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  • Community Crunch 139: Re: Small Tribes Clusters, Community Livestream Round-Up, & Arena of Gods Tournament!

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

    Regarding Small Tribes Clusters:

    We have an update for you guys on the Small Tribes clustering discussion. In our last Community Crunch we had announced a decision to cluster the Small Tribes servers together. This would have prevented wide scale transfers between all of the servers and limited them to approximately 8 other servers. We received a lot of feedback, with some players concerned that this would cause teaming to escalate on the now smaller set of servers. It was also brought to our attention that many players do enjoy the global server aspect and the fact they can transfer at their leisure. 

    For the time being we have decided that we will not be clustering the Small Tribes servers. We do however reserve the right to revisit this if in the future we feel the health of the servers would benefit from this change. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Going forward we will attempt to increase our enforcement and monitoring prevent issues as they occur. We may also consider adding separate clusters in the future that do not affect the servers currently online, but at the current time things will be relatively unchanged. Ultimately we want to do what is best for the health of the game mode and the players, and we rely on that feedback to decide when to make changes (or not make changes in this case!). We thank you for your feedback on this topic.

    Community Livestream Round-Up!

    On July 5th we had our fifth 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.

    Our stream this time showcased a mod created by the Dragonpunk team called Arena of Gods. This is a battle arena style mod which involves solo players finding loot, gearing up, taming dinos and battling it out to see who will be the last man standing!

    We played a couple games on stream despite some technical issues that arose. We also spoke to some of the team behind the mod to learn more about their experience with mod making and what exactly is involved with creating a game mode like Arena of Gods.

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    The Dragonpunk team is also holding a charity tournament using the Dragonpunk Arena mod. Registration for the event is now open and closes tomorrow. Matches begin Saturday at 12pm EST. They have prepared $10,000 in steam gift cards to give out as tournament prizes!

    The charity is hosted entirely by the Dragonpunk Team 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.

    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!

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    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 19th! We hope to see you there :)

    Mod Community Updates!

    Good day, everybody! Zen here, with your dose of modding news.

    I am happy to see that people are making use of the bounty board. I have already received a good number of bounty requests. These will be reviewed at the end of the month before I choose which ones go up as active bounties next month. Also please note that I make this decision based on how many people show interest in those requests. If you see a request already in the form, please use it to submit the form so that I know you are interested in that topic, there are currently no restrictions on how many requests you can put in or how many different topics you can show support for.


    I have a new tutorial ready for you. We finally get to set up the user interface for our mod. It's certainly not very pretty yet, but it's there now and it functions! You can find the project files in the post, as well as some supplemental information about the video.
    Happy modding!

    Finally, Xanjis has earned the reward of the last Modding Tutorial contest, the topic was ocean & beach content. Xanjis made a tutorial for adding an underwater boss arena; a topic that I've been getting asked about recently, so I recommend checking it out!

    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!

    ARK: Evolution Event!

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    Survivors across ALL Platforms will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It will be active from Friday the 13th of July at 1 PM EST until Monday the 16th 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

    Banner artwork by mateaperic51: "Curious Hyaenodon meets a friendly Dire Wolf at the 'Dog ARK'."

    Edited by Jen




    User Feedback




    1 hour ago, SS5DEJAN said:

    Then why does Rag get everything? 

    Its overpopulated and you cant farm boss solo/less metal farming place than center or aberration :P
    But yeah thats the best map , saddly in pve almost unplayable

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    17 hours ago, DemonLordCronos said:

    We desperately need the sponsored mods to come to the consoles.

    Yes!  Completely agree. DragonPunk.

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    20 hours ago, Dondark said:

    Every map got some weakpoint .Center has no wyvern/drake , less element for boss (and expensive), 
    What u get from center?  High wild level animals/good spawns , decent metal spawn, nice water world,wilderness islands etc...

    all maps should be good, they don't need weakpoints

     

    2 hours ago, SS5DEJAN said:

    Then why does Rag get everything? 

