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This post is looking for someone with experience with banlisturls for advice and to assist server admins who run large clusters (13 maps myself) keep players from repeated offenses on other maps. I have yet to successfully set one up, primarily because I am not sure what service I should use to hose a .txt file (simple is good, free is even better) because I do not have a deep knowledge of HTML so anything pre-crafted would be great. I have seen articles on this topic that concern me so I am reaching out to hopefully have my questions answered by someone with experience using a BanListUrl. I think this would be a great tool for anyone hosting more than 2 servers so they don't have to worry the same player will come back and mess with other players. (if wc uses it for bans, why shouldn't we?) Q1: Does your Banlist need to be updated via the URL (does it wipe your in-game banlist)? If a ban is done in game but not via the URL will the in-game ban still remain on the list? Q2: can more than one list be added? If I wanted to use both the official ark and a custom list could I use a second line in the .ini? Q3: What service did you use to create your banlist? ($/ease of setup) Q4: Are you the only admin or did you somehow automate submissions from your admins to the custom ban list? Q5: has it made the process more convenient or a large hassle? Thank you for putting time into answering this. It might not work as I would like it to, but I would still find anything you had to offer on the topic to satiate my interest as extremely useful, both to me and the ark community.
Ark End-Game-Dinos Since a friend of mine is starting fresh, he asked me what dinos he will need to go for (in terms of trading - Official PVE) to kill all Bosses (aka Endgame/Engrams). So I wanted to hear the opinion from experience people that did it all. He is playing only in a small groupe, consider that it should be possible with 3-4 Players. In my mind, there are 5 essencial Dinos to do it all (I listed the bosses and the dinos that you could buy right now for the most efficiant kill): Island: Broodmother: Rex Ape: Rex Dragon: Rex, Megaloceros, Velo Overseer: Rex, Velo Explanation: Broodmother and Ape are like most bosses an easy kill: Get strong rexes and whistle them to attack your target fight (Why Rexes? you can easily use them for 3 of 4 Bosses on Island, they are super high bred and their high base hp&dmg is all you Need) Since engram changes made the Island Dragon more appealing than just the free kill on Ragnarok, most People seem to struggle with the Alpha kill. My Group (4 Players) did it with Theriz in the beginning, but we changed to the Megaloceros and Velo tactic (since we can kill Alpha Drake with only 4 Players and 4 Dinos (2x Rex, 1xMegalo & 1x Velo). It's far easier than managing a horde of theriz. Plus we don't need to farm a lot (shotgun ammo, Veggi cakes, etc.) For Overseer we are currently only using Rexes and Velos. Velos only to save ammo. 4 Players, everyone on a Velo with 2 rexes to kill Overseer while in boss forms. Ragnarok: Manti & Dragon: Rex Scorched Earth: Manti: Rex Explanation: The currently bred rexes exceed with over 2k dmg (lvled) every dinos there. Just whistle them on attack & you will be able to kill it solo quite easy. Aberration: Rockwell: Rock Drake/Raptor Explanation: I only did Rockwell with Rock Drakes (High dmg Shotguns are prob. the most important part for this fight), but I have seen Videos of People doing it on Raptors only. (Beta atleast solo?!) So in terms of efficiency they maybe outvalue Rock Drakes, since good ones are harder to get). But Maybe you guys have more insight on this. Extinction: Gigas Explanation: Since you need the Meks to kill king Titan, a Giga is the best way to farm Red and Purple OSD and therefore farming Meks. I also wonder about the least amount of people you would need to manage... Center: Rex I only did Center bosses once. It was quite at the beginning of the game & there was a cave like corner where you should just stand shoot with the Action pump gun, without beeing able to get hit (even from the ape's stone toss). Quite an easy solo kill. But things changed for sure. So for dinos: Rexes (Hands down) My list would contain: Rex, Giga, Rock Drake (Raptors?), Megaloceros, Velo Notes: Daedons, Yutis and all other supporting dinos kinda got obsolete in my opinion. They are still usefull, but at this point, dinos are so far bred, that not using them, should not decide if you are able to kill the boss or not. But in terms of efficiancy, a Yuti should always be at the Party If you guys know a more efficiant way, please let me know! I'm eager to hear it
Cluster Issues Hello all, i have been working on this for the past several hours but have hit a complete snag in the whole cluster setup. I have been hosting my own TheIsland server for several months now and have decided to add ScorchedEarth and take on the whole cluster idea. I followed the instructions here and had some success. Essentially i am able to login to my TheIsland server with all my player data etc but when i start up the ScorchedEarth version it never actually launches. Technical Info: Windows Server Ports forwarded: 7777-7778 TCP/UDP 27015-27016 TCP/UDP start_server.bat: start D:\ArkCluster\TI\ShooterGame\Binaries\Win64\ShooterGameServer.exe "TheIsland?SessionName=IslandServerName?AltSaveDirectoryName=SavedArks?QueryPort=27015?ServerPassword=setpassword?ServerAdminPassword=anotherpassword?Port=7777?listen?MaxPlayers=10?" -NoTransferFromFiltering -clusterid=cluster1 start D:\ArkCluster\SE\ShooterGame\Binaries\Win64\ShooterGameServer.exe "ScorchedEarth_P?SessionName=DesertServerName?AltSaveDirectoryName=Scorched?QueryPort=27016?ServerPassword=setpassword?ServerAdminPassword=anotherpassword?Port=7778?listen?MaxPlayers=10?" -NoTransferFromFiltering -clusterid=cluster1 exit TheIsland one starts fine, the ScorchedEarth one skips the "Server: "MyServerName" has started successfully" bit but does go on to show the command line info and full startup time. According to the guide I am supposed to use the same .ini files for both servers but i have my doubts about how that is working as in the GameUserSettings.ini file it literally says: [SessionSettings] SessionName=IslandServerName Makes me think the .ini is attempting to force the same server name potentially. Any assistance is greatly appreciated. Thanks!