Due to a dedicated box that is starting to fail, the Ark servers on it will be moved during the course of March 2020. More info can be found in this forum post, and I will keep you up-to-date on our Discord.
We now have a 7 Days to Die server running the freshly released Alpha 18 experimental branch! More information about the server as well as release notes can be found here: 7 Days To Die Alpha 18 Server Info. Group up with other players against the zombie hordes by joining our Discord! Happy blood moon!
October has started, and that means that Halloween is just around the corner.
During the whole month of October, we will be running the Hallows Eve mod on our Patreon-only servers and the public event map. This mod provides several new Halloween-themed items, costumes, decorations, buffs, and contains most of the original “Fear Evolved” content.
Additionally, we’ll be running a Halloween Decor contest for our Patreons. Decorate your bases and submit your entries by October 27th. The winners will be announced on Halloween’s night! You’ll find more information in #announcement-supporters on our Discord!
7 Days To Die
Alpha 17 Server
We’re running a server for the new 7 Days To Die Alpha 17 experimental builds, so come join us! For more information, check out this post.
Dino claim timers are now doubled on Ragnarok Supporters #6 and Extinction Supporters #8. That means your dinos are safe for 16 days on these servers. The public servers will remain at a 8 days claim timer.
The Ark Stats Tracker had an update to include support for modified dino claim time multipliers and extended support for dinos in cryo state.
- Server overview now shows number of dinos in cryo as a separate number.
- Statistics for dinos that are in cryo state are now collected for all servers rather than just Extinction #7 and #8.
- Dinos in cryo state are now shown in a separate server tab.
- Built in support for longer dino claim timers.
- Server overview now shows the dino claim timer of that server.
- Dinos in cryo are assumed to have a claim time of 16 days (given most containers have a 16 days claim timer).
- (API) Claim expiration is now exposed as a timestamp, instead of the last time a player has reset the dino’s timer.
The last couple of days I worked a bit on Cryopod support for https://ark.spectrumdominus.com/. Cryopods are items introduced in the Extinction DLC. They allow dinos to be stored, not unlike Poké balls. Since the dino effectively becomes a stored item, the dino scanner would no longer find them, and instead mark them as dead.
What has been created so far:
- Creatures in cryopods no longer show up as dead, and show on an indication on the dino details page that they are in cryo state.
- The location of these cryo-ed creatures is updated based on the inventory they are in. This inventory could be another dino, a player, a storage box, a fridge, etc.
- The owning player and tribe are updated based on the owner of the inventory. The game does not register any ownership with creatures in cryo state. They can be stolen, and anyone who uses the cryopod will become the new owner of the creature. This means that if the dino is in an storage box, dino or player that is part of your tribe, the cryo-ed creature will stay visible in the dino list of your tribe.
- A filter was added to the dino search page to specify whether you’re looking for a creature in cryo state.
What still needs to be considered:
- The claim timer is not updated once creatures are in cryo state, meaning it will run out 7 days after putting it in cryo. It might make sense to copy the claim timer of the inventory it is in, or hide creatures in cryo state from the claimable list. I’ll have to investigate this.
- Update overviews to make a distinction between dinos that are and are not in cryo state.
- Structures Plus has a similar way to store dinos in its Vivarium. I might be able to use the same trick to bring those dinos back to life on the website.
Got suggestions? Drop them in the comments below or DM me on Discord!
Nov 10th, Wildcard released a patch that caused bases to be randomly destroyed over time on the Extinction servers. 6 hours later, Wildcard released a hotfix that would prevent more bases to be destroyed, but did not recover bases that were already wiped by the earlier patch.
Since many tribes lost (big chunks of) their base as a result of the patch, we did a vote for a rollback of our Extinction servers. The majority voted for a rollback of the Patreon server, 50% voted for a rollback of the Public server. Since so many people were affected, we went for a rollback of both Extinction servers, of 6 hours in total, to right before Wildcard released the breaking patch.
We’re now on Twitter, and we’re giving away a Season Pass for Ark: Survival Evolved.
Who's ready for Ark's Extinction DLC? Follow @DomiNATION_Ark and retweet this for a chance to win an Ark: Survival Evolved Season Pass including all DLCs for you or a friend. The winner will be contacted / announced Sunday Nov 4th, 2 PM Eastern!
— DomiNATION Gaming (@DomiNATION_Ark) November 1, 2018