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After spending almost my entire holiday event breeding and raising a second boss army on Rag I started a new character and went back to the Island.  I never officially beat it in PVE when I was there before and I wanted to check it off my list before moving forward.  My tribe partner has never beaten the bosses there either so she is on board with the plan.

We are currently in the Search and Test phase of the plan. She went one direction while I went another.  We are trying out different servers to see which ones perform well enough to call home... spending time at each one to test lag / crash issues and also see which ones have a decent spot to build.  

I spent a couple hours on one today on the newb beach.  Said hello to the locals and built a raft.  It is now outfitted with the basics and I will likely set sail next time I play.  I will navigate around the island and take notes about base locations.  If I can make it all the way around without crashing then the server will get a yes vote.

If for no other reason, just bobbing around on the beach is pretty fun.

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(Offcial, Valguero) Moved spoiled meat form the troughs to Chocolate's inventory and unpodded mantises for raising.

Fed dinos. Imprinted the magma (he was already 99.7% grown, so that was the last imprint).

Bred wyverns, mantises, gigas and sinomacrops.

Out of the eggs: wyvern: cracked. Wrong stats, wrong inherited colors, pink mutation. Just wrong. Sinos: 1 kept, male, melee mutation, magenta on region 0. I don't really like magenta, but sinos are allowed to be whatever color they want - after all, being tiny and brightly colored is kinda their thing. Both mantis eggs kept for now, but I'll think about them again once they're hatched - might kill them after all. Both giga eggs cracked - clean males.

Raided beaver dams again. On my way home realized that my elevator tower is an awfully awkward thing, not quite matching my other buildings (took me long enough), so I took down most of height, leaving only the first row of large stone walls, and then topping them with a single row of greenhouse walls (with the height difference between the gateframe and the last pair of walls before it smoothed out by a pair of sloped greenhouse walls).

That, however, left the platform (which is actually the end of the pillar-suported bridge that leads to the workshop, and was always separate from the tower, it's just much more obvious now) to which the elevator arrives look as if it isn't properly supported, so I added more pillars from two of its ceiling squares to the tower's floor (though it can't really be called a tower now). In the future I'll add pillars to another two of its ceiling squares, for symmetry.

The whole thing is now more in line with the rest of my base, and reworking it got rid of a large shadow over my raising corner.

Once I was done, I imprinted Electro for the first time, podded him and the other three mantises, and logged off.

And that's all for today.

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I tamed an Astrodelphis . . . then I looked up the saddle. Yep, to low level to make it. He does brighten up the base, though. So I started thinking about ascending, which is a ways off. And that brought me back to the island to start getting my Theris ready for the gamma (Heh, almost typed "grandma" instead of gamma) dragon. 

I triple checked the unlimited mindwipes setting before transferring in. Once at my base, I figured out the total resource cost of making nineteen Theri saddles, and then it was back to the resource grind. Resources collected, I mindwiped and crafted them. The base saddle BP is 56ac, and the best one I made is 71ac. I mindwiped again and messed up on allocating my stat points, then I mindwiped and did it again, and I went through that one last time before getting it right. (I may have had a few to many adult libations by that point. . . )

Anyway, it's been a Theri leveling spree since then. I started doing circuits of carno island, but that got old pretty quickly. I then decided to just roam the island while leveling them, since there are so many places I've never gone on foot before. I discovered a number of new explorer notes doing this. I also went up a mountain while leveling Max II, crested a rise in the path, saw a Giga attacking something, then rode down the mountain waving my hands like the kid from the Home Alone movies. Luckily, the giga was too busy to notice. I've leveled eleven so far, so half way at least. 

Anyway, that's where things are at. Happy Arking, All!

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(Official, Valguero) Fed dinos, moved the magma (uncreatively named Forge. Might rename him at some point, it was more of an "congrats, you're an adult now" name than a serious one)  to his parents and gave him a few stacks of stone.

Unpodded mantises.

Hatched the eggs, decided to kill the twins from one of them (male), kept the female. The magenta sino egg also turned out to be twins, kept both.

Bred wyverns and dodos. Cracked the wyvern egg - wrong colors again. Kept two dodo ones, oe form Veggie and the other form Eggvelyne the Slayer - both were male and had mutations, and I decided to let both hatch and keep whichever one looks better.

Added more pillars to the elevator tower, and it's finished now.

Took Hothead and went hunting things, not for resources but just because it's fun to kill stuff with molten metal.

