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I have been playing a fair amount of Ark lately, but not on SP...

Long story short, my old tribemate M finally has a working computer that can play games above potato mode, yay! He tribed up with his cousin and his cousin's best gaming friend on a PVE cluster. I asked if I could join and ta-da, not solo anymore. I'll come back to SP eventually but for now I'm enjoying tribe life again. Well, sort of.

Once I got tribed up my first order of business was to make myself useful. I don't like to burden my tribemates with carrying me too much, but M's cousin E and friend S had already reached tek tier and have a full tek rex army. It's a rare cluster with every official map, including SE, which makes me happy. Our main tribe base is on Valguero, which at the time I started was also our only base.

Naturally they had a few things, including a fridge full of wyvern eggs. I asked for and got permission to take one of the ice wyvern eggs, so I hatched and raised it. Then we went hunting. I quickly established a loop for raiding deino nests, collecting dozens of eggs over the course of the week. I hatched all of the 130+ eggs and made the rest into kibble. This cluster has a very active trade economy, so I was quickly able to establish my first trade partner for high level holiday deinos. Sold 3, with 3 more on the proverbial auction block. And I have 2 of the 4 stats I want at breedable levels, which is great.

Also took advantage of the holiday off to do my first boss battle with the tribe, securing my first set of tek engrams.

And after that we basically scattered off the main map for a bit. S is building a base on The Island in preparation of doing the bosses there. M went to Ragnarok. To my knowledge E is staying on Valguero since he doesn't play as much, although he is the tribe leader. And me? I felt it would be the most advantageous to the tribe if I picked one of the remaining maps, so I'm now on Extinction. This cluster has transfer rules for certain maps, so I ended up naked with no items or tames allowed.

It's been about a week since I moved maps and so far I've managed to get my first, incredibly bad set of utility animals, one decent argent, and secured a base location in the city. It's not an ideal spot, being far from water, but it's a beautiful little niche high enough up that the only annoyance is occasional spiders. I've got the foundation down and kept my forge running pretty much the entire time, so I have enough metal to make an industrial forge. Also managed to get a really neat Christmas ascendant enforcer bp, can't wait to make it.

Overall progress has been both fast and slow. I love building but sometimes I really hate laying the foundations of a new base. I'm incapable of small builds so it often takes a long time to get established. I have the main foundation down at least, so my priority is shifting towards crafting stations. Forge first, then replicator, then transmitter, all while continuing to build the base up. A little on the dull side, but there's no point in going to tame anything just yet. Plan is to get a hatchery up, buy a few low level yuty eggs and go from there.

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Well I logged in and lagged out for about 5 minutes, then rubber-banded all over the place so I quit and went to work where it's less stressful.

I always find this one of the most interesting posts to read. What did you do on *ARK* today? I for one tamed a few scorpions, filled my troughs full of berries and meat and then decided to look

PS4 - Private Server - Ragnarok   No new color mutations on the ravagers last night, so all those babies got killed. I then was flying around, and I saw a whole group of high level even

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been ark'ed so hard the last couple of days on both pc and ps4.

PC - hatched 300 rexes eggs yesterday, no melee mutation. fair enough. Ran the easy water cave and an eel glitched inside my basil. Unable to move or attack it died. Sweet dreams level 302 Basil.

PS4 - hatched 150 rex eggs yesterday, no melee mutation. fair enough. Took my mana up to Scotland to check for gigas, went via the shore near the volcano. the volcano began to erupt. I touched the brown hardened lava on the beach and my mana died. This wasn't flowing lava, that hadn't appeared yet, it was the normal dormant brown colour. didn't know that was a thing! We have lots of male element gachas via cloning, and happy days a female element was born. I raise these off cooked meat, I find it the best. Anyway, it was at 5% maturation, 1400 food, and had 7 stacks of cooked meat in it. I left the base for 4 minutes to quickly imprint a Basil at the water base. Got back, no Gacha in sight. Check the log, it had starved. 1400 food in 4 minutes? really? and there was no gacha corpse or bag of meat there? a gacha that I had shot previously was still rotting away. weird. So, we rolled the server back. This put us at a point where the gacha had been born, and just needed claiming. Did so, and it was a black pearl gacha. ffs. So, mutations are determined at conception, sex is determined at birth, but gacha production wheel is determined at claiming. ARK!

