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

Code of Conduct Changes - Small Tribes!

The Enforcement Team are back again with another important notice regarding the Code of Conduct. We'd like to make Official Players aware of the following revision:

New Section

Small Tribe Server Specific Rules

> No Teaming - to maintain the intent and spirit of the small tribe servers, players are not permitted to form informal alliances between tribes.  This includes such things as:
    
    Joint raids against one or more tribes (including cross-server)

    Sharing tame breeding lines between tribes

    Sharing tames between tribes

    Moving characters back and forth between multiple tribes

> Do not attempt to circumvent the six member limit

ARK Mobile Release & Livestream!

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ARK: Survival Evolved will release worldwide on iOS & Android on June 14th! Join War Drum Studio for a livestream on the SurviveTheARK Twitch channel at 2 PM EST on Thursday for their launch on mobile! twitch.tv/survivetheark

Xbox Sale!

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ARK and its expansions are currently on sale on Xbox at their lowest prices ever! Sale ends July 2nd.

ARK: Survival Evolved

ARK: Explorer's Edition

ARK: Season Pass

ARK: Scorched Earth

ARK: Aberration

Upcoming Structure Changes!

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First and foremost, thank you! Since our announcement post last week, we've received an incredible amount of feedback and have decided that we are not going to be rolling out the structural changes this week. We've decided to step back and reevaluate our solution, taking into account the feedback you’ve provided.

Our intent behind the change remains the same. We want to address structure spamming issues (pillar/foundation spam) which often takes place when players attempt to claim or grief different areas of the map in both PVE and PVP. However, we understand that there is legitimate gameplay uses for these mechanics. We want to make sure that the inevitable change we make recognises and can differentiate between illegitimate and legitimate cases. We want to ensure that our change is a step forward for the game overall. 

We anticipate that this could be a significant change for the game, which is why we need the extra time to step back and reconsider all possible options. We remain vigilant and dedicated to addressing issues that affect survivors the most and want to be cautious that changes like these benefit players overall without causing more harm than good. Stay tuned, as we’re hoping to have more details on the update in the future, as well as the ability to work with you directly in determining the best solution.

More Small Tribe Servers!

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We will be releasing Small Tribes server this week! Stay tuned to our Twitter for a more precise ETA on these. These servers limit the tribe size to 6 players maximum and alliances are not allowed. Server rates will be 3x (harvest, taming, experience) and will not be affected by Evolution Events. They will also have 2x maturation, 2x egg hatching, 2x gestation and 50% reduced mating interval. 

These servers will undergo a trial period of 60 days. If after the 60 days they remain active, we will continue to keep the servers active. If after the 60 days the player population is very low, we will try a new game mode type and online new servers for another 60 days.

Countdown!

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There is only a few days left on the counter! You can watch the counter tick down at the top of the forums page. Survivors can look forward to some epic discoveries with new content and challenges, and we'll have even more exciting news coming in the middle of the month, so stay tuned! ;)

Mod Community Updates!

ZenRowe here, back with a few bits of modding news! First, I have a new tutorial for you all; we're going to start looking at some more granular systems in regards to making mods, the next few videos I will show you how to change your mods from INI configs to in-game configs, including how to build custom UIs. Project files are available in the post or the video description.

Next up, a reminder that the modding tutorial contest is still in full swing. Contest #6 is focused on beach and ocean projects. I am accepting submissions for this topic until the end of the month. I also have the winners of contest #5 which was our first freestyle contest. We got some pretty hefty submissions, some of these being multiple tutorials of different topics all rolled into one.

Without further ado, the winner is SamKO with his spy drone tutorial. This thing is cool, and he provides a massive amount of info with his tutorial which is broken up into several videos:

Our runner-up is a tutorial on cave creation by Exilog, which has been a topic that's raised a lot of questions in the past. This tutorial should prove very useful for map makers!

As always, all of the submissions can be found in the contest thread, along with info on the current contest.

That is all I have for you this week, so until next time, happy modding!

The Great Migration #3: Last Reminder!

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Just a reminder that there are just under 1 day left for the next stage of our Legacy migration. 

Here is a quick breakdown on how this process works:

Taking Down Low Pop Servers
With calculations based on sustained player-count as well as the popularity of game mode, we will be removing lower population legacy servers, most of which retain a 0-1 player concurrent population. These servers will be taken offline on June 12th. Any existing server that is not considered a low pop server and is not taken down at this time will still exist on the Legacy network.

Legacy servers will continue to remain on a separate cluster from the new cluster, which means you will not be able to transfer anything between Legacy servers and the new servers.

Servers Up for Deprecation
Below is a complete list of the LEGACY servers that will be deprecated come June 12th. You have from now until then to move your belongings onto a server not present on this list. Please click one of the links below. They are separated by platform (PC, Xbox, and PS4).

