Something I learnt this weekend is, when running your own server, just how valuable back ups are. I’ve been in the habit of making a back up each night of the server and I was so grateful Friday night for that. My server got shutdown unexpectedly and the save file got corrupted. When I logged back in, it was to find my toon in the starting area with no house or gear and the tribe log saying it was Day 1. It scared the heck out of me! Luckily the most recent save was only about 2 hours earlier so we didn’t end up losing too much progress and could restore really easily.
I’m now 405 hours into Ark and I finally feel like I’ve got a better handle on the game. There’s a lot less screaming and crying as there was and I’m not quite as scared about everything now. As you level up, each level grants a point to spend in different stats. Now I’m sitting at level 92, I’ve got enough points into health and damage that I don’t feel anywhere near as squishy which is great and I’ve been venturing out a lot more into the world on my own.
This weekend I wanted to give breeding a go. I started on Friday night with a Sabercat and a Direbear. The babies were so adorable and so tiny! The sever crash in one way was really good because I mistimed when the bear was due to give birth and the babies only last a few minutes without food before dying, so I wasn’t there and unfortunately the baby bear died. The restore save was just before the bear was born, so I got to have a 2nd go at being there to feed it.
We did boost the server rates a bit to make the times a little more reasonable. Official rates are horribly low, so to breed something like a Rex on official takes over 4 days (real time!), so we bumped up maturation rates to happen 3 times as quickly. Even so, the Saber and Bear still took quite a while to grow up fully.
I had been storing fertilized eggs all week so figured a whole weekend should be enough time to get some of them hatched. I started with 1 dodo egg, 1 Pterodon , 4 Raptors and a Rex egg. To incubate the eggs you need to drop them in between air-conditioners and the game auto–regulates their temperatures.
Look at the size of the Rex egg! The Pterodon egg is hiding behind it but it’s about the size of the black Raptor eggs.
The baby Pterodon was just so cute. I forget to take photos of the raptors but out of 4 raptor eggs we ended up with 6 baby raptors! You can get twins and triplets in Ark, so I ended up with a few more raptors than I was planning.
The Rex really wasn’t that little even as a baby! He ended up coming out exactly the same pattern as his mum so they make a nice matched pair.
Next weekend I want to try to get a few more Rex’s and Pterodon’s hatched. The Pterodon came out with really good stats so hopefully I’ll get lucky and get more like it. The Rex came out pretty average in stats but he’s still going to be higher level than the ones we have now which is good, he’ll be nice and strong to stomp through the forest on.
Dec let me know that I could also paint my armor so I now I feel like a superhero when I run around in my gold and purple armor. The picture doesn’t do it justice at all, it’s really bright and shiny in game.
And the best thing so far in game was finding out that if you make and use a toilet, you get extra experience every time you poop on it. Everything in Ark poops; it normally just falls out of you with a small text on your screen telling you when you or your mount has defecated.
You can even pick the little poos up and put them into either a dung beetle or a compost bin and it will turn into a fertilizer packet. But today we decided to be civilized and built ourselves a toilet.
I didn’t know how to time being at the toilet when your toon is ready to poop, but Dec pointed out that your food icon, which is normally blue, turns white when you are able to poo and if you go to the toilet at that time and sit down on it, you will actually get a small experience boost which lasts for 116 secs. This is absolutely awesome and I’ve been running my toon back and forth to the loo all afternoon. You can even flush the toilet and it splashes up and washes away your poo (which will sit there if you don’t flush it /blush). Flushing adds a fertilizer packet directly into your inventory.
This game is so fascinating.