ARK: Survival Evolved

ARK: Survival Evolved

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Homing Pigeon
Content Types: Mod, Structures, Creatures
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Mar 29, 2016 @ 2:40am
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Homing Pigeon

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PommieGamer - ARK: Survival Evolved | Server Mod Collection
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Flyers equipped with the Homing Pigeon Leg Ring will automatically attempt to return to the specified, or the closest Homing Pigeon Flag owned by the tribe, in the event that the rider dies.

Simply place Homing Pigeon Flag(s) to act as rally points for flyers, and equip your flyers with the Homing Pigeon Leg Ring via the costume slot.

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  • Auto-return - Flyer automatically attempts to return to a Tribe Owned Homing Pigeon Flag when its rider is killed.
  • Send to Destination - Manually send a flyer to a specific destination (can be a Tribe, Allied or a Public Homing Pigeon Flag / Mailbox).
  • Recall to Flag - Manually recall a flyer to a specific flag.
  • Set a default return flag per flyer - Either a specific flag, or the closest tribe owned flag to the flyer.
  • Public Homing Pigeon Flags - Public rally points for any tribe's flyers. Cannot be destroyed or damaged.
  • Mailboxes, Letters and Parcels - Send and receive letters and parcels via flyer to the Homing Pigeon Mailbox.
  • Bird Seed - No costume slot? No problem. Feed your flyer who doesn't have a costume slot the Homing Pigeon Bird Seed to add one to them.
  • Tribe Log support - Homing Pigeon notifications are recorded in the tribe log.
  • Rename Homing Pigeon Structures - Handy to know which is which and where your flyer is flying to.
  • Custom Flight Path algorithm - Sends the flyer to a dynamic altitude to mitigate collisions.
  • Custom collision avoidance system - Enabling flyers to navigate around obstacles while on route to destination.

Mod & DLC Support

Homing Pigeon has been officially tested and verified as compatible and working with the following third-party mods and DLC:

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About the mod


Troubleshooting & Bugs

If you are having issues with the mod, read the Troubleshooting guide for help. Please report any bugs under the 'Bugs' thread. Please consult the 'Known bugs' before posting.

Admin Cheat Codes

See 'Admin Cheat Codes' thread

GameUserSettings.ini Configuration
See 'Homing Pigeon GameUserSettings.ini Configuration' thread

Suggestions / Feedback

I would love to hear your suggestions and feedback on this mod. Please feel free to share your comments and ideas with me over on the 'Suggestions / Feedback' thread, and I'll try to incorporate the best ones into the mod.

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PommieGamer  [author] 13 minutes ago 
@TrulyBland Ah, yeah that'll do it. I will update the troubleshooting guide as a step people can check to rule out this being a problem. I also might try to add something to the mod that can alert the user if there is a version mismatch.
TrulyBland 10 hours ago 
Finally got around to reinstalling the mod and in the process realized what the problem was: Turns out I was too stupid to properly update the mod serverside, so client(s) and server were running different versions of it.

Hope you didn't spend too much time trying to find a bug that only existed between keyboard and chair :)
PommieGamer  [author] Mar 30 @ 2:16am 
@iFox none as of yet. Some ideas (possible network latency between client/server), but very hard to isolate and consistently reproduce the behaviour.

Upload/download from Obleisk apparently also works as a workaround, not ideal I know, but certainly faster than a full server restart.
iFox Mar 29 @ 8:02pm 
Any update or fix for the flyers glitching forward and "wandering" after returning to flag? Server restart fixes it, but that's a hinderance.
PommieGamer  [author] Mar 29 @ 2:52pm 
@TrulyBlandI did a release on March 8 and heavily tested at the time, if there is a problem, then it would most likely be a recent problem.

I would recommend trying to uninstall and reinstall the mod, and failing that, deleting all Homing Pigeon Structures. The steps are outlined in the Troubleshooting guide.
TrulyBland Mar 29 @ 12:59am 
Thanks for the quick reply. We're running The Island.

Another thing I forgot to mention, which should exclude some possible sources:
The mod has worked in the past with that particular bird and with all but the newest flag.

It has been a while since then though, so can't precisely say how long the problem has existed without me noticing. Could have been since yesterday, could have been since a few months ago.
PommieGamer  [author] Mar 28 @ 9:09pm 
@TrulyBland I'll have to investigate the recall/send behaviour. What map are you running?

The status effect is a red herring, I use a buff on the player when manually interacting with the Homing Pigeon UI menus, though this should have been removed upon exiting menus. Though it won't have any ill effects, as it is destroyed when interacting with another flags menus, anda new one created.
TrulyBland Mar 28 @ 12:56pm 
Had a problem today that a flyer (Pelagornis) would completely ignore both recall and send to destination commands.
Tried various flags (one freshly placed)
Removed and replaced leg ring
Set and unset following, wandering, and other behaviour settings that might interfere
Moved it around a lot, trying different positions

Nothing worked.

Not sure if it's related to the problem, but when I finally decided to fly it manually to where it was needed and got off the bird, I (the survivor, not the bird) had a status effect with a pigeon symbol, which I reckon shouldn't be on players.

Map: Island
Other mods: S+ structures and anti-theft backpack
PommieGamer  [author] Mar 27 @ 3:07am 
@SFR-Huericane probably stuck on some terrain. Not ideal, not a bug per say, it's impossible to do perfect pathing without a path finding system such as NavMesh (which ARK doesn't have). I would recommend d placing a flag in the area from which they departed and try manually calling them back to that one from that flag.

As always, I recommend equipping all flyers with GPS trackers in case a flyer gets stuck so tht you can always find them.
SFR-Hurricane Mar 26 @ 5:36pm 
Possible Bug ... We've had 2 Argents never make it back to the bog from the Arctic on Genesis. Our home flag in the Bog is at 53.8 / 65.4 and they never arrived from approx 69.4 / 21 the frozen lake area. They both show up on the flag as still being alive but they never arrive