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Completed Beta Rockwell.   I took in 12 megalos, 2 reapers as bodyguards, my drake and a light pet.  By far the hardest boss fight I've had thus far.   Drake just about died,  light pet did die when I got knocked off my mount, and the megalos wouldn't attack when they were supposed to so I did the entire fight with my shotgun.   Finally got them to attack during the last "round" and they shredded what was left of his health.   I did beta because that gave me the last two engrams I needed.   I think I'll have to beef up the army a touch for the alpha ascension.  Was a blast though.  I was nervous going in, and rightly so by the outcome, but very glad I did it.

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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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(Official, Valguero) Fed dinos (3 meat runs, one on giga, one on a wyvern, one on a MEK. That was't necessary, but I felt like adding some variety). Noticed it's X2, so decided to try for a tuso again: unpodded three turtles, leveled them in health and a bit of speed, and repodded. Repaired SCUBAS. Took pearls. Went to the Abyss. Nope. No squid. And after I killed a ton of things still no squid. At least got some BPs and some loot to break for resources, and a great tropeo saddle that'll go onto the fully imprinted tropeo once I actually bother to raise a fully imprinted tropeo.

Parked the basilo in the water pen again, brought loot to the base, ground it up (except for tropo saddle, of course), put the better of the BPs into the vault, made the organic poly into soap.

And that's all for today.

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Spent more time working on my base. Added a house for myself with a nice porch. It’s got some really nice views. Beneath my house I built storage for weapons, saddles and their blueprints. Built houses around my forge, replicator and one for a grinder, fabricator and chem bench. After that I teleported back to my old base to collect all the items and resources. Went back and forth for those, as well as to bring my dino’s over. Birds are all on the roof, megatherium/Fenrir and kento in the stable. Erin is located next to my house, same goes for my doeds and ankylo’s. The latter two still need designated area’s, but I had no inspiration for new buildings. Also found a chainsaw in a drop. Killed a brachiosaurus on my way to another drop. Collected a ton of hide. This will really help fill my hide storage for saddle’s in the future. After I filled my troughs with meat, I called it a day.

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(Official, Extinction) As always, I started by checking nearest wasteland for blue OSDs.

But there weren't any.

An element vein emerged right in front of me, and I decided that I may as well try that. Happened to have a hatchet on me anyway, engram quality but still, so I was even sorta-prepared for possible success.

Well, the waves were pretty big, but otherwise it was really easy: mostly dilos and pteras, that's 1-2 bites and often up to five at a time if they were close together (though would have been even better if I had a giga with me instead of a rex). Stegos, raptors, a few carnos later on. One trike and one rex (level 5. Seriously?), but those might have just happened as a random spawn rather than a part of the wave.

Honestly, nodes themselves were more of a problem, singe I often got stuck on the smaller ones. And, of course, the dreaded "1 hostile remaining" where the "1 hostile" is somewhere far away, or just plain hasn't even spawned yet.

But yeah. I did it, and I harvested it, and I got enough dust for 5 element and over 30 shards (that I uploaded), plus 300-something straight-up shards (that I left in a random terminal for someone to find, because I have no use for it on Ext, but crushing all of that into dust would take forever).

And then I fed dinos.

(Official, Crystal isles) Nothing interesting here, just refreshed the base.

(Official, Valguero) Fed dinos. Got the dust and made it into element and shards.

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(Official, Extinction) Fed dinos, defended a vein, uploaded dust.

(Official, Valguero) Fed dinos, thought about going for a squid but realized it's 1x. Decided to prepare for when I'll have to leave my base for a while instead (it'll be 7 days instead of 10 because plans changed, but still, that's long enough!).

So I podded almost all of my dinos, leaving out only a few of them of them: 1 gasbags, 2 wyverns, 1 giga, 1 unicorn, 1 moschops, 1 tropeo, 1 argent, 1 anky, a doed, all three of yuties (to let them lay eggs right until I'll have to pod them), an oviraptor, a megatherium, a mammoth, a managarmr, a thyla, and the rock elemental (it'll stay out even after the rest re podded - sadly, it's a chalk variation).

