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  • Community Crunch 163: Structures Plus & Kibble Rework Beta This Week!

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

    Structures Plus (S+) & Kibble Rework!

    We're starting off 2019 strong! The promised public beta including S+ and Kibble changes will be available by the end of this week for PC players to play with. When we're ready to share the build we'll give you some more information on how to opt-in to this build through Steam.

    S+ Features that will be in the beta branch:

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    Changes:

    • Made structure quick pickup time configurable in ini file (ServerSettings -> StructurePickupTimeAfterPlacement, default = 30)
    • Added new ini config option to ignore the duration and always allow quick pickup (ServerSettings -> AlwaysAllowStructurePickup, default = false)
    • Improved quick pickup HUD text to avoid overlapping other text, and to format durations as timestamps if over 60 seconds to support very long times if configured for that
    • Enabled structure quick pickup for ALL structures. For structures that previously had pickup disabled, they now auto-disable quick pickup as soon as the player interacts with the structure in any way (unless AlwaysAllowStructurePickup is set to true)

    New structures/variants:

    • Added 'smooth' sidewall textures variants (like the stone foundation) to the stock square foundations [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Thatch, Wood]
    • Triangle foundations [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Wood]
    • Triangle ceilings [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Wood, Greenhouse]
    • Triangle roofs [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Wood, Greenhouse]
    • Large (4x height) walls [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Wood]
    • Flexible pipe [Stone, Metal]
    • Flexible electrical cable
    • Stairs (with freely swappable ramp variant) [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Wood]
    • Double door frames [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Wood]
    • Double doors [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Wood]
    • Dedicated storage (Tek structure that allows storing a large amount of a single resource)
    • Fence supports (allows you to build fences that are level along the top) [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Wood]

    Kibble changes that will be in the beta branch:

    All eggs have been assigned a value based on the size and rarity of the egg. These sizes include: Extra Small, Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, and Special. The eggs are used in a recipe to create kibble of a coinciding value: Basic, Simple, Regular, Superior, Exceptional, and Extraordinary. This new system will make it so that creature kibble desires are based on the quality levels instead of specific creatures, which should greatly decrease the number of tamed creatures needed for the purposes of taming.

    Regarding previously crafted kibble:

    • Old kibbles will not be wiped, and will inherit their new "value/color" appropriately.
    • Old kibbles will still work to tame their appropriate creatures.
    • Old kibble will no longer be craftable, only the new types will be craftable.

    We will be taking your feedback into serious consideration regarding both of these changes so we invite you to communicate with us on our social media, the forums, reddit, etc with your opinions and critique. Once we're happy with where these features are at, we will be bringing them over to the PC main game and then to all platforms (Xbox and PS4).

    Modding Community Updates!

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    Hello, Modders!

    I just wanted to remind everyone that the application for the sponsored mod program is open again. There is still a month to prepare your projects and apply for the program. Remember that these sponsorships are longer-term support, so I want to see what everyone has planned for up to a year of sponsorship time. 

    Head over here to find the application: 
    https://survivetheark.com/index.php?/modding/apply-for-sponsorship/

    For anyone that isn't familiar with the program, we have a rolling set of community projects for which we provide support to the mod authors. You can check out the current sponsored projects here:
    https://survivetheark.com/index.php?/ark-sponsored-mods/

    Upcoming Server Maintenance!

    At 12:00pm Eastern on January 8th we will be taking down some of Asia servers for maintenance. We expect maintenance to last for approximately 2 hours. During this time the servers will not be running therefore time will not progress. Once the servers are back online, they will require re-adding to your favorites list as they will have new IP addresses. You can find a list of affected servers at the link below.

    Nintendo Switch servers will also be going offline for 15 min of maintenance at 12pm EST.

    Extinction Transfers Opening Soon!

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    We have been getting a lot of questions about this lately and rightfully so. We will be opening server transfers on our official servers into Extinction on January 15th! This will be on all applicable platforms. There will be no transfer restrictions on creatures (unlike Aberration).

    Winter Wonderland Over!

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    This winter-themed holiday event how officially ended. The event will be turned off on official servers during a deployment tomorrow at 12pm PST, and will also automatically be disabled if your server restarts between now and then.

    If you would like to continue the event on your server, you can use the command line: -ActiveEvent=WinterWonderland

    Fanart of the Week!

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    Snowy Owl by Brzozeur!