     

    rag in my experience has the worst spawns of any map, every rag server I've ever played on is really empty with no variations in spawns, and the spawn points all suck.

    Edited by devilkingx2

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    12 hours ago, DERAGEDXJAWZ69 said:

    Where is S+ ? We were told last year that it was gonna be implemented into the base game... and since then silence!!!

    They talked about it a couple weeks ago on Reddit. That's not really silence.

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     Mods on console would be sweet. And new dinos would be cool too. Finding out about new dino releases and then going and taming them was awesome.

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    i have a question .. what does that mean not cluster small tribe servers ? I know there a the normal official server and the small tribe servers ...  which you cant transfer from on to the other

    1.) but i can transfer from a small tribe server to another small triber server. At least i tryed that and that worked. Is this also possibiel with dino and equiment ?

    What does now mean " not clustered " they are clustered but not with the gold big non small tribe pvp cluster ? 

     

     

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    *Slips in the casual gami.ini request for console to set up SotF lobby as per the usual request I post"...

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    I have been having the crash to desktop on Xbox one, i play single player and notice it more on The Center, not tried Ragnarok yet. 

    At first i thought it was maybe because my Xbox was overheating but after checking the forums i am thankful that i was wrong and i am not the only one experiencing this problem.

    Seems to have started  the past few weeks, and reading other posts on this thread i get the feeling it is some sort of memory leak. When mine is about to crash i notice that textures wont load in properly so i do the "admincheat saveworld" every 10 minutes. Happens more when i am at or near my base but i suspect it is because i have a lot of things there.

    Really hope Wildcard can sort this problem out as it is becoming a tranq dart pain the ass for a lot of players.

    Keep the peace folks and try not to rage too much :)

    I was on Twitch when it crashed earlier, if you skip to 18:00 minutes on this video you can see the texture loading problems, where the video ends is when it crashed to desktop, hope it helps.

     

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    so i realize this may be pointless in effort from what i'm told wildcard cares nothing for the crossplay servers... but.. here goes. the amount of crossplay servers for pc and xbox users is very low.. you only have one per map.. i realize you have eu and na but i don't think you guys realize how populated the few servers you have up are.. well maybe you do and like i said don't care about it.. but my tribe got setup on rag because we want rag tames and just a few days ago as i started to go deathworm hunting the server hit the cape for the na cluster.. the island i'm told is the same way and the center is heading there with soo many tribes always joining.. the only solution would be to increase the tame limits on the servers again or please for the love of god add more crossplay!! it is horrible how few servers there are for crossplay please address this issue because this is an issue! the only solution is to move around to other servers? great but those servers on crossplay are hitting the same issues! so really there isn't a solution unless you guys add more servers for crossplay.. we really need help here all the tribes on crossplay are not getting their moneys worth if they can't even tame or raise babies due to the servers all hitting the tame limit.. i'm begging you add more crossplay surely i am not the only person who has brought this up! us windows players have no other options but to play on those and pickings are very slim for us now that servers are hitting tame caps.. please wildcard kenobi you're our only hope!!

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    On 7/9/2018 at 11:35 PM, flamron said:

    How many complaints to fix manticore so it lands properly?  Seems like you’d want to, you know, fix the game for the health of the servers and player happiness?

    Absolutely agreed. 

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    would of been your down fall closing off small tribes keep them open or be prepared to shut the servers down for good in a few months 

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    On 7/9/2018 at 10:02 PM, JuggaloCard said:

    So when are consoles or for that matter the game ever going to be fixed? Between undermapping, the large lag spikes for no reason and disconnects out of the blue? Hey instead of a new map how about you fix the ones you have, instead of new skins how about new dinosaurs instead. Yeah, some mods would be nice for consoles considering that we don't get much at all. 

    100% agree! Would love to see an answer to this. I am guessing the undermapping is a massive problem they can't fix or they would have done so by now because it is absolutely ruining the game.

