Ark: Survival Evolved For Beginners

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Image courtesy of Epic Games

Since Wildcards famous “Ark: Survival Evolved” has been released it has gained much attention from the gaming elite and the average player since it’s official release in 2017.  If used in the right way, video and computer games have the potential to inspire learning, and they can help players improve coordination and visual skills. According to Science News for Students “Kids diagnosed with ADHD because they can’t pay attention will play games for 9 straight hours on the computer,” Gee says. “The game focuses attention in a way that school doesn’t.”

When I first started playing Ark I was interested in its story. Initially I thought it was a game about cavemen in the Jurassic era, but soon discovered things that simply wouldn’t fit in this genre from unnatural Dino’s to straight up robotic armor. After learning about the explorer notes I was immediately interested and fixated on learning the lore of Ark because there is no single player or story mode; experiencing this lore is completely up to the player. Wildcard doesn’t forget those who are willing to discover the story because they have created the Ark community with great craft and anything that answers any survivors’ questions.

The Basics of Ark

The islands in Ark Survival Evolved
Image courtesy Ark: Gamepedia

Ark starts out with you on an Island where you have to build, gather, tame, kill, and craft. First, when you wake up you have a stone implanted into your wrist. You usually wake up on a beach next to a forest depending on where you spawn. Subsequently your character is faced with challenges to keep yourself alive such as keeping track of health. If the bar goes empty you’re dead and if it gets really low you will be injured: you can’t run, jump, and are very slow.

Thirst and hunger are important aspects to the game. If either gets low you will be starving or dehydrated causing you to lose health. Weight is also important as it allows you to carry many more things which will increase your survival. Don’t carry too much junk though because you will get encumbered and won’t be able to move or walk slowly. Stamina is also very important if it gets down all the way. You can’t run, can’t jump, and when you replenish your stamina you need to walk or stand still. Replenishing your stamina takes away from your food and water.

Courtesy Studio Wildcard

Navigation during Ark Gameplay

Head over to the bushes and you’ll be able to gather plant fiber, seeds, and many varieties of berries. If you want to be able to collect rocks you need to find small ones on the ground and pick them up to add to your inventory but they are heavy. When looking for wood at thatch you have to punch trees which will damage you but until you have the necessary resources to craft tools you need to continue to punch them. If you find big rocks and you have a pick axe you are able to hit it and get flint. There are many varieties of rocks; basic rocks, river rocks, metal rocks, and crystal. 

Ark Essentials

Crafting is very important. Without it you would be dead on day one. If you have enough plant fiber you are able to weave it into cloth shirts, pants, and hats. To get boots and gloves you will need to hunt, kill, and harvest an animal for its hide. You can also make beds and hide armor with enough hide, but if you have trees that’s a different story, let’s get on with that! 

Trees provide wood and thatch. If you collect plant fiber, some wood logs, and a lot of thatch you can make a thatch house. But there are better houses to come along the way. The Ark’s provide many resources and different resources (maps may differ) but not only are there thatch houses there’s also wood, stone, metal, and straight up Robotic alien fortresses! Don’t think I forgot about the armor; there’s cloth, hide, wool/pelt/fur, flak, riot, and a superpowers robotic alien suit! Weapons can come from a wooden spear and a boomerang to firearms, explosives, and alien rifles. There are also various items and storage units, therefore decorations.

Be Wary of Predators

ark survival evolved dinos
Courtesy Studio Wildcard

When you spawn into this new world you will probably see the almighty, terrorizing, dodo – yup a dodo –  these things are completely harmless (they’re not later on!) and they’re a great source for meat, hide, poultry, and deaths if you’re on the Ark Primitive++ DLC. Another thing is the Dilophosaurus known for terrorizing beginners. In the game they shoot acid which will blind you and make you slow. One way to counteract this is by being hasty and jumping and keeping distance until you can absolutely massacre it with a spear. The Raptor the apex predator in the forest, known in the ark community as the most annoying dinosaur to exist for its pounce which stuns you while it shreds you to pieces; they jump, bite, slash, pounce, and travel in packs.

Research Shows Benefits of Playing Ark

There are many benefits to playing a game like Ark. Information from University of Arkansas News says “Researchers observed that in the initial assessment, the expert gamers had more brain activity associated with attention than the non-experts. The experts also scored better on the initial visual selective attention assessment.

After the hour long video game session, both the experts and non-experts had improved visual selective attention, and the two groups received similar scores on the post-game assessment. The non-experts also showed changes in brain activity, according to the EEG data. After the gaming session, their brain activity was similar to that of the experts.”

Join the Community

There are so many options while playing Ark but if you haven’t played before I would give it a try with an open world experience hopefully you have fun! You can purchase on Amazon for the PlayStation 4, XBox, and PC. The variety of possibilities within the game provide for many hours of learning about dinosaurs, using skills as an artist to create, and if you join in with friends you can have a whole community to bond with while playing the game.

