- Importing an Existing Config
- Using Beacon with Ark Single Player
- Updating Your Nitrado Server
- Updating Your Server With FTP
- Updating Your Server Manually
- Ark Config File Reference
- The Difference Between Deploy and Export
- How to Design Loot Drops Effectively
- How to Edit Crafting Costs
- Changing the Level Cap and Required Experience
- How to Change Stack Sizes
- Using Custom Config Content with Beacon
- Adjusting Breeding Multipliers and Finding the Perfect Imprint Multiplier
- Changing Creature Damage and Resistance
- Setting Harvesting Rates While Avoiding Server Lag
- Editing Creature Spawn Points
- Adjusting Server Day and Night Length
- Changing Player, Tamed, and Wild Creature Stats
- Setting Item Maximum Stats
- Controlling Engram Level Requirements, Auto Unlocks, and Earned Engram Points.
The Beacon Library
- Using Presets to Automate Item Set Creation
- Adding Unsupported Engrams, Creatures, or Spawn Points to Beacon
- Create or Recover Your Account
- Sign Into Beacon
- Activating Beacon Omni
- Sharing Beacon Documents with Other Users
- About User Privacy
- Item Quality Is Different Than Expected
- Some Drops Are Edited, Others Are Not
- How to Stop Using Custom Config Content
- Solving Connection Problems to Beacon or Nitrado
- Beacon System Status
Using Custom Config Content with Beacon
Beacon's Custom Config Content editor stores raw config lines that will get automatically blended into your existing config lines. It's even possible (and usually automatic) to encrypt certain values such as server passwords.
Using the Editor
When using the Custom Config Content editor, there are two buttons at the top to switch between the GameUserSettings.ini and Game.ini files. You can edit each just like a normal file.
Unlike a normal editor though, the format is much more flexible. It's entirely valid for a field to contain something simple such as:
in the GameUserSettings.ini editor, and that line will automatically be added to the
[ServerSettings] group. If that group already contains a
StructureResistanceMultiplier line, Beacon will replace the line with the one in your editor.
Notice there is no group header? That's ok, Beacon assumes the "normal" group for each file when no header is provided. It's also possible to have multiple headers, even duplicates. So the following content is also valid:
StructureResistanceMultiplier=0.0 [StructuresPlus] MinWindForTurbine=1 [ServerSettings] ServerCrosshair=True
When building your GameUserSettings.ini file, Beacon would output the previous content as:
[ServerSettings] ServerCrosshair=True StructureResistanceMultiplier=0.0 [StructuresPlus] MinWindForTurbine=1
See? Beacon's smart rewriter automatically blends and organizes the config content correctly.
When