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    New Wildcard Mod Community Liason

    Hey everybody!

    A little while ago ARK announced a new role they were trying to fill in assisting with the mod community. I'm very happy to announce that I'm that person. Some of you may know me from my work on Primitive+, but I wanted to introduce myself!

    Who am I?
    A guy that loves modding, design, art, and programming. I come from a pretty heavy programming background and have always played around with graphic design. When the ARK Dev Kit came around I only had Unity experience in terms of game development. I knew I wanted to try my hand at a mod based on my current obsession with the game. I had no idea it would turn into a dream job. I'm not an expert at anything by any means but I'm hoping to give a lot back to the community.

    So.. We get our wishlist now!?!?!?
    While working with the team does give me some access to behind the curtains and influence on the future of the development kit, I don't want anyone to thing magic is going to happen here. From what I've seen so far I can tell you it's a lot more complicated than it may seem. With that said, I will be looking at the most commonly requested things and trying to get them implemented into the dev kit. No promises here! Let's say we didn't get any additional functionality added to the dev kit.... Could we still make some amazing content? Sure can! I won't sit here and say the dev kit is perfect and there aren't things that need to be exposed but I also won't commit to it. I will commit to giving it my all to make it a reality if it's something the community wants and will add value. Keep in mind, some things are just out of scope based on the investment the team would have to make to expose or change certain things.

    What exactly is changing??
    I'd like to try and get things a little more organized in the forums. I won't lie, I can be OCD about certain things (too many computer windows open) so you all will have to voice your opinion on what makes sense. I'd also like to try and standardize some of the requests for help. While I may not post all the time, I visit the forums frequently and most of the requests for help are either covered in a tutorial buried on page 10 or there isn't enough information to even help. Over the next few days I will be posting a few stickies on requesting help. There are a lot of talented people in this forum and tons of them that always help out when they can. Not only do I appreciate it (because I've used the help before) but Wildcard appreciates it too!

    Wait, Wildcard...
    They have obviously invested in the future of modding for this game. I wouldn't be in this position if that weren't proof of it. To show appreciation, there official 'dev kit master' unique skins that are available in game. These are unique and special tokens of appreciation from the Wildcard team for all that you do. In order to keep them unique, they won't be handed out to just anyone. Being a master is not only showing that you've mastered a craft but that you can create the next masters Being active in the forums or posting tutorials are just a few ways to get this honor. There are already a few people that I'll be reaching out to based on all of the work they've already done. I will post more soon on this topic but be sure to contact me if you think you already fall into this category.

    What else will you be working on?
    Recently we launched some official servers for Primitive+ and my work on it will continue throughout my time at Wildcard. It's an extreme pleasure to get to still work on what started this all independently and drive the vision. If you don't know about Primitive+, its a total conversion that looks to create a more immersive primitive lifestyle. The development life cycle is rather aggressive and I plan to continue on that cycle until ARK gets ready for launch. In addition to that, I'll be reaching out to some of you authors and streaming some of the things you are working on. Hopefully, that drives a little more visibility and attention to the things you are working on.

    Please be sure to reach out to me if you're interested in helping out in the mod community or if you just wanna say hey! Also, feel free to respond with some changes you'd like to see around the forum to make it a better experience!

    More to come!

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    haha a year+ later ... same boat.
    I thought this was a cute attempt at making the modding community feel wanted.
    Wait, no, you are wanted because if it wasnt for modders, this game would never get new content or be fixed
    All they do is pull in mods as "official content" and stake claims. God, when will you guys open your eyes to this and see that WC is only allowing this so they can get paid for your work lol ... its all sad.

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  • replied
    I definitely agree with your general sentiment, Samson F. Having a good attitude helps a lot. But I'm not sure how's that's relevant to the topic at hand -- we're discussing the complete absence of ComplexMinded (Ced) in the modding community. Having a positive attitude will help us all in general, but it won't spontaneously give us an active mod liaison, which is badly needed.