The dodo eggs hatched and I decided that the one from Eggvelyne the Slayer looked better (powder blue forehead/legs), so that one stays and the other I killed.

Podded mantises.

(Official, Lost Island) Fed dinos, checked the Genesis engrams to see what's worth crafting to send to main base (I men, other than another magma saddle), but haven't decided on anything.

(Official, Extinction) Fed dinos.

(Official, Crystal Isles) Refreshed base.

And that's all for today.

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I spent over an hour looking for a stupid cave on Lost Island (SP) following a guide only to realize that they had their coordinates wrong and that when they said "Behind the waterfall" they meant "Over and behind the waterfall"...and that I'd walked right past it like four times because I'm a dummy. Then I shut down the game to grab some lunch and when I came back it kept crashing when attempting to load into my save so now I'm verifying my game files and hoping it works because I was enjoying that save. 

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(Official, Valgeuro) Fed dinos, unpodded mantises and a mutated dodo, bred gigas, dodos, mantises, wyverns, sinos and maewings.

Out of all the eggs I got as a result I kept two dodo ones (female, but I wanted to see if their new colors look good enough to try and carry them over onto a male. They didn't, so I killed them), one mantis (male, mutated - pink (70) on region 0), both gigas (clean females), and one maewing (my first maewing mutation!)

Also, checked my boxes and artifact pedestals to see what I have, because I want to do beta bosses at some point - turns out I'm only missing Artifact of the Cunning, and according to the wiki it's really easy to get on Valg, so I'll do that at some point.

Repodded mantises, put more berries into Duck's inventory for the dodo, and that's all for today.

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I'm still leveling my Theris. However,  I only have two left to go. (Woo Hoo!) Plus, my otter, Boogles, has opened Boogles' Bakery to help with the Sweet Veggie Cakes, and he's already stockpiled enough for one dragon attempt. (Second Woo Hoo!) Unfortunately, he's not the best baker . . .


"Dude, I seriously don't think Christmas Bark is supposed to have real bark in it."

Boogles chirps angrily for a few seconds before pointing to a nearby poster. The neon-pink text splashed across it reads, "The Pâtissier is Always Right!"

"Okay, first, I have no idea how to pronounce that, and second . . . did you really paint that on my Farrah Fawcett POSTER!?!?!"

Boogles makes a rude gesture.

"Oh! You uppity little fur ball. I'll make--"

This is when Son of A . . , my pego, diffuses the situation by crop dusting us. 

Me: *Sniff*

Boogles: *Sniff*

Both of us: "Hrrk!"

Darn! I don't know what he eats, but his farts could probably take out a giga. Anyway, I should be able to give the Grandma Dragon (Chose to embrace it) another try over the weekend. Wish me luck! And have fun Arking, All. 

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(Official, Lost Island) Fed dinos, did a metal run, learned a few Gen and Gen 2 engrams to craft later.

(Official, Valguero) Fed dinos, unpodded mantises for raising - and unpodded one of the twin pink sinos as well.

Hatched eggs from the last time, replaced the previous dodo male with the now-grown one, bred wyverns, gigas, sinos, dodos and mantises.

Out of the eggs only one stays... And it's a wyvern one! The health isn't right, but other than that - right melee, right weight, food and stamina, right gender (male) and all three grays inherited! So yeah. I'll hatch that, and I'll raise that, and then it'll be my main fire wyvern, but I'll keep breeding to try and get same but with right health, or maybe same but with gray or black mutation on the only non-gray region left.

Gave bees more flowers. Made some kibble, ran out of longrass before I ran out of yuty eggs.

Took my secondary ice wyvern and went to grab the artifact. It really was easy, and now I'm ready for the Beta - I'll just need to wait for a day when I feel like it and the server behaves nicely enough, maybe do a few test runs in SP before that, and then I'll do it. in the mean time the artifact joined all the others on my workshop's roof - it looks really nice.

And then I repodded babies except the sino, gave Duck more chitin for the sino, and that's all for today.

The Extinction and Crystal Isles sidebases will wait until tomorrow.


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Well, it only took five years of on and off playing, but I finally got the "Survivor Evolved" and "Master Survivor" achievements. With the Theris being smaller, we didn't get stuck on the teleport pad upon arrival like the first time when I tried it with Rexes. The only hitch was me forgetting to start on courage roars right away when grandma dragon landed. Overall, we burned through eighty something cakes during the fight, and none of my dinos were very hurt at the end. Now I have to decide if I want to gather enough tribute for both beta and alpha or just skip to alpha. Decisions . . . . Decisions . . . . 

