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  • Community Crunch 161: Winter Wonderland 2018!

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

    Winter Wonderland 2018!

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    Winter Wonderland is almost here! This winter-themed holiday event begins tomorrow at 10am PST for PC, Xbox, and PS4 and will last through until January 7th. All of our maps are supported in both single player and multiplayer. The event will automatically activate on any map, even on your modded map servers.

    Raptor Claus will be sailing across the night sky in his sleigh, air-dropping presents filled with high-end loot as well as Mistletoe, and Coal for those naughty Survivors. 

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    Raptor Claus won't be alone this year. He is joined by Gacha Claus who will be roaming all maps in a dashing Santa Hat and sporting holiday-themed colours to help out the very busy Raptor Claus. He will be accepting your coal and in exchange will gift you holiday themed items, or you can trade in your mistletoe for weapons and armor!

    Gacha Claus will also have a random chance to gift you with a new special dino holiday candy when given mistletoe. This candy appears to have a strangely festive effect on any creature that eats it however. Better give it a try and see what happens. Bon appetit!

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    Survivors can stay warm this season in their festively decorated homes with the holiday lights, decorative Christmas tree, wreaths, stockings, snowmen, and wrapped presents they receive from trading with Gacha Claus. Be sure to spread the holiday cheer wherever you go while it lasts!

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    Be sure to send us all your holiday-themed pictures, videos, and artwork here on survivetheark.com or on Twitter as we'd love to see them!

    In addition to the holiday event, we've included a bevy of fixes that we're launching simultaneously across all three platforms. We're starting to reach into the backlog and fix issues that you've been asking for starting with improvements to commanding flyers and better AI for the Manticore.

    Patch Notes:

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    Winter Wonderland!

    • Raptor Claus
      • Flies over any map between 0am and 2am in-game (with event enabled)
      • Drops Holiday Gifts     
    • Gacha Claus
      • Spawns where you'd find Parasaurs on all maps
      • Has holiday colors and wears a Santa Hat
      • Cannot be tamed
      • Doesn't like being near other wild dinos
      • Accepts Coal
        • Gives Holiday Items in return
        • Drops Dino Candy
          • Feed this to a tamed dino for a strange effect    
      • Accepts Mistletoe
        • Gives Items in return       
    • Colorization
      • 20% of wild dinos will spawn with Holiday colors
    • Uses the ActiveEvent system
      • ActiveEvent=WinterWonderland
      • Cleans up after ActiveEvent is reset
      • Auto applies to all non-TC sessions from 12/18-1/7 (UTC)
      • Run with ActiveEvent=None to disable

    Extinction

    • Fix for King Titan environmental effects starting again after boss despawned
    • Fix for other bosses interrupting King Titan environmental effects
    • Cave entrance cooldown display bug fix 
    • Increased radius of city meteor shield
    • Improvements to dome shaders
    • Reduced meteor impact damage to 750
    • Improvements to height fog in desert biome

    Titans  

    • Increased Mek sword damage to tamed titans approximately 9x
    • Increased Mek pistol damage to tamed titans approximately 3x
    • Increased turret damage multipliers to tamed Titans
    • Changes to Titan downloading
      • Titan is disabled for 15m after download
      • Titan takes increased damage during this time       
    • Increased Titan download cooldown to 6+ hours
    • Fix typo in vertical Can't Damage message

    Orbital Supply Drop

    • Buffed Legendary Drops in difficulty and quality of loot
    • Can now be claimed by a tribe in PVE
      • Only that tribe can disable shield, eject items, gather loot
    • Fixed bug that eventually only allowed 1 event at a time in a session
    • Improvements to shield behavior on low FPS servers 
    • Improvements to attacker pathing and behavior

     Element Vein

    • Can now be claimed by a tribe in PvE
      • Only that tribe can harvest element
    • Fixed bug that eventually only allowed 1 event at a time in a session
    • Improvements to attacker pathing and behavior

    Desert Titan

    • Increased damage when it strikes itself with lightning
    • Improvements to Desert Titan follow to address flying away
    • Fix for flocks not defending properly
    • Improvements to tail attack accuracy
    • Made tail attack damage consistent
    • Disabled cryoing the flock
    • Fixed encumbered movement when walking on a Desert Titan

    Dropped Items   

    • Improvements to dropped item interpolation on low fps servers (less poking through ground)
    • Prevented dropped items from falling through structures on load
    • Prevented dropped items from ghosting through structures if thrown close to them

    Eggs

    • Improvements to egg interpolation on low fps servers (less poking through ground)
    • Prevented eggs from falling through structures on load
    • Prevented eggs from ghosting through structures if thrown close to them
    • Fix for invisible Rock Drake and Wyvern eggs

