Ark Survival Evolved: Weekend Fun

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Gamers at least from my own experience always have that one game everyone will come back to for some good fun. Quite a few times you meet new friends in a game and you could play that for years. Then one day everyone gets tired of that game and you realize everyone’s own personal taste is just different. As such everyone goes to play other games. Once in a while, you bump into each other but more times than not everyone in that group of friends just wants to play different things.

For quite a number of years that was Eve Online. That is where I meet quite a few of my long-term gamer friends and every couple of times a year we would start playing that game again. It was normally focused around a new expansion. Sometimes it is for months and other times just a couple of weeks. That was at least till we got so tired of playing that game that even that was not good enough anymore.

As of late, I’ve been playing quite a fair amount of Path of Exile. Others prefer their FPS’s and other things. Over the last year we join for a little while to play games like the State of Decay, and even Sea of Thieves for at least a little while. These games, however, do not hold much-staying power.

Since Steam had their Summer Sale and it is over for a couple of days now. Some friends of friends picked up at least the base copy of Ark Survival Evolved at a discount. Suddenly the game we have been returning to since 2016 was called out again.

Like a beacon, a server was activated starting over the weekend to see all who would accept the call to come back. While I have no clue if it will just be for a month or longer it will be interesting to see who ends up showing up. Sometimes gamers turn into family men with kids and you just never see them again. Other times, you have just grown too far apart and it was nice knowing that person for a while in your life. Many times people can still make time for a good fun weekend of being silly.

Finding A Base Location

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While we have been on Ragnarok Map before It has been a prolonged amount of time since the last time. I myself never really learned the map so most of it is still unknown to me. No idea if they even added in cave systems yet to explore or other things. There were some small changes noticed right off the bat some strange bones you could collect. I went into it not doing researching on what has changed as I wanted to be surprised and learn things myself. This method might be slower but it is far more rewarding.

A couple of starting locations were scouted out. Some of them already had dinosaurs in them that we would have no chance of fending off for ourselves. As we lack the gear and weapons and dinosaurs to do so at this time. Others seem rather void of easy access to resources.

This map for certain has some wonderful land sculpting and waterfalls. It is clear however this map was created some love and care seems to go into it for the most part. There are some bugs and glitches that still seem to be worked out. The spot we even settled in had a hole in the ground you get trapped in not even five steps from our hut! Nothing, like taking a break from the game and get a messaging like “save me” aka I fell in that blasted hole again and can’t get out. No one needs to fear any longer that pit! I covered it up with some stone foundations. At least now anyone who still gets trapped in it should have known better since the foundation sticks out like a sore thumb that something is wrong with that small area. At which point we can stop to point and laugh.

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We started our first base rather small as not a lot of space is needed for the moment. The building was first started out of thatch. This screenshot was taken in the middle of upgrading it to wood. We had some metal tools at the time to help gather faster but no dinosaurs yet to help speed things along even faster. Quite a bit of farming would be needed before we started to tame to take a

We ended up settling on a small cliff shelf. There another cliff behind us but a nice passageway at each end. A decent amount of stone, rock, and plants to harvest nearby. Not too far away are some metal nodes to get us started. We have access to water from both the ocean and a lake that is not too far away either in case something nasty spawns down at each water source. Least we have many options here.

While this area is lacking the more advanced stuff like oil, silica, and some other stuff from what we can tell. We are hoping to find it by just exploring at some point. If not this is just our starting camp and I’m sure we will want to venture into harder areas on the map at some point.

Taming

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A big part of the ark is just taming dinosaurs so you can gather resources efficiently and be able to defend yourself even better. For those who have never played this game, it can take hours or even longer tame something. I think we have a two times taming rate and I’m hoping it gets bump up just a tad more. Part of the challenge is trying to protect yourself and whatever you are trying to tame from getting eaten from other dinosaurs or just running out of supplies and knocked out while you feed it to increase the progression bar till it is now yours!

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Our first tame was a Triceratops as they are not too hard to get. This one was a rather low one as well making it not resource intense to acquire and not waiting around too long either. They are decent for trying to defend with and most importantly to gather berries from bushes. Also, a decently little way to get a bunch of thatch. Sadly this one was killed while having to farm at night to get enough Narcoerries as we were running low on supplies for everything we were trying to tame all at once. I was not able to see well with how dark it was the impending doom. I at least escaped.

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The Doedicurus itself is used for farming large amounts of stone. It can also roll around as a ball to move around. Stone placed in its inventory also has reduced weight making it very effective for transporting stone around. With it having a base level of 102 it is also our highest one tamed so far. It took quite some time to get it. Even had to defend it a couple of times from Rex, and some other things looking for dinner.

As you can tell from this screenshot some “editing” was required. I try and keep things somewhat clean here. I’m sure more will be needed as what I can say our ark time is filled with debauchery and ridiculousness. The person who made our tribe might have started it with the letter D. Many of the dinosaurs might be called rude things. I might even have to black out names of tribe members because well there is no such thing as trying to keep it clean here. What do you expect from a bunch of guys playing caveman with spears in a game like an ark? We might have even turned it into a game to try and outdo each other in the naming of things!!!! Things went downhill fast to reach the ground floor! It is all in a good fun and poking fun at each other as well in the process.