Happy Arking, All!

(Edited to add: I even remembered to bring a taxidermy tool, so I now have a dragon on top of my artifact and cryo tree display building.)

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Was really hoping for EVO event this weekend to finish up raising this batch of baby therizinos and yuties. No luck there, but I did take them out for a few hours anyway.  They are now all between 70-90 % done, so getting closer.  My rex line is mostly done with babies popping at 40.2k health and 1225 melee.  I have a couple with 1237 melee but other stats like food and oxygen are still a little too high... have to play with those a little more to get overall level below 370. Baby work is never done. lol

Took a break from babies and did the beta boss fight.  It was successful with no losses but about half the team got stuck under the dragon when it died and then the manticore didn't wan to land.  It took longer than I wanted and several team members really took a beating but all good in the end.

PVE Island Official

After several servers and searching, we found a good server and a good spot near the Red Obelisk in the SW corner.  Construction starts tonight 😀

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(Singleplayer, Valguero, no SP settings, only mod used was one that allowed for instant cloning and dino base stat adjustment) Spawned tributes for beta, a yuty (level 100) and a saddle for it (91 armor, which is a few points worse than what my yuty on official wears).

Spawned a rex and used the mod items to adjust its stats until it was about same as the worst of my boss rexes on official (a bit over 30000 health, 500-ish % melee), then made 16 copies of that rex. All rexes received 73 armor saddles, which is about same as the worst one I could make with my BP on official. The adjustment of the base stats was because I'm not leveling 17 rexes. Not even with commands. So I just made them right from the start.

As the rexes were all clones, there was no mating boost (the mod allowed to change gender as well, but I decided to see if I could do it with the worst possible army - if I could, that'd mean my real one on official will do just fine)

No daeodon was used, as it is highly likely that in the real bossfight I'll forget the food for it and it'll be useless anyway.

The fight was... Well, it was a cluster*BEEEP*. The dragon did not come to me, so I had to send the rexes to it. Which meant fighting the dragon and the megapithecus at the same time, with the manticore occasionally joining in. A rex or two fell.

But the dragon died.

Then the megapithecus: a few more rexes died, and the manticore still joined in sometimes, but in the end the ape fell too.

And then, manticore. It behaved in its typical manner, flying high most of the time, but it fell as well. More rexes died, I think I was left with six, but that's not important. Victory is.

I remind you: this test run was done with worse rexes than the majority of my actual army is, with no mating boost, slightly worse than real saddles, and no healer. Also with the bosses behaving in the worst possible way. And yet I won.

So it's safe to assume that when I decide to do the beta bosses on official, I'll do just fine (yes, I know I did  beta test run in SP some time ago, with similar results, but repeated tests are good for confidence).

(Official, Crystal Isles) Refreshed base.

(Official, Extinction) Fed dinos.

(Official, Valguero) Checked on the sino (growing fine), hatched the eggs (wyvern and two older giga ones), and the wyvern is so cool! You can barely tell he's not all gray. I named him Alduin. I podded him for later, but I'll definitely start raising him soon.

Bred dodos, sinos and gigas. Kept one sino egg (mutation. Didn't compare stats to see on what, but just getting a mutation is cool), and... One giga! It's mutated! Not on melee, unfortunately, but the color seems nice so at the very least I'll let it hatch just to see what it'll look like.

And that's all for today.

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I decide to go for the beta dragon fight instead of skipping it. I figure I'll get the Tek Transmitter if we win, and it will help with locating allos and gigas for the tribute I'm missing to do alpha. So, why not? 

My theris and Boss are soon arranged around the terminal. And from my shoulder, Son of A, who recently became an ordained minister online, guides us through a prayer for good fortune. Afterward, I kick off the teleport, and he promptly hops off my shoulder and makes a beeline out of the shimmering dome. What a butthead . . .

"Ride of the Valkyries" starts playing in the background.

The teleport goes off, freezing time for a fraction of a second, and then we arrive in the inferno of the dragon's home. Thankfully, I remembered to down my soup and drink from my Tek Canteen before we ported, so I'm nice and cool. Locating my yuty, I clamber into the saddle and order the theris to move off as a large shadow slips over us. Looking up, I see the dragon soaring above. It doesn't appear that he's noticed us yet. 

