Ark Survivor PvE Cluster Rules.
All rules found here will pertain to all of our current and future ARK Servers. Please read and familiarize yourself with them. UPDATED 1/15/2022

Introduction OUR MOTTO!

ALL MAY ENTER HERE WITHOUT PREJUDICE!

  • This applies to All Races, All Creeds, and All Genders.
  • All are Welcome!!!

Greetings Players,

The PACK Gaming has several different game platforms and servers. These come as a free service to all our players, but come with certain rules and strict enforcement.
By playing on any of our servers you are asked to follow the rules below. Please read through and consider the spirit of the rules, not just the specific wording. And make sure your clanmates are also aware of them as their actions can affect you.
DO NOT Block or Mute any admin in our Discord. This is considered Disrespect to Admins. If things become heated please step out of voice, or "take five" from responding in a channel. Admins also have specific rules they must follow about confrontation.
STEAM Request Etiquette If you want to add an Owner, Admin, Moderator, or Player from our discord, Please remember to Send a DM prior to sending the request. This way those of us who do not accept all requests can identify which of the requests may be yours.
We are unable to provide any refunds to persons or clans for loss of items, resources, in-game properties and so on, regardless of the reason.
We reserve the right to modify these rules in any way we deem necessary and at any moment, at our own discretion. We will put a note in the Message of the Day on Specific servers when there are significant updates.

Personal Responsibility & Tribal/Clan Membership

These rules are available in each of The Pack server’s Message of the Day most of the time. Ignorance of the rules will not be considered during intervention and does not give grounds for an appeal.
Any infraction by a player will most likely have repercussions for the entire clan. If you’re not sure your clanmates will abide by the rules you might want to reconsider your membership in that tribe/clan. And if you do not plan on playing on a specific server any more it is often best to also leave your tribe/clan there.
If you do not understand how to Merge, OR Join your tribes ASK! ADMINS CAN ASSIST, and or give valuable information to help you prevent loss of tames, or buildings. If you have merged or joined and lost your builds, Unfortunately we can not assist with recovering most buildings ownership.‌
These rules are not comprehensive and use of loopholes to violate the spirit of these rules is subject to enforcement. Failure to follow these rules will result in being removed from the community! Please follow all of the RULES found here!
BE EXCELLENT TO EACH OTHER! We are all adults here, and know how to act. Let's make a happy safe place to enjoy games to play!

Harassment / Inappropriate content

Please stick to a general set of guidelines of basic decency. Treat others as you would like to be treated.
If you experience harassment or observe inappropriate content in-game, please be aware that there are tools in-game put in place to help you improve your experience such as muting.
However, there are be cases where we may intervene, for instance:
  • We Allow coarse humor, rough language, and or content. If this is not for you, Thank you for your interest, but we may not be the BEST FIT for you.
  • The above being said, There is some offensive and defamatory chat and user-created content of racial, overtly sexual, hateful, illicit or of other nature that is NOT PERMITED. This extends to character names, guild names, in-game signs and so on.
  • Terrorist and criminal glorification. This extends to character names, guild names, in-game signs and so on.
  • Personal threats, doxing, stalking. Please also make sure to get in touch with the local authorities in such similar cases.
  • Impersonation of The PACK Gaming staff.
  • Do not trespass into a base not your own, unless by accident. Nor visiting or hanging around in a base NOT yours. If someone asks you to leave, DO SO.
  • Do not, in any form, harm or kill another P. Character. (Dragging and drownings, Feeding a player to the wildlife, or other forms of killing P. Characters.) Unless specifically told to do so by one of The PACK Staff.
  • Our admin team considers all the above action types of Griefing or Harassment. If reported to admins you can be temporarily suspended for 5 days.
  • Continued Griefing of this type will lead to a The PACK Gaming Server wide Ban.

Hacks & Exploits

Hacks and exploits are not tolerated.
Hacks are uses of third-party programs that inject code and modify aspects of the game to provide unfair advantage against other players. Utilizing such will lead to action taken against your access to our servers and flags added to your Steam ID.
Exploits are uses and abuses of game mechanics to obtain an unfair advantage over other players including creating a detrimental play experience through reduced server or game performance.
Real-Money Trading (RMT) - GAME items, creatures, or services must only be exchanged for other items, creatures, or services within the game. Trading for real-world currency (real money) is not an accepted form of trading.

Infractions / Admin Intervention.