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    You will never succeed if you have to rely on someone else to get things done, put in the effort to accomplish your goals and don't give up. You have a tap of unlimited resources through google, its just a matter of comprehension and patience. Iv been working with this devkit for over a year with now and I feel like I only taped 10% of the potential that's available, this is not something you will master in short time. Your attitude is a direct link to your success.

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  • replied
    Originally posted by Luckboy View Post
    Yeah, I got all excited when I heard that we had a Mod liaison -- but Complex is simply non-existent. I had to struggle through learning the devkit based on other users, primarily on the discord chat. I don't think I've ever seen a single question get answered by Complex.
    Yep. Sounds about right. Wildcard is a lazy, full of themselves, outsourcing company. Check out speedtree's website. Anything look familiar?

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    Yeah, I got all excited when I heard that we had a Mod liaison -- but Complex is simply non-existent. I had to struggle through learning the devkit based on other users, primarily on the discord chat. I don't think I've ever seen a single question get answered by Complex.

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  • replied
    This forum is pretty much dead for support which is sad. I'm sorry man but I've reached out to you even personally for help and i've gotten none.
    for a community liaison i'd grade you at an F.
    I've not played your mod yet so I can't speak on your abilities but i'd imagine, (cause that's all I CAN actually do on this subject) that your skills are off the charts if they hired you.

    I get there is a mod..but ya know what? working in the biz for a while now I can tell you that sometimes....especially in smaller companies or teams, you have to manage your time better than you normally have to in order to survive this industry. Working the games biz is major time management skills, especially if you are a valuable source on the team.
    I'm leaving one more post today and then i'm leaving this forum for good. Its a waste of my time and i'm learning more asking the people on the discord channel that was started because no one is supporting this forum.

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  • replied
    Going to give my two cents for what it is worth. No I have not seen anything from complexminded (Ced) involving answering modders questions and creating documentation and tutotials for the community, but to be fair, it has been pretty obviois that complex has many other obligations to WC to maintain and update his mod and keep some official servers going, which as all of us modders know, modding itself can take up every bit of available time we have. In my opinion, one person is not going to cut it for this task, what we need is for some of the more advanced modders, not I, to be able to sit down with a dev that has in depth knowledge of the code and the devkit, for a few hours a day for maybe a week and get explanations about functions, variables, etc. and get the low down on all of the modifications to unreal, so that we can make better documentation for ourselves. Or have a dev take a day and write more useful, informative tooltips, that would go a long way in helping modders. I'm not going to say anything bad about WC and their support of the mod community, because I believe they have done so much already without any obligation to do so, but I think that if modder support is something they want to be about going forwards, then this has to be a priority, and I know the devs already are working ungodly hours to meet deadlines, but this has to be factored in and deadlines adjusted, or hire more modders, cause I don't know if one guy can do it all. Love you Ced, love you WC, love you modding community.

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  • replied
    ^ Yeah, when exactly are you going to actually "Lias"?

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  • replied
    So... What is it that you actually do as a "Mod Community Liaison"? It's not answering questions (publicly), or posting here(publicly), or providing docs(publicly).

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    can you help me? I've got a pretty severe issue that no one has responded to, I cannot trash the map either it needs to be released.
    https://forums.unrealengine.com/show...-Grid-Material

    please help me if you can.

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  • replied
    Originally posted by ComplexMinded View Post
    I am actually employed by wildcard. The job is much different in the sense that i work in the office with them and can just tap them on the shoulder haha. So this isn't a volunteer position :-). And welcome back! You had some things going on with DICE, no?
    Congratulations!! Please help us we neeed some help finally thank you! T_T

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    Congrats Complex, glad to see you in your dream job and that you will be helping with the community. By the way in case you don't remember me I am one of the developers for the pirate mod

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  • replied
    Congratulations Complex, I'm sure its exciting

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    First "official" day in the office. I will be going through the tutorials and organizing things this week!

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