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  1. 18 points
    Hope you guys find this Crunch informative as Jat and I dusted off our CM hats.
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  3. 9 points
    Greetings Survivors! June 2020 will mark the 5th Anniversary of ARK: Survival Evolved, and what an amazing five years it’s been! We have some special treats planned to commemorate the occasion with our fantastic community! We’ll be celebrating this momentous milestone with multi-week long revelries which will include a special birthday in-game event, the arrival of a new dinosaur, and the initial rollout of the one-of-a-kind experience of the expansive Official “ISO: Crystal Isles” map! Mysterious Mysteries: Introducing ??????? Here’s a little teaser of our new real-world dinosaur primed to make its dizzying mark upon the skies on June the 4th across all platforms! Can you guess what it is??! Crystal Isles Crystal Isles is a stunning, other-worldly map filled with a vibrant display of teeming life scattered amidst its varied landscapes, awe-inspiring floating islands, and breathtaking biomes. Ever since Crystal Isles launched as a mod in 2016, its fantasy appeal has secured its place as one of the most popular maps within the ARK community and we’re thrilled to bring it to players as a fully supported free DLC. Crystal Isles will initially launch for PC on June the 4th, with an Xbox and PS4 launch coming later this summer as the team continues to hunker down and iterate on the console version. We hear you on the Crystal Wyverns and they’ll certainly be making their tameable appearance on the Isles! Anniversary Event! And finally, we’ll be donning our party hats and celebrating with a time-honored in-game event commencing on all platforms on June 4, featuring Party Dodos, interactive cakes, new chibis & surprises, and dazzling unicorns frolicking on rainbows. Yes, really! It’s been an incredible journey over the last 5 years filled with so many unforgettable memories and we can’t wait to celebrate with you once more! Eggcellent Adventure Winners! There were so many amazing entries we found it hard to choose just one winner from each category so we’ve decided to award more prizes. Grand Prize: 100$, plus a copy of the Genesis Season Pass and a special ARK Goodie bag! butwhytho Congratulations, what an epic creation! Winners: 100$ prize each! DodoPandora AlannahJay101 Mitharen Runners up: 50$ prize each! Amitaya1982 MagmaMage Thank you for all your creative entries! Steam Sale: Explorers Edition (75% Off) Want to introduce your friends to the world of ARK? Right now, the ARK: Survival Evolved Explorer's Edition Bundle is available for 75% off on Steam! The Explorer's Edition gives you access to the base game as well as the Scorched Earth, Aberration, and Extinction Expansion Packs. Go grab your copy now! EVO Event As mentioned in an earlier post, we've enabled 2x XP, taming, breeding, and harvest. We'll continue to run these rates for the time being as a gesture towards our community as we all deal with the isolation and stress during these tough times. We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished over the past five years and we couldn’t have done it without your love and support. Thank you! Stay safe and take care! Studio Wildcard 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
  4. 8 points
    Greetings Survivors! In this edition of the Community Crunch, we’ll cover the details of opening Genesis Transfers on our Official Networks, the Dupe Protection System, Meshing detection, Third-party software, hardware upgrades for our servers, player dedicated servers for console, Mac, Linux, and we’ll touch on what we’ve been working on recently along with an overview of our focuses over the coming weeks. Before we dive into that, we’ll take a brief pause to acknowledge these unprecedented times for all of us - our team, our players, our families, and yours - things are tough right now and we could all use some support and camaraderie. Now, more than ever, activities like gaming allow us to stay connected and engaged with our community, particularly for those of us practicing social distancing, often in isolation. As a small gesture of appreciation for our extended ARK family, we will be continuing to run 2x rates for the foreseeable future. As we continue navigating our way through these extraordinary and challenging times together, our heartfelt thoughts are with all of you. Stay safe Survivors! Genesis & New Official Servers Transfers We’ll be opening full transfer of items and dinos into Genesis on May 15th, 2020 with two notes. The first note is that Extinction Titans will be restricted from transferring and the second is that Managarmr will be marked as unrideable. In the case of the latter, this decision was made in relation to their close-to-flyer status and their ability to dash through certain missions. We have opted to allow Gigas as they serve as a counter to tanking dinos, and Rockdrakes, as they bring some utility whilst being less mobile than Manas. New Server Transfers These were the latest servers added in tandem with our free weekend. Similarly to Genesis One servers, on May the 15th, they’ll also have their transfers enabled: EU-PVE-Official-TheIsland705 