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  1. Been busy with real life stuff lately, but took the time today to start breeding my Extinction Titan giga army. I've got 50 mutations stacked on this line for now, coming out to 149 points. At some point, I'm going to mutate further in anticipation of the Alpha missions on Genesis I but for now this is it. Last week, I got the stats combined with each of the colour combinations I want in the final army on one male each and this week I started by studding one of those (Stat+Colour) males to 50 unmutated females. Popped out 10 males with stats+colour and 2 females. Going to do the same for each of the 14 colour variations I have. That means about 168 gigas need to be raised and imprinted in the next week or so. I've got 50k raw mutton in storage but tomorrow I'm hoping my regular butcher will deliver another 50k. I'm using stack size modifiers so it's less odious than it seems! Probably.
  2. Congratulations on the successful fundraiser! Very excited about Lost Island and even more excited about the awesome Fjordur news.
  3. I really love the Halloween event and since we'll have a detailed announcement next week, in anticipation lets share what features we'd like to see make a return: 1. Seasonal Foliage Change: Fear Evolved 3 is the first event I remember giving us autumn trees on the Island. I would love to see this again, on even more maps! 2. Ghost Skins: I didn't have access to Aberration and Extinction last year, I hope to grab Ghost Reaper, Basilisk and Snow Owl this time around. Share your own-
  4. The better part of a year ago, I was disappointed Rock Drakes were left out as the only Draconis species unable to breed. This weekend I was not! Needless to say, spent most of the weekend watching my carefully curated rock drakes having an orgy at long last.
  5. Really happy about the recent update. So glad to have Rock Drakes breeding and the Anky auto-harvest is a nice QoL convenience so thanks for that. I'm also really happy to hear that my favourite holiday is right around the corner. Please can we have the gorgeous autumn foliage back on the Island this Halloween, and the chilly weather. When I started Ark two years ago, that was one of the first events I participated in and I loved the seasonal trees. It was beautiful and atmospheric and rewarded returning to the Island map for those events. Super hyped and looking forward to having special trees this time around again.
  6. My favourite part about Achatina breeding is that there's no gender. I've got a red, white and blue aberrant one who's been a daddy three times and a mommy twice so far. He's definitely making Aberration great again.
  7. Since one of my friends hasn't yet ascended off the Island, and we (tribe-mate and I who have) wanted to play with him, we rotated our second map to The Center to do some caving together. The objective was to pick up the Artifact of the Brute, the last artifact we need to summon the boss portal. We got side-tracked naturally, once we made our way into the Abyssal Trench. All three of us got separated, lost in the swallowing dark. My tribemate kept her eye on the prize and continued the search for the Artifact. I found a level 150 mosasaurus lurking in the shadows, with 28 points in melee and 27 points in stamina. That's a great find, but I didn't have any tranq arrows, or even kibble. The third friend had tranq arrows. The artifact hunting friend had kibble. I had the tankiest Basilosaurus. Tranq arrow carrying friend managed to make his way to me but he had to dismount to shoot the Mosa and she twisted around and broke his primitive Scuba in seconds. He proceeded to drown but at least the arrows were there in his death inventory right? I dismounted and started a mad dash for the arrows but Mosa saw through my plan and she was bigger and faster. She ate his corpse and then started to take care of me. My ascendant SCUBA got pretty battered as I scrambled for the safety of my basilosaurus. Now there wasn't enough oxygen left in my tank and I had to abandon the hunt. I got the two basilosaurus' in cryopods (we use Death Recovery Mod) and drowned, leaving the Mosa as undisputed Queen of the Depths and returned empty handed to base. My tribe-mate with quiet efficiency, retrieved three artifacts of the Brute, one for each of us so it wasn't a complete disaster. Next week, we'll hunt for some tributes and thereafter tackle the dual guardians of the Center.
  8. Playing Extinction, private two-person server: We attempted our third purple OSD. pOSD went quite well, getting the hang of it now. Our process is using a Tek Forcefield Generator shielding a large area over the drop, metal spike walls around the drop itself and 3 Reapers, (clones because my sons are precious!) on tek leashes to defend against any breaches of the shield. Rock drakes almost always get through the tek forcefield. Is there any choice other than giga? Not to say I don't like it: I'm really enjoying gigas having a big role on the map. We've been breeding gigas for about 6-10 months on our Island server to ready a team for when we reached Extinction, and they're now at 30+ mutations. After searching nearly two years, we found a giga saddle blueprint at last and got our gigas armored up. Made quite a significant difference to their survivability. On our first pOSD we lost a couple and scraped through to round 7 by the skin of our teeth. We didn't have a decent saddle at that time. Now with the new set, they're monsters all the way to round 10+ We can now get to round 15 with much more ease. It feels like we could go a lot further if we wanted. First time, doing 15 rounds took nearly 4 hours, we got it down to 2 hours this time. I'm sure next time it won't take longer than an hour.
  9. Wonderful news! So excited for this announcement. I, like everyone else, really, really hope one of those two new breedables are Rock Drakes. A bit anxious about the incoming Shadowmane nerf. I'm making my way through the story maps and when I was doing The Island/Scorched Earth last year, I kept reading about how amazing the Managarmr was as a travel mount. By the time I got to Extinction, it's a shadow of its former self and pretty much useless compared to a Lightning or Blood Wyvern. I really hope I don't have the same experience around Shadowmanes. I'm really looking forward to taming/breeding them.