It doesn't take long for him to notice, though. We're soon dodging fireballs that blast the empty landscape behind us, scorching the rocky ground. Constant motion becomes the name of the game. Eventually, a wave of dimorphs and pteranodons approaches, enveloping everyone in a swirling chaos of sharp talons and sharper beaks. Boss snatches a dimorph out of the air with his jaws, ends its life with a sickening crunch, and wolfs it down. I glance over and find the theris making short work of the others. That's when the overwhelming beat of massive wings drowns out everything else before the ground shudders. The dragon has landed. 

I order the theris to attack and move in with Boss to do courage roars. Unfortunately, when we approach from the side, the dragon quickly turns to breathe fire on us. Turns out, he really has it in for Boss and I. We circle around behind him, roar a couple of times, and he does a one-eighty before breathing again. He catches us a couple of other times as the fight rages on, and I eventually have to move Boss away because he's at a quarter health. We watch the rest of the battle from the sidelines, me cheering the theris on, and boss waving a sign that reads, "Go Team!" The damage output slows down when the last courage roar wears off, but my tickle chickens manage to defeat the dragon before he can take flight again. 

Even though the theris collectively munched down over a hundred cakes during the fight, they're still a bit banged up. So, I call Doc Bubbles after we port out, and he makes a house call. Healing Boss and them ends up costing me twelve hundred raw prime. Yeesh! Medical bills are expensive!

Back at base, I make an S+ Tek Transmitter, and that's changed since I last had one on a server that auto-unlocked Tek for you. Now I have five set up, and I can see dino locations and their stats. Kind of cool!

I think I'm going to level my theris a bit more before trying alpha, as I'd like their melee to be higher. Anyway, Happy Arking, All.

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(Official, Valguero) Fed dinos, unpodded mantises and Alduin, replaced pvevious sino male with the now-grown pink one.

Bred sinos, gigas, mantises and wyverns.

Out of the eggs one giga one stays (clean female) and... The wyvern! Right colors, AND all right stats! It's female so Alduin will still be my main wyvern, but this new one will be his mate and give me plenty mostly gray, or, if I'm lucky with the mutations, even all gray babies.

Unpodded boss rexes to assign whatever points they got since last podded (each only got one ew level, and I put each of those into melee). Repodded them.

Took tributes and kibble (basic and a bit of simple. I'm not wasting the good stuff on a hungry pig). Took a gasmask, a gun and ammo, and stimulant.

Took the rexes, the yuty, and the daeodon.

And went to the green obelisk to fight the Beta bosses.

It wasn't exactly fine.

Upon entering the arena the game froze, so I couldn't mount my yuty immediately and since I forgot to put him on passive, he went to fight the dragon and after the game unfroze it is only by luck that he was still alive (half health) and I was able to mount him. It was also by luck only that the fight wasn't ended there and then by Dragon's pteras and dimorphos.

Without my control, instead of a more or less neat boss-by-boss progression in turned into a giant fightpile.

Also a rex died during those moments, but, believe it or not, it was the only one that died.

Then, after I mounted my yuty and rexes were busy munching on the megapithecus (dragon was already dead, I even found a moment to take its dermis), the game froze again.

It froze for a solid minute, I thought it'd disconnect!

Fortunately, it didn't, but it felt like that minute shaved off a good few years off however long I'm supposed to live.

The megapithecus fell, and so only the manticore was left...

And the manticore fight actually was kinda fine! It landed often enough, I didn't even need to use my gun.

I didn't get manticore's element and trophy, but aside from that I got everything I was supposed to get.

After the fight, the rexes's remaining health ranged from "a bit over half" to "HOW ARE YOU EVEN ALIVE, DUDE?!", which is, honestly, better than it could have been.

I podded the rexes, yuty and daeo (he ate all the kibble and had a bit of food still left, which was also better than expected) and returned home. Built a medium taxidermy base, put it on my roof and installed the dragon's dermis on it, replaced manticore heads on my trophy mounts with the dragon and megapithecus ones, put the element into the vault, podded the babies and that's all for today because that was more than enough excitement for one day. Like, seriously.

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(Official, Lost Island) Crafted the items I was meaning to send to main base (a pressure plate and a loadout mannequin), uploaded them as well as some poly, some cementing paste, some electronics, a mammoth BP (because its pretty decent and I couldn't remember if the one I have o main is better or worse) and a tiny amount of dust. Fed the dinos.

