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Welcome to the Noob Friendly Cluster!

Keep an eye on rules please

I’m sure many of you know trolls/griefers find a way to create loopholes, and these will be dealt with on a case by case basis, depending on severity.

Donations and special events will get you an admin dino paint. These paints change the color of the dino and will breed out into any offspring from that dino if breedable. Any previously paid for dino paints will still be usable in future wipes

thebugsarebad urges you to have shadowplay/some form of recording software running and available for proof of reports made.

Constant nagging of the admins will result in consequences, we want to stay out of all your bullshit, just as bad as you want us to stay out of it.

Focus of the Server

We want a fair, fun, competitive PvP environment that minimizes the amount of toxicity this type of game can bring in the global chat/personal life. Contrary to popular belief, you can have friendly rivalries, and that’s what we are trying to promote here.

ADMINS

admins are held to the HIGHEST level of standards to further increase the trust of our community and their moderation abilities. Any admins caught abusing power will be instantly revoked of their privileges and permanently banned from playing on the server.

Admins will be allowed to spawn in structure pieces and prizes for events.

Admins will NOT replace items or dinos lost due to bugs, glitches, and/or rule violations. This game is complete but as the developers at wildcard have said, the game is far from finished. Their focus was to roll out content, not fixes and patches.

Titanosaurs - Titanosaurs is disabled on the server due to the inability of efficiently killing one without being overloaded with supplies. Gigas can be used for more than base defense, and are also much easier to deter.

Rules

General

Impersonating an admin - really bro? DO NOT DO IT. DOOOOO NOT.

GLOBAL CHAT: minimize toxicity, and chat in ENGLISH ONLY please. Tribe chat is fine for any language <3

Reports: If you feel that a tribe has broken the rules, please keep it out of the chat and message one of your admins on discord right away. The faster you let us know, the easier it is for us to investigate.

Gray Areas: Ask bugs if you are unsure otherwise you could expose yourself to a permaban

Respect your admins and other players: we are here to help you. Being a dick doesn`t make it easy. Competitive trash talk is fine but arguing with the admins/using insults that go outside of the game are not tolerated. The server is the way it is. If the server isn`t the way that you like it, sorry. We are not adding any more mods at the moment. Bugs will ask for suggestions if he feels that there is a need for a change. DO NOT IGNORE YOUR ADMINS

1st offense: warning

2nd offense: kick

3rd offense: ban

Community Advisors: a few loyal long term members of the community from different tribes and maps will have an ability ONLY to kick(NOTHING ELSE) a player from the server. This ability could come in handy during high pop situations when an admin may not be available. Abuse of this ability would be an automatic permaban.

Aberration OPEN transfers from day 1. Downloads locked to non aberration dinos permanently.

ABSOLUTELY NO structure spamming(including dino traps of any kind) (foundations, pillars, rafts, etc.) earn experience like a normal player. ALSO clean up your taming pens that aren’t attached to your base. These structures congest rendering for other players, and create frame drops throughout the map. Please be respectful. if seen not in use - insta demolish by admin

punishment:

Repeat offenders will be subject to a structure wipe per admin assessment

(A demo gun costs 1 thatch and is available at level 1)

PLAYERS - DO NOT PvP during a tame: Again, this would require a recording to prove, but these days, that shouldn’t be hard to accomplish.

Punishment:

dealt with on a case by case basis. Ranging from a warning to a tribe dino wipe.

Platforms/Boats - may cover rider, no structured body armor.

(boats are considered tames. DO NOT drop your foundations below the level of the boat structure)

Punishment:

1st offense: warning

2nd offense: destruction of platform/boat

Hate Speech

ABSOLUTELY NO hate speech, names with acknowledged hate speech ( any of this results in an immediate ban)

Tribe Limit

**TRIBE LIMIT THROUGHOUT THE CLUSTER IS 5. YOU MUST HAVE THE SAME TRIBE NAME ON EVERY SERVER***

the tribe cap is 5. If you have multiple tribes living in one structure, you`re all gone. Don`t attempt to find a loophole in the rules, it won`t fly with me. Make a city, that`s cool, don`t live in one base. Multiple tribes pooling resources for one base is a competitive advantage, and it is simply not fair. There must be a clear separation of bases. Example: Three allies live in the same city- animal pens must be clearly different/ bases separated by dino gates. Again, don`t test it. (this includes all maps. No more than 5 people in a tribe throughout the cluster)

IF FOUND BREAKING THIS RULE, EVERYONE IN YOUR TRIBE WILL BE BANNED FROM THE CLUSTER. If you are at 5 and someone is inactive, remove them before adding another. This WILL be checked frequently, so please be very cautious. We don`t like to ban people but we absolutely will.

