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  • Community Crunch 143: Extinction Chronicles III Next Week, Dev Diary, & ARK Digest Returns!

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

    Extinction Chronicles III Next Week!

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    On August 14th Extinction Chronicles III will be released on all platforms. As usual survivors can expect a new tek dino, new Explorer Notes, a new cosmetic, increased level cap, and special colored dinos on all ARKs!

    Developer Diaries!

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    Today we'd like to bring you a new section of the Crunch called Developer Diaries. In this section we'll speak to some of the changes the ARK has gone through. This weeks diary entry is brought to you by Lead Programmer, Chris Willoughby, as he talks about the changes that were recently made to Scorched Earth.

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    When making new content for a game like ours, you want to make something that challenges players in new ways. With Scorched Earth we decided to do this by making a map that embodied it's namesake - a scorched landscape that proved to be a challenge due to harsh weather and decreased spoil timers. Thematically, this made sense. It also provided a new experience for our players, forcing them to rely on new strategies to survive. The downside of this approach, however, is that it represents a significant hurdle that makes the map less tenable as part of the Cross Ark experience.

    After discussing it for some time and consulting with players - we felt it was time to relax these constraints a bit in order to provide a more even experience. First, we've lowered the impact of the environment on consumables, increasing their lifetime to 90% of normal rather than the 30%. In addition, we've limited the effect of Electrical Storms to Tek based weaponry and defenses. This means that your non-Tek weapons will now function, your generators will continue to run, and you can make use of that Tek Cloning Chamber. Finally, we've relaxed the constraint on crop plot placement - so that you can grow where you'd expect to. Many of these changes rolled out on PC as experimental parts of Extinction Chronicles 2. The remaining improvements will hit all three platforms simultaneously with Extinction Chronicles 3, due for release in the next few weeks.

    As always, we'll continue to monitor the effect that these changes have on the overall experience, and adjust as necessary. To that end, we're actively examining Aberration and looking at further ways to adjust and improve the player experience there in the near future as well.

    Thanks for your ongoing support Survivors!

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    ARK Digest Making A Return!

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    Survivors! It's been quite a while since we've done a question and answer session, but the ARK Digest will be making a come back! Our goal is to bring the Digest back about once a month with the first being on August 20th.

    If you have a question you want answered by the ARK dev team please submit your questions with the Subject "ARK Q&A" to our email address: [email protected]

    Community Livestream Round-Up!

    On August 2nd 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.

    For this weeks stream ZenRowe and I were joined by the developer of Genesis and some of the members of RPFirst and TwitchRP. 

    Map developer Peoples Gaming gave us an expansive tour of what he has built in his cyberpunk adventure world. Ravage and Tess taught us all about RP and the history of ARK and roleplaying, and how RP is conducted on their Genesis server. We learned there is an uprising, a police cult that locks people in jail, and an orphanage of people selling potentially illegal substances! It was an exciting tour unlike any other.

    If you're interested in ARK roleplay definitely check out RPFirst and TwitchRP or start your own roleplaying server!

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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, August the 16th! We hope to see you there :)

    Mod Community Updates!

    It's ZenRowe here with another modding tutorial for everyone! This one is a bit different in that it's also a bit of a warning about a particular feature that, if used incorrectly, can have some consequences that are difficult to get a handle on. On the other hand, these CDOs can be really handy for making some class information and functions globally accessible. Happy modding!

    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 10th of August at 1 PM EST until Monday the 13th of August 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
    2x Maturation Rates
    2x  Mating & Egg Hatching Rates
    2x Faster Mating Interval

    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
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    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 <❃FLUFFY❃Fr>.

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    User Feedback




    18 hours ago, GreenRoc said:

    It's been almost a year since the Q&A had someone ask for seperate tame and wild dino hunger configs (last August). I was over-exited when I saw an official replay saying something like "Make it so!" But still I havent seen it come out :(

    I been asking for that config separation for years. I hope this hasn't been forgotten. This suggestion has been on the top 2 of my wishlist for Ark Configs!

    It's a major game changer for me! I'm a relaxed builder and dino hoarder. My super singleplayer made to be as survival-less as possible (I'm interested in Ark for building, taming, breeding, collecting, hoarding, and most of all: eye candy). Starvation was the primary killer for my pretty pretty tames. Turning hunger drain to 0.0 to prevent starvation unfortunately makes wild dinos impossible to tame, so I have to force tame (and I rather not do this, especially on a private server, had to give my residents admin password so they could tame stuff).