(Official, Crystal Isles) Checked on the wyverns, looked through my boxes to see if I have anything nice (not much A few gems, a bit of paste and poly, and a karkinos BP), took what I found and uploaded it. Also killed a level 20 tropeo. Wanted to kill it with my wyvern, but it grabbed me and I punched it to death.

(Official, Extinction) Fed the dinos, uploaded some dust, poly, paste and electronics I had, as well as two Enforcer BPs and one Scout BP.

(Official, Valguero) Unpodded Alduin for raising, hatched the eggs (giga and wyvern), podded the gigas (twins) and moved the wyvern, which I named Asha, to Alduin to let them both grow for a bit.

Crafted and installed a tek transmitter and retrieved all the uploaded items from it. Turns out transmitter is a REALLY convenient thing! No more flying over giant lagfest bases just to grab some stuff. Probably could use it to prolong loot hunts, too, uploading heaviest and/or most valuable things and used SCUBAs at the crates and grabbing them from the transmitter after I return instead of being limited by my basilos weight.

As for the plate and the mannequin... The mannequin seems pretty nice. For now I'm keeping my gasmask on it. Even if I won't use it much, it looks neat.

The pressure plate does not appear to be particularly useful and doesn't look neat, but it didn't require much effort to make, so it's not a big disappointment.

Also, I replaced my base's secondary, small gate with a tek one, so now I'll start using the small gate when riding out on a small dino again - something which I haven't done ever since I installed a trek behemoth gate.

Bred dodos and sinos, cracked all the eggs. Nothing good in them.

Gave bees more flowers, repodded the wyverns.

And that's all for today.

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[The Scene: Your point of view zooms in slowly on an old, wooden television set, an RCA CT-100. The screen, which is rounded on the sides, flickers to life, displaying the crimson letters “PNN” against a dark background. An opening theme begins to play as the zoom halts, and the picture on the TV changes to a news room, where a green scaled raptor wearing a navy blue suit is seated behind a news desk.]

A concerned look on his face, he begins, “Good evening, and welcome to PNN, the Predator News Network. I’m your host, Marcus Ohreallyus. And tonight, we have more horrifying news for you from the base of the volcano where another mutilated Allosaurus corpse was found earlier today. We ask ourselves, what monstrosity could be doing this? To learn more, we’ll go to our Rex on the spot, Todd.”

[A rust brown rex wearing a pale blue necktie appears on the screen. He’s holding a large microphone. In the background, you can see the base of the volcano rising up out of frame.]

“Hello, Marcus,” he starts, “this is the eighth victim in the past two days, and all of them have had their brains removed. Predators here are on edge, especially Allosauruses. As to who could be behind this, opinions range from aliens to zombies to even . . .”

[A rectangle of video pops up on the screen. The Carnotaurus in it has had his/her features blurred, presumably to help protect their identity.]

“I’m telling you I saw the perpetrator, and it’s Santa!” it says in a voice that’s been heavily altered.

“Santa?” Marcus interrupts, his tone incredulous.

“Yes, Santa,” Todd replies with a wink. “Authorities, however, aren’t ruling anything out at this poi—“

[Todd’s audio is cutoff as a “Breaking News” banner flashes on the screen. The picture then changes back to Marcus who is listening intently to his earpiece.]

After a moment, he addresses the audience. “This just in, there’s been another heinous murder . . . this time near the Frozen Tooth. I’m being told the victim is a Giga. Wait, that can’t be true.“ He pauses for a few seconds, listening further to his earpiece before resuming. “Yes, it is a Giga, and its heart has been torn out.” Marcus pales a bit as he listens further. “I’m now being told a Compy saw someone leaving the scene. Can you put him on, George?”

A few seconds pass as the audio link with George the roving raptor-reporter is established. “Can you hear me, Marcus?” George asks.

“Yes, I can hear you fine, George. Now, about the witness.”

“He’s here with me now. Carl, please share with our viewers what you saw a little over an hour ago.”

The Compy speaks in a reedy voice, “I didn’t see it happen, but I saw Santa and a tiny blue reindeer flying away on a light green wyve—“

[The television turns off abruptly. And reflected in the darkened glass of the screen, you can see me . . . in the Santa suit I got from the last event.]

I turn to my blue otter, Boogles, who is seated on the other end of the couch. He’s wearing a reindeer antler skin on his riot helmet. “We need to change!”

Slightly wide eyed, he nods vigorously in the affirmative. 

