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    GameSpot Patch 254 Preview and Community Crunch 81!

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    Hey Survivors!

    Earlier this week, Jesse sat down with GameSpot to talk about our huge upcoming 254 Patch, showing off our new features and what players can expect!

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    You can check it out here:

    and read more about it here!

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    The interview will run through TEK Tier, our real-time growing hairstyling system, jousting, the new creatures and more! You'll be able to see actual gameplay, so definitely take a look!

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

    ARK: Evolution Event Weekend!

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    Survivors across ALL Platforms will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It's already live now and will remain active until Monday the 30th at 12PM EST. All Official Servers will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes:

    1.5x Harvesting Rate
    1.5x Taming Rate
    1.5x EXP Rate

    Reminder: this 1.5x bonus is on top of the 2x rates that are now standard on our official servers!

    Community Contests!

    Player Procedurally Generated Maps!

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    The Procedurally Generated Map system allows players to make their own ARK maps by determining a myriad of landscape options from the heights of mountains, depths of valleys, and the number of lakes, rivers or oceans, to the kinds of each biome they want, and more! Let's check out the entries for this week's contest! This week's contest winner is...

    Kovko's Bronto Island!

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    PGM Settings:

    PGTerrainPropertiesString=MapSeed=669;LandscapeRadius=1.0;Water Frequency=6.145416;Mountains Frequency=9.225989;Mountains Slope=2.213382;MountainsHeight=0.704662;Turbulence Power=0.0125;Shore Slope=1.0;WaterLevel=-0.72;GrassDensity=1.0;JungleGrassDensity=0.02;ErosionSteps=4;TreesGroundSlopeAccuracy=0.5;DepositionStrength=0.5;ErosionStrength=0.75;OceanFloorLevel=-1.0;SnowBiomeSize=0.388339;RWBiomeSize=0.05988;MountainBiomeStart=-0.661069;MountainsTreeDensity=0.01;JungleBiomeStart=-0.673399;IslandBorderCurveExp=4.0;MaxSawnPointHeight=0.1;SnowGrassDensity=0.25;MountainGrassDensity=0.05;SnowMountainGrassDensity=0.15;UnderwaterObjectsDensity=0.7;SnowMountainsTreeDensity=0.01;TreeDensity=0.003;JungleTreeDensity=0.66;RedWoodTreeDensity=0.35;SnowTreeDensity=1.0;RedwoodGrassDensity=0.1;ShoreTreeDensity=0.05;SnowShoreTreeDensity=0.025;DeepWaterBiomesDepth=-0.24;InlandWaterObjectsDensity=0.5;ShorelineStartOffset=0.01;ShorelineThickness=0.0015;MountainGeneralTreesPercent=0.1;TerrainScaleMultiplier=(X=1.0f,Y=1.0f,Z=1.0f);SnowBiomeLocation=(X=0.2f,Y=0.2f);RWForestBiomeLocation=(X=0.5f,Y=0.5f);NorthRegion1Start=(X=0.25f,Y=0.0f);NorthRegion1End=(X=0.416f,Y=0.5f);NorthRegion2Start=(X=0.416f,Y=0.0f);NorthRegion2End=(X=0.582f,Y=0.5f);NorthRegion3Start=(X=0.582f,Y=0.0f);NorthRegion3End=(X=0.75f,Y=0.0f);SouthRegion1Start=(X=0.25f,Y=0.5f);SouthRegion1End=(X=0.416f,Y=1.0f);SouthRegion2Start=(X=0.416f,Y=0.5f);SouthRegion2End=(X=0.582f,Y=1.0f);SouthRegion3Start=(X=0.582f,Y=0.5f);SouthRegion3End=(X=0.75f,Y=1.0f);EastRegion1Start=(X=0.75f,Y=0.0f);EastRegion1End=(X=1.0f,Y=0.333f);EastRegion2Start=(X=0.75f,Y=0.333f);EastRegion2End=(X=1.0f,Y=0.666f);EastRegion3Start=(X=0.75f,Y=0.666f);EastRegion3End=(X=1.0f,Y=1.0f);WestRegion1Start=(X=0.0f,Y=0.0f);WestRegion1End=(X=0.25f,Y=0.333f);WestRegion2Start=(X=0.0f,Y=0.333f);WestRegion2End=(X=0.25f,Y=0.666f);WestRegion3Start=(X=0.0f,Y=0.666f);WestRegion3End=(X=0.25f,Y=1.0f)

