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Community Crunch Contests: ARKitect, ARKVideo & NVIDIA ANSEL,

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Hello, Survivors!

Each week we run community contests for all players (all platforms included where possible) where you can win lots of cash prizes! Below is the different type of contests that take place. Try your hand and share some of your creations with us today!type of contests that take place. Try your hand and share some of your creations with us today!

ARK NVIDIA Ansel Photography Contest!

This weekly screenshot competition asks players to take in-game photographs from either ARK: Survival Evolved or our new desert themed expansion pack ARK: Scorched Earth using NVIDIA Ansel, and meet the category requirements listed below.

Winners will be announced during ARK’s regular “Community Crunch” blog post. Each winner (3) will receive $100 each and each runner up will receive $50. Want to enter? ARK-Ansel screenshot entries should be e-mailed to anselcontest@studiowildcard.com

If you need a place to upload a file for the contest, make use of Wetransfer which will allow up to 2gb for free!

Please note: Ansel submissions are limited to a total of 15 per person!

Three Categories

  • Super Resolution: These should be taken at 8x Super Resolution. Players can optionally use Depth of Field effects accessible in Spectator mode by pressing the [Delete] key.
  • Panoramic 360 Stereoscopic 3D: These should be taken at 4x Super Resolution,  in 360 Stereoscopic 3D mode. We will crop them to 2D for web display, while also providing the 3D version for viewing within VR display. Check out your 360 Stereo results on your HMD or on your Android Phone with NVIDIA VR Viewer 
  • Freeform: Any settings, whacky and creative use of Ansel filters are encouraged. Adding humorous titles/captions in Photoshop is also acceptable for this category!

When entering the contest please name your entries and make sure that they include:

  • Name
  • Image Title
  • Category

An example would be:

Wildcard Jat - Evolution Event - Super Resolution

Ansel is a revolutionary new way to capture in-game shots.  Compose a shot from any position, adjust with post-process filters, capture HDR images in high-fidelity formats, and share the screenshots in 360 via a smartphone, PC or VR headset. Learn more about these features in the Ansel Technology page and the NVIDIA blog.

How to run NVIDIA Ansel

First of all, you'll want to make sure you're running the latest Nvidia Geforce Drivers - so head over to http://www.geforce.com/ and get downloading!

Once setup and ready to go, right click ARK: Survival Evolved in your steam library and you'll see the option to Launch ARK with NVIDIA Ansel


Select this and head into a single player game, regardless of the map or the mod. Once you're in game, you can immediately press ALT + F2 to get into Ansel Photography mode and start taking snaps.


or you can type in the following command in the console:

cheat enablespectator

Once that is enabled, hit your DELETE key and it'll open the Depth of Field Options menu where you can play around with the games DOF.


Then hit ALT+F2 and take some awesome Ansel photography!

Here's a little tip from Jesse:


You can also type "enablespectator true" in the console to fly around before you take your shot, and hit the "Home" key to level your camera if you want to keep people from feeling sick on a 360 stereo VR screenshot. 


This is an award ($200 prize for first and $100 for any runners up) given to Survivors to celebrate the amazing structures you build. These bases are judge based upon a number of different factors such as their creativity, uniqueness, how fun of a base it is, the difficulty of building it, the functionality it provides and much more! At the end of each week, the winners and runner-ups will be featured in our #ARKitect section of the Community Crunch and will be awarded cash prizes! 

Note: We've had a lot of requests regarding the use of mods - go for it! We'd love to see how mods have influenced your bases

Please note: Video submissions are preferred to be 5 minutes in length, if they exceed this, please provide a relevant timestamp in the video. Note that any entries which are longer, may not be entirely watched and we, therefore, recommend you fit into our recommendation, or provide photos as an alternative!


This contest is open to all types of video be they funny, epic, scenic, stories, whatever inspires you. Winning this content will net you a $200 prize for first and $100 for any runners up. Just a general reminder that they should remain safe for work, think of the children! Send us in your videos and we cannot wait to watch them! We're really interested in seeing the latest video creations you guys have put together - so show us something fresh!

Please note: Video submissions are preferred to be 15 minutes in length, if they exceed this, please provide a relevant timestamp in the video. Note that any entries which are longer, may not be entirely watched and we, therefore, recommend you fit our recommendation!

Uploading the images

Please upload the images to the gallery section of our New Community Hub - you can create your own album and directly link us to that or attach it to your post! Please remember to post your entry to this thread specifically! If you're not able to upload directly to the gallery, don't sweat as imgur will work fine too!


Looking forward to seeing the entries!

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Shouldn't this week be Halloween themed  :P ?


For the Grand Finale, Halloween Town!

Key Features:
-Heavily customized lighting (adjusting light range, brightness, size) (Thank you RedDwarf for the custom Pumpkin Light Poles done to my picky request)
--Lighting indoors to look more realistic for windows shining light
-Fall themed atmosphere, utilizing heavy tree growth for effect
-16 houses (or 10 houses + 6 stores)
-Tons of small decor bits, such as creepy crawlers, pumpkins, graves, stickers, coffins, string lights, fog, cobwebs
-Gothic style finish on roofing


ARKitect Submission:

The grand, Halloween finale! (been dieing to make and put this out since early October, but made the most sense as the finale)

It is 11 mins, but I know you will absolutely love this :3  It was just impossible to go any shorter, as the detail is aimed at 50% day, 50% night, and it is a huge town!


Images! Just in case you don't make the full video, I did a pretty thorough job on pictures, but they don't capture the feeling and music of course :3 
(I tried to alphabetize these for convenience so they are shown in order, but the site doesn't register that properly. Order is A1-9 > B1-9 > etc)


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Hello! Here is my entry for Arkitect. This is a build on the big bridge on Ragnarok. The video is a bit choppy because it’s the only footage I got of this build before our dedicated server had a wipe. This a  collaboration  build between the Mighty Missy Prime and my self. We spent a good amount of time on this build. There are some great little features. We have a pinball machine?! This was done on xbox with no mods what soever. 


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This is my latest build in Ragnarok, this is a 100% harvest build. Our gather rates are higher than official but much lower than the original Pooping Evolved Island server. Our server uses mostly construction mods, and this build was done using the following:

  • Castles, Keeps, and Forts
  • Structures Plus
  • Medieval Structures 1&2
  • Medieval Decor
  • Eco's Decor mods, all but 1 or 2
  • Pub mod

Builders involved:

Demonsoul: (myself) Layout, and design, landscaping, major construction.

Necrobard: Server admin, dino tamer, assistant design, construction, and harvester.



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@Demonsoul109, please be aware that this Community Crunch has already ended and the results posted here: 

Please make sure you try to submit your entries by Friday at the latest. Generally a new Crunch thread for entries, like the one you are in now, will be posted on a Tuesday, and the results will be posted in a thread in Announcements (like the one linked above) on a Saturday. So if you submit anytime between Tuesday-Friday you should be good.

I suggest you wait until Tuesday this week and resubmit your entry to be safe that it has been seen.

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8 minutes ago, Pendragon said:

Did I enter my video correctly, or did I enter my video too late or something?  Some feedback would be appreciated, please...  :Jerblove:

Please see my post immediately above yours.

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4 hours ago, Pendragon said:

I dont know if this is how I was supposed to enter... anyone know if I did it correctly this time... :o


No, if you read my previous post again you'll see I linked to the new Crunch.

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