So, took a basil out to get some fish for the troughs. didn't wear scuba, because I thought i'd just stay near the surface. Blue screened. Drowned. Logged off, went to bed.

Logged on PC and PS4 this morning. Hatched a load of Theri's on PS4, then switched HDMI over to PC. I can hear music in my base. Check the log. All my water tames are dead to a level 250 Meg. So, there's a 250 and a 260 Meg in my 100% secure water pen. Max level dino is 150. My water base is at surface level above the easy water cave on the island. I know the spawns in that cave are broken. People seem to believe that it's because they get taken up by salmon. It's not, the creatures spawn within the rocks, I've several times seen an alpha glow in the ceiling of the cave. But this time for them to spawn about 50m above the cave inside my base. DILO! Could I have been stupid enough to have 2 follow me from the cave yesterday maybe though? So, rolled the game back an hour, and all was safe and well. This proves the spawning issue once and for all.

Love/Hate this stupid game...

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On 1/13/2020 at 9:25 AM, DaveH said:

2 days later and another female dust gacha popped out, happy days. I didnt leave this one's side. Also tamed a bunch of squid on ragnarok. More cave sharks spawned inside my island base as well. All water dinos on neutral now.

Hmm, cave critters aren't supposed to be tameable, but... have you checked? :) 

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On 1/15/2020 at 12:29 PM, Castlerock said:
On 1/15/2020 at 11:35 AM, DaveH said:
Had fun farming the desert titan recently with a giga on the back of a quetz.

I do that everytime i want kill desert titan, just hard to farm sarco skin for summoning it

 

2 hours ago, Milsurp said:

Hmm, cave critters aren't supposed to be tameable, but... have you checked? :) 

Yeah, I tried with a 270 meg. No option to feed it unfortunately.

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Ark mobile has been disconnecting all day and I can rarely connect, however I was long enough for three allos to get in my base( I don’t know how my whole base is walled off) and then I got disconnected. I couldn’t do anything but whatch as all of my Dino’s were killed and my base destroyed. This game is so raptoring broken the devs need to figure their poop out

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Ingots and more ingots! Flying around Redwoods (yutys are scary) for a high level megatherium for future Swamp Cave runs. Couldn't find any so I'm killing every one I see, to help promote spawns, and unintentionally pissed off a dimorph or 2....s@#!, make that 6 (I think ?) before I went to the great beyond. Went back to retrieve my argy and....☠️ That's all the sign I need. See you tomorrow, Ark ?

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So I'm the owner of a PVP server although I'm playing more PVE as I feel a bit bad raiding players being an admin....

My main goal is caves and bosses, I've not done bosses before so I'm taking my time and concentrating on breeding for the first time also (I've done it for colour mutations before but not stats).

I have been breeding Argy's from 2 max level tames and have just had a baby pop out at level 260.  Once I have all the max stats available to me, on 2 breeding pairs, I'll aim for mutations. (This is probably wrong but I'm going with it)

I've been flying around The Island with a breeding shopping list of high level Trike, Stego, Megatherium, Theri, Rex and Giga for PVP bullet draining, caves and bosses.

I currently have found a stego, 2 trikes (one Rare Sighting) and one Megatherium but the rest are eluding me.  Once I have breeding pairs I will also be adding those to the Argy breeding routine.

Apart from that I am chasing down Rare Sightings (Found a really cool gold Direwolf) for tames or kills and will be expanding my base for the new breeding lines as well as an underwater pen.

I'll post updates once I have them.

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Private server, The Island, two of us.

