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  • Community Crunch 138: Mysterious Mysteries: Introducing ???????, Fourth of July 2x Breeding, New PC Bug Reporting System, & Small Tribes Clusters Coming!

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

    Mysterious Mysteries: Introducing ???????

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    What an intriguing discovery survivors, can you guess what this creature is? 

    New Bug Reporting System!

    We are excited to bring to you a beta of our new bug submission process! As this is a beta it is currently limited to PC/Steam only. By visiting the link below you will be brought to a bug submission page where you can send an issue you're experiencing in-game to our team.

    https://survivetheark.com/index.php?/pc-bug-reports/

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    We hope that this new submission process will help us collect information and streamline the process. It is important to read and fill out the form correctly with as much information as possible in order for us to quickly and efficiently address issues. Videos and pictures with exact steps on how to reproduce an issue will help us do that.

    Please be aware this form is for submitting PC bugs only currently as we test out this new system.

    • If you are in need of a GM's assistance in-game you will still use the Customer Support ticket system.
    • If you want to report abuse/rule breaking happening on your official PC server, please use the Incident Report system instead. Console users use the Customer Support system.

    Upcoming Maintenance - Small Tribes Servers!

    After reading feedback about our Small Tribes players one of the concerns we've seen is transfers. While we don't want to disable them all together, we've made the decision to cluster off the Small tribes servers. This means that each server will be on a separate transfer group from the others, with 8-10 other servers and each of the maps represented in each cluster.

    In the future these Small Tribes servers will be added into new clusters as to prevent already existing and established tribes from transferring into them immediately when they are released.

    This process will take place on July 16th at 1pm EST. Tribes with multiple bases on multiple servers are advised to be aware of which servers they will have access to and move their bases accordingly so that they are all within the same cluster. It is important to also note that anything saved into your cloud MUST be downloaded prior to the servers being taken offline. Anything that is uploaded will be deleted during the clustering process.

    * indicates new servers that will be added between 1-2pm EST tomorrow to fill out the separated clusters.

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    Upcoming Maintenance - PS4 Asia Servers!

    At 2pm EST on July 3rd we will be taking down some of our PS4 Asia servers for maintenance. We expect maintenance to last for approximately 2 hours. During this time the servers will not be running therefore time will not progress. Once the servers are back online, they will require re-adding to your favorites list as they will have new IP addresses. Below is a list of all affected PS4 Asia servers.

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    Upcoming Maintenance - Fresh Servers Joining Main Cluster!

    On July 3rd the first set of Fresh Servers that were released will be joining the main cluster as the 60 period has expired. This will happen during our 1pm EST deployment.

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    Community Livestream #5 This Thursday!

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    This Thursday July 5th the community team will be doing another biweekly livestream!

    During these livestreams Zen Rowe, Chris, and Jen bring you ARK news, celebrate modding, and the community as a whole every other week. We mix it up between playing ARK, showing off mods, and showing off your community creations for all to see. Survivors are invited to join us in the chat (and sometimes even in-game) to play and talk with the community team.

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    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 protected]

    Be sure to follow us on our Twitch page so you don't miss a stream! twitch.tv/survivetheark

    We'll be hosting our next Community Live Stream on Thursday, July the 5th! We hope to see you there :)

    Mod Community Updates!

    We have a new addition to the Sponsored Mod Program this month; Amissa, created by @Sicco0803 will be joining the roster! This is an already beautiful map with a lot of potential for growth.

    You can find the mod here: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1383342563

    The sixth Mod Tutorial contest has concluded, and I have some news. The Mod Tutorial Contests are being retired, I am moving support for tutorials to a new system, a bounty system.

    Mod authors will be able to submit tutorial requests to be added to a running list of bounties. These bounties have no deadlines and will remain on the board until they are claimed, along with their cash reward. Bounties will be added based on the level of demand for a given tutorial, so make sure to check the boards and the submission form often to provide input on which bounties should be added.

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    The Dragonpunk team is holding a charity tournament using the Dragonpunk Arena mod. Registration for the event opens on July 3rd. They have prepared $10,000 in steam gift cards to give out as tournament prizes!