EU-PVE-Official-TheCenter706 EU-PVP-Official-TheIsland707 EU-PVP-Official-TheCenter708 EU-PVE-Official-Ragnarok709 EU-PVP-Official-Ragnarok710 EU-PVP-Official-Valguero711 EU-PVP-Official-TheIsland712 EU-PVE-Official-Valguero713 EU-PVP-Official-TheCenter714 EU-PVP-Official-Ragnarok715 EU-PVP-Official-Valguero716 NA-PVE-Official-TheIsland717 NA-PVE-Official-TheCenter718 NA-PVP-Official-TheIsland719 NA-PVP-Official-TheCenter720 NA-PVE-Official-Ragnarok721 NA-PVP-Official-Ragnarok722 NA-PVP-Official-Valguero723 NA-PVP-Official-TheIsland724 NA-PVE-Official-Valguero725 NA-PVP-Official-TheCenter726 NA-PVP-Official-Ragnarok727 NA-PVP-Official-Valguero728 Server Upgrades We’ve also been recently working on upgrading the last of our servers to new hardware. A lot has already taken place across all platforms, these were our most recent that took place over the last week: PC EU-PVE-Official-Aberration222 NA-PVE-Official-TheIsland339 NA-PVE-Official-Extinction502 EU-PVE-Official-Valguero526 EU-PVE-Official-TheIsland198 EU-PVE-Official-TheIsland43 EU-PVP-Official-Ragnarok189 EU-PVE-Official-Ragnarok397 LEGACY-The-EU-PVE-OfficialServer262 (on Nitrado) EU-PVP-Official-TheIsland333 EU-PVE-Official-TheIsland343 EU-PVE-Official-TheCenter349 LEGACY-The-EU-PVE-OfficialServer272 (on Nitrado) EU-PVE-Official-TheIsland346 EU-PVE-Official-TheIsland347 EU-PVE-Official-TheIsland344 EU-PVE-Official-TheIsland395 EU-PVE-Official-TheCenter396 LEGACY-The-EU-PVE-OfficialServer263 (on Nitrado) EU-PVE-Official-Valguero523 EU-PVE-Official-Valguero525 LEGACY-The-EU-PVE-OfficialServer265 (on Nitrado) LEGACY-EU-PVE-TheCenter633 EU-PVE-Official-Ragnarok389 LEGACY-The-EU-PVE-Isolated-Ragnarok60 EU-PVE-Official-TheIsland78 EU-PVE-Official-GenOne661 EU-PVE-Official-GenOne662 EU-PVE-Official-GenOne663 LEGACY-The-EU-PVE-Ragnarok59 EU-PVE-Official-TheIsland705 EU-PVE-Official-TheCenter706 EU-PVP-Official-TheIsland707 EU-PVP-Official-TheCenter708 EU-PVE-Official-Valguero518 EU-PVE-Official-Valguero519 OC-PVE-Official-Ragnarok208 NA-PVE-Official-Ragnarok383 EU-PVE-Official-Valguero516 PS4 Asia-PVP-PS4Official-TheIsland557 Asia-PVE-PS4Official-Valguero1116 Asia-PVE-PS4Official-Valguero1117 Xbox NA-PVE-CrossPlayOfficial-Valguero1169 Mac & Linux Late last week we were able to push out fixes for both the Mac and Linux versions of the game, which should allow those clients to play on the latest servers, with all the latest content. We appreciate your patience and will be working on improving our pipeline to get these out to you in a quicker and more stable state. Player Dedicated Servers We’re still in the process of iterating on getting Player Dedicated Genesis Servers working on the standard Xbox, PS4 and PS4 Pro. The reason it’s taking longer than expected is due to the fact that Genesis introduced a lot of new underlying systems to ARK, primarily related to the Mission System. This led to an increase in how much memory is required to host a Genesis server. Currently, our engineers are working on optimizing the server so that they’re less intensive on memory usage to see if we can get them under the necessary threshold to allow the other consoles to host them too. It’s on an ongoing process and we’ll keep you updated as we get further along. Live Game Over the past couple of months, we’ve shifted our primary focus for our regular patches between balance/quality of life and bugs/exploits. The past few weeks have been primarily dedicated to bugs and exploits in this regard. We’ve also been working on various crash fixes. We plan to pivot back to further balance and QoL improvements soon, including a pass on breeding to improve player’s experience and further tweaks to mission rewards and crates on Genesis. Anti-Cheat & Exploit Measures The last time we spoke about our efforts to combat cheaters, we unveiled our work on our Anti-Meshing systems which focused on detection and prevention. After rolling out the system entirely, we saw a 90% reduction in overall meshing cases across the board. Since then, we've continued the fight against the various ways that underhanded survivors try to cheat on the ARK, and we'd like to give you an update on that fight. Meshing Our Anti-meshing Detection System is proving effective and we’re continuing to see a vast decline in incidents. Like all exploits/cheats, this is an ongoing battle and here's our latest progress: As you can see the battle against meshers is not over, but cases remain low and will continue to decrease over time. Some of the additional changes we've been working on have included: Improvements to the Anti Meshing detection system. This has involved being able to detect meshing in new areas of the map, as well as eliminating false positives and refining the system where edge cases could slip through. Level Design changes across all maps which focused on filling in holes and ensuring that collision has been set correctly to prevent players from entering unintended playable areas of the map Tackling mesh-methods head on to prevent players from being able to get into the mesh in the first place Initial rollout of the Anti Mesh Biting solution on all platforms, to prevent creatures from attacking through the mesh. Still early days so far, but a lot of the primary methods of mesh biting