How many people are playing Ark

I dont know why so many people want to know this, but because ARK is a Steam Game, it’s pretty easy to get the information how many people are currently playing the game.

You can just visit the page “SteamCharts”: Link

how many people are playing ark - ark stats

Currently (June, 9th) there are ~65.000 Players playing the game. But this number alone is not really meaningful, if you don’t compare it to other games. So let us compare ARK with Team Fortress 2: Link.

how many people are playing ark - tf stats

There are currently 67.000 Players playing team fortress 2. The interesting point is the all time peak. The peak of people playing TF2 was 117.000 Players. ARKs playerbase is rising every day. So it’s pretty likely, that ARK will get more players than TF2 – albeit being in ALPHA (Early Access) and as a paid game (TF2 is Free 2 Play).

It looks like ARK is a huge success. Let’s hope it gets even better. 😉

 

how many people are playing ark - compare

“Cheat” items

A short tutorial for giving yourself items, as long as you’re an admin 😉

Log in with your password:
enablecheats passwort

Use the following command
admincheat giveitemnum 1 1 1 false

The first number is the itemid. You can use this list to lookup the items
The second number is the stack amount
The third number is the quality of the item

Console Commands / Cheat Commands

Information: this is a legacy list for the cheat commands from the early alpha. For an update list, click on the link below

⇛GOTO NEW LIST⇚

 




 

There are a few situations, in which an adminstrator is forced to cheat on his own server. Some examples: repairing something destroyed by a bug, recover items, track down misbehaving users or just testing the server. This is a list of commands, which can be used to cheat in the game. These commands also work in multiplayer, if you just swap the “cheat” to the “admincheat” command.

Admin Commands

Command Effect
ShowMyAdminManager Enables the Admin UI
enablecheats <password> Logs you in as the administrator
requestspectator <password> Allows anyone with the password to login as a Spectator
cheat enablespectator Destroys your character and puts you into Spectator mode (Used for Whitelisted Admins)
stopspectating Cancels spectating
setcheatplayer true/false enables/disables the cheat menu
cheat AllowPlayerToJoinNoCheck <Steam64ID> Whitelists the persons Steam ID
cheat DisallowPlayerToJoinNoCheck <Steam64ID> Removes the persons whitelist
cheat SetMessageOfTheDay <message> Sets a message of the day that appears when people join the server
cheat broadcast <message> Broadcasts a message to everyone on the server, and forces their chat window to open
cheat ServerChatToPlayer <“PlayerName”> Sends a private message to the player associated with that name
cheat ServerChatTo <“Steam64ID”> Sends a private message to the player associated with that ID
cheat god Enables godmode, you can not die except you can still drown
cheat fly Allows you to fly
cheat walk Deactivates flying and allows you to walk again
cheat teleport Teleports you to coords 0 0 0 (X Y Z)
cheat teleporttoplayer <id> Teleports to the specificed player, use showmyadminmanager to get the 9 digit number to fill in the field
cheat slomo 5 Changes the speed on the server such as player movement, use slomo 1 to revert to normal speed
cheat playersonly Freezes absolutely everything except players, this even includes crafting
cheat ghost Turns on noclip, you are able to walk through walls and objects
cheat forcetame Instantly tames a dinosaur, you can even ride it without a saddle
cheat forceplayertojointargettribe <id> Forces the player to join the targeted tribe, get the 9 digit id of the player by looking at the connected players in the showmyadminmanager list.
cheat forceplayertojointribe <id> <tribeid> Forces the player to join the tribe, use showmyadminmanager for the required information
cheat giveexptoplayer <id> <how much> <tribeshared> <preventsharing> Gives experience to another player, use showmyadminmanager for the required information. Unable to test currently.
cheat addexperience 1000 0 0 Gives you 1000xp, you can change the value and if you change the second 0 to a 1 it will share the xp among your tribe
cheat giveresources Gives you 50 of all resources
cheat infinitestats Gives you infinite hunger, stamina and infinite ammo
cheat listplayers Shows a list of all players on the server with their SteamID
cheat kickplayer <Steam64ID> Kicks the person from the server
banplayer <Steam64ID> Bans the user from the server
unbanplayer <Steam64ID> Unbans the user from the server
cheat destroyallenemies Destroys all enemies, they respawn eventually
cheat hurtme <amount> Deals x amount of damage to yourself
togglegun Toggles the visibility of your currently equipped weapon/tool
cheat settimeofday <timestring> Changes the time of day, for example cheat settimeofday 12:00
cheat setplayerpos 0 0 0 Allows you to teleport to coords coord map[jdimensional.com]
cheat saveworld Saves the current worldstate
cheat quit Exits the current world, use after saving for a safe shutdown
cheat execsetsleeping true/false Puts your character to sleep/wakes them up
cheat enemyinvisible true/false Makes all creatures ignore you even if you attack them
cheat DestroyWildDinos instantly destroys all Wild Dinos. Useful if you want to force repopulation of the ARK
cheat destroyall <classname> destroys all objects/dinosaurs of a classname, refer to the dinosaur or item lists for specific classnames, also works with structures dino list
cheat killplayer <id> Immediately kills the player, get the id for the player by opening showmyadminmanager and looking at the 9 digit number next to their name in the connected players list
cheat summon <classname> Summons a dinosaur at your location. A list of all dinosaurs can be found dino list here. This command can also be used to summon structures, structures will be rotated depending on the players viewing directio
cheat GiveAllStructure gives every structure that’s connected to the current chain to you
cheat SetTargetPlayerBodyVal int (0-30), float (0-1) changes a character’s body scaling for that region
cheat SetTargetPlayerColorVal int (0-2), float (0-1) changes a character’s body color for that region
cheat giveitemnum <ID> <QTY> <Quality> <True/False> Gives you an item, the list of items with their ID’s can be found here example giveitemnum 1 1 1 false gives you a simple pistol and giveitemnum 1 1 100 false gives you an ascendant simple pistol
cheat MakeTribeAdmin Allows you to force yourself as an Admin within a tribe
cheat MakeTribeFounder Allows you to force yourself to be the tribe founder
cheat RemoveTribeAdmin Allows you to remove admin from the tribe
cheat givetome Makes any structure/dino you are currently looking at yours
stat fps Shows your fps, usable by anyone. commands do not need to be enabled for this
stat unit Shows your GPU and CPU stats, usable by anyone. commands do not need to be enabled for this
pause Pauses the server (LOCAL ONLY)
GiveColors <QTY> Gives all avaiable colors