I also picked up all the boss flags and my favorite wyvern dermis, and saved some of my dinos' important belongings in a box (Granite's saddle, breeder male tek rex's bone suit, Eggvelyne's allo brain). Picked up beehives, as well.

Put my boss army and podded babies into the fridge by the tek gen to ensure maximum survival chance (normally they all are in the fridges in the hatchery), had to install a fourth cryofridge to fit that all.

Uploaded some cryopods, one of them with a saddled ptera inside.

(Official, Extinction) Got the pods. Unpodded ptera, podded everything else. Uploaded the filled pods and used the ptera to return to my base (yeah, the ptera will have to stay out. Not much of a loss if it dies, though: I have a baby female with same stats back on Valg, and saddles are cheap to make).

(Official, Crystal Isles) Put my asc metal pick in the box. Got the pods. Podded one of the wyverns. Went to the obelisk, podded second wyvern, waited out the cooldown, uploaded, then ran to the nearest wild spino to die and respawn back at my base.

(Official, Valguero) Got the full pods and put them in the fridge. Made some metal pillars and ladders and placed them in my base (it's a "walled-off land with a few buildings type of base, not "giant enclosed box") just in case.

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So, now I won't have to do anything with my sidebases other than refresh them, and when the time comes, I'll only have a few dinos to pod, but at the moment I still have enough of them out to play while I can.

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I continued my vicious cycle of overestimating the amount of meat I needed to raise babies, realizing  I had lots of leftovers after a few are done, deciding to raise some more babies that were podded/finish incubating some eggs, freaking out at my “low” meat supply and getting more, deciding to do more babies because of all the leftovers… 

My poor maewing is going to need Bag Balm soon. 

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(Official, Valguero) I started today with a huuuge metal run - forge nearly full! I just stuck a stack of gasoline in there and left it on.

Then stone run, also big, made a lot of cementing paste, spent all my keratin and some chitin.

Then chitin run. Huge. Vault full, even had some extra (that went into the chem bench).

Then some crate hunting with Mara. Went fine, until I went into the loot cave and didn't dismount quite right near the red crate. Fell to my death. Unpodded a lymantria, returned to the cave, got back Mara, repodded the lymnatria. You'd think that things would be fine after that...

Nope!

Lags caused me to land into lava instead of near the blue crate. Mara nearly died.

Finished the crate run (and didn't even get anything decent), returned home, fed dinos.

(Official, Extinction) Realized that with just a ptera that may not even survive to my return (whether due to starvation or due to auto-decay), I'll have hard time getting my dinos back when the time comes, so got some mats and made an enforcer, which will stay unassembled stored safely in my smithy, until I'll need it. Fed the ptera.

Also, apparently corrupted raptors can pounce (they missed, fortunately, but I didn't know they were able to even try).

(Official, Crystal Isles) Refreshed base.

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(Official, Valguero) Put the metal into the vault (and I'm back to comfortable 79 stacks! Finally!). Made a lot of cementing paste. Podded the remaining dinos, put them in the fridge, put a sufficient amount of element into the generator.

(Official, Extinction) Fed the ptera.

Tomorrow I'll refresh bases (including CI) one last time, turn the generator on, and you won't hear from me for a week because I won't be doing anything in ARK due to being very far away from my computer.

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I finally broke down and got the Genesis season pass.   Gen 2 is gorgeous.   I build up a 2 x 2 shack with the basics,  then transfered back to my main base to craft all the new toys I unlocked.   Made up a tek bow,  tek canteen and some nets for my harpoon gun.   Back to Gen 2.  I then snagged the first decent level r-thyla I could find and started exploring.  The tek bow is amazing.    Searching for the perfect  spot to set up the main base for the map.   So many options.

