So I've ran a nitrado server for ark since day one on xbx... I decided to start another cluster recently and am having the most trouble populating servers that ive ever had... I know in part the game is just not as popular as it used to be.. But then i hop over to these servers that have 70+ population and its so laggy they are unplayable.. So i dont see how those hold a population.
I have my server stats set in such a way that you cant become alpha in a day or 2 but yet its far more easier to build up than official stats. So essentially middle of the road type server that over the past few years alot of people have paid me compliments on.
I have a bunch of useful coding, ext/ab dinos on every map, custom drops, stack mods... I have harvesting damage to where there wont be a ton of lag if it has a higher population..
So my question is whats popular stat wise/ ini file wise now a days that you fellow server owners have seen that will get a loyal following of population for those that still love the game?
I have asked people that have joined and left my servers and the general consensus is they either want it way more boosted or closer to official stats... One would think meeting halfway of those settings wise would attract a healthy pop...
Anyway thanks for any input just felt like this was a good topic of discussion for server owners.