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PAX West, Structures Update, Naughty or Nice & Community Crunch 60


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Hello Survivors,

Welcome to your latest edition of the Community Crunch!

ARK at PAX West


The ARK Team, the #PAXRex, and its new gigantic friend will be making their appearance on September the 2nd at the Washington State Convention Center for PAX West 2016! We’ve got something very special planned and cannot wait to share it with you, of course the event will be streamed live from the booth on www.twitch.tv/survivetheark where the mysteries will begin to unravel! This will be something that no Survivor will want to miss ;).


Pillar & Lone Foundation Update

Earlier this week, we made a pretty big change to how pillars were functioning in regards to resource spawning in order to tackle a longstanding issue. Following the feedback from the community and some further roundtables, we’ve decided to make the following changes:

First of all, we’ll be reverting the change which causes Pillars to prevent resources from respawning. They will now function how they did prior to the latest update.
When this update is deployed, lone pillars and lone foundations on both PvE and PvP servers will be wiped. 
Going forward, both lone pillars and lone foundations will be placed on special timer where they will be destroyed after a short period of time, it can vary based on the material of the structure.
Shortly ORP servers will be receiving the no build volumes around critical resource areas on the map. This change will go active and any structures that currently exist in those zones will be removed five days from now. 

As many players can agree, pillar spam has been a large problem especially with our PvE servers. The use of single pillars has been used as a way of claiming land and preventing people from building, which was never part of their intended mechanics. They are meant to be used to build bases and structures, full stop. We have chosen to be aggressive in the management and removal of pillars in hopes to limit the amount of griefing in a way that we feel will be best for the overall community and management of our official servers.

We’re hoping this will help improve some of the issues that we face with the spam of both pillars and foundations, we’ll be monitoring to see the effects of our changes and as well as take note of your feedback to see how we can make the situation better going forward.  

Naughty or Nice is coming to town!


The special SotF Gamemode known as Naughty or Nice will be making its official return as a new Total Conversion on Saturday September the 17th at 11AM EST! 

We will be hosting a special charity event where survivors will be put to the test in an all out 100 versus 100 battle over the course of 2 and a half hours. The survivors invited to attend the event will feature some of the best SotF players around, winners of previous events, the finalists who competed at ChinaJoy, as well as your favourite streamers, content creators and developers! 

The winning team will be awarded 100$ Steam Gift Cards and an equal donation will also be made to Charity. It’ll be a truly special elimination battle, so be sure to tune into the live event at www.twitch.tv/survivetheark casted by none other than typeForced! ;)

Community Contests!


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!

And without further ado, the ARKitect for Community Crunch 60 is…

Wolf Angelus and their Moonscar Plantation!

Excellent choice in music ahha and an absolutely gorgeous entry :)!

We'd also like to congratulate the following survivors as runner ups for the contest, fantastic work everyone! 

Valoule and their Ghostbuster HQ!


Full Album: http://imgur.com/a/3Vibp

FataL1ty and their stARK House Sigil!


Full Album: http://imgur.com/a/lhfFa


This contest is open for 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 60 is…

Nakedzombo’s ARK Cinematic:


We'd also like to congratulate the following survivors as runner ups for the contest!

Lame Wolf Productions:



Master Bait Shop Commercial Spoof

That’s it for this week’s entries guys! Thank you to all those who entered and congratulations to our winners! For a look at all the submissions, check out below;

Fan Feature!

Littleaipom’s Comic!


Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=740975725

Guardian of the Seas by Pepezilla


Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=742717762

Dino Sketches by waternebula



Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=738498370

Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=740384904

Sharkcat’s Latest and Greatest Creature Skins!

Roadrunner Gallimimus


Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=742610702

Hotrod Quetz


Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=739821371

Killer Chicken


Bald Eagle


Sam’s Raptor and Rex by dinosaurman4


Lucy, Slow Down!!! By hamsterbluebow


Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=739444944

Direwolf Silhouette by DaEndGame


Spot the ARK by Lusaka6


Fanmade Dossier: Pseudaelurus by Shadlos


Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=741804016

Fanmade Dossier: Charonosaurus by Shadlos


Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=741803276

Fanmade Dossier: Bramatherium by Shadlos


Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=741802777

Fanmade Dossier: Astalos by Shadlos


Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=738367069

ARK BESTIARY - PELAGORNIS by ranger1presents

Monkeypuzzle’s ARK Advanced [Mod] Tutorial!

GTJack3d’s Hidden Lake Base!

King of the Swamp by Squidge Meister!

Journey into Evil by GramOfMayo!

MrWhitehearth’s Raft Tutorial!

Digest & Workshop Spotlight

Unfortunately we won’t posting a Digest today or have a workshop spotlight - I know, we suck - we’re sorry! The upcoming patch, Primitive Plus for Xbox One, PAX plans, as well as regular development on both PC and Console has demanded quite a lot of our time and is keeping everyone as busy as bees. When we’ve managed to get things cleared up some more, we will be bringing back these sections of the Crunch! Hopefully we’ll be in a better place to do one next week :)

And don’t worry, we’ll make up for it - we’ll have something special for you guys coming out on Monday :D

And that’s it for this post guys!