I have not posted since before Christmas and we have had quite a bit happen since then.  We still have not fought the Gamma Ape, but that is because we got stuck on the caves required to get the proper artifacts.  I had been assuming that some Baryonyxes would be sufficient, but there are lots and lots of jellyfish and eels to shock you off of your mount.

We tried the water cave on the West coast of The Island.  I rode a mid-level (~100) Basilosaur and Flont rode a high-level (> 200) Baryonyx.  When jellyfish or eels were sighted, I moved in front and chewed them up with the Basilosaur's immunity to shocking.  When sharks were sighted, he moved in front with the Baryonyx's spin-stun and we chewed up the sharks.  Unfortunately, there were places with everything attacking us at once including a Mosasaur and we coul dnot deal with it all at once.  Eels knocked him off his mount and he retreated to an air pocket with the Bary on land and I ran away drawing the crowd to a different part of the cave.  We eventually got through that part and discovered an Alpha Mosasaur.  We decided that our mounts were not sufficient to take this on since we thought that the Bary would not be able to stun it (the is still unconfirmed).  Since my Basie was below half health and half of Flont's armor was gone, we left the cave with the intent of coming back when we both had high-level Basilosaurs.  The sheer numbers of jellyfish and eels made using a Bary impractical.

When I was on by myself, I decided to go look for a high-level Basilosaur for breeding purposes.  I took my Baryonyx and headed along the coast towards Herbivore Island.  My usual strategy has been to get close enough to annoy the Basie's attendant Mantas and spin-stun them and kill them.  Then the Basie is available to be hand-tamed with kibble.  On the backside of Herbivore Island, I found a 149 Basie!  I checked my inventory and noticed that I had forget kibble and pods.  The pod was to make sure that the Basie got back to base intact and there had been an Alpha shark somewhere in the area earlier.  I swam back to the mainland with my Bary with the intent of running back to base for the kibble and pods (I always bring two just in case I get an unexpected find).  I noticed the Alpha shark swimming offshore and decided that I could not let it exist that close to the Basie.  I would hate to get it almost kibble tamed and have the Alpha shark kill it.

My Bary had taken down Alpha sharks before since it was able to spin-stun them, so I donned my scuba gear and we dived in after it.  I was doing well with the Alpha shark when it spawned in a couple of regular sharks to help it.  I can still handle that although it took a lot more concentration to keep all three stunned.  While I was paying attention to that , four jellyfish had snuck up behind me and shocked me off my Bary.  At that point, it was every man and dino for him/herself.  I had on fins, so I was able to get away from the jellyfish and climbed up on the shore.  As I stood there watching the ball of churning blood and flesh (a Bary, an Alpha shark, two regular sharks, and 4 jellyfish), I figured that I would probably just kill my Bary if I tried to shoot the jellyfish with my crossbow.  I settled down for the long wait to pick up the Bary saddle after the battle.  To my surprise, the Bary was keeping most everything stunned.  It eventually killed the jellyfish with the spins and I figured that I might be able to remount when all three sharks were stunned at once.  I swam out and hopped on the Bary and we finished off all of the sharks.

The rest of the trip back to base, I was very careful since my Bary was near death and most of my scuba gear was broken and a couple pieces of riot gear was in tatters.  We made it back, I got kibble and pods, I repaired my armor and waited for the Bary to heal, and then headed back via land.  As I came to the coastline across from Herbivore Island and donned my scuba gear for the journey, I noticed another Alpha Shark off the shore.  I checked for jellyfish (none in sight) and the Alpha Shark came right up out of the water and almost beached itself trying to get to me.  I figured I might be able to just shoot it with a crossbow for at least some of the damage.  While I was lining up the shot, a pack of 3 Raptors jumped me from behind and knocked me off my mount.  They were no match for me and my Bary even separated, but they had destroyed my scuba gear.  The Alpha Shark had swam away somewhere and I decided to risk it and swim across the channel.

