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so played at Riley's again yesterday. after realizing something was up with the magmasaur and the metal disappearing and it taking forever to forge we decided the old way was best, shoving it into our industry forge room and letting it smelt there. me feeling a bit cocky decided to go to the lunar biome. but before that i decided to make a mining drill. we have this sort of currency on the server in the form of electronics, since its so common on most of the maps we made it a form of currency. riley had taken a ferox and an asc chainsaw and harvested a lot of tek dinos which meant we had a lot of electronic. grabbed 5k and zoomed off to the community market. we have this shop were you can trade in a primitive item and electronic and have it upgraded of sorts. its a bit too complicated to explain so i will spare details. i got my mining drill improved and went to the lunar. well bad idea, there were asteroids everywhere, drones and defense units everywhere. i harvested as much element shards as i felt safe to then headed back. got around 50K shards from that so was pretty happy. until i remembered the red crystals in the volcano gave them as well. so Riley and i went there. we took dud stalkers in case of an eruption. i would harvest the resources while Riley keeps everything busy. after multiple eruptions and a few hours we had cleaned out the volcano. we had somewhere around 1000 element worth. that is what 5x harvesting with an op mining drill will get you. we crafted it up and stored it away in out secret vault hidden in our base. we had a duo tribe asking for help to get magmasaur eggs so we volunteered. they wanted to do it the legit way so no teleporting out using HLN-A. we lent them blood stalkers as they had tame dthem but plannd to breed them to combine stats.  as we took them in one of them spots the nest ares and dives for it, he is instantly killed and the stalker follows. so i painfully colelct his stuff and we head back out, riley and i inform them on how to steal the eggs and how its easy to dies. so riley and i head in first and draw the creatures attention away from the nest. they swooped in stealing the egg. as we were ready to head out the volcano began to erupt, as i went to deplot a web a bunch of onyc swarmed me making it hard. as i tried to back up i fell into the lava and got swarmed by magmasaurs. the volcano blew and well. rip. lukcily i had nothing of value on me and the stalker was a dud. the lava biome is nasty for even veteran players. as a form of repayment they gave us some cool ferox mutations. while nothing too good the colours are pretty sweet. well after that riley wanted to do something more chill and took the turtles down to breed. i decided to grind as we had somehow gotten low on resources. as i was sitting around passive grinding and breeding some theriz's and X spinos. now lately that mega tribe that is rivaling us has been quite active. raidng people and building up. as i was breeding the spinos outside i spotted a blood stalker near our base. i grabbed my op rifle and oneshot the rider. it was someone from the mega tribe. i also killed his stalker as it was a danger. later on when grinding bullets i get a message in global chat with the tribe leader declaring full on war. i thought they were joking or bluffing. but when someone attempted to kill me on a blood stalker while out collecting stone near the base i knew they were serious. so i called on the entire team and also called up a few allied tribes including the duo tribe we helped. i preped our forces and fortified the base. riley and skull transported all of our valuable tames to our hidden base (mega tribe i know you will read this at some point so my mouth is zipped shut). while i moved all of our resources to our warehouse hidden in the lunar underwater biome. about an hour after the war declaration we saw the first wave. a bunch of stalkers were scouting the base. we deactivated all the turrets to make them think we were not ready. i then took a few shots at them with my longneck, killed on and finished it off with a flamethrower. one player got me, but i had my shotgun ready and killed the player in 4 shots. i then flamed grilled the other. a while later we spotted a small group of magmasaurs, about 4-5. a few of the others started freaking out as they can wreck metal. but i reminded them that the colder it is the weaker they are. or at least from what i know. we had joe riley and skull mounted on turrets on the back of turtles and i was on my ferox (still no name) with 100% addiction. we easily took down 2 before they got to our walls. managing to make a hole big enough to get in, they then attempted to retreat. problem was they dismounted their tames so we picked them off easily. we soon killed the magmasaurs and took their loot. we got alot of C4s, so we decided to set traps on paths we figured they would come along, as well as narco traps. second wave came in the form of waves of X rexes. bout 20 of them. they came straight though the C4 trap. i set them off and got almost half of the entire army down to low health. riley mounted on the rocket turrets started laying fire down on the rexes, one by one they fell. i then took out my ferox and tore through the rest of them. they retreated and said in chat it wasn't over. btw it is now the b]next day and more happened yesterday. but i gonna type it in the next post.

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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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I decided it was time for a Ghillie suit, so I popped Kosmo my tapejara out of cryo. Yep, flyers are enabled on the server I’m on. We headed over to the ocean, and the ensuing actions would probably be best accompanied by Benny Hill music. Me, wielding a sword, swimming after evil ducks, while being chased by sharks and eels for twenty minutes. After gathering enough organic polymer, we teleported back to the Bog.

