My Diary of Life on Ark- Day Ten

Day 10: It has been a few days since I have written, I have been very busy, I have finished up the house and even made a bed. My monkey, who I have named Munken, now stays in my "room". I talk to him a lot as he is the only sapien I have seen, and the only animal that shows concern for me. I do not think I could keep my sanity without him and his insistent chattering. I thought he would be a pet, but now he is more of a best friend to me.


The home is two stories tall, I have made a small room for myself as a bedroom. Hanging off the side of the second floor, is a stone section that I have built for a fireplace and cooking pot. Although it is dangerous to live with a fire in a wooden house, the stone room should stop any potential disasters. I do not know if it gets cold here, but the fireplace offers warmth and lets me cook with ease and safety on the inside. Starting a fire I began to cook some fish. I would need more than fish and berries to survive, I had a craving for vegetables now, and was probably lacking nutrients. I would have to find a replacement soon, I had some random seeds I had found, maybe I should start a farm.

Taking my cooked fish, I went to a window that overlooked the pond and saw fish swimming around. It was easy food and it kept me alive, but I always hated fish and wanted red meat. Sadly I thought about my dilo, and decided it might be time to find a new carnivore to help me hunt.  I needed something stronger and bigger, something that could attack and hunt effectively. I would need meat to tame it and my home made narcotic muck. Gathering my spear, bow, and the narcotic mixture, I headed down to the first floor, or the pen as I called it.

I had tamed 2 more Dodo birds. I think two were female, with darker and less extravagant colors while one was male, a bright red colored feathers. I had been collecting eggs from them, hoping for some to be fertile but no luck. They offered a good alternative to fish, which I was grateful for. I fed them berries and they happily ate them. They had no understanding of fear in the wild, I had seen one walk up to a Dilo before becoming lunch. It  was baffling how could they  survive on this island with no survival instincts, or fear. They made a mess of the pen floor, but was easy to wash as I poured water on the floor and it washed into the pond. It seems that the fish in the pond are bottom feeders, and eat the refuse from the birds.

The last thing needed was meat that fish would easily provide. Diving into the water I positioned my spear in front of me and swam toward  fish slowly, keeping me head just below water so I could catch a quick breath if I needed. I would launch the spear forward and missed many times. I had learned to keep trying and eventually I would hit one. I kept at it until I had harvested 3 fish, taking just the meat, I would be needing to tame a new carnivore. I threw the rest on the beach. Pteradons were scavengers and would come by to eat the fish's internals and heads.

I walked between the forest and beach, but keeping quiet was difficult, the ocean waves and wind helped cover my noise though. I spotted something in the distance, it looked like something was fighting but I couldn't quite make out what was fighting. I started to crawl on the ground reaching for my bow and readying a tranquilizer arrow. I painstakingly inched along until I was close enough to see what appeared to be a raptor that was eating a fresh killed Triceratops. Usually raptors hunt in packs, but this one was alone, a lucky find for me. Even better is that this one appeared to be unusually strong being able to take down a Triceratops by itself. I slowly drew an arrow, praying it found it's mark, if it didn't I would not be able to fend off a full grown raptor. It feel like slow motion as I watched the arrow gently soar through the air, finally landing its mark on it's leg. It began to run around and jump at the pain, eventually the narcotic took affect and it laid down subdued.


I slowly approached it, another arrow at the ready, it hissed and screeched at me. It would take longer to tame this than a simple Dodo or other smaller dino's. I went through the same routine of feeding it some fish and some narcotic infused meat. Luckily I had a Triceratops to harvest meat from to feed it, which I took advantage of. I looked over the raptor, figuring this would be a Utahraptor, the largest of all raptors. It never got recognition back home, as a famous movie portrayed it as the Velociraptor. The Velociraptor was only about half a meter tall, while Utahraptors were over 2 meters tall. I was very wary if it had a pack, raptors were supposed to be able to have a crude call language, but the narcotic effects might have caused him not to call out. It took nearly half the day to tame, eventually he was calm enough to let me touch him. He had a wonderful green with red feathers. Perfect for hiding and ambushing prey. I stopped feeding him narcotic meat, and he began to regain control of limbs. I made sure he was friendly the whole time. He stood up and looked at me calmly. I walked backward and it followed me. I was waiting for him to attack, but it never came. Eventually I whistled and it followed me again.

Bringing it back to the pen, it seemed like I could ride it. Hoping on its back, it barely flinched or even seemed bothered about my weight on it. Staying on the Utahraptor, was another story, the body was slender and scaly offering no friction to stay on it. I would require a saddle and harness if I was to steer and ride on top of it effectively. I went upstairs, worried if the raptor would attack the Dodo's, I left it as a test to see if I could leave them together. I quickly went to a storage chest I had built and took out all the leather I had, and began to cut it with the end of the spear. Eventually I had made a crude saddle and harness that I could use. During this process everything was quiet, but Dodo's were dumb and probably would walk up to the raptor and been dispatched easily and without a sound. Taking a deep breath in, I headed downstairs fully expecting to see feathers everywhere and a raptor munching on a new meal. To my relief, I found the raptor sitting in a corner, while the Dodo's walked around. If I kept the raptor fed, maybe he wouldn't attack any other animals in the pen, I would build a wall and gate around the raptor just to make sure.