     

    If you'd like to learn more about PGMs, please check out our quick start guide:

    NVidia Ansel Photography Contest

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    Super Resolution Version: http://images.nvidia.com/ansel/SuperResolution/ARK-SuperResolution1/ARK__Survival_Evolved_HighRes_2016_09_01_-_14_38_36_55.html

    ARK: Survival Evolved and the Scorched Earth Expansion Pack now include support for NVIDIA Ansel -- a revolutionary new way to capture in-game shots.  Compose shots from any position, adjust with post-process filters, capture HDR images in high-fidelity formats, and share the screenshots in 360 via a smartphone, PC or VR headset. 

    Learn more about these features from the NVIDIA blog.

    Now let’s get to the contest!

    There were 3 potential categories for survivors to enter their shots into and they were the following:

    Three Categories

    Super Resolution: These should be taken at 8x Super Resolution. Players can optionally use Depth of Field effects accessible in Spectator mode by pressing the [Delete] key.

    Panoramic 360 Stereoscopic 3D: These should be taken at 4x Super Resolution,  in 360 Stereoscopic 3D mode. We will crop them to 2D for web display, while also providing the 3D version for viewing within VR display.

    Freeform: Any settings, whacky and creative use of Ansel filters are encouraged. Adding humorous titles/captions in Photoshop is also acceptable for this category!

    And now without further ado, here are your entries!

    You’ll want to click on the image title to be able to download the maximum size image, we’ve resized them for display purposes 

    Super Resolution!

    Winner!

    Blue Dragon - Ice Dragon

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    Blue Dragon - Tragedy

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    Runners Up!

    Kovko - Hunter

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    GravesAJ - Corridor of Cunning

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    Wolf Angelus - Okami in Feudal Japan 

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    Blue Dragon - Hyper Voice

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    Honourable Mentions!

    Exilog - Harder than You

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    Blue Dragon - A Bugs Life

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    Wolf Angelus - Japanese Longhouse

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    Blue Dragon - Cold as ice

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    GravesAJ - Cave of Wonders

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    Exilog - Playful Desert

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    Wolf Angelus - Feudal Japan Scene 2

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    Blue Dragon - Fatal error

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    Exilog - Selected by Nature

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    Blue Dragon - Frozen calamari

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    GravesAJ - Kapro Kidnapping

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    Blue Dragon - I walk alone

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    Kovko - You are in my kingdom now!

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    Blue Dragon - Just a sip

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    Wolf Angelus - Feudal Japan Scene 1 

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    GravesAJ - Mammoth Breakfast

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    EXFIB0 - Fire n Ice

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    Blue Dragon - Out for a swim

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    Wolf Angelus - Feudal Japan Park

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    GravesAJ - Red Obi Sunset

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    Exilog - Bros forever - Super Res

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    GravesAJ - David and Goliath

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    EXFIB0 - Invading The Center

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    GravesAJ - Troodons Assemble!

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    Blue Dragon - Sneak attack

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    Part 2!

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    Exilog - Free in the Cold

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    GravesAJ - The Unnatural Meets the Natural

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    Panoramic 360 Stereoscopic 3D!

    Winner!

    EXFIB0 - On Top

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    Runners Up!

    Wolf Angelus - Feudal Japan Scene 1

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    Exilog - Shigo Mushroom Redwood

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    Honourable Mentions!

    Exilog - Shigo Desert

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    Kovko - Guardian

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    Exilog - Shigo Frozen Crystal Mine

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    GravesAJ - Red Obelisk Redwoods

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    Wolf Angelus - Feudal Japan Scene 2

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    Kovko - The Light

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    FataL1ty - Lookout

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    GravesAJ - Green Obi

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    Exilog - Shigo Snowy Morning

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    Kovko - Black Island

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    Freeform!

    Winner!

    Morgengrau - Holy Place

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    Honourable Mentions!