Needless to say, the level 290 Sarco that was spawn camping the teleport ate me up quick! So I teleported back with two Carnos, and we dealt with him. I grabbed all of my equipment, and I think by the time I was ready to pod my Carnos and fly back on Kosmo we had to have killed seven insect swarms and a half dozen other angry dinos.

We landed at base, and I made a Ghillie suit posthaste. Kosmo gave me an appreciative squawk as I walked by in my new duds on my way out to gather some mats. So I was in the middle of gathering narco berries, (I love those little flower things that are just narco berries!) when I looked up and noticed an insect swarm not too far away. It just flew on its merry way and didn’t bother me at all. Best! Thing! Ever!

Thanks, Ghillie Suit!

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Played about 200 hours since Genesis released.
Lots of fun as well as tons of bugs and content in dire need of fixing.

The whole drama around the DLC is giving me motivation to resume work on my arctic themed map.

Mechanics used in my small-scale test map will be slightly reworked, but should remain the same overall. Everything has been heavily play-tested with official settings.
- Frosbite : Weight/movement penalty up to 50% as your character stays longer and longer in the cold. Freezing UI overlay as the status gets worse. (needs fixing)
- Blizzard : Your favorite SE sandstorm with heavy white fog and proper VFX. (done)
- Coldwave : As the name implies, massive drop in temperatures. (done)
- Global spoil timer is increased by 2 to reflect the reality of perishables in cold environnements. (done)
- Ice ressource/nodes will remain and can be used in preservin bins to recreate the same spoil timer as seen in the electric fridge. (done)
- Custom creature spawner per region to reflect the difficulty per said region. (done)
- Complete revamp of all beacon drops. For example, white drops can yield quality stone tools as well as their BPs, crafted bolas, etc. (done)
- Still debating if I'll keep the idea of a custom ice blocks structures to provide great hypo insulation at the expense of weak structural value. (not even started)
 

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25 minutes ago, Darkholis said:

Played about 200 hours since Genesis released.
Lots of fun as well as tons of bugs and content in dire need of fixing.

The whole drama around the DLC is giving me motivation to resume work on my arctic themed map.

Mechanics used in my small-scale test map will be slightly reworked, but should remain the same overall. Everything has been heavily play-tested with official settings.
- Frosbite : Weight/movement penalty up to 50% as your character stays longer and longer in the cold. Freezing UI overlay as the status gets worse. (needs fixing)
- Blizzard : Your favorite SE sandstorm with heavy white fog and proper VFX. (done)
- Coldwave : As the name implies, massive drop in temperatures. (done)
- Global spoil timer is increased by 2 to reflect the reality of perishables in cold environnements. (done)
- Ice ressource/nodes will remain and can be used in preservin bins to recreate the same spoil timer as seen in the electric fridge. (done)
- Custom creature spawner per region to reflect the difficulty per said region. (done)
- Complete revamp of all beacon drops. For example, white drops can yield quality stone tools as well as their BPs, crafted bolas, etc. (done)
- Still debating if I'll keep the idea of a custom ice blocks structures to provide great hypo insulation at the expense of weak structural value. (not even started)
 

do you have custom creatures?

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22 minutes ago, Darkholis said:

There are too many theropods right now and a limited selection of mammals. Since I'm canadian, I was thinking about the mastodon, elephant-sized, herd creature.

If I would do a theropd, most likely the albertosaurus.

albertosaurus is a good one, gorgosaurus is another as it lived in snowy areas. the feathered rex was basically a rex that was engineered to be an effective hunter in the cold. one that was recently discovered in Canada that my friend is obsessed with is the reaper of death, the new tyranid found in Canada. we chose the wendigo because one of my friends lives in the area where its story is passed down and he had been working on a model for it. if you like i can message you mt discord tag and invite you to the server where we have been working on the maps.

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8 hours ago, Kodking194 said:

albertosaurus is a good one, gorgosaurus is another as it lived in snowy areas. the feathered rex was basically a rex that was engineered to be an effective hunter in the cold. one that was recently discovered in Canada that my friend is obsessed with is the reaper of death, the new tyranid found in Canada. we chose the wendigo because one of my friends lives in the area where its story is passed down and he had been working on a model for it. if you like i can message you mt discord tag and invite you to the server where we have been working on the maps.

The reaper would be " Thanatotheristes degrootorum " I believe.

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PS4 - UNofficial Cluster

 

Well Genesis is as I had feared, a big disappointment, and so buggy and laggy that I don't even enjoy playing on it, and can't do most of the missions as the lag is too bad. Especially in the Ocean biome which is just terrible.  Plus the invisible attackers on the Lunar biome have ruined that biome, so no one goes to it, plus the Bog biome is just  dark, boring and annoying, so no one goes there either.  Basically Artic and Volcano are the only playable biomes on our cluster.