 

Unstable Commands

Command Effect
destroytarget Destroys the object / dinosaur you are looking at, it can however destroy the entire floor of your world. Do not risk using this command *Broken*
cheat damagetarget <amount> Deals damage to the creature you are aiming at *Broken*
debugstructures Shows debug information of a structure if you look at it, information has no use at the moment
switchlevel testing
giveengrams gives you all crafting recipes but can and probably will crash your client/game server

Never import Player Data on your server

With the current implementation the character files for Up- and Download from the ARK are accessible to the player. In practice that means that players can arbitrarily manipulate them, cheating as they see fit.

Obviously you will want to avoid that on your self-hosted servers. As it turns out, that is actually quite easy, since there is an option to disable character imports onto your server in the server settings. It’s called NoTributeDownloads (set it to True) and saves you all this trouble. If you’re not sure on how to set this option to the correct value, please consult the Server Settings Overview Page.

All of this does of course go to show is a larger principle in preventing cheats: Don’t trust any data provided by the player. Why this principle wasn’t observed in this instance is unclear, but given the amount of patches they have produced so far I’m fairly confident that we will see a patch reacting to those issues soon.

A Short and Easy ARK: Survival Evolved Server Setup Guide

Prerequisites

You’ll need a Windows server for this. If you want to install on Linux, use THIS tutorial.

Step 1 – Setup SteamCMD

Download SteamCMD  (direct download link here). Since the program will later download additional components, I would recommend putting it somewhere separate (like C:/SteamCMD/ for example). After extracting the content of the zip archive, there should be a file called SteamCMD.exe.