    Blue Dragon - There's something bad is behind me, isn't there

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    GravesAJ - Giga Got Back

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    EXFIB0 - Melting The Castle

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    GravesAJ - Lion King

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    Kovko - Milk

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    Wolf Angelus - Year of the Dodo (Rooster)

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    GravesAJ - Photo Studio

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    ARKVideo!

    This contest is open to all types of video be they funny, epic, scenic, stories, whatever inspires you. Just a general reminder that they should remain safe for work, think of the children!

    And without further ado, the ARKVideo for Community Crunch 81 is...

    LameWolfProductions for this hilarious entry!

    ARKitect!

    This is an award given to Survivors to celebrate the amazing structures you build. These bases are judged based upon a number of different factors such as their creativity, uniqueness, how fun of a base it is, the difficulty of building it, the functionality it provides and much more!

    The ARKitect for Community Crunch 81 is…

    It's a tie!

    Congratulations to both Wolf Angelus and the duo of Stoneydradon86 and Chaos for their awesome creations!

    Wolf Angelus' Feudal Japan ARKitecture

    Stoneydradon86 and Choas's Light of Adall

    We'd also like to wish a huge congratulations to our runner up for this week, Valoule!

    Valoule's ARK Oil Refinery!

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    You can check out their full album here:  http://imgur.com/a/2K3Oy

    Thanks for the submissions this week, Survivors! If you'd like to check out the submissions from the rest of the entrants, you can do so here:

    Fan Feature!

    XuTV's ARK Tutorial [Ongoing Series][FR]

    A Sad Tale of a Traveler and his Companion, Okami by Wolf Angelus

    Water Base Build by The Axe Man

    Log Cabin II by UniteTheClans

    ARK: RYANT1UM'S Top Tips: AMAZING BASE LOCATIONS!!

    THE ARK-CASTLE! by Ryant1um

    Syntac's Resource Farming Building

    EXFIB0's - The Center Base Locations!

    [ARK SOTF] Best-of Kill 2015-2016 by XuTV

    Cave Explorers by 𝓒𝓗𝓘

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    Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=848788456

    "Why So Serious" by Dilligaf

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    Fluffy Grumps by TheMightySaurus

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    Big Tooth by DragonHeart2003

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    That's it for this post guys! We'll be back at it again with the Digest and Blog Posts from @complexminded - things have been a little busy with the latest update coming your way. ;)

    As always if you’ve got anything to share please get in touch and be sure to follow us on:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/survivetheark
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/survivetheark
    Reddit: www.reddit.com/r/playark
    Imzy: https://www.imzy.com/ark

    All the best,
    Wildcard Jat, Jen, & the ARK: Survival Evolved Team

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    I the realest part about this digest is the disappointment from the lack of digest for like the hundredth time LOL which is pretty hard to do considering you've only got 81 crunches

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    9 minutes ago, EUArkServer said:

    "gotta get the hang of it a lil bit" the only way that jousting works is by having those rails to run against..

    Oh, you mean like how jousting is done in real life? :D 

    The controlling of the animals while holding a weapon actually isn't that tough. You just have to get used to it.

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    9 minutes ago, HighFlyer15 said:

    Oh, you mean like how jousting is done in real life? :D 

    The controlling of the animals while holding a weapon actually isn't that tough. You just have to get used to it.

    Well you do get the point i was making tho right? It's one of the worst mechanics i've ever experienced personally. I guess a longneck on a frog can be useful but actually using a weapon like this or sword on a raptor? Forget about it! Expecially on console lol

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    Really hoping we can bring the Tek stuff against the Dragon because it's literally impossible at the moment. Has anyone ever beaten it without cheating or having modified settings?
    Did my eyes deceive me or did I see 100 damage per shot from the Tek rifle? That's worse than a good Assault Rifle O_O

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    WOW!  I am so impressed with Wolf Angelus' talent! He gives us so much inspiration! 

    I am definitely going to build that log cabin by UTC!  

    So many amazing builders that play ark! WOW!

    I am just so glad that Wildcard does these competitions.:Torpor:

     

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    Amazing job Wolf Angelus! Keep up the good work!  :Jerbhi:

    Congrats to all the other entries as well. I look forward to next weeks crunch. 