The Basie was still there!  I took care of its mantas and started the kibble tame, jumping off the Bary from time to time to offer it kibble and then hopping back on to follow it until it was hungry again.  I noticed the Alpha Shark lazily swimming at a distance and kept an eye on  it.  When I fed what i assumed was the last kibble and the Basie was still not tamed, I noticed a second Basie right below me.  I had been taming two Basies as once and thus neither were fully tamed yet.  About then the Alpha Shark smelled me and started heading my way.  I took the Bary and headed it off before it got near the Basies.  It was not a problem although I had to surface from time to time since I had no scuba tank.  After I had killed it, I had to search all around the coast to find the two half-tamed Basies, but I got them both and podded them and made it back to base safely.

Now we have >200 level imprinted Basies, so the next task is to try the water cave off the West Coast again.

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More what I plan on doing in ARK today than what I have done.

We have a planned mission tonight to bash the Alpha King Titan on our Extinction map before the server is re-purposed for the new Genesis (when it finally lands).

We tamed all the other titans earlier in the week and managed to get each at Alpha level and have a decent MOMI (megamek) to go ahead and mighty morph our normal Meks (power rangers).  Just short on players this time with only 3 of us - so hoping that we can still pull off a victory.  I'm gonna be flying high and safe on the Desert Titan, one on the Ice Titan and another in the Mega Mek - using whistle commands to get the Forest Titan to tank the King and with a highly in-bred army of Gigas to take up any slack and help out with the element veins.

.. then I'm back to working on my save game viewer tool to increase the accuracy of my map plotting and some user experience tweaks based on user feedback.

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Well I hatched my first Little Theri on the breeding route for "Boss Fights". I still need to play cave cave to get the artifacts but starting to get the army going.

First baby is in Juvenile state at Health 10k and Melee at 400% (server set to 220 level cap) and I have a 105 armor saddle BP that I found in the cave on Rag for them. Hoping that saddle is good enough as the mats to make it are madness.

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So all went to plan last night.  We gained an additional support player so went in with 4 players. 

1 ridden Mega Mek, 1 ridden high level normal Mek with rocket pods, ridden Ice Titan, ridden Desert Titan and aggressive/high targeting non-ridden Forest Titan.  Idk how many Gigas, all non-ridden - but they didn't do much more then provide entertainment when they were slammed and thrown everywhere by the King Titan.

Made the silly mistake of throwing my tek suit into the Desert Titan after beating the King to save my gear... then didn't bring the Titan closer to the floor before dismounting - looong fall, instant impact death!! Doh!  Luckily we have a small outpost up there so was able to re-spawn in a bed and get to into the light before the cut-scene started.

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Installed and tested the Cnidaria Nerf mod. yeeeeeEEEEESSS! Works perfectly, they don't stun or dismount you anymore, but they still hurt and do torpor (and they will break your flippers pretty quickly). Just right as a threat. 

Although it says eels still dismount you. But eels don't dismount anymore, I've chewed up tons with a sarco. ?? w/e, water is much more balanced now. 

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So yesterday I took out one of the breeded Megatherium and a tamed Baryonyx to solo test run a few caves before I stream them and put them into a YouTube video:

Lower South Cave - Artifact of the Hunter

This wasn't too difficult, I rode the Megatherium for the whole time and just sniped Arthro's from a distance, managed it with no problems.

Cave at 68/56 (cant think of the name) - Artifact of the Pack

Baryonyx needed for this as its quite low and there are also some water ways.  The only difficult thing here is the piranhas as they are not affected by the stun attack.  They do however have a really funny habit of jumping out of the water after you and insta dying!

Artifact of the Massive – South-East 70/86

This place is very hot!! Inhabitants were not too much of an issue but there are lots jumps over lava which I built some foundations across so I didnt lose my Megatherium.

All in all, it was quite successful but these are the easier of the caves

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The Island, private server, two of us...

