Random Tuesday Mutterings

Random Tuesday Mutterings is the perfect place to put the random assortment of what-nots I’ve got up to in my games each week.

In WoW, I was running around Argus and one of the rares I killed dropped an Egg. I was quite happy to see this as I’ve heard they have mounts in them and I wanted to see what I’d get.

It was a Fel Glow Mana Ray. I’ll never say no to a free mount and I love that he looks like he has a cranky fel face on his back. That should help scare mobs away, if only I could fly him around in Argus hey.

On the Ark front, the baby pony survived!

As big as mum now!

Over the weekend Dec and I were talking about how full the server was getting. Ark limits the people that are allowed on each server to 70 but even though that number seems small it doesn’t take long for that many players to really make their mark. When we started on Scorched Earth it was almost empty and really fun to play on as there was no lag and lots of free space  Over the last few weeks more and more people were joining. The developers only released 2 oceanic servers per map and they are in peak demand. With so many people competing for dino tames and building structures which causes lots of server lag and increasing rubber banding (where you’re doing an action and you’re suddenly snapped back to the location you were a few seconds ago) the server wasn’t quite as fun.

One of the big things in PvE servers that is really annoying is that you can’t build within a certain radius from other players structures so a form of territory marking called pillering emerges as more people play on a server and they put essentially pillars down around their base and as much land as they can which limits the space available to build and just is rather frustrating and also really ugly as you can’t fly 2 spaces without seeing a landscape littered with pillers. PvP servers are much better for that as you can easily destroy other people’s structures as well as your interaction with wild dinos is a lot better as you can pick them up with your own dinos but PvP maps aren’t my thing as you can also be destroyed as easily as your structures.

So I spent a day researching how to set up my own Ark server and then went and made one. Unlike WoW, unofficial Ark servers are supported by the developers,  have thier own place on the official ark forums and you can even access them from the actual Ark launcher.

such original server naming right!

I was ridiculously happy with myself for figuring out how to do this because it meant I had to go work out port forwarding and static IP addresses and learn making batch files and scripts and all things that might be commonplace to some but was a huge learning curve for me and amazingly it finally came together and I have my own unspoiled unpopulated gorgeous server.

Dec and I spent ages just wandering around (and dying to dinos as we were in tourist mode and didn’t make weapons or  armor) just unable to get over how gorgeous the map is without other people. I feel like pinching myself when I think of all the gorgeous locations for bases I won’t have to compete with other people for and all the dinos are mine (and Decs I guess) so I can choose to tame the ones who’s colours I love the most.

My own server brings a few concerns though too, I need to remember to back up regularly and as I’m hosting it on my own PC, there’s no support if the server crashes or gets corrupted, I’ll have to either work it out or start again. But we’ll see as we go along, for now having the entire Island to ourselves with unlimited building possibilities  and no lag is too good to refuse.

I’m going to build all over this map!

The way Ark is intended to be played, is you advance through the maps, ascending at the end of each one by fighting the 3 bosses each map has. To do that you need to tame and breed strong dinos and then you can go to the next map and start again. That’s the new plan for our private Ark, stay on the Island map – breed up a few generations of strong dinos and then hopefully defeat the end bosses and move onto the next map. That should keep me busy for a few months.

And that was my gaming week.  How was yours?

 

 

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