    Velonasaur  

    • Increased accuracy of AOE attack
    • Reduced AOE damage to compensate for increased accuracy
    • Wild Velonasaurs will no longer shoot for too long
    • Fix for Wild Velonasaurs not doing damage in PvE
    • Improvements to desyncs between spines and damage
    • Reduced hovering when walking
    • AOE attack will no longer loot victims

     Managarmr

    • Fixed anim bug related to Ice Breath
    • Fixes for several orientation desyncs
    • Fixes for desyncs when moving on low fps server
    • Minor buff to landing damage
    • Improvements to ice breath targeting
    • Added message when you are unable to dive
    • Slowed down baby Managarmrs

     Enforcer

    • Fixed instances where Enforcer could teleport to a non-existant wall
    • Fixed instances where it could jump back to its last jump position 

    Scout

    • Improved Scout tagging accuracy
    • Improvements to player inspection mechanic
    • Scout will now show floating damage text when damaged

    Item Balloon    

    • Fixed instances of it not going to the correct destination
    • Fix for cases where balloons didn't explode after landing
    • Improvements to weight calculation

    Gacha

    • Fix for unclamped loot quality 
    • Fix for incorrect UI when taming is interrupted

    Ice Titan

    • Fix for broken dino animations related to Ice Breath
    • Increased collision radius for shoulder Corruption

    Flyers  

    • Improved flyer following when in water
    • Added Whistle Land Flyer command
      • Commands a flyer to land nearby

    Crash

    • Fix low frequency crash

    Manticore

    • Improvements to landing logic

    Performance

    • Improvements to server performance

    Map Markers

    • Add support for decimal values

    Snow Owl

    • Slowed down baby food consumption rate

    Daedon

    • Disable healing when frozen

    Xbox

    • Improvements to dino quality
    • Improvements to environment quality

    Modding Community Updates!

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    A reminder for mod authors that the sponsored mod program will be opening up applications again on January 1st. If you would like to apply for sponsorship you will have five weeks after the application period starts, so make sure that your submissions are ready!

    In the meantime, I have received a couple questions about the sponsorship applications that I would also like to address. While this is is not all encompassing of the process of selection, in regards to the application process itself I hope that this helps you ready your submissions with more confidence.

    One thing that has been a common request is for feedback on why a given project isn't selected. While I would like to be able to give feedback on projects, it is extremely time consuming to prepare these, especially with the volume of applications I receive. I want everyone to understand though that not having your project selected does not necessarily mean that there is something wrong with it, there are simply limited slots available with each application period. So don't let it discourage you from applying in the future.

    The other question I have received rather frequently is for what kind of information you should include in your applications and design documents. How you choose to organize your design documents is up to you, but here is a very general explanation of what I am looking for. First is that you have a plan for the duration of sponsorship; the more detailed this plan, the better. After looking at the design documents and learning about what you do with your project, I then look at the mods as they currently are available on the workshop and try to determine whether or not the content available shows a good probability of being able to deliver on that plan. I might also look at other projects in your workshop to help determine that information.

    I look forward to seeing what everyone puts forward in January. Happy modding!

    Fanart of the Week!

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    The Pegomastax who stole Christmas by Erthera!

    Evolution Event!

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    Survivors on all platforms will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It will be active from Friday the 21st of December at 1 PM EST until Wednesday the 26th of December 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:

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    Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark

    All the best,
    Studio Wildcard

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    I play on crosssark6 offline raid protection on Xbox can I ask why my cluster lost ragnarok, aberration, scorched earth, and center? And why our sister ORP Server lost ragnarok I know lots of people who’ve put in a lot of work and the maps disappeared after a maintenance break  

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    4 hours ago, R0dd said:

    Can’t seem to find gacha clause on Xbox.  Looked through city and sunken forest with no luck.  Anyone have location of where you see them more often than not?

    I dont know about Xbox, but on Official (PC) I have seen at least 4 GachaClauses in the Sunken Forest.

    I do not have a GPS, but I can give you a screenshot with map in the shot, with a landmark (blue webbing). They're wandering between here and the water.

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    14 hours ago, maxTHUND3RDOME said:

    It should be automatically loaded. Just wait until midnight and Santa Raptor will show up if you were a good boy. My map isn’t all snow, which I thought it would be so I also thought it wasn’t active in my server then sure enough Raptor Clause came through dropping presents across the map:) 

    Yeah I did that too and still nothing. I even reinstalled ark amd still nothing.

    I dont think that my event is active, but I have no idea on how I go about fixing that.

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    where is my dodo rex...... :( i thought you guys where finally adding him back or the dodo wyvern by put him in the video if you were not adding him

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    4 hours ago, BlondieOddball said:

    So you've updated where we finally get Raptor Claus on PS4, but congratulations!

    You messed up something else. No matter how much coal you give Gachas, they give you nothing. Is this a mistake on my part, or...? I just want Christmas decorations, goddamn! Decor is something that should not be this difficult to obtain. Should we find high level Gachas? Does level matter in Gachas to determine what gifts you'll receive? How much coal for what items? Ten? Twenty? Thirty? How much mistletoe? You really need to tell us what to do in order to celebrate properly. This is all so very vague!

    Please explain! 

    Is it a Gacha Claus? They’ll be red and green with Santa hats and should spawn anywhere a parasaur can spawn. Once you find one you have to open its inventory and give it mistletoe or coal. It’ll only eat them if it’s away from other creatures so you’ll have to kill everything around it. The items will be inside crystals it drops off its back, hope that helped at all :)

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    1 hour ago, GODD said:

    where is my dodo rex...... :( i thought you guys where finally adding him back or the dodo wyvern by put him in the video if you were not adding him

    What video? You talking about the old video from previous years?

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    On 12/17/2018 at 5:44 PM, CyanicEmber said:

    There's basically nothing that can be done for Switch, sorry to say. It simply doesn't have the hardware backing.

    Ah I see mobile has more hardwarebacking then switch got it.

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    NO Winter Wonderland 2018 on official PrimitivPlus Servers!

    What's the matter with you? Why are we so neglected??

    PLEASE WC activates the event also on the official PrimitivPlus Servers!

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    17 minutes ago, MrsKimmy said:

    NO Winter Wonderland 2018 on official PrimitivPlus Servers!

    What's the matter with you? Why are we so neglected??

    PLEASE WC activates the event also on the official PrimitivPlus Servers!

    Exactly this!!! We get forgotten every time!

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    Im enjoying the event so far, as i dont have extinction the chance to get cryopods and elemant shard and also higher end loot its great.

     

    the Gachaclaus dont seem to do anything with coal but mistle toe does, not sure on the values/quality as i put in 10 and got a primitive and then put in 1 and got a asscendant crystal.

     

    I would also like more than a 2x on harvesting etc, 3x on breeding and hatching would be great !!!

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    19 hours ago, photonicle said:

    If you knock out the santa gacha and feed him owl pellets he poo's out gifts like crazy

    Is this a real thing? I have to test it later... :D

    BTW: I really hoped for a DodoRex-comback as well. So it just isn't canon, it isn't an event-creature anymore. ?

     

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    So Playing PS4 SP and it looked like the event was active, festive colors spawning, gacha claus is spawning but then there was no Raptor Claus. I have yet to see the message appear, I flew around and haven't seen nor heard him. Playing on Extinction and Ragnarok.

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    In the text it says Gacha Claus drops the candy when given mistletoe, but in the patch notes it's written that he drops it when given coal. Which is correct?

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    HI SURVIVALS, SOME SERVERS DOWN SINCE LAST UPDATE, +12HOURS DOWN.. PVE OFFICIAL NEW SERVERS XBOX ONE, I KNOW BY PVP ALSO SOME SERVERS DOWN... ISLAND, ABERRATION... ANYONE KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT??...GREETINGS AND THKS.

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    21 minutes ago, PikaSaurus said:

    Didn't you guys say that Extinction would have the DodoRex as a normal creature?

    it was decided against a long time ago that it wouldn't actually happen.

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    13 hours ago, Qqqq said:

    I play on crosssark6 offline raid protection on Xbox can I ask why my cluster lost ragnarok, aberration, scorched earth, and center? And why our sister ORP Server lost ragnarok I know lots of people who’ve put in a lot of work and the maps disappeared after a maintenance break  

    Play on the same server. Pissed at the moment. And of course no response. 

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    10 hours ago, TemperanceXIV said:

    Is it a Gacha Claus? They’ll be red and green with Santa hats and should spawn anywhere a parasaur can spawn. Once you find one you have to open its inventory and give it mistletoe or coal. It’ll only eat them if it’s away from other creatures so you’ll have to kill everything around it. The items will be inside crystals it drops off its back, hope that helped at all :)

    I thank you for your kindness! They are indeed the Holiday ones. I've tried feeding them around 20ish coal, and it gave me nothing! I added 9 mistletoe and all I got was one sniper rifle. It's all so very depressing and aggravating. I don't care about the weapons or armor, all I want are Holiday decorations. I wish WC made it more clear what you have to do. They honestly should've made holiday decor craftable for God's sake. I don't know what to give the Gachas in order to get what items.

    I play on a legacy Center map on PS4. It's just mind boggling, they forgot to put Raptor Claus in the game for PS4 players, and now this. They really need to get their poop together.

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