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On 9/30/2018 at 12:04 AM, FreelancerKnux said:

Dude there really isn't any protection you can get on official servers, people will always wait until you are offline and then level everything you have leaving you at zero again. This will happen forever regardless of anything on official pvp servers. 

I host an unofficial xbox server if you would like to play the game in a way less toxic environment. Just PM me for details.

 

Also they infected you with swamp fever, the majority of official servers are filled with the infected spreading it to others and because 70% odd are infected with it even after you cure it you will get it back quickly.

Couldn’t find a PM link buddy. If the offer’s still open to join your server I’d like to take it. I’m still surviving and growing but I’ve had a couple of pretty damaging attacks from an extremely high level guy and I don’t think I can be bothered to expend half my energy at my level rebuilding until they get bored only for another to start. I really want to get to see more of the game. At the moment I’m spending almost all of my time repairing or hardening, I’m not spending the game time on the intended play.

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7 hours ago, Zoglet said:

Couldn’t find a PM link buddy. If the offer’s still open to join your server I’d like to take it. I’m still surviving and growing but I’ve had a couple of pretty damaging attacks from an extremely high level guy and I don’t think I can be bothered to expend half my energy at my level rebuilding until they get bored only for another to start. I really want to get to see more of the game. At the moment I’m spending almost all of my time repairing or hardening, I’m not spending the game time on the intended play.

No problem at all mate, I've sent you a link to the servers page which has joining instructions. 

Hmm can't send you a pm for some reason, so I will link it here (sorry mods Im just trying to help the guy out.)

 

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Couldn't send link in pm

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Thanks mate but I think I’m out of luck, I saw in your link this is a PC server right? Im running on XBox. Sorry, never thought to say. 

Same guy came back again and grenaded his way through much of the base and killed all my dinos I’d just learned to tame. Gutted.  Funny part is I respawned in a place next to a box full of spike walls so I walled him in such that he couldn’t get out and eventually had to commit suicide. He was spitting fire and demanded I let him out or he would go nack amd make more and level my base. I laughed and reminded him that was what he was doing until he ran out of grenades. I suspect he knows the game well enough to focus on offline raiding me in the future so I’m pretty much resigned to losing this and moving on soon. I can’t and won’t invest the time as a solo player to get in a bitch fight with a seasoned malcontent. I would have liked to hand the base over to someone powerful enough to give him a taste of his own medicine before leaving though lol. 

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Sounds like you're having a rough time lol.

If you want to level up faster and unlock better stuff I'd jump server and go on the Island to do a note run, Luck by Nature has a video showing how to get to over level 70 in 90 minutes or so, now you have to allow for PvP and other players blocking notes or routes to them so if it's something you want to do just use it as a guide as you probably won't be able to get to some of them, in PvE I prefer to take my time so try to avoid using them but for PvP every advantage helps and it's the first thing I do with a new character, try to focus on speed as well.

You'll be best off teaming up with other players but if you do want to play solo then here's some general tips, don't try and build up right away especially on a beach or somewhere open, the grind is slow and you can easily find yourself being wiped back to step one every day, instead find several spots where you can stash stuff, my personal favourite though is on a floating platform under a raft, quick explanation how to do this: make 10 or so wooden pillars, depends how deep down you want the platform, hide the sail on the raft then grab the rudder and place a pillar on the hole where the mast came out of, place a thatch ceiling on top of it and another going away from the raft, now snap a pillar to the 2nd ceiling and start building downwards, once you reach a decent depth place a thatch ceiling on the bottom pillar then another coming back in under the raft, snap a foundation under the ceiling (can be any material) now you can demolish all the thatch ceilings and pillars and the foundation will be floating, from here you can expand it by snapping thatch ceilings to the edge and adding more foundations, you don't need anything too big so 3x3 should be enough then put some large storage boxes on the platform, you can now move the raft into shallow water so the boxes are hidden under the map then move it out when you want to stash stuff, the raft can be destroyed but they won't be able to get your loot, as long as you have it in a quiet area and are discreet you shouldn't have any issues, I've done this a lot and never lost my stuff, if you don't fancy doing that then at least try and have a few small boxes hidden in either dense foliage or underwater.

For the first few days just build cheap huts for crafting in, a few forges, smithy, fabby and pestles, I'll also make a spare smithy, fabby and maybe some forges and keep them stashed so you can quickly restart after the inevitable wipe, don't run the forges at night as they're too easy to spot, I also put forges down in another location just burning wood for charcoal and leave them running, just collect the charcoal when you've got time and if someone does destroy them it's no biggy, just keep stashing your valuable materials, if you keep them in a base then it's odds on that someone will steal them.

Depending on how much time you've got to put into it after a few days you should have the stuff for a compact metal base with everything you need and maybe some turrets if you want them? personally I think they're a waste of time for a solo player as they're expensive and bullets are a serious grind to make while any organised tribe will be able to soak them up quickly, I prefer to use the mats for making weapons, ammo & explosives then use them to exact revenge on the griefers, I also like to build a few decoy bases if I can afford the mats, something like a 3x2 stone base with doubled up foundations, walls, doors & ceilings so it costs a bit more to get in then have it full of dimorphs or vultures on aggressive with a box containing 200 fibre as a reward 😂

