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  1. Hey guys, so I have been thinking about my first experience with ARK on my PS4, and since the official release (seeing all the brand new players) I have come to realize how much my single player playthrough has helped me out. Single player allows you to start the game on your own time and figure out what is going on and how to make things on your own. This experience is invaluable when it comes time to head into an online mode whether it be pvp or pve. When I first started the game, and went with single player, I have absolutely no idea what all those settings were for. So I actually didn't change anything (for fear I'd make the game crash...no joke) and started the game fresh. Let me tell you starting a brand new experience on your own dropped on an unforgiving island was both breathtakingly beautiful and absolutely terrifying! I knew I needed food and started to gather berries (I started in the easy southern part) and it took me a while to figure out how to harvest from trees lol. So long story short, I had to figure out everything on my own, I very rarely looked up how to make things because I wanted to figure it out on my own. I even got killed by an angry trike after it woke up because I didn't know how to force feed it narco berries. But the fact that I was able to figure it out and do it on my own without other players assisting me I feel made me more capable of a player to go on pvp and pve servers. Actually to this day, on pve I very rarely if at all join a tribe, I know I can make it on my own (not counting bosses). Heck my shining moment in my single player is being stranded on a rock, my ptero dead, and two rexes trying to make me their next meal! I start to desperately fire as many tranq arrows from my crossbow as I can, (by the end, my crossbow was almost broke) and I had two unconscious rexes, one was sacrificed to feed the other one, but nothing beats the feeling of taming your first rex solo! so my overarching point is that single player is a valuable mode to play on and I would definitely recommend any new player buying ark to start on single player without touching the modifiers and just explore and have fun. Since the game's official release I have started on a new official island server and I cannot believe how many poor new players are spamming the comments asking about how to do the most basic task in this game (though I usually cut them some slack because I was in their situation long ago). But honestly I think single player is a good way to at least become accustom to the game, until you are confident enough to start playing on pve or pvp.
  2. Why I feel Single Player is Important

    I'm glad I started this subject. All of you have great points to single player both good and bad. I noticed though the unfortunate trend that many people keep with single player is because of the politics and trolling on the multiplayer servers. The mechanics of this game really do encourage team work but not everyone plays nice. I was on an unofficial server today and chatting with the players on there (mind you this is pvp) most if not all of the players are paranoid of the other people on the server even their own tribemates! So it's basically become more of a "your on your own" mentality even though cooperation is the basis of having a pve server.
  3. Hey there guys, since one of the big draws of ARK was the fact that you could tame and ride many of the prehistoric animals in the game I thought would be an interesting discussion of different facts surrounding the various dinosaurs and prehistoric animals. Lets begin, and feel free to add to this conversation... Large Dinosaurs May Not Have Roared - Many scientist that have studied the fossilized remains of dinosaurs have suggested that many of the large dinosaurs may not have had the capacity to roar. Instead my have theorized that large dinosaurs including Tyrannosaurus Rex, Sauropods, and others may have just honked or even chirped. (A bit disappointing) Feathers of Dinosaurs May have Looked Different - Some research has suggested that the feathers on dinosaurs may have looked a bit different than modern day birds. These feathers may not have been bushy or soft but rather like bristles or spiked hair. Connection Between Dinosaurs and Birds Has been around for a Long Time - Paleontologists had made the connection between dinosaurs and birds since the late 1960s/ early 1970s. Mainstream media however didn't really pick up on the idea until the 1990s, particularly with timing of Jurassic Park. Ironically enough one of the first Mainstream movies that made the connection between Dinosaurs and birds was Godzilla 1985 (aka Return of Godzilla 1984 Japanese Title). Many of the Prehistoric Mammals wear still alive at the Dawn of Man - Animals like the Mammoth, Sabertooth Tiger, Wolly Rhino, and others lived alongside of early Man. Many archaeologists believe that mankind is the reason for some of these species to go extinct; however climate change, food shortages, and low birth rates have also been factored as well. Tyrannosaurus Rex Had the Largest Biting Force - Through fossil and computer calculating evidence it has been shown that Tyrannosaurus Rex had the Largest biting force of any Terrestrial (land dwelling) animal in existence. This helps support the idea of a one bite one kill, as a Tyrannosaurus Rex could have bitten down on a prey animal crushing it's spine or neck. At the very least this could have allowed Tyrannosaurus Rex to crush bones to get at the nutrition rich bone marrow that other dinosaurs could not. Why Some Dinosaurs Are More Popular Than Others - With all of the various species of dinosaurs found throughout history why are some more popular than others? Timing and place are the main reason for this. Triceratops, Stegosaurus, and Tyrannosaurus Rex are three of the most popular icons of dinosaurs, mainly out of timing and place. At the turn of the century these dinosaurs were found and found in America. Museums in America were quick to capitalize on these newly found prehistoric creatures to show off to the world (mainly New York City). Also scientists had a very good collection of their fossils so for the most part experts had a very good idea of how these dinosaurs looked. One other huge reason for these dinosaurs popularity was their names, with dinosaurs being found now in lots of countries many people (including myself) have a very hard time pronouncing and even spelling the dinosaurs' names. However a name like Tyrannosaurus Rex (literally meaning "Tyrant Lizard King") is a very simple and powerful name.
  4. Yeah I am sorry about that, it was the only way for me. I think it has to do with multiple characters but I haven't really pinpointed it, I have requested a ticket. However I think when it comes to single player there might not be much they can do, considering that the save is on the console not online.
  5. ugh! This happened to me too, sorry to say this but I had to go back and find all the dossiers, explorer notes, and physically get all the artifacts again too. this happened to me not during server migration but after ascension my main character was gone after it (this is a known glitch having multiple characters ascend) unfortunately as I said I had to go and do all of that exploring all over again ugh! Sorry for your loss there, I feel for you.
  6. map resetting

