Server Wipe; New Map

The Ark Server is being wiped today (November 9, 2016), and we’ll be changing some things up.

The map is being switched to The Center. It’s been too long since I’ve been able to ride my Alpha Allosaurus with my small pack in tow wreaking havoc, and I’m dying to make some beer and tame a Chalicotherium.


Though multipliers for Taming, Harvesting, and XP are being left at 30 times, we’ve nerfed some of the other settings so that the butt-pucker effect returns. Players won’t be quite the Supermen they were on our last play-through on Scorched Earth, and neither will their pets.

Given how different The Center map is, and the changes to player and tame settings, there will also be a couple of new mods added to the mix.

  • Castles, Keeps, and Forts Architecture
  • Advanced Rafts
  • New Tranq Arrows

Before going further…please DO NOT build too near the obelisks, at beacons or too near each other. Let’s keep it cozy, but comfortable people. We reserve the right to demolish any and all buildings that infringe on public access to areas like caves, obelisks, and beacons.

Server Admin

Helping me administrate the server, is “Razorjoe”. My in-game name is “Jester”.

Though we’re happy to help people when they need it, please keep in mind that we don’t work for any of you, so please be reasonable. If you keep having tames die, or other catastrophes befall you constantly because of some “glitch” in the game, we might have to call shenanigans.

And before you ask, NO, we will not be spawning in a level 1,000,000 dino for you. We’d also like to avoid being petitioned to use admin commands for any player’s personal gain, including our own. We would like to play the game too, so please don’t constantly ask for us to do things like spawn in creatures, spawn in kibbles that don’t have ingredients readily available, change the time of day, etc..

If you can’t find the creature you’re looking for, then look harder — that’s what we do. If you can’t make the kibble you need, then use the next best taming food — that’s what we do. If it’s too dark for what you wanna do, plan your activity for sunrise — that’s what we do.

In short, please just play the game as it’s been set up, and allow us to do the same. Otherwise, perhaps a single player experience is more what you’re looking for. Then, you can spawn in whatever you wish yourself.

Also, many of us go on this server to relax and have fun. We’ve formed a rather courteous and helpful community already. Please keep the profanity to a minimum. Although we’re mostly adults, we don’t care to have to read your filth when it’s spewed constantly for its own sake. It’s tiresome, and unwelcome. Anything worse than profane in chat, and an immediate ban isn’t unheard of. Asshats need not apply. Also, this is a primarily English speaking group. The admins would prefer to make that the language used in open chat.

Server scheduling and mods

Server Name: “SurlyJester.comPvE/30xALL/100Levels/10Mods”
Server IP:

The server will be restarted/updated at midnight Eastern time most every day, unless my real life gets in the way.

We’ll be running a handful of mods, and would prefer not to add too many more, if any at all. I’ve purposely included only one mod that will assist in taming. My reasoning is that in PvE, the struggle against the beasts of the land is the biggest danger to one’s life. It can be downright exhilarating to best a pack of Allosaurus’ with a concerted group effort. Current mods are:

Omnicular v1.22 (Mod ID 538827119)

This is a very simple mod that adds a new clearer “Spyglass” with added functionality. You can learn the engram for “Omnicular” at level 25.

Reusable Plus (Mod ID 693416678)

Reusable Plus is a modification that adds a version of many existing items that can be used over and over again. Reusable items include: Reusable Bola, Reusable Flare Gun, Reusable Grappling Hook, Reusable Parachute, Reusable Spear

Death Helper (Mod ID 566885854)

Find your corpse and death cache easily with the Corpse Finder. Drink a Suicide Potion when you are stuck.

New Tranq Arrows (Mod ID 706933266)

Find your corpse and death cache easily with the Corpse Finder. Drink a Suicide Potion when you are stuck.

Bulk Crafters (Mod ID 633831197)

Craft everything in bulk and speed. Has jerky crafting, dry cooking, smart storage, auto-updating, auto-feeding, bed stacking and other unique great features! Be advised, that as of the time of this writing, not all Bulk Crafters items are compatible with Scorched Earth, most notably, the Bulk Smithy currently doesn’t show unlocked Engrams for new Scorched Earth items. Most of the other items do (i.e. the Bulk Grinder will let you do Clay).

Ark Advance Supply Drops (Mod ID 627340159)

This is a complete and total overhaul of the abysmal SE vanilla sky loot crates.
This mod does NOT effect cave or desert ground crates, only the sky crates.

Xeno’s Stack’s (Mod ID 787367857)

All resources and consumables quantities are stackable to 10,000 with the exception of new Scorched Earth items, like clay. Be advised that the “Pocket” appliances are not compatible with the DLC as of this writing.