    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 11th of January at 1 PM EST until Monday the 14th of January 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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    Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110
    Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark

    All the best,
    Studio Wildcard

    Edited by Jen




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    once again the test will be done on PC. As if they really needed to test it. The consoles are still put back and we would have had a better judgment and finally a pleasure to test this but we still have to wait. I'm not here to spit on PC players but I find this PC test completely useless and devaluing for us console players. The MOD S+ is existing and we ask them to test it? 

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    Kibble Tree Question:

    Will the eggs of Snow Owls, Velonasaurs, Rock Drakes, and Wyverns be put into the new tree?
    The current [Extinction] Augmented kibble tree does not include them (per gamepedia's current Egg Size list).

    @Jen

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    One thing I'm wondering about - if we use the AlwaysAllowStructurePickup option set to true, will that mean that you always pick up structures by pressing the Use key when looking at them (that's what I assume "quick pickup" means) - so that we're at a risk of picking up structures when trying to pick up/use something close to them?

    Use Case: I have Dimetrodons on a stone foundation and try to pick up their eggs - that's not always easy and sometimes I have to look away a bit to get the pickup - if I miss, will I risk picking up the stone foundation?

    Use Case 2: I have a flyer parked right next to a wall and run to it quickly to jump on and fly away - will I risk picking up the wall if I aim a bit wrong before pressing the Use key?

    4 hours ago, Magmorta said:

    We have dino leash now so the hitch post isn't really needed.

    I disagree slightly... As far as I understand, the dino leash still allows the dinos to move (granted, I haven't used it myself yet), whereas the hitching post immobilises the dinos as well, which I love. I'll still miss that aspect of the hitching post. Also, as someone else stated, it's only in Extinction and on top of that there are cosmetic and usability differences that are, to me, in the hitching post's favour. For instance, I like how you specifically choose which dinos to hitch and that there isn't a range marker (red ring) on the ground.

     

    What I miss the most, though, is that roofs align with foundations so that one can build better on slopes (especially if there are no stackable foundations)

     

    Lastly, another hand up here for stackable foundations! :) Also, I hope the S+ quirk of fence foundations not being snappable to the edges of roofs doesn't carry over :) I need that to make my 45 degree turns in my water pen :P Currently I need to still use the vanilla fence foundations to make it work (or I'm missing something, but I've really tried a lot).

     

    With all this said, I'm not worried or displeased at all. I have a few questions and a couple of remaining desires, but I'm amazed and thrilled about these changes and it has been well worth the wait! Excited to see the new textures as well! Great job!!

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    The Kibble change is perfect i think !! please do something for the light! BLOOM on console

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    1 hour ago, Khriss said:

    once again the test will be done on PC. As if they really needed to test it. The consoles are still put back and we would have had a better judgment and finally a pleasure to test this but we still have to wait. I'm not here to spit on PC players but I find this PC test completely useless and devaluing for us console players. The MOD S+ is existing and we ask them to test it? 

    Just because it exist doesnt mean its 100% stable when parts of it arr being cannibilized and implemented as base game. Would you rather suffer thr bugs it might contain inside like all the other bugs that has not been fixed? PC in a sense are mostly the guinea pigs so consoles can get less issue.

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    6 hours ago, Vaculity said:

    Most probably not, but need to wait until.the public beta goes live first.

    English?

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    you say your starting off 2019 strong  yet you have a broken extinction map on the xbox . this map has been pointless since launch with massive dashboard issues terrible render issues and playdoh looking dinos just to name a few . and since launch we have had 2 patches that have made things worse . you should be making the map playable before addin yet more stuff to this game i'm afraid you haven't learnt anything in 2018 

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    Wow. I have only a few thing to say:

    Thanks for the new kibble system, really! I used to have tons of dinos (and lag.. and server dino cap for this reason) parked in my base. Now i have only a few. Just a question: The kibbles that need the Element Dust and the Corrupted Nodule are going to have A different recipe on the other maps? Nodules have a spoiling time and Gachas don't produce them, so I wonder if this is going to change.
    This new system won't make the rest of the dinos useless by the way, with the TLC the Parasaur became pretty good for example. We use it as a baby-detector XD And yeah, I hope you go ahead with the TLC, so we can tame other dinos as well for their skills and not just the eggs ^^ There are still a lot of models that need to be remake because obsolete and a lot of dinos that need more love!
    I also say that I didn't expect the implementation of the Dedicated Storage XD That's cool!
     

