber and Twitch streamer known for his impressive building skills in ARK. Zen and Jen challenged Fizz to a building contest to see who could build the best dinosaur using only ARK building materials. Ultimately the Twitch chat decided the Doedicurus built by Fizz was the winner, beating out the blue Dodo by Zen and Jen.
Running a bit overtime we jumped into the showcase section with Chris. Here we displayed some of the amazing ARKworks created by the community that you sent to us via email. We even chose our top favourites to receive some prizes!
We're very excited to see that this first stream was a success and our next community stream will take place on May 24th. We hope to see you there!
We are accepting any type of ARK related fanart to be featured in the showcase section of the stream and entries are always open. This can be drawings, videos, builds, ANSEL screenshots, handmade crafts, anything ARK related!
You can submit your ARKwork to our streaming email address: email@example.com
Be sure to follow us on our Twitch page so you don't miss a stream! twitch.tv/survivetheark
The Great Migration #3!
Once again it is time to remove some of our lower population legacy ARK servers on PC, Xbox, and PS4 from our Official legacy network. Over time the ARK population has migrated from legacy to non-legacy and in its wake left many servers with low populations for 0-1 players in a significant amount of cases.
Here is a quick breakdown on how this process works:
Taking Down Low Pop Servers
With calculations based on sustained player-count as well as popularity of game mode we will be removing lower population legacy servers, most of which retain a 0-1 player concurrent population. These servers will be taken offline on June 12th. Any existing server that is not considered a low pop server and is not taken down at this time will still exist on the Legacy network.
Legacy servers will continue to remain on a separate cluster from the new cluster, which means you will not be able to transfer anything between Legacy servers and the new servers.
Servers Up for Deletion
Below is a complete list of the LEGACY servers that will be deleted come June 12th. You have from now until then to move your belongings onto a server not present on this list. Please click one of the links below. They are separated by platform (PC, Xbox, and PS4).
Most Popular Servers
To avoid players having to move again in future, we're publishing the most popular servers across all platforms. These servers are the top 30 most active Legacy servers on each platform and are ones most likely to be safe from any future server removals.
How To Move Servers
If you are unfamiliar with the process, you are able to upload your items, creatures, and player through the Obelisk terminal, supply drops, as well as the Tek Transmitter. Survivors are advised to use Cross-ARK immediately to relocate their belongings onto a server that is not included in our take-down list above.
Allocation of New Servers
Our new method of onlining new servers has been through what we call "FRESH" servers. These servers are added to the main network but have downloads disabled for a period of 60 days. After 60 days that restraint is removed and they are officially joined to the main network. We plan to online set of Fresh servers on a monthly basis for all platforms so stay tuned for more information on when new ones will be added if you're looking for a fresh start.
Server Saves of Deleted Servers
We will make the save files available as soon as we can. We will host the PC files which anyone can download and then you are welcome to re-host the save file for your own use. We'll include a link to where you can download server saves in this post when they are available. Nitrado will also be able to provide the saves for use on Nitrado servers for console, as they have done in the past.
Upcoming New Speciality Servers!
Speciality servers are alternate game modes for ARK that last for a short period of time. Each new theme will bring on a new set of challenges different from that of servers currently available. However, these seasonal servers will wipe and change theme after a determined period of time.
We're looking for input from you today. We've set up a thread and we'd appreciate if you could drop your suggestions into the separate thread below. Changes will revolve around edits that can be made to the existing config. These types of changes can include many things like: tribe/alliance size, anything related to dino stats and taming, server rates, etc.
If you have a game mode that you think would be fun to play be sure to leave your comment in the thread:
Mod Community Updates!
Zen here with another addition to the Wildcard Workshop tutorial series where we look at adding config options to mods. You'll find it's easier than you expect but there are some rules to how it works. Files are also included in the tutorial post if desired.
As a reminder, the Mod tutorial contests have been extended to be full month submission periods and the awards have been doubled, so there is not a new contest starting this week. The current freestyle contest is still accepting submissions until the end of the month.
ARK and its expansions are currently on sale on Xbox during the ID@Xbox Game Fest sale! Sale ends May 21st, 2018.
ARK: Evolution Event!
Our next Evolution Event will take place from the 25th of May at 1 PM EST until Monday the 28th at 3 PM EST.
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