    The charity is through Relay for Life, in support of the American Cancer Society. If you are interested in giving a little for a good cause while also having a bit of fun in process please check out Dragonpunk-Dan's tweet for instructions on how to participate.

    ARKaeology Event Live Now!

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    There is currently an event going on in the world of ARK: ARKaeology! The event will run beginning today on all platforms until July 15th. Collect bones from fossil mounds and craft them into 4 new skins and returning skeleton costumes. 

    During this event all wild dinos have a chance to spawn with additional mutation colors: White, Yellow, Grey, and Black. There is also the mighty Tek Rex which you can find and tame, if you can handle it!

    Salien!

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    The Steam Intergalactic Summer Sale is here! Until July 4th you can collect an ARK-themed outfit for your Salien when participating in the sale, or by playing the Summer Saliens Game to win free games!

    http://steamcommunity.com/saliengame/play

    ARK'S BIGGEST SALE!

    ARK and its expansion packs are currently on sale across all platforms at their lowest prices ever! Discounts may vary across regions and platforms. Check out the images and links below for more details!

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    ARK: Survival Evolved

    ARK: Explorer's Edition

    ARK: Season Pass

    ARK: Scorched Earth

    ARK: Aberration

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    ARK: Scorched Earth

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    ARK: Evolution Event - Fourth of July!

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    Survivors across ALL Platforms will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this Fourth of July! It will be active from Tuesday the 3rd of July at 2 PM EST until Thursday the 5th of July at 2 PM EST. All Official Servers across each platform will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes:

    2x Maturation Rates
    2x Mating Rates
    2x Egg Hatching Rates

    2x Harvesting Rates
    2x Taming Rates
    2x EXP Rates

    And also...

    Survivors across ALL Platforms will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It will be active from Friday the 6th of July at 1 PM EST until Monday the 9th of July at 3 PM EST. All Official Servers across each platform will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes:

    2x Harvesting Rates
    2x Taming Rates
    2x EXP Rates

    That's it for this post guys! As always if you’ve got anything to share you can find us at:

    Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark
    Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark
    Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark
    Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark
    Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark
    Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110
    Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark

    All the best,
    Studio Wildcard

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    39 minutes ago, AndrewLB said:

    Can anyone explain how there are megatribes when the limit is 6 players per tribe?

    They unofficially team up, often helping each other with tames and materials. This will be such a bigger issue if they cluster the small tribe servers since people will just build up so big that no one else has a chance to build. The reason that people enjoy this game mode is that of the competitiveness trying to build up with 5 other players to be the "alpha" of a server, then once you have reached that goal other servers will come crossark raid you. 

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    You guus are making the most stupid bone headed move I've ever seen. Stop listening to the salty people who get wiped twice because they build in idiotic spots. 

    Small tribes are still nearly at full pop. You will crush that. Honestly don't understand how you guys are so disconnected with your player base it's actually disgusting.

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    Way to go ark devs... can we all get around of applause 👏 They managed to make the game even worse than it was before with all the small tribe clusters. Now to add it onto the stuff that needs fixing but won’t get fixed anyways. The ark devs don’t even listen to the community they just assume that the player and will like crossark because they obviously loved it before right. Like we are all dying to get into a cross ark server right. Like can you plz call whoever keeps saying “hey why don’t we do cross ark servers” and fire his ass cause all you guys are doing is ruining the game. Lmao Maybe start asking the community what to add instead of people in the business because I know most of us are smart but it seems like you guys came up with this idea of clustering the small tribe servers after smoking a truck full of weed. Like my god get your poop together 

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    No, I have NO IDEA what it could POSSIBLY be, it looks NOTHING like any creature we have seen before! 😱

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    Clustering the small tribes servers is going to cause more problems than good.
    REASONS: 
    - it reduces the number of viable opponents, which in turn results in one tribe controlling an entire cluster (even with 6 people this WILL happen)
     -you're recreating the cluster-server problem (which is essentially reason 1)
     -the incentive to restart after getting wiped is reduced to zero due to the inability to build while the large tribes worry about each other since the large tribes will assume dominance over their cluster and continue to keep the server under rule without being kept in check by the threat of the unknown.