have been eliminated and we’ll be continuing to monitor for new methods and reports to squash them too! We really appreciate and want to thank the ARK community for the reports and support, as the information provided helped us to improve the system overall. Keep it coming guys! Duping Similarly to meshing, this has been another hot topic that has plagued the game. In one of our most recent updates, we were able to release a system to identify duped items (in some cases retroactively), as well as prevent many instances of duping from occurring in the first place. It's still early days, but so far the results have been outstanding, as we're sure some of you have seen. The system is still being monitored by our team and we'll continue to iterate on improvements where possible whilst having our enforcement team dish out harsher punishments. Exploits & Bugs Fixing bugs and exploits has been the main focus of our most recent patches. We’d intended to push out some patches focusing on balance but they were put on hold whilst we address what we consider to be more pressing issues. Examples exploits we’ve fixed recently include: Fixed an exploit with the Rock Drake Fixed an exploit that allowed mission creatures to be used in unintended ways Fixed an exploit which allowed certain creatures to attack structures through walls Additional server-side protection against exploits Fixed an exploit with turrets and ziplines Fixed an exploit with meshing and the cruise missile Fixed an exploit that allowed you to get under the map. Fixed a mounting exploit with Magamasaur And there’s definitely more if you go through the rest of the patch notes, as well as a whole host of bug fixes! We know that the patch notes regarding exploits aren’t super detailed. We typically just reference the object surrounding the exploit and that is because we prefer to hold these cards close to our chest, especially to prevent these methods from being exploited on unpatched Unofficial servers. Player Reports We recognize that some of the auto-responses on tickets could be worded in a more precise manner so as to mitigate confusion and we’ll be working with our GM’s to update them. Something we’d like to clarify is that an auto-response with the ticket being closed does not denote that the case isn’t being investigated. It means one of the following: Enforcement action has taken place An investigation is ongoing No further information from the reporter is required. Our enforcement team (GM’s) does not disclose the outcome of player reports for player privacy reasons but rest assured that if a reported player or tribe is found in violation of the Code of Conduct, the enforcement team will be taking the necessary action against them. For those wanting to report a player for breaking the Code of Conduct on an Official Server, it can be done so here. Third-Party Software (Aimbot/ESP etc) Over the past few months, we’ve seen a spike in our CCUs across the platforms, which usually leads to a spike in cheaters too. In particular, on PC and Crossplay servers, we’ve witnessed a rise in aimbot reports and the team has been working hard with our partners to combat the use of third party software. For some additional insight into the cycle of fighting against aimbots, this is usually what happens: We notice an increase in the number of aimbot reports, we work with our anti-cheat partners to identify and detect the new software and once that has been done, we’ll issue a ban wave and punish cheaters accordingly. Following this, we’ll see a slight dip in the frequency of aimbot reports on our Official Networks, until either new software is released or older software has been updated, and then we repeat the process again of identification, detection, and punishment. This cycle can be as long as a few weeks, or as short as a few days. It’s a constant cat and mouse and our team is working diligently with BattlEye in order to detect new third party software and keep our officials as safe from cheaters as possible. In addition to that, we have also ramped up our enforcement measures, including, not only player bans but full wipes of tribes associated. In regards to Crossplay specifically, we’ve recently implemented and improved our systems & heuristics to identify those using malicious third party software and it is proving effective. Over the past week, our enforcement team has wiped multiple tribes and banned a large number of players on our Crossplay servers with more to come very soon. We’ll continue to enforce hard against these cheaters. Eggcellent Painting Contest As a reminder, the Eggcellent Painting contest is ongoing. There will be two competitions with a prize for the winner of $100! In-Game Painting Real-life Egg Painting The entries will be judged by our community team. Submissions are limited to three eggs per survivor, so choose your best egg. You'll have the month of April to enter, with April 30th being the final day to enter. Submit your images in the comments below, and we look forward to seeing your creativity! Click here for more details and enter your painting for a chance to win On The Horizon Along with continuing to squash bugs, improve performance, and address any exploits that may arise, we will be working on planned