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Happy Holidays: Community Crunch 113!

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Hey Survivors! Welcome to the latest edition of the Community Crunch! :Jerbhi:

The Community Crunch is where we share important things going on with ARK, as well as host contests and showcase creations made by the community!

Happy Holidays!

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Happy Holidays, Survivors!

As this year draws to a close, we're going to end off 2017 with a little holiday-themed event! Though smaller than our previous Winter events, we hope Survivors enjoy their holiday time on the ARK. Survivors will experience Santa's Elves inhabiting the ARKs, spreading joy to all those who tame them.

This holiday-themed event brings the following changes to the ARKs (available on the holidayevent branch for dedicated servers):

- One-time Wild Dino respawn
- 5% chance of new wild creatures being Xmas coloured
- 50% chance of white-coloured Dire Bears
- All hat-wearing wild dinos are wearing Santa hats and Megaloceros have been replaced with Reindeer
- 12 AM through to 5 AM provides a temporary buff to live connected players which boosts loot crate quality by 40% (over base values, 15% over LioMagic values), drops more loot, and adds more cosmetics to loot crate drops.

Be sure to send us all your holiday-themed screenshots, videos, and artwork as we'd love to see them!

The event will begin at 12 PM ET on Saturday the 23rd of December and runs until 12 PM ET on Sunday the 1st of January.

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ARK Winter Sale!

Happy Holidays Everyone! For those who've yet to experience the joys of ARK, nows your chance to get in as we have a huge host of discounts across various platforms and regions with the Winter Sale! The discounts and sale length may vary so please continue reading for further sales information!

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ARK will be participating in this year's Steam Winter Sale! It runs from now through the holiday until the 4th of January!

ARK: Survival Evolved

ARK: Survival Evolved Explorer's Edition

ARK: Season Pass

ARK: Scorched Earth

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ARK will be participating in this year's PlayStation 4  Winter Sale! Discounts may vary based on region, so please double check to ensure you can get it in time!

ARK: Survival Evolved

ARK: Explorer’s Edition

ARK: Season pass

ARK: Scorched Earth

ARK: Evolution Event Weekend!

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Survivors across ALL Platforms will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It's already live now and will remain active until Tuesday the 26th of December at 12 PM EST. All Official Servers will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes:

2x Harvesting Rate
2x Taming Rate
2x EXP Rate

Community Contests!

NVidia Ansel Photography Contest

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Super Resolution Version: http://images.nvidia.com/ansel/SuperResolution/ARK-SuperResolution1/ARK__Survival_Evolved_HighRes_2016_09_01_-_14_38_36_55.html

ARK: Survival Evolved and the Scorched Earth Expansion Pack now include support for NVIDIA Ansel -- a revolutionary new way to capture in-game shots.  Compose shots 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 from the NVIDIA blog.

Now let’s get to the contest!

There were 3 potential categories for survivors to enter their shots into and they were the following:

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.

Freeform: Any settings, whacky and creative use of Ansel filters are encouraged. Adding humorous titles/captions in Photoshop is also acceptable for this category!

And now without further ado, here are your entries!

Super Resolution!

Winner!

Christopher Warburton - A world on fire

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Runners-up!

Ego - Soaring flight

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Joe Lally - Mystery

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EXFIB0 - Life

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Honourable Mentions!

Pollti – Sunken Obelisk

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BlueDragon - Faceoff

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BlueDragon - Fight or Flight

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BlueDragon - In the darkness there is light

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BlueDragon - Light it up

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BlueDragon - Lost

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BlueDragon - The edge of death

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BlueDragon - When titans collide

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Christopher Warburton - Peaceful Luminocity

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Christopher Warburton - Screech

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Ego - Encounter

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Ego - Flow of spirits

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Ego - Friends

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Ego - Light under the earth

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Ego - My little aberrant wizard

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EXFIB0 - Rock Drake

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GamerPerfection - A Survivors Best Friend Lights Up Your Life

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GamerPerfection - Ready To Explore Aberration

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Joe Lally - Aberrant Dung Beetle

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Joe Lally - Glowing

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PatrickPlays122 - Burning Memories

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PatrickPlays122 - Evolution

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PatrickPlays122 - When Worlds Collide

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Pollti – Aberrant Iguanodon

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Pollti – Alpha Basilisk & Lystro

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Pollti – Bulbdog

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Pollti – Rock Drake

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Pollti – Shinehorn

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Pollti – The Fallen Nexus

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Pollti – The Portal

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roguewolf91 - Flight of the Glowbug

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StateofMynd42 - Glowtail

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StateofMynd42 - Mushroom Hill

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StateofMynd42 - Uh Oh

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Vakarian - Attack!

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Vakarian - Flight in a sandstorm

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Vakarian - Hold on!!!

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Vakarian - The early dragon catches the wrum

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Valoule - Abberation Forrest

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Valoule - BARKman Training

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Wolf Angelus - Cavern Forests

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Wolf Angelus - Eternal Sonata

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Panoramic 360 Stereoscopic 3D!

Winner!

BlueDragon - Illuminating

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Runners-up!

Vakarian - My first Flight

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EXFIB0 - Leaves

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Honourable Mentions!