    What else can I do to prompt you guys to adding it?! You said you would!

    Pretty please? *insert image of Jerboa with huge SUPER CUTE eyes!*

    There are two in game solutions I can think of;

    1: when trying to tame a dino, just knock it out, then use cheat dotame. This allows you to go through the work of knocking out a dino (the only fun part of taming anyway) and dotame tames it but you still need a saddle to ride.

    2. The other solution is to put troughs down and fill those up to keep everything topped up. You can also use trek troughs and edit spoil timers to prevent all the food from decomposing. All it takes to fill them up is a small amount of time and a few admin commands

    hope this helps😊

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    what good does it do, when server tame cap is still reached, and you keep closing more and more servers.

    wasted 300+hours just to have tame cap reached, waste of life honestly and good money on game and dlc's.

    the 7 times i have written support, i havent gotten a single answer, they simply don't care about their players.

    FFS WILDCARD WOULD YOU PLEASE GET YOUR poop TOGETHER AND FIX THE SERVER CAPS (so everyone can have the maximum amount of dino's pr tribe, shrink the player cap or whatever just fix it)
    it's no fun for the players who actually do love your game, to be stuck because of server caps.

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    5 hours ago, PlusHalo said:

    Does anyone know what the special event colors will be?

     

    Nope not yet. I suspect they may get revealed in the next Crunch next week, or the day the patch drops. Along with finding out which tek dino we're getting, and also which corrupted skin too. I suspect the corrupted skin will be gloves as I think chestpiece and leggings are left to last as they are the bigger pieces.

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    Yet more PC loving I know that PC can be a test ground for things like updates and mods but for THE LOVE OF GOD implement S+ ALREADY. It has been way too long since announcement JUST GET THE MOD CREATORS TO HELP YOU if you can't do it on your own you already pay them get them to help fully implement it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     

    Now we always say that you are PC Elitists and we say that because NO Sponsored mod after Primitive +, Rganarok and The Centre have been released on console and these were released in EA so they DO NOT count! To date there have been NO mods released on console and NO major changed to console dedicated hosting since Release. And little to NO support where console dedicated/Console players on Officials can equitably play.

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    11 minutes ago, DarthHaktyl said:

    Yet more PC loving I know that PC can be a test ground for things like updates and mods but for THE LOVE OF GOD implement S+ ALREADY. It has been way too long since announcement JUST GET THE MOD CREATORS TO HELP YOU if you can't do it on your own you already pay them get them to help fully implement it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     

    Now we always say that you are PC Elitists and we say that because NO Sponsored mod after Primitive +, Rganarok and The Centre have been released on console and these were released in EA so they DO NOT count! To date there have been NO mods released on console and NO major changed to console dedicated hosting since Release. And little to NO support where console dedicated/Console players on Officials can equitably play.

    S+ is not even on PC Official yet either, they are still in the same position as you. There's little point shouting at the devs to release S+. You either want a broken mod released or a polished mod to be released.

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    Just now, GP said:

    S+ is not even on PC Official yet either, they are still in the same position as you. There's little point shouting at the devs to release S+. You either want a broken mod released or a polished mod to be released.

    it just means they are dragging their butts and like i said they can get the mod devs to help them polish it and they have had over a year to "polish" the changes and nothing has been released about IF they are even working on it in the last 6 months.

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    Just now, DarthHaktyl said:

    it just means they are dragging their butts and like i said they can get the mod devs to help them polish it and they have had over a year to "polish" the changes and nothing has been released about IF they are even working on it in the last 6 months.

    Orionson works for WC, so they already have the Mod Developer working on it.

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    7 minutes ago, GP said:

    Orionson works for WC, so they already have the Mod Developer working on it.

    So as you say they have the Dev "working" on it but even then I know OrionSun has been keeping the mod up to date so why hasn't WC released some sort of news. i.e. we are continuing to work together to find a balanced way of implementing the changes to the core game that S+ would bring.

     

    they haven't even done that so therefore you and WC are PC elitists..

    If on console the Mods began as Unofficial like they do on PC then console players wouldn't be having the PC Elitist gripe about Sponsored Mods.

