Admin Training Page

Admin Training Page

First off, Administrators acknowledge that this is a fully volunteer and non-paying position.
There are some guidelines that come with the responsibility of being able to run admin commands on this server.
Use the admin commands wisely.
Do not use the commands to abuse players.
Do not use the admin commands to give free items or dinosaurs to friends, unless there is a good reason to do so.
Spawning things for yourself is ok to a point, but do not flaunt the admin powers over other players. They don’t want flying brontosaurus gliding over their bases. Be discreet so that other players do not feel they are surrounded by cheaters, even though that’s not what it is, it is the impression new players will have.
The usual method of choosing an admin is to choose one who has almost approached end game after having been on the server for some time. They have built their own base, tamed all the dinosaurs they could ever want and are pretty much just maintaining their base and perfecting it.
Players need to have shown themselves to have been friendly and helpful to other players in order for us to take them into consideration.

How to Start

The first thing you do to get into admin mode is press the tab key and the console pops up. Type enablecheats password and press enter.
Password is the password we give you, which is to be kept a secret and NOT given out to other players. If you give the password out, your admin privileges will be taken away.
If it works then using the tab console you can enter cheat fly. Press the spacebar and you should go up. You can move around the same as usual in fly mode.
Enter cheat god and you are now in god mode and can’t be injured.
Enter cheat walk and you are no longer flying and will drop to the ground.
Enter cheat ghost and you can go thru walls and thru the ground and still interact with your environment.

If you are asked to help free a dinosaur from a trapped location, you center your view on the dinosaur, then type cheat givetome.
The dinosaur now belongs to you and you can ride it. Hop on to the dino, and then anything you type now applies to the dinosaur as well.
If you type cheat ghost, the dinosaur and you can now pass through walls.
When you get the dinosaur into a good location type cheat walk and the dino is normal again. Make sure you are not too high off the ground so the dino is not hurt, or type cheat god so the dino is not hurt.
Turn god mode off by entering it again.
Unclaim the dinosaur to give it back to the player.
Note: You can’t claim a dino that has a platform. The platform will have to be removed to claim the dino.

Banning Players/Tribes

One of the admin’s responsibilities are banning malicious players.
If you are angry with a player’s actions, it may be best to give the information to another admin who can decide what to do with that player so that your anger doesn’t cloud proper judgement.
If a player if being overtly malicious, then you can ban them on the spot, but when possible you give them a warning first and then watch them. If you don’t want to be the person who bans them then give your reasons for wanting to ban to Boomer and he will do it. Players lose what they have gained from the hundreds of game hours they’ve put into the game. In the grand scheme of things, it’s not a big deal, but to the player being banned – it will be, so don’t ban unless there is a good reason.
Always strive to be professional to players. Don’t get angry or rude.

Examples of malicious behaviour include:

  1. Using argys or quetzals to lift up players or their dinos without their permission.
  2. Placing pillars or foundations close to someone’s base to prevent them from building, when one player was clearly there first.
  3. Leaving dinosaurs at someone’s gate so they cannot come or go from their base.
  4. Stealing from other players.
  5. Stalking other players who do not want the other person bothering them.
  6. Bad mouthing or slandering from another player.
  7. Insults regarding race, religion, sexual orientation etc.
  8. Willingly performing acts that result in another player’s character’s death.
  9. Vandalizing community buildings by destroying the structures/contents.

Basically any act that is malicious and is an act of trolling other players, causing anger or frustration.

If a player/tribe is to be banned, the best way to do it is by looking at one of their structures and entering the following codes:
cheat destroytribeplayers
cheat destroytribedinos
cheat destroytribestructures

In that order.
Do not give away their dinos. The server has a taming limit of 5000 dinos and the freed up space is always needed.

Destroy Commands

Do NOT use destroystructures  or DestroyAllEnemies or DestroyAll  commands.
They are dangerous.
All the dinos on the map could be wiped out by mistake.

The destroytribe commands are ok to run on banned tribes but be very careful what your view is centered on when entering the commands.
The only other safe command to use is destroymytarget. Center your view on the object to need to destroy and enter cheat destroymytarget.
That will make the dino/object vanish. Be careful, as it has a pretty good range. You could destroy someone’s nearby dinosaur or something else.

The command to kill and regen all WILD dinosaurs is Cheat DestroyWildDinos. Please ask Boomer to run this.
Do not use the misleading command named destroyallenemies as it kills all tamed and wild dinosaurs.
Also note that running cheat DestroyAll to destroy one type of dinosaur will ALSO destroy the tamed dinosaurs of that type.
For example: cheat DestroyAll Ankylo_Character_BP_C will destroy all tamed and wild ankylos on the server.
So just don’t run it.
In an emergency, it could be used to destroy alpha dinos that are out of control. They’re not tamed anyway. The commands are:
cheat DestroyAll MegaCarno_Character_BP
cheat DestroyAll MegaRaptor_Character_BP
cheat DestroyAll MegaRex_Character_BP

Custom Dino Colors

Players will request custom colors for their dinos. It’s preferable to just give them dyes so they can paint it themselves. There are too many tasks for admins to do without having to custom color dinos. If you do it for one player all players will expect the same.