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Today I mainly continued to work on our building we are going to use for crafting (replicator/smithy/fabricator/chemistry bench etc.) and storage. We recently had enough element to build enough dedicated storages which we are going to place in that room. We really need to finish it because our vaults are bulking out, but due to the double taming/breeding of the past few days, we focused on other things and didn't get to it. It's on top of the water, so the pillars need to go down quitte far.

But, finally the floor is finished and part of the walls are standing. Tomorrow we hopefully have time to finish it, including the interior. :)

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Mind wiped yesterday and spent the day making stuff.  Demolished my whole supply of materials in the process.

Took rexes and therizinos out of pods and added all the passive levels they have been getting recently.  Gave them all MC saddles, and deemed them ready for bosses. I just need to get two more artifacts from the laberynth and we will be on our way.

Took ice wyvern out of pod and let it mature with 2x rates for awhile and it is now 90%.

Once I mind-wiped back to normal I spent today collecting materials and re-stocking the shelves.

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Been awhile since I last played. Was actively playing some other games and also haven't had the energy to fire up ark. This is a compilation of small sessions here and there.

Continued breeding Megatheriums on Fjordur. Still no success. The game just doesn't want me to have a baby with all the stats. Planned on expanding to a area below, but the terrain is very uneven and placing a behemoth gate just looks weird 😅. Need to plan some more and work out how to exactly encorporate the lower area. Decorated my base a bit, but didn't do anything else of note.

On Ragnarok I just messed around. Flying about, murdering low level creatures. Hoping something useful would pop up. No luck again. Seems Ark hasn't been on my side me the times I played. Hopefully I will find some more energy to just play for a bit on a more regular basis. Although I just got a new job, so that probably won't happen...

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I'm back! I haven't done anything today yet (just returned home), but once the game is done updating, I'll first visit (Official, Valguero) to see how things are there (if things are still there - first time leaving for so long, remember?), and if everything's in order, I'll unpod some dinos, feed them, and take podded sidebase dinos into my inventory to send them to their proper places tomorrow.

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(Official, Valguero) just as I said, I unpodded some of the dinos. No rexes - I haven't been breeding them in forever, so instead two slots of the breeding stand are now occupied by yuty females, and the rest are empty.

A pleasant surprise: my golem, flags, wooden structures and electronics survived. So did most of the taxidermy bases.

I fed the dinos, installed and fed new beehives, gave Eggvelyne back her allo brain (she must always have it - that's what makes her different from any other dodo, after all - others didn't fight an allo and land the killing blow on it!), and put the baby pods and boss army ones back into the hatchery's fridge, where they belong.

The pods containing sidebase dinos are currently in my inventory.

(Official, Extinction) The ptera is alive! And I fed her. That's all.

Nothing was done on (Official, Crystal Isles) because there's nothing there right now besides the base itself, and that'll wait until tomorrow.

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(Official, Valguero) Saw an alpha rex, grabbed the chibi, took Phobos, and killed it. Not a whole lot of EXP, but at least something.

Uploaded the sidebase dinos.

(Official, Crystal Isles) Went to grab my wyverns form the nearest drop. Almost got killed by some compies, then got my wyverns and immediately unpodded one to kill the compies with.

(Official, Extinction) Got my dinos. Took Biter and went to check the wasteland for any low-danger drops/veins I could do. There weren't any, the only vein I found was a higher difficulty one, and someone already was there with a pack of gigas. I watched for a bit, then, as I was riding away, a wave (carnos and paracers with a few raptors) spawned in my way. Killed them.

Returned home, just in time - a meteorite shower started!

Built new pipes, this time only the intake and the part within the base are ground-level, the rest is raised, hopefully high enough that no defense unit will break it ever again.

Fed dinos.

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I was able to find a low level tek stryder with the saddlebags and excavation rig.  What an amazing tame.   I have been making ark daily trips to the space biome and cranking out all the resources.  I also tentatively poked my head into the Rockwell area on gen 2.   Scary place but not overly so.  Had a noggin take over my thyla.   His bites hurt!  I rocketed up to the sky and waited till the noggin fell off.   Not sure if I want to try and tame one as I'm only singleplayer pve,  but there is the achievement....

