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Ark: The Stranded – Log

January 4, 2016

This is a “stickied” post for text communication for “shift changes” – leave messages for each other.  And some useful links:

Latest News (Official),  The Official Site, Official Wiki, Official YouTube Channel, Very HIGH res map (click on a location to get the Lat/Long).

  1. January 5, 2016 7:56 pm

    I have added an Ark Page for quick reference, and I also came across the official YouTube Channel which actually has a LOT of “spotlight” videos like the one below.

    Latest News (Official)

    As included on the Page (and now added to the Sticky post).

  2. January 5, 2016 9:23 pm

    Everyone, the Very high res map I have edited into the Post proper above is fantastic! It provides specific Lat/Long information if you click on a location. If the GPS unit Cotteneye gave me hasn’t disappeared from my locker, I will go out on an Argentavis and mark some locations. Even just spending a little time looking at the map has given me a much better understanding of the local area. I suspect all along I had our base on the wrong side of the river, which led me to think I was going North when I was actually going south. Crazy!

  3. Herandar permalink
    January 6, 2016 12:00 pm

    Can someone summarize our dealings with other tribes? Who to trust, and who is just griefing?

  4. Flenser permalink
    January 6, 2016 2:32 pm

    Getting into our server has been very hard recently. I couldn’t get in until about 11pm last night after trying for about an hour. I had to try about 40 minutes the night before. Just today I tried at noon and couldn’t get in. The only time I can reliably login is in the morning. The last couple days the game has just been logging in before work to feed the dinos. I am not sure if our server is especially popular or if they are all like that. I have had issues getting on other servers as well but haven’t tried that hard.

    Anyhow I think my rule is going to be try to login for 5 minutes and then go do something else. I feel like an addict when I sit there and try to login for an hour. Just one more click on ‘Join’! Its gonna let me in this time!

  5. January 6, 2016 4:00 pm

    @herandar I know that there was a group called the “Boomers” and “The Army of Three”. They were griefers. As far as I know, all the rest are friends. I have had personal dealings with Dirty Mike and the Boys. They rescued me from exposure and starvation on the mountainside.

    @Flenser Welcome to the world of Non-East Coasters. The only time you can get on to the servers without spamming for long periods is from about 1am PST to 4am PST. The West Coast gamers couldn’t get on AT ALL all winter break.

    All the servers are popular. If you think about it, there are 400×70 spots, and the game has sold over a million already, right?

    I am pretty sure there is a way around that, just never log off. Leave your Xbox on 24/7 with you sitting in a chair full of food and water. For a 12 to 15 hour period, you should be ok. I am positive a certain percent of the gamers are doing exactly that. The only problem is that when the server crashes, you will need to be logged in again. So, even it it were a desirable method, it isn’t a perfect solution.

  6. January 6, 2016 5:26 pm

    I just discovered something that is VERY interesting!

    Server Traveling

    One of the features of the Obelisk is the Character Data Transmission. By saving your character data, you’ll be able to transfer your character to a different Server. Please note that you can not transfer the character from an unofficial server to an official server, nor can you transfer the data from the single player mode to the official server. Server transfers between two official servers are not yet available.

    Dino Transfer

    It is also possible to transfer your tamed dinos this way with the same restrictions as listed above.
    How To Transfer
    Obelisk Console

    To transfer your data, approach the console located right under the Obelisk Tower.

    Once you activate the console (default E), you’ll be prompted with a UI.

    At the top left side, you’ll see a button “TRANSMIT ARK DATA”. Press the button to get the options for the data transmission (see screenshot bellow), so that you can upload your character data.

    Once you’ve uploaded your character data, you can join a different server and during the character creation, you’ll now be able to load in the character that you’ve uploaded.

    The Data Transmit feature seems to be bugged and unfinished, at the moment[citation needed], and there have been reports of players losing their character during the process. Use it at your own risk!

    • January 7, 2016 9:28 am

      Suns, what a interesting comment. I’m going to look into this more. Can’t believe I didn’t know about this. If all true and non-buggie, This has a Major impact on our gaming experience together.

      Meaning…. When they launch another batch of new servers, we pick one and start a whole new base / location with our existing characters. That way if you can’t get into Server 67, we can try the “other” server and play until there is room in 67.

      The other benefit of joining a fresh (newly launched) server is there is some prime real-estate out there that we could claim with high level characters. Anyone want a base in a cave? Or on the footprint where the Blood Oaths are? Here’s are chance to start fresh and have a backup if 67 is full.

      And… If with a new base location on a new server, think about the variety of Ark experiences that one could have. Maybe we use Three Servers…. Hmmm…..

      Cool info. Let’s look into this more and also find out if / when they are launching a new batch of servers, and when a new patch is coming in.

    • January 7, 2016 11:48 am

      Ok, scratch the excitement. We can’t travel between official servers. Yet…..

  7. January 7, 2016 2:56 am

    I think I am done with 67. Can’t get in reliably anymore yet my other server is open for business most of the time.

    Not really attached to the server since the tribe is split with surviving the southwest and taming/feeding dinos to the northeast.

    Leveling up is much quicker when you can actually connect to the server.

    • January 7, 2016 3:17 pm

      Whats your other server Franko? I would bounce over there when I can’t get into 67.