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    36 minutes ago, HighFlyer15 said:

    Really hoping we can bring the Tek stuff against the Dragon because it's literally impossible at the moment. Has anyone ever beaten it without cheating or having modified settings?
    Did my eyes deceive me or did I see 100 damage per shot from the Tek rifle? That's worse than a good Assault Rifle O_O

    These values may not be super accurate as they were recording during pre-release, definitely some tweaking to do! Also here's something I posted about bosses elsewhere:

    The bosses will be different now, they were definitely doable before but I think most opted not to because it wasn't worth it. Now you'll have a reason to, apart from trophies/dossiers. In the new system there are 3 types of difficulties: Easy/Medium/Hard - each tier awards a different bit of TEK, and a different amount of Element, and aye we're certainly open to continuing to iterate it once we get this out to the masses :)

     

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    36 minutes ago, Jat said:

    These values may not be super accurate as they were recording during pre-release, definitely some tweaking to do! Also here's something I posted about bosses elsewhere:

    The bosses will be different now, they were definitely doable before but I think most opted not to because it wasn't worth it. Now you'll have a reason to, apart from trophies/dossiers. In the new system there are 3 types of difficulties: Easy/Medium/Hard - each tier awards a different bit of TEK, and a different amount of Element, and aye we're certainly open to continuing to iterate it once we get this out to the masses :)

     

    Sounds great. Both the Megapethicus and Broodmother are definitely doable. Tons of Rexes deal with the Spider. A Gallimimus and a rocket launcher is super fun against the Ape but that Dragon *shakes head while crying* The arena is amazing but those Dimorphodons and Pteras are just too tough to take down when they're flying around like crazy. 

    Can't wait for you to finish up the game so you'll be able to focus on certain aspects of the game :) 

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    15 minutes ago, HighFlyer15 said:

    Sounds great. Both the Megapethicus and Broodmother are definitely doable. Tons of Rexes deal with the Spider. A Gallimimus and a rocket launcher is super fun against the Ape but that Dragon *shakes head while crying* The arena is amazing but those Dimorphodons and Pteras are just too tough to take down when they're flying around like crazy. 

    Can't wait for you to finish up the game so you'll be able to focus on certain aspects of the game :) 

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    Dragon is a little less silly now, no longer just flies around in the air for ages at a time blasting you with fireballs - more of a reasonable fight :P

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    Just now, Jat said:

    Dragon is a little less silly now, no longer just flies around in the air for ages at a time blasting you with fireballs - more of a reasonable fight :P

    Oh, so you made changes to all the fights? It was hard to see if anything had changed in the Broodmother showcase with all the Rex butts sticking out of her xD

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    no digest again are you guys that terrified of answering some questions from the community? we can all switch our questions to easy ones like whats your favorite color if you like.

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    This is great news, portable obelisk will make it even easier to take over servers............

    Edited by Burnz

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    I watched the video. Firstly, has it been even recorded in 1080p? The video is so pixelated even in full hd mode.

    Secondly, the Tek Tier preview did not make me excited at all. It only makes me worry that once one of the tribe get hand on it, they would obliterate every player on their server. The abillities of power armour are so powerful there is no way to counter it. People will start to block obelisks to not let anyone getting Tek Tier stuff, no one would love to lose hundreds hours of work, because of overpowered tier. It's bad that you did not mention at all in the video how and if players may counter it.

    Controls of jet pack are very clunky and dev's struggles with using it proves that.

    It seems that all creatures wouldn't make it, only 3 were showed.

    If only more Quality of Live improvments had been adding to the game... it would have been much more enjoyable game.

    @Jat I hope this time we won't be waiting for Digest another month like for New Year's one. Please, let there be some significant questions and answears for game's future.

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    So no Microraptor or Ammonite? :( Also the boss thing sucks for people like me with only one other person playing with me.

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    Loved the video very fun to watch, really liked the jousting arena you guys made.

    I wonder if the "Testing Team" is looking for new members? -hinthint-

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    Sitting here, scratching my head as to why the Tek tier items aren't able to be used to fight the bosses...

