Dino Dossier: Gallimimus

Common Name: Gallimimus
Species: Gallimimus evolvelox
Time: Late Cretaceous Period
Diet: Herbivore
Temperament: Skittish
Domestication
Tameable: Yes
Rideable: Yes
  • Wild: When someone asks me what the fastest creatures on the island are, Gallimimus is always a contender. Unlike the island's many armored animals, Gallimimus eschews strong defenses for the ability to outrun pretty much anything.
  • Domesticated: There are two general camps on the use of tamed Gallimimus. One camp thinks that their inability to actually harm hostile creatures, and their inability to harvest most resources, makes them primarily a burden to the tribe. The other camp thinks that their extreme speed and ability to jump long distances is among the best for scouting and exploring... or just making a quick getaway!
  • Known Information: A skittish herbivore, Gallimimus even looks nervous when eating in a peaceful clear meadow. Having no real way to harm predators, it simply runs away and uses its ability to stay safe. I've even seen wild Gallimimus outrun speed-trained Raptors!

Drops

  • Raw Meat
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Mod Spotlight: Extra Modified Ammos Mod – Exposive Arrows, Poisions and more

ARK already has no shortage of awesome things to do, and dangers to confront. Why limit yourself to fighting them with rifles however? Sure, it might be efficient, but where’s the fun-factor? Why not feel like John Rambo or Katniss Everdeen as you bring that T-Rex down with highly-explosive arrows?

You can do just that with the “Extra Modified Ammos Mod”. It introduces many cool new weapons into the game. From explosive projectiles to bullets laced with poison, developer salcarr has you covered. For example, look at those two additions:

 Explosive Arrow
explosive_arrows
  • 5 Oil
  • 3 Flint
  • 25 Fiber
  • 8 crystal
  • 10 Sparkpowder
  • 30 Gunpowder
Damage: 75 (20 more than the regular arrow)
Explosion damage: +125
Explosion Radius: 700
Engram: Lvl 45, 15 points
Tranq-Ammo
  • 10 Narcotics
  • 1 Metal Ingot
  • 10 Gunpowder
Very powerful.
Engram: Lvl 35, 18 points
poison bullet

We contacted samcarr and asked him about his mod.

Q: How did you get the idea for this mod?
salcarr: The game reminded me of two things: the game Turok and then later the movie Rambo. I realized they had bows and advanced weapons but I thought it would be nice to get real destructive powers in the game. So my first idea was just the explosive arrows, however since I was one of the first people to mod ammo for a weapon people started making requests. So then ideas started coming in and I like making people what they want.
Q: Cool to hear that you value community feedback so much.
salcarr: Yea, I feel the job of a developer is to give people what they want as long as it seems cool in my mind as well.

Q: What’s upcoming? In your workshop page you already note poison, obsidian and blunt arrows. Anything beyond that? What do the obsidian arrows do?

salcarr: Well the obsidian ones were a request as well and basically its just a stronger arrow than the regular arrows. I will change the texture so they look more like the obsidian rocks. I also have a few more request from other people. […] Someone requested an alt[ernative] turret that shoots rockets, and then I have a few ideas on my own but just concept ideas that I don’t know if they are worth it yet, like a teleportion spell or a projectile that teleports you. Maybe a NPC type turret that acts as a bodyguard – could possibly equip them with guns or any weapon you have, thought about a Star Wars force push, the thing is I like the idea of pushing the boundries of game and what we can do so I might just try all kinds of ideas.

To get the mod, and for further information on the many other dangerous weapons in there, head to its Steam Workshop Page.


Mod Spotlights are a series where we look at cool tools and mods made by members of the community. If possible, we also ask them about their visions for their projects.

Dino Dossier: Microraptor

Yesterday, a new dino dossier was published. It provides information on the Microraptor, a rapacious little devil who is much more dangerous that its size woul lead one to believe.

