Hello guys and girls, hello to my fellow ARK players.
"The new concept" it splitt opinions as it was first announced. Some see to like it, some not...but this shall not be about a pure "I like it!" - "I don't like it" thread. All those who where sceptical were told to "give it a chance" to "test it out" to "not judge a book by its cover". So I did. I started over on Saturday as many others did too. Server hasn't seen this high player numbers for a long time (my guess since I was abscent from GD for some time). But just yesterday ist was almost full to its player limit of 50. That alone is a good sign.
The community is still as great as it was before. A shoutout to all those that make this community what it is, good job guys and girls.
I managed to get into a small tribe of iirc 5 other players on day one and my plan is to stay with them for as long as I can manage to bear the grind...because at least for me the grind for ressources is the most boring part ARK has to offer.
Since it was decided to remove the overpowered Steampunk mod, take away the weight mulitplier and lower the gathering rates to 3x it has in combination an even greater impact on the ressource grind then I had expected. Even with the best gathering dinos tamed at max level with 99% efficiency it takes like 3/4 of my gametime to gather ressources. And we really use the best available dinos for the job. Doedi's for Stone, Ankylos for flint, metal and Obsidian and so on. I hope that this changes drastically in a week or so when the main base is build and the need for ressources shrinks. Because right now...games 1/3 fun and 2/3 grind and only my fellow tribe members keep me playing at all because they really invest many hours to get us started. Thanks to all of you here
Taming...yes that would be my next point. It is basically almost down to, "do you have help or not?". If not then some tames become way more difficuilt then before. 7'sTranqmod is gone and the normal ones take some hearty leveling to get to the best vanilla available tranq darts. I can see with the XP exploit that was heaviliy used, why the mod is gone...but I really do miss it much...even more then Steampunk.
Global chat is an up and down at the moment but mostly positiv. You do read daily the question/demand for Steampunks "Ice Slush" for the slower tames. Once you spend an hour of your life on an Ankylo gathering ressources you totally understand why this question is asked that often.
Auction house is slowly coming to live too. Some early prices are totally ridiculous other are ok and again other are ok-ish for the starting demand after a server wipe that many players have I think. But it still seems like a little "exploiting the solo players" to me. But yeah I get it...it is always down to supply and demand.
Coming to an end now...I would with all due respect like to suggest a mild change to the "new concept". To lessen the grind it would be great if a slight raise of the rates could be considered. A 5x Ragnarok server was on the brink of beeing started not so lang ago. Maybe the rates of our new concept could be raised to that level? That would take the grind down a serious notch without beeing to easy for no tribe players. Even though I like the new startupspeed when I login I would love to see an alternative to 7sTranqmod that offers some better taming/tranq choices and if there is something out there to make the slowest tames a bit faster, it would put all those "Oh Ice Slush where art thou!"-cries to an end.
What about you other ARK players of this community?
How did you receive the first few days?
Did you like it? Did you not?
What where your nice moments and what the bad?
Please feel free to post your opinions. But keep it clean, I don't want any flamewars to happen here. I want to gather some first impressions to see how others do and what they think about the new concept.