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  • Community Crunch 146: Mysterious Mysteries: Introducing ???????, ARK Modding Contest, & Great Migration 4!

    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?

    Mod Community Announcements!

    We have two important announcements for the modding community!

    The first is that we are making some changes to the sponsored mod program. Previously it was more challenging to get eyes on the potential candidate projects as we would have to scour the workshop, discords, and forums; we could only see projects in their current public state, and what information the mod author chose to include. We will instead be moving to a more structured system.

    Starting on September 1st, you can fill out this application to apply for sponsorship. This will help ensure that only the projects that are interested and ready for sponsorship are being brought to our attention and allow those mod authors to provide some additional information about where they are planning to take their project.

    The program will also be moving to a more regular pattern, the application will be open for a period of five weeks starting in the months of January, March, May, July, and September at which point there will be slots opening in the program. Sponsorship periods will be capped at a year, but it is possible to re-apply for sponsorship after that period.

    These changes will lead to a more predictable schedule of the program and give a more clear route to sponsorship for all interested mod authors.

    Now for something a bit more exciting...

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    The ARK Modding Contest is back!!!

    That's right; your eyes are not deceiving you, the ARK Modding Contest will return on September 1st! We have $28,000 in cash prizes for mod authors to compete for, and the Grand Prize is a whopping $15,000!!! So saddle up those Dev Kits, ready the mod cannons, and prepare for battle!

    This will be our third modding contest, and the modding community as a whole has come a long way in terms of skill and creativity since we held the last one.

    There will be a five-week entry phase followed by a two-week voting phase where players can show support for their favorite mods. Head over to ark.gg/ModContest for more information on the contest and to start preparing. This will take you to the main contest page where you can find out current information about the contest as it progresses, including hourly updates on rankings once we enter the voting phase.

    The Great Migration #4: Inactive Legacy Server Removal

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    Once again it is time to remove some of our lower population legacy ARK servers on 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 the 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 September 24th. 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 Deprecation
    Below is a complete list of the LEGACY servers that will be deprecated come September 24th. 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.

    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.

    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.

    You can see a list of our currently available depreciated official servers on this webpage: https://survivetheark.com/index.php?/server-backups/

    Community Livestream #7 This Thursday!

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    This Thursday August 30th 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, August the 30th at 1pm EST! We hope to see you there :)

    Fanart of the Week!

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    We would like to give a special shoutout this week to artist Djaymasi for their amazing fanmade Koolasuchus Dossier!

    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 31st of August at 1 PM EST until Monday the 3rd of September 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

    Edited by Jen




    User Feedback




    Weiss

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    No PC kill list? 

    Also can you please sticky the kill lists?

    The new creature looks nice, my first though was falcor too, or the "dragon" from spirited away.

    What has been bothering me for a while now; Is it possible to adjust the thumbnail for the mobile version? It always shows some random part of the picture, It would be better to have some important parts centered (face of the creature, not part of it's neck for example). 

    Edited by Weiss

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    mann, id be pretty bummed if I started out on legacy servers and not the normal servers. but I guess it all adds to the experience. 

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    I just read the statment about the server delete list and its a big lie the server im on has 4 to 5 in the morning and 3 to 4 playing at night  so i dont know what there on about 0 to players if thay looked at the server not throw darts at a list to servers to delete

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    6 hours ago, skellri said:

    No legacy purge list for PC? Did we really luck out like that lol?

     

    4 hours ago, Weiss said:

    No PC kill list? 

    Also can you please sticky the kill lists?

    The new creature looks nice, my first though was falcor too, or the "dragon" from spirited away.

    What has been bothering me for a while now; Is it possible to adjust the thumbnail for the mobile version? It always shows some random part of the picture, It would be better to have some important parts centered (face of the creature, not part of it's neck for example). 

    Nope no PC kill list this round! PC has fewer legacy servers compared to PS4 and Xbox. After analyzing the numbers there were no PC servers that met any of our cutoffs so we opted to keep them all active for this round. That's not to say there won't be any in the future though as it's all about whether people are playing on the maps or not, but they're safe for now :)

    -- Oh, I also pinned the topics. Thanks for the reminder, they were meant to be pinned!

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    1 hour ago, Bigkidz79 said:

    I just read the statment about the server delete list and its a big lie the server im on has 4 to 5 in the morning and 3 to 4 playing at night  so i dont know what there on about 0 to players if thay looked at the server not throw darts at a list to servers to delete

    We base the list off of a few metrics, namely the average players playing and the max number of consecutive players. We look at this across a week (rather than just a single day, as many of our players only play weekends or only play during weekdays). We never stated that all servers on our list are ones that are completely dead and have zero players but generally speaking there are quite a few that are completely dead with maybe a single person playing for the entire week duration.