We do not issue warnings ahead of Admin intervention. We do work on a "3 Strikes Method"
  • Strike One: You and your Tribe/Clan get a warning. This can be Slept tames to Us removing the offending objects or tames. And a Sign informing you of the offense.
  • Strike Two: We have to talk to you about a new rule or you broke the same one again. You can have creatures or buildings removed up to a Temp BAN. Temp Bans are 3 to 5 days without access to the servers.
  • Strike Three: We are done and you are Perm Banned. Furthermore, If someone is a participant of our Discord, and/or a Player on our Servers, A ban on Discord may also be pursued on the Server Cluster.
Hacking, exploits and other situations deemed as extreme will be met with a permanent ban on the first offense.

Reporting Infractions

To report players, clans, or specific exploits on any of our servers, please contact us through our Discord, (https://discord.gg/dukHvtKr9K ) And fill out a ticket in #Support-tickets. Our team will get back to you using the private thread provided.
Please make sure you provide the best information you can at the time of your report. This means relaying as much information as you can to help our team investigate. This includes, but is not limited to, screenshots, videos, timestamps, names of characters and guilds, and a good description of the issue.
ARK CCC (coords for admins): Hit TAB, enter ccc into line, then hit enter. You will have a set of numbers for where you are standing(you will not see anything until you paste into the chat bar!), C/P that into the message in Discord, or the ticket.
We won’t be able to refund or return any loss of property caused by an infraction.

Server Building Restrictions

Please remember that there are other players sharing the server with you. Restricting others’ access to content is not allowed beyond of course grabbing a spot for your base. If you wish to reign supreme on the map and hog all the resources and enemies, please consider single player. Some specific cases where we will act when made aware:

General Building Do's & Don'ts

  1. 1.
    No Blocking of content in the game, such as artifact caves, dungeons, obelisks, resources and other areas of the game such as lore notes.
  2. 2.
    No Abuse of the claim system where blocks are placed for no other purpose than to prevent other players’ access to resources and building spots.
  3. 3.
    No building within RENDER range of another players build. All claims must be at least 200 blocks apart unless players are in Alliances.
  4. 4.
    No Massive constructions or over-use of memory intensive items leading to loss of performance both on client and server-side.

Per Server Specific regulations:

  1. 1.
    TILES definition. One foundation or ceiling tile is 1 Tile. The Area is X tiles x X tiles So 6400 is an 80 x80 Square. We are counting the square footage of your base. Including all FENCE LINES and outside the Walls Buildings.
  2. 2.
    ONE Main Base Build per ARK Map: You are allowed to use an area of 6400 tiles for a main ark base. (This is an 80 x 80 foundation square or the equivalent). Top height of a ground base 36 walls, top height of a tree platform (ground to top/48 walls). If you don't need the full 6400 tiles please make it smaller.
  3. 3.
    ONE outpost base per ARK Map: You are allowed to use an area of 1600 tiles for an outpost base. (This is a 40 x 40 foundation square or the equivalent).Top height of a ground base 36 walls, top height of a tree platform (ground to top/48 walls), per ark server.
Various Types of Base Designs Specifics:
  1. 1.
    Floating bases(In the Skybox area) up to 50 walls over the surface/ground are allowed. Limit of 24 walls high on a sky flying base. NO using this to trap quetzals ON any Map. Do not mesh with the Skybox Ceiling. NO invisible sky flying bases, flying bases have to have semi opaque walls so players do NOT fly into them. (Also this prevents lag)
  2. 2.
    Building in/on Ruins is allowed but do not block any entrance to other Areas, and do not block the Trench ruin elevator pads in GEN-2. Do not block the way to an ARTIFACT. Lore note.
  3. 3.
    Cave building Caves that are less than 1600 tiles are SINGLE TRIBE. Caves over 6400 tiles are Two TRIBE caves. You must be Allied. Do not build in any cave with an artifact or other LORE item.
  4. 4.
    Ocean Rafts- ARE Allowed. Specifics of USE: As a MAIN BASE - WOODEN Platforms - ONLY 5 Wooden Ocean Platforms connected to form the building or Base Foundations. METAL Platforms - ONLY 4 Metal Ocean Platforms connected to form the building or Base foundations. No more than 36 Walls high if on a lake. No more than 48 walls high if used as an Ocean base. (48 walls high is a total amount of all walls below and above the waterline) AS a OUTPOST - WOODEN Platforms - ONLY 3 Wooden Ocean Platforms connected to form the building or Base Foundations. METAL Platforms - ONLY 2 Metal Ocean Platforms connected to form the building or Base foundations. No more than 36 Walls high if on a lake. No more than 48 walls high if used as an Ocean base. (48 walls high is a total amount of all walls below and above the waterline)
  5. 5.
    Mobile Bases (Platform Saddles & Rafts) are acceptable to use for farming and other tribal needs but when NOT in use they need to be parked near the Tribes Main base or Outpost. NOTE: Platform saddles count as 20 dinos in the Dino Cap Limits. Stryders are Considered Platform Saddles. And Skiffs, Rafts and Motorboats once built on do as well.
  6. 6.
    Greenhouse building. Limited all types of crop plots (Including the TEK PLOTS) to a total of 50 per TRIBE. We have set limits of 10 gavagers per tribe/per map. You will be unable to add more gavagers or crop plots when you hit your limit. DO NOT USE the S+ table to convert plots to vanilla to CIRCUMVENT our RULES. Bases that exploit this trick will be Build Wiped.
  7. 7.
    Awesome teleport pads and S+ teleport posts - are restricted to 3 per tribe of each.
  8. 8.
    TAMING PENS and spike fence walls for taming have 48hrs then they will be demolished upon discovery.

