ARK: Survival Evolved

ARK: Survival Evolved

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Jeremy Drake Stieglitz  [developer] Aug 14, 2015 @ 11:09am
How to Host ARK Survival of the Fittest (now with Remote ARK Server Launcher!)
Hey all,

Update!: For those of you who can run the ARK Server Launcher Tool, it is much easier to install and launch with the Total Conversion with this tool, as you won't have to mess around with custom mod file installation/updating:

http://steamcommunity.com/app/346110/discussions/10/530649887219814834/


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Here's how you can host ARK: Survival of the Fittest Dedicated Server manually. This process is greatly simplified with the upcoming release of our Server Management tool, but if you want to know how to do it by hand (if your server does not yet support the Remote ARK Server Launcher):

#1. Get the latest Windows or Linux Server build.
#2. On a Windows client, subscribe to the SotF Workshop content ( http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=496735411 ) and get those files downloaded. The key here is to get the SotF files downloaded like this:

\Steam\steamapps\common\ARK\ShooterGame\Content\Mods\496735411

Once you have that downloaded, you need to copy that directory to the same relative path on your Windows/Linux server.

And also copy this file:
\Steam\steamapps\common\ARK\ShooterGame\Content\Mods\496735411.mod

You're welcome to upload that somewhere for your convenience.

#3. Finally, launch your dedicated server with the following commandline (along with anything else you want):

ShooterGameServer.exe TheIsland?listen -TotalConversionMod=496735411

Such as:
ShooterGameServer.exe TheIsland?SessionName=[EU]OfficialSurvivaloftheFittest10?AltSaveDirectoryName=OfficialSOTF10?ServerAdminPassword=awesomesauce?listen -server -log -TotalConversionMod=496735411 -QueryPort=27015 -Port=7777 -OnlyAdminRejoinAsSpectator


There are also two new commandline params for SotF specifically that can be of interest:
-DisableDeathSpectator
That will make it so that non-admins can not spectate after they die (admins can use "cheat enablespectator" of course). By default, players will spectate after they die (though they will NOT be able to reconnect after they die).

-OnlyAdminRejoinAsSpectator
That will make it so that only admins can join an "in-progress" game, as a spectator. By default, anyone can join an in-progress game and will become a spectator. Note that in-progress games are hidden from the main server list however (since for most players they are not very fun to join!). You can rejoin an in-progress session from "My Survivors" of course, or directly via the Steam Client server list.

Here are some new SotF specific INI values you can use as well:

MaxNumberOfPlayersInTribe=2
This is the maximum number of players allowed within a tribe in SotF.

BattleNumOfTribesToStartGame=15
This is the minimum number of tribes necessary to auto launch the session. They don't have to be full tribes. An admin can always manually launch the session via "cheat gamecommand startgame"

TimeToCollapseROD=9000
This is the amount of seconds it takes for the "ring of death" to collapse. It is, in effect, the overall match time.

BattleAutoStartGameInterval=60.000000
This is the amount of time before the match will auto-start once the requisite number of Tribes has been reached.

BattleAutoRestartGameInterval=45.000000
This is how long the server will wait before auto-restarting (and for now, booting everyone) after a match is over.

BattleSuddenDeathInterval=300.000000
This is the amount of sudden death time once the ring-of-death has fully collapsed. If there is more than one tribe after this extra time, the match is declared a draw.

Also, you can change all of the XP and damage multiples of ARK as normal, to customize the exact balance to your liking!!
Last edited by Jeremy Drake Stieglitz; Aug 18, 2015 @ 8:44am
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Nattyian -TV Size- Aug 14, 2015 @ 11:24am 
Well, well need over people to hose them considering i died already and all over servers are full :D
3d Plague Aug 14, 2015 @ 11:26am 
thanks for the swift upload of the workings, cheers!
ItsJesseB Aug 14, 2015 @ 11:27am 
how to find a server? (SOFT)
Last edited by ItsJesseB; Aug 14, 2015 @ 11:27am
Stratus Aug 14, 2015 @ 11:29am 
This is a Pvp mode I may actually play. Hopefully some server will allow spectators to just join because I bet this is going to be hilarious
mastkilxp Aug 14, 2015 @ 11:33am 
we might need some more servers all full.
Nattyian -TV Size- Aug 14, 2015 @ 11:37am 
servers gonna be full for another 3-5 hours considering how long the game took at twitch, theyt all started at same time so gonna have to wait.
panicc.co Aug 14, 2015 @ 11:41am 
How to add the mod in to server command line do we do as ?TotalConversionMod=49673541
or after ?listen" -TotalConversionMod=49673541 ??
Dazik Aug 14, 2015 @ 11:44am 
Originally posted by Drake:
-OnlyAdminRejoinAsSpectator
That will make it so that only admins can join an "in-progress" game, as a spectator. By default, anyone can join an in-progress game and will become a spectator. Note that in-progress games are hidden from the main server list however (since for most players they are not very fun to join!). You can rejoin an in-progress session from "My Survivors" of course, or directly via the Steam Client server list.

So, is this enabled on all the official servers? I can't get into any games myself, but I would really like to at least spectate a bit of one.
Wouitout Aug 14, 2015 @ 11:45am 
Are all of these new settings to be placed in the gameusersettings file ?
c4mara Aug 14, 2015 @ 11:58am 
when will more servrs be up? at certain increments like every 30 minutes? I joined one but got kicked and than they were all in match when i looked again.
still early but I WANT TO PLAYYYYYYYYY
panicc.co Aug 14, 2015 @ 12:03pm 
Im trying lol. Hoping to have 2 up soon :)
endymion2k4 Aug 14, 2015 @ 12:09pm 
Somehow i cannot find the 496735411.mod file to copy it to the server. I have removed all my subscriptions to the workshop, removed ARK and reinstalled it, subscribed again. I cannot find that file.
panicc.co Aug 14, 2015 @ 12:11pm 
You must lauch ark i found. I launched from my gaming pc then copy to server. Derp.
Black_Aegis Aug 14, 2015 @ 12:11pm 
What is the proper .bat file commands to use? I'm hosting a SoTF server and can successfully load in but it puts me on the ground rather than in the wait area...im thinking something to do with having: TheIsland?QueryPort=27015?listen?TotalConversionMod=496735411?
panicc.co Aug 14, 2015 @ 12:12pm 
Originally posted by panicc.co:
Im trying lol. Hoping to have 2 up soon :)


Originally posted by Black_Aegis JPRG:
What is the proper .bat file commands to use? I'm hosting a SoTF server and can successfully load in but it puts me on the ground rather than in the wait area...im thinking something to do with having: TheIsland?QueryPort=27015?listen?TotalConversionMod=496735411?

Wondering same
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