Griefing

Camping a base to kill dinos/players and not letting them do anything is griefing. If you`re doing this, you better be raiding.

Punishment:

1st offense: Killed on sight and risk losing your mount.

2nd offense: dino wipe.

3rd offense: ban.

Base Building

Base Limit 3 per tribe per map. Any inclosed structure more than a foundation and a bed that is not a fob is considered a base. You may put a foundation and bed down near caves, but keep it out of the way (non-intrusive)

Punishment:

1st offense: warning from an admin.

2nd offense: Complete structure wipe.

3rd offense: Tribe leader ban.

4th offense: complete tribe ban.

Do not build storage boxes under foundations: We don`t want to see you get foundation wiped. Building small storage boxes and then putting a foundation over it makes the raiding tribe need to blow your foundaiton.

No exploiting this includes: hiding/ building inside of inaccessible rocks/ land, using clipping to your advantage in any way etc.

Punishment:

Dealt with on a case by case basis. Ranging from a warning to a perma-ban.

Where not to build

Do not build close to another base without their permission: The best way to judge distance is to put an item collector between the two bases. If their base is in the range, you`re too close. (if you cannot build an item collector yet, you should not build close to a stranger) Please keep in mind that you will at some point need to expand your base, as will the other tribe. This is more of a rule of thumb. This will leave you open to being raided and you will not be protected by the new player rules. We have 5 huge maps to play on. Spread it out a little.

YOU CAN NOW BUILD ON EXPLORER NOTES BLOCKING ARTIFACTS IS STILL NOT ALLOWED

Punishment: 1st offense: warning from admin- fix it within 12 hours. failure to listen or 2nd offense: structure wipe.

No offensive structures near the Obelisks: this includes but is not limited to: spike walls, traps, turrets etc.

1st offense: warning. Fix it immediately.

2nd offense: structure wipe.

Raiding

inside raiding = bannable

Tribe ranks and goverance are considered an advanced mechanic meant for large tribes, which are not on this cluster. if you cant trust eachother, you shouldnt tribe up. Therefore, any issues arising from this will not be enforced by the admins.

Raiding: the base that you want to raid MUST meet the 100 point rule. See Points tab for how to count points

Destroy what needs to be destroyed to get to what you`re wanting. Leveling a base just to level it is not ok.

Punishment:

Admin destroys 20 structure pieces of their choice. You are not allowed to interfere. Interfering will result in 10 additional pieces.

Despawning loot: Do not despawn loot, or destroy your own base while being raided. (must be proven by the raider.)

This is a bannable offense meaning once there is legitimate proof that you are breaking this rule, you will be permabanned from the server.

FOB: 1 per tribe- must be destroyed immediately after the raid is over. Punishment: the destruction of the FOB second offense: structure wipe.

RAID REPORTS

reports arent necessary anymore to receive grace/multipliers, but still encouraged. If an admin sees that a tribe has been raided, the attacking tribe will get their multiplier, and the defending tribe will receive their grace(IF NECESSARY) failure to report raids after 4 days, when an admin hasnt noticed it, will be nullified(no multiplier/grace)

Grace Periods

You can`t earn a grace period until you no longer have any multipliers.

A FULL 10 DAY GRACE PERIOD MAY ONLY BE REDEEMED BY SHOWING AN ADMIN PROOF OF CATASTROPHIC DAMAGE TO YOUR MAIN BASE ON THE CLUSTER.

  1. IF YOU HAVE A MULTIPLIER:
    • A. and your MAIN BASE was hit - SEEK AN ADMIN IMMEDIATELY (Procedure to expect: 1x to attacking tribe(s); and depending on the damage dealt to your base, a loss of multipliers and potentially up to 10 days of grace)
    • B. one OR more of your bases on a map that your MAIN BASE does not reside on were hit.(Procedure to expect: 1x to attacking tribe(s); up to x3 removed from your tribe)
  2. IF YOU HAVE NO MULTIPLIER
    • A. and your MAIN BASE was hit - SEEK AN ADMIN IMMEDIATELY (Procedure to expect: 1x to attacking tribe(s); depending on damage dealt to the base receive up to a 10 day grace period)
    • B. one OR more of your bases on a map that your MAIN BASE does not reside on were hit.(Procedure to expect: 1x to attacking tribe(s); depending on damage dealt to your tribe on that map receive UP TO 5 day grace period)

IF YOU DISAGREE WITH AN ADMIN ASSESSMENT: it will be discussed in the mods personal chat channel for up to 24 hrs. DO NOTE: the mod team remains as neutral as possible in all scenarios, so a fair discussion will be had, and if less than 4/5 admins agree with the verdict, we will discuss an alternative.