    Essentially, you're creating a scenario where the unknown factor is taken out of the equation for tribes which in turn makes it possible for the experienced players to recreate legacy before transfers were re-enabled. What you'll see is a bunch of dead servers after a month.

    Additionally, this is NOT what anyone that I've talked to signed up for when they joined the 6-man servers.

     

    EDIT: *FRESH* clusters that are non-transferable to/from for the first 4* weeks are a good idea though.

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    9 minutes ago, PureWin said:

    Clustering the small tribes servers is going to cause more problems than good.
    REASONS: 
    - it reduces the number of viable opponents, which in turn results in one tribe controlling an entire cluster (even with 6 people this WILL happen)
     -you're recreating the cluster-server problem (which is essentially reason 1)
     -the incentive to restart after getting wiped is reduced to zero due to the inability to build while the large tribes worry about each other since the large tribes will assume dominance over their cluster and continue to keep the server under rule without being kept in check by the threat of the unknown.

    Essentially, you're creating a scenario where the unknown factor is taken out of the equation for tribes which in turn makes it possible for the experienced players to recreate legacy before transfers were re-enabled. What you'll see is a bunch of dead servers after a month.

    Additionally, this is NOT what anyone that I've talked to signed up for when they joined the 6-man servers.

     

    EDIT: *FRESH* clusters that are non-transferable to/from for the first 4* weeks are a good idea though.

    Yesssss omg great points

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    It sounds good, clusters are big and tribes are small. All the people complaing are raptoring teamers

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    34 minutes ago, panci said:

    It sounds good, clusters are big and tribes are small. All the people complaing are raptoring teamers

    No we are a legit 6 man that just beat center boss on hard. Already set up on 2 maps as alpha. We will own then cluster within the 1st week and crush all others till the cluster dies. We've done it before on clusters and it will happen again. This is why it's stupid.

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    hi, 

    Small tribe servers are a great idea, and i wanted to ask about fresh servers will you drop some new fresh server ? since the first set of fresh join the main cluster ?

    have a great day

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    WC this will KILL small tribe servers. You will see the population numbers plummet. 

     

    This not only makes it easier for one tribe to rule them all but it puts lower level tribes at a disadvantage. I can hide across 40+ servers right now with this change I will have less than 5. 

     

    Reconsider this. Small tribes servers gave many of us hope that you are striving to improve the game. Clustering these servers will be a clear message that nothing has changed.

    I've bought all your DLCS, if you make this move I will not give you another penny.

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    yay, first *fresh* servers that are in a cluster of 1 (no transfers between other fresh servers) will be opened up to fight against 1000s of other maps now. too bad they didn't have access to most of the content. megas will steamroll through these

    MUHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAA

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    13 hours ago, GeneralTalon said:

    A titan but by looks I would call it a Minotaur or something like that lol.

    it looks more like dota's roshan

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    so, apparently your bug claims will stay hidden from the community until one of the "staff" flags it as "working". this means people will create thousands of reports for the exact same problem while the old system allowed you to jump on another thread which was having the exact same premise. being able to see several threads popping after a patch for example was a warning to others as well, to probably try to avoid said circumstances. right now, meh. i hope someone else will report my issues. i remember what the feedback for #badartforbadark was so i have no hope in text form complaints. 

     

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    Rip small tribe server... And I just talked a workmate into buying Ark. Sigh, this will cost me a few lunches.

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    Small tribes was the best thing you had done to these servers, and now you are go king to completely ruin them, this makes no sense why would you go back to crossarks after they already failed

     

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    Come on wildcard. If I wanted to play on a crossark cluster, I'd play on a crossark cluster. Please don't ruin small tribes by makin it a crossark cluster.

    What you need to do is make tribe formation count for all of the small tribe servers. For example, if I joined a tribe on server 56, when I transfer to server 24 I should still be in the same tribe of 6 guys that I was in on 56. This will keep the game competitive with cross server raiding but limit mega tribe abuse. 