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    We have a serious issue with dino cap, so why all the 2x?  Thursday nights the big tribes drop all their eggs to make sure the only way the new players can get any dinos is to buy from them.  Don't get me wrong, i love trading for new stats and muts but I'm not a new player. I feel alot of these people are missing out by not being able to play the game.

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    Maybe fix the ravagers not being able to line jump on Xbox/PS4? Tired of watching cross play windows players using my hard built zipline networks as they were intended to be used when I can't. (yes I know aim till crosshair pops up and jump, doesn't work don't lie and say it works on consoles.)

     

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    If the intention is PVP on pvp servers, and if base defenses aren't going to get any stronger. Then I suggest adding some sort of offline raid protection, let people transfer from all servers but allow dinos only to transfer in server. The reason why these servers keep "dying off" is because once mega tribes and players realize they can't exploit their way to dominating servers they leave. The people that just want to play the game the way it's intended, just stop playing bc it takes literally weeks before wc responds to reports. By that time, the entire server is wiped and all the time you have invested is wasted.

    I'm not sure what is being done about .ini abuse (so many people are still using it to see through ground clutter) (environmental effects are basically useless) aimboting, bodybags, attacking through structures,  90% offline raiding, sharing dinos between servers and rampant teaming on small tribes, selling dinos and items for real world money (300+ tamed dinos on servers for profit), putting foundations on mounts so your unable to be shot off, structures covering quetz so they don't take damage, undermeshing, and the list goes on. 

    Literally a 2min search of smalltribes on YouTube and you can find out who is doing it.

    Banning steam accounts doesn't work... And game banning doesn't work either. They need to ban Mac addresses as well.

    But these are app symptoms of s bigger problem. When there is an issue and you do report them wild card takes their sweet time. Why there are no moderators on these servers is beyond me. It seems like everything is being done with the exception of actually managing servers which would give wc time to focus on other things.

    Anyways good job on updating and making changes but it's been three years.. not much has changed it's actually worse off now

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    NoIf the intention is PVP on pvp servers, and if base defenses aren't going to get any stronger. Then I suggest adding some sort of offline raid protection, let people transfer from all servers but allow dinos only to transfer in server. The reason why these servers keep "dying off" is because once mega tribes and players realize they can't exploit their way to dominating servers they leave. The people that just want to play the game the way it's intended, just stop playing bc it takes literally weeks before wc responds to reports. By that time, the entire server is wiped and all the time you have invested is wasted.

    I'm not sure what is being done about .ini abuse (so many people are still using it to see through ground clutter) (environmental effects are basically useless) aimboting, bodybags, attacking through structures,  90% offline raiding, sharing dinos between servers and rampant teaming on small tribes, selling dinos and items for real world money (300+ tamed dinos on servers for profit), putting foundations on mounts so your unable to be shot off, structures covering quetz so they don't take damage, undermeshing, and the list goes on. 

    Literally a 2min search of smalltribes on YouTube and you can find out who is doing it.

    Banning steam accounts doesn't work... And game banning doesn't work either. They need to ban Mac addresses as well.

    But these are app symptoms of s bigger problem. When there is an issue and you do report them wild card takes their sweet time. Why there are no moderators on these servers is beyond me. It seems like everything is being done with the exception of actually managing servers which would give wc time to focus on other things.

    Anyways good job on updating and making changes but it's been three years.. not much has changed it's actually worse off now

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    And can we for the love of God get some sort of primitive airlock for underwater bases?

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    Your bug report system wont work so I'm commenting... I was on Ragnarok on my own personal server uploading my double mutated giga and my rock drake. When I uploaded them they were completely gone. It never even said in the tribe log that they were uploaded. Where did they go? I grinded for weeks for that giga and I hope its not gone. Please fix that.

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    Boss summoning, it’s time now to let people use a Tek Transmitter to summon the boss. On official server all the obelisk are crowded / maxes out of Dino’s all over the place. It’s hard to even use them for normal transfer stuff sometimes. 

    If we could use Tek Transmitter to summon the boss this would help to solve this issue. 

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