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  • Community Crunch 192: Mod Contest Winners and On The Horizon

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

     

    Mod Contest Winners

    The 2019 ARK Modding Contest has come to a close and the winners decided!
    For the last two months, the modding community has been preparing and working hard for a chance at the rewards of the mod contest, and the final result was left to the community.


    Here are the winners of each category, as chosen by this community of survivors!

    Maps:

    1st - Olympus by rougewolf
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    2nd - Faith by JasonAkaSnowy
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    3rd - The Chasm by Trappel22
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    Mods:

    1st - Castles, Keeps, and Forts by ExileAcid
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    2nd - ARK Steampunk Mod by iSpeZz
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    3rd - Human NPCs by ZKs
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    The raffles for the signed collector's editions box sets have also been drawn:

    Raffle winner (PS4 edition): AKNyx
    Raffle winner (XB1 edition): KnochenKater


    We'll be reaching out to the winners soon to finalize and arrange winnings.

    We would also like to state our appreciation to all of the content creators that helped the mod authors broadcast their projects and overall helped share the contest. Thank you.

    Lastly, don't forget that sponsored mod program applications are still open and will close in a week. If you are interested in sponsorship make sure to get those applications in!

    Happy modding!

    Valguero Transfer Timing (Consoles)

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    The timing for transfers into and out of Valguero has been updated to include consoles.  Check out the link below for information on timing for PC.

    Console (XBOX/PS4)

    • Transfers In
      • Enabled October 29th
    • Transfers Out
      • Enabled Aug 5th

     

    Customer Service Ticket Submissions

    We've updated the information needed for submitting Customer Service tickets so that is more concise and clear. We've updated the information for filing tickets for filing regular tickets as well as ban appeals.  Be sure to look over this information before filing your ticket.  Doing so makes the process smoother and most tickets a lot faster to process.  Check out the links below for more information.

    Reporting Code of Conduct Violations

    Appealing an ARK Ban

     

    On The Horizon

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    XBOX Dedicated Server Valguero Issue

    The team is looking into the issue preventing saving on dedicated servers running the Valguero map.  This is a top priority and we expect to have updates on this soon.

     

    Invisible Wyvern/Broodmother

    The issue of invisible Wyverns and Broodmother has a potential fix that the QA team is testing.  We'll share more information on this fix when its closer to deployment.


    Exploits

    The team is actively engaged with the community on current exploits and diagnosing ways to counter them.  This is an ongoing process and development resources are always dedicated to addressing exploits.


    Meta/Beta Changes

    Our recent beta is the first of more we'd like the community to participate in.  The next round of changes will be focused around the PvP cave meta.  Share your thoughts in the thread below!

     

     

    Network Maintenance


    Network maintenance on Thursday from 6-7am CET (12am EST). No downtime is expected but there could be a few potential outages which may cause connection issues during that period. Affects all EU servers on all platforms.

    EVO Event

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    Survivors on all platforms (excluding Valguero) will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It will be active from Friday the 2nd of Aug at 1 PM EST until Monday the 5th of Aug 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

    Until next time!

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    Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark
    Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110
    Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark

    All the best,
    Studio Wildcard


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    can someone at WC enlighten me as to why you would allow val a 2x just one weekend before but rip it away this weekend?????????? PLEASE PLEASE give me a reason that has any real justification..

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    14 hours ago, Sputnicker said:

    Arat Prime is not someone, it's a place. Probably it's based on the Noah's Ark history, in which the Ark rested on mount Ararat, Arat Prime probably is a command center on Earth which could start the ark's returning to earth procedure. I would guess the one who said "I'm coming for you!" would be Rockwell, since it's coming from the aberrant ark.
    That makes me think the new dlc is canonical and post-extinction, since the countdown is a portal system, and on the end of extinction the player ascends.

    Well like i said it's a speculation Arat Prime could be anything but we will not know for sure until the reveal.

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    1 hour ago, AcexHellhound21 said:

    Well like i said it's a speculation Arat Prime could be anything but we will not know for sure until the reveal.

    My mind always jumps to an overseer type sentinel being when I hear a name like Arat Prime. Prime means first or best typically when used like that (think Optimus Prime, Metroid Prime) in nomenclature. I have a feeling it’s more an object/entity than a place, just because of how naming schemes typically work. 

    I think you made a good point the first time. I do think Rockwell is coming because he didn’t technically die, either time he was defeated. Haven’t seen the yellow text, but there are a total of seven strings of code to decipher now. 

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    47 minutes ago, nintendogamer7 said:

    My mind always jumps to an overseer type sentinel being when I hear a name like Arat Prime. Prime means first or best typically when used like that (think Optimus Prime, Metroid Prime) in nomenclature. I have a feeling it’s more an object/entity than a place, just because of how naming schemes typically work. 

    I think you made a good point the first time. I do think Rockwell is coming because he didn’t technically die, either time he was defeated. Haven’t seen the yellow text, but there are a total of seven strings of code to decipher now. 

    First of all, Arat Prime is a place. Look extnction explorer notes, Diana 29: "I've already started to feel the tugs pulling me towards Arat Prime." In context, it's obvious that she's reffering to a place that she is aware off (Arat prime existed in her time?). 

    Those seven strings are a pain in the ass. 