 

My cluster only allows one base per tribe on Genesis, so bases aren't the reason for the lag. So  I just log in, refresh timers and log off again.

 

They are running Easter event (with egg laying turned WAAAAY down) on the Abberration server, so I've started trying for event Reaper babies. No luck thus far, and with the Reaper tail Swipe being disabled, it makes it harder to kite Queens into my trap. 

 

Besides that, after 1700 hours of ARK last year, I've really been in a rut this spring. Genesis has Not re-ignited my ARK passion, so basically just logging into to each base/map once a week and refreshing timers. I have even been cryopoding most of my dinos so reduce chance of them decaying.

 

WIth Battlefield V and BF 1 such boring games, I'vce been back playing a ton of Battlefield 4, but it is getting harder to find a good server,  as the game is now 7 years old.

Fortnite, COD and those type of games don't interest me, as I've noticed since I'm nearly 50, my reflexes are just a touch slower over the last year, and I just cannot compete anymore with teenagers on the "whoever fires fastest, wins" games.  At least BF4 allows players who are a tad slower to do other things to help the team win. In fact, last weekend I finished First overall, and only had 5 kills and 6 deaths. BUt I got all my points by playing the objectives and helping out teammates.

 

Oh well.  Hope all you long time regulars here on this thread are doing well.

 

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Today: almost finished the greenhouse/kitchen building (yeah, two in one. I think that's pretty reasonable. It also will have a fenced-off area for dodos).

Podded my rex, mounted an argy and went on an alpha dino hunt in the redwoods (too many bases in the way to just go there on a rex. Like, I COULD, but it takes a lot of time to figure out the way around them all) , killed a level 50 alpha carno and a level 150 alpha raptor (that one was pretty tough, which means that my rex needs some more points in melee), got two nice chitin leggings, two nice crossbows, and pretty neat pick and hatchet from them.

Unpodded my argy, podded the rex, and went home... Except I got disconnected while flying really high, and spent several minutes (felt like an eternity) trying to get back, while being absolutely sure that I fell and died and my beautiful, alpha-munching rex is sitting in my death inventory in the pod, at the mercy of whoever might be passing by. Fortunately, turned out that I fell safely into some player's base, alive, my rex still with me, so the only real inconvenience was having to grab another argy and retrieve the first one who was flying too high to whistle follow from the land (even with the spyglass).

Oh, and also hatched three tek rexes. And killed them. One was female which is great, but inherited mother's stats which are fairly low (her mother was tamed for colors and is decent for a FIRST rex, but not good enough for me to want those stats on my bred ones). One got dad's stats which is great, but I don't need a second non-mutated male. And one was a mutated male, but the mutation was on oxygen and the accompanying color was green on the head, so not deserving of life either.

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7 hours ago, Aushegun said:

PS4 - UNofficial Cluster

 

Well Genesis is as I had feared, a big disappointment, and so buggy and laggy that I don't even enjoy playing on it, and can't do most of the missions as the lag is too bad. Especially in the Ocean biome which is just terrible.  Plus the invisible attackers on the Lunar biome have ruined that biome, so no one goes to it, plus the Bog biome is just  dark, boring and annoying, so no one goes there either.  Basically Artic and Volcano are the only playable biomes on our cluster.

 

My cluster only allows one base per tribe on Genesis, so bases aren't the reason for the lag. So  I just log in, refresh timers and log off again.

 

They are running Easter event (with egg laying turned WAAAAY down) on the Abberration server, so I've started trying for event Reaper babies. No luck thus far, and with the Reaper tail Swipe being disabled, it makes it harder to kite Queens into my trap. 

 

Besides that, after 1700 hours of ARK last year, I've really been in a rut this spring. Genesis has Not re-ignited my ARK passion, so basically just logging into to each base/map once a week and refreshing timers. I have even been cryopoding most of my dinos so reduce chance of them decaying.

 

WIth Battlefield V and BF 1 such boring games, I'vce been back playing a ton of Battlefield 4, but it is getting harder to find a good server,  as the game is now 7 years old.

Fortnite, COD and those type of games don't interest me, as I've noticed since I'm nearly 50, my reflexes are just a touch slower over the last year, and I just cannot compete anymore with teenagers on the "whoever fires fastest, wins" games.  At least BF4 allows players who are a tad slower to do other things to help the team win. In fact, last weekend I finished First overall, and only had 5 kills and 6 deaths. BUt I got all my points by playing the objectives and helping out teammates.

 

Oh well.  Hope all you long time regulars here on this thread are doing well.

 

I'm itching to play GTA again.. dunno why but just need a different vibe. So I understand that much..  

Sometimes it's just good to take a break. 

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I've taken a lot of time off ark so need a ask a question about levels.. is there a maximum level cap or can I go wild and breed level 400 + thylas.

I'm not there yet I have a twin pair of 120 tamed and I'm wondering about my Xbox settings to ensure I'm not creating an awful breeding timer and incurring impossible imprints. 

