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  • Your ARK Story & Community Crunch 91!

    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.

    Upcoming Volcano Changes!


    If you have not already done so, please read this important updating regarding the upcoming changes to the Island volcano:

    Your ARK Story!


    We're looking to collect some player experiences with ARK and we're reaching out to all of you! :) We want to know: how do you play ARK? Do you think you have a unique experience with the game? Please check out the post below and share your experiences with us.

    Primitive Plus Beta!


    If you're a PC Primitive Plus player, Cedric currently has a beta server running with the latest content and fixes that he has been working on. If you are interested in helping the progression of Prim+, hop on the beta server and report any issues you find so that they can be fixed for release. 

    Keep up with Ced on Twitter for the latest Prim+ info:

    Download the Prim+ BETA version here:

    ARK: Evolution Event Weekend!


    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 1st 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!


    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 weeks contest! This week's contest winner is... Wolf Angelus!

    PGTerrainPropertiesString=MapSeed=549;LandscapeRadius=1.0;Water Frequency=10;Mountains Frequency=6;Mountains Slope=2.50;MountainsHeight=.9;Turbulence Power=0.0125;Shore Slope=1.0;WaterLevel=-0.72;GrassDensity=1.0;JungleGrassDensity=0.05;ErosionSteps=8;TreesGroundSlopeAccuracy=0.5;DepositionStrength=0.05;ErosionStrength=0.75;OceanFloorLevel=-1.0;SnowBiomeSize=0.12;RWBiomeSize=0.09;MountainBiomeStart=-0.35;MountainsTreeDensity=0.06;JungleBiomeStart=-0.65;IslandBorderCurveExp=4.0;MaxSawnPointHeight=0.2;SnowGrassDensity=0.25;MountainGrassDensity=0.007;SnowMountainGrassDensity=0.15;UnderwaterObjectsDensity=0.5;SnowMountainsTreeDensity=0.03;TreeDensity=0.005;JungleTreeDensity=0.55;RedWoodTreeDensity=0.030;SnowTreeDensity=1.2;RedwoodGrassDensity=0.07;ShoreTreeDensity=0.32;SnowShoreTreeDensity=0.04;DeepWaterBiomesDepth=-0.24;InlandWaterObjectsDensity=0.5;ShorelineStartOffset=0.023;ShorelineThickness=0.035;MountainGeneralTreesPercent=0.15;TerrainScaleMultiplier=(X=1.0f,Y=1.0f,Z=1.0f);SnowBiomeLocation=(X=0.6f,Y=0.6f);RWForestBiomeLocation=(X=0.4f,Y=0.4f);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


    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!


    StateofMynd42 - The Last Unicorn


    Morgengrau - Khalasar 2


    Runners Up!

    RBG - Blue Dragon


    Breaking Point - Blue Dragon


    Wolf Angelus - Playful Pup


    FataL1ty - Resplendent


    Honourable Mentions!

    Poison Jungle - Blue Dragon


    Wolf Angelus - Life of a Beaver


    Wolf Angelus - Doedicurus at the Beach


    When I grow up.. - Blue Dragon


    Venom bite - Blue Dragon


    StateofMynd42 - Dragon Shores


    StateofMynd42 - The Alpha


    roguewolf91 - Spino in the Mist


    Morgengrau - Khalasar 3


    FataL1ty - Settlement


    FataL1ty - Scenic Route


    FataL1ty - Raider Landing


    FataL1ty - Lone Wolf


    FataL1ty - Dream


    FataL1ty - Cliffside Battle


    FataL1ty - Deatheater


    FataL1ty - Away


    FataL1ty - Chase


    EXFIB0 - The Beautiful Island


    Cabin in the Woods - Blue Dragon


    Batman - SuperRes 3


    Batman - SuperRes 4


    Batman - SuperRes 1


    Batman - SuperRes 2


    Panoramic 360 Stereoscopic 3D!


    Batman - 360


    Runner Up!

    EXFIB0 - Crystals


    Honourable Mentions!

    Wolf Angelus - Racetrack View 2


    StateofMynd42 - Riddles in the Dark


    Wolf Angelus - Racetrack View 1


    FataL1ty - Vista


    FataL1ty - Bony


    FataL1ty - Clearing


    EXFIB0 - The Island


    EXFIB0 - Blue Paradise


    EXFIB0 - Beautiful Lands




    Kana - Happy family


    Runner Up!

    F1r3fly - Oh Poop! - Freeform


    Honourable Mentions!

    Wolf Angelus - The Incredible Survivor (Hulk Parody)


    EXFIB0 - Sunset



    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 91 is...