balance and QoL for the Live Game. Some of the team are busy working on the upcoming Crystal Isles map and a unique new creature. We’re excited to release Crystal Isles on our Official Networks in the not too distant future! ARK is On Sale on PS4! Grab a copy of ARK for PS4 on the Playstation Store Steam Sale: Explorers Edition (75% Off) Want to introduce your friends to the world of ARK? Right now, the ARK: Survival Evolved Explorer's Edition Bundle is available for 75% off on Steam! The Explorer's Edition gives you access to the base game as well as the Scorched Earth, Aberration, and Extinction Expansion Packs. Go grab your copy now! EVO Event As mentioned above, we've enabled 2x XP, taming, breeding, and harvest. We'll continue to run these rates for the time being as a gesture towards our community as we all deal with the isolation and stress during these tough times. That’s about it for this Community Crunch. Stay safe and take care! Studio Wildcard 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
  5. 8 points
    All my tames have been wiped out After being tired of extreme pillaring by a tribe I decided to have 4 brontos and 4 mammoth blocking their base . Last night I logged in to an empty base , all my tames were gone , over 100 top or near top Dino’s , full team of top boss rexes with top armor saddle , full team of top therizino top saddle . I had no warnings or any form of contact from wildcard. This seems like an unfair and extreme punishment considering is first time I was doing this . I understand I was in the wrong, but on the other hand wildcard is doing nothing to prevent pillaring which is the most annoying thing on official servers.
  6. 8 points
    This makes as much sense as asking the owner of a restaurant to sell his business because you don't like the food... normal people would simply not return, letting others that does enjoy themselves.
  7. 8 points
    Shame that Giga's will be allowed through, worked really hard to run some of these alpha missions and I feel that effort has been undermined by just letting all the OP Giga lines in, but it is what it is I guess.
  8. 7 points
    Introducing Tropeognathus! Common Name: Tropeo Species: Tropeognathus mesembrinus Time: Cretaceous Diet: Piscivore Temperament: Neutral Wild Up close, Tropeognathus mesembrinus is easily recognized by the keeled crests on its snout, but with wingspans of up to twenty-seven feet, you’re sure to spot it before then. These large wings are not only ideal for catching air currents over its ocean hunting grounds, but they also let Tropeognathus draft off of other flying creatures by flying behind them. While not the fastest flyer on the Isles, when combined with its remarkable stamina, this makes Tropeognathus well suited for long distance flight. Because it’s on the wing so much, Tropeognathus is best snared by those riding another flier. I've noticed the more clever tribespeople using chain bolas to capture them while airborne. Domesticated Once tamed, Tropeognathus has proven quite useful to the people of the Isles beyond mere transportation. For example, its toothed beak can grind down many common goods to their base components, which is a great way to recycle items and gear! Well, so long as you have a rag handy to wipe off the spit... That bite is punishing enough to crack armor and grind through it over time, and Tropeognathus can blow away flora and fauna alike with a gust from its wings. Air-to-air combat is where this creature really shines, though. And with the right tools, some survivors have managed to fit them with a saddle-mounted flak cannon and jet engine for maximum lethality. Trust me, you haven't lived until you've ridden a jet-powered pterosaur into a dogfight. Saddle one up and see for yourself - you can be my wingman anytime! Crystal Isles Prepare your tribe and get ready for another epic adventure! Crystal Isles will be coming to PC on June 4th! Steam Sale: Explorers Edition (75% Off) Want to introduce your friends to the world of ARK? Right now, the ARK: Survival Evolved Explorer's Edition Bundle is available for 75% off on Steam! The Explorer's Edition gives you access to the base game as well as the Scorched Earth, Aberration, and Extinction Expansion Packs. Go grab your copy now! EVO Event As mentioned previously, we'll be keeping 2X rates on until further notice. Studio Wildcard 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
  9. 7 points
    Just to provide some clarity surrounding the new creature. It'll be found on Crystal Isles on PC, and on Console it will be available on the other maps (list TBD). Once we've released Crystal Isles on Consoles, we'll be adjusting its spawn so it's found there instead. Whilst the map needs some additional time to get it ready on console, the creature will be ready and we didn't want to hold it back. Plus with the launch of CI, we'll still get some new Wyvern variants which'll be fresh at the time.
  10. 7 points
    I don't care what it's called, it's a flyer with a turret on its back!!
  11. 7 points
    The dinos are gone, the player has been wiped. safe to assume he'll be ok though, because when I warned him I was sending in a ticket, he said this: Credit where credit is due, Thanks devs, your help is appreciated.