Most Popular Servers
To avoid players having to move again in future, we're publishing the most popular servers across all platforms. These servers are the top 30 most active Legacy servers on each platform and are ones most likely to be safe from any future server removals.

PC:

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How To Move Servers
If you are unfamiliar with the process, you are able to upload your items, creatures, and player through the Obelisk terminal, supply drops, as well as the Tek Transmitter. Survivors are advised to use Cross-ARK immediately to relocate their belongings onto a server that is not included in our take-down list above.

Allocation of New Servers
Our new method of onlining new servers has been through what we call "FRESH" servers. These servers are added to the main network but have downloads disabled for a period of 60 days. After 60 days that restraint is removed and they are officially joined to the main network. We plan to online set of Fresh servers on a monthly basis for all platforms so stay tuned for more information on when new ones will be added if you're looking for a fresh start.

Server Saves of Deleted Servers
We will make the save files available as soon as we can. We will host the PC files which anyone can download and then you are welcome to re-host the save file for your own use. We'll include a link to where you can download server saves in this post when they are available. Nitrado will also be able to provide the saves for use on Nitrado servers for console, as they have done in the past.

ARK: Super Fan Edition!

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The Collector's Edition of ARK: Survival Evolved is available for purchase without the game or seasons pass included, for those who already own the game. This special edition includes:

- HANDCRAFTED, LEATHER-BOUND EXPLORER'S NOTEBOOK: featuring the Dossiers of every creature you'll encounter in "ARK: Survival Evolved", with tips on capturing, taming and training them. With 100+ creatures in the game currently, there's plenty to read up on in this fantastic tome.
- THE OFFICIAL ARK LOGO NECKLACE: to show your dedication to being a Survivor.
- A CLOTH MAP OF THE ARK ISLAND: so you'll always know where you are!
- COLLECTOR'S EDITION CHEST: All of this Ark-themed booty comes packed in a faux-wooden chest that will impress your friends and fellow players!
- A POSTER FEATURING THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM BEHIND ARK
- ARK OFFICIAL SOUNDTRACK CD

You can purchase it world-wide today on our website: playark.com

ARK: Evolution Event!

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Survivors across ALL Platforms will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It will be active from the Friday the 15th of June at 1 PM EST until Monday the 18th of June at 3 PM EST. All Official Servers across each platform will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes:

2x Harvesting Rates
2x Taming Rates
2x EXP Rates

That's it for this post guys! As always if you’ve got anything to share you can find us at:

Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark
Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark
Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark
Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark
Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark
Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110
Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark

All the best,
Studio Wildcard


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Is the "new content and challenges" gonna be on all maps or just Island until the other maps are updated? 

 

Also , shameful plug. Please give us a way to get more than 90 element on the center. Its just not worth all the gathering compared to other maps. :D

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No Teaming - to maintain the intent and spirit of the small tribe servers, players are not permitted to form informal alliances between tribes.

Unless you plan to hardcode some sort of engagement raid protection system(and given the state of the game that sounds like it would throw servers into even more instability), there's no way to proactively enforce this what so ever and seems extremely short sighted.    I'm wondering how you would even enforce the breeding restrictions mentioned, especially since its easy enough to muddy that across servers and mask that through all manner of shenanigans.  Either you're going to have to implement more hardcoded solutions or modify this rule change yet again.

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Nice! Dunno how you plan on enforcing some the rules on the small tribe servers though. I don't see how sharing breed lines even matters considering people may steal eggs anyway and I have no clue how you would catch people doing that in the first place. Also what stops somebody from fighting off a raid from one tribe only to get hit by a 2nd tribe in a similar time frame who learns that they're weak??? Will that count as a "joint raid"? Would the tribes get banned for that? 

I am very interested in seeing what you guys implement to actually police all of this! Do you have some kind of highly intelligent AI in the works that can understand interactions between players? Or do you rely solely on reports made by other players? :)

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are you's dead set that bad at your own game and this is the best you can do? that "change" does not work full stop... sorry but not sharing line's really? its a massive part of the game, 2 what happens if joe blow cant get on for a few days or they have school or work and someone comes and raids you expect a 6 man tribe guy to solo and wait? there isn't much 1 solo person can do against a full 6 man push like come on guys do you play your own game? your details are a little dull  "Moving characters back and forth between multiple tribes" can we have a 6 man tribe and kick people so we can actually defend the base as intend or is this just oh come in and loot? 