Common Name: Microraptor
Species: Microraptor Gnarilongus
Time: Early Cretaceous
Diet: Carnivore
Temperament: Aggressive
Domestication
Tameable: Yes
Rideable: No
  • Wild: Microraptor Gnarilongus is one of the smallest non-avian dinosaurs on the island. Incredibly fast for its size, Microraptor is a voracious carnivore.
  • Domesticated: While not a powerhouse against armed enemies, Microraptor is particularly suited at bringing down enemy riders. Microraptor's natural tendency to attack weaker creatures means they ignore the mount while attacking the rider with leaps of fury.
  • Known Information: Aggressive towards anything its size or smaller, Microraptor fancies itself an apex predator. It will attack humans on sight, especially if it's not alone. When hunting, Microraptor's speed is only one of its assets. While not quite capable of sustained flight, its wings allow it to stay aloft for several seconds while jumping. This allows Microraptor to attack its prey's vulnerable areas, as well as search for small river fish.

Drops

  • Raw Meat

Base Stats and Calculator

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Item Spotlight: Transponder Tracker and Transponder Node

Never lose your dinos again thanks to this handy tool. Granted, they might still be killed in the wild, but many have argued that most Dinos fare better with their instincts than the instructions of the wise man who sits on them, and accidentially falls off a cliff.

GPS tracking is a two-part solution. You’ll need a single “Transponder Tracker” to receive the signals emitted by all the “Transponder Nodes” attached to the Dinos. Unfortunately, those aren’t on the cheap side. They’ll set you back by quite a bit of items.

Transponder Tracker Transponder Node
Available from Level 65 onwards, costs 30 Engram Points, and requires the GPS Engram.

  • 20 Metal Ingot
  • 30 Cementing Paste
  • 80 Electronics
  • 50 Polymer
  • 25 Crystal

Craft it at the Fabricator.

Available from Level 65 onwards, costs 20 Engram Points, and requires the GPS Engram.

  • 3 Metal Ingot
  • 12 Cementing Paste
  • 14 Electronics
  • 10 Polymer
  • 12 Crystal

Craft it at the Fabricator.

Craft both of them first. Then take them into your hands (as seen in the header-picture of this article), and attach the tracker to your Dino by left-clicking. It should now be clearly visible where you placed it on the dinosaur.

To locate the animal, right-click the transponder tracker. It will overlay the distance and direction of every one of your tracked Dinos on your screen.

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Be wary though. Those trackers can also be attached to wild dinos, and therefore can be used for espionage. Should you notice any tracking devices placed by enemies, immediately destroy them (look at the dino, there should be a “Click [E] to destroy”-option, and if it isn’t there, hold “E” to see it in the menu).

Should you play on “Ultra” graphics settings and not see any of the tracking info, try setting the graphics to lower levels. That fixed it in our testing, though we hope to see a patch that addresses this behavoir soon.

 

ARK: Survival Evolved Patch 188.0 – Patchnotes

These are the changes of ARK: Survival Evolved’s Patch 188.0, grouped into categories for clarity. If not otherwise indicated, they’re quoted from the relevant Steam Thread.

Hunting

  • Electronic Animal Trackers: Put it on anything you want to find again or track. Like yourself for finding the corpse after dying, or on an enemy for finding his base.

Multiplayer

  • You can now host Non-Dedicated Sessions for smaller groups for coop playing.

Dinosaur Eggs

  • Eggs are about 50% more common to find
  • Eggs now last for 30 min on ground (prev was 20 min)

Taming

  • Bronto now likes a certain Kibble 😉

Performance

  • Massive performance improvement to structural integrity calculation (namely, less lag/stalls on the server when destroying/replacing pieces of large connected structures)

Bugfixes

  • Fixed pop-in of underwater cave meshes
  • Fixed a bug with structure limits (PhysX overlap limit was being exceeded), and reset the default value to 6000 (should cover even the biggest current bases that we’ve seen on Official Servers). The new configurable/commandline value is: NewMaxStructuresInRange=6000
  • Swimming backwards on a dino no longer desyncs with the server
  • Tamed Scorp shouldn’t drown anymore. In fact various tamed dinos that were not swimming to the surface should now try to stay on the surface when not being ridden.
  • Fixed pop-in of underwater cave meshes

Painting

 

(Original Announcement on Steam)

Here are the patchnotes of the previous patch (187.22)

ARK: Survival Evolved Patch 187.22 – Patchnotes

These are the changes of ARK: Survival Evolved’s Patch 187.22, grouped into categories for clarity. If not otherwise indicated, they’re quoted from the relevant Steam Thread.