  12. 7 points
    Why would you allow gigas? Or anything else OP? I thought Genesis was supposed to be a challenge. You're catering to the carebears.
  13. 6 points
    Calling it now. This will be way too good for PvP combat and PvE players will suffer for it. It'll be nerfed into the ground, becoming another quite useless creature in the large catalog of creatures nobody bother using.
  14. 6 points
    *Vietnam Flashbacks Intensifies*
  15. 6 points
    To be fair if the playerbase would stop breaking the game by duping and going out of the way to find new exploits the servers would run smoother.
  16. 6 points
    Been working on this for a while now it’s a full sized deinonychus costume, I’ll post the finished product in fan art Friday’s ___._ .' <0>'-.._ / /.--.____") | \ __.-'~ | : -'/ /:. :.-' __________ | : '. | '--.____ '--------.______ _.----.-----./ :/ '--.__ `'----/ '-. __ :/ '-.___ : \ .' )/ '---._ _.-' ] / _/ '-._ _/ _/ / _/ \_ .-'____.-'__< | \___ <_______.\ \_\_---.7 | /'=r_.-' _\\ =/ .--' / ._/'> .' _.-' / .--' /,/ |/`) 'c=, ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
  17. 6 points
    The following should happen: # backup cron 1/ A daily cron should run which automatically backs up every character # automatic restore cron 1/ A daily cron runs which checks for characters that have been lost 2/ Restores character automatically to last known official server if it doesn't exist. 3/ Automatically emails a survivor the character location and that a restore took place.
  18. 6 points
    no one forces you to use a giga for it. You are the only one ruining your own challenging experience. Your fun in the game is too deeply connected to others on PVE, don't let them ruin it for you and play your way, make it hard for yourself not for others.
  19. 5 points
    At what point do you have the right to speak for EVERYONE, let alone dictate that our hard work should be destroyed because you are bored.
  20. 5 points
    I LOST HOPE. Worst Developers I've ever met in any game. The Developers of ARK is the worst I've ever met in any game. They will never Repair their servers, instead they will give you new maps, which will not be playable in few months like other maps. They didn't even care about our reports/tickets. They will never address your report/ticket. They will write you email saying that they are closing it. Server lags in every 3 mins for the last 1 year, Crashing occurs every 15 mins. They still saying that it is playable. If you look at the total server crash in 1 day, You will get the picture about being playable. btw I play on EU-PVE-Valguero517. Only thing i can say to the Dev's is to "Go raptor Yourself". How can u still be called as a Dev if you can't fix servers?
  21. 5 points
    I think its good time to find another game that dont waste our time and not spoil our blood.
  22. 5 points
    Is that a Tropeognathus? Cool! Anyway, funny story: it was destiny that I fell in love with this game. Same Birthday day! Yes,4th June is my Bday lol so this is going to be an amazing gift! Thanks Wildcard
  23. 5 points
  24. 5 points
    play stupid games, win stupid prizes. if you play on an official server you are subject to the whims of the people who own and operate the servers just like any unofficial server and you have no recourse unless they themselves feel the need to grant it to you. Join an unofficial server where you can maybe interact and get to know the local police instead of having to submit pleas to uncaring deities
  25. 5 points
    Unbelievably frustrated with Ark and Wildcard Last night the vaults I've been using as my safety storage were deleted by the patch, along with ALL my tames and gear on this server. I only recently came back to Rag after playing Genesis and didn't have a base on the server I'd previously called home for quite a long time. But I did still have vaults hidden away that have been in place and safe for over a year. I was on the server and in the vaults literally minutes before the servers went down for the patch. I had laid blood stalker eggs before the notice that the servers were going down and had been watching their temp and incubation. Then, when the servers went offline for as long as they did, when I finally got logged back in the eggs had already died because I couldn't be there to tend to their temperature. At the time I thought THAT was my biggest frustration. But no, then I realized that it wasn't just a couple eggs gone, it was EVERYTHING I had that the patch had killed. I've been playing Ark for years and love the concept of the game. What I don't love is Wildcard's seemingly complete disregard for most of us players. Sure, we pre-ordered the season pass and then had to wait, and wait, and wait again for Genesis. Those sort of things I can deal with. They happen. What sucks are the constant and seemingly intentional choices to screw over small tribes, solo players, and new players. All they seem to care about are forcing people into mega tribes. Every patch, every new dino and feature, seems to exclusively benefit the mega tribes and add to the toxicity of the game. When Wildcard started getting the tiniest bit involved in fixing meshing, the first thing they did was to create a "daylight" rule, meaning that if there isn't daylight directly above a spot you can't build there unless the spot is a designated cave. So all of the sudden 50% of the features on some maps are no longer usable. There are hundreds of caves, alcoves, nooks and crannies where a solo player or small tribe were able to build and protect themselves and their