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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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Holidays are here, and I have 2 creations planned for the 2017 Holiday season since Christmas is fast approaching and will pass just as fast.

For creation 1, I have a fusion design, mixing our standard family game of choice on Christmas, decorating it for the occasion (Christmas), and making it "3D" and "alive", a 3 in 1 package.
My description is "you can play it, live in it, and enjoy the view"

The last 1 minute gives further text info on signboards if you are curious on additional rules/mechanics, no images should be necessary here.

ARKitect Submission:


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This is actually for ARK Video contest this time, since I previously submitted this build elsewhere. This is a video about how to decorate your builds using the three available Christmas PC mods. I go through the order in which I build out the mods, from snow cover, to Christmas lights to other decorations. 

Relevant Portions: The first 10 minutes is how to install and then visually examining the mods, so feel free to skip over that part once you get the idea. At the end you'll be able to see the whole build decorated in daylight and at night. The total running time is 19 minutes.



And this build is the one I'll submit for this week's ARKitect contest is this desert mansion:

The walkthrough portion of the video is at 19:30 to the end of the video. If anyone's interested in a tutorial, a video tutorial is linked at the end of this video. 





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Submission for Arkitect: Submarine Underwater PvE base!

Continuing with the nautical theme it seems :) Functional base, with tek transmitter to allow access to land dinos, and inside of sub is actually inhabitable as it contains vacuum compartments. Video is 6.48 minute long, let me know if that's an issue!

This is with official server building settings (no mods, no special clipping etc).


Some extra screenshots and gifs here: 


And build progress pics here! :)


Enjoy :)

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The submarine is too cool and I probably should wait, but since there are always amazing things submitted here...I'm very excited about a build I just finished on Ragnarok using eco's new placeable water block from her garden decor mod.

So for ARKitect here is a showcase of the Terraced Pools: Ragnarok Island Ruins + Eco's Garden Decor


I worked on it for a quite a while and learned a lot about working with the water tiles as I went. For folks who want to make something themselves with them, here's a tutorial on using them to accompany the shorter showcase video above:


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20 hours ago, Monkeypuzzle said:

The submarine is too cool and I probably should wait, but since there are always amazing things submitted here...

First - thanks MonkeyPuzzle :) Secondly I think its good that there can be several winners of this exact reason, so anyone can submit the builds anyway! :) I know I wouldnt always post unless that is the case due to amazing builds!

Your build is looking great, hope they add water, plants and similar stuff in official over time.

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