Bugfixes

  • Uploading/Downloading Items to ARK Tribute Inventory now works in singleplayer

(Original Announcement on Steam)

Here are the patchnotes of the previous patch (187.21)

Dino Dossier: Mosasaurus

Common Name: Mosasaurus
Species: Mosasaurus suspirita
Time: Late Cretaceous
Diet: Carnivore
Temperament: Aggressive
Domestication
Tameable: Yes
Rideable: Yes
Command cheat summon mosa_Character_BP_C
  • Wild: Until recently, I believed the ultramegalodon to be the greatest of the ocean predators. Then I discovered Mosasaurus suspirita in the deeps. Not quite as fast, but much larger and stronger, the Mosasaurus rules the deep waters off the island. Growing up to 50 feet long, Mosasaurus is larger than almost every other aquatic creature I've encountered thus far.
  • Domesticated: Despite its power, Mosasaurus is not ideal for all deep-water activities. Its slower swim speed makes the risk of drowning much higher when using Tylosaurus to reach oil deposits or silica pearls. Having one with you as an escort, on the other hand, is probably the best oceanic defense available!
  • Known Information: Contrary to common belief, Mosasaurus cannot breathe underwater. Rather, it can hold its breath an incredibly long period of time, similar to a whale. Mosasaurus is a deep-sea marine lizard, not a fish. It spends most of its time in the deeps, and only comes up to surface to breathe, or chase prey with an engulfing chomp.

Drops

  • Raw Meat

Video

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ARK: Survival Evolved Patch 187.21 – Patchnotes

These are the changes of ARK: Survival Evolved’s Patch 187.21, grouped into categories for clarity. If not otherwise indicated, they’re quoted from the relevant Steam Thread.

Bugfixes

  • Tribe/Player names with emoji strings in them will no longer cause parsing-spam in the chat text
  • Splitting/Merging stacks of items within your Inventory no longer causes “Removed/Added” Item notifications

(Original Announcement on Steam)

Here are the patchnotes of the previous patch (187.2)

ARK: Survival Evolved Patch 187.2 – Patchnotes

These are the changes of ARK: Survival Evolved’s Patch 187.2, grouped into categories for clarity. If not otherwise indicated, they’re quoted from the relevant Steam Thread.

Dino Changes

  • Ants (Titanomyrma) damage reduced by 25% and health reduced by 35 to 40%

Game Changes

  • Turrets random aim spread reduced by 85%
  • Turrets will no longer target carried/dragged characters if they’re being carried/dragged by your team
  • Improved look of Grill and Stone structures slightly (not finished)

Bugfixes

  • Fixed a bug where Inventory Bags dropped by destroyed structures had infinite life (now have 15 minute timeout)

(Original Announcement on Steam)

Here are the patchnotes of the previous patch (187.0)

Automatic Update for Linux Servers

As announced in the windows auto update thread: Here is the Linux version of it!

Requirements

rcon (How to: http://www.ark-survival.net/en/2015/07/09/rcon-tutorial/)

Automatic Update for Linux – Script

Save this spoiler as bash file, like update.sh.

#!/bin/bash
STEAMDIR=/home/steam/Steam
STEAMCMDDIR=/home/steam/steamcmd
STEAMCMDSCRIPT=update.txt
SERVERDIR=/home/steam/ark
RCONPASSWORD=YOURRCONPASSWORD
RCONIP=127.0.0.1
RCONPORT=32330
RCONFILE=/home/steam/rcon
SCREEN=ark
SERVERSTARTCOMMAND=$SERVERDIR"/ShooterGame/Binaries/Linux/ShooterGameServer \"TheIsland?QueryPort=27015?Port=7777?SetCheatPlayer=True?RCONEnabled=True?RCONPort="$RCONPORT"?listen\" -servergamelog -server -log"
 
