Back in October, Studio Wildcard did a brief Halloween Event, which was implemented in a very unusual way that they had never done before. Rather than add a command line flag as they had in the past, they published a beta branch of the game on Steam that you had to download by passing "-beta halloween" to steamcmd. Some people saw references to "-beta halloween" on forums and thought that all we had to do was add this command line flag for their game. Those people then got mad at me for not doing that. =(
Our system works by just downloading the game from Steam once onto each machine, and then copying that into everyone's home directory. This was designed to go faster and save bandwidth, but it means that we can't just download a different branch from Steam for a particular customer. I would be happy to change the system, but since that event only ran for several days, the effort would have been moot by the time it was done.
I guess I should have done it after all, because Studio Wildcard just dropped this bomb on us again. They're running a Christmas event, which is available in the beta branch "-beta holidayevent". As before, the forums are filled with mistaken posts from people who think that this is a command line flag for Ark, when it's actually one for steamcmd.
Bottom line, I screwed up again and we can't do the event. I do deserve some blame for this one because I didn't fix our system after the failed Halloween event. But I think Studio Wildcard deserves some blame too, since they dropped this on us with no warning.
I'll have to change our system to be able to download these beta branches and make them available to people, since it sounds like this won't be the last time.Return to ArkServers Blog