hard-earned gear, but then after that change everyone was forced out into the open. Literally the best places to build on most maps were gone. So solo and small tribes had it that much tougher. Still, I have scoured every map I've played on looking for safe places and secret hideouts to build, because as an almost exclusively solo player I need those hideouts. But no matter what, I've had to accept that any base I build is toast whenever it gets found. The largest base I ever built had all 100 allowable turrets, each of which was full. The base was also invisible (hidden behind a waterfall) until you were almost touching it, so attacking the base defenses had to be done completely blind. There were also limited directions of approach, so all the turrets could be concentrated on the attackers at once. But when a mega tribe found me they went through me like butter. Because Wildcard has skewed the odds in the favor of attackers with every single new dino, patch, and update. Did we REALLY need another airborne soaker with Extinction to make it that much easier to offline raid solo and small tribe players like me? The gasbag as a soaker just seems like the most blatant "screw you" to players who would like to protect their own stuff rather than live by stealing from others that Wildcard could have come up with. How does a hot air balloon make sense as a great soaker of bullets? Who came up with that genius slap in the face to more defensive players? I'm guessing no one who has ever heard of the Hindenburg. Even the very few changes that on the surface seem like maybe they'd benefit smaller players really just benefit the mega tribes, like eliminating C4 dodo drops. Larger tribes don't need C4 suicide dinos to wipe smaller tribe bases, so getting rid of large scale C4 dino drops didn't make small tribes or solo players any safer, it only benefited the large tribes because it took away one of the only ways smaller players could get retribution against larger attackers. It is literally impossible to protect yourself on official servers unless you want to join a mega tribe and live online 24 x 7. Taking a cue from the real world, bases should require sacrifice to raid. Remember those concrete pillboxes from WW2, the ones that could be manned by 3 or 4 person teams that could hold off hundreds of enemy soldiers? I may not have watched every WW2 documentary, but I've watched enough to know that none of those pillboxes were ever overrun after some soldier confidently exclaimed "stay behind me boys, I've got a helium balloon, those guns can't touch us now!" On top of the overt design choices made in favor of the mega tribes, it has also ALWAYS been those same mega tribes who are the cheaters. The DDoSers, the meshers, the dupers; they all seem to stem from the mega tribes, not solo and small tribe players. And they seem to be the ones least likely to face consequences. Case in point, I was DDoSed about a week ago by a member of a mega tribe. I could provide player names, screen shots of the chat party members, audio of him confirming he was polling my IP, and timestamped router log files of the actual attack. I submitted a ticket to Wildcard, and they referred me to the server team and closed the ticket. I don't think they even read the ticket, just saw the word DDoS and sent booted it down the road. I submitted a comment that it wasn't a server issue and asked them to please READ the ticket, and they responded by deleting the comment and leaving the ticket closed. I've submitted a trouble ticket about the disappearing vault issue from last night, but I have no doubt I'll receive the same STELLAR support I've gotten every other time I've had an issue. None. They seem to have no problem whatsoever with screwing players over, but no willingness to make things right for players. At this point, I think I'm pretty well done with the game. I have no interest in investing the time to start from scratch yet again, and personally I'm pretty well over dumping more of my money into a company that seemingly couldn't care less about its customers. My guess is the only response I'll end up getting from Wildcard will be a forum admin deleting this post as is their pattern whenever people express their frustrations on the forums. Maybe if we had a better channel for expressing those frustrations, or heaven forbid ever saw those frustrations addressed then the forum moderators wouldn't be reduced to the role of PR police. But it is what it is. Wildcard, you had a brilliant concept. Here's to hoping people collectively get fed up enough to let it die. Maybe then you'll pay at least some small attention to your customers.
  26. 5 points
    I was told to build a water pen... sooo... I built a pen, with a building on it for my mate to use … small gateway at the back of the pen, large gateway at the front, so any dino can be taken in or out. Unpodded my mates tuso in the main pen so I could see if it would, and no issues there with the walk way across the top. Tried to make the building match his other one far as looks. Built on a Official PvE server.
  27. 5 points
    I love the personal attack. Really solidifies the arguement. I'll just comment one thing to that - doubt it. Enjoy believing whatever some random tells you. I choose to rely on actual evidence to come to my conclusions but hey..to each their own I think you'd better leave the server now - just incase.
  28. 4 points
    Can't wait! I've been looking forward to a new flyer! I just added the Tropeognathus on Dododex! I will update with taming info as soon as its released!
