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    Mysterious Mysteries: Introducing ??????? & Community Crunch 106!

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

    The Community Crunch is where we share important things going on with ARK, as well as host contests and showcase creations made by the community! Let's get started with some news.

    Mysterious Mysteries: Introducing ???????

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    What an intriguing discovery survivors, can you guess what creature it is? 

    Xbox Rentable Servers Info!

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    As per our announcement post last week, Xbox rentable servers will be available on Xbox from October 25th, supplied by Nitrado. Nitrado has since posted some important additional information about these rentable servers on their website.

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    Many of you have been wondering why private Xbox One servers were delayed in comparison to PlayStation 4. Rentable servers are relatively new terrain for Xbox One, which means that much work had to be done behind the scenes, both on an organizational and on a technical level. On top of everything Microsoft and Studio Wildcard had to sort out, we also had a part to play:

    By Microsoft's requirements, all services related to Xbox One games must be obtained through the Microsoft store, to provide a unified experience for all games and players. In simple terms: We are not allowed to rent out servers for Xbox One games through our website.

    That means: Please do not charge your Nitrado account in anticipation of Xbox One servers! You will not be able to purchase Xbox One servers with your Nitrado account credit.

    To be able to offer Xbox One servers for ARK, Nitrado has created our very own app for the Microsoft store. When you order a server for ARK on Xbox One, it will still appear on our website, and it can still be managed through our smartphone apps. It‘s just that all purchases (new orders, extensions, up-/downgrades) will have to go through our Microsoft store app.

    Having our own Xbox One app has its advantages: You‘ll be able to change your server settings right from inside the app! For now, this will simply redirect you to our web interface (in an already logged-in state), but for the future we want to fully integrate various features, to make managing servers even more convenient for Xbox One players.

    Survivors who are interested in purchasing their own rentable server(s) are strongly encouraged to read the entire article on the Nitrado website for further information on pricing and pre-orders:

    https://server.nitrado.net/eng/news2/view/ark-survival-evolved-servers-xbox-one

    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 9th at 12 PM EST. All Official Servers will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes:

    2x Harvesting Rate
    2x Taming Rate
    2x EXP Rate

    Community Contests!

    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!

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    Super Resolution!

    Winner!

    Pollti - Phoenix on Ragnarok

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    Runners up!

    Yourowner's Untitled Submission

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    Wolf Angelus - Sonic Boom Soundwaves

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    Valoule - NiagarARK fall

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    StateofMynd42 - Swoops

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    Honourable Mentions!

    Yourowner's Untitled Submission

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    Yourowner's Untitled Submission

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    Yourowner's Untitled Submission

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    Wolf Angelus - Parasaur Travels

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    Wolf Angelus - Cuteness

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    Wolf Angelus - Alluring Aroma

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    StateofMynd42 - Surrender

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    StateofMynd42 - One Of These Things

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    StateofMynd42 - No Candy Is Safe

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    roguewolf91 - Devil On Your Back

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    Pollti - poison wyvern

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    Pollti - poison attack

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    Pollti - alpha wyvern

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    FataLty - Shore

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    FataL1ty - When Gods Collide

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    FataL1ty - War Party

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    FataL1ty - Victory

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    FataL1ty - Leaping to another world

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    FataL1ty - Faceoff

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    FataL1ty - Brace

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    FataL1ty - A Dance With Dragons

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    Ego - It's safari time!

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    Panoramic 360 Stereoscopic 3D!

    Winner!

    StateofMynd42 - He's Coming

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    Honourable Mentions!

    Wolf Angelus - Head of the Possessed Dining Table

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    Wolf Angelus - Eerie Possessed Dining Room

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    Wolf Angelus - Center of the Creepy Conjuring Circle

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    Wolf Angelus - Belly of the Skeletal Beast

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    FataL1ty - Ice Mount

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    Vakarian - ScorchedEarth Panorama

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    roguewolf91 - A World Divided

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    FataL1ty - Ice Blast

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    FataL1ty - A Song of Ice and Death

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    Freeform!

    Winner!

    Wolf Angelus - Hidden Objects ARK Dino Edition

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    Honourable Mentions!

    Ego - Sudden flashbacks

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    F1r3fly - Community Crunch - Behind the Scenes

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    F1r3fly - Into the Woods

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    Jamie Weaver - Arriving in the new world!