Claiming Structures

You can’t claim and unclaim structures. You can only claim them. The only way a player can claim them back is with admin commands. Rarely do we allow this.
You center your view on a structure and enter cheat giveallstructure. There will likely be isolated items that need to be done separately, but for the most part, the structure will now be in your name.
There have been cases with people being pulled into tribes accidentally and then losing their own bases, so they were temporarily white-listed or given the password so they could run the cheat giveallstructure and cheat givetome commands on everything in their base they looked at.

Spawning Dinosaurs

When you spawn a dinosaur, do not go over the limit of level 120. If the dinosaur is wild, you tame it by entering cheat forcetame. That also gives a perfect tame with half level bonus points.
Cheat givetome works on wild dinos but the dino’s inventory is messed up for good, so use forcetame instead.
The commands are on the cheatsheet and one example is:
cheat SpawnDino “Blueprint’/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Argentavis/Argent_Character_BP.Argent_Character_BP'” 0 0 0 1
This spawns a level 1 argy.
cheat SpawnDino “Blueprint’/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Argentavis/Argent_Character_BP.Argent_Character_BP'” 0 0 0 120
spawns a level 120 argy.

Be careful when spawn quetzals as they fly away faster than you can chase them. It is the same with other dinosaurs.
In those cases, type cheat forcetame and hit enter. Then you summon the new dinosaur.
That way you can quickly bring up the tab console and use the cursor up key to reselect the previously typed forcetame command and hit enter.
If it’s a flying dinosaur and you have an enclosed location to spawn it, that is even better.

Spawning items
To spawn items you use one of two methods:
cheat giveitemnum ItemID# Quantity Quality Blueprint

Get Item IDs online. Here is one good page: http://ark.gamepedia.com/Entity_IDs
For example: cheat giveitemnum 120 100 0 0 gives 100 of item 120(Mejoberries)
Quality is what level of quality: ramshackle, apprentice, journeyman, mastercraft, ascendant. This works for armor and weapons.
Quality isn’t a precise thing. You get slightly different results every time you run the command. Numbers 1 to 10 seem to produce the varying levels of quality randomly. Greater than that usually gives ascendant quality.

Blueprint can be 1 or 0, (true or false respectively). If you want the blueprint and not the actual item, blueprint is true.

Some items don’t have ID numbers so you have to enter the blueprint identity ID using:

cheat giveitem Blueprint-string quantity quality blueprint(true/false)

For example:
cheat giveitem “Blueprint’/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Armor/Shields/PrimalItemArmor_MetalShield.PrimalItemArmor_MetalShield” 1 1 false
gives 1 metal shield with primitive quality

Teleporting

Admins teleport to players to help them out quickly. It’s a good idea to have your own base coordinates recorded so you can TP back to your own base afterwards.
We have a cheatsheet at http://www.lostcontinentpve.com/cheatsheet.html that contains many of the key locations on the server. Triple-clicking on a line selects it and you can use ctrl-c to copy that line to the clipboard. Ctrl-v pastes it into the tab console in the game.
Please request that you base location coordinates be added to the cheatsheet.

To get your coodinates, enter showmyadminmanager into the console.
Your coordinates are in the top left of the window. The z coordinate is you height and it may be partially clipped so you might have to guess some of it.
In the middle of the window is a list of players. You can click on a player and send them a short private message here. There are also kick and ban buttons to get rid of a player.
On the right side are a list of other commands you can run. Not all of them work well here but the one used the most is teleporttoplayer.
You select the player’s name you want to TP to.
You select the teleporttoplayer actions and click execute. Click Copy PlayerID and then execute.
To TP back to your original location you have to run the cheat setplayerpos x y z command, where x y and z are your original coordinates.
It’s probably a good idea to always be in god mode when teleporting. You will often fall through the world and can enter cheat fly to stop falling. Enter the setplayerpos command again to tp back but you will find that whenever you enter cheat walk, you will continue falling thru the ground. This is a bug that will hopefully be fixed soon. The way to get past it is to put all your armor and inventory into a container, turn off god mode and then fall through the world until you die. You’ll like it…it’s primordially peaceful!
When you respawn at your selected bed, you are back on the ground properly again.

Spectating

To search for dinosaurs, and to watch over players, you use spectating mode. When you enter spectator mode it’s basically like dying so it’s best to remove your armor and inventory first.
Enter cheat enablespectator to enter the mode, and cheat disablespectator to disable the mode. When you disable the mode you respawn to one of your chosen beds.

When in spectator mode, ctrl-m will bring up labels across the map. Use the directional keys to travel and mouse wheel to speed up/slow down.
Ctrl-n brings up a list of connected players. Click on one to TP to them. Use spacebar to detach from them and travel around that area.
There is no easy way of getting your spectating coordinates so unfortunately so you will have to guess where you are on the map, maybe by travelling high up and looking down where you were, then using this tool to get the setplayerpos coordinates and cheat code: http://jdimensional.com/ark-map/