cd $HOMEDIR
if [ ! -f $SERVERDIR/latestinstalledupdate.txt ] ; then
 touch $SERVERDIR/latestinstalledupdate.txt
 echo "0" > $SERVERDIR/latestinstalledupdate.txt
fi
if [ -f $SERVERDIR/updateinprogress.dat ] ; then
 if [ $(( (`date +%s` - `stat -L --format %Y $SERVERDIR/updateinprogress.dat`) > (60*60) )) -eq 1 ] ; then
 rm -f $SERVERDIR/updateinprogress.dat
 fi
fi
if [ ! -f $SERVERDIR/updateinprogress.dat ] ; then
 touch $SERVERDIR/updateinprogress.dat
 rm -fr $STEAMDIR/appcache
 $STEAMCMDDIR/steamcmd.sh +login anonymous +app_info_update 1 +app_info_print "376030" +quit | grep -EA 1000 "^\s+\"branches\"$" | grep -EA 5 "^\s+\"public\"$" | grep -m 1 -EB 10 "^\s+}$" | grep -E "^\s+\"buildid\"\s+" | tr '[:blank:]"' ' ' | tr -s ' ' | cut -d' ' -f3 > $SERVERDIR/latestavailableupdate.txt
 sleep 1m
 LATESTUPDATE=`cat $SERVERDIR/latestavailableupdate.txt`
 INSTALLEDUPDATE=`cat $SERVERDIR/latestinstalledupdate.txt`
 if [ "$LATESTUPDATE" != "$INSTALLEDUPDATE" ] && [ "$LATESTUPDATE" != "" ] && [ "$INSTALLEDUPDATE" != "" ]
 then
 $RCONFILE -P$RCONPASSWORD -a$RCONIP -p$RCONPORT broadcast New update available, server is restarting in 10 minutes!
 sleep 5m
 $RCONFILE -P$RCONPASSWORD -a$RCONIP -p$RCONPORT broadcast New update available, server is restarting in 5 minutes!
 sleep 4m
 $RCONFILE -P$RCONPASSWORD -a$RCONIP -p$RCONPORT saveworld
 sleep 1m
 $RCONFILE -P$RCONPASSWORD -a$RCONIP -p$RCONPORT doexit
 sleep 10
 if [ -f $SERVERDIR/ShooterGame/Saved/SavedArks/TheIsland.ark ] ; then
 COUNTER=0
 while [ $COUNTER -lt 5 ]; do
 if [ $(( (`date +%s` - `stat -L --format %Y $SERVERDIR/ShooterGame/Saved/SavedArks/TheIsland.ark`) > (2*60) )) -eq 1 ] ; then
 COUNTER=5
 fi
 sleep 1m
 done
 $RCONFILE -P$RCONPASSWORD -a$RCONIP -p$RCONPORT broadcast New update available, server is restarting!
 fi
 echo "$(date) Update - $(echo $INSTALLEDUPDATE) to $(echo $LATESTUPDATE)" >> $(echo $SERVERDIR)/Updatelog.txt
 $STEAMCMDDIR/steamcmd.sh +runscript $STEAMCMDSCRIPT
 $STEAMCMDDIR/steamcmd.sh +login anonymous +app_info_update 1 +app_info_print "376030" +app_info_print "376030" +quit | grep -EA 1000 "^\s+\"branches\"$" | grep -EA 5 "^\s+\"public\"$" | grep -m 1 -EB 10 "^\s+}$" | grep -E "^\s+\"buildid\"\s+" | tr '[:blank:]"' ' ' | tr -s ' ' | cut -d' ' -f3 > $SERVERDIR/latestinstalledupdate.txt
 rm -f $SERVERDIR/updateinprogress.dat
 screen -wipe
 screen -dmS $SCREEN $SERVERSTARTCOMMAND
 else
 rm -f $SERVERDIR/updateinprogress.dat
 fi
fi

Copy the update.txt to your steamcmd folder

//ark
@NoPromptForPassword 1
@ShutdownOnFailedCommand 0
nSubscribedAutoDownloadMaxSimultaneous 32
@cMaxContentServersToRequest 32
@cMaxInitialDownloadSources 32
@fMinDataRateToAttemptTwoConnectionsMbps 0.01
@fDownloadRateImprovementToAddAnotherConnection 0.01
login anonymous
force_install_dir ../ark/
app_update 376030 
//validate
quit

How to use?

You can use Crontab to schedule this update.

Updates

-Added suggestions from the comments, thx for that

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