Caves On maps we count as BOTH your BASES:

  1. 1.
    Island - No caves you can build in.
  2. 2.
    Center - The Underworld caves. (There are three of them.)
  3. 3.
    SE - No Caves you can build in.
  4. 4.
    Aberration - Do not build in the artifact caves.
  5. 5.
    Ragnarok - The Lighthouse cave, The Double Sided cave above Buccaneer Bay. The Cave in the Mountains near the Volcano,
  6. 6.
    Extinction - Do not build in the artifact caves.
  7. 7.
    Valguero - Do not build in the Broodmother cave.
  8. 8.
    Genesis -
  9. 9.
    Crystal Isles - The Flying Isles - You may have a base on the flying isle and a small pen 40 x 40 under your Island or off to the side. Please be mindful of others' use of waters under the conglomerate of Flying isles.
  10. 10.
    Genesis 2 -
  11. 11.
    Lost Island - If a cave has a Artifact or a LORE item, DO NOT Build there. Hidden Grotto 1 Tribe cave hidden behind a waterfall. [40.0|41.9] Redwoods Waterfall cave. 1 Tribe cave. [36.1|54.8] Snow Cave (2ent.) 1 Tribe (2 tribe if Allianced)[30.4|52.5] Swamp Cave (1 Tribe) [56.4|45.0]
  12. 12.
    Amissa -
  13. 13.
    Ebunus Astrum -
  14. 14.
    Fjordur -
  15. 15.
    Hope -
  16. 16.
    Olympus -

Prohibited Build areas PER ARK MAP: DO NOT BUILD IN THESE AREAS!