  29. 4 points
    Jet engine on a dino sounds safe
  30. 4 points
    If you are bored just start over. Get your character killed and click "Create a new survivor" people shouldn't lose years of work because you're bored. Go to unofficial and find interesting mods, there is loads to do.
  31. 4 points
    Still no official response. Can I offer you a friendly piece of advice WildCard? This is how you turn supporters into people who constantly insult you and the game. It 100% looks like you just don't care. Seriously.
  32. 4 points
    TLC 3 please! Congrats on the anniversary. My mate and I got Ark on the 9th of June 2015 and started in the east coast beach area before it became a swamp area. We managed to level to around the low twenties and decided to scout for our first raptor tame. After venturing into the jungle we accidentally found ourselves running away from a level 3 female carno. I ended up crouching with my back against a boulder close by, trying to injure it in a panic with my primitive bow without realising tranq arrows were loaded on my bow. To my surprise I knocked it out and so for the next three in game days we scrambled around farming raw meat and narco berries frantically hoping to tame this beast even though we were far from able to craft a saddle for it. With a happy ending we managed to tame it and we were elated and got it to follow us home. Ark is still special to us.
  33. 4 points
    EU-PVE-Official-Ragnarok72 down its te same like
  34. 4 points
    I have found the majority of my sheep by the blue obelisk, however I must say that the best thing you can do to help yourself on this problem, is to build your own sheep farm.....just get one girl, one boy, use them to breed a herd, call it a day. Increase health stat for mutton, increase food stat for wool.
  35. 4 points
    Woohoo I won something! Thanks guys and congratulations to everyone else! P.s how do we claim our prize?
  36. 4 points
    I want to point one detail in GP1 I don't think many people know about. If you choose to stick around during the credits and wait until the very end, you can see a secret bonus message at the bottom. It's short and doesn't reveal that much, but I think what it says is going to be important in making theories about GP2.
  37. 4 points
    To those who are BITCHING ABOUT GIGAS dude NOBODY FORCING YOU TO USE YOURS!!! Saying "bye to the challenge"? Unless you use a giga there's still a challenge for YOU like seriously stop just dont play the missions with people using gigas THAT FREAKING SIMPLE!
  38. 4 points
    Thank you for enabling transfers. The people who are complaining are just mad that they spent all those hours grinding in the game and think the same should happen to everyone else. That's dumb if you ask me. The same people here who complain with supposedly thousands of hours in the game should have known transfers always happen for every new map. Why are you so surprised? If you don't like what WC does then just quit the game or don't play official.
  39. 4 points
    My condolences go to the new players who have been playing on the Official PvP new servers who are about to feel the full force of capped Dino lines coming to smash into their base on June 4th.
  40. 4 points
    Will we ever see the day when upload timers are removed?
  41. 4 points
    Genesis Logo and bunny ear HLN-A same egg.
  42. 4 points
    Ferox's in the Spring Same egg, both sides painted
  43. 3 points
    First off, no matter what advice anyone here gives you, 9 out of 10 times its going to be a situational thing, not a solid tactic to clear the cave and get down to the den for egg/element farming. What you have to understand is, the lava golems are going to be moving around occasionally, and lately I've noticed more than usual in the volcano, so you have to keep that in mind at all times. My general tips would be this: 1. Bring a bloodstalker (if you wanna try swinging by most everything) and/or a basilisk (the poison attack works well in clearing), 2 magmasaurs, and an anky. 2. When you enter the cave, turn your gamma up to 4 and watch for the oddly shaped rocks (lava golems). Your task here is to avoid them and try to make your way down to the small stone rampway leading into the den, in most cases if you can get there without aggroing the golems you can start your clear of the magma pit. 3. Bring 2 friends, you'll find that the respawn rate on the den is fast, you'll end up having little to no time at all to actually clear it out, then get off the magma and onto the anky to farm the element. 4. load your Magmasaur up with plenty of ambergris, force feed it to the magmasaur when they start taking too much damage, it'll save you from having to raise another one that night. 5. Use your location to your advantage, if you sit on the high rocks near the rampway you can avoid being shot in the face with fireballs, you don't want to get hit by em. Strangely enough the wild dino damage will melt your face, but raised ones suck lol. 6. Do not grab eggs unless you are prepared to fend off the onslaught of Magmasaurs that will attack, I never touch them until the clear is done, then and only then do I grab eggs if I have time or need more Basilisk taming eggs. 7. Keep your head on a swivel, Magmasaurs will creep up behind you along with golems, the minute you think your safe it usually ends in being dead. Other than that, it's a coin toss, you could get lucky and clear the den out long enough to get the element, or you could end up losing your dinos, make sure you do everything you can to prepare for the attempt before you set foot inside the volcano.