We beat the Gamma Ape last weekend.  We used 18 Rexes (levels 100 to 200+), a Yuty (ridden, 200+), and a Deaodon (ridden, 200+), all imprinted.  We messed up on the timing and our Rexes attacked the Ape on the bridge.  Four fell off immediately and we whistled the rest over to the Ape's starting arena.  Next time, we will immediately run across the bridge (carefully) to the arena because there are plenty of places to fall off around the teleporter where you arrive.  We only lost one Rex to battle and it was the last remaining 100+ Rex.  The rest were all 200+.  We only have stock saddles because I think only red drops have Rex saddles and the odds are still small of getting any particular item.  I am planning to raise more Rexes to fill in the holes and then we can try the Beta Ape.  Rexes seem to have been a good choice for the Ape.

We can theoretically build a Tek Replicator now, but we need more Element.  I am debating whether it is better to do Gammas or Betas (either the Broodmother or the Ape) to gather Element.  We will also be mining obsidian (for polymer) and metal like crazy for the building materials to make the Tek Replicator.  I am not sure whether it would be worthwhile to sink the resources into building an Industrial Grinder right now to get more resources from spare junk or if it would be quicker to use those resources to build the Tek Replicator and come back to the Grinder later.

Snails are awesome for generating lots of Cementing Paste and small amounts of Polymer (easier than clubbing baby penguins).  We only have one, but we might need to step up our game and start breeding them.  Basilosaurs provide more oil than we can possibly use.  If only there were a dino that generated metal...

We have started a breeding program for Therizinosaurs for the Gamma Dragon.  Although everything takes fire damage from the Dragon (usually only Carnivores take extra damage from fire), Theris can hold vegetable cakes and self-heal.  I guess we will be growing lots of crops and cooking lots of vegetable cakes soon.

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14 hours ago, Stretch11 said:

The Island, private server, two of us...

We beat the Gamma Ape last weekend.  We used 18 Rexes (levels 100 to 200+), a Yuty (ridden, 200+), and a Deaodon (ridden, 200+), all imprinted.  We messed up on the timing and our Rexes attacked the Ape on the bridge.  Four fell off immediately and we whistled the rest over to the Ape's starting arena.  Next time, we will immediately run across the bridge (carefully) to the arena because there are plenty of places to fall off around the teleporter where you arrive.  We only lost one Rex to battle and it was the last remaining 100+ Rex.  The rest were all 200+.  We only have stock saddles because I think only red drops have Rex saddles and the odds are still small of getting any particular item.  I am planning to raise more Rexes to fill in the holes and then we can try the Beta Ape.  Rexes seem to have been a good choice for the Ape.

We can theoretically build a Tek Replicator now, but we need more Element.  I am debating whether it is better to do Gammas or Betas (either the Broodmother or the Ape) to gather Element.  We will also be mining obsidian (for polymer) and metal like crazy for the building materials to make the Tek Replicator.  I am not sure whether it would be worthwhile to sink the resources into building an Industrial Grinder right now to get more resources from spare junk or if it would be quicker to use those resources to build the Tek Replicator and come back to the Grinder later.

Snails are awesome for generating lots of Cementing Paste and small amounts of Polymer (easier than clubbing baby penguins).  We only have one, but we might need to step up our game and start breeding them.  Basilosaurs provide more oil than we can possibly use.  If only there were a dino that generated metal...

We have started a breeding program for Therizinosaurs for the Gamma Dragon.  Although everything takes fire damage from the Dragon (usually only Carnivores take extra damage from fire), Theris can hold vegetable cakes and self-heal.  I guess we will be growing lots of crops and cooking lots of vegetable cakes soon.

It sounds like you guys are a couple of weeks ahead of me on The Island.

I've just started breeding some 200+ Rex's for bosses and am yet to start my Theri line (I can't find any high levels anywhere!) and I have 5 of the caves completed so a few more left to do!

I have 3 snails and 3 dung beetles and have more paste, poly and oil than I could use!

I did tame a 175 Rare Sighting Daedon which I'll likely take into boss fights.

I've spent way too much time breeding Argy's which is really a waste of time but I love them !!dKxv2Zz.jpg

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