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About ZenRowe

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  1. ZenRowe

    Modding Contest Discussion

    Yes and no. The sponsored mod program is designed to help provide support for mods that would potentially take them to a level that would make them viable candidates for being made official. But not all mods in the program necessarily potential candidates for that. The contest, Sponsored Mod program, and scouting for official mods are all separate processes aimed at different objectives. Neither the contest or sponsorship program guarantee that any official mods will come as a result of them.
  2. It's time to dig into a full project. We're going to make a mod called the "Virtual Sentry System". This first video will cover the creation of the design document and our plans for the mod. Some fleshed out some bits left intentionally vague. It's important to have a plan. <-- Back to Wildcard Workshop tutorials
  3. Hello Survivors! Starting on Monday, October 8th at Noon Pacific I will be streaming as I check out the contestants in the ARK Modding Contest and will continue every weekday for two weeks until voting ends. 🤯 You will find below the streaming schedule for every mod! (All times are Pacific) Come check out some new mods and support some old favorites at https://www.twitch.tv/survivetheark Monday - 8th 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM: Hope Ark Evolved 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM: Homing Pigeon 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM: Primal Fear 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM: 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM: Divide and Conquer 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM: RedDwarf's Holiday Mods Tuesday - 9th 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM: Antartika 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM: Dino Patrol V1.75 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM: ARK Additions: The Collection 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM: Wooden Hanging Bridge 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM: Teonus 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM: RP Visual Storage Wednesday - 10th 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM: Olympus 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM: ARK: Parados 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM: Ark Questlines 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM: Dino Storage 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM: SurvivalPlus - Open Beta 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM: Malfunktion Thursday - 11th 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM: Lost Continent 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM: The Extractor / Simple Spawners 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM: Blessing of Unicorns 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM: Offline Guard System 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM: HG Multi Storage Box 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM: Deathmatch Arena Friday - 12th 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM: BadCoWorld 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM: Pugnacia Dinos 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM: Wardrobe skins 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM: Advanced Thatch 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM: The Arena 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM: Advanced Rafts Collection Monday - 15th 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM: Human NPCs 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM: ARK: After Earth 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM: Outpost Mod 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM: King of the Ark 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM: All Dinos Allow Guns 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM: Simple Humans / Ark + Tuesday - 16th 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM: Ebenus Astrum 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM: Automated Ark 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM: Awesome Teleporters! 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM: Military, Merchants and Zombies 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM: Extinction Core 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM: talamh i laer Wednesday - 17th 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM: Genesis 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM: Weapons+ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM: Singleplayer Rebalance 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM: Paintable Furniture 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM: GunSmoke County Thursday - 18th 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM: Tartarus 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM: ArtifactsEvolved 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM: Dino Tracker 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM: Personal Waypoints 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM: The Lake 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM: ArkZero Friday - 19th 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM: Valguero 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM: Accessories Plus 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM: Electric smoker 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM: Additional Lighting 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM: The Hunt 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM: Tower Defense
  4. We're going to be starting a new set of project videos soon, but before we dive into it we need to talk about bitmasks. These are used for structure snapping and control how a given structure knows what and where it can snap to. This video just covers the concept and how it's working under the hood but you will see the practical application as we work on our next project, the Virtual Sentry Mod. <-- Back to Wildcard Workshop tutorials
  5. ZenRowe

    New Structures mod - Ideas

    I think you are off to a great start. Custom building sets are always a great addition to the game and add more variety to construction. and that concrete looks good
  6. ZenRowe

    Lively mods.

    There are some NPC related mods on the workshop, but AI is complicated and the more advanced it is the more performance heavy it will get. So I kind of doubt there are any to the degree of activity that I think you are envisioning. You might try some of the ones listed here and see if they make your world feel a bit more "lived in" though: https://steamcommunity.com/workshop/browse/?appid=346110&amp;searchtext=NPC&amp;childpublishedfileid=0&amp;browsesort=textsearch&amp;section=home
  7. ZenRowe

    Ark Survival Discord Bot (Soon)

    Ooooh, that's a nifty looking tool. Nice work
  8. ZenRowe

    How to make a mod?

    Not only the tutorials GP posted but the ARK DevKit is derived from Unreal Engine 4. So the mountain of tutorials for UE4 can teach you a lot. There is also a discord that was set up by the modding community: https://discord.arkmodding.net You can also find me there ready to try and help with problems.
  9. Alright, you asked for it, excessively. Here is a tutorial on some basic Version Control using Git, mostly GitKraken. Version control is extremely important to anyone working with software and it will make the difference between a situation that frustrates us and we just quit a project altogether and being able to keep our calm and do proper testing to figure out a difficult bug. This one might be a bit difficult to follow until you actually dive in and try to use the software yourself and see how it impacts your work. Git Cheatsheet: http://rogerdudler.github.io/git-guide/ GitKraken: https://www.gitkraken.com/ Note: I did leave a mistake I made during the video to show what happens when you aren't careful. Systems like Git aren't really made with an *undo* in mind and using it can be a bit risky. <-- Back to Wildcard Workshop tutorials
  10. ZenRowe


    I apologize for not seeing this sooner. Were you able to resolve this issue or is it still occurring?
  11. I know I said I wasn't going to go over every feature of UE4 since they are all very well documented by Epic, but there are some that should still be discussed because of their usefulness. Today the subject is Event Dispatchers. These little beauties are an excellent way to watch for changes to values and states without polling (Constantly checking on a loop). They are really simple to use as well. Enjoy! You can find the project files for this video here: Event Dispatcher Example Files <-- Back to Wildcard Workshop tutorials
  12. ZenRowe

    modding Wildcard Workshop #1: Getting Started!

    The cooking system is looking at the \mods\ folder for individual mods, so a group folder within that could cause issues, you can color code the folders in the devkit though if that might make it a bit better for you. In addition to your individual mod project folders, you will want to back up the mods.db file which can be found in: ARKDevKit\Projects\ShooterGame\Saved Rather than doing a system of manually transferring and backing up files though, I recommend using version control system like Git to manage your files. You can even create free private repositories at gitlab.com or bitbucket.org so your mod files will be accessible from anywhere should you need them.
  13. ZenRowe

    Steam Overlay: workshop mod

    I think so, yes. It involves a change in the URL structure used though and I don't believe it works with all URLs. Basically, the links need to look like this: steam://openurl/https://steamcommunity.com/discussions/forum/
  14. ZenRowe

    Assertion Failed when updating...

    Have you verified your game files in steam yet? I've seen this fix some crashing issues.
  15. During the user interfaces video, I briefly showed the of a Class Default Object but hurried over the subject. Today I am going to explain what these are and why I was hesitant to go into depth during that video. These are potentially very useful to us as mod authors as they can be used to replace a system that we don't have access to in the ADK, but they should be used responsibly as their behavior is not quite what you would expect. I will find a practical implementation of this feature in a future project, but since I don't know when that opportunity will present itself I decided we should cover it now, even if only in a conceptual format. Next time we'll look at event dispatchers and why we would want to use it over polling techniques. You can find the project files for this video here: CDO Example Files <-- Back to Wildcard Workshop tutorials