Tame wise I go for a few dodos & a phiomia early on so I can get kibble for a ptera, a cheap parasaur or trike for berries, once I've got a decent ptera I'll look for an argent and either prime meat or mutton tame it then get a doed and anky, level isn't that important as long as your argent is pretty good as you can use it to carry the doed and anky about to gather mats (doed will auto harvest stone if you carry it close to rocks) keep the dodos in your hut, berry gatherer just leave somewhere hidden surrounded by spikes, for the flyers, doed and anky it depends how regular you play, if you know you're going to be playing again within 24 hours then upload them at a beacon or obi, remember to upload their saddles in the data tab or you'll lose them, I usually upload all my gear as well then go and find somewhere close by and log out naked, if you can't play for more than 24 hours then leave them with the berry gatherer, don't go building big pens as it'll just attract the great unwashed of PvP 😋

The main thing playing solo on PvP is not to get attached to anything, don't keep anything you can't afford to lose in any of your buildings, don't build too big, sleep naked away from your valuables, have plenty of sleeping bags dotted around for re-spawning if you log in and someone has killed you, and just have fun, make a note of who griefs you and give it back to them 10 fold.

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16 hours ago, Zoglet said:

Thanks mate but I think I’m out of luck, I saw in your link this is a PC server right? Im running on XBox. Sorry, never thought to say. 

Same guy came back again and grenaded his way through much of the base and killed all my dinos I’d just learned to tame. Gutted.  Funny part is I respawned in a place next to a box full of spike walls so I walled him in such that he couldn’t get out and eventually had to commit suicide. He was spitting fire and demanded I let him out or he would go nack amd make more and level my base. I laughed and reminded him that was what he was doing until he ran out of grenades. I suspect he knows the game well enough to focus on offline raiding me in the future so I’m pretty much resigned to losing this and moving on soon. I can’t and won’t invest the time as a solo player to get in a bitch fight with a seasoned malcontent. I would have liked to hand the base over to someone powerful enough to give him a taste of his own medicine before leaving though lol. 

Its hosted on pc but im an xbox player, it works great on xbox

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Thanks Knux, I’ll have a look and figure out how to find and join in the next days. Also rage for the long explanation and tips. To be honest I made all the mistakes you mention and am reaping the rewards, big base on the beach. Every tame I have had so far has been killed within the same day so again, not sure I can be bothered. the more recent tribe invite I had was from the griefer who got trapped, hoping that my accepting would give him door access. Not aware of any other, not too sure how to access this info unless online in game. Again, issue is I’m just too new to the game. With the greatest appreciation to all for their support, I reckon it’s soon time to move on, to different location or more likely server. The game is fun but I will always be prey on the small tribes pvp server. Would be nice to have a slower pain and learning curve before getting back in the mayhem. also agree that teaming up would be a way to go, but finding a group of like minded adults looks to also be a challenge. I guess I’m getting too old for this sht lol

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Ark PVE Community is very toxic. Coming from a 3 year veteran. 

 

The current trade community for PVE to be very specific is the most toxic gaming community I've ever come across, so much so that I started to trade again but pulled back after thinking why give these people that act this way to others stats or color combinations that still to this day don't exist on the trade forums? No way. I don't mind buying from them but now I only sell stuff to actual friends that I talk to regularly. Anyone reading this that's tried to buy from me knows this to be true. As a result, people don't have my stats which is far more important to me than a stack of tek walls or color combinations.. due to the current toxic community. I'd rather quit than trade with some of these people. 

 

Who to blame? The top sellers who set the tone for everyone else, they're the ones that push the current trade climate. Not all of them are this way.. being direct is not considered toxic, not wanting to waste time isn't either nor following personal trade rules.. it's the rest that's messed up. Many are so full of themselves over having things that others dont on a dinosaur game that they don't care. Granted most have been nice to me, but I suspect that's because I have stats they don't.. or they're just nice. But to clearly newer players.. they can be outright mean. This for once is not WildCards fault nor the moderators. 

 

Trade Rant done.

 

As for PVP.. I've never really played PVP on Ark but I have with other games. I will find you, I will destroy you. Period. I will show you mercy only to toy with you then make you watch as everything you ever loved or cared for dies infront of your eyes.. what I meant to say is PVP being toxic is another story, it's the nature of the beast. You have alliances that go south, some start them just to conquer you weeks later. It's a reason why private PVPVE servers exist where people don't want that extreme of an environment. I'm serious though if we were on a PVP server, I'd let you build some, then destroy you just so I could get more resources out of you.. milking you essentially from what you have.


Dealing with Ark players in general is simple.. 100% ignore the people you don't like and trade more with the people you do. People HATE when you're the one ignoring them and not begging for help. That's another thing, NEVER beg or act weak with this game. They're like little goblins, they see weakness and wanna eat you. In PVP, trade can be a vital part of building relations.. if you keep feeding a tribes vaults filled with mats they need, chances are they're going to wanna protect you and eventually ally themselves with you. With PVP, think tactical with literally every person/tribe/thing you do. I'm that way with PVE.. so far within the past 3 years it's worked out very well for me. This honestly is what makes me hooked with Ark.. I love strategy in general so being put to the test against other players is fun, even on PVE

 

Why I come back to Ark again and again is mostly because I just like having a "home game" where I can default to a game, build up over time, take long breaks but keep everything alive and then start up again, refreshed and go from there.. I also like seeing other peoples bases (most are ugly af tbh jaja) or seeing a noob on his raft trying to outrun a Leed. 

 

Ark is a horribly addictive game. Most of us have a serious love hate relation but that toxic community is also a reason why a lot of us play because at the end of the day you do meet a lot of great people and have a lot of memorable experiences you cant get in any other game. 

 

 

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