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    Mysterious Mysteries: Introducing ???????, Community Crunch 109 & ARK News!

    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? 

    Upcoming Turret Change

    Over the past few weeks, we have been carrying out analysis on our Official Servers to see where we can improve server performance and what the biggest difference is currently versus Early Access. Since ARK went retail, we were expecting to see our servers have better performance due to optimisations, better allocation and usage of hardware, and improved DDoS mitigation. What we have learnt is that there has been a dramatic change in how turrets are being used on Official Servers. The fundamental issue is that tribes are not only significantly increasing the number of turrets they use, but reducing the space they occupy, so the server is having to do more calculations in denser areas. In some cases, we've seen an increase of 7x versus the previous server-profiling data we had. It is clear that we need to make a change in regards to how turrets are placed, but we understand that they are an important part meta-game on Official PvP servers and therefore want to give you as much notice as possible.

    With the following change, we are expecting a performance increase of 50% on average for our Official Servers (extreme cases up to 300%) and this will have an impact on all maps.

    Starting from today on PC (and next week on console), you'll receive an update which indicates the number of turrets you have within 10k units. When you exceed 100 turrets within 10k units, there will be a warning placed on the turret to inform you, so you can make adjustments as necessary. On December the 5th, we will flick a switch on our Official Servers which will disable all turrets that exceed the allocated limit. You have the period from now until then to make any changes you want to avoid your turrets from being turned off. Once the turrets are within the permitted amount, they will function again. This patch will also allow the mounted minigun turret to shoot non-mounted tames, but reduce their range to be the equivalent of the auto turret.

    In accordance with this change, we will also be increasing the damage of autoturrets and TEK turrets by 20%, increasing the item slot count of autoturrets by 50% on the 5th of December.

    The turret limit will effect: Plant Species X, Autoturrets, and TEK Turrets.

    So remember, you'll see the visual change first and will have a couple weeks to prepare for the actual change which prevents turrets from being used over the limit. This is all enabled through a server-setting which can be used in the game.ini:

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    bLimitTurretsInRange=true

     

      TLDR:  Turret usage had changed since the game went retail, it has been having a huge negative impact on the server. We will be introducing a limit to how many can be placed within a certain radius on the 5th of December. On PC a patch will be deployed today to inform you of the limit so you can make changes as necessary (and next week on console also). The change affects Plant Species X, Autoturrets, and TEK Turrets. We will also be buffing auto turrets, tek turrets, and minigun turrets.

    ARK Play Anywhere!

    This is just a brief update on ARK: Play Anywhere, as we know a lot of you are excited about it (as are we!). It will be entering final submission this week for Xbox One (OneX) and Windows 10. We are expecting to complete the cert process in December for a release alongside Aberration. Alongside this, we plan to launch some Official Servers which will support CrossPlay but will not be enabling it for our entire network, due to anti-cheat mitigations. Unfortunately, TruePlay is not quite ready yet but we are hopeful that BattlEye will be able to make it onto the platform, until then we won't be doing much crossplay on our Official Servers, however, players will have the option to enable crossplay on their servers, be it hosted on an Xbox, PC, or rented through Nitrado.

    ARK Sponsored Mod Update!

    It's that time of the month where we announce new mods entering the sponsored mod program! We've seen our fair share of maps, total conversions, rebalance, and creature mods but not often do we get to share mods that are tools that benefit other modders. This month we are excited to announce one of those mods, ArkFrame created by ZenRowe.

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    This isn't the typical mod you might find yourself subscribing to because it doesn't actually contain end-user content. It is essentially a standardization library that modders can use.  To most people browsing through the workshop, this wouldn't typically catch their eye. They are more likely to browse through the workshop and find they are already subscribed to it!

    Why is this mod important for the program and Ark? It will, in time, create an easier way for people to get into modding by standardizing some of the most common functions.

    Here is an example of a mod made using ArkFrame:

    Scent Tracker

    If you're interested in making your mod compatible with ArkFrame or want to start a new project using it, be sure to check out the website and Discord.

    ARK: 2x 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 20th at 12 PM EST. All Official Servers will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes:

    2x Harvesting Rate
    2x Taming Rate
    2x EXP Rate
    2x Maturing
    2x Hatching
    2x Gestation
    2x Faster Mating Interval Rates

    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!

    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 - Darkness falls

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    Runners up!

    Blue Dragon - Fire and Water

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    Wolf Angelus - Scenic Flight

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    StateofMynd42 - Unicorn Temple

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    Maxib1250 - Enhanced Reality

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    Ego - Morning

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    Honourable Mentions!