    THE LONE RIDER - ARK Skits by Lamewolf Productions!


    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 91 is… 

    The Colonial Isles by The Lime Inc.!

    We'd also like to share a runner up:

    ArkiTEKt: Futuristic base - The Hope Consortium by F1r3fly!

    For their great Tek Tier base!

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

    Fan Feature!

    Ark Survival Evolved Cartoon - Tek Tier

    Cool ARK Base Design :: Exploring ARK Ragnarok Sponsored Mod :: Awesome ARK Base Locations! by SWChris

    ARK Survival: Baba Yaga's Base (Architectural, ARKitect) by Wolf Angelus

    Ark Survival Evolved - Pirate life (PART 55)

    ARK Airships w/the Flying Rafts MOD : Ep12 : Geeks Patreon Server

    Pink Panda Palace Flora Part 2 | S3E27 Pooptopia Annunaki Island by MeewMaw The Geeky Granny


    ARK Survival Evolved Diner Building Guide :: Bar & Grill :: Restaurant Tutorial

    Direwolf by Akhoris
    Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=911178690

    MBM Ark logo by ℓα∂уVoltz†
    Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=912321491

    Bootiful Dodo costume by Bootiful Wils
    Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=912751961

    Catch! by Cupcake
    Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=912289699

    Gull by Cupcake
    Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=912264108

    "Ouuw Hello, it's a me, Baby Raptor!" by Wyerex
    Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=912669911

    Always wild by 𝓒𝓗𝓘
    Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=910857720

    Terror bird by iguana12345678
    Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=914972294

    Dilophosaur by Fletjek
    Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=914085544

    DODOREX by paulosantos567767
    Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=913924148

    Fail by waternebula
    Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=912829886

    The Island - custom map by Exhumed (27th April 2017)
    Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=914779851

    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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    Much love,
    Wildcard Jen & the ARK: Survival Evolved Team


    Edited by Jen

    User Feedback

    Lol, just downloaded the map one. Need it! But great crunch by the way. Any ETA on the next digest?

    :raptor:Aaron L. Sandoval:raptor:

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    :Jerbcry:  Was hoping the creative idea of the building and freeform image specifically would pull me through this week, all the migraine/headache attacks made it a rough week to get anything done. Hoping it's over now so I can focus clear next week and spend less time stuck in bed.

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    Thnx for the win, glad you liked my design as much as me :D

    Gratz to all other winners, so many amazing entries again this week.

    I need that I am dodo image printed in my bedroom above my bed :P

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    I have a story about a tribe who would like to tease some who were weaker than us so the story starts with me and my friend flying to this tribe while my girlfriend stays home and does things.
    Me and my friend went there and shot missiles at this house and ran in to tease them, but it's my self-excuse me and they say I'll never come out again, so give my friend the good idea To go home and pick up his rex but when he arrived he did not think he could be bumped by the rex so he ended up in the same place as me where we were drug slaves and just lay and looked, but of course my boyfriend would help us, So she writes that she does not want to help us in the public chat but she got on her pteradon and slammed the hole in the top of the house and flown down, which is enough to distract them so I could come out and make a club and knock All of them out.
    This was a story about jerks never giving up and always getting away no matter what xD (This story was translated into Google translate from Danish to English)

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    Why no prim + console beta's after all just because the pc probs might get fixed we all know from past experiences that console probs may still exist.

    Just look at the issues when prim + was released.

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    Thank you for featuring my bootiful dodo with all these beautiful drawings of everyone else :) 

    Keep it up ark,

    Bootiful Wils

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    PLEASE add a feature to disable certain dinos from spawning for private servers. That would be the ultimate feature for ark. Server hosts could make so many different kinds of servers! The possibilities are endless! It would be the best feature ever. Mammals only server! Or none at all. No dinos? no gigas, omg the possibilities!

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    3 hours ago, Tridentnova said:

    PLEASE add a feature to disable certain dinos from spawning for private servers. That would be the ultimate feature for ark. Server hosts could make so many different kinds of servers! The possibilities are endless! It would be the best feature ever. Mammals only server! Or none at all. No dinos? no gigas, omg the possibilities!

    I would love a feature like this. I don't mind gigas, as I don't live out that way, but I would love to not have to worry about Titanos stomping my base in SP.

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    Please don't post your stories and experiences in this thread. Please follow the request made in the OP if you wish to submit stories.

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    awesome submissions again, especially the unicorn photo is amazing!

    also really cool that prim+ is getting some more love :D always found it a very interesting concept but never really tried it for a long time due too the problems it had. will look forward to what happens after the beta :D 

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