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  • Community Crunch 297: Introducing Fjordhawk, ARK New Years Event, and More!

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    As we wrap up what has been an exciting and busy year for ARK and a challenging year for all of us, we'd like to take a moment to thank you all for your ongoing support and express gratitude for our team and our players. 

    We hope that you felt optimistic more often than not this year. That you found joy in unexpected places. That 2021 gave you opportunities to rest and take a break from the challenges present in the world over the past couple of years. 

    A special thanks goes to the varied communities that bring diversity and inclusion to the playerbase: our non-english speaking players - nod to the Arkadia crew and the spanish speaking community - Hololive and the ever-joyful Japanese community, our large German and French communities and their wonderful content creators, the amazing LGBTQ communities and creators, creativity within the community as seen in the wonderful ARKitect events or the #danceoffs on social media. Congratulations to Syntac on his 1mil subs and Youtube Gold Play Button and Nexxuz who was nominated for the ESLAND Awards in the category of best series of the year! It has also been a joy to see newer creators establish their own communities and it is, as ever, humbling to be able to facilitate that in some way through our game. We can't mention everyone but rest assured we see you and what you bring and it means the world! 

    ARK wouldn't be where it is without our players and our talented team and we wouldn't be looking forward to ARK 2 and ARK: The Animated Series without your passion and support. 

    May the Holiday Season bring you joy, time to relax and a moment to reflect. 

    We wish you the most amazing Holidays and a Happy New Year!

    #PoglinGang4Lyf

    The Studio Wildcard Team


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    Common Name: Fjordhawk
    Species: Parabuteo veðrfölnir
    Time: Mid-late Anthropocene
    Diet: Omnivore
    Temperament: Calculating

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    Most of the creatures I’ve encountered here have endured thanks to their great size, strength, or ferocity. But the fjordhawk gets by on its wits and by scavenging. The bird also seems to have an almost preternatural ability to predict and avoid danger. Fjordhawks follow predators (and survivors) from on high, watching for their moment to swoop in and snatch up an easy meal. 

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    Tamed fjordhawks are surprisingly playful, and their favorite game is fetch. Indulge your bird with this play and a bit of patience, and you’ll reap the rewards. Just point out a target, and your fjordhawk will fly off to retrieve it for you. A well-trained fjordhawk can locate injured prey and communicate its find to you.

    These clever birds will bond with humans as wholeheartedly as any canine or primate, in a way uniquely suited to this time and place. If you should meet with some grave misfortune, your fjordhawk will immediately fly off with as many of your belongings as it can carry. As soon as you’re respawned by the ARK, your friend will track you down and return your equipment to you!

     

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    Fjordhawk will land on ARK with the upcoming free DLC map, Fjordur!


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    Voting is now open and the time has come for you to cast your vote for the creature you want to see in the upcoming free DLC map: Fjordur.  The Top 10 creatures were selected from the top 10 upvoted creatures during the creature submission process. 

    Follow the link to see the finalists and cast your vote!

    Fjordur Creature Vote

    We've made some changes to the creature voting process and we've invited Craig to give a summary:

    Hey there, Survivors! CraigBrownCraigBrown here to chat about the upcoming community vote for Fjordur’s third new Creature. I’m very excited about this, because I have *very* strong feelings on the way the previous vote went (some good, some bad).
    First of all, I’m so happy that so much of the community came out and made your voices heard. Yall cast thousands of votes, and it came down to the last few minutes of the vote. My creature of choice may have lost (hard), but I’m always happy to see the community get this involved.

    I’m a big fan of Ranked Choice Voting (RCV). I think it’s a better system than the traditional “whoever gets the most votes wins”... especially when the results are available in real-time. The inevitable result of a traditional vote is always the same:

    • Two candidates pull ahead of the pack, becoming the frontrunners
    • Anyone who hasn’t voted yet sees the two frontrunners as the only options, lest they “throw away their vote”
    • Instead of voting for the candidate they like most, they vote for the frontrunner they dislike the least

    And the result is usually someone that only a minority are actually happy with.
    On top of all that, live-results further exacerbate the problem. If someone likes the Penguin, but sees that it’s in 5th place (out of 10), they’re going to think that voting for the Penguin is throwing their vote away… even though that’s what they actually want to vote for.
    This is where RCV comes in. With RCV, you rank all of the options from “want the most” (rank 1) to “want the least” (rank 10). Then we do the calculating…

    1. We add up the highest-ranked candidate from all the ballots. If any candidate has >50% of the vote, they win!
    2. If no candidate won, we remove the bottom candidate from the race. Then, we cross that name off of every ballot
    3. Now that all the ballots are updated, go back to Step 1

    (Technically, there are a bunch of versions of RCV… but instant run-off is the easiest to implement, easiest to understand, and gives very good results)

    The best thing about RCV is that it’s always best to vote for the candidates you actually want! Even if they don’t win, your vote isn’t wasted. Your second, or possibly third or fourth or fifth votes will still get counted.