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Having a great time on Extinction!

I play with my best friend on a private server and since autumn 2020, we've been making our way through the story maps. Before that, we dabbled a bit on Ragnarok, Center and Crystal Isles and then decided to start the Island over and ascend each of the DLC maps.

About a month ago, after ascending from Aberration, we started on Extinction. I know I'm late to the party, but this is a really fun map! It's so good to have constant daylight in the city/wasteland areas after the oppressive atmosphere of Aberration. (Aberration has been one of my favourite maps out of all the ones I've visited so far. It is so well designed, the progression is so well thought out and the atmosphere is unique but it IS the Broken Ark and getting out of it feels rewarding: you get to see the sun again!).

We started in the sunken forest with nothing but our ascended characters, spent a week there building a small starter base and taming a pack of carnos and raptors. And gachas! We tamed a male and 3 females, high levels and I've been breeding them every chance I got and now have about 15 element gachas and several covering the other resources. Haven't set up a proper farm yet because we haven't settled down.

After sunken forest, we moved to Sanctuary and explored it. It's such an interesting design! We commented on how well it captured that post apocalyptic feel, and it is so different from the other maps. Exploring a ruined city, imagining what kind of districts the various regions must have contained in its heydey. The people who lived and worked in this bustling metropolis, with that great twisted shard sticking out from the earth spelling out its eventual destruction.

We tamed a gasbags in the wasteland and hopped over to the desert. What silly fun! Love it. Got ourselves a romantic little adobe house and tamed some high level velonosaurs. Finally saw a return of the day/night cycle and it was such a welcome throwback to the normalcy of the Island/Scorched Earth maps.

We have now made our way to Snow Dome and tamed Snow Owls and finally a pair of managarmr. I really love the crazy new creatures in Extinction, their uniqueness and the fun factor of using them. Now I can finally see what the fuss about Managarmrs has been about and it is so much fun to zip around on. And of course, the boosts and dashes are essential when you've managed to get caught in a meteor storm out in the wastelands!

Yesterday, we attempted our first OSD defence - a  blue drop with 3 carnos and 5 raptors and we managed to defend it with about 500 hp left. Learnt some lessons, but our final goal on the map now is an element vein defence.

Once we've achieved that, we'll return to our main base on the Island, fetch our best gear, 99 melee gigas and smash the titans! Then onto the next.

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(Official, Extinction) Fed dinos. Wandered around looking for drops/veins, found nothing. Took down the rest of the old pipes.

(Official, Valguero) Saw a new structure near my base - three metal gates in a triangle shape. NOT built by the player who had once claimed the land I was claiming when I went away for a minute to grab more pillars. Indeed, THAT player's pillars were gone.

While it could mean that the new player "bought" the land with some in-game goods, this particular chunk of land was

1. RIGHT NEAR MY BASE. I mean, it was literally the place to which I would have extended my fence long ago if I wasn't rudely prevented from doing so.

and 2. Partially pillared by me since forever, so what could they even fit in there, a 2x2 hut? Seriously, the land was mostly mine anyway, the only reason I haven't expanded before was because other's pillars prevented me from making a large even continuation of the existing fence, and expanding a bit (like, 4 foundations) wasn't an option because a drop lands where the fence would go in that case. And making a weird uneven shape that's only about 1 giga wide for about half of its length is just no.

And anyway, while I don't pay much attention to the pillars unless they inconvenience me (Official PVE... You pretty much end up pillar-blind except when building, after a little while) judging by a building of yet another player, there's more land for them to use. Land, building on which won't land (heh) them wall-to-wall (well, as much as that's possible) to me.

After I finished the new fence and took down the wall between the old and the new parts, I destroyed my old unicorn stable.

I still want all my unicorns on display, obviously, it's just that now I can afford a proper, nice stable instead of single-row six-box one I had before, as in the bigger base it will no longer look awkward. I already built the floor, and (partially) the walls, as well as built a new trough, filled it, and moved all my herbivores to it.