    Wolf Angelus - Waterall Shores

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    Wolf Angelus - The Great North

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    Vakarian - Invincible

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    Vakarian - Griffin attack

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    Vakarian - Blue and White

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    StateofMynd42 - Riverside Trot

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    StateofMynd42 - Magic Fountain

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    StateofMynd42 - Lazy Day

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    Maxib - Relaxing Sun

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    Joe Lally - Woodcutter

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    Joe Lally - Gazing at it's prey

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    FataL1ty - Surrounded

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    FataL1ty - Sucker Punch

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    FataL1ty - Subnautica

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    FataL1ty - Monster

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    FataL1ty - Direwolves in Highgarden

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    FataL1ty - Brave Little Guy

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    FataL1ty - Battle Chaos

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    FataL1ty -  Strafe Run

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    EXFIB0 - Mountain Lake

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    EXFIB0 - Into The Ocean

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    Ego - Showdown

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    Ego  - Love under the moon

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    Ego - Invasion

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    Blue Dragon - Liquid fire

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    Ego - Battle

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    christopher warburton - Unfortunate

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    christopher warburton - ROAR!

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    christopher warburton - Forgotten

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    christopher warburton - Flying Free

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    Blue Dragon - Sneaky swimmer

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    Blue Dragon - Paradise

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    Blue Dragon - Burning steps

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    Blue Dragon - Just a bite

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    Blue Dragon - Into the sunset

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    Blue Dragon - Flower peddle flurries

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    Blue Dragon - Fall mist

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    Blue Dragon - Decay

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    Blue Dragon - A storm is coming

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    AsH - Halloween Interior 

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    AsH - Halloween Cabin

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    AsH - Flying Caps

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    AsH - Aberrant Snails

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    AsH - Aberrant Nightmare

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    Panoramic 360 Stereoscopic 3D!

    Winner!

    Vakarian - The first Griffin on Center

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    Runners Up!

    Vakarian - The End

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    Honourable Mentions!

    EXFIB0 - Icy Lakes

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    Wolf Angelus - The Great Valley

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    Wolf Angelus - Raging Rapids

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    Vakarian - Tek Revolution!

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    Vakarian - Run for Life and Death

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    StateofMynd42 - Daytime Temple

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    EXFIB0 - High Up!

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    EXFIB0 - Bridges

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    Blue Dragon - Tranquil

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    Blue Dragon - Over the trees

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    Blue Dragon - Burning mountain

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    Freeform!

    Winner!

    Wolf Angelus - Super ARK Odyssey

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    Honourable Mentions!

    FataL1ty - Oh Sh-

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    Morgengrau - Lights will guide me

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    Joe Lally - Christmas Dreams

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    Cheb - Supply Crate

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    Cheb - Hang On!

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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 109 is...

    UpFromTheDepths

    THE FIRST ANNUAL OTTER OFF! An ARK: SURVIVAL EVOLVED skit!

    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 109 is… 

    Travis138!

    we'd also like to give huge congratulations to our runners-up for this week!

    ThePilgrim

    Demonsoup109

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

    Fan Feature!

    MUTATIONS GONE WRONG! - ARK Skits by Lame Wolf Productions

    ARK: Survival Evolved | Eco's RP Decor Mod | The Cinematic Experience by Jukari

    ARK: Survival Evolved | Eco's Shoppe Decor Mod | The Cinematic Experience by Jukari

    Ark Puns by Tag and Dax

    ARK: Survival Evolved | The AHHH-RK Edition! | A Short Cinematic Parody

    Taming Mantis and Basilosaurus Ark Survival Evolved Ragnarok Multiplayer EP12 by Firespark81

    Explore the Ark #14: How to Tame a Phoenix (Ark: Survival Evolved) by MrWhitehearth

    Patron Base Tours by MonkeyManTV

    Ark Survival Evolved - Holiday (PART 68) by GeeKy gAMer no.1 & gOOgly Owl

    Mario Odyssey Quetzal Ship by Wolf Angelus

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    AmnesiARK by Valoule

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    Dodoraptor(RaptorKil's artstyle) by DodoRupter666
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    DodoRaptor Concept art(again) by DodoRupter666
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    AmnesiARK by Valoule!

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    You can check out the full album here: https://imgur.com/a/1hZgq

    The Phoenix by Godly Red'
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    http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1189378410

    Snow Camo Baryonyx by Sharkcat
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    Forest Camo Baryonyx by Sharkcat
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    Desert Camo Baryonyx by Sharkcat
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    http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1196434128

    Acro is coming back... by milokamilo
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    http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1203581089

    Cave Wyvern by milokamilo
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     Ark - Bigger Teeth by cfowler7
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    The first hunt. by Ozwickta
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    Scavengers by OOF!!!
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    http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1201312581

    Dragonboss by LeOnO
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    http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1200547613

    Guanlong Dossier [FANMADE] by Djaymasi
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    http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1190679061

    Sinotyrannus Dossier [FANMADE] by Djaymasi
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    Mesothelae Dossier [FANMADE] by Djaymasi
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    Dossier: Indoraptor by Scanova the Carnotaurus
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    Dossier: Torvosaurus by Scanova the Carnotaurus
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    Dossier: Dart Frog by Scanova the Carnotaurus
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    http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1189943441

    Dossier: Ultimasaurus by Scanova the Carnotaurus
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    http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1197511274

    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
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    All the best,
    Studio Wildcard

    :Jerblove:

    Edited by Jatheish


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    I feel like a bunch of retailers should be getting calls about refunds. Playstation network will refund your game if you say you are unsatisfied with dlc delays and constant unbalanced game play. 

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