    • January 7, 2016 4:56 pm

      399. But it’s PvE.

    • January 7, 2016 4:38 pm

      It is the PvE server you have been using from the start? I would consider making another character if it were to work on a PvP server.

      The solution, I think, is to simply leave your character online, logged in, sitting in a chair. This gen of Xbox was made for 24/7. It can easily handle the low demand processing of sitting in a single location.

    • January 7, 2016 4:55 pm

      I don’t get how pvp is important if the focus is on dinosaur taming. In PvE there’s limited PvP. You can declare war on other tribes but it has to be consented.

      The major advantage of PvE is not having to have a gazillion animals in one spot out of fear of them being taken out and then glitching the whole area.

      You can spread out and build all over the place and have different buildings for specific stuff.

      I tell you one thing if I am joining a PvP server I will do what Arkholics are doing. Beats Dino fecal duty. 😝

  8. January 7, 2016 8:02 pm

    @Frenik, I think there is always an element of frustration when working in a group. There are many things that I think many of us would do differently if we started again. Kenai himself mentioned one of the biggest – build a hide-out in a cave so that most of the “carpentry” is done from the start. This has been an incredible learning experience and I am very thankful to Kenai and Seth for getting us in on the Dino taming and riding early. Had I not been able to do that, I might well have given up with just trying to keep enough berries in my stomach to survive even just on my own private server! LOL When I started, I was overwhelmed by the content/options, depth, and scale of the game – which now, is turning into an ever growing appreciation for it.

    I have embedded a map in the OP with the “official” names of major landmarks. For more efficient communication, we might want to start using them.

    • January 8, 2016 4:30 am

      No prob. Already 399 is starting to take shape and the best part is that I can connect to it in my west coast hours.

      I am building all over the map and learning all the good spots as well as Single player to see what I should unlock ahead.

      The game is awesome and like I said before it’s so good that Friend List is optional. I can sit on a server and just kill time chatting away with randoms or whoever wants to join us. It’s relaxing. 👌

  9. January 8, 2016 10:41 am

    I was up working on projects late last night. I finally finished and was heading to bed, only to find Steph playing Ark with the gang. Everyone is in a room wearing diapers, Steph tells me that they had to call and wake Kenai up (at 1am) because someone was threatening the base.

    This is the moment that I realized everyone around me had officially lost their minds.

  10. January 9, 2016 2:34 am

    Guys, after Grym’s passing is quite clear how valuable time is. Let’s step back a bit and let’s see the big picture. We care for each other and whatever hindrance we have encountered, it shouldn’t be a permanent one.

    I love you guys and hope we can move past this and at the very least try.

    It’s just a game, we have fun and we have bad times too. But let’s not forget we were having fun a few week ago as a group as we have for years.

    Not minimizing or invalidating any feelings but hoping to move past them.

    • Herandar permalink
      January 10, 2016 2:20 am

      Don’t know what the hell is going on, but didn’t play tonight because everyone was in an invite-only party, and no invites were forthcoming.

      So, thanks for that, I guess. Should’ve waited another week or two for you guys to implode our whatever it is that your doing, and could’ve saved the money for PvZ GW2.

    • January 10, 2016 2:53 am

      Herandar, because Xbox Live does not provide reliable notification when people are jumping in and out of parties, we have had to start making them invite only so that we know who is actually in our parties.

      Getting into a party, however, is as simple as sending a message “party inv”. On several occasions even just this week, I have both sent and received that message. I, for one, had no idea you were sitting, waiting for an invite to the party. I am sure no one else did either.

      Addressing the issue of playing Ark, our base on 67 (PvP) was destroyed and so now we are playing on 399 (PvE).

    • January 10, 2016 5:40 am

      yeah didn’t know you were up for playing. I am on most of the time, if you are up for being naked and fearless once more in 399 let me know i can find you in game.

  11. Herandar permalink
    January 10, 2016 5:49 pm

    Suns, I’m not going to ask for an invite. I don’t want to join a party that is exclusionary. Whether that is the intent or not, that is the end result.

    Thanks Frenko. I will join 399 next time I get on.

  12. zender5 permalink
    January 10, 2016 10:58 pm

    I tamed a little bird and named him Bruce.

  13. January 12, 2016 4:47 am

    There’s Raft fever in 399. Rafts seems like the way to go. It’s the one personal space that can reach all the different biomes.

    Built a Dino Trap Raft for capturing/Taming Dinos. Still needs work but successfully trapped a Alpha Raptor and quickly sent it to my neighbors. 😂

    But yeah I think the next one is having a personal Home base with all the goodies inside.

  14. Flenser permalink
    January 12, 2016 10:05 am

    I am still spending some time on server 67 building my little base in the SW and feeding my dinos. Blankman can I get tribe leader if you are done with that server? No rush on that but if I am the only one left I would like control. Maybe when you all get tired of not being able to kill annoying Arkers you will be back and there will a few beds for you.

    • January 12, 2016 3:38 pm

      Would love some time in pvp just need 1-2 rafts. for attacking and for hiding the cool stuff.

      But right now even pve is overwhelming in the amount of stuff to do.

    • Blankman permalink*
      January 12, 2016 4:58 pm

      I will jump onto server 67 & transfer leadership to you, Flenser. I haven’t touched the game since the chaos that happened last week.

  15. Average permalink*
    January 13, 2016 6:40 pm

    Been creeping on these ARK posts over the break, but I’m soo lost.

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