The Ark Survivor's Tool requires two data files and a little bit of set up.
Start by clicking the 'New' button in the Character data section and create your data file. If you plan of sharing your info with another player, make sure to save these files in a network share or common location.
Next, click the 'New' button in the External Data section and create your data file. Again, choose a shared location if you play with others.
Once both data files are set up, click the green '+' on the right side of the Games section to create your first game. Enter a description (ex: 'The Island - No Flyers') and click 'Ok'.
To create a new player, click the green '+' on the right side of the Players section. Fill in the 'Name' field and the 3-letter abbreviation. The abbreviation identifies the creature owners in various screens - very important for breeding! Each player who is sharing these files needs to be set up in the player screen.
Now that you have created a game and at least one player, select them in the 'Selected Player' and 'Selected Game' fields. Remember that each user who is using the 'Character Data' and 'External Data' files on their own computers will need to point to the same data files in their 'Settings' screen and select the correct game and player.
Character Data - This file stores your game's tamed creatures, shopping lists, timers, etc. Each creature and saved item (shopping list, timer, taming timer) that is 'linked' to your player is saved here. You can keep all of your separate 'games' in the same data file - this helps if you want to transfer a creature from one map to another. The Ark Survivor's Tool keeps the different maps, players and games separate. Unless you want to keep you file size down, there is no need to create separate data files for each game or playthrough.
External Data - This file stores common 'External' info like torpor depletion rates (from your favorite app) and modded shopping list items that are entered by you (the player). Only one external data file is required.
Character Setup - This information is stored in the character data file and represents the game/players that are available to be used by the Ark Survivor's Tool.
General Timers - These are just your average, every day countdown timers
Useful for timing cuddles, feeding babies, and anything you can think of that you don't want to forget!
Before you can create your first timer, you must first select your timer view. Select your map and view your timers Alphabetically or by Time Left.
To set up a timer, make sure the timers are visible by clicking the 'Timers' button in the top left corner of the screen. Click the green add timer button and enter a description, hours, minutes, and seconds you would like your timer to run for.
Warning minutes are useful for an early heads up that a timer will be expiring soon.
Note that timers are map specific and can be started or stopped independently in case servers are running separately or in a cluster.
Used to keep track of any tames on the go
as soon as you knock out a potential tame, add a new taming timer
it will require a little setup, select your creature, sex, level
due to the complexity of the Ark taming system, we decided not to get into the taming requirements and torpor depletions
open up that handy app that starts with dodo and find out the taming info
start by entering the taming time and clicking start
i usually make a note in the notes section for how much kibble I'll need and the tames GPS coordinates
enter the torpor depletion provided by the dodo app and click the save icon
enter the current torpor of your tame and quickly press start on the torpor timer
once both timers are started (total time/torpor time) the app will remind you when the timers are getting low
if you need to apply more torpor, pick your narcotic type and how you much you want to apply and it will calculate how long it will take to absorb
various reports to help identify what to tame next
What you've tamed and what you haven't
What imprinters you still need to tame
What egg layers you still need to tame
Kibble Breakdown showing what creature requires what kibble
Kibble Based Taming, if you want to kibble tame as much as possible, this report will show you only creatures your capable of taming
Once both a female and male are tamed, then the next creature in the breakdown will show up
Tamed Creatures List
Keep Track of your tamed creatures and their base stats
Creatures are tracked by owner and location/map
Its best to enter your creatures right after they are tamed as these are the stats that are used while breeding
Useful for situations where you want to have your own dinos but possibly want to breed with other players on the server
Note that uploading creatures work similar to the obelisks, you can "upload" creatures to the obelisk and then switch games, etc.
the dark green represents the best stat for that species/sex, and the bright green represents the best stat per species, use this to pick your breeders
Breeding Stats Helper
Once you have tamed creatures entered you can use the Breeding Stats Helper to show you the best stats a pair of dinos can produce
Unfortunately, due to the complexity of the Ark taming system, we couldn't figure out what the actual best level would be...
So we just the put highest level in the box, and if it goes higher, yay...
A location/map specific notepad so you can keep separate notes per location
useful for tracking wild tames, build ideas/projects, etc.
Useful for creating large builds or complex items
Build a list of items needed for a greenhouse or say 100x tranq darts
The shopping list will generate a list of everything you need down to the base resources
or at your discretion it could be summarized up the top-level items only
You can enter your own custom items in the lists menu
Campfire cooking times
Refining/Industrial forge cooking times
Wood to charcoal
List of Vanilla game items and creatures
These represent the data used in the taming timers and the shopping lists
Really for information purposes only
Modded Game Items is an editable list of user maintained items for use with the Shopping Lists
Automatic Server Backup
Must be setup and enabled to work
Only really usable when the tool is ran on the server or has access to the server over a file share/network
Which means you can run the tool next to you and have the server elsewhere on the network and only run one copy of the tool
Once enabled and a path to the Ark server saves and a backup folder is provided...
The Ark Survivor's Tool will monitor the Ark saves folder and when a change occurs, it will automatically copy and date the current *.Ark file to the backup folder
The tool will only maintain the 10 most recent backups automatically deleting older saves which represents about 2 and 1/2 hours back
It will also maintain only 3 copies the automatic saves generated by the server itself in the main save directory