Time will not be spent to carefully remove only offending pieces. All constructions belonging to the owner (player or clan) will be destroyed. There will be no refunds of materials or inventories.
  1. 1.
    Island: Penguin Island, Hidden Lake. Underwater Caves with Lore notes.
  2. 2.
    Center: Floating Island.
  3. 3.
    SE: All Oil or Water wells should be open or in an admins tribe.
  4. 4.
    Aberration: Keep the waterways clear for Boat traffic & leave gas collectors open.
  5. 5.
    Ragnarok: The giant beaver dam & metal cave, OIL WELLS must be left unlocked or Owned by an ADMIN.
  6. 6.
    Extinction: Sunken Forest Beaver Lake, Do not block the spawns in the middle of the lake. Build back from the water's edge. Any city terminal must be treated like a public transmitter, you may be enclosed within a base, but that area must remain accessible to the public via a gate system.
  7. 7.
    Valguero: Any Cave that leads to the Fertile Chamber area. Any Cave that leads to the Underground Ocean. Within 10 Foundations of a Deinonychus Nesting Area.
  8. 8.
    Genesis - 1: Caves in the Lunar Biome and The Volcano caves, DO NOT BLOCK PATHWAYS and TRAILS IN THE SNOW BIOME! Ocean Metal Overlooks - Marked as NO BUILD with ADMIN BILLBOARDS.
  9. 9.
    Crystal Isles: LEAVE the OIL WELLS OPEN 61.26 -49.79, SILICON PEARL AREA 41 x41, RARE FLOWER AREA 57 X 24, SULFUR AREA 48.1 X 57.2, Do not block the Metal nodes. Crystal nodes are not included in this map. Do not build within 10 foundations or use a S+ tek trough near the Crystal Wyvern Nesting area.
  10. 10.
    Genesis - 2: No building ON Mission DISC areas or within 50 foundations in an arc around the Mission Disc areas. No building on a bare spot or a structure with a Lore Cache, IF HLNA activates over a spot, do not build there. No building on the Upper most bridges that span the TRENCHES. This includes the natural rock spans. No building in the Tunnels that lead to SPACE. No building in the Tunnels that lead to the UNDERSEA Area known as the SUMP. Do NOT block these with Gates. These need to stay open so that players can access these areas with dinos. Only one Admin approved TP within render of the Rockwell Prime Dias. Do NOT place S+ Harvester's in the Mutagen Field in Rockwell's Innards.
  11. 11.
    Lost Island: No building unless Allied with the Patreon Resident Alliance in the Giant City in the Redwoods. [41.5|53.9] Do not block the cave entrances under the Lighthouse. [20.3|23.8] Do not block the roadways around the Snow Biome Castle in the snow biome. [29.3|32.4] Labyrinth Cave (Water Ent)[59.1|47.1] Plains Crouch Cave (Artifact) [36.2|15.3] Resource Cave 1 (this will be Refinery #1)[38.7|54.7] Resource Cave 2 (This will be Refinery #2)[56.1|45.0] Snow Cave 1 (Blue Obelisk Peak) (Path to the Snow Biome Castle [27.5|33.1] Watch Tower Cave (GAS) [21.0|23.9] Beaver Bay [56.6|63.5] Oil Wells #1 [83.3|48.7] Oil Wells #2 [ ] Crystal Cave [30.6|52.5] Silica Pearls Bay [60.1| ] Volcano Resource Field [20.7|67.2] (Magmasaur egg spawn near)
  12. 12.
    EVENTMAP: Players may not build on the Event Map without express permission of an Admin Supervising them.
  13. 13.
    Amissa:_____ ANY Cave or Ruin that has an artifact or a lore note Do NOT Build there.
  14. 14.
    Ebenus Astrum:____ ANY Cave or Ruin that has an artifact or a lore note Do NOT Build there.
  15. 15.
    Fjördur: The Shimmering Halls (Do not Build area - Dungeon) Lat. 08.9, Lon. 62.6 ; The Old Kingdom (Do Not Build Area - Dungeon) Lat. 86.2, Lon. 5.3 ; The Frozen Fortress (Do Not Build Area - Dungeon) Lat. 8.7, Lon. 24.5 ; Hyrrhel Dungeon (Do Not Build Area - Dungeon) Lat. 21.2, Lon. 57.5 ; More areas as we identify them.
  16. 16.
    Hope:____ ANY Cave or Ruin that has an artifact or a lore note Do NOT Build there.
  17. 17.
    Olympus:____ ANY Cave or Ruin that has an artifact or a lore note Do NOT Build there.

Decay Timers:

It is the responsibility of the Player to make sure they refresh all timers on the servers they play on. Anything that is claimable/demo-able can and will be cleared up by the other residents of the Servers.
DINO's are CLAIMABLE in 12 Days. Wood will auto-decay the day the Dinos go claimable, and Stone will auto-decay six days later. (Auto-decay is where it dissolves the moment you log in or someone else REZZES your base!)
Extended ARK Decay timers are in effect, including Dino tames.
A Dino times out in 12 days. S+ Thatch building pieces timeout in 4 days auto decays in 6. S+ Adobe building pieces timeout in 8 days auto decays in 12. S+ Wood building pieces timeout in 8 days auto decays in 12. S+ Stone building pieces timeout in 12 days auto decays in 18. S+ Greenhouse building pieces timeout in 15 days auto decays in 22.5. S+ Glass building pieces timeout in 16 days auto decays in 24. S+ Metal building pieces timeout in 16 days auto decays in 24. S+ Tek building pieces timeout in 20 days auto decays in 30.

Admin Builds & Community Builds:

When you see a base with <name> (ADMIN) this is an admin from one of our game platforms. If the base has <name> (OWNER), this is one of the Gaming Server Owners. Admin/Owner bases, builds, tribes and tames are OFF LIMITS to being Claimed/Demoed out.
Community Builds are not limited to Admin Bases, but also pertain to any Base or Center run by The PACK Gaming for the ease of use of the players on our servers. You will find things like Community Centers, Merchant Villages, Event Stationing areas Teleport and Warp systems, any or all dependent on the Game and Server needs.
Ragnarok Flea Market: (This is an OWNER sponsored, Player base, done for benefit of the Cluster.) NO claiming in this area unless done by one of the Flea Market Staff, or Admin Team. (for decayed items only).

