As a group of dedicated, year long unofficial ARK players we found ourselves bored and tired of existing ARK clusters that either made the game way too easy or just didn’t hit the right spot for our taste. With Avalanche, launched in December 2019, we are trying to find the balance between keeping ARK challenging and at the same time, make it less grindy or frustrating than the official or unmodded servers. While we include Quality of Life (QoL) mods like Super Structures and Kraken’s Better dinos in our setup, we still try to balance them by limiting or removing completely automated features like Nanny, Mutator mutation pulses and the like.
Our rule set and philosophy points in one direction: Play the game to achieve whatever your goal is. While some players initially dislike the idea of having to work for their own success, most of them turn around at some point telling us it is their best ARK experience they have ever had and that earning their own progress made the game so much more fun than just buying things cheap or getting carried for free and ending up bored of the game with nothing to do a week later. Many players on our cluster have been around for several months and are still finding something to do.
Our friendly and mature community is active and helpful and will welcome you if you’re up for the challenge on Avalanche.
After seeing the negative effects Gachas can have on a players experience, and the overall server economy, we have deemed Gachas as unbalanced for our concept. They remove the overall grind of the game and encourage players to afk in base all day for free resources.
Due to the paintbrush being able to duplicate certain dinos, we’ve made the decision to disable it.