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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: Survival Evolved

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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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    User Feedback




    A lot of feedback i saw was from twitter and i also watched a lot of youtube vids where megas were starting to come on small tribes and wipe people.e.g uncle apex and a few others...

    Although more small tribe servers were needed as they were overflowing the point of them were  no megas and at first there were none and people had fun however as they kept adding e.g up to over 50 servers now megas became interested as now they had lots of servers to crush. They were not interested while there were like 10 or 20 servers but once it got big then they wanted a piece.

    I feel the point of these clusters is to break them up again and make any mega tribes uninterested in them again so only small tribes play which means good competition.

    And to those who say well we alpha we just wipe the servers constanly and they will die so please dont wc. Well errrr dont kill your own servers by doing this. You are in control  no mega to wipe you, so show a bit of self restraint,raid have fun but dont wipe down to the ground and people will stay on. 

    Just my 2 bits could be wrong but only way i can see megas out. However i do really like the idea as keep these as are and make like 20 (2 clusters of 10) to see how these go down 1st maybe to see which does best.

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    3 hours ago, GP said:

    80%? Where you pulling your wild numbers from?

    This thread perhaps? After reading the first three pages of comments, i think there was one supporter. Everyone else against.

     

    But... that doesn't mean people dont support the idea. Usually people content with things as they stand don't take the time to post their support. Would be interesting to start a poll.

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    29 minutes ago, AndrewLB said:

    But... that doesn't mean people dont support the idea. Usually people content with things as they stand don't take the time to post their support. Would be interesting to start a poll.

    Yes, that's the thing a lot of people overlook. Anyone happy with the change are more likely going to just be happy and carry on playing. They wouldn't necessarily have a reason to post about the fact they are happy. This is why often people only ever see negative feedback because those unhappy actually have a reason to post.

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    Wildcard, I’m not sure who is complaining about the way things are on small tribes but this patch is going to truly hurt the players.  

    Honestly small tribes was the last kick at Ark this patch is just one more peg in the board to give up the game.  

     

     

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    2 hours ago, GP said:

    Yes, that's the thing a lot of people overlook. Anyone happy with the change are more likely going to just be happy and carry on playing. They wouldn't necessarily have a reason to post about the fact they are happy. This is why often people only ever see negative feedback because those unhappy actually have a reason to post.

     

    As much as that usually is the case in general, every single time a major change is announced for Ark, whether it be the flyer nerf, the decision to go back on their word and segregate off the early access servers to slowly kill them off, or the recent structure decay proposal.... there was clear support AND opposition to the plan. This time though, it seems incredibly one sided.

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    On 7/2/2018 at 9:50 PM, AndrewLB said:

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

    Mega tribes are tribes that exist accross multiple servers.  And 6 to a tribe doesn't fix that either as 3 6 player tribes could all be one mega teibe.and.leave no evidence that they are working together.  Just existing on a server will take up spaces allowed for other tribes.  I hope this answered your questions.

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    Can you bring out ORP small tribe servers for the casual gamers who really need the boosted rates compared to the current ORP servers

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    Don't cluster the servers cause if you do you'll be saying goodbye to a large quantity of players how currently enjoy the small tribes. yes you could improve mega tribes moving to new servers instantly. but it is currently in a nice and some what playable state. ALSO ADD SOME GOD DAMN AUSTRALIAN SERVERS, PvP is hardly possible with 300 ping, or even some asian servers. Just dont cluster the servers. you would have to be brain dead to do that. 

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    16 hours ago, Darkprince388 said:

    Mega tribes are tribes that exist accross multiple servers.  And 6 to a tribe doesn't fix that either as 3 6 player tribes could all be one mega teibe.and.leave no evidence that they are working together.  Just existing on a server will take up spaces allowed for other tribes.  I hope this answered your questions.

    They wouldn't be able to have multiple tribes across multiple servers if their tribe counted on all the servers in a cluster instead of just one. An example to help explain; say you join a tribe on server 56 and then transfer to server 42. As soon as your character loads in on server 42 you should be able to open your inventory and see that you are still in the same tribe of 6 guys you were on server 56. Then, if you leave the tribe on server 42 the game should remove you from the tribe on 56 too. This way, you can only be in one tribe, no matter where you go. 

    Additionally, add a 24 to 48 hour cooldown on leaving/joining a tribe and mega tribe abuse will be very difficult and inconvenient. 

    This WILL work. I've been screaming it from the mountain tops since the announcement. Hopefully it will catch on. 

     

     

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    While I don't play on the small tribe servers having them clustered will make it easier for them to police. "Mega" tribes that are teaming up will be more prevalent and push to take over their cluster, making it easier to see them breaking the no teaming rules.

     

    It all comes to enforcement, how they handle rollbacks if they ban a teaming group, and how often they check up on them.

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    On 7/4/2018 at 8:28 PM, Darkprince388 said:

    Mega tribes are tribes that exist accross multiple servers.  And 6 to a tribe doesn't fix that either as 3 6 player tribes could all be one mega teibe.and.leave no evidence that they are working together.  Just existing on a server will take up spaces allowed for other tribes.  I hope this answered your questions.

    I understand what a megatribe is. How would grouping these servers off into small clusters change this? It seems to me that tribes can work together regardless of how many servers are in the cluster.

     

    They wouldn't be able to have multiple tribes across multiple servers if their tribe counted on all the servers in a cluster instead of just one. An example to help explain; say you join a tribe on server 56 and then transfer to server 42. As soon as your character loads in on server 42 you should be able to open your inventory and see that you are still in the same tribe of 6 guys you were on server 56. Then, if you leave the tribe on server 42 the game should remove you from the tribe on 56 too. This way, you can only be in one tribe, no matter where you go. 

     

    Wildcard can't even design a properly functioning redundant transfer system to prevent duping and characters from going poof and you expect them to make a massive new system that keeps track of all that?  Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but that's never gonna happen. If they could, they could have used this to fix the tame cap on PVE servers by limitiing tribe tames to 500 total across all servers. But with the current setup, many tribes have 500 on EACH  of 5 servers and sometimes have multiple accounts for additional 500 per tribe per server.

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    I wish you guys would work on fixing the game instead of releasing DLC.

    P.S why did you guys start making DLC when the game was in early access

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    On ‎7‎/‎5‎/‎2018 at 9:29 PM, NuggetInTummy said:

    Don't cluster the servers cause if you do you'll be saying goodbye to a large quantity of players how currently enjoy the small tribes. yes you could improve mega tribes moving to new servers instantly. but it is currently in a nice and some what playable state. ALSO ADD SOME GOD DAMN AUSTRALIAN SERVERS, PvP is hardly possible with 300 ping, or even some asian servers. Just dont cluster the servers. you would have to be brain dead to do that. 

    Oceania servers are well overdue. There is no legitimate excuse for WC not to create some. I know in the past they have talked about lacking spare hardware but if you go into the server browser and look at the current OC PVP servers most of them rarely reach 10 players at peak time.

    I think it would not be unreasonable to at least reconfigure one of these dead servers to a Small Tribe setting.

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    Here is the official Small Tribes Poll, Give this random comment an upvote if you like the change, If you dislike the change, please reply with 1 constructive sentence on why . 


    Me personally, I don't mind the change but would prefer not to mess with something that is currently working. I feel the clusters will go dead after a few months due to the fact that you can't just hop on a random server to build up over a weekend and go after a built up tribe that targeted you early on. 

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