    I have the same problem, but not on the island just on the other maps. but yeah, it sucks that this is low on the pole for a fix, it's not really game breaking, just annoying!
  7. Hi there, hey same thing happened to my single player characters. Unfortunately there is no roll back for single player. This happened to me twice, I got lucky on the second time I got lucky and downloaded an older save file from PSN. Unfortunately it seems like ascension for some reason deletes all of your player info, including map exploration, and any skins you have achieved through your trophies. I hate to tell you this other bad news but if you want your skins and hairstyles back you will have to do the actions that the trophies needed you to do to active them again. for instance, collecting all of the explorer notes and dossiers. Also for collecting the artifacts in the caves you cannot just spawn them in your inventory you have to physically go and get them (a real pain!) Sorry this happened to you, it happened to me. I hope this bit of info helps, but yeah it sucks!
  8. Thanks for the reply. I think yhere's a bug I got on again and they came up fine this time. Don't know why they weren't spawning, from reading reddit this seems to be a known issue that happens randomly.
  9. Hi there on my single player, playthrough the artifacts are not showing up in their spots in the caves. I was wondering how to fix this as I am trying to get the artifact collector trophy. Note I did resort to admin commands for the artifacts, but no trophy. Thanks for the help.
  10. Lost All Hairstyles on FreshStart?

    This happened on my single player. But as I said I was still able to cut my hair to that style, so I do believe it is a bug or glitch. Because once you have that achievement it is linked to your account and shouldn't go away.
  11. Lost All Hairstyles on FreshStart?

    Hi there...this happened to me as well it seems to be a bug. I also lost the hairstyle names, however I was still able to use them. It seems that if the character you unlocked the achievement is gone you lose the names but still retain the ability to have the hairstyles. Note I am on PS4, it might be different on another system.
  12. Love the teaser trailer! Can't wait to see what poor Bob will get himself into next. Also, I love the soundtrack, the Dragon Boss, and the end game Ascension tracks are glorious!
  13. SP characters gone after Ascension

    Thanks for the help. It's weird though, my character is completely gone, all the dino dossiers and explorer notes are gone, but I can still do the hairstyles but instead of the name of the hairstyle it just gives a question mark. I know it's linked to my achievements, so I figured the names would still be there. anyway, I'm just going to get the dossiers and explorer notes again on SP using the "setplayerpos", since I already got the achievements without using the admin commands, I just figure I will save some time there. Also my structures and dinos are still there so I just did the "givetome" command. I realized it wasn't too big of a deal, but thanks guys!
  14. Hi there can any tell me why, after playing Single Player, the character I was using was gone, and also any skins I have achieved are gone as well. My structures and dinos are still there, but my character is gone. After doing the alpha for the Tek Cave, I went through the whole thing and also the end credits, I went to start up and my character wasn't there to download. Can someone tell me what might have happened also I am on PS4. Thank you guys.
  15. limited collectors edition

    Sorry to hear that, maybe ask WC who their vendor is for it? Also off topic what did you think about the book, and the soundtrack that came with it?
  16. Required oxygen to out swim a megalodon.

    I'm not quite sure of the reason why they nerfed it to begin with.
  17. Required oxygen to out swim a megalodon.

    that got nerfed too, it's almost non-existant. it used to give I think about 20% more swim movement now I think it's 3%.
  18. Required oxygen to out swim a megalodon.

    I will add, that if you are playing on unofficial or SP, edit your oxygen stats on your character and dinos...it's a blast! Imagine a bronto swimming faster than running on land lol.
  19. this isn't a server, it's my single player character...
  20. Hi there, I just recently completed the Alpha Ascension TEK Cave, and went through the cinematic and end credits. When I went to get back on the Island my character didn't show up. The character is gone, but all on my structures and mounts are still there. Also it seems like all of my earned skins are gone. Is this a bug, because I have done Ascension with multiple characters and this hasn't happened before. I'm not too worried about my character, but do I have to collect all of the explorer notes and dossiers again to get them back? just wondering. Thank you.
  21. SP characters gone after Ascension

    So...does that mean my character and all I worked for gone for good? Just wondering.
  22. T'was the night before release...

