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Everything posted by SMP

  1. The no flier or slow flier experience is OK for new players. By the time you're 3k hours in and have started over from scratch about 8 times, you're ready for a different experience than trying to navigate an anky across the river and up a hill full of trees to make a metal run.
  2. Fun watching Caleb become a bitter Ark vet before our eyes.
  3. For another game? I was being facetious. AFAIK, there is no game that lets you tame and breed critters like Ark does, and admit it or not, it's what drew most of us to the game in the first place. My real recommendation would be to find an unofficial cluster server with a decent population and accept Ark for what it is.
  4. I'm not a fan of the mutation cap. I'd like to see it done away with completely. I'd balance it out with a dino lifespan. Yup, your favorite Rex just dropped dead of old age in the middle of a raid.
  5. Flyer nerf was one of the dumbest changes ever made to the game. I quit when it was rolled out and the classic mod was the only reason I came back.
  6. Max level, mate-boosted, imprinted Fatal Exception Errorsaurus.
  7. SMP

    The truth

    We were able to put a man on the moon 50 years ago, I think they could handle the mesh issue. That is, if it were worth the effort.
  8. Just to offer a counterpoint to those suggesting Official play: New guys, don't play official. If you don't know why, spend the rest of the day reading forum rants and count how many of them are from official players.
  9. Argy, hands down. No other dino is as useful in as many different circumstances. They're easy to find, easy to tame, easy to breed. Meat runs, combat, scouting, even mid-game resource hauling. I'd like it a lot more if the stupid thing didn't immediately take to the air when mounted, though.
  10. Probably not a good idea to spawn blind into a map with a load of gear. Guess you realize that now, though. Don't expect Ark players (or PvP players in general) to have any kind of honor or sense of fair play. You'll be sorely disappointed. Heck, at least he put in the work himself. You could have spawned right next to an auto-turret bunker.
  11. I'd expect that the bulk of incoming funds are being directed towards new projects. Ark ain't gonna keep the lights on forever.
  12. Things you rarely hear in response to this question: Don't leave home with stuff you don't need. Don't take your new longneck on a metal run. Don't get distracted. If you just flew across the map for org poly, get it and get it back home. Don't stop to try to grab a drop or look at a pretty dino. When things are going well, make an "Oh Crap" box with backup supplies, tools, armor, etc. When you do something stupid, make a new rule for yourself to not do that stupid thing again. Don't break it. Expect to die, expect to lose dinos, expect to get raided, expect to crash at the worst possible time, expect to deal with some new problem every day. Don't take the game too seriously unless you're getting paid to play.
  13. Yup, still the same miserable experience you remember. Better to go play that other sandbox game where you can tame and breed creatures.
  14. Well said. The root of the problem is that video games are essentially cheap toys, but some folks place an undue amount of importance on them and expect an unrealistic amount of support.
  15. At least we don't have to worry about you doing anything about it.
  16. So far I've just stared at a download progress screen and watched the Flintstones. Might name my next few hatchlings Pebbles and Bam Bam. Once I can actually play the game again, I'm going to hit the argy and direwolf breeding facilities and then work on my terra cotta soldiers (mannequins) project at one of my decoy bases.
  17. I've never seen a holiday event in any game that was worth the hassle. Just a bunch of silliness and carnival prizes. I'd be happy if they'd quit having them altogether, although the forum rants are pretty amusing.
  18. Holy cow, some random player just solved the meshing problem. Ark players rejoice!
  19. I will second the skirt. The mannequin in my base's kitchen would look awesome in a skirt.
  20. You know, I've quit a lot of video games in my day, and I ain't never wrote anyone a break-up letter about it.
  21. I'm tired of discussing Ark. I'd be happy to participate in a discourse regarding the effective composition of a forum thread, though. Shoot me a PM if you're interested.
  22. Interesting. I might test this myself, as I feel that vertical distance may be different than horizontal. I'm 95% sure that I've needed to use the spyglass to whistle birds who were too high to respond to a regular whistle.
  23. While good advice has already been posted, I'd also suggest trying harder. Don't take that the wrong way, it just takes a while to develop that constant anxiety that stuff really, really wants to kill your dinos. Never fly near the treetops. Never drop into thick tree cover when you can't see your landing zone clearly. Don't land anywhere near aggressive dinos, and if they are where you want to be, kite them off a ledge somewhere before landing. Park your ptera on tall rocks instead of the ground, or just let it hover and jump off (carry crossbow/grappling hook to remount). Train yourself to whistle follow & passive anytime you get force dismounted, as soon as you hit the ground sprint away from danger, then turn around and jump on your bird as it catches up. It's easy to consider easily-acquired birds as disposable and not put much effort into keeping them alive. Once you've put a few hours into breeding a good one and they're equipped with the only good saddle you have, you'll find yourself being much more cautious.
  24. To file a ticket (and to get help with 10k other questions) go to google. Search for "Ark trouble ticket". The first link that comes up leads you to info about the official ticketing system. Hopefully another player can help. I can't, sorry.
  25. Nothing gets fixed by posting it here. You have been misinformed.
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