    Community feedback from the Lost Island vote made it clear that while the community appreciated having their voices heard, we think it’s important to improve the process to let more of you be heard. In the spirit of open communication, once the vote closes and we announce the winner, we will make the final data available publicly (anonymously, of course). We are confident that RCV is the best way forward, and look forward to seeing you cast your votes.

    CraigBrownCraigBrown
    Lead Designer, ARK2


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    Our first big release of the year, ARK: Genesis Part 2., was the final chapter of the ARK: Survival Evolved story is by far the most intricate and ambitious expansion we’ve yet created.  ARK: Genesis Part 2 completes the eons-spanning story of ARK: Survival Evolved! Everything that your tribe has built, tamed, and fought for has led to this final challenge. We truly hope you felt it was a fitting story conclusion to the journey you’ve taken with us in ARK over the past 6 years!

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    This year we held our first-ever community creature vote for Lost Island.  ARK community members submitted hundreds of entries filled with creative concept art and gameplay ideas.  During the submission process, the community continually voted on their favorite ideas.  Dinopithecus emerged victorious after rounding up the top 10 submissions!

    Voting is underway for the next community-voted creature!  Go check out the Top 10 creature submissions and vote on your favorite concept for the upcoming free DLC map Fjordur!

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    In 2021 we launched ARK on Stadia™ with cross-play, enabling you to team up with thousands of PC players online or enjoy a solo Jurassic experience if you prefer to rough it out alone.

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    From Love Evolved to Winter Wonderland, 2021 saw no shortage of in-game ARK events and unique skins. The T-Rex inflatable costume went "ARK viral" as it spread in pictures and videos throughout social media.

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    ARK: Ultimate Survivor Edition launched in the latter part of 2021 including everything the ARK franchise has to offer.  ARK: Ultimate Survivor Edition includes ARK: Survival Evolved, along with: Scorched Earth, Aberration, Extinction, and Genesis Parts 1 & 2. All updated and optimized with every improvement made since the launch of the base game, adding up to thousands of hours of gameplay! As an additional bonus, this compilation also includes original soundtracks containing the music of ARK as composed by Gareth Coker.

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    This seventh year of participating in GameDay with ExtraLife puts us well over $450K raised and we couldn't have done it without the ARK community!  We are grateful for our generous, supportive players, partners & sponsors, & the opportunity to help facilitate this endeavor.

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    Lost Island is the most recent Official Map that comes from the ARK modding community.  Lost Island boasts 150 sq km of exploration and is the first map to include a community-voted creature.  It's a pleasure to close out the year and holiday season by getting Lost Island and 3 new creatures into the hands of more ARK survivors!


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    At midnight EST on Dec 31st and midday EST Jan 1st, our Official Networks will be bombarded with raining gifts in a hail of fireworks to mark the end of 2021. These gifts will contain a collection of your favourite skins from past events that are currently unavailable and a chibi bonanza! And by bonanza, we mean, the drop rate of Rare, Very Rare and Legendary chibis will be dialled to over 9000!


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    'Happy New Year!' event is now enabled on Official Servers. The event is set to go off at approximately Midnight EST and Noon EST on the 1st of January 2022. Servers running the event will be bombarded with raining gifts in a hail of fireworks to mark the end of 2021. These gifts will contain a collection of your favourite skins from past events that are currently unavailable and a chibi bonanza! And by bonanza, we mean, the drop rate of Rare, Very Rare and Legendary chibis will be dialled to over 9000!
    Unofficial Servers can enable the event with the following commandline param: -NewYearEvent
    To modify the times, the following commandline parameters can also be used:

    • ?NewYear1UTC=1640995200
    • ?NewYear2UTC=1641038400

    You can use https://www.epochconverter.com/ to get your appropriate timestamp. Please keep in mind that this event cannot be run before Midnight EST on the 1st of January 2021, so if you wish to change your time it would have to be set after that.
    Some additional notes:
    This event can only be run ONCE on a savefile (with 2 triggers).
    If a server is set to run the event at a time already passed, then on load the server will immediately trigger the gifts.
    If a custom time isn't set, then the event will run default at Midnight EST on the 1st and again at Noon.

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    1 hour ago, Luizza said:

    Wonder if you set ur tames to follow the hawk then if u die they return too?

    You can get tames to follow a shoulder pet ?

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    For the New Years Event on Singleplayer: do I have to enable it via command, or does it work automatically like Winter Wonderland and other events?Does it work at all in Singleplayer? Didn't check last year.

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    1 hour ago, ladyteruki said:

    You can get tames to follow a shoulder pet ?

