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Community Crunch 139: Re: Small Tribes Clusters, Community Livestream Round-Up, & Arena of Gods Tournament!


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

Regarding Small Tribes Clusters:

We have an update for you guys on the Small Tribes clustering discussion. In our last Community Crunch we had announced a decision to cluster the Small Tribes servers together. This would have prevented wide scale transfers between all of the servers and limited them to approximately 8 other servers. We received a lot of feedback, with some players concerned that this would cause teaming to escalate on the now smaller set of servers. It was also brought to our attention that many players do enjoy the global server aspect and the fact they can transfer at their leisure. 

For the time being we have decided that we will not be clustering the Small Tribes servers. We do however reserve the right to revisit this if in the future we feel the health of the servers would benefit from this change. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Going forward we will attempt to increase our enforcement and monitoring prevent issues as they occur. We may also consider adding separate clusters in the future that do not affect the servers currently online, but at the current time things will be relatively unchanged. Ultimately we want to do what is best for the health of the game mode and the players, and we rely on that feedback to decide when to make changes (or not make changes in this case!). We thank you for your feedback on this topic.

Community Livestream Round-Up!

On July 5th we had our fifth Community Livestream. Thank you to all of those who attended and participated! The community team had a lot of fun and we hope you did as well. If you weren't able to catch the stream you can watch the video-on-demand on our Twitch page or by clicking on the video below.

Our stream this time showcased a mod created by the Dragonpunk team called Arena of Gods. This is a battle arena style mod which involves solo players finding loot, gearing up, taming dinos and battling it out to see who will be the last man standing!

We played a couple games on stream despite some technical issues that arose. We also spoke to some of the team behind the mod to learn more about their experience with mod making and what exactly is involved with creating a game mode like Arena of Gods.


The Dragonpunk team is also holding a charity tournament using the Dragonpunk Arena mod. Registration for the event is now open and closes tomorrow. Matches begin Saturday at 12pm EST. They have prepared $10,000 in steam gift cards to give out as tournament prizes!

The charity is hosted entirely by the Dragonpunk Team through Relay for Life, in support of the American Cancer Society. If you are interested in giving a little for a good cause while also having a bit of fun in process please check out Dragonpunk-Dan's tweet for instructions on how to participate.

We are accepting any type of ARK related fanart to be featured in the Showcase section of the stream and entries are always open. This can be drawings, videos, builds, ANSEL screenshots, handmade crafts, anything ARK related!


You can submit your ARKwork to our streaming email address: arkfans@studiowildcard.com

Be sure to follow us on our Twitch page so you don't miss a stream! twitch.tv/survivetheark

We'll be hosting our next Community Live Stream on Thursday, July the 19th! We hope to see you there :)

Mod Community Updates!

Good day, everybody! Zen here, with your dose of modding news.

I am happy to see that people are making use of the bounty board. I have already received a good number of bounty requests. These will be reviewed at the end of the month before I choose which ones go up as active bounties next month. Also please note that I make this decision based on how many people show interest in those requests. If you see a request already in the form, please use it to submit the form so that I know you are interested in that topic, there are currently no restrictions on how many requests you can put in or how many different topics you can show support for.

I have a new tutorial ready for you. We finally get to set up the user interface for our mod. It's certainly not very pretty yet, but it's there now and it functions! You can find the project files in the post, as well as some supplemental information about the video.
Happy modding!

Finally, Xanjis has earned the reward of the last Modding Tutorial contest, the topic was ocean & beach content. Xanjis made a tutorial for adding an underwater boss arena; a topic that I've been getting asked about recently, so I recommend checking it out!

ARKaeology Event Live Now!


There is currently an event going on in the world of ARK: ARKaeology! The event will run beginning today on all platforms until July 15th. Collect bones from fossil mounds and craft them into 4 new skins and returning skeleton costumes. 

During this event all wild dinos have a chance to spawn with additional mutation colors: White, Yellow, Grey, and Black. There is also the mighty Tek Rex which you can find and tame, if you can handle it!

ARK: Evolution Event!


Survivors across ALL Platforms will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It will be active from Friday the 13th of July at 1 PM EST until Monday the 16th of July 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

Banner artwork by mateaperic51: "Curious Hyaenodon meets a friendly Dire Wolf at the 'Dog ARK'."

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When can Dragonpunk just take over? As a console player we want just a little more to keep interest, things already developed via mods, but instead you keep showcasing how another group is providing depth and variety to the game that will never reach console. Add S+ so that reformatting bases aren’t a constant grind.

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So when are consoles or for that matter the game ever going to be fixed? Between undermapping, the large lag spikes for no reason and disconnects out of the blue? Hey instead of a new map how about you fix the ones you have, instead of new skins how about new dinosaurs instead. Yeah, some mods would be nice for consoles considering that we don't get much at all. 

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5 hours ago, JuggaloCard said:

So when are consoles or for that matter the game ever going to be fixed? Between undermapping, the large lag spikes for no reason and disconnects out of the blue? Hey instead of a new map how about you fix the ones you have, instead of new skins how about new dinosaurs instead. Yeah, some mods would be nice for consoles considering that we don't get much at all. 

Agreed JuGGaLos. They seriously need to get this done already..

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Small tribe servers came out what like 30-60days ago? 

Why do you keep ignoring old problems? How is that more important than Manticore not landing for example? How many players cant progress ingame due to your flyer patch that destroyed our only endgame on SE? How many bug reports do we need to submit till you stop ignoring us?

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arkpocalyplse literally showcased that a small cluster can be won and basically died off because of it. better leave them all in 1 huge spaghetti bowl and let people sort out that mess. wc pointed out the reason behind them wanting to cluster on reddit. they said it'd be easier to spot teamers on a smaller scale and they'd do less dmg on fewer servers. sounds to me like they're preparing to limit the enforcement teams hours. like the officials have a 2 week respond time on reported tickets followed up by a few weeks of "investigations". on a small cluster case, only those servers would be vulnerable to dangers. so "sacrifice" 7-8 servers instead of a possible 15 or more. which again, is stupid. look at arkpocalypse or crossark or any of the smaller clusters. they all die off.

also, wc have stated several times they won't do a full s+ integration. too much work. current code can't support all s+ functions. so they are weighing which of the popular ones can be transferred over.

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