IF THE ADMINS AGREE AND YOU`RE STILL CHALLENGING IT all evidence the original admin had to back their verdict will be placed up for discussion for the community to discuss(WE REALLY DONT WANT IT TO COME THIS FAR, but if an admin is being told they`re ruling unfairly, it seems right for the community who helps mold the rules, and the servers to have a say in the matter.)

*successful is determined by admin assessment. * If you cannot find an admin to say that you have been raided successfully, please take screenshots of your tribe logs to show that a substantial amount of damage has been done.

Grace period goes into effect once the defending tribe is no longer being raided. (this is because the 100 point rule is per map, but grace period is on the whole cluster. You cannot go into a grace period if you are being raided elsewhere)

If you raid while under your grace period you immediately lose your grace period and receive x1 .

Stipulations

If you build too close to another base, they can(and probably will) be able to hit your base without repercussions.

What IS considered a successful raid?

This is to be determined by admin assessment because each situation and base is different.

Here`s what we can say:

What is taken into consideration:

any considerable amount of dinos worth points and/or

Big Ticket Items:

  • chem bench
  • fabricator
  • industrial forge
  • vaults
  • grinders
  • a high number of storage containers/boxes

These don`t necessarily omit what is not on the list. It really depends on the size/type of base

Caging

Not raiding: 15 mins.

Raiding: through the duration. (this includes if the raidee happens to cage the raider, you may keep them caged until they surrender/call it off)

Punishment:

1st offense: warning

refusal to release: the player you are caging will be killed and you will be kicked.

2nd offense: Caged for 48 hours by admins.

3rd offense: ban

Admins and raiding

ADMINS ARE ALLOWED TO RAID

if an admin is going to raid, they should:

  • let other admins know in advance, that way an admin can take the time to spectate up to AT THE VERY LEAST entry into the base.
  • spectating admin should remain in a public voice channel seperate from any raiding tribes.
  • raiding admin should remain in a public channel seperate from the spectating admin
  • spectating admin should maintain focus on the raiding admin, and if at all possible, record the raid, if not at the very least screenshot important moments.
  • any claims of abuse should be brought to bugs or lolo`s attention IMMEDIATELY.
  • bugs does not play ARK without having his twitch stream live, lolo does not raid unless bugs does anyway.
  • Points

    *FOR YOUR OWN PROTECTION IN RAIDING YOU SHOULD ALWAYS TAKE SCREENSHOTS/VIDEOS TO PROVE THAT YOU ARE WITHIN RIGHTS OF RAIDING*

    *This 100 rule applies on a per server basis.*

    *All bases on ONE map/server can be counted towards the 100 rule*

    *If you ATTEMPT to raid(according to the cluster`s standards of "what is a raid"), your tribe will be worth 100 on every map of the cluster until a base that is worth 100 + points is successfully raided.*

    *attempting to raid includes: turret soaking, destruction of structure pieces within a base, killing a tribe`s dinos while they are clearly within their base, etc. *

    RAIDING CHECKLIST

    Below is a scoreboard to verify your ability to raid another tribe.

    RAIDING UNDER 100s:

    If you are proven to raid someone valued under 100 points:

  • 1st offense - you will receive an x3 multiplier
  • 2nd offense - dino wipe on the map your tribe mains on
  • 3rd offense - tribes characters will be deleted
  • 4th offense - clusterwide tribe ban
  • PLEASE KEEP AN EYE ON THIS AS IT IS OCCASIONALLY UPDATED DUE TO META CHANGES IN THE GAME. ANY UPDATES TO THESE RULES WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN DISCORD.

    100+ POINTS = ALLOWED TO BE RAIDED Scoring is per section added up. Make sure you take screenshots of the base for proof of points before raiding to avoid being accused of breaking this rule.