    Clustering off small tribe servers is dumb. People play PVP because there is the additional challenge of getting wiped by another tribe. If people can't handle it then they should go play PVE

    The clustering of small tribe servers feels like a liberal knee-jerk reaction. Overly empathetic and ultimately in the wrong direction.  

    "one of the concerns we've seen is transfers.", they say but they're wrong. Transfers aren't the concern. Mega tribes are the concern. You've not only incorrectly recognized the problem, you've made corrections that are going to only exacerbate the problem or kill server population. 

    Edited by Sofaaaaaa
    clarity

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    7 hours ago, Meth_is_Deth said:

    No we are a legit 6 man that just beat center boss on hard. Already set up on 2 maps as alpha. We will own then cluster within the 1st week and crush all others till the cluster dies. We've done it before on clusters and it will happen again. This is why it's stupid.

     

    4 hours ago, Voidtoker said:

    WC this will KILL small tribe servers. You will see the population numbers plummet. 

     

    This not only makes it easier for one tribe to rule them all but it puts lower level tribes at a disadvantage. I can hide across 40+ servers right now with this change I will have less than 5. 

     

    Reconsider this. Small tribes servers gave many of us hope that you are striving to improve the game. Clustering these servers will be a clear message that nothing has changed.

    I've bought all your DLCS, if you make this move I will not give you another penny.

    What these guys said is right. 

    I'm in a tribe of 3 guys and we have a great hidden base location. If it turns out that our server got grouped with a mega tribe server then we're screwed and will have to start out all again on a lvl 1. If the servers didn't get clustered and we got wiped we could just move to another server somewhere far away to rebuild. If we're on a small cluster with a mega tribe we have nowhere to go. 

    Don't do it Wildcard!!! you're going to kill small tribes!

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    Perhaps should try to enforce the rules better, issue bans on smalltribes or whaever instead of screwing over everyone... 

    Ofcourse there are gonna be Alpha tribes etc that goes and wreak havoc no matter how much you close the clusters, now you'll just make it so they can rule the certain servers easier without getting attacked from other servers... way to make their lifes easier

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    Adding mod contests and events when you are exclusively focusing on PC with a little bone thrown to consoles is quite insulting and the more you hype mods on the sponsored mods and now doing events with mods that exclude console players (any wonder why MEGA tribes are the main and almost only official console players) the more they should be implemented to consoles in their full forms as add ons that we all know you can easily do the payment system/load settings to implement.

    I understand there is a certification process for consoles but to us it looks like you have basically said FU to consoles and given up in favor of screwing your community yet again all we ask is to have the sponsored mods as either add-ons or DLC content we understand that some mods are game breakers/have stability issues but one assumes that the sponsored mods have been checked for stability before you pay to sponsor so ADD THEM ALREADY FOR CONSOLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    The creature maybe is a frost or yeti titan from the trailer from the spike on it's back

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    Small Tribe Cross Ark?  Yeah I am not really onboard with that idea....

    Part of what makes the small tribe servers fun is the ability to transfer...someone already built in the spot I wanted in Center, no worries, there are others servers I can check out.  Tribe took over most of Abb, no problem, there are others.  Plus it gives the bigger tribes more competition.  Really all this does is limit peoples options.  

    6 people on dragons and griffins would have a hard time searching 48 servers looking for upcoming threats to them, and would meet some stiff competition.  6 people on dragons and griffins could easily search 8 servers and wipe out anyone who is growing to big.   This move will probably kill what seems like your best idea to date.

    Please reconsider changing the existing servers, if you want to try cross ark small tribe, add another 16 or so servers and make two new clusters and see, don't change the servers that already exist.

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    19 hours ago, cc4prez said:

    This is probably the stupidest thing you could do... Clustered ark official servers died for a reason, now you are choosing to make a thriving idea into an already failed idea. Here is a better solution that you are currently using on the main cluster to fix the same issue that is described here. Create new FRESH servers that don't allow transfers into them for 4 weeks because that's how long it took the tribes to build to where they are now currently. Instead of taking your concerns from the people who got wiped you should take ideas from the vast majority of players who are making these servers thrive and are enjoying there escape from the megatribes. Please reconsider this decision.

    Yes olease 

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