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Dark and Light PvE Server Rules

All rules found here will pertain to all of our current and future Servers. Please read and familiarize yourself with them. UPDATED 5/10/2023
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1. General Server Guidelines!

The PACK Disclaimer and Players Notice!
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!
We reserve the right to modify these rules in any way we deem necessary and at any moment, at our own discretion, it is your responsibility to check for them. We endeavor to Update in game and in Discord when there are significant updates.
❝Your presence in this server implies accepting these rules, including all further changes. We reserve the right to modify these rules in any way we deem necessary and at any moment, at our own discretion, it is your responsibility to check for them. ❞
Personal Responsibility & Tribal/Clan Membership
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. 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.
Admin Involvement in Tribal Affairs
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 cannot assist with recovering most buildings ownership.‌
Admins rarely get involved in intra-tribal(things going on inside a tribe) issues and or inter-tribal(things between two tribes) issues. UNLESS the altercations escalate to the stage of griefing or harassment.
Hacks & Exploits

Hacks and exploits are not tolerated. This is a BAN first, ask questions later mater.

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 and is forthwith prohibited on our cluster.
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.

2. Infractions

We 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. We do not issue warnings ahead of Admin intervention. Hacking, or using Exploits and other situations deemed as extreme will be met with a permanent ban on the first offense.
Reporting Infractions
  • 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. To get a "CCC" use the command /whatsmyccc in any Discord Channel. You will receive a message with instructions.
  • We won’t be able to refund or return any loss of property caused by an infraction.

3. Harassment - Griefing

Treat others as you would like to be treated.
If you experience Harassment / Griefing / or observe inappropriate content in-game, please be aware that there are tools in some games to help you improve your experience such as muting. If your game does not have Muting, please fill out a ticket in our Discord (#Support-Tickets)
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.
There are some offensive and defamatory chat and user-created content of racial, overtly sexual, hateful, illicit, Terrorist and criminal glorification, or of other nature DEEMED NOT PERMITED. This extends to character names, guild names, in-game signs, any other type of communication in Server.
Personal threats, doxing, stalking. Please also make sure to get in touch with the local authorities in such similar cases.
Our admin team considers all the above action types of Harassment . If reported to admins, you will receive up to a 5 day ban . Continued Harassment of this type will lead to a The PACK Gaming Server wide Ban.
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, join a tribe or ask others to merge with you, for the sole purpose of stealing from the other player.
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.
STEALING someone's PASSIVE tame is GRIEFING. Do not steal any Dino that someone else is in the process OF knocking out, Or, In the process of PASSIVE TAMING! Or, one they point out that they are about to tame. Flying in at the last moment in the middle of Passive taming and feeding the last bite IS GRIEFING.
Our admin team considers all the above action types of GRIEFING . If reported to admins, you will receive The PACK Gaming Server wide Ban.

4. Auto-decay and Claiming

Claiming ~ "The Jawa Rule"
You may demo any NON Owner/NON - Admin base that the majority of the building mats (OVER 75%) are decayed. DO NOT Break just a few walls or floors to take the resources, DINOs. Please remove as much of the decayed items as you can if you are claiming a decayed base! (This is a recommendation not a requirement)
LOOTED Bases 24-48 hour rule - Signed equipment and Dinos claimed 24 to 48 hours prior, are subject to return to the PREVIOUS owner should they log back in. Players are to settle these ownership issues themselves. Admins do not get involved in interactions between tribes unless griefing is noted.
If there are any things with Tier 3 decay timers, please post the CCC in the Admin support Channel THREAD *Base clean up*. Use /whatsmyccc in Discord to get specifics on how to use the ccc command. Admins will not remove normal decayed items (Wood or Metal Tier items) So a player can build there.
Do not enter into an area that admins are clearing! Don't try to claim or loot bags dropped by an admin during demo. Admins will not break excessive timer items for you to loot. Admins are using commands and equipment that can destroy your character and tame you are riding.
Claiming Creatures - You must be able to physically reach the Creature, to Claim it. Do NOT Claim through Walls and Floors.
If a player shows a history of repeated Claiming and partial demo, or claiming and leaving claimed dinos over 24 hours, steps will be taken to prevent such behavior in the future.
DO NOT destroy/or remove parts or tames of ANY ADMINS, OWNERS, or Community Buildings, EVEN IF DECAYED! You will be banned. DO NOT DEMO -CLAIM A BASE NAMED any of the following variations: <name> (ADMIN); <name> (OWNER); <name> {Owner/Admin}; The PACK {Community Building}; Traders Village {Community Building}; The Events Team {Community Building}

It is the responsibility of the Player to make sure they refresh all timers on the servers they play on.

