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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

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    On 8/28/2018 at 9:18 PM, Magmorta said:

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

     

    Glad i was not the only one lol. Cant even imagine how many people will be showing off there "Falcor's".

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    When wolf meet snake and goat and angler... and you by accident pushed start button on clonning chamber... But it lloks nice. :)

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    7 hours ago, Atlantis said:

    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.

    They said it before release, that by and by all legacys would be taken off. Everybody have had the choice to begin new (now one year ago). So, sorry m8, don't complain.

    I think also it would be a kick in everybodys ass who decided to begin new, after spend so much time on the early acess servers.

     

     

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    Anyone notice the element surrounding the wing maybe the wing is part of the element mutation

    On 8/28/2018 at 3:13 PM, Slivka said:

    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 8/29/2018 at 12:26 PM, Ocicat said:

    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!

    The element is just the paper lol

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    1 minute ago, Kalazar said:

    So is it something like jömungandr or a serpent of some sort 

    No. It's a partially torn photo of me.

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    I have a question are you guys/girls at wild card working on fixing the frame rate and lag on console before extinction comes out. Me and my friends play a non dedicated server because we don't feel like playing with other ppl on servers.

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    Fuzzback wyvern with some elemental influence in the chest region. Interesting.

    I'm guessing a few things from it's body type.

    1, lean and mean flyer, so its fast and has a tight turning radius, everything the standard wyvern does not. Possibly has glide support like a griffin.

    2. Aqua Wyvern, the ability to swim in deep water much more efficiently than the rock drake can, and the normal wyvern wont even try. The wings look considerably smaller than that of the wyvern, more akin to that of a drake in size but with membrane wings rather than feathered ones. So swimming dragon (main) with glide support?

    3. Happy middle ground between drake (can only glide but extremely more useful on land or sea) and the wyvern (the jet fighter of the sky, especially the lightning variant.)

    4th slim posibility. Shoulder mounted dragon pet. Because why not. Doesnt have a size chart on it and it's slim anyways. Possibly seeker sized or even smaller. I for one would accept midget dragons to ride on my shoulder. 

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    Extinction seems kind of similar to aberration in some ways, and this seems similar to the rock drake.

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    Hey jen is their any way we can talk about 386 I have about 15 to 20 people that still play that served I owned it for 2 years now and survived your great migration the last 3 times. It sent empty when I got raided offline I was gone for three days some took a break but came back. At the end I started populating 386 for people to come back and play. I would like to talk about 386 please it means a lot to me. And others as well. We don't want 386 deleted I put all my time And 2 years of my life on this server along with others. If there is a chance I can save this server, please message me back..... Thank you for all that you do....

     

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    9 minutes ago, XenoEmperor said:

    I want a Cobra with three heads plz wildcard...

    Make it a posibile tameee,PLEASE!

    Just get three titanoboas and position them so that the tails are all clipped into eachother and you can see three different heads.

    Moving would be difficult, but I'm sure you could make it work somehow.

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    11 hours ago, TinyHippo said:

    Just get three titanoboas and position them so that the tails are all clipped into eachother and you can see three different heads.

    Moving would be difficult, but I'm sure you could make it work somehow.

    Titanoboa need a rework tbh

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    Guest DJRone89

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    Nothing gets the console community more pumped than a modding contest. I understand that mods are an important aspect of the PC community and I admire you commitment towards modders but I feel more could be done for the inclusion of half your playerbase.

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    Nooo please dont kill PVE-EU-XboxOfficialServer165

     

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    On 8/28/2018 at 1:09 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.

    Hello, sorry to bother you with this. However you should double check island server 692. We have more players and tribes there now than we did last migration, and we weren't put on the list then. Also, if you're going to destroy all the legacy servers in the long run may I offer the suggestion of finding some way for people to save their dinosaurs (a small batch of proxy servers, for instance, that weeks 1-4 you could only transfer into and weeks 5 & 6 you had to tranfer into an official server or lose everything). Just a suggestion, however it's based upon the fact that people on ark sometimes become attached to their tames and to have all that time and effort come to naught when you have to destroy alot of your hard work and be told to start at step 1 again. Thank you for your time and consideration in these matters. Vaultech, tribe: Huntress. Server 692

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    9 hours ago, destructicon54 said:

    the official ARK wiki calls it the Wyrm

    I'd just like to point out that the "official" ark wiki is not really official as it is not maintained by anyone who actually works on the game.

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    On 8/27/2018 at 3:57 PM, Gravex said:

    What’s the point of restarting the mod contest ? You don’t do anything with them anyway , I mean it’s great for the mod creators but it does nothing for the vanilla game.

    It strings people along like they've done with saying how they're going to be adding aspects of S+ "after aberration" which has now become "after extinction" which means "after we get your money for the last DLC, we may give you triangle structures, but will likely just move on to another game while pulling support for official servers."

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    On 8/30/2018 at 1:00 AM, Carsten3 said:

    They said it before release, that by and by all legacys would be taken off. Everybody have had the choice to begin new (now one year ago). So, sorry m8, don't complain.

    I think also it would be a kick in everybodys ass who decided to begin new, after spend so much time on the early acess servers.

     

    No they didn't. They said they'd be removing legacy servers that only had an average of 1-2 people on them. The fact is, most legacy PVE servers have more average players than non-legacy servers. Not sure about the player count on official PVP since thats nothing but cancer anyways.

     

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    How can i transfer my Raft from Xbox legacy 165 to another server?

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