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Server Update: The recent patch completely corrupted the information on the server, so I did back the save files up, but I made the map The Island so we could all check out the new Redwood Update! Enjoy, everyone!
So I actually bought my own personal server computer. Mainly for file storage, but also…free Ark server!
I wouldn’t mind anyone in Strats joining at all! A few things to note before joining:
The Server is VERY hard. I tried to make it as balanced as possible, but I definitely love that “Survival” feel of the game(See Server Settings below for exact numbers)
Resources are extremely limited from what you’re probably used to. It’s only minimally bumped from Official settings.
There is no “Easy Taming” perse. Taming speed is only 2x, so you need to plan accordingly for Tames. For more information on Taming, and why I set it that way, see the “Why so hard?” section below.
The server is PvP, with Offline Raid Protection enabled. So basically once you hit the level of crafting the item, you place the pillar down and your base will be safe within 5 minutes of the whole tribe logging off. Everyone must be off for this to work. So if you all plan on building alone, Make individual Tribes, then you can form alliances from there. (There could be some settings that change here, like potentially making certain islands “PvE” to build on.)
I made this server because the “Survival Feel” of it just wasn’t there. I wasn’t afraid of dying or losing anything, pretty much straight from the jump, and that’s why I invested money into the physical server. I have modded it to what I believe to make it the best possible for me and my friends and will modify it over time as I see fit.
Note: To save yourself time, and headache. Please check out the link below and install all the Mods prior to joining the server. Not only will this save yourself the “Timeout” error, but you will be able to join faster than having to constantly try and reconnect to download the mods.
Find the Mods list w/links here: Mods List
Why so hard?(Note: This info has changed since the recent patch, I will update the information shortly!)
Here I will post the major server settings, and explain why I’ve done some of them. With almost 400 hours logged into Ark, and about 80 Hours in the Dev Kit. I’ve seen and experienced most of the aspects that relate to balance, and tried to make the best experience possible.
XP Multiplier - 1.0 - The reason behind this is to force you to actually go out and experience the game to some degree. You get experience from so many places later on in the game, it will make the later game harder in the beginning, but more rewarding in the late game. You can stay and craft a base, but you will still have to take dinos out and kill stuff to level.
Taming - Taming will currently be set at x2. The reasoning behind this is because I’ve made my own mod that adds over 20 items to the game. Like berries in the early game you can craft that lowers dino food levels to make them eat faster. A potion mid-game that increases that food drain, and a Tincture in the late game that drops it by 2000 over 10 minutes. There are so many new items that will keep a dino knocked out, lower their food, etc. that I see no reason to speed it up. Prepare for a tame ahead of time, and it will take exponentially less time to tame.
Per Stat Multipliers - Players will get slightly more stats per level, like x2 Stamina per point, and more food and water. This is because the Food, Water & Stamina drain is lowered, but not by much. This is because I’ve found it rediculous that I made it all the way to level 100(I’ve up the level cap), and only ever needed 100 food, water, and stamina. This makes it almost a must that eventually you will have to level those up to some degree.
Dino Per Stat Level Multipliers - Dinos are an important piece of the game, obviously. However, it shouldn’t be the one thing that makes the game completely easy mode! So with that, I’ve increased the amount of stats wild dinos have per level, and decreased the stats once you tame them. So if you see that a dino has “2000” health, when you tame it, don’t be surprised if it’s “1800” afterwards. This is a setting that will eventually increase after my planned “Stat Arrows” mod comes out. To balance this to some degree, I’ve increased the stat amount per level points.
(Example: If you want a Doedicurus that can carry a lot of weight, shoot it with 10 “Weight Arrows” before knocking it out and taming it. Once knocked out, you will see a boosted weight stat.)
Dino Settings - While we’re on the topic, lets talk about Dino levels. So firstly, they only do x2 Harvesting damage opposed to the normal x1 that players do. They also can only go up 30 levels after tame. Effectively, a level 180 dino can be tamed perfectly at around level 270, then add 30 levels to around 300. I want it to mean something that you make sure you tame a dino at high level, and tame it well. Do so, and you’re rewarded with a top level dino.
Secondly, Wild Dinos have increased Damage and Resistance, and Tamed Dinos Damage and Resistance is lower than that of Wild Dinos. This is to balance the “I can kill everything” mindset. I didn’t want it to be ridiculous for newer players, but still a challenge for later on. The mod I implemented adds Health Paste, Damage Paste, and more. I’ve also added Health Potions, Stamina Potions, and more. Use them, you’re probably going to need them. And that’s the point.
Harvest Amount - The harvest amount is different than that of harvest damage. The base harvest amount is set to “1”, but I’ve adjusted multiple different harvesting amounts, so you’ll notice some things are better than others.
Those are the major differences to the server. If you are wondering about any of the other settings, feel free to ask down below. Also, I will post any updates to mods, server settings, etc. down below, and will edit this post accordingly.