I mounted the harness on the raptor, climbed on and attempted to ride it, It was stubborn at first, and refused to listen and tried to shake me off. I kept on though and eventually it stopped fighting when it realized it could not win. I lead him through a ravine outside the oasis, up a cliff that was overlooking the home. I could see my old thatch building on the left, that I had spent many cold and wet nights. The new wooden home on the right, a place where I could keep comfortable, and keep my tamed animals there in safety. I rubbed the feather on the raptors neck, compared to its camouflage green, the red stuck out... Red was a good name. I rode Red down the cliff back to home, where I put Red in the pen and fed it. For now I go to bed, I pray that those Dodo's would live another night.
Signed, Ark Survivor

Win an EVGA SuperNova 1300 G2 Power Supply and EVGA Sleeved Cables!!

The EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2 power supply is a major power house in the EVGA power supply line up!  This power supply is 80 Plus Gold Rated, offers a fully modular interface, Japanese capacitors, high quality near silent dual ball bearing fan, 1300 watts of continuous power, and exceptional efficiency.  It also features a single, powerful +12 volt rail to maximize stability and compatibility.  Not to mention, a first class 10 year EVGA Warranty.  Designed with enthusiast needs in mind the EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2 power supply is the best choice to power this and next generation enthusiast computers.  You can also feel secure knowing that EVGA power supplies have a host of power protections to keep your hardware safe!   Take your system to the next level and power up with the EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2!

The EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2 is a beast of a power supply that would fit the needs of any enthusiast builder running multiple graphics cards or everyday power user seeking maximum efficiency.  This week, Two (2) lucky random people will be able to WIN an EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2 Power Supply and a set of the EVGA Individually Sleeved Cables in the color of your choice (Black, Red, Blue, or White).  


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Winner Announced - Win an EVGA Hadron Air mini ITX case and mITX ACX CPU Cooler!!

We would like to thank everyone who entered our EVGA Hadron Air and EVGA ACX mITX CPU Cooler contest by answering our product trivia questions, and for leaving your 2nd comments on the other articles.  It is always great to hear your comments and feedback on our content here on   


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EVGA Early Black Friday Sale

Starting today, EVGA is hosting an early Black Friday sale for our refurbished products. You will see products there with as much as 75% off! I already picked up a $15 600B power supply myself to use as a backup.

The sale is only while supplies last, so you will want to hurry and make your decision quick! Some of the options have already sold out before I finished writing up this article. Comment below and let us know what you managed to get!

Battlefront Graphics #ToddyHanced

Just when I thought Battlefront graphics could not get any better, well known modder, Toddyhancer has done it again! He is fairly well known for his GTA mods, but seems to have pulled it off again with Battlefront making it even more realistic. Some people say it's just a Photoshop filter, but have you seen what they can do in Photoshop?!!?

The mod significantly drops your FPS by 30-40FPS, so you would need to have a good system and for 4k, a monster system. You can supposedly, download the mod v.2 here, but I still can not find a download link. 

**WARNING** You are solely responsible for any and all positive or harmful effects that result in usage and implementation of the following third party mod.  EVGA is not responsible for any damages incurred through end user implementation of this mod.

Will games be able to get to the point of giving us this much realism and still being able to keep the game playable?  How far into the future do you think it will take?  Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

Flash Sales and Daily Deals Will No Longer be Seen During Steam Sale Events

According to, Steam will no longer be hosting their daily deals or flash sales during the Autumn or Winter sales.

"We'll still be highlighting your top games on the front page for 24-48 hour spans, but those products will stay at their most competitive discount, before and after being featured," Valve wrote.

"It's not a major change, but it does make the sale a lot more valuable for customers, and it allows us to build sale features that recommend your product all sale long, instead of just during its front page feature.

"For a brand new release, if you can't get approval for your best discount for the full length of the sale, that's OK and we can work on a plan for that game. But the vast majority of your catalog should be running its best discount for the duration of the sale."

Many are speculating that this will result in lower prices, but not as low as the flash sales. No official word clarifying that, so we will have to wait and see.

Plans for Zed-Conomy in Killing Floor 2

Tripwire has released a teaser page for their upcoming plans to include a market for which you can buy, sell and trade items that can be found in game. Items can range from weapon skins to masks. All of the items are purely cosmetic and do not offer any stat bonuses.

Once introduced, players can find loot during game play and can have a chance to find a box. These boxes do require a key to open which can be purchased from the Steam Market. There are 6 grades of items that can be found, and only the highest grade can be found by opening the boxes. The lower 5 grades can be found in game without having to buy anything.

Tripwire also plans on adding community designed skins to the drops as well. Much like the Steam Greenlight, they can be voted upon and the top ones will go live.

The details regarding Zed-conony can be found here: