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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:

    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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    1 minute ago, LadyMatriarch said:

    Well that’s a disappointment. :/ Why don’t we matter, WildCard?

    Singleplayer ps4 never see raptor, and gacha.. so its real bug. They dont say anything today about this

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    1 hour ago, Vincenta1367 said:

    Singleplayer ps4 never see raptor, and gacha.. so its real bug. They dont say anything today about this

    It works on Normal Singleplayer mode on Island map. But does not work on Primitive Plus. Also Santa Claus Raptor is hard to spot high up in the sky. Its not bugged on standard mode, it's sometimes hard to see him though.

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    7 hours ago, TerronScibe said:

    It works on Normal Singleplayer mode on Island map. But does not work on Primitive Plus. Also Santa Claus Raptor is hard to spot high up in the sky. Its not bugged on standard mode, it's sometimes hard to see him though.

    Oh? Dont see him but in black sky i dont understand why dont see him haha 

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    Raptor Claus was in the past and still is the most worse Event ever made in pc history (on PVE) it destoys good communities and only These with the best opnig get some 95% of all Players get nothign well done Wildcard when will you ever learn from your faults

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    Hey! I have been playing for more than a year now and still love the game. After this patch, though, I can not go anywere near my main base on my X Box One Island single player world without it crashing and quiting the game. I belive it has something to do with the improved dino and environment quality, as its mostly when I go near my trophy room with many taxidermy stands. Is there a way I can turn down the graphics or turn off the improvements just until I can take those dermis's down? 

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    On 12/21/2018 at 12:34 PM, Marcopollo said:

    Seriously WC? PC and XBOX get a 3x event for winter wonderland but PS4 gets 2x, and started later at that? Yea ok makes sense.

    Xbox also has 2x

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    On 12/21/2018 at 6:34 PM, Marcopollo said:

    Seriously WC? PC and XBOX get a 3x event for winter wonderland but PS4 gets 2x, and started later at that? Yea ok makes sense.

    Where are you getting your information from? Because all platforms are on 2x as per the Crunch.

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    Why do u keep buffing manas when they can hit targets from out of turret range talk about griefing tames look out everyone better go sky barrier with ur turret towers tf

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    On 12/22/2018 at 9:56 AM, Vincenta1367 said:

    Oh? Dont see him but in black sky i dont understand why dont see him haha 

    yeah sorry its okay, no bug on ps4, sorry WC haha!

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    I sent an e mail to the Studio asking if there will be Winter Wonderland on the Switch as well as if there will be.DLC. 

    Dont think they will answer.but since theyre not reading their Forums i thought as the last case to write an e mail.

    Pretty sad company I would say.

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    17 minutes ago, Eviga said:

    I sent an e mail to the Studio asking if there will be Winter Wonderland on the Switch as well as if there will be.DLC. 

    Dont think they will answer.but since theyre not reading their Forums i thought as the last case to write an e mail.

    Pretty sad company I would say.

    Switch can be support for now this event. Its so big sorry. They already answer

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    1 hour ago, M4gician said:

    How do I use the Whistle Flyer to land command? There isnt a Whistle in the Menu? Xbox one

    I think it was only introduced to pc atm. I can't find it on xbox either 

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    On 12/21/2018 at 1:48 AM, TemperanceXIV said:

    Okay did a quick test and got 22 mistletoe crystals, the Gacha at two separate points ate the mistletoes and didn’t drop anything then refused to eat more so I had to give him a little coal to make him eat it again. With the 22 mistletoe crystals I got the following.

    Eight Gacha crystals, four Primitive Gacha crystals, four Ramshackle Gacha crystals, and Six Apprentice Gacha crystals. 

    The Apprentice crystals gave me Stone Hatchet, Chitin Chestpiece, Metal Hatchet, Fabricated Pistol, Riot Leggings, and Flak Chestpiece. 

    Ramshackle gave me Metal Sickle, Shotgun, Chitin Gauntlets, and Chitin Helmet.

    Primitive was a Bow, Miners Helmet, and a Primitive Festival Candy. 

    The regular Gacha crystals had Birthdaysuit Shirt Skin, Birthdaysuit Pants Skin, Fireworks Flaregun Skin, Party Hat Skin, Top Hat Skin, Holiday Stocking, Holiday Lights, Two Gift Boxes, and Two Snowmen. 

    The two coal crystals also gave me a bow and a couple holiday items so at least for Xbox they both can have both. I also know that there’s Mastercraft Festival Candy and Ascendant Festival Candy, and that the Gacha will eat up to Ten coal or mistletoe which is supposed to effect the quality of the crystals. All of mine were from ten at a time.

    Thank you for doing this test! I'm just unsure how to get the regular crystals. When I feed a Gacha, am I feeding it a stack of mistletoe or coal? Or one at a time? Or a small amount each time? I don't know what to feed them or in what amounts. The whole thing baffles me. I just fed one some coal and mistletoe and only got one item.

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    3 hours ago, BlondieOddball said:

    Thank you for doing this test! I'm just unsure how to get the regular crystals. When I feed a Gacha, am I feeding it a stack of mistletoe or coal? Or one at a time? Or a small amount each time? I don't know what to feed them or in what amounts. The whole thing baffles me. I just fed one some coal and mistletoe and only got one item.

    Whichever coal or mistletoe, coal seems more likely to give holiday items but if it’s not working mistletoe can give them as well. About 10 of either coal or mistletoe will give one crystal and the crystals seem to be random on what type drops.

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    On 12/22/2018 at 4:28 PM, GP said:

    Where are you getting your information from? Because all platforms are on 2x as per the Crunch.

    Oh really? I was told by multiple tribemates so I didn't bother looking for a source. Guess they were all wrong

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    Thank You so much for including the single players in this Christmas event.  My kids and I had the best time decorating, finding Raptor Claus and especially following Gacha Claus and getting crystals.  Thanks you so much!!!!!!

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    On 12/24/2018 at 8:49 PM, TemperanceXIV said:

    Whichever coal or mistletoe, coal seems more likely to give holiday items but if it’s not working mistletoe can give them as well. About 10 of either coal or mistletoe will give one crystal and the crystals seem to be random on what type drops.

    Thank you for your time. ?

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    2 hours ago, zandor said:

    Will there be an 2x Evolution Event this weekend?

    All signs point to no. They gave us an extra 2 days to take away 2 more. 

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