  10. When I started playing, my research into this subject led me to picking a combination of singleplayer and small tribe rules as a standard for what a solo player who wants the intended experience without the advantages of community needs: Single Player Settings: Unchecked (I think the imprint, damage done and damage resistance boosts for tames is excessive and undesirable) Player XP: X2 (On servers, you have shared xp. Makes sense to have this slightly boosted) Harvesting: X3 (Small tribe settings) Taming: X3 (Small Tribes settings) MatingIntervalMultiplier: 0.0001 (You don't have the advantage of cooldowns running down while you're offline, that means that where as a server player breeds his creatures on day 1, and next day or two, they're ready to breed again; a solo player has to wait 48 hours spent in-game. That's a bit insane and could be two weeks or a month of gameplay.) EggHatchSpeedMultiplier: x32 (Derived from the Single Player settings) BabyMaturationSpeedMultiplier: x32 (Same as above) CuddleIntervalMultiplier: 0.025 (This setting has to be reduced reciprocally by whatever factor you've used on BabyMaturation, so slightly less than 1/32) Difficulty: 1.0/5.0 (they're the same thing depending on whether you're playing an offline game or have your own server AFAIK) This would make it so that your game is as difficult as it is intended to be, but the grindy bits that are intended for multiple people in a tribe to handle together are sped up in line with what has been intended in the single player mode. Some other QOL changes: 1. Stacksize Multiplier: 2. Super Structures/Structures Plus if you have access to Steam 3. Awesome Spyglass (Steam Mod) 4. Custom Dino Levels (Steam Mod) 5. DIno Storage v2 (Steam Mod: A better more reliable and more convenient alternative to cryopods)
  11. For purple OSDs, we use two gigas (we are sometimes in range to be mateboosted but often move further away to deal with opposite ends of the hordes and lose the boost) that are imprinted to us and have good (100+ saddles). Gigas have to be mutated unless you're using many of them. Our gigas have 30 mutations in melee, around 500%ish on hatch which amounts to 99-107 points. You can do it with fewer mutations, I would recommend that one should aim to have at least 20 melee mutations, full imprint and good saddles. Be ready to rescue and replace an injured giga with a fresh cryopoded one and have an owl for healing between waves.
  12. Having a great time on Extinction! I play with my best friend on a private server and since autumn 2020, we've been making our way through the story maps. Before that, we dabbled a bit on Ragnarok, Center and Crystal Isles and then decided to start the Island over and ascend each of the DLC maps. About a month ago, after ascending from Aberration, we started on Extinction. I know I'm late to the party, but this is a really fun map! It's so good to have constant daylight in the city/wasteland areas after the oppressive atmosphere of Aberration. (Aberration has been one of my favourite maps out of all the ones I've visited so far. It is so well designed, the progression is so well thought out and the atmosphere is unique but it IS the Broken Ark and getting out of it feels rewarding: you get to see the sun again!). We started in the sunken forest with nothing but our ascended characters, spent a week there building a small starter base and taming a pack of carnos and raptors. And gachas! We tamed a male and 3 females, high levels and I've been breeding them every chance I got and now have about 15 element gachas and several covering the other resources. Haven't set up a proper farm yet because we haven't settled down. After sunken forest, we moved to Sanctuary and explored it. It's such an interesting design! We commented on how well it captured that post apocalyptic feel, and it is so different from the other maps. Exploring a ruined city, imagining what kind of districts the various regions must have contained in its heydey. The people who lived and worked in this bustling metropolis, with that great twisted shard sticking out from the earth spelling out its eventual destruction. We tamed a gasbags in the wasteland and hopped over to the desert. What silly fun! Love it. Got ourselves a romantic little adobe house and tamed some high level velonosaurs. Finally saw a return of the day/night cycle and it was such a welcome throwback to the normalcy of the Island/Scorched Earth maps. We have now made our way to Snow Dome and tamed Snow Owls and finally a pair of managarmr. I really love the crazy new creatures in Extinction, their uniqueness and the fun factor of using them. Now I can finally see what the fuss about Managarmrs has been about and it is so much fun to zip around on. And of course, the boosts and dashes are essential when you've managed to get caught in a meteor storm out in the wastelands! Yesterday, we attempted our first OSD defence - a blue drop with 3 carnos and 5 raptors and we managed to defend it with about 500 hp left. Learnt some lessons, but our final goal on the map now is an element vein defence. Once we've achieved that, we'll return to our main base on the Island, fetch our best gear, 99 melee gigas and smash the titans! Then onto the next.
  13. Definitely rock drakes being breedable - that would be my number 1 ask. They are the only draconis type that can't and also the hardest by far for gathering eggs. In addition, Karkinos and Basilisk breeding would be really appreciated too. A giga facelift would be nice but otherwise I think they're in a good place. A few quality of life changes: mating on/off whistle. Please fix the megalosaurus grab attack priority bug. Could we please get seasonable changes back for winter and autumn events, I was really disappointed at the lack of white/fall trees this year though I love events. An inventory screen update that shows dino wild-domestic point distribution. 90% of the confusion I see from new players trying to understand breeding is lack of ability to see point distribution. It does not need to be a tek tier item, it needs to be available to the beach bobs so they understand an essential game mechanic more easily.
  14. Happy Holidays everyone, thank you for bringing back Winter Wonderland - for sure my favourite event. Can I hope that the we'll have the winter landscape back on the Island (at the least, would love to have wintry trees on every map)? I missed the autumn trees skipped from this year's Fear Evolved event and I would really like to see the blanket of snow back. Merry Xmas and have a wonderful holiday!
  15. Thanks a lot, this is amazing and I did see the individual coordinates but didn't know about the tooltip! Awesome!
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