  44. 3 points
    There are plenty of well-run unofficial communities out there. Something for everyone. It just takes a bit of effort on your part to find the right community for you.
  45. 3 points
    Yup it does certainly look like a Ornithocherius! Or the Tropeognathus.... I'm looking forward to the events and checking out the new map/dinosaur. It's been an amazing 5 years and i'm proud to say i've been with it since day 1.
  46. 3 points
    I can promise you the map will be called arrat prime that much is pretty much certain, also tempted to say arrat prime is the space station in the sky on genesis, unsure why you can see it in the simulation when array prime is the real world control station for the arks
  47. 3 points
    Why are 99% of creatures useless? Are they useless because of what they can't do? Because what they do is too weak? No. 99% of the 100+ creatures in this game are useless because of the mana, the worst thing ever added to this game. And no, I'm not bob on the beach who got his level 50 pt killed by a mana. I have over 3,000 hours in pvp, and plenty experience in high end, late game pvp. And it's BORING. Why? Because the mana is the ONLY tame you can use realistically in PvP. One of the primary reasons is breeding, tamed manas are horrible. They have 5-7k hp, and around 200-350 melee, which in my opinion is exactly all they should have and that's it. But no, with breeding manas come out with around 17k hp BASE, and have OVER ONE THOUSAND MELEE. They also get a 124 armor saddle cap. Now, with things like the giga, it doesn't matter as much, even if they have really good stats, unlike the mana you can't fight everything with them, you're locked to the ground with a slow walking speed. But because of breeding, why do manas get INSANE tankiness, 20k hp with a 124 armor saddle, AND the most speed and mobility of any creature in the game. Oh! I almost forgot some of the most damage in the game, with an INSANE stun that lasts over ELEVEN seconds at some time. Why do they literally get it all? Utility, stun, speed, damage, tankiness. It's stupid. You literally cannot use Griffins anymore in PvP. Why? Well because griffins usually have around 8-10k hp, a mana can deal all that health in damage in about 4 seconds with no saddle. Yay! But the best part?? GRIFFINS GET FROZE FOR ELEVEN SECONDS. In WHAT world is that fair? Why are Wyverns, which are so much harder to get, and can't be bred, struggle so much against them? You can't use them that often in normal pvp either, since they don't gave saddles, and manas will shred them close to the ground, and some even have less health than manas. All while being slower!!!!! PvP is SO stale and so boring, all you can use are manas, nothing else works. Can't use Rock Drakes, or their Tek Saddle because they get shredded and can't get away from them. They have it all, tank, speed, damage. And that STUPID freeze. I want to do SOMETHING other than use a mana. Mana v Mana is so boring and a waste of time. And I can't use basically ANY of the 100+ creatures in the game because of them. A vast majority of the PvP community agrees. Look at Vindactur, Kishko, popular Ark Youtube pvpers, they all agree, manas make the game stale, and make everything basically useless. People that I've asked about why they play MTS instead of offical, they say "Manas are the main reason" Wildcard knows this, and they do nothing. I've spent literal thousands of hours pvping people and for the past year, it's been nothing but "Mana Zoom Mana Freeze" You might as well remove everything except for Gigas and Manas, since that's the only thing you can really use. And I guarantee you this TLC will be for the carno or Megalodon or something else, that will add nothing to PvP. So the meta can remain to be stupidly stale, boring, uninspired, and driven by incompetence in balancing. I'm hoping the Wyvern will be apart of the TLC, and it'll get a saddle, so maybe for once I can use something to good or even great effectiveness in PvP using actual skill, instead of the worst thing ever put into a video game.
  48. 3 points
    Stay away from plains, swamp and redwood, and mountain get a Petra get a saddle, get metal tools and cithen or flak armor, tame an arg into is using a crossbow and traqs, Arby’s can be found at most mountins and icy areas, use behemoth Dino gates to trap the argy and tranq it till it’s out, feed it meat or something better like kibble, prime meat, mutton! Then argy is like pteranodon but stronger, stayes in the air longer, can craft metal(but not repair) with its saddle, Slower, and it can pick up almost all your tames, if you have wild Dino pickup or whatever on, you can just pick up a creature, drop it into a taming pen, and tranq it safely!
  49. 3 points
    they should do a event like with life one they do. community donate x amount and rate gop up x amout. make it amoth long event. all money gos to hospital or reacher on a cure to the virus. that could be cool
  50. 3 points
    I haven’t said anything here because I’m not good at this like you guys are but I hope you guys start up doing this soon. I’ve been watching this and the ark theories from their beginning.
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