“Plus, we should see if we have any candy left over so we can alter Slynn’s paint job.”

Boogles chirps in agreement and then heads for the fridge.

(So anyway, this is my way of saying that I’ve been gathering the missing tribute for the Alpha Dragon. Still need one more Giga heart, though.)

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(Official, Extinction) Did a small dust run, just 6 stacks, and I didn't even wait for the last two to become ready for uploading before, well, uploading all others. 

(Official, Valguero) Retrieved the dust and made it into element. Unpodded Alduin and Asha for a bit of raising. Fed dinos.  Bred gigas, sinos, mantises and dodos, two dodo egg and one giga are staying, the rest cracked.

Hatched an old giga egg and podded the baby.

Repodded Alduin and Asha and that's all for today. Short and uneventful, I know, but that's how this day in ARK was.

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Woo Hoo! I beat the Alpha Dragon!

The extra levels that I put into melee definitely helped on the Theris. Plus, this time the dragon didn't have the hots for me and my Yuty. (Pardon the pun.) He only breathed on us once, and that was right when he landed, and I was trying to get untangled from the Theris. A few of the tickle chickens were pretty banged up, but no one died. And now, I can make my first ever legit Tek Suit. 

I'm kind of on the fence about trying the Tek Cave or using cheats to ascend instead. But, we'll see about that later. Happy Arking, All!

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I watched my tribe, who are all newer players, struggle to tame the Desert Titan. As a more experienced player, I've been having to walk a fine line of preparing them for what's to come, but not spoiling anything. I advised they use the Quetz method, but the person flying the Quetz got it killed pretty quickly. They then decided to do a kamikaze method of jetpacking on top of the Titan, then having the lightning target themselves. Eventually, they figured out that they could hover under it and the lightning would strike the Titan and not them.... which *groans* was suppose to be the strategy from the get go.

The tribe, after about a half hour, managed to get it tamed as a Beta. By the time they managed it, the desert floor below was littered with dozens and dozens of misshapen, dead bodies.

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(Official, Lost Island) Mounted my rex and went out to get some meat. Killed a raptor, headed for a pachyrhino near it, and the server crashed.

(Official, Valguero) Bred gigas (kept one egg), unpodded Alduin and Asha to let them grow, but the game was running so fine today, that I podded them soon after and went into the Abyss instead to hunt crates. Wasn't my best crate run - for starters, just s I entered there were TWO alpha megalodons and five or six regular ones. I killed them all, of course, but that's 1/4 of my basilo's health lost right at the start.

The loot was... Well it was. Nothing great, no BPs good enough to replace what I already have except for a quetz platform saddle which was 1 point better than the one in my vault, and everything I got as items was only fit for the grinder. Found a decayed vault, a bit of paste and a tek mosa saddle in it, which is not bad (I don't have the engram for that, nor do I have a mosa, but tek stuff is good for grinding up).

All the heavy items except for the very last portion were uploaded, so I didn't have to haul all that weight around and just grabbed them from the transmitter once I returned home.

Then I ground up the loot and made all the organic poly I got into soap.

(Official, Lost Island AGAIN) The server came back so I went to feed m dinos. There was a bit of a rollback, I was in my house again, with the door closed, just like when I logged on the first time. My water reservoir auto-decayed because of course something had to be lost to the crash. I mounted my rex, killed some paras and pachyrhinos, gathered some berries and finally filled the trough.

(Official, Extinction) Fed the dinos.

(Official, Crystal Isles) Refreshed the base.

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I left the game for a while due to irl stuff however around christmas I restarted. I'd left my character on gen 2 and so he was there available to redownload. But otherwise everything I had decayed, so it was almost starting from scratch.

I've made a smallish base on gen 2, tamed up a storm of things I wanted and traded a few more tricky tames (I enjoy taming) for good eggs etc. 

Whilst I've "beaten" the game in single player, I've never done the bosses on official. So the past 2 weeks I have been focussing on that. 

Made a small outpost on an island server and went through each boss, first gamma to refresh the memory and get an idea of how my tames perform then alpha for each.  Shadowmanes and deino's for each one, except dragon where I used just a couple of deinos.  I had to rerun alpha dragon as it glitched and credited me for the kill but no trophy. 

So today I did that first and then prepped for gamma tek cave. Two mate boosted rexs, (wild tames but levelled up well), a yuty, 12 shadows and a few deinos.  Conga line organised, we got in the cave with 10 seconds to spare ( I hate having that lava outside the cave, wish that area was just a flat surface to prep on). 