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While we did not get anything great for hunting just yet. This Ankylosaurus is great at farming metal nodes and getting flint out of stone rocks. Not to mention his hairdo of spikes is just amazing looking! This one was also a low-level one. Over time we will focus on getting some higher level base dinosaur. For now, we can just level this guy up to get more stats in weight carrying and stamina.


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I leave you with me off gathering some stone to upgrade our hut and to put up some gates to better protect ourselves. Our first few nights we had a Rex come in and take out half our hut! We all died but at least we were able to rebuild in no time. We also had some other issues. So the faster I can get up some gates to block the ways into our area the better!

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Screenshots were taken and content written by @enjar. Screenshots are from a game called Ark Survival Evolved


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Amazing write-up, as always. The game sounds terrific, though of course with the way you write you could make any thing sound terrific.

Gamers at least from my own experience always have that one game everyone will come back to for some good fun. Definitely.

For me, I'd say, Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks on Xbox.

I have never played any of the Mortal Combats. I have however loved watching the trailers for them when I do see them. Might have been a while as think MK X was the last one I’ve seen. The attention to detail on killing blows is quite astonishing.

Nowadays I love to watch Eve Online fanfest and the yearly alliance tournaments. They have really amazing trailers as well. With all the experience I have in that one I just can’t return. Least there is ark for now.

I’m really hoping Mount & Blade Bannerlord will be the next big one I can keep coming back for years to come. Don’t think I will know for a while since they seem to be taking their time on it. Granted the community has more than told them to do so. I just don’t think anyone was expecting it to be this long of a wait. I just hope it does not become too old by the time they do get it out of the gate.

Yes, I forgot to mention how much I loved watching Eve Online trailers. And yaa Mortal Kombats trailer are epic af.

Regarding Mount and Blade, better to take time and make great stuff, right? it would be a shame if it turns out hogwash sill, though... Though I really don't think that'd happen.

I can only hope more time is better but that is not always the case. I think they been delayed 2 years now or maybe even longer. The first time around they just wanted more time to “polish” things up. At some point, if they want to or not budget will run out and they will be forced to release whatever they have and that never a way to release something either.

Sadly the gaming industry these days lives on way to much hype. Even worse when the developers themselves believe it as well. Even when they should know they just don’t have the resources in place to deliver. I just hope they don’t turn into the next Star Citizen where you wonder if ever will it come out.

Sometimes like a blog you just got get it out and I’m wondering at what point will Mount and Blade reach that line if they have not already. Otherwise, it will sit there for a week(s) on end. Just turning into a bigger monster that you can no longer control. Till finally it either gets sent to the trash bin or you just put out whatever you have as it really is just time to get started on something else.

Interesting sounding game.

I wish a t-rex would come into Steem NOVA and eat up most of the ships of the biggest players.

I don’t think a rex will do the job. Thankfully Ark has bigger things than that. One of them is called a Giganotosaurus. I run whenever I see one off in the distance. Sometimes you think it’s a rex till you see there longer nose when you look at them. Nasty things can kill an entire base and all the dinosaurs you have in no time flat.

A level 150 If you had quetzal kibble to tame it with it only take over 2 hours. I don’t think I’ve even had that. Just raw meat on the other hand would be almost 11 real life hours. That is at least not as bad as it used to be. You would also have to sit there feeding it food and narc to keep it knocked out.

I hope you guys are doing well and kicking some butt in nova!

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Haha! I knew you were a caveman when I met you! :)

Grunts and points at fire!!!!

LOL I rest my case!

Don't know this game looks very good, the truth that looks very interesting
The graphic are attractive and has dinosaurs, that's great <3 __ <3
And that style of survival I hadn't seen in other games :V

It is quite beautiful. That cover image is like a minute or two behind our base. It is quite a sight to see in game. Even more so with water and everything moving.

Many will play this for PvP but I just don’t have that kind of time. Raiding other people’s base with explosives, dinosaurs, and weapons. People will even mount weapons onto of the bigger dinosaurs that allow you to build a platform on them.

I had this one time I lived off mostly off a raft I turned into a small stone house. I’ve yet to build on my rafts yet. I hope they increased the item count on them as I would love to cram them with even more stuff! I just hope emit old tricks of placing items still works. They nerf quite a lot of things due to people glitching and what not.

friendly game Surprising, I'm sure the neighbors don't you take sugar to coffee with you Hahaha xD
I'm interested in the game, I check more about it :D

You know I like games of survival and who have these beautiful landscapes, and are not common animals, are Hahaha dinosaurs I never would have imagined

They have an insane amount of different dinosaurs. Not every one of these is in the base game or on every map. I don’t know even know about a few of these since I was not around when a few where added and I only have base game myself.

http://www.dododex.com/dinosaurs

It can just get very time consuming. Even more so if you play on retail public servers.

There also an option to play solo. Which is quite fun as well. This game also has an insane amount of mods in the steam workshop.

I like the game, comprobare to see if my computer to run it :D