 Do not attempt to circumvent the six member limit? does this indicate the body bags? more details please

Joint raids against one or more tribes (including cross-server), say for example someone is getting raided but i dont like the people raid can i snipe them but im not joining the other guys im doing it too just get the other one? again more detail needed.

also never stated about sharing items so another tribe can defend themselves if they weren't prepared? it isnt teaming but making sure another tribe doesnt just wipe everyone and everything?

there is always going to be a downtime, 1 rock golem 1 pig with 150k+ food can tank several heavy turret towers in less then 30 mins so your telling me and the rest of the community, why should we even play on these six man servers when its going to be down right stupid? the rules you have now stated are still inadequate 

so tell us all, is this a final ruling if so these servers will be dead within a month, clap clap because in you do this ruling there is no point in streaming, building or trying to get end game on small servers 

im not trying to be nasty or disrespectful but how about you ask the community and streamers, mega tribes, or make polls or a suggest box or something like really guys, is this the way you keep running this business you's will end up having everyone chuck a spartan's and rip up the foundations of our base / c4 it

 

kind regards the ark community streamer PaceyAU epic scout out to LazyCat Kappa

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"""Code of Conduct Changes - Small Tribes!

The Enforcement Team are back again with another important notice regarding the Code of Conduct. We'd like to make Official Players aware of the following revision:

New Section

Small Tribe Server Specific Rules

> No Teaming - to maintain the intent and spirit of the small tribe servers, players are not permitted to form informal alliances between tribes.  This includes such things as:
    
    Joint raids against one or more tribes (including cross-server)

    Sharing tame breeding lines between tribes

    Sharing tames between tribes

    Moving characters back and forth between multiple tribes

> Do not attempt to circumvent the six member limit"""" 

 

I'm super curious how you're going to enforce this and eat a lot of popcorn as you do it

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2 hours ago, SS5DEJAN said:

Is the "new content and challenges" gonna be on all maps or just Island until the other maps are updated? 

 

Also , shameful plug. Please give us a way to get more than 90 element on the center. Its just not worth all the gathering compared to other maps. :D

The countdown is for them announcing the release date of the next DLC map, Extinction.

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    Joint raids against one or more tribes (including cross-server)

    Sharing tame breeding lines between tribes

    Sharing tames between tribes

 

 

I have actually no idea how you ever going to enforce these rules above. I would love to see exactly how you guys try to do that. Even on top of everything, if you guys figure out how to police all of those rules that legit would ruin the social aspect / political game. All of you would be killing the "political plays" that people could pull of in getting themselves out of bad situations or to get them into good ones. I see this game as a PVP game, PVE game, and a political game. You need all three of those aspects of the game to survive in the ARK community. Whenever you see anybody in open world flying on their argies / pteras / quetz. Most people will say "hey how's it going". To try and build a relationship and a reputation on the server to keep their tribe alive and healthy. If you take away the political game away from ARK you will be killing ones of the ways ARK is meant to be played. If you apply this rule, I ask one thing of you guys please up the amount of people in tribe to at least 8-10. Most tribes are having to make 2 tribes to play "together" to actually try and have fun on this server. 

 

 

Thanks, sincerely half of the damn ARK community

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5 hours ago, PaceyAU said:

are you's dead set that bad at your own game and this is the best you can do? that "change" does not work full stop... sorry but not sharing line's really? its a massive part of the game, 2 what happens if joe blow cant get on for a few days or they have school or work and someone comes and raids you expect a 6 man tribe guy to solo and wait? there isn't much 1 solo person can do against a full 6 man push like come on guys do you play your own game? your details are a little dull  "Moving characters back and forth between multiple tribes" can we have a 6 man tribe and kick people so we can actually defend the base as intend or is this just oh come in and loot? 

 Do not attempt to circumvent the six member limit? does this indicate the body bags? more details please

Joint raids against one or more tribes (including cross-server), say for example someone is getting raided but i dont like the people raid can i snipe them but im not joining the other guys im doing it too just get the other one? again more detail needed.

also never stated about sharing items so another tribe can defend themselves if they weren't prepared? it isnt teaming but making sure another tribe doesnt just wipe everyone and everything?

there is always going to be a downtime, 1 rock golem 1 pig with 150k+ food can tank several heavy turret towers in less then 30 mins so your telling me and the rest of the community, why should we even play on these six man servers when its going to be down right stupid? the rules you have now stated are still inadequate 

so tell us all, is this a final ruling if so these servers will be dead within a month, clap clap because in you do this ruling there is no point in streaming, building or trying to get end game on small servers 

im not trying to be nasty or disrespectful but how about you ask the community and streamers, mega tribes, or make polls or a suggest box or something like really guys, is this the way you keep running this business you's will end up having everyone chuck a spartan's and rip up the foundations of our base / c4 it

 

kind regards the ark community streamer PaceyAU epic scout out to LazyCat Kappa

They made this change because people were asking for it. It’s only on Small Tribe servers. If you don’t like it you can play on regular servers.

