So I worked out on someone else’s suggestion in another thread
that for my mod to take effect I have to remove/backup my currently saved ark file under
ARK/Projects/ShooterGame/Saved/SavedArksLocal and renaming ‘TheIsland.ark’ to ‘TheIsland.ark.old1’
This creates another issue(not sure if same for other mod authors) in that a mod user wouldn’t really know or expect to do this.
Is this expected for mods? I’ve heard other complaints about users losing their many hours of progress(their current ark save file) when trying a new mod and not sure what the expected solution to this would be since there could be many combinations of potential mods and maps.