Eek, I have a blog I’ve been neglecting badly. There’s been so much Ark playing going on that I really haven’t taken much of a break to write about it.
We’ve been busy progressing slowly through the last ground cave on The Island which is a death filled pit of super strong dinos you need to face on foot as no dino fits through the entrance and building up our dino army to have a go at the end bosses of Ark.
But.. we decided one of the weekends not too far back to take a bit of a break and go have a look at the Scorched Earth map for a little change. And… the quick look turned into a couple of weeks so far, because a change is as a good as a holiday and there’s so much to do; building up a base and exploring the caves that we just haven’t really got back to the Island.
Dec’s hosting the Scorched Earth server on his PC, while I have The Island on mine so it means we can have both up at once and hop back and forth between the two if we want to pick up supplies from our well stocked Island map. Each map is so gorgeous that I honestly have a hard time picking which one I like the most but Scorched Earth wins out over the Island just a little.
I’m pretty sure when we get to Ragnarok I’ll say the same thing. In lore though, Scorched Earth follows on from the Island as the original Ark inhabitants who were on the Island map found a way off there and onto S.E. The little explorer notes dotted around the maps pick up the tale of them working their way through the desert and finding more about the purpose of the Arks and the role the 3 obelisks play. I’ll talk about that more another day when I’ve found all the notes because I’m trying not to spoil it too much by reading ahead and instead I’m letting the notes fill in the lore for me.
A new map means a new base and I love our desert home. It started super small but we really needed more room so a few extensions went on.
I talked Dec into letting me try out a building mod called Structures + which is amazing because it lets you pick items back up when you’ve placed them instead of just destroying them and you having to make more. I tend to misclick a lot when I’m building so being able to pick up a badly placed walls means a lot less going to have to dig up sand and wood to make new building pieces and it’s way quicker if you don’t like a design, you can just pick up all the pieces and replace them.
Scorched Earth has 3 caves and we’ve worked out way through 2 of them so far.
I brought my beloved Baryonyx over to help go through the caves and it was so fun. The desert caves are super gorgeous inside.
The 3rd cave can only be done on foot as the entrance is very small so I was really nervous going in there but we got through it to the end but then on the way out I misjudged a jump and fell to my death and then Dec died as he was left alone to try to get out through the respawns and we lost all our gear as there was no way we were able to make it back through to collect our items before they despawned. We’ll need to build armor and weapons back up a bit and then go back for a 2nd try.
One of the strats for that cave is to take a baby dino to the cave and get it inside while it’s still very little and then raise it up in the cave. I’m not sure how I feel about that as it means the dino will then be trapped forever and die unless we go back and feed it regularly. I think I might just take some building materials and build bridges over the jump I messed up. I am however considering that idea for the snow cave on the Island because that is one hell of a hard cave.
Scorched Earth has Wyverns! I want one so much, I can’t imagine how awesome it would be to fly through the Air on a dragon (well.. ignoring that I do it in WoW all the time lol). You can’t tame a Wyvern, only steal their eggs and raise a baby dragon for yourself.
There are 3 different types of Wyverns; Fire (they breath flames as attack), Poison (they spit acid) and Lightning (they shoot bolts of lightning). Our Giga is pretty much the only thing strong enough to take on a Wyvern so of course we brought him over and our method for finding an egg is to lure the Wvyerns out, one by one, from the Lava pit they live in and pick them off so the coast is clear for us to go look for eggs.
So far we’ve found 1 high level egg, so we snuck it back over to the Island where we have power and fridges to keep the egg from spoiling and hopefully over the course of this week we’ll find another decent level egg and then the weekend will be baby dragon raising. Fingers crossed!
Ok, massive Ark digest over. Thanks for sticking with me, hopefully I haven’t bored you too senseless 🙂
Enjoy your games!