I'm working on my thylas after I lost 3 years work deleting the wrong map save.

Sorry to ask those on Xbox I would ask hubby but he's busy with another targeted swarm! ?

Can't post current settings as hubby still playing with fly swarm! We might be a while!

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On 3/13/2020 at 12:26 PM, Crymric said:

Waited 42 min for transfer. Put the goods in the vault on the other side. Wait 12 min for transfer. Gameplay time gone, went to work.

I did that yesterday trying to play, except I only got into game for 1 min to make sure it worked again. Update client, update server - 10 mins. Start client and let mod updates install - 3 mins. Start server - 6 mins. Join game - 1 min, crash. Revalidate files - 30 mins. Redownload 3600 and some files - 20 mins. Install same files - 15 mins. Start game, join server - 4 mins. It works - 1 min. 

Log off, shut down everything and say goodnight - who cares, 90 mins game time gone. I just wanted to look around for a friggin featherlight. 

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Today: Built a trap near my base so that I can tame stuff again.

Tried to tame a new allo, because level 145, mint-green one would have been a fine addition to my pack. Plus it was female, and I kinda need a fresh, non-mutated one (didn't hit the limit, but my current mutations are of the pretty kind, not the useful one). Ended up accidentally killing it, because tranq arrows didn't give any torpor. Kinda wish I didn't get greedy with resources and just used tranq darts+rifle - a few saved ingots aren't worth the life of a perfectly fine allosaurus.

Tranqed a tek rex (used rifle this time), then killed it intentionally because stats sucked.

Dismantled almost all of my old base (it's small! I'm just too lazy to do it all in one go).

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Just witnessed an entire server that had the whole map to themselves get wiped (They were a very friendly bunch of asians, I assume, because they wrote in "boxbox". But some were european. I knew a few of them since the winter event). 8months of build just went down in a matter of 20mins for each "base/teleport" location they built in. Caves took mere seconds, it's a joke.
It drove all of them to the point of anger and madness to weaponize and superspread COVID-19 to as many people as they can, like the swamp fever (one of them said lol), some of their friends/relatives have already died from what I heard so I suppose they are acting in an irrational form of "nothing more to lose, and don't give a flying F".
I don't blame them and feel kinda bad, but the game is designed in this way. Don't play if you cannot handle this gravity of loss. Everyone gets the same during raids regardless of what caliber they are, we all get wiped because it's only a matter of time and you lose all that you bring to the table. There are lots of ways to wipe bases quickly: cluster grenades, plat saddles, or just OP dinos etc. Like these vids as example...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uDe-oe3LTo

Looks like they got nothing to play in ARK during quarantine, I guess the best thing to do is really go out there and take some fresh air. Gaming can be understandably stressful and infuriating, so if you are new to PvP Official just be aware of the circumstances involved, play responsibly and don't let things get to your head, specially in this period of time. If your base is found... It's likely a relentless '24hr+' no sleep battle to keep your base alive. If offline raid, then say goodbye to all your work. Just expect these things.

They were really kind people and even helped me out with starter kits and resources or just offered help if I ever get raided...
I hope better things are ahead and waiting for them in life for being such cool friends to play with. Here I decided to share their untold war-story to immortalize the goodness within them, before slowly finding themselves fall down a dark path. I fear a lot of similar events are bound to happen so use this as a lesson to not tilt so hard and just go chill.
This is peak gaming on PvP Official servers for you.

It's why, at the same time, I may seem like I contradict myself because don't believe in the saying: "It's just a game bro, who cares, forget about it." (But one is careless, and the other is chill).
Because even though virtual, we are still interconnected in many other ways and still share emotional bonds and effects such as empathy, hatred, love, friendship, betrayal, etc.
It is still a real living/feeding/breathing human being (with their own life influence upon them) on the other end of the internet which many seem to forget or deliberately put aside.
This incident awakened a deep sense of Humanitarianism within me to do something about it, whether ingame or real life but this game clearly doesn't revolve around such things, it is us who has to play around the "metas" of ARK even though it is terrible, unbalanced, unfair, anger-inducing, or whatever.
Maybe it is time; to give up on trying to make a difference or impact. Instead, just let things flow... Allow destruction to run its course to pave way for change to happen. Besides, one learns a whole lot more from failure than from success. There is always something to take from a downfall, if one hasn't forgotten to look.
Anyone else got such "Stories of ARK" to tell from your experience?

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Today I finally used almost all of my dodo eggs! I had about 320 eggs (been accumulating them for a long time), now I have 17 and a whole lot of Basic kibble (much more useful!)

Also, accidentally trapped Nightshade (my current favorite tek rex) in my allo trap while killing a paracer that fell into it. Luckily, I had a cryopod on me, so getting him out was simple.

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