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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,
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    User Feedback




    I got all hype for a luck dragon but then remembered that Falcor didn’t have wings 😭😭. This still looks super dope though 🐉

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    my question is if the dev's are know they are slowly wiping legacy, why not let us move legacy to official and be done rather than beat around the bush

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    3 hours ago, Kai905 said:

    Flakor**

    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

    *Falkor 

    Or Fuchur

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    Dangling the Carrot AGAIN?

    I'm not going to read all the comments … I want to go play and I  have to waste countless hours to harvest new mats for new pieces.

    With that said , when will we get Structures Plus . If ever.  It saves time and makes sense.  Your already opening up another sponsored session and we still have not seen Structures Plus since you announced it would be added.     

    TwicthCon  October  2017 

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    how about instead of doing the mod contest you make it where whoever wins is the person who makes mods playable by both consoles and can actually get the mods to work on the consoles 

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    Will we actually get this Dev Kit contest... didn't have the last one that was announced.    At the point that I don't even bother trying anymore.

    Falcor might be cool. 

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    On ‎8‎/‎27‎/‎2018 at 6:15 PM, Hyday said:

    irst 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..

    I thought the EXACT same thing. Falkor look alike hype time!

     

    Edited by Magmorta

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    23 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.

    Our server is on this list too and I know there are alot of other active tribes. Its PVE-NA-XboxOfficialServer302. Our base is at red ob.  We've been there for 2 years and put ALOT of time and effort into our base. 

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    I'm pretty sure the things everyone's been saying are fins are actually wings, I mean look at the talons on them, I think the wings are just folded in.

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    On 8/27/2018 at 5:09 PM, danlillis said:

    i am excited for that aquatic creature on what it is... and reason i say its aquatic is cause of the fins... i mean why else would it have something like those? ofcourse the head of a mammal is abit werid.... but meh also excited for this mod program update and i dont see why koola isn't even in the game yet that dossier is enough of a reason to add it @[email protected]

    I'm pretty sure those are wings

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    I recon this new creature can go in the water on land and fly just because it looks like a water dragon

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    10 minutes ago, Jurassicpro1 said:

    I recon this new creature can go in the water on land and fly just because it looks like a water dragon

     

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    lilpanda can you please check on island 306 xbox pve legacy and see if it's a mistake on the list I play with over 10 different people on that server. We don't all get on at the same time but it is well populated. Please strongly consider taking it off the list. 

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    On 8/28/2018 at 2:09 AM, 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.

    lilpanda can you please check on island 306 xbox pve legacy and see if it's a mistake on the list I play with over 10 different people on that server. We don't all get on at the same time but it is well populated. Please strongly consider taking it off the list. 

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    Some sort of cat dragon? Ok, sign me up! Also digging how it's chest looks like it has the corruption from element going on. That is going to be one fun tame I'm betting!

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    5 hours ago, Kapela said:

    How about a breeding event this weekend until labor day?

    ^^^^^^^^^^  yes

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    On 8/28/2018 at 4:03 PM, lilpanda said:

     

    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!

     

    On 8/28/2018 at 4:09 PM, 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.

    Hi i believe their has been a mistake with the xbox legacy migration list. For some reason eu raganrock 3 is getting deleted yet its always in the top 10 and usually top 5. Both my tribe and 4 other tribes all moved to ths server to avoid this from happening

     

    On 8/28/2018 at 4:09 PM, 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.

     

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    I have just finished re building my place and getting all my dinos together after the last wipe and now the server i'm on is getting deleted. What's the point in doing it all again? Just get rid of legacy and stop wasting every ones time. I tried moving to a popular server but they are all tame capped or filled with pillars. I've spent a lot of time on this game but i 'm about done there is no way i'm starting it all again leveling a new character and taming all the dinos i have. Really getting tired of it all now.

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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..

    This was the first thought that I had after seeing it as well... glad I'm not the only one. 😁

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    On 8/29/2018 at 12:32 AM, Winterfeuer91 said:

    my question is if the dev's are know they are slowly wiping legacy, why not let us move legacy to official and be done rather than beat around the bush

    They should just merge legacy and official now. Atleast for PvE.

    They seperated legacy and new because of cheating (which mostly happens on PvP). Within a week there was duping on new servers. Instead of taking care of those players they decided this.

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