Hey Survivors! Welcome to the latest edition of the Community Crunch!
The Community Crunch is where we share important things going on with ARK, as well as host contests and showcase creations made by the community!
Code of Conduct Changes!
Today we are announcing our new Code of Conduct for our Official Server network. This Code of Conduct can be found in its entirety at the top of our website under the Support link.
Code of Conduct
The code of conduct is subject to change without notification, though Studio Wildcard will do its best to ensure that changes are communicated clearly to those on the Official Network.
Failure to abide by our code of conduct can result in the removal of your structures, creatures, items or banning of your account from the Official Network and all BattlEye Protected Servers. Studio Wildcard reserves the right to immediately suspend player accounts as it deems fit. Action taken is at the sole and absolute discretion of Studio Wildcard and its employees.
This list is not exhaustive, but represents clear guidelines for players to adhere to when playing on our Official Network. For something you’re unsure of, please use your best judgement. When in doubt, reach out to us [email protected] Ensure you’re acting with some semblance of decency when conducting yourself on our Official Network.
Hacking and Exploiting
Hacking and Exploiting
Hacking or exploiting game mechanics to gain an unfair advantage over other players is not tolerated.
> Hacking – examples are not limited to but can include using third party programs such as ESP, Aimbots, and Game Engine modifications.
> Exploiting – examples are not limited to but can include attacking and living in unintended game-zones (under the mesh), duplication of tames, items and characters, unintended building mechanics in order to achieve floating structures, or building a box around your quetzal (or other platform creatures) to protect it from taking damage, and intentionally crashing users or servers (through DDoS or otherwise).
Benefit Hacking/Exploiting, Tribes, Alliances, and teaming up.
When playing on our Official Network, players must ensure that they are not taking advantage of hacking exploits and unfair play. Do not under any circumstances allow hackers to join your tribe, alliance, or party up alongside you within the game. It is your responsibility to remove them or yourself from the tribe. If you witness someone breaking the rules through the use of a game exploit, or a third party program (such as ESP or AIMBOT) ensure that you isolate yourself from those users and are not playing with or alongside them to avoid breaching our code of conduct.
Hack related chat
There should be no discussions in game or on our official sites regarding hacks, including access to cheats, where you can acquire them, or how they are utilized.
Spawn Blocking occurs when tribes intentionally block multiple spawn points for the purpose of not allowing any new players to play on the server (including cross server players). In the event your base inadvertently or accidentally resides on a spawn point you will not be penalized.
Here are some examples of what spawn blocking can consist of, but is not limited to:
Using structures that players spawn into and can not get out of
Using spikes/spike walls at player spawn locations
Turrets located on or near spawn points
Dino gates, or any type of structure/cage that is meant to trap or instantly kill a player and prevent them from spawning on the map
Aggressive dinos placed near spawn points in order to instantly kill players that spawn in.
PvE Specific Griefing
> Game Blocking – you are not allowed to block other tribes from playing the game on PvE servers. This can include but is not limited to:
Building at their base
Blocking in other tribes dinos
Blocking access in/out of a tribes base
Obstructing pathways or waterways for the purpose of denying another tribe access
A GM may ask you to move or relocate if your structure is negatively impacting a server (ie. you block off a large portion of the map so that other members of that server cannot access it).
> Structure Spamming – placing structures down such as pipes or wires for the purpose of disrupting others gameplay is against our code of conduct.
Behaviour, Chat, and Interaction With Others
Interactions with other players or Studio Wildcard employees through text chat, voice chat, and signs or paintings must adhere to the rules below and you cannot use an alternative spelling to circumvent restrictions.
Ensure that you do not:
> Offend – this includes but is not limited to language which is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, hateful, sexually explicit, or racially, ethnically or otherwise offensive.
> Post Personal Information – belonging to someone else in game, or an any Official websites or forums related to the game.
> Harass, Stalk, Threaten – such as sending repeated unsolicited or unwelcome messages to specific users/tribes and can include but not limited to those sexual in nature or messages that would cause discomfort.
> Disrupt the game – such as intentionally causing the chat screen to scroll faster than other users are able to read, or setting up macros with large amounts of text that, when used, have a disruptive effect on the normal flow of Chat.
