It has been a while since I played ARK. But it didn’t take long to get back into the swing of things. The higher experience rates are outpacing what you want to do. But I can’t complain about the harvest or taming rates 🙂
So my first task in game was to get a few levels built up so I could build storage and a starter structure. Getting the few levels did not take long at 2.5 times the base experience. Just running around to a site I wanted to build on gave enough to get going!
The site I selected for my starter base was located west of Viking Bay close to the water. I selected a raised plateau area that had a gentle ramp leading up to it. My thought process was I wanted something that was large enough to fence in, to build at least a 4×4 building, and had enough room for some pens for tames.
I have seen too many starter 2 x 2 or other designs that was just a box. I wanted to keep away from that if possible, so while I did a 4 x 4, I went with a decent roof design utilizing the Villager tier of the castle mod. It did not take long to build it up. You got to start with something:
The starter base
Next steps was filling it up with crafting stations, namely forge and smithy to get metal tools. Then adding a makeshift fence so I could protect future tames. Palisade fence from I think the Settlers tier of the castle mod seemed to work well. And they did not need foundation support !
Taming is not my strong suit in the past. It’s something that I am trying to work on as I know its a huge part of ARK. So with the starter base fenced in, I went to work getting some ‘starter’ tames. Since I don’t do a lot of taming, I tend to stockpile Narcotics and Tranq supplies so I don’t run out in the middle of trying to tame something.
One of my first was a Lystrosaurus. I know you are prolly laughing at that, but to tell you the truth I had never tamed one before. I tamed 3 (one male, two females) while I was resource collectioning. A max level dodo was close by so I got him too 🙂 And then of course you need a starter Trike! A pteranodon completes the first tames and opens up a lot more possibilities.
The next evolution of the base.
So I ended my play session the next day with a decent sized starter base. A second small 2×2 building will be home to electrical. And I wanted to play around with the Advanced Raft mods lights, so I built a small watch platform and put both sizes of the spotlight on it. I loved them! They produce a nice white light for quite a distance. They need fuel, but can be run with just wood or thatch too. I think they will be a replacement for the standing torches in the next iteration or base upgrade. The only downside is that they do not have an automatic on/off setting for day/night.
I know my writing is not one of my strong suites, but if you read to this point, I hope you have enjoyed it. I hope to go into more depth on things in the future and be more descriptive.