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look at all the teamers and wanna be small tribe megas getting there pants in a not, you wanna mega you wanna team go play on you normal offical servers...  ive been teamed and wiped out my base location by 3 tribes  is it fair no why they do it cause they want the alpha spots for there small mega tribe.....

so if you dont like rules and gonna break them thinking they cant be enforced do small tribe servers a favour and go back to normal offical

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6 hours ago, Crossy said:

> Do not attempt to circumvent the six member limit

 

The question many are asking. Do log out boxes count? Swapping in members who are online for members who have logged out.

I can't say for sure, but I'm positive this would be considered circumventing the six member limit.

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11 hours ago, Jen said:

We anticipate that this could be a significant change for the game, which is why we need the extra time to step back and reconsider all possible options. We remain vigilant and dedicated to addressing issues that affect survivors the most and want to be cautious that changes like these benefit players overall without causing more harm than good. Stay tuned, as we’re hoping to have more details on the update in the future, as well as the ability to work with you directly in determining the best solution.

So in the next 2 weeks we'll see (possible) solutions for the cap issue that has been going on to long and the pillar spamming in the community crunches?  

Things to keep in mind:

- Dino gates protect resources and cost more than pillars (less likely to spam)

- Since it is not possible to grab wild dino's with your flyers there are a lot of traps in PvE. Let traps decay faster as they're usually only used for 1 tame. Talking about the 2x2 foundation with ramp trap, not wyvern trap or w/e

- To prevent waking up to a rock elemental party in your base you have to secure it with either dino gates or beh gates, don't let these decay faster. 

- Pillars are not only used to protect spawns but also to protect main roads. With the current code of conduct a dev will always tell you to take a detour since that is possible even tho it is litterly 15 minutes more walking, or he'll tell you to fly over it :Jerbmad::poop:. Really annoying for the meat runs. 

For the cap:

- Pixelgreedy people always have sheep or jerboa's for example on wander in base. Not 10-20, but litterly 400 of them in an allianced tribe. 

- Cap per person/per tribe is not the solution. Too easy to work around this. 

- FRESH servers is not the solution as they are capped before you can even transfer things in. 

- Ragnarok is by far the most capped map due to spoil timers (improving spoil timers of all the other maps already helps, including SE from 0.33 to 0.66-0.85 for example. 

- Raft spam is real 

 

In general:

Be pro-active with enforcing your rules in stead of going through the report proces which easily takes up 2 months+. Make a random list of 3 servers per day for the GM's that they have to inspect (can easily inspect a full general server within 30-45 minutes with the GM features). Or have once every 2 weeks 2 full days of inspections and no appointments. Actually start banning people for abusing the rules and show it to the community that WC finally grew some kohona's. 

 

 

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@Jen will there be an announcement about Small Tribe Servers staying permanently? I'd love to move with my 2 man tribe to such a server but won't invest any time in building structures if it's going to be deleted soon again. Some people have hundreds of hours invested in building and imprinting, so moving servers is not an easy decision. Are there servers for each DLC, that also will stay? (Scorched Earth, Abberation, Ragnarok)

thx for a quick confirmation

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1 hour ago, MrSnow76 said:

@Jen will there be an announcement about Small Tribe Servers staying permanently? I'd love to move with my 2 man tribe to such a server but won't invest any time in building structures if it's going to be deleted soon again. Some people have hundreds of hours invested in building and imprinting, so moving servers is not an easy decision. Are there servers for each DLC, that also will stay? (Scorched Earth, Abberation, Ragnarok)

thx for a quick confirmation

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These servers will undergo a trial period of 60 days. If after the 60 days they remain active, we will continue to keep the servers active. If after the 60 days the player population is very low, we will try a new game mode type and online new servers for another 60 days.

Therefore, you are unlikely to see an announcement until 60 days have passed, which currently it is nowhere near that.

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Why are legacy servers so badly discriminated when clearly the problems continue?  We have been on this game before legacy iniated and been a friendly tribe to many.  Have you any idea what its like to have overcome trolls, etc and having built  your tames and bases for 2 years and still have your heart stop that your server could be next?  I will not rebuild what took 2 years of my life because i love the game but not to an insane level.  I am delighted the new code of conduct has been implemented.  Be guaranteed if we do get taken down by a future kill list i wont be doing this again.  What i have i got from my own taming and people who left leaving their stuff to us as they quit completely. The time lost is irreplaceable. ::(  

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17 minutes ago, Sugarfairy2 said:

The time lost is irreplaceable

Currently the new servers are on par with legacy servers except for rex/giga stats. The rest new server has on par or even better. If you're a bit of an effiency player you can get to the point where you are at right now in legacy in the new server well within a month. You know what to do and where to build yada yada. Still I don't blame ya

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