    I get that you're trying to stop players farming Element by using equipment made from Element, however isn't that the entire point of end game? Best armour, best weapons, best items - now let's go kill the boss(es) and beat the game? Instead of taking 30 minutes, or whatever, to kill a boss you equip the best armour, weapons and items available (i.e. End game content) and go in there with your upgraded team, killing the boss in 10-15 minutes with minimal losses (1/4 as opposed to 1/2 or 2/3 of your assault force).

    ARK isn't just about PvP (which is literally the only place this Tek tier equipment can be used, so all those on official servers - enjoy that), this is also about PvE and even Single Player/Solo Play elements of your game - by denying players the use of these items for boss fights, you're effectively denying them quality of life you talk about in your video. Defeating bosses more easily is a quality of life issue.

    We saw it in your video - how many Rexes did you have? 12 or so? A single/solo player isn't going to want to have to go out and breed/tame 12 Rexes to sacrifice for every boss fight. Tek tier increases the survivability and lethality of the player and their tames, therefore making players want to use it - especially to defeat the bosses. A tribe doesn't want to have to come back from a boss fight and breed/tame another 6-12 Rexes just to do another boss fight. Especially when there are items in-game that we all know would reduce our losses/increase our damage output.

    I'm looking forward to the patch and what it has to offer but I'm disappointed, to say the least, that the "End game" content, can't be used to defeat "End game" bosses.

    At the very least I would ask that the use of Tek tier items in boss fights be made a server option.

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    8 minutes ago, Cailean556 said:

    Sitting here, scratching my head as to why the Tek tier items aren't able to be used to fight the bosses...

    I get that you're trying to stop players farming Element by using equipment made from Element, however isn't that the entire point of end game? Best armour, best weapons, best items - now let's go kill the boss(es) and beat the game? Instead of taking 30 minutes, or whatever, to kill a boss you equip the best armour, weapons and items available (i.e. End game content) and go in there with your upgraded team, killing the boss in 10-15 minutes with minimal losses (1/4 as opposed to 1/2 or 2/3 of your assault force).

    ARK isn't just about PvP (which is literally the only place this Tek tier equipment can be used, so all those on official servers - enjoy that), this is also about PvE and even Single Player/Solo Play elements of your game - by denying players the use of these items for boss fights, you're effectively denying them quality of life you talk about in your video. Defeating bosses more easily is a quality of life issue.

    We saw it in your video - how many Rexes did you have? 12 or so? A single/solo player isn't going to want to have to go out and breed/tame 12 Rexes to sacrifice for every boss fight. Tek tier increases the survivability and lethality of the player and their tames, therefore making players want to use it - especially to defeat the bosses. A tribe doesn't want to have to come back from a boss fight and breed/tame another 6-12 Rexes just to do another boss fight. Especially when there are items in-game that we all know would reduce our losses/increase our damage output.

    I'm looking forward to the patch and what it has to offer but I'm disappointed, to say the least, that the "End game" content, can't be used to defeat "End game" bosses.

    At the very least I would ask that the use of Tek tier items in boss fights be made a server option.

    Every new feature since SE release has been to aid alpha tribes on Official PVP servers, nothing else. 

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    1 hour ago, psychosaurus409 said:

    yall got any of those Thylacoleo or Microraptor?.... no ok maybe next patch...

    Only 4 animals made it to the patch, but to be honest. I prefer to have major features and Quality of Live improvements being added to the game than delaying them to add dinosaurs. Dinosaurs are trivial and can be added at any point of development, even after premiere. 

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    3 hours ago, PammyPop said:

    So no Microraptor or Ammonite? :( Also the boss thing sucks for people like me with only one other person playing with me.

    Don't worry, buddy! The Broodmother can be beaten by 2 players :) 
    We have a tribe of 5 people but only a couple are interested in doing boss battles with minimum people. The Broodmother can be dealt with 2 players. It's a bit tough with the amount of HP she has(usually 1 million) so maybe you want to aim for the Megapethicus instead? He always(may change next patch) spawns with 200k hp and you'll only need 2 players, a Gallimimus with good weight, a couple of rocket launchers and rockets to deal with him. Simply run from one end of the arena to the other and have your passenger fire rockets at the boss as he walks towards you. Avoiding the rocks thrown at all cost and dodging the minions he spawn.

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