    I'd be happy to look into your server though and see if there is indeed a mistake in the list, but the current list was actually given a very generous cutoff point for being considered "active" especially with this round of cutoffs compared to previous migrations.

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    so thousands of dollars are bein spent on mod contests but barely any work is spent on the core game i cant even use my mailbox in any way yet on console..

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    3 hours ago, lilpanda said:

    We base the list off of a few metrics, namely the average players playing and the max number of consecutive players. We look at this across a week (rather than just a single day, as many of our players only play weekends or only play during weekdays). We never stated that all servers on our list are ones that are completely dead and have zero players but generally speaking there are quite a few that are completely dead with maybe a single person playing for the entire week duration.

    I'd be happy to look into your server though and see if there is indeed a mistake in the list, but the current list was actually given a very generous cutoff point for being considered "active" especially with this round of cutoffs compared to previous migrations.

    So there are 6 of use would like to now if thay are deleting all leg servers or just cutting the list of them and y cant we get a list of servers to go to or is thete a way to open the up the transmitters so we can go to dedicated for we dont have to keep moving and injoy the game not strees about when is the next cut and is it me again please help the players that have be playing for years the server is 24 i play in the day and 2 to 5 play at night 

    Edited by Bigkidz79

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    I generally didn't understand, why they are not taking more or all legacys off. There are so many officials which have tame cap. There's imho a need of more servers. The announcement of WC was at release, that finally all legacys would be taken off by and by. I'm playing on PS4 and there are for example less officals SE-Servers on PVE then legacy PVE of SE....couldn't understand it.

    Sorry for all legacy players, I also was one of you since release of the EA.  Understand also how much time you spent.

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    Yer time and money spent on season pass and other dlc and i have to start again y tick delelet leg before the new dlc gets releced dont see y we all have to pay for the game season pass the have to pay more money to be able to play your game thats just money hungry that cear more about the money not the bata players 

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    Something about that dragon creature for extinction actually piss me off. Seriously WC, small wings for a large body and only a pair of legs from the torn dossier? Really? Good lord. And I thought Spino walking on fours is just bad enough.

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    I'm actually so hyped for extinction got the boys with me on Rag getting ready to move to extinction day 1 gonna be hard finding a good base though.

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    12 hours ago, RenobandStit said:

    New creature looks like the dragon from never ending story....I shall tame it and name it Falcor!

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    First thought, "oh WOW this looks so awesome and adorable...." followed very quickly by my second thought, "...are we getting falcor? .... Holy crap..... WE ARE GETTING FALCOR!!!

    Signed up just to type this... that is all..

     

    Faalllcoorr.. whheere arre yoouu???

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    5 hours ago, lilpanda said:

    We base the list off of a few metrics, namely the average players playing and the max number of consecutive players. We look at this across a week (rather than just a single day, as many of our players only play weekends or only play during weekdays). We never stated that all servers on our list are ones that are completely dead and have zero players but generally speaking there are quite a few that are completely dead with maybe a single person playing for the entire week duration.

    I'd be happy to look into your server though and see if there is indeed a mistake in the list, but the current list was actually given a very generous cutoff point for being considered "active" especially with this round of cutoffs compared to previous migrations.

    If you could look im on 24 we got 5 new tribe jounded in the last week 

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    11 hours ago, Tomm1e1 said:

    Look again they are clearly wings, and structured similarly to the wyverns.

    actualy ur right i did notice that to now thanks for pointing that out~! : )

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    Its gotta be like an aberration scenario, the molten element caused the wyverns to evolve into rock drakes, and the corruption turned the wyverns into this thing

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    This one looks like a drake on aber, that wont fly just parry but SOOO cute! 

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    This creature is probably Zilant. Maybe ice subscpeices. Actually, wolf-headed wyverns were the heraldic creatures of some dynasty near cnetral Russia and Mi ddle Asia. For example-modern flag of the city Kazan.

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    Wow good catch. I hope it's a good creature that I can bring over to different servers.

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    Looks like the extinction version of a Rock drake

    It looks like a wolfs head with a basilisks body and seekers wings. I would say it lives in water if it wasn't for the claws. The wings also look like they don't belong on the creature, if you look at them closely they don't have any fur and it kinda makes you wonder about two creatures merging...

     

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    On 8/27/2018 at 6:04 PM, RenobandStit said:

    New creature looks like the dragon from never ending story....I shall tame it and name it Falcor!

    Falkor**

    not trying to be THAT guy  and correct your spelling but if you’re going to name him that i’d want someone to tell me if the spelling is wrong lol

    Edited by Kai905

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