BlueDragon - Poison grin

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BlueDragon - Glowing springs

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EXFIB0 - Pink Paradise

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roguewolf91 - Subterranean Serenity

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StateofMynd42 - The Hunted

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Vakarian - Dragons on Center

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Vakarian - Ups

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Vakarian - Welcome on Aberration

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Valoule - Flower

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Wolf Angelus - Aberrant Waters

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Wolf Angelus - Divine Judgement

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Wolf Angelus - Land of New Beginnings

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Wolf Angelus - Mystical Biomes

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Wolf Angelus - Netherworld

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Wolf Angelus - Tides of Time

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Freeform!

Winner!

Wolf Angelus - Happy Aberrant Holidays!

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Runners-up!

Valoule - SnARKpchat

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Honorable Mentions!

Milkshake - Hidden Gems

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Milkshake - Beautiful Blue

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Morgengrau - Show me the way

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Morgengrau - Unknown Paths

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TiiaAurora - Just a normal day on Aberration

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Valoule - SnARKpchat

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ARKVideo!

This contest is open to all types of video be they funny, epic, scenic, stories, whatever inspires you. Just a general reminder that they should remain safe for work, think of the children!

And without further ado, the ARKVideo for Community Crunch 113 is...

THIS IS ABERRATION | ARK: Survival Evolved | Epic Cinematic by MAVE!

and we'd also like to announce a runner-up...

HOMES IN HELL! BEST SPOTS ON ABERRATION! - ARK Cinematic Skits by Lame Wolf!

ARKitect!

This is an award given to Survivors to celebrate the amazing structures you build. These bases are judged 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!

The ARKitect for Community Crunch 113 is…

ARK Survival: ARK Advent Calendar - 2017 Holiday Special by Wolf Angelus!

and we'd also like to announce two runners-up...

Fly's Base Tours: The Spire on Stegoland by Flydive!

Scorched Colosseum, PvE (ARK) by Sitharias

If you'd like to check out the submissions from the rest of the entrants, you can do so here:

Fan Feature!

Ark Survival Evolved Holiday Tour of Homes by Zadira

CHRISTMAS IS HERE ⛄️ GINGER BREAD HOUSE, SANTA GIFTS, SNOW EVERYWHERE!! | ARK SURVIVAL EVOLVED by AxeMan

Crazy Dino Mike's Used Dino Lot: Turkey Day by Tageon

Ark Survival Evolved Christmas tree build on Ragnarok by Tlc138!

DragonFalls by Dragonarcwar!

The Pagoda - ARK Build Showcase by AwflGaming

LEVEL 2 BILLION UNKILLABLE BEAST - ARK Skits by Lame Wolf!

THE GREAT FALLS RESIDENCE!!- Ark Building Montage Monday EP 54 by RYANT1UMOfficial!

THE CLIFFTOP ESTATE WINERY!!- Ark Building Montage Monday EP 55 by RYANT1UMOfficial!

Ark Skit - Dimetrodon by Lusaka6

Ark survival evolved - Aberration by GeeKy gAMer no1 & gOOgly Owl

Trilobite Taming by MonkeyManTV

ARK ABERRATION: Roll Rat Taming EASY and FAST (GUIDE/TUTORIAL) by TiiaAurora

UKARKSERVER | PVE ARK: SURVIVAL EVOLVED XBOX SERVER by RaMarcus

Doghouse ! For the Reaper queen by Valoule
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The Redwoods Ole'Village Market by Milkshake
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Watercolor Yuty by Milkshake
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Christmas raptor on it's way to steal your presents by mateaperic51
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"Abberation Roll Rat Miner" by FollyVentures
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Bulbdog Derp Color by Ivymaire
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Spotted Prey by Nikout
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Santa Ravager by Sharkcat
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Santa Bulbdog by Sharkcat
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Suprannotitan by milokamilo
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Update for upcoming mod; Brachiosaurus and lore! by Kaprodonychus
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That's it for this post guys! We hope you all have a wonderful holiday and we'll be back at the beginning of the New Year!

As always if you’ve got anything to share please get in touch and be sure to follow us on:

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All the best,
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as far as I understand: with patch 276.13 an optional setting for dedicated server will be available. Maybe like the Valentine event this year... there was an option box to activate this event.

I do not know, if this is for Nitrado Server too. No answers to this questions at Nitrado board yet.

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15 minutes ago, AmeliaRose said:

Need more information of how to actually use on dedicated/private servers - esp for those who are new or unaware of how it works. Just saying to use the holidaybranch has me scratching my head wondering what this actually means.. and I am not alone!

I second this! The halloween event was the same - very insufficient instructions and with the short time span I never managed to activate it.

On Steam I can open the properties for a game and go to the beta tab to chose a beta. Would expect it to be in that drop down list, but I only have "NONE - Opt out of all beta programs" and "oldbuild"...

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Gotta love the server Only events 

Oh wait thats right. Plenty of us play single player and this event is useless.

I would have loved if we simply got the old event

Normally I'm not one to complain i know WC  works hard for our content. But with the lack of fear evolved I was hoping for at least the winter wonderland. 

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