Joshua “Twwakie” Maloney is a popular Youtuber and gamer. You can find him on Twitter @Twwakie or subscribe to his YouTube page at Twwakian Productions for informational and entertaining gaming videos.

Bubbles and Books – A Review

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I have been compensated for this review in the form of a Premium Mystic Box from Bubbles and Books. All of my opinions are my own and are not influenced by outside sources.


Sorry, do I seem excited? Maybe it’s because I am? Nah, couldn’t be the reason. Derp.

So the thing about me is I LOVE reading. I had just finished a 28 book series that I was working on for about four months. I read a lot and I read fast. What I WANT to do is read in the tub but I tend to use my iPad for reading and I have a massive fear that I’ll drop it in because I know myself too well. Yesterday I tripped into a door, over a rug, and landed on a chair. I’m FOR SURE going to drop an iPad.

So when I was approached to do a review about a subscription box that involves both reading AND baths I was like “Hell yes please and thank you!” I was asked what genre I wanted and I picked fantasy because I’ve been on a supernatural kick lately. I got two books from New York Times Bestselling Authors, Lynsay Sands and Barbara J. Hancock. I also received enough bath products to last AT LEAST two weeks. Since I was sent the premium box with two books it gave me a week of bath and reading to knock out each book!

Your Bubbles and Books Box Experience-

There were bombs, cubes, and soaps along with a sun ripened peach candle to light for additional scent and ambiance. I was even excited to receive a bag full of shower bombs to put in the corner to make my shower extra awesome. Very handy since I’ve been deep conditioning a lot lately so I’m in there FOREVER.

The bath experience itself doesn’t even need much description. You’ve all taken baths (I hope) and for the love of all that is holy please tell me you’ve read a book. If you haven’t I implore you to try it. They’re ALWAYS better than the movie. Just picture yourself away from the world surrounded by scents and bubbles with a candle burning and a good book in your hand. Sound delightful? IT IS.

Treats that come in the bubbles and bath package

Here is the thing I’ve learned about subscription boxes. While yes, you could go to the store and buy these items, it’s SO MUCH FUN to receive a package in the mail each month that is a total surprise. You tend to lose track of time as the days go by and things might frustrate you and then all of the sudden you open your door and there is a package waiting for you with products that call to you to forget the world and dive into a world of fantasy and relaxation. I’m a huge fan of all subscription boxes, I feel it’s like Christmas each month and they brighten my day every time one arrives.

What Comes In Your Bubbles and Books Box

I received a Premium Mystic Box (Paranormal Romance). Premium boxes contain 2 books each, and 5-7 bath and body items. The subscription for that is $44.95 a month +$3 shipping (that’s because they cover the rest of the $10-15 actual shipping costs).

Standard Boxes contain 1 book and 3-5 bath and body items and are $27.99 a month + $3 shipping (again, because they cover the rest of the $8-10 shipping costs.)

With Standard and Premium Boxes you can choose the genre of your choice to ensure you get books you’ll love. Contemporary, Romance, Paranormal Romance, Historical Romance, Mystery and Thrillers are to be found. You can change book genres any time you want.

To Subscribe to Bubbles and Books Is Easy

Subscription options are month-to-month. Cancel any time or you can get a 6 month pre-paid or 12 month pre-paid subscription to save some money. Delay subscription renewals if you don’t want a box for a month or two. You can also pause a subscription and come back later, it’s very flexible.

Get started today with a discount code so you can get 25% off your first box at :  JULIE25

It would be the perfect gift for yourself but I HIGHLY suggest you menfolk reading this to consider trying it out for Mother’s Day. Make sure you order it early enough so the package arrives on or before that date. It could work for any occasion though – birthdays, anniversaries, a just because I love you, or sorry I messed up you were totally right let me grovel until you forgive me subscription or it could be for yourself, given that there are so many genres and you like the occasional bath (don’t lie) it could work for anybody.

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Private Facebook group and home to their monthly “Bubbles Night” online events – where they play games and give away prizes


So again I want to say that there is nothing like a subscription box. I subscribe to a few subscription boxes. Being a homeschool mom it’s wonderful every time someone comes in with a package I forgot was coming! Especially filled with goodies just for me to make my life better. I will say my hubs loves the occasional bath as well. I had him try this and he almost put a glitter bomb in! Poor guy had a board meeting the next day. Ha! While absolutely hilarious to me it would have been a nightmare for him so read the product description before trying.

I hope you’ll consider trying this product out for yourself. Use the code JULIE25 for 25% off to see what you think of it. Please let me know either in the comments, or use this contact form! Love y’all!