Back to The Center

The Ark server has gone dormant. Apologies, but it was getting less traffic, and became too much for me to keep up with.

The Ark Server has been wiped, and we’ll be having a fresh start on The Center.

DISCLAIMER: Myself, my son, and a couple of his friends have already gotten a start on the server while it was password protected, so as to test how I wanted the settings to be tweaked. That is why you may find a couple of bases already in operation.

We’re shedding the Extinction Mod. It was fun for a while, but the mod itself has its issues at the moment.


Multipliers for Taming, Harvesting, and XP are being changed to 10 times, and 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, and neither will their pets.

Given how different The Center map is, and the changes to player and tame settings, we’ll be keeping the New Tranq Arrows mod.

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 “GamingSiberian”. 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.

I will not spend my time searching for your lost dino, that you assume must have fallen through the world because you got no death message and he’s nowhere to be seen. It’s a part of the game that we all have to deal with. Get over it, and tame another.

Also, please stop screwing up when merging tribes and such. Do the proper research on how to choose the proper tribe settings that won’t leave you out in the cold (literally, locked out of all your structures). I really don’t fancy teleporting over to solve every problem you people create for yourselves.

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/10xALL/130Levels/8Mods”
Server IP:

Current mods are: [Subscribe to the whole “Khanate PvE (The Center)” collection]

The server will be restarted/updated as I’m able, as lately, my real life gets in the way. Plenty of warning to get to safety will be offered.

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:

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.

Xeno’s 10k Stacks (Mod ID 816877351)

All resources and consumables quantities are stackable to 10,000.

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).

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.

New Tranq Arrows (Mod ID 706933266)

They work in the bow, crossbow and compound bow. Thousands of torpor available in a handful of different options.

Ark Advance Supply Drops (Mod ID 627340159)

Tired of the cheap, waste of time droips try NEW AND IMPROVED Ark Advance Supply Drops! Drop Runs will be worth the time to get them.
Include Remapped Reg Drops Cave Drops and new Sea/Ocean Drops

Teleport Pad v1.2 (Mod ID 760067652)

This is a simple mod that adds a Teleport Pad into the game. You can learn the engram at level 70. Teleport Pads can only be linked with one Teleport Pad. In order to get them connected they both must have exactly the same name. The Teleport Pad teleports all tamed creatures and players inside the bubble’s radius. You can change the color of the pad and the effects by adding the color as the LAST word in your pad’s name. For example “Kangaroo Base – Green” will result in green pad and effects.

You and your tames
  • 130 Player levels (with 1.2 times the points for every attribute point)
  • Max wild creature level is 150
  • Tamed dino attributes are multiplied by 1.2
  • 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=5.0
  • TamingSpeedMultiplier=5.0
  • HarvestAmountMultiplier=5.0
  • PerPlatformMaxStructuresMultiplier=3.0
  • DayCycleSpeedScale=0.75
  • DayTimeSpeedScale=0.5
  • NightTimeSpeedScale=2.0
  • 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=50.00
  • BabyMatureSpeedMultiplier=50.00
  • BabyCuddleIntervalMultiplier=0.03
  • BabyCuddleGracePeriodMultiplier=2.0
  • BabyImprintingStatScaleMultiplier=1.0
  • BabyFoodConsumptionSpeedMultiplier=0.50
  • BabyCuddleLoseImprintQualitySpeedMultiplier=0.5
  • GlobalSpoilingTimeMultiplier=1.0
  • GlobalItemDecompositionTimeMultiplier=1.0
  • GlobalCorpseDecompositionTimeMultiplier=2.0
  • CropGrowthSpeedMultiplier=2
  • StructureDamageRepairCooldown=30
  • DisableStructureDecayPvE=False
  • PvEStructureDecayPeriodMultiplier=1.0
  • DisableDinoDecayPvE=False
  • PvEDinoDecayPeriodMultiplier=1.0
  • bPvEDisableFriendlyFire=False

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!