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    Aye, great job on making SE easy enough for every idiot to play on. They're capped too now. Very great job. You know, some of us happily took the challenge of it being harder for the benefit of having a server where taming and breeding was still possible. We never had any problems with the environment, we EMBRACED it. It was the only thing that kept SE servers alive and healthy. Just fyi, one week after the change, they were already capped and dying just like the rest.

    What's next? Will you just allow all creatures on Aberration so we can cap these too and destroy the VERY last sanctuary to make ARK COMPLETELY pointless for PvE players?

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    Nuuuuuu.  Don't reduce the difficulty of Aberration!  I love that map the way that it is!

     

    Actually, there is one minor tweak you could do -- upon resurrecting, give the player a 90 second buff that provides radiation immunity.  That would go a long way towards allowing more feasible radiation zone bases.

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    On 8/8/2018 at 9:27 AM, DJRone89 said:

    It was introduced a few months ago.

    The option isn’t available on console hosted servers but PC servers and rented PC servers (including console) that have access to the ini can enable it.

    It was added?! I had no idea! thanks for letting me know!!!

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    There’s no x2 Maturation going on and on your twitter page maturation was excluded...... please fix or update us on what’s going on please. 

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    1 minute ago, Queen2khaos said:

    There’s no x2 Maturation going on and on your twitter page maturation was excluded...... please fix or update us on what’s going on please. 

    It does have maturation, here's the proof of the current settings which shows maturation 2.0.

    http://arkdedicated.com/dynamicconfig.ini

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    30 minutes ago, GreenRoc said:

    It was added?! I had no idea! thanks for letting me know!!!

    Keep an eye on the wiki from time to time. That’s how I found it. I didn’t see anything in the patch notes about it at the time but I think it was  added in one of the dino TLC updates.

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    25 minutes ago, Queen2khaos said:

    There’s no x2 Maturation going on and on your twitter page maturation was excluded...... please fix or update us on what’s going on please. 

    Keep in mind that if you dropped eggs before it get changed, their incubating timers won't be updated and you have to re-log, re-render or re-drop them for the timer to gets update on your client. So if you are basing your assumptions that breeding was not included in the event on that, it might explain why you missed it. 😉

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    MESHING. This has got to be the biggest issue with your game currently! How on Earth have you not fixed this? You should listen to actual players, we build in spots which are hard to mesh, the island is completely Meshable! Every cave is meshable. It’s a joke. Me and my tribe do not mesh as we do not like cheating or exploiting the game! But I know tribes who have defense against meshers and you will dev wipe them! How does that make sense? That’s ignorance...you let someone’s base fall due to players exploiting your game and meshing yet when someone tries to combat this you take action. Instead of punishing tribes for meshing and mesh defence you should just fix the issue. Your game has so many issues yet so many people play it in spite of the lag, the server issues, the exploits. The amount of times I’ve heard people talk about being able to raid a server and not dc ten times and be continuously stuck in a lag spike, surely there’s something you can do to improve your game and sort the exploits? 

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    A 2x breeding/maturation event while the dino cap is looming all over the official servers? You can't cook eggs, mate dinos, transfer between servers or even tame a single dodo..

    Sorry, WC but every day everyone complains about the cap after killing all their worst dinos to try to get a new one and failing miserably >_<

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    "To that end, we're actively examining Aberration and looking at further ways to adjust and improve the player experience there in the near future as well."

    I have a suggestion, do something about the raptoring chinese and russians who pillar everywhere and you cant expand at all.  Also, make the oil pumps on SE always be unlocked so the assholes who go around spamming pumps will find it less appealing when everyone can open them.  I've got 2 at my base that a chinese dude owns, who lives on the other side of the map.

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    Great full 2x weekend. start hatching and now the %^%&$# 377 server has been down for the last 3 hours. Kiss that 100% imprint good-bye.Could you try to fix it before the babies died TY

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    I'm really excited to find out what colors we are getting next, kinda want something new and not just green or red .. maybe yellow and cyan?

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    16 hours ago, DJRone89 said:

    Keep an eye on the wiki from time to time. That’s how I found it. I didn’t see anything in the patch notes about it at the time but I think it was  added in one of the dino TLC updates.

    I just now checked here https://ark.gamepedia.com/Server_Configuration

    I dont see the new configs you mentioned, just the old one.

     

    What wiki page are you referring to?

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