> Promote – do not send messages which are advertisements for inappropriate topics, including scamming, hacking, exploits or the sale of goods and services unless trading within the game for game specific resources, for example 50 Stone for 1 Polymer, A trike for a Rex, etc.
Player, Steam and Tribe Names
When choosing your name, steam name, or tribe name you must adhere to general decency and abide by the following rules. If Wildcard determines your name to be improper, we may change the name and or terminate your use of our Official and any BattlEye Protected Servers. You should not use an alternative spelling to circumvent the name restrictions listed below. You should ensure that your name does not:
> Offend – names may not contain vulgar, defamatory, obscene, hateful, racially, ethnically or otherwise offensive, including any usernames which are sexual in nature.
> Impersonate – pretend to be someone else with intent to impersonate, including, without limitation, another user, tribe, Game Master (“GM”) or Studio Wildcard employee.
When reporting others, please ensure that you are genuine. Reports made to harass other players or for restricting their gameplay when no codes of conduct have been broken are deemed punishable by Studio Wildcard.
You can increase the effectiveness of your reports by including as much information as possible, as well as video or picture evidence. We never take our decisions and actions regarding potential malicious player behavior lightly. Suspensions, server wipes, and/or bans are only issued after careful review of all internal and external evidence.
New Incident Reporting System!
In addition to the Code of Conduct changes, we’d like to introduce you to our new reporting system, currently in beta and for PC players only.
This is our new Incident Reports area. You can find it on the forums by hovering over the Support button at the top of the page and clicking ‘Report PC Abuse’. The Customer Support link has been moved to underneath the Help sub-section under Support.
Here is a sample report. This is how your report will appear to our Game Moderators:
You should provide any and all evidence of the reason you are reporting someone in the form of screenshots and/or videos. Evidence helps our Game Moderators collect proof of someone breaking the rules and allows them to take action more quickly.
While in this beta process we are accepting PC reports only using the Incident Report system. Any and all reports of hacking, exploiting, griefing, and misconduct on Official Servers should be done so through the Incident Report submission process. These changes to the Code of Conduct and our Incident Reporting system are an effort to improve the process of the reporting system and the health of our Official Server network. We look forward to working with survivors to achieve a better playing environment for all players and we thank you for your patience during this growth process.
Console Transfers and TLC 2!
We are now targeting the console patch (Xbox and PS4) release during the week of April 23th and will keep you posted about more accurate release dates once we get closer to the date. This is later than what we reported in our Crunch last week, but we are confident that we will be able to meet the deadline of the week of the 23rd over the previous week. With this update, we’ll also be:
– Enabling item transfers and the vanilla-version of aberrant creatures to be moved to Aberration servers. This means that you’ll be able to take over your regular Spino to an Aberration server.
– Preventing people from building within the Ragnarok Puzzle cave, so if you store any structures or creatures down there, make use of this time to relocate them ASAP as once this update goes live on console, that will no longer be possible.
It is important to note that the Turret Update will not go live on console with this update, but instead a future one.
ARK: Evolution Event!
Our next Evolution Event will take place from the 20th of April at 1 PM EST until Monday the 23rd at 3 PM EST. All Official Servers will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes:
2x Harvesting Rate
2x Taming Rate
2x EXP Rate
Wildcard Workshop & Tutorial Contest #4: Spaaaaaace!
Today in the workshop we begin to tackle the topic of Replication, how code functions in a multiplayer environment. We go into a broad overview of the different methods available for replication, and my band of merry modders helps to give some visualization to how this system works. In the next video, we’ll dive into some actual practical examples.
ARK is on Sale for Xbox!
The ARK season pass and all its expansions are currently on sale in the Xbox Digital Store until 16th of April 2018! Only have a few more hours to take advantage of this one!
In case you missed our post last week, we’re going to be pausing our weekly community contests (ARKitect & Nvidia Ansel). We’ll be looking at new ways which we can directly engage the community, as well as share the best content that you guys produce through different initiatives. We enjoy hosting these contests and love seeing what you’ve come up with, so hang tight to see what we have in store!
That’s it for this post guys!
All the best,