Claiming Rules

THE JAWA CLAUSE! These are the rules for those that like to Claim Abandoned Bases and Dinos.
  • Please DO NOT destroy/or remove parts or tames of ANY marked Admin or Owners base, EVEN IF DECAYED! You will be banned. If you are unsure that the tribe you are looking at is an ADMIN or Owner tribe. Join our Discord and ask in #admin-support. ​
  • You may claim tames, and demo any NON Owner/Admin base that has been let go claimable. This MEANS BASES that ARE FULLY DEMO RATED. NOT just the WOOD but the METAL and TEK too. If you can not demo all the base parts. Do NOT DEMO just to get to tames. And leave the rest of the base standing! Remove as much as you can. If there are any things with excessive decay timers are left. Please post the CCC in the Admin support Channel. CCC instructions HERE
  • You must be able to physically reach the dino, to use a cryopod on it. Do NOT Claim through Walls and Floors. Any Dino left in a base that is closed will be reinstated into the BASE owners tribe, OR Deleted at The Pack Admins discretion.
  • Please MOVE the claimed Dinos out of the base within 24 hours. Dinos found claimed inside of Decayed tribes bases, will be REDGUNED. TAKE them home if you want them!
  • Dinos claimed 24 to 48 hours prior, are subject to requests from the PREVIOUS owner should they log back in. The Previous Owner can request for dinos return. It is up to the PREVIOUS owner and the CLAIMANT to come to a peaceful agreement over the disposition of the claimed tames.
  • If an Admin is clearing a base, or placing a Panic room on the location. DO NOT FLY in and Claim dinos. Admins have the right to REDGUN you and what you were claiming, or riding! Admins will not destroy dedicated storages, other storage, or tek items for you to claim the deathcache. So don't even ask.
  • DO NOT CLAIM Dinos below Level 150. This is asked as our base wild is 210 and you do not need a dino under the threshold level. There are plenty available for trade and purchase. IF you CLAIM a dino LINE that is 400 or above. CLIP all resulting children of these dinos. That was someone else's hard work you are getting for free. Please be considerate and clip the new generations from then if you sell or give them away.
  • Please Try to maintain a balance of 2000 total of AWAKE and Cryoed dinos or UNDER on each map. Your tribal limit is 500, this is those that are awake. This helps the servers run better.

Aggressive Wander or EXT Titans:

Do NOT leave any tame creature on AGGRESSIVE.
You may leave a TURRET dino on Aggressive and Turret mode under these specific instructions: It must be encumbered to the point it can not walk in any direction. You may not use a hitching post for this setting (it stops the dino from defending) and a dino leash will NOT stop them from moving outside the ring during a server reset. No other setting is approved for Aggressive setting.
ALL DINOS NOT ENCUMBERED and on AGGRESSIVE will be SHOT ON SIGHT. NO EXCEPTIONS and no RECOMPENSE.
Titans (Kaijus) are NOT to be transferred off of the map they were captured on, and must be left on passive when not in use.
❝All rules are totally at the discretion of The PACK Gaming staff. All rules subject to change as we discover the map and "no build" places.❞
Photo courtesy of @KnownVandal
For Demonstration purposes, this is a Titanosaur with a platform saddle and 80 foundations in a row.
This image is of a base made on four of the 40x 40 ocean platforms. It is exactly 80 x 80.

Specific Rules surrounding the Perk: TEK FORGES to Patreon Players.

This perk will only be offered at the $40 tier. Here is how the system will work.
1. You are eligible for one if you are a $40 patreon.
2. This is also a once a year perk. Meaning lets say you sign up this month for the $40 tier, and you want your tek forge, great you get one! However you will not be able to get another one until "THIS MONTH" of 2022.
3. Prior months of patreon tiers do not count for this perk.
4. Do you need to stay at the $40 tier? No absolutely not and I would honestly rather you not! But we leave this tier there for the folks that really love our community, and want to see it continue to grow.
5. We will not for any reason replace the tek forge if something was to happen to it. Meaning if your base comes up for decay, or you place it on a foundation, and pickup the foundation destroy the forge, we won’t replace it. So be wise when placing it down, and picking things up around it to not destroy it. (Any tribe with a listed Tek forge that hits Demo-Allowed Will be Admin-demoed before auto decay happens. REFRESH your BASES!)
6. You must keep it locked. It is not for public use. Just your tribe only.
7. You MAY NOT Sell or TRADE the Tek Forge for any reason.
8. An Admin will in person, record the date, tribe, and location (CCC) of the forge when you get one. For our record keeping purposes.
9. Regarding moving a Tek Forge to Lost Island, an admin will demolish your old Tek Forge and will then spawn a new one in the place you desire on Lost Island. Please submit a ticket in our Discord to move your Forge.
We love and appreciate all our Patreons! And decided as we are a small cluster this was the way to provide a much requested item, that is inherently HARD to get. ~Funtimes & Alphy~
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