After that I fed the rest of the dinos. For today that's all.

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(Official, Valguero) Finished the unicorn stable. Put unicorns into it.

Returned basilos to the water pen and filled their trough.

Spent some time thinking about what I could build now that I have so much space, but so far got no cool ideas other than maybe picking a tree and building a wood/greenhouse structure around in to preserve it forever (as well as ensure blocking spawns, because I'm pretty sure those wild jerboas spawned, rather than already were there when I was building the fence).

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Logged into into an Ragnarok Official server I've played at over a year ago. We are trying to tame a Mantis, so we were  hunting Deathworms for their horns. Useful to have an old survivor there with 64-ish levels to have some base stats.

Over the course of the day we gathered 9 Deathworm horns, so with double taming that should be able to allow us to tame two lv 150 Mantises (Manti?).

Further more did some usual stuff on Crystal Isles. Empty the Achatina's, imprint the Giga (96% now). Also prepared some stuff so we can build a small base on Genesis 2.

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Went to my Gen2 character (I just don’t trust character transfer to risk my main) to get a high level male and female R-velos. Got the lady just fine, minus almost dying from rock gollum I didn’t notice throwing a boulder at my face. Rude. Dude was a bit more difficult, found one but as I was dodging his hail of ouchies while trying to lure him into the trap, I instead accidentally lured him off a cliff into a river with a ton of spinos. Got distracted by light pets while looking for another one so didn’t get one but did come back with a featherlight, 3 shinehorns, a bulbdog, and a glowtail. Oops lol

That was also my first time venturing out of Eden on Gen2. Came across a pod of space dolphins while crossing. Now I needs them. 

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(Official, Crystal Isles) Refreshed base.

(Official, Extinction) Looked for drops (nope), then for element gachas (went through six or seven, none had dust. Killed all after checking production, of course). Fed dinos.

(Official, Valguero) Grabbed turtles, basilo, SCUBAs and pearls and went for a tuso.

And found a tuso! Level 50, but still.

And tamed it! Well, her. She's a female.

Then I tried looking for a higher level tuso, with mine podded and turtle on follow because I didn't take a spare pod with me.

Didn't find it, unless we count an alpha (which I killed. It was very annoying to do - the thing was fast and inked near-constantly).

Then I looked for crates (no decent BPs. Found a tuso saddle, though, so I was able to ride my squid a bit without having to go home and make a saddle first).

Turtle got lost somewhere on the way. Don't really care, it was just an unnamed wild-tame whose sole purpose was to distract the squid. It distracted the squid. Its job is done.

And then I went home, named the squid (She's Lilith now. Because one phrase said by Lilith from Secret World Legends fits tusos pretty well: "I'm going to hug the boiling viscera out of you!"), made a better saddle, went to the lake to test the mighty cephalopod's abilities for real... And nearly lost her to some sharks. Apparently, tusos have great range and are unstoppable... Unless the enemy gets close, at which point if you can't swim away, you're basically dead. Also, the whole "turn around to attack" thing is pretty awkward.

So, yeah. Lilith is going to live in a cryopod and never come out of it.

Another cool but entirely useless tame.

Made a structure to occupy some (not much! Big buildings would look out of place at my base) space and block some spawns within the base. At first I wanted to build around some tree, preserving it, but one tree I deemed appropriate for that was on uneven ground, and the other, for some reason, had a bit on unbuildable ground near it (not in the direction of the drop's place, so no idea what's that about). So I built a featherlight coop instead. It's made of triangle wood foundations, walls and ceiling are greenhouse. the roof is made of triangle greenhouse pieces, but there's also a circle of greenhouse double doorframes in the middle, supporting the ceilings (also greenhouse, also triangle), with a hole in the middle, because there's a dino leash inside.

Currently it contains two featherlights.

Also, filled Thea the maewing with meat and unpodded a baby featherlight I had since forever. I don't know if it'll survive the night even with that, but I don't particularly care - if it dies, hatching a new egg won't take long.

After all that - fed dinos, logged off. And that's all for today.

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