I took the rexs forward to start clearing out and on the second group of cave dwellers it started to lag a bit, got control just in time to see myself being purlovia'd off my rex and into the lava, rip that run and all my stuff. Have I mentioned I hate lava in this game?

Feeling abit bummed out I limped back to retrieve my wyvern with the stuff I hadn't taken in with me.  Pretty much everything was replaceable except the deino saddles, I haven't found a bp yet, gotten some alright ones from drops etc though.  I also have spare dinos back at base.  I took my spares and did each of the gamma fights back to back just to get the trophies quickly.  Then heading back to my outpost I noticed a shadowmane I thought had been ark'd.  He'd just disappeared a couple of days ago and there he was on the beach near the red ob. He was my rider so that and getting the gamma fights done quick cheered me up.  Busy day on the ark for me, I'm focussing on breeding and imprinting for the next couple days before another run at that awful tek cave.


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(Official, Valguero) Fed dinos, unpodded wyverns for rising. Thought for a bit and decided to unpod the gigas, too - if I stick to just raising them on events, I might never finish them at all - so I filled a maewing with meat and put the two baby gigas near it.

Bred my adult gigas, as well as mantises, sinos and dodos. Didn't keep any eggs - AB-SO-LU-TE-LY nothing good in them. No new mutations, and I already have plenty of female fail gigas in case something happens to the current two, so one of the eggs being female changed precisely nothing about its fate.

Did a nice cement run, fed gachas a ton of arrows, cracked the resulting crystals for obsidian and made a lot of poly.

Wyverns got hungry enough, so I went on a milk run. It was pretty uneventful, aside from me trapping whole six wyverns at the same time. Grabbed a 95 egg, too.

Returned home, fed the wyverns, put the egg into the incubator - it's male, highest stat melee (26 points), colors seem to be okay. It stays.

Decided to give the bees more flowers and that's where things went wrong: as usual, I took a repellant and two stacks of flowers out of the fridge, used the repellant, and opened the first of my two hives. It was full, so I took out one honey to fit the flowers. That was okay. Then I opened the second one, also full, took out one honey, put in the flowers, decided to eat the honey I took out and... The game froze so hard, that I couldn't even kill it in Task Manager. As if ARK decided that nope, today it says "No, thanks" to death. Had to reboot the computer.

After that I started ARK up again and continued my day by wandering around randomly on my current favorite wyvern, Topaz Thorn.

Ended up in the swamp, and saw a male sarco. I don't particularly care about sarcos, but that one looked nice (which basically means he looked black. Later it turned out he was actually black/gray/brown/green, but that's still pleasantly dark) and I had my rifle and some darts with me, so I tranqed him and went to grab some narcotics and kibble. Returned to the sarco, and decided to look around to see if there's maybe a high-level female for him, but no such luck.

Tamed the sarco, named him Wiggles, brought him home and made him a saddle (I have a nice BP for that). Got a decent bonus on the saddle, too, it's a bit over 100 armor - BP's own is 85.

Took Wiggles out to see how good he is... Well. Thanks to the saddle I didn't lose him then and there to some random raptor pair, but still he's not exactly usable by my standards. Low damage, slow on land, too fast in the water (hard to hit anything that doesn't just stay in front of his maw). He'll stay, but in a pod, not as something I'll actually use.

Podded the babies (older giga almost 10%!), and that's all for today.

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PVE official Island

Finished building the base on the sandy beach just west of the Red Obelisk.  Then made several trips back to Ragnarok to fetch key members of the breeding and boss teams.  Also took over several useful tames for caves and all the appropriate gear.  I have triplet baby rexes ( 1 M and 2 F) that I am raising to be the start of a fresh Rex boss team.  I have also started a breeding program on some yuties and megatheriums.  My therizino line is good but will probably raise up some more just to have back ups.  The last few weeks feel like they have taken forever to get the Island base started with nothing but 1x rates since the holiday event ended, but it is what it is.  (I won't complain if the Devs finally decide to toss us some 2x rates this weekend though 😃👍)

I have beaten the Island before on single player but ran into a real toxic environment and a poor performing server when I first started on PVE.  Unfortunately, I had to leave before I could tackle the bosses.  After experiencing life on Ragnarok and Crystal Isles for awhile I am very happy to finally return and pick up where I left off... and take care of some unfinished business.


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