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    Starwolf23 - Find New Castle

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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 106 is...

    "UNSTOPPABLE" - An ARK PvP Montage by KishK0!

    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 106 is… 

    The Old, Possessed Mansion on Horror Hill by Wolf Angelus!

    and...

    Rebuild of the Brontopia by Valoule!

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    If you'd like to check out the submissions from the rest of the entrants, you can do so here:

    Fan Feature!

    Hope Ark Evolved Map V3.2 by vwcamper

    Eco's Terrariums Mod | Official Cinematic Showcase by Jukari

    Tek Community Center build on Floating Tree platform by Travis138

    5 Pillar Wyvern Trap | Ark Survival Evolved Ragnarok Tips by Firespark81

    Tag and Dax vs Ark Survival Evolved: SCORCHED EARTH DINO HELP DESK

    The True Manticore Battle - ARK: Survival Evolved Shenanigans by ShadowSword

    Acting up (PART 66) by GeeKy gAMer no.1 & gOOgly Owl

    The Bases of Nerd Parade's Ragnarok PvP by blitzfire911

    Skyrider City version 22 by MissyPrime

    Griffin by XxCrazyNyanCatxX
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    Can't Fly Yet by Violet
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    Fire Wyvern by Shintharo
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    Dodo! by TNT_2
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    Raptor by Mr.Overkill
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    Ark' Art by LastGon
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    Tek-Treehouse by Vakarian
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    V-REX by milokamilo
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    Milo-Tylo by milokamilo
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    Shastasaurus by milokamilo
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    ARK by fruit
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    My Dino painting xD by fruit
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    IT: Neilbolt House by Mr. Jurassic

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    IT: Pennywise! by Mr. Jurassic
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    Dossier: Torosaurus by Scanova the Carnotaurus
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    That's it for this post guys! As always if you’ve got anything to share please get in touch and be sure to follow us on:

    Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark
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    Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark
    Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark

    All the best,
    Studio Wildcard

    :Jerblove:

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    15 minutes ago, ExcessEvil said:

    @Jen

     

    This is wrong, though. The reason they've been stalling it is because you're using a 3rd party server manager/host, rather than your own serverpark. They used to be hesitant when it comes to 3rd party mods/addons for games as well, but luckily the deal they struck with Bethesda worked out and paved the way for future games and 3rd party mods/addons.

     

    EA and DICE have had rental servers on Xbox and PS since Battlefield 3 came out on Xbox 360 and PS3, so it is definitely not a new terrain for Microsoft or Xbox One. Just a different method of renting servers for Xbox One owners. EA/DICE have an in-game rental option.

     

    The big question is though, why not do as Bethesda with their mods for Fallout 4 and Skyrim Special Edition for Xbox One/PS4, so console owners can get to enjoy the awesome mods we see in the videos and such on the CC?

     

    Host the mods on your own server, specifically for consoles, and provide an in-game method of downloading and installing them through the main menu.

     

    Go play Fallout 4 and Skyrim Special edition, and you'll know what i'm talking about. Please, pass it on to the team. :Jerbcry:

     

    As for S+, it really should be integrated into the core game. No wonder you barely see any Xbox One or PS4 submissions for the crunch. Building with the default toolset is horrible and limited without S+ (IMHO!).

     

    As for the creative folks here: Great job everyone. :D

    As flattering as this is, just exactly how big and tenured in the game industry do you think Wildcard is that you're comparing them to super established billion dollar video game companies like EA and Bethesda?

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    45 minutes ago, ciabattaroll said:

    As flattering as this is, just exactly how big and tenured in the game industry do you think Wildcard is that you're comparing them to super established billion dollar video game companies like EA and Bethesda?

     

    See, hosting the mods themselves can be done through Nitrado as well, the same way servers are hosted. I just gave an idea that i had, free of charge i might add, for a 'possible' solution, for console owners to use mods . Might not be the right area for suggestions, but i made one. It was an impulse move.

     

    They could very well have a single server for mods, make an app for Xbox Live, like the one they did for the rental servers, where we could browse mods, download from the nitrado server and install directly both locally and on the rental servers.