    Edited by MayaPatch

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    3 hours ago, Khriss said:

    once again the test will be done on PC. As if they really needed to test it. The consoles are still put back and we would have had a better judgment and finally a pleasure to test this but we still have to wait. I'm not here to spit on PC players but I find this PC test completely useless and devaluing for us console players. The MOD S+ is existing and we ask them to test it? 

    seriuosly im on PS4, but they can support a beta test you know?.. so just wait ! :) its a game for PC, we'r lucky to have this game on PS4

    Edited by Vincenta13

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    Added new ini config option to ignore the duration and always allow quick pickup (ServerSettings -> AlwaysAllowStructurePickup, default = false)

     

    thank you thank you thank you! (hugs)

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    7 hours ago, dcrago said:

    @Jen What's happening to the Structures Plus mod itself? There is talk about the mod being removed from the workshop by end of January and Orionsun can't open source it, nor it's sister mods Platforms Plus and Platforms Anywhere, since WildCard owns the rights to all 3 mods, especially since you are talked about not adding everything in those mods like the utility guns and the utility npc's (Item Collector, Farmer, est.), and the Resource Pulling system.

    It won't be removed from Steam workshop.

    The update from Orionsun is here: https://steamcommunity.com/workshop/filedetails/discussion/731604991/1741103267268036422/

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    8 hours ago, quillnlead said:

    Is it due to this upcoming update that my explorer note collection and map have been reset?

    That would have nothing to do with the upcoming update.

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    One thing on ps4 that needs fixing is the ability to move our characters from one dedicated server to another. I run a dedicated server on a ps4 for me and my friends and when we decide to change maps it forces us to start a whole new character. That also has the effect of locking the map specific engrams that we already had learned from previous maps we played through. 

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    When and if the TCL comes out will animals like spiders scorpions be able to latch onto animals like the picture in the dossier also I hope the oldest animals get some new tlc and can the Diplodicous get a tlc so it can finally do damage and not look so derpy thank you for all you've done for us 

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    Wait... “old kibble will no longer be craftable?!?” Why not? I’m really not happy about having to turn all my stored eggs into kibble before the rework. I like the ADDITION of the new kibbles, I don’t like the idea of taking the old kibble away. Besides, where do players on the island, scorched, ragnarok and the center get dust, red & blue sap? Please keep the old kibble recipes and just add the new ones. 

     

    Btw, if you’re looking for a dino that desperately NEEDS TLC it’s the Archaeopteryx. That thing is pointless. Why not make it carryable (like the microraptor) and deployable like the parachute? 

    Edited by ArkP1

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    Lowly

    Posted (edited)

    For the kibble tree rework

    Please make artifacts grindable to get element dust on any map

    I hope you add the green gems, red and blue sap to the cave systems of every map and fungal wood either in cares or swamp and I hope the simple kibble takes organic polymer or corrupt nodules or the new kibbles will not be able to be made unless you own extinction

     

    Also will we be able to mix old pre made kibble into new kibble types adding maybe one or two ingredients? A large amount of us have 300+ of each imprint kibble already crafted that could become next to useless unless we can mix or convert dodo kibble into simple kibble by adding in the missing new reaource

    Edited by Lowly
    Added remixing kibble thought

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    39 minutes ago, ArkP1 said:

    Wait... “old kibble will no longer be craftable?!?” Why not? I’m really not happy about having to turn all my stored eggs into kibble before the rework. I like the ADDITION of the new kibbles, I don’t like the idea of taking the old kibble away. Besides, where do players on the island, scorched, ragnarok and the center get dust, red & blue sap? Please keep the old kibble recipes and just add the new ones.

    They are reworking the kibble try, why do you need to convert all your eggs into old kibble, dodo kibble takes 3 things but after a kibble rework it will be used to make simple augmented kibble that will likely be able to tame 15 to 20 things, making it more usable, also they will most likely change the requested kibble on imprints to the new list too

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    Regarding previously crafted kibble:

    • Old kibbles will not be wiped, and will inherit their new "value/color" appropriately.
    • Old kibbles will still work to tame their appropriate creatures.
    • Old kibble will no longer be craftable, only the new types will be craftable.

    One of the questions I have about this.  When it says that they will inherit their new values appropriately does that mean for instance rex kibble (that has already been crafted) will be able to be used to tame say a Basilosaurus?  Since rex and theriz are both considered Extra Large egg?

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    Huh, nice to see this all happening. Does anyone know if the S+ versions of things will be still usable? (like the triangular ceilings)

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    12 hours ago, Jeanbean said:

    so what about the disconnecting and crashing issues? It's almost unplayable at this point.

    Right? We are so done with trying to play. 

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    Question and totally of topic but will Grapeshot games new epic Atlas be coming to the PS4 for early access or will I have to buy a new Pc or Xbox? @Jen

    Edited by ThePryBar

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