My Idea for a new Game-mode revolves around the smaller portion of Ark Players, The Lone Wolf : 1 Man Army Partners in Crime : 2 Player Tribes Specialist Team : 4 Player Tribes
This Idea is based on PvP portion of Ark Survival Evolved, much like the recent ideas of having "No Tames" "Primitive+ " No Tek " "Cross Ark " "Hardcore" "100man server" (which are now just select servers) "offline Raid Protection" and combinations of these. These game-modes are ways to make the game slightly different and/or more difficult.
These different game modes don't cover everyone's current needs or wants. This is where my Server Idea comes into play!
Having Dedicated Official Servers for smaller tribes will make players happier and enjoy Ark Survival Evolved. Lets Face it, Playing on a Official PVP Server with a Active Alpha or Mega-Tribe is Frustrating, Struggling, Tiresome and for some, impossible. From personal experience, I have dominated a server with an iron fist! Then when Ark implemented Cross-Ark-Sadness.
A TRUE STORY : on the Legacy server OfficialServer42 after the major update which required restart and download of the CrossArk patch. I was the FIRST player to enter my server, and the ONLY one originally from Server42, shortly after 68 players logged onto the server; Spoke in Chinese, and I watched my own tribe, (alpha-tribe) and everyone else's bases, dinos, items, be completely leveled, this group of 60 players spawned their dinos at Red obelisk, high-level tames and swept the entire map in a clockwise manner; I was powerless watching from the side on a Pteradon, as they destroyed players hours of progression in seconds.. killing 14 hour tames, leveling metal fortresses, dropping peoples gear, killing people in their sleep. (Note: No one could log on because they capped the server player limit)
If you're a Legacy Player, you know well enough how hard it's to have the endurance to continue playing day after day of groups of 40 players server hopping and dominating an entire cluster, rather than just a single server!
If you're a New player, who purchased Ark on Release this year, you may have already experienced that "Dominance persona " where the tribe with the bigger "club" makes you feel unwelcome.
Recently playing on 12 different PvP servers Current Official; I've been thrown to the side; and wiped on all 12 servers; One Server my thatch hut was C4'd 3 minutes after building on the beach, that servers Megatribe continued to hunt down every new player who joined the server, while still having 8 players flying around with a Quetzal and Ankylo Farming Duo. ( 4 quetz , 8 ankylo' ) while the rest of the tribe and their secondary tribe ( alliance ) made sure you couldn't progress an inch.
It's not the fact players are new, it's honestly dictated by size, on how well, and how much fun a player will have on PvP.
I've played Ark for well over 2,000 hours, within those 2,000 hours I never had "fair combat", usually what happens is a skirmish breaks out, against 1 or 2 tribemates; and shortly after, my friend and I are facing two maxed tribes ( alliances ). because 2 players couldn't raid us, 20 came and dominated. despite knowing we were gonna lose, it was fun, because we were established and had a functional fort with active turrets.
but now players are rebuilding, re-leveling; and the larger tribes are making players (who are only groups of 2, 3, 4 and the occasional solo player ) regret purchasing ark, because they're forced to play PvE or singleplayer / non-dedicated, or purchase/rent server ....
It may be fun for the larger tribe, but the smaller tribe almost always suffers, because not only is the smaller tribe defenseless, they most likely wanted to avoid conflict, rather than engage it . SOLUTION:
Make Select Servers which reduce Tribe limit from UNLIMITED to 2 members, No Alliance Current Settings are : Unlimited Players 5 alliances per tribe with 12 tribes per Alliance OfficialDuoServer#Rag OfficialDuoServer#Island OfficialDuoServer#SE OfficialDuoServer#Center Make Select Servers Which Reduce the Tribe Limit to 4 players with limited Alliances Reduce Alliances to 2 per tribe and 4 tribes per alliance ( total: 16 players ) Ark4Man Ragnarok Ark4Man Scorched Ark4Man Center Ark4Man PrimeIsand I understand extra servers is something WildCard can't express enough to say why having an abundance is a problem for them; as they do cost money for maintenance and IP addresses etc.
But something should / needs to be done for the players with the small connection. As of Right now Tribes can have unlimited numbers of tribemates, and i've seen active tribes with 60 players running around, which is 90% of the server.. while the players who seek to enjoy the competition and player vs player combat who don't have the playerbase to keep 5 active members playing.. it's not fun for their side, yes it's PvP but, the game should be playable and enjoyable for everyone.
Please leave comments, Suggestions, anything feedback about this idea; because something needs to be done for the little tribes.
Summary: Introduction , Story , Personal Feedback, Solution: Make Servers for the Smaller tribes or limit Tribe members , Example , Closing, Feedback