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    Meh, I'm not too crazy about this new creature. Probably because like the Gecko, it bears a strong resemblance to a few real life, modern day animals, so it's not as stunning to me (see the Cthulhubatwyvern) I dunno, maybe it'll grow on me. But if it turns out to just be a remodeled jerboa that predicts the earthquakes and gas leaks, I'm taming one for said skill and killing every other one I see on sight.

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    3 hours ago, GP said:

    That's pre-ordering. Doesn't mean they will be available straight away for that hosting company.

    They quote approximate date of the 28th October.  Slightly cheaper than nitrado too.

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    1 hour ago, Jatheish said:

    I'll have this corrected, Nitrado is the only hosts we work with right now on Xbox Servers. 

    How are they able to advertise and offer hosting or even preorder hosting ?

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    It looks like a baby deer-goat hybrid. probably a peaceful, easy to tame herbivore. Maybe too small to ride or a baby? 

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    It looks like a baby deer-goat hybrid. probably a peaceful, easy to tame herbivore. Maybe too small to ride or a baby? 

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    Since you have to pay for aberration, will you have to ascend? The previous paid scorched earth was a starting ARK, but the free center and ragnarok both require ascension. I think that you should not have to because some people would be paying for something they cannot get. Ragnarok was disappointing enough. People also want another starter server that anyone can play alone, not another map that takes forever to get. Ragnarok is a goal along with a center, I doubt many people would be suddenly motivated to play more for solo aberration more than ragnarok. However, I, and I am not alone, would play more if you could play aberration immediately, but be disappointed again and give up on ARK if you had to ascend again. Please, do your fans a favor and make aberration $20, not ascension.

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    I've seen a video or two stating that this creature has six legs. I disagree. I believe it only has 4. If you look at the purple and black coloring and imagine that it's a canvas, the image of the creature would be bits of torn up paper tapped to the purple canvas. The bits aren't perfectly aligned creating the illusion of a six legged creature. The back (creature's right) huff clearly isn't aligned with the leg nor is the chest with the front legs. Also the chest has been torn creating and illusion of extra legs. Look at it again and you'll see it's just misaligned and has 4 legs. 

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    @Jen, could you please either fix the link to the full resolution images or remove this line from your community crunch posts:

    " 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  "

    it's getting a bit old; it hasn't worked for a loooong time now.

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    On 10/7/2017 at 9:08 AM, Jatheish said:

    Sorry about the lack of Digest folks, that was my bad, I ended up passing out. We will have one for ya soon tho :)

    Is that as in the questions are all answered by devs and you need to just post it? Or as in you still need to select and answer questions?

    It seems like what you're saying here is that you passed out before you were able to post the Digest part of the weekly announcements (totally understandable!) .... but i haven't seen it yet. Just clarifying ...... it's my favorite thing to check on this site! 

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    On 10/8/2017 at 2:33 PM, BAGGINS said:

    Since you have to pay for aberration, will you have to ascend? The previous paid scorched earth was a starting ARK, but the free center and ragnarok both require ascension. I think that you should not have to because some people would be paying for something they cannot get. Ragnarok was disappointing enough. People also want another starter server that anyone can play alone, not another map that takes forever to get. Ragnarok is a goal along with a center, I doubt many people would be suddenly motivated to play more for solo aberration more than ragnarok. However, I, and I am not alone, would play more if you could play aberration immediately, but be disappointed again and give up on ARK if you had to ascend again. Please, do your fans a favor and make aberration $20, not ascension.

    Ascension...You know you can just type in playercommand Ascend(1, 2, 3) in the admin command box to unlock the other Arks. I'm sure the devs are not going to make you ascend to play Aberration and even if they do, just type in the command, it's not big deal at all.

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    On 10/6/2017 at 11:43 PM, Marcchillin said:

    DILO? No mention of Fear Evolved, Vampires and Werewolves that were also promised from last year, or anything about Aberration's release date. Or will we have to hold off for another year because of some trophy or trinket. Idk just expected more then a repeat talk of the server rental situation, cute deer I guess.

    Yea, i wanna know when fear evolved is coming again. If at all.

     

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    On 07/10/2017 at 7:08 AM, Jatheish said:

    Sorry about the lack of Digest folks, that was my bad, I ended up passing out. We will have one for ya soon tho :)

    Soon? Is that in real time or Wild Card time?

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