All structures and tamed dinosaurs auto-decay. This means that if nobody in your tribe logs into the game every few days, your structures and dinosaurs may disappear. Anything that is claimable/demo-able can and will be cleared up by the other residents of the Servers.
You must RENDER the items to actually prevent the decay of the item this can take up to a 15 min. interval in your base moving about to properly render in all sections of the build in your players render radius. (Render radius 15 meters in a circle {in ark this means 5 foundation stones in a circle around you}) In general, higher-tier structures will last longer than lower-tier structures.
Any tribe that is fully inactive (30 days of no log ins) will be dino/structure wiped by admins. Please advise the admin team of prolonged (over 15 days) absences if you are not abandoning your base.

Schedule of item decay and auto-decay periods.

Auto Decay 0-3 Days
Auto Decay 3-5 Days
Auto Decay over 5 Days
Framework - 3 days or 72 hours
Wood - 4 days or 96 Hours.
Creatures are CLAIMABLE in 12 Days.
Straw - 3 days or 72 hours.
Stone - 5 days or 120 Hours.
Iron - 7 days or 168 Hours.
Manor - 15 days or 360 Hours.

5. Creature Rules:

Do NOT leave Tamed /Claimed Creatures all over the map! These will be Deleted at The Pack Admins discretion. With no recompense!
Creatures on a Defensive setting, that go rogue, will be Deleted at The Pack Admins discretion. With no recompense!
Defensive settings = Neutral, and aggressive.
NO UNCLAIMING Creatures at the CC's, trap and place in the donations bin.
Defensive settings allowed = Neutral, and attack my target. No other setting is approved for Defensive Dinos.
The Defensive Creatures must be encumbered to the point it cannot walk in any direction. Do Not Set any Defensive Creatures on WANDER! These will sometimes go rouge on resets or server crashes, and phase your walls.
ALL Creatures NOT ENCUMBERED and on AGGRESSIVE, running loose outside base walls, will be SHOT ON SIGHT. NO EXCEPTIONS and no RECOMPENSE.

6. 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. This includes using building items to provide yourself with an unfair advantage at claiming loot crates, artifacts and OSD's. If you wish to reign supreme on the map and hog all the resources and enemies, please consider single player.
Building Regulations:
All Building rules are designed around a Solo Player Or a multi-player tribe. No personal bases to those that are tribe members allowed. Unless you are a solo player, and they must abide by the next two rules.
ONE Main Base of no more than 100 x 100 normal foundations. {Manor building tiles are 4x4 of the normal tiles, therefore will be limited to 25 x 25 Manor Foundations}. If you don't need the full 100 x 100 tiles please make it smaller.
ONE OUTPOST of 25 x 25 in either Normal or Manor Blocks Per DNL Server.
No Blocking of content in the game, such as caves, dungeons, obelisks, resources and other areas of the game such as lore notes.
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.
No building within RENDER range of another players build. All claims must be at least 100 blocks apart unless players are in Alliance with another clan.
No Massive constructions or over-use of memory intensive items leading to loss of performance both on client and server-side.
Building Specifics Allowed:
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.
Building in/on Ruins ARE allowed but do not block any entrance to other Areas. Please stay as close to the allowed base/outpost size as possible.
Cave building - Caves that are less than 40 x 40 tiles are SINGLE/SOLO TRIBE. Caves over 80 x80 tiles are MUTIPLE TRIBE caves. You must be Allied to build in a over 80 x80 cave. Do not build in any cave with restrictions put forth in the Prohibitive Build Areas for your map.
You may make a temporary taming place. This may be a 15 x 15 normal foundation area with a logout area. This is a temporary site and should be removed as soon as the tame/s have been processed. PLEASE CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELVES!

7. Prohibited Build Areas:

The Path:
Do not build on the Floating Islands.
The Shard:
Do not Block the Walkways with builds.

8. Server Crashes, Client Crashes, and Unexplained Deaths.

Client Side Crashes
Any type of Client Side Crash can create a loss of saved data for the player. As well as Player deaths and Creature deaths while you were handling the crash. These incidents will not produce a Death cache bag.
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. The Pack Gaming is not responsible for replacing items or Dinos due to ARK Glitches, Steam Cloud Errors, or Corrupted Players Clients.
Server Crashes /Server Restarts/Transfer Errors
Server Crashes will have a 5 to 14 min. Rollback to the save Prior to the restart, or to the last save before the Crash. All Data collected between the Save time stamp and the restart / Crash will be erased.
Server Restarts will have a save 3 mins prior to a Restart. If you do not log out before that 3 min. Mark, you can loose some game data to the server resetting. Please always try to get to a safe stopping point before the 5 min Restart warning!
Characters/Creatures/Items uploaded to the Steam cloud have a 24-hour time limit in multiplayer. Ensure you are set to download them into another server before the timer runs out, or else your items will decay in your upload when the timer goes past 0.
Steam Cloud Errors involve Characters/Creatures/Items uploaded to the Steam cloud. If this upload is corrupted, Admins and Owners can NOT Access the data stored in the Steam cloud and your information is lost.
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. The Pack Gaming is not responsible for replacing items or Dinos due to ARK Glitches, Steam Cloud Errors, or Corrupted Players Clients.