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September 28, 2015, 02:46:42 PM by |AGW|TC-Ed | Views: 4 | Comments: 0

Patch Notes- Current (v216.0) ~1.5 Gbs

Ark releases the largest update to date, loaded with new content, dino's, biomes & more... details below.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMyB32Nv_2g" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMyB32Nv_2g</a>

* Fixed Dino unboarding offset
* Fixed a case where you could push your character through structures
* Fixed a ladder issue
* Fixed issue with Turrets mounted on Rafts/Dinos not being able to hit targets reliably when shooting down
* Fixed some Admin Manager SteamID's display on Mac
* Fixed SotF crash
* Whitelisted Admins are now allowed to join full games and they also don't count towards the player limit
* Fixed double hud overlays when in spectator mode and showing long-range HUDs and near HUDs
* Fixed issue with client & server steep slope climbing desynchronization when riding a Tamed Dino
* Fixed issue with invisible weapon in hand after loading singleplayer game
* Fixed water tanks not giving resources when demolished
* Human and Dino Level Caps Raised +5 each
* Swamp and Snow Biomes!
* Beezlebufo
* Direwolf
* Megaloceros
* Fur Gear Set

* Dimorphodons now lay eggs
* Added some initial furniture structures: Wooden Chair, Wooden Bench, Simple Gravestone
* Fixed issue where dinos wouldn't follow an ally target a moving platform structure
* Fixed IK issue where dinos legs could latch onto surfaces above them
* Fixed issue where Total Conversion custom Maps weren't listed in the Host Session UI

official changelog here...
September 11, 2015, 02:40:24 PM by |AGW|TC-Ed | Views: 4 | Comments: 0

Patch Notes- Current (v207.0)

Ark releases some major items in this patch... Dune Buggy's (dune buggy is a mod you can install, it's not part of the standard game patch), Water Raft's, Warpaint, Build on saddles & some new dino's.. details below.

Patch Notes- Current (v207.0)

Current Version: v207.0
* Driveable Dune Buggy (must install custom mod to use)
* New Creature: Pachycephalosaurus!
* New Item: Water Raft!
* New Item: Scuba Pants, providing excellent hypothermic insulation, but only when in water.
* New Item: Craftable "Amnesiac Soup" that resets all of your Engrams and Skill Points!
* Paintings / Warpaints can now be saved, loaded, and shared! (they require the corresponding indicated amount of paint to apply, of course!) -- can someone make a Bitmap to ARKPaint converter now?
* Human and Dino Warpaint
* Collidable Saddle Platform & Build-on-Saddles: make your big brontos and plesios into mobile bases, build just about anything up from them! Build ladders to climb up onto them, whatever -- the possibilities are nearly endless!!! We originally were gonna limit it to sleeping bags and turrets, but let's just go all-out and make it work with everything.

Note: Plesio platform-saddle coming in future update v208.
* Scuba Torso Top included in Tank Item
* Auto Anti Hack Banning (Speed currently, Aimbotting coming shortly) experimental server commandline option -antispeedhack
* Ogg Music now plays on Mac and Linux (main menu, loading, spawning, etc)
* New ServerSettings "DisablePvEGamma=true" option now prevents gamma changes in PvE
* DestroyWildDinos cheat command, instantly destroys all Wild Dinos. Useful if you want to force repopulation of the ARK... sounds apocalyptic. Similarly, DestroyStructures
* When placing a FenceFoundation/Wall/DoorFrame/GateFrame, you can now press the Use-Key to rotate them 180 degrees when snapped (i.e. to "flip" them)
* Eliminated Server lag/stalling associated with clients that have poor connections getting a BUNCH of structures sent to them all at once
* There's now an on-screen overhead icon when a Dino of yours is in range of one of your Troughs.
* You can now place crop-plots on Structures
* You can now name Refrigerators... Maltheus
* 50% of the Inventory weight of a Monkey on your shoulder is now put on you
* Rocket Launcher no longer consumes 2 ammo per shot; only 1 ammo per shot now.
* There are various new craftable dye colors including Cyan
* Fixed Claiming of dinos on PvE! (thankfully the timers are saved, was just an input issue)
* Custom Chat bindings now work properly when menus are open
* Fixed UI crash associated with "blueprint skins"
* Server admins can now ban via SteamID when a player isn't currently connected

Spotlight for the Pachycephalosaurus!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2kGbkPZIFE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2kGbkPZIFE</a>
August 27, 2015, 06:54:06 PM by |AGW|TC-Ed | Views: 6 | Comments: 0

ARK Free Weekend!

Started today (Thursday 8/27) & ends this coming Sunday (8/30)... ARK is free!  Try it out & see how you like it, they had this to say about the event....

Hello Survivors!

We’re super stoked to be announcing that this weekend starting from right now! (Thursday 10AM PST) through til Sunday 1PM PST - ARK will be available for everyone on Steam with some very cool updates to come! Including the highly anticipated DirectX 12 Support for Windows 10!

Throughout this free weekend there will be hundreds of new Official Servers featuring a one-time-only Extinction Event Meteor Impact, and special items to find randomly in supply crates! If you get your hands on one of these Strange Artifacts, you’ll find a steam code on it which can be redeemed for 50% off ARK: Survival Evolved, or in some cases, a free copy of ARK: Survival Evolved! Careful though, if someone kills you and takes your code, they’ll get the chance to use it first.