Step 2 – Download the game

Start SteamCMD.exe. Once that program has finished downloading the rest of itself, it will prompt you for input. Replace the relevant placeholders with the correct information. For the purposes of this guide we will assume that your installation directory is “C:/SurvivalServer/”

login anonymous
force_install_dir C:\SurvivalServer\ 
app_update 376030 validate 
howitshouldlook-300x93
How the SteamCMD Update should look

 Step 3 – Install the rest of the prerequisites

You now need to install DirectX and the Visual Studio 2013-Redist package. Conveniently enough, setups for those were already downloaded into the last step. Hence please execute the following installers

C:\SurvivalServer_commonredist\DirectX
C:\SurvivalServer_commonredist\Vredist

Step 4 – Create a startup script

Since you don’t want to have to type in a huge command every time you start the server, please create a new text document StartServer.bat in your server directory. Copy the following code into the file and replace the placeholders “CHOOSEAPASSWORDHERE” and “CHOOSEANADMINPASSWORDHERE” by the password (and admin password) of your choice.

start ShooterGameServer "TheIsland?SessionName=GameServerSetup?QueryPort=27015?ServerPassword=CHOOSEAPASSWORDHERE?ServerAdminPassword=CHOOSEANADMINAPASSWORDHERE?listen"
exit

Save the file.

You can also add other parameters here. Just take a look at this list of possible parameters

 

Step 5 – Make sure that you have opened the relevant ports

UDP on ports 27015 and 7777

Make sure your firewall allows data to pass through to these ports. If you’re at home (or in any environment using NAT for that matter), you may also have to forward the ports. PortForward.com contains guides that explain how to do this. Note that port 27015 was the one we set as QueryPort in Step 3. If you at this point chose to use a different port for this function, you’ll have to open that port instead.

 

Step 6 – Start the Server

Simply double-click your “StartServer.bat”.     If this guide doesn’t work for you, or you require additional help, please feel free to leave a comment.

How to Fix: Torches don’t illuminate the surroundings

This article explains how you can fix some problems related to improper illumination, especially those happening around camps and torchfire, that the “performance-saving” configurations which have been floating around for a couple of days cause.

Chances are high that you’ve tuned some settings in the configuration (or alternatively have downloaded a configuration file like this one) in the hopes that you’ll increase performance thereby.

The problem

The problem lies in the option

r.simpledynamiclighting=1
  in ARK\ShooterGame\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor\Engine.ini

The fix

Delete that line and the torch-illumination should be back to normal. Please note that this will however significantly reduce the performance gain. This the dilemma here (at least until the game has been optimized further): Either you’ll have the comfy cozy light or a high framerate.

Altnernatives

Gamma Correction
Gamma Correction

Another Setting you can try to play around with is the Gamma setting. Basically, it’s a setting that describes how pronounced differences in luminance are, and you can tune it as you see fit. Simply use the gamma command ingame to change it.

Taming Tutorial

You will be able to virtually any animal in “ARK: Survival Evolved” once you know how to do it. Considering the vast benefits of having tamed animals at ones disposal, they can after all be used as guard dogs, means of transportation or entertainment, it’s without a doubt essential to the advanced player to learn how taming works.

This tutorial is for the classic taming. Since patch 182 it’s possible to tame without knocking the animal unconscious. Read more in our dedicated “Non Violent Taming Tutorial

Taming

Step 1 – Temporarily render the animal unconscious

The first thing you have to do is to get the animal into an unconscious state, as it will resist your attempts at tamin it otherwise. Mind you, you’ll have to be careful not to kill the animal in the process! The more soft you manage to transition the animal into a suitable state the better, as it will speed up the next part significantly. To that end, you’ll want to either use Tranquilizer Arrows or the less fancy option of fist-fighting.

Step 2 – Feed the animal

This is how the animal gets used to your presence. Open its inventory (“E”-key) and insert a sufficient amount of a suitable food into it (the higher the level the more sustenance it needs). Note the word “suitable” here, as every animal only accepts a specific food. You can tell which one needs what by consulting the following table, though a good rule of thumb is that carnivores will need a sort of meat while herbivores require berries.

Berries Meat
Azulberry Blue: Ankylosaurus, Brontosaurus Raw / Prime: Carnotaurus, Dilophosaur, Shark (Megalodon), Piranha, Pteranodon, Raptor, Sabertooth, Crocodile (Sarcosuchus), Spinosaur, Titanoboa, Tyrannosaurus
Azulberry Red: Turtle (Carbonemys), Dodo
Mejoberry (Violet): Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Elephant (Phiomia), Parasaur, Mammoth Spoiled: Scorpion(Pumonoscorpius), Vulture (Argentavis)
Tintoberry (Red): Stegosaurus

Step 3 – Assure Anaesthesia and Provide a Steady Supply of Food

At this point you should see an interface similar to this one:

 

The Taming Interface
The Taming Interface.