    What I've got (In no particular order):

    AP Secure Connection

    Command elevation request granted

    Processing ...

    Verify UI (There's something more here that I haven't deciphered yet)

     

    Edited by VulpineKitsune

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    2 hours ago, VulpineKitsune said:

    First of all, Arat Prime is a place. Look extnction explorer notes, Diana 29: "I've already started to feel the tugs pulling me towards Arat Prime." In context, it's obvious that she's reffering to a place that she is aware off (Arat prime existed in her time?). 

    Those seven strings are a pain in the ass. 

    What I've got (In no particular order):

    AP Secure Connection

    Command elevation request granted

    Processing ...

    Verify UI (There's something more here that I haven't deciphered yet)

     

    Lol yeah it is a pain in the backside but nice job with the decoding it hope to hear the rest of it from you.

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    Man I am hoping for some exciting news at the end of this count down. I so wish it is not like many count Downs in the past where it is a count down to a count down. 

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    giving us the typical cable company stuff with these updates on the valguero saving issues for xbox and windows 10

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    Come on extinction style color events for a few months leading up to an atlas style map that links together ALL the other maps.

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    On 7/30/2019 at 12:22 AM, SaltyMonkey said:

    They own Ark’s IP...

    Doesn't change the fact that this could be an ARK vr

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    1 minute ago, PikaSaurus said:

    Doesn't change the fact that this could be an ARK vr

    But it won’t be, because ArkPark already exists.

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    PvP cave meta, I think you should start with the dinos that actually spawn in caves, bats are useless but awesome, maybe let them wear chestpieces or allow us to hang onto their feet and fly us around like Legolas in the Hobbit, secondly, spiders should be able to crawl up walls and ceilings like the rockdrake and thylaco, giving us a way to navigate caves better and snipe from ceilings. I love all the cave insects and dinos, just wish some of them had more uses.

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    18 hours ago, VulpineKitsune said:

    First of all, Arat Prime is a place. Look extnction explorer notes, Diana 29: "I've already started to feel the tugs pulling me towards Arat Prime." In context, it's obvious that she's reffering to a place that she is aware off (Arat prime existed in her time?). 

    Those seven strings are a pain in the ass. 

    What I've got (In no particular order):

    AP Secure Connection

    Command elevation request granted

    Processing ...

    Verify UI (There's something more here that I haven't deciphered yet)

     

    Everyone is making that assumption, but even in that light it can be read that Arat Prime is an entity and she is being pulled to where it is located. It could be the main converted “consciousness” or AI running the ARK systems. It could be the leader of those who were left behind but began to fade into their routines instead of the one who actively fought to solve the resurrection problem so Helena (and others) could ascend? into the newest of these entities? 

    Or we could both be right. Arat could be the place where the Prime (overseer/AI/converted human consciousness) is located/stored/operated. In the context of how the English language is used (which the developers may not be aware of in creating these notes), there is equal evidence for either of our arguments. Just taking all the information from the various storylines and notes all the way through, I think it is very possible AP is an entity of some sort or at least a routine in the ARK system. However, watch it be both an entity and a place named after the location of said entity. 

    I just feel Arat Prime is more a thing than a place, even if that “thing” is just a tool, building (although, a facility is and can be both of our ideas) or computer routine, because of the context of all the note information combined with these encodings. The unnamed entity who solves the resurrection issue... I keep thinking Arat Prime is like his main boss mostly because of human naming schemes. Prime is normally used to denote a person, place, thing, or object rather than a place when used as a proper noun. Although, in sci-fi, Prime is often used in naming schemes for the main planet in a solar system... so Arat Prime could be another planet tied to the ARKs? Maybe a replacement for Earth?

    I’m probably thinking too deeply into it, because developers rarely employ such imagination, expertise, attention and effort to the relevant fields for making something as elaborately complex as I’m imagining could be possible. Odds are that you’re right, but I can still hope they might have delved as deeply to develop the lore as I’ve contrived to imagine. I think a case can still be made from the information available to us for supporting my points.

    I’ll go back and check the lore again along with what you’ve decoded (great job, by the way! It’s pretty tough because of the ripples to get them all) to see if my idea still retains any possibility or credulity. 

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    Alright. I've decoded them all from ark.gg/g.

    Clockwise. Starting from the code on the pillar at the left of the clock:

     

    AP Secure Connection

    Decrypting incoming datastream

    Verify UI fingerprint 724EA9458ED4 BN (I'm only 90% sure about this one. It's so extremely blurry.)

    Command elevation request granted

    Command received: syscheck

    AP Secure Connection (It's the first one repeated)

    Processing ...

     

    https://imgur.com/gallery/3y2jsIs

    Edited by VulpineKitsune

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    32 minutes ago, VulpineKitsune said:

    Verify UI fingerprint 724EA9458ED4 BN (I'm only 90% sure about this one. It's so extremely blurry.)

    The finger print is

    724EA9458ED40FBF

    and it is equivalent at the PGP signature of an email send by Helena Walker

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    More more more infos over here :

     

     

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    What they ^^^ said, I moved over to that thread since it directly originated from an auto bot post from us figuring things out. 

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    what website allows you to decode the tek writing?
    and saying tek helmet will not help as im trying to decode the tek writing in the countdown

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