The Meteor Extinction Event servers will only be online from 12PM EST Thursday through 11:59PM EST Monday. The event will end with a gigantic meteor that comes crashing into the ARK on these servers specifically, destroying them at the end of Monday. Therefore, we recommend only playing on them if you are just trying the game out! We will be uploading and posting the save data from these servers later, for anyone to download who wishes to continue playing their character in singleplayer or re-hosting their data on their own Unofficial Server.

(Note: the Extinction Event will only occur on new 'Free Weekend' Servers. All previous Official Servers will never go Extinct!)

lots more info on Survival of the Fittest & other detail, click here...
August 26, 2015, 03:31:48 PM by |AGW|TC-Ed | Views: 4 | Comments: 0

-Patch Notes- Current (v202.2)

Current Version: v202.2
* Putting Canteens/Waterskins into taps connected directly to intakes now properly refills them, doesn't break them anymore. Sorry about that!
* Total Conversions are now listed at the bottom of the sessions list when not in a TC
* Failure to join a TC (such as SotF) no longer results in two overlapping popups
* Fixed a crash that some singleplayers were getting after a load
* Fixed another game-load crash case (associated with some Doedicurus functionality)

* New Creature: Doedicurus!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S34L0P5-Etk" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S34L0P5-Etk</a>

* New Item: Primitive Organic Automated Turret
* New Item: Automatic Spray-Paint 'Gun'
* Do a Barrell Roll! Ptero's can now unleash a devastating Barrell Roll Attack+Speed-Boost with the Crouch button ([C] by default)
* Servers can now edit a multiplier for player and dino level-upgrade amounts per-stat (and also different numbers in the case of wild dinos).
* Prevent-Friendly-Fire option for PvE servers
* Shooting arrows/projectiles at unconscious tiny dinos now actually hits them properly
* Fixed aiming of character weapon shooting when carried by a Flyer (previously was very difficult to hit stuff due to a bug)
* Added server option to disable "Friendly Fire" (among tribesmates/tribesdinos/tribesstructures) on PvE
* Whistles and other attached sounds now play properly when riding dinos
* Emotes now work properly when riding dinos
* Fixed another exploit involving players getting under the terrain, and if you do get under the terrain somehow you will be teleported back above it.
* You can now attach electric generators to electric cables after placing cables, they will snap accordingly
* Fixed an exploit where filled water containers could be used forever in recipes that require a filled water container
* Fixed an exploit where you could fill water canteens/jars up fully at a watertank even if you did not have enough water to do so (essentially allowing you to infinitely generate water).
* Fixed issues where you could erroneously create floating structures using fence foundations + pillars
* The destruction time of eggs on the ground is now the same for all eggs, 30 min
* Radio Engram exists again
* Gigantopithecus now requires Survivor Level 40 to Tame. This is a stopgap for the eventual introduction of a non-violent Taming Skill.
August 18, 2015, 03:26:49 PM by |AGW|TC-Ed | Views: 5 | Comments: 0

-Patch Notes- Current (v201.0) & Upcoming
File Size ~423.2

Current ARK Official Server Network Servers Version: 201.0
A little further out:
- Primitive Organic Automated Turrets
- Specific Representative "on-ground" meshes for all dropped items
- Collidable Saddle Platform & Build-on-Saddles
- Swamp Biome & New Cave
- Snow Biome & New Cave
- Water Raft
- Driveable Dune Buggy Modding example (we'll let modders have the first crack at vehicles with this example
- Human and Dino Warpaint
- Controllable Ballistas/Turrets to place on structures and on the backs of your dinos
- Powered Elevator Structures
- Random GPU Driver crash fix: TrueSky
- Better system for hosting dedicated server mods: now you only need to specify Mod ID's, not maps or paths, and there is automatic built-in downloading & updating of their content, no more manual file copying.

Current Version: v201.0
* New Dino: Gigantopithecus: Your autonomous Fiber-gathering, helmet-wearing, human-tossing buddy-for-life!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6pEYRvLIZk" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6pEYRvLIZk</a>

* New Items: SCUBA Gear set. Heck yeah!
* Fixed a bug where mateboost was breaking after a dropping a dino... and other bad things were happening due to that too :-P
* Titanboas now drop eggs! Titanboa kibble is for Gigantopithecus, Dodo Kibble is now for Ptera
* Max Player level raised to 80 and max player XP raised to 185,000
* Various improvements to the Dye UI layout and flow (you can now switch dyes dynamically when dying items, etc)
* AZERTY/Slovak Keyboard bindings now work
* _THE_ TRIBE BUG IS FIXED! No more randomly messed-up Tribes!!!!
* We now support global, dynamic Official Server bans. So please please don't use hacks, or we'll have to find out, and then we will have to ban...  Also, player run servers will have the option of using our global ban list, or pointing to any online ban list that they want. That goes in your server's GameUserSettings.ini:

* ARK Server Manager now works remotely and can install/manage Mods/Maps/TC's remotely
* New option to use toggle-talk instead of push-to-talk
* Being Kicked from a session during connection (including Bans) no longer results in you getting stuck a loading screen. Now you'll actually get back to the main menu with correct message.
* Fixed a SpawnEgg() load crash some people were getting
* Added a server-configurable chat spam interval
* Fixed an issue with destroying wires causing destroying of attached objects
* Fixed a color modifier brightness exploit
* Fixed issue with not getting more Jerky created from Preserving Bin if you already have Jerky+Meat in it
* Lazarus Chowder now lasts 10 min instead of 15 min


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