    The consoles and PCs idle with care, in hopes of Raptor Claws will be flying over there... The gamers were asleep, in their beds they lay, dreaming that this time there would be no delay.
  23. So when I first started playing ARK and collecting the dossiers I thought to myself, "I would love that when the official release happens they will create a physical copy of the dino dossiers to have with the game." And behold, my prayers have been answered. I am really excited for this and the official release of the game. Thank you again WC. PS - Now I just need to find $170, I have 6 cats to sell...any takers???
  24. Hey there guys so from playing other Role playing games I usually like to create a back story to my characters and this is reflective of my love for RPGs in general like Fallout, Elder Scrolls, etc. So for this I got the idea from such as FudgeMuppet on youtube to create a selection of Survivors that have in depth backstories and highlighting their stats boths strengths and weaknesses. These characters I am creating are just my own recommendations for these types of builds and you can choose to follow them or pick you own stats as this is just my own dealings. Ok let's get started, I will start off with one woman Survivor and one male Survivor to get started.... The Marine Explorer... (recommended for Single Player, and PvE) The Marine Explorer was born in the 1960s to a middle class family in Miami, FL. Her parents convenience store owners, who worked constantly to keep their business afloat and food on the tables. Because of this the Marine Explorer didn't get as much social interaction and instead relied on herself at an early age to become as self-sufficient as possible. She would regularly be on her own at home and she would make the most of it by making her own food and cleaning up the house. While at elementary school she went to the school library to do her home work assignment, there she found her first picture book on marine animals, and she was instantly drawn to the pages in the book. Around the same time her parents gave birth to another girl, however being that the Marine Explorer had become very good at managing herself on her own, her parents seemed to be giving her little sister more attention and even taking off work to be at her side. This caused much resentment between the two sisters growing up. The Marine Explorer was determined to out shine her younger sister. She enrolled in swimming classes and became very well versed in marine biology. At the age of 18 she had become a star swimmer at her high school and was granted a full scholarship to a college up north. Being at college the Marine Explorer finally felt free from having to out due her younger sister and loved her studies and swimming for the college. She studied Marine Biology and was even able to go out in the field and observed dolphins, sea turtles, and sharks. She became a natural scuba diver and loved every minute of her life, however a year before she was set to graduate she got a phone call that would change her life. Police had called her and informed her that her parents had been killed in a store robbery. Although she didn't get along with her parents she was still heartbroken and left college immediately to make funeral and other arrangements. However it became apparent to her that her younger sister still in middle school was left alone. The Marine Explorer had to make a choice officially become the guardian of her sister, or her sister would immediately become a ward of the state. She ended up filling the papers for guardianship of her sister, even though she truly didn't want to. At first life was bitter for her; her younger sister was rebelling every chance she got, her college had called her back and informed her that if she did not return for the next school semester her scholarship would be void, and to make matters worse, her parents owed lots of money to the loans they took out to keep the store open. Knowing that her dreams of becoming a marine biologist were at an end, the Marine Explorer choose to stay and rebuild the store and help her sister. Through the years her relationship with her sister grew and she finally found out what it felt like to have a family that her parents did not give her. Once her sister was ready for college the Marine Explorer was ready to go back to school and finish what she started. After seeing her younger sister go off to college, the Marine Explorer begin filling out her own applications to enroll at college. Luckily a college in San Diego was willing to except her and transfer her already completed credits. She packed up and headed west for San Diego, stopping at a small hotel to rest. However, she would wake up to the sun in her eyes and the sound of the ocean near by, groggy the Marine Explorer noticed some sort of metal implanted into her wrist and then the next she knew, a large lumbering four legged creature stomped by her. A creature long since dead on Earth....The Marine Explorer was in The ARK! The Marine Explorer character stats will mostly focus on speed, oxygen, and stamina rather than health, melee, and resistance. The Marine Explorer will put equal points into speed, oxygen, and stamina. She will have an above average crafting speed, and be decent in food and fortitude. Water won't be too much of an issue as the Marine Explorer will stay close to the shore. Engram paths should focus on heavy armor, ranged weapons, and of course scuba gear. Your tames should be focused on the water, however recommended land tames should be Baryonyx, Spinos, Sarcos, and Kapros because of their semi aquatic nature, and Raptors, Iguanadons, and Equus because of their speed rather than their attack power. Being a good fast diver, this character will work great on her own, and also work great in a tribe filling the role of gathering oil, and silica pearls for the rest of the tribe. I hope you like this first background/build character, more to come soon feel free to comment, make suggestions, and add your own characters.
  25. Hi guys, did I miss a note or something, because its seems like the dinos are eating a heck of a lot more than usual. I am on PS4 and I am playing on Single Player, I have the settings for dino food consumption lowerex but still they are eating a lot. I was just wondering if this was part of the update or not. Thanks