    Attempting to raid

    You are subject to a raid multiplier regardless of points if you attempt to raid another (successfully or otherwise) until your main base is successfully raided.(helping a tribe defend a raid does not = attempting to raid)

    For every raid the target tribe has attempted: + 100 points(1x multiplier)

    Action or Item Point Value
    Building on/having offensive structures protecting charge stations (Aberration Server) 100 Points
    Threatening another tribe or player 35 points

    Level(per tribe member)

    100+ 10 points

    Blocking

    Penguins 40 points
    Loot Crate 50 points
    Beaver Dams 20 points
    Plant X 1/2 per
    Plant Z 2 per

    Turrets

    Auto Turrets 1 per
    Heavy Turrets 3 per
    Tek Turrets 5 per

    Superior War Dinos

    Wyvern 5 per
    Rock Drake 5 per
    Giganotosaurus 5 per
    Griffin 5 per
    Karkinos 5 per
    Basilisk 5 per
    Stego 5 per
    Rock Elemental 5 per
    Tuso 5 per
    Reaper King 10 per

    Quetz

    with platform saddle 5 per
    without platform saddle 3 per

    Battle Dinos

    Rex 2 per
    Spino 2 per
    Yuty 2 per
    Daedon 2 per
    Mosa 2 per
    Bronto 2 per
    Carbo 2 per
    Tek Saddle Dinos 20 per
    4+ Ravager Pack 5 per

    Base Visibility

    All you can see of base is a gateway/gate(base inside/no other entrance) 50 points
    Gate is glass metal and set to transparent(glass can not go opaque ever. If it does, it will be considered 50 even if changed back) 25 points

    Behemoth Gates

    Stone/Adobe 1 each
    Metal 2 each
    Tek 5 each

    Saying- I have an (insert very valuable item here)- in global chat

    I have a high lvl wyvern/drake egg(175+) 25 points
    I have x sparkpowder/gunpowder/c4/rockets 25 points
    I have ascendant bp 20 points
    I have 5k+ metal 20 points
    I have 500+ poly 20 points
    I have a unicorn(counted once no matter the amount of unicorns) 15 points
    War Boats(boat with auto turrets) 15 per
    OFFENSIVE platform saddle dinos(player manned turrets) 15 per
    Defending tribe has AT LEAST 1 tribe mate on 15 points

    IF RAIDERS ARE MADE UP OF MORE THAN ONE TRIBE:

    divide the score by the amount of tribes participating in the attack

    (example: tribe A`s base is worth 200 points. Two tribes want to raid. 200 / 2 = 100 points. OK to raid. If tribe A`s base was worth 199 points, only one tribe can hit it. )

    Donate

    Any donations made to the server are greatly appreciated!

    ARK DONO INCENTIVES

  • $5 - 1 admin paint
  • $25 - 6 admin paints + choose next event
  • $50 - 13 admin paints + event + donation listed on website
  • the 3 most recent and verified donos will be listed on MOTD(will not always be "up to date" as i will not take servers down to change MOTD)
  • When making a donation, please make sure to include the player/tribe name you want the paint to go to. These paints are not restricted to a particular wipe and may be used in current or future wipes as you see fit. All donations made through this link go directly to the server`s bill and are non-refundable. None of the admins including the server owner ever handle your money.

    Side note: admins are held to the same standard as everyone else when it comes to admin paints- they must donate to redeem one for themselves or their tribe

    Weekly community events will be voted on UNLESS a donator has reserved a saturday for THEIR chosen event (see #ark-donations for more information)

    Events Calendar

    February
    Sunday
    Monday
    Tuesday
    Wednesday
    Thursday
    Friday
    Saturday
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    TBA
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    TBA
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    TBA
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    Phiomia Race

    When:9 PM EST

    Where:The Island Map

    Rules

    BYOP (Bring your own Phiomia)

    No PVP

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    About Servers

    Server Settings

    • tribe cap - 5
    • tribe dino cap - 1000
    • max player level - 100
    • XP Multiplier - 5x
    • command logging - enabled
    • harvest rate - 2.5x
    • tame rate - 5x
    • egg hatch speed - 5x
    • maturation rate - 10x
    • admin logging - enabled
    • server cap - 70

    Server Mods

    • S+
    • hg stack 50%

    Meet the boxes

    Both servers have DDoS protection and mitigation

    Bernard

    Bernard is the big box (dedicated server) and houses the Aberration, Island, and Ragnarok servers.

    Specs:

    Intel Xeon E3-1275 V6 @3.80-4.2 Ghz

    4 Core

    64 GB RAM DDR4 @ 2400 Mhz

    1 TB SSD

    Located in: NYC

    Casper

    Casper is our virtual machine that houses the Center, Scorched Earth servers and Rust server.

    Specs:

    Intel Xeon e5-2697 V3 @2.6Ghz

    10 core

    25 GB RAM

    Located in: NYC

    Why Two Servers for one Cluster?

    Splitting the cluster between two servers lowers the work load on both to provide optimal performance on all maps.

    Vote

    Voting for the servers makes them easier to find on toparkservers where many go to look for a new server. In voting for your favorite server(or the whole cluster) you`re helping promote the community and indirectly helping grow the population! Vote for your favorite server/s below!