    No idea where I got this from but I thought this was gonna be bigger than an Argy :)

    (think I just made it up 'cos I wanted it to be lol)

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    2 minutes ago, Tigressized said:

    I keep going to that link but all I see is a list of candidates and a link to the OG vote and a big empty box that I can't type in or anything. How do you actually vote?

    You should be able to grab and drag the dinos into the order you like them then hit the blue 'Submit' button at the bottom.

     

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    3 minutes ago, TheTwistedKeeper said:

    How does one vote? All I'm getting is a massive white box & nothing else.

    What browser are you using on which platform?

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    8 hours ago, zsenden said:

    For the New Years Event on Singleplayer: do I have to enable it via command, or does it work automatically like Winter Wonderland and other events?Does it work at all in Singleplayer? Didn't check last year.

    It didn't work in single players last year at all, was incredibly disappointing.  I was playing at midnight and noon, tried everything in between, even hosting in non-dedicated mode and still didn't work.  Hope it does this year but since there wasn't any mention of it in the post I'm not holding my breath.

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    On 12/24/2021 at 1:23 AM, Sparky16 said:

    You die and it brings your stuff back to you instead of you having to run all over hell's acre to grab your bag. Not sure how that isn't useful to any one. As a bonus it will collect items for you. The description was pretty clear. I need like 20 of these things. XD

    I'm looking forward to it, but a little pessimistic myself. We all know creatures don't move when out of render range, so something tells me if you die halfway across the map in an area that is not rendered then it won't move to come to you until it is re-rendered.

    The other possibility is the game teleports it into render range when you respawn, which would be a lot better. But if it is the former, that makes me rather pessimistic. Looking forward to finding out though.

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    Something I don't understand about this voting system is that I can't tell who's in the lead. the system from the last poll was better tbh

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    22 minutes ago, TyranntX said:

    Something I don't understand about this voting system is that I can't tell who's in the lead. the system from the last poll was better tbh

    The reasons you can't tell who is in the lead is explained in the announcement. It stops people from just picking the most voted one if their chosen one has no chance of winning etc.

    This way people are forced to choose what THEY want and not vote based on known popularity. This way is overall much better.

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    Common Name: Fjordhawk

    As soon as you’re respawned by the ARK, your friend will track you down and return your equipment to you!

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    1. I really hope this can be disabled. Better he wait on me on death spot.

    2. Maybe this mean that green beam indicator  on spot you are died will be removed?

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    Love the new years event.  It was very fun last year. I like the hawk but do we really need another shoulder pet?  I was really sad that I did not see an aquatic creature i could vote for.   Ark lacks water dinos. :(

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    Only the Carcharodontosaurus, the Bison, the Titanoceratops and the Armadillosuchus make sense. We don't need ugly bugs and bats. 

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    5 minutes ago, TheTwistedKeeper said:

    Google chrome on PC

    Have you tried with all extensions disabled?

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    10 hours ago, akosmc5 said:

    Only the Carcharodontosaurus, the Bison, the Titanoceratops and the Armadillosuchus make sense. We don't need ugly bugs and bats. 

    We also don't need any more big carnivores, so you can take Carchara off too

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    This is a good game.I like it very much.Improve the problems encountered now.

    Happy new year

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    That would’ve been awesome in the first years!  Many of good gear could of been saved!  I definitely agree about no more big carnivores.  Now if the giga got a TLC I’d be all for that.  The giga is the be all end for carnivores, but there are carnivores for all stages of game play from beginners to end game and even then as game play progresses old meat runners just burn up space in the cryo fridges.  I think it’s awesome that different style creatures are coming to the game, but it makes me wonder what tame new creatures will render obsolete.  Perfect example is the stryder.  I love my stryders, but they have rendered just about EVERY harvesting and hauling creature useless.  My point with this is I’m glad creatures are coming to the game that have useful abilities, but don’t render others turret ammo burners.  It would be nice to get some usefulness back with some of the creatures, the quetz would be at the top of the list for me *cough* flyer speed *cough*.

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    10 hours ago, Joebl0w13 said:

    Have you tried with all extensions disabled?

    No, but as the only extension I have is my virus protection I haven't really thought to disable it. It'll be a little weird if that's what's blocking it.

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    10 hours ago, TyranntX said:

    We also don't need any more big carnivores, so you can take Carchara off too

    What about a big hadrosaur?

     

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    7 hours ago, survivorofthearks said:

    What about a big hadrosaur?

     

     

    Wouldn't mind one, we only have one after all (two if you include Iguano but I don't know why you would)

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    On 12/26/2021 at 2:56 PM, TheTwistedKeeper said:

    No, but as the only extension I have is my virus protection I haven't really thought to disable it. It'll be a little weird if that's what's blocking it.

    I have the same problem as you man, but I don't know what to do ...

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