There are two important progress meters here: The Narcotics-Bar (currently filled) and the Taming-Bar (currently empty), the first one of which is integral to the whole taming process. Generally speaking, in order to tame you have to ensure that your animal is unconscious for long enough to consume a sufficient amount of food. What that means in pratice is that you’ll have to see to it that your animal is permanently sedated. In that state it will only move its head up once in a while.

How does one do that? With Narcotics or Narcoberries. You can get the latter in large quantities by picking virtually any bush. Simply put them into the animal’s inventory. You can gauge how much items and time you’re going to need by looking at our taming time cheatsheet or using our taming calculator

As soon as the taming is finished the animal awakes. You can now assign it a name (a dialog to that effect should pop up, otherwise you’ll be able to do it by looking at the animal, holding down “E” and waiting until the menu below appears. This menu is also what one uses to control the animal, but there’s more about that in the article devoted to that topic)

 

Das Menü des gezähmnten Tieres

Tips and Tricks

  • In case you run out of Narcoberries there is always the possibility of hitting the animal softly. Be careful though, you risk injury (which in turn impedes the taming process)
  • Carnivores and Herbivores have different preferences regarding narcotics (“Narcotics” and “Narcoberries” respectively). Getting them the wrong one will slow down everything.
  • You can accelerate Carnivore-taming significantly by feeding them Eggs and Prime Meat. Don’t give the developers any ideas though, otherwise we could soon find ourselves having to sauté the meat in order to satisfy the picky eaters that are dinosaurs.

 

We recommend you read the guide on animal keeping, or the one on uses for animals next.

New Server Settings Format in Patch 171.0

(Link to the original announcement)

As it turns out, there has been a change in the way the game expects settings. The Command Line Options now have to also specify a value, ie where there was only ?ServerPvE there now must be ?ServerPvE=true.

In better news, there now is a way to actually have a configuration file for the Server. The GameUserSettings.ini contains the following section:

[ServerSettings]
ShowMapPlayerLocation=False
ServerHardcore=False
GlobalVoiceChat=False
ProximityChat=False
NoTributeDownloads=False
AllowThirdPersonPlayer=False
AlwaysNotifyPlayerLeft=False
DontAlwaysNotifyPlayerJoined=False
ServerHardcore=False
ServerPVE=False
ServerCrosshair=False
ServerForceNoHUD=False
ServerPassword=
ServerAdminPassword=
DifficultyOffset=0 to 1

ARK Patch 171

(This is a summary of the important changes that will come with the upcoming patch. Omitted are client-changes and client-bugfixes. To view the original patch announcement in its entirity, click here.)

Please note that this quotes the expected patch-notes for an upcoming patch, and therefore none of the changes are currently online.

Hosting Related

New Features

  • Added a “Difficulty” slider for Local/Custom Servers that scales the levels of the creatures encountered, along with the quality of loot (but not quite linearly with each other, so you can expect a tougher challenge overall as that slider goes up!).
  • Added the capability to choose respawn region upon each player respawn. Set 12 spawn regions, rather than 4.
  • You can now whitelist specific SteamID’s that will always be granted access to your server. Even if it’s full.
  • All Host Game options are now visible in the in-game launch menu (which also affects single player), as well as saved in INI for easy access
  • Console key can now be rebinded through the Options Menu
  • On your server, you can now use ‘cheat’ or ‘admincheat’ to cheat after logging in as and admin. “cheat broadcast MessageString” will now let you broadcast a server message to everyone on your server (which also force displays the chat). Note that you can also set a Message-Of-The-Day here:[MessageOfTheDay]
    Message=Hello and welcome to my ARK Server!

Bugfixes

  • Downloading ARK Data Characters into other Servers will no longer lose them

Game-Mechanics

  • Argentavis now has a very limited (60% reduced) targeting range for live creatures, but his targeting range for corpses has been boosted by 40%. So watch out if you’ve got a dead body around, you might want to get out of the way. In any case, this is more true to their real-world likely behavior and will make them grief less.
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