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#12633230 Aug 17, 2016 at 06:02 PM · Edited 8 months ago
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In this thread I will be answering alot of questions I see commonly asked, as well as providing links to useful things our playerbase should know about our server.

Will be constantly working on this thread and updating it from here on out.

Helpful Links





Black Summit Related




Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Where are the community buildings at for each server?
A: There are Stargates that link to these locations. We should have Stargates all over the maps for each server. If you unfamiliar with Stargates check the question below for an explanation.
Trade Center = 28 / 83
Black Forge = Center Island (Not Built Yet)


Q: What are Stargates and how do I use them?
A: Stargates are neat portals that will teleport you across the map to designated locations where other Stargates are located. However DO NOT go through the stargates on foot. Do it on saddleback as it has been known to glitch and kill peoples characters at random. But for some reason it never kills you when you're saddled. Dont worry about your tames, we've never had anyones tames die from this ever.
As to how to use the Stargates snag yourself a Stargate Remote which will be at the bottom of your engram list. It will cost you 1 stone to craft it out of your own inventory, no smithy needed. Put the remove on your hotbar and select it when you're near a Stargate. If it does nothing, get closer. You will then see a menu with some addresses on the right. Click on of them and it will start the dialing process. Do not unequip the remote until the destination is fully dialed in and the portal has opened. You can also equip the remote on saddleback which is quite nice.


Q: What are the current settings for the server?
A:We list the settings over on our server post on SurviveTheArk.com forums that way whenever a change is made we dont have to edit multiple pages containing said info.
The Center



Q: Why do you disable certain mod items?
A: I disable alot of them for balance reasons. Some items tend to be immensely overpowered. However lately I have been keeping some in, but making them very expensive to make.
Other times it's for the sake of avoiding lag. Too many small mod items can cause lag because entities on the server aren't recognized by their size. But rather just the entity in general. So a room full of small items can be immensely devastating if everyone does the same thing. It can be just like having a crap ton of things placed in one area. Not to mention mod items are always loaded last when it comes to the server and with rendering. It's janky and only makes things a bit more unstable.


Q: Why cant I build on ice bergs or on the volcano?
A: Ice bergs spawn lots of pingus and oil so by building on them you end up killing off a minute resource that alot of us would prefer to keep neutral. As for the volcano, it's neutral for the same reason, it's a hotbed on other servers. So the volcano is for everyone, not just any one person.

Q: Can I get banned for breaking an RP rule listed on the laws page?
A: No.

Q: Where is the server located?
A: Dallas, Texas for The Island, and Los Angeles for The Center & Scorched Earth.

Q: How long has this server been around?
A: Since the 16th of January of 2016

Q: Will you ever wipe the server?
A: No. Not unless we absolutely have to. The entire idea behind wiping is to give people a fresh chance to be on even playing field. However RON isn't like that, we aren't a heavy PvP server, so there is no unfair advantage. The whole point of RON is the establishment of politics, community, and relationships between islanders. That ALL goes out the door when you wipe the server. When people are fully built, they are also more inclined to help others and adventure out to meet other people. As someone who has been on other servers. Wipes make people a bit more aggressive, more territorial, less social and far more reclusive. This is fun for some, but it's not what we want for our server.

Q: Will you ever move the server to The Center?
A: No, it's unstable at the moment. As of the current moment the devs update it extremely slowly and it's kindof been put on the backburner for updates. Alot of supply crates are bugged out and aren't working at all. Whole cave systems eat your dinos alot more than TheIsland does. And by eat, I dont mean lock up, I mean literally deleting them. So the short answer is: No. However we have considered making a whole new server for The Center :).
Well, i'm not a complete butthead :P. Enough people wanted it, and now we have a Center server :D.

Q: Will you ever go with Primitive Plus+?
A: No. It doesn't let you have ANY mods alongside it. It's a selfish poorly programmed mod.

Q: Will you be recruiting anymore admins anytime soon?
A: No. Not until the ark devs get off their lazy asses and allow us to customize command permissions and whatnot. Right now there are too many servers with multiple admins, some are dicks, some are nice, and it's a giant gamble I am not willing to take unfortunately. However I do make people Sheriffs and Scribes, which are moderators of sorts.

Q: Why did you increase the cost of the Bulk Torches?
A: They were too cheap to make, that and they burn forever without any materials being consumed at night. So I front ended the cost a bit. At the end of the day. This is more fair.

Q: Why did you increase the cost of the Bulk Fridge and Bulk Vault?
A: It was too easy to make. With only a SMALL increase in cost from the normal fridge. Not to mention it can store Organic Polymer and other items. Making it a very powerful item to have. The Bulk Vault I felt just needed a few more things added to the cost. It's not ALOT more expensive than it was before.

Q: Why does the Dry Stores cost so damn much?
A: It's a VERY strong item. It makes jerky like mad, and for very cheap. So I felt it needed to cost alot to make it balanced.

Q: Will you be getting a Scorched Earth server?
A: Yep :D. We have one now, the IP is on the front page.

Q: Will you be allowing transfer between the Center and TheIsland?
A: Yes, when we are able to do so. It may take some time to configure. But once we are able to, you will see them on the servers soon :D.

Q: Are we allowed to transfer dinos and items in from Scorched Earth once it's installed?
A: Yep, no limitations.

Q: Can I have my own stargate?
A: No. Because this would totally make the game too fast paced and kill off the purpose of travel dinos.

Q: Will you ever allow cave fliers?
A: We have for the Center for the time being. But just for the Center.

Q: Will you be modifying the supply crates on Scorched Earth?
A: Yes, eventually. But not for a while. Probably late September. Right now however we do have the modified Deep Sea loot crates in. Those are out in the desert at the map borders. The wiki should have a map.



Troubleshooting FAQ


Q: When I try to join for the first time, it keeps giving me 'Connection Timed Out" error?
A: This typically means you haven't pre-installed all the mods that are on the server. Click through all of the mods listed above and click Subscribe when logged into your steam account. This will enable them for download through your steam client. Give it time, there are alot of them. However sometimes this means the mods have failed to install properly. I will offer up a detailed walkthrough (Or link one) of how to fix this in the near future.

Q: I cant join, it's saying "Make sure your server is up to date on mods" ?
A: If you see this, please PM me asap so I can restart the server to install the mod updates. This could also be a mod corruption issue and we will be posting a guide sometime in the near future explaining how to redownload all of your mods. Unfortunately it's not as simple as unsubscribing from them.

Q: I'm rubberbanding alot on the server. Is the server really laggy?
A: Alot of times this could be due to something on your end. But there are circumstances where this could be due to the host. However there is another issue wherein you could be suffering from mod file corruption. I went through this recently where I was rubberbanding alot and couldn't figure out what was going on. Simply deleting and reinstalling all of the mods as well as TheCenter itself resolved the issue completely.

Q: I cant see the server in my list?
A: This could mean the server is either restarting, or the server isn't up to date on it's mods. You can confirm this by joining via the IP,  or off of a friend who's on the server. Check the Updates & Info section below for up to date information.

Q: I joined the server but it's got me at a character creation screen?
A: This could mean your character file got corrupted somehow. We can revert your character to a previous backup, just let us know what happened in a PM to myself and I can do that for you.

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