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/survivetheark
Facebook: www.facebook.com/survivetheark
Reddit: www.reddit.com/r/playark
Imzy: https://www.imzy.com/ark

All the best,

Wildcard Jat and the ARK: Survival Evolved Team!


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Thanks :3 I just wanted to drop by quick with a link to where I have gotten most of the music from lately as they are kind of at the bottom of the descriptions in YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjMZjGhrFq_4llVS_x2XJ_w . They have some very wonderful music for many themes like Egypt, Gothic, Mayan, Fantasy, even dinosaur music that fits well with ARK and lots more.

Just wanted to share that since it was one of the best finds when I hunted for music originally :3

And I totally failed my own track >.> Got so nervous and derped into everything possible D: . The bear in the barn ditched his wagon too and totally shifted it away from his behind upon reload, guess he went on strike.

Oh, just for fun if anyone remembers the movie Scooby Doo on Zombie Island, that is where I got the name from since it was centered around a plantation. Such an epic movie and my most favorite, must have seen it 40x to date :3

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I just have a question regarding lone pillars

you see I have a really big base, and I am not able to cover every inch of the base with foundations. so I put pillars down randomly within my base to block people from placing anything down in my base then later calling on the dev saying I'm griefing him.

so will these lone pillars be on a short timer and has to be manually destroyed? I don't mind farming and placing down metal pillars for such a thing. 


I have to maintain a big base because I merged with 5 tribes. all their dinos are in my yard

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2 minutes ago, jayden5021 said:

The pillars are a huge problem on official pve servers. I find new players struggle to start up now because of the issue and I hope this will help. My main concern is active tribes receiving the update then putting pillars all around people's bases . 

If so they would have done it before...

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Sure thing removing the lone pillars gonna fix the "ISSUE" whit players claiming lands, but, how abbout greenhorns killing almost every alpha spaw on the map? Castoroid spaws, spino spaws? Also when a server reach around 30~40 players, the dino spaw basically vanishes and they start to DE'SPAW to release resources to the massive number of player actions... Once I saw a PVE server running 3 hours whit 70 players, NO MEAT SOURCE anywhere... Hope we dint have the carnivores starve to death inside the bases.

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12 minutes ago, steelshiv said:

Will the special surprise on Monday be the patch that fixes the pillar issue? Will the barren wasteland that has become the Island return to it's former ... 'not-wasteland' status?

It'll still be a wasteland, just one with  bushes trees and rocks.

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Im on Official server 371 and pillar isnt an issue, we are a lot of regular and theres plenty of places for new players too. New players complains because they spwan on like south 1 and wants to have a house there without looking elsewhere. And if someone wants a place that has pillars and is a regular i never seen anyone said no to remove. I cant be on like i want to so pillars were a good way to slowly build my base but making sure i have a land to build on. Its stupid and should stay the way it is now. It's just gonna end up pissing your ''veteran'' players and fill the land with empty thatch house that new players left and never came back . I'll see how it goes but atm really mad at that news. 

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29 minutes ago, ciabattaroll said:

It'll still be a wasteland, just one with  bushes trees and rocks.

WOOO! And DINOS (and a handful of mammals, birds, reptiles, etc) TOO? Gettin meat has been a PAIN these last couple of days. I've resorted to feeding my dinos beach noobs. Very low in protein. High in fiber though.

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Wondering if this lone pillar / foundation thing will effectively "break" the idea of sticking a plant turret on a lone foundation ??
We've got these scattered all around the inside and outside of our base.  Most of the time, they aren't connected to anything else (except 4 railings that we put around them and then a metal hatch frame that we put above them...i.e. metal-encased plants).


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I like where the pillar thing is going because it will reduce sooo much render lag on the official pve server my only issue with it is thats how we protect our gates from trolls building us into our bases. Maybe another good idea along with this one would be to increase the no build area around gates so we cant be built in not much but just enough to make it a hassle for some goon with a grudge to block you in for a weekend while you try to report and get fixed. Some of us use pillars to keep people off our lawn and some use if to keep people off the map. Those are the ones that need removed. We have one tribe on our server only comes on once a week to reset timers and they have half the map those are the ones that need removed.

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Alright very important questions! First the pillar and foundation wipe is nice and all but what about tribes that have lone foundations under behemoth gates to cover holes? Are those getting wiped, also are we gonna have to expand those foundations because of the new timer? Next the no build and wipe around important resources, how is this gonna effect pvp servers as my server, my tribe and alliance have taken control of volcano and have put turrets to protect it for us. Are you gonna be wiping our work up there? Thanks for your reply... Concerned arker...

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I do all my mixing as well, i've spent nearly a decade or more mixing vocals /instruments in pro tools / cool edit pro (before it became audition) / reaper so don't worry this will be a top notch product! I just need people with patience and the willingness to help. Message me on steam or send me a direct message on here, either or it doesn't matter. I'm not hard to work with!


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