Structures Plus (Mod ID 731604991)

Most players who’ve been on modded servers have experienced this mod already. It’s fantastic for building, and features the ability to clip pieces into terrain that vanilla simply won’t allow.

Platforms Plus (Mod ID 719928795)

Tree platforms with snap points for perimeter walls, extending ceilings, ladders, ramps and catwalks. Also adds platform wedges that allow you to build multi level tree platforms.

Castles, Keeps, and Forts Architecture (Mod ID 764755314)

Over 60 new building parts added with this mod. Each building component once placed within the game world can have its material and appearence altered using the radial menu, leading to multiple configurations for you guys to build the castle, keep, or fortress of your dreams. But dont stop there, you can build houses, villages, towns, churches, bridges, the possibilities are limited only by your imagination.

Advanced Rafts (Mod ID 749466101)749466101_preview_20160822193156_1

All Advanced Rafts Include:
User Selectable 3PV Camera Zoom (Adjusted Default, 3x, 6x & 9x), Cargo Hold (Weight based inventory), Half Speed Reverse, Bell and Fog Horn (Activate with inventory buttons), Crafted in Inventory or Crafting Station

You and your tames

  • 100 Player levels (with 1.5 times the points for every attribute point)
  • Max wild creature level is 150
  • Tamed dino attributes are multiplied by 1.5
  • Engram points are default
  • Friendly fire is turned off

Jacked up multipliers

Sure, it makes the game easier. Sure, some people might think that’s cheap. I don’t care. This is my server. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

Look, we all started out playing Ark Vanilla, and know all too well what’s it like spending three to four hours taming a level 34 Argentavis. We’ve been there, and done that. Enough I say. I have a life outside of my gaming, and sometimes want to jump in for an hour or less and have some fun. The only way to do that, is to change some parameters. Here’s what I’ve changed:

  • XPMultiplier=30.0
  • TamingSpeedMultiplier=30.0
  • HarvestAmountMultiplier=30.0
  • PerPlatformMaxStructuresMultiplier=3.0
  • DayCycleSpeedScale=1.0
  • DayTimeSpeedScale=1.0
  • NightTimeSpeedScale=1.0
  • PlayerCharacterWaterDrainMultiplier=0.75
  • PlayerCharacterFoodDrainMultiplier=0.75
  • PlayerCharacterStaminaDrainMultiplier=0.75
  • PlayerCharacterHealthRecoveryMultiplier=2.0
  • DinoCharacterFoodDrainMultiplier=2.0
  • DinoCharacterStaminaDrainMultiplier=0.75
  • DinoCharacterHealthRecoveryMultiplier=2.0
  • StructureResistanceMultiplier=0.75
  • MatingIntervalMultiplier=0.3
  • EggHatchSpeedMultiplier=100.00
  • BabyMatureSpeedMultiplier=100.00
  • BabyCuddleIntervalMultiplier=0.03
  • BabyCuddleGracePeriodMultiplier=2.0
  • BabyImprintingStatScaleMultiplier=1.0
  • BabyFoodConsumptionSpeedMultiplier=0.50
  • BabyCuddleLoseImprintQualitySpeedMultiplier=0.5
  • GlobalSpoilingTimeMultiplier=2.0
  • GlobalItemDecompositionTimeMultiplier=2.0
  • GlobalCorpseDecompositionTimeMultiplier=2.0
  • CropGrowthSpeedMultiplier=3
  • StructureDamageRepairCooldown=30
  • DisableStructureDecayPvE=False
  • PvEStructureDecayPeriodMultiplier=1.0
  • DisableDinoDecayPvE=False
  • PvEDinoDecayPeriodMultiplier=1.0

Tribe wars are a thing, but let’s respect each other’s space.

In short, act like a human being please.

This is my little corner of the gaming world, and I’ve got a pretty short fuse regarding keyboard commandos with no regard for common courtesy.

If you’ve got a beef with someone, I expect that we will all be gentlemen about it. I even have a detailed plan involving the fabled ability to have tribe wars in PvE.

That being said, players can “register” the location of their base build by coordinates (you must have begun actually building there on the server, so that I can confirm it visually) by visiting the forums and posting their base registration. That way, I have an actual date by which I can confirm that location in-game, so that if a land dispute does occur I’ll know who’s base to actually demolish. You don’t have to register here, but it may be the only way I can help you in such a case. Griefing in PvE does happen on servers, but I don’t want it happening on mine.

In the comments, offer your:

  1. In-game player name / tribe name
  2. Coordinates of your build
  3. Date on which you had a building made consisting of at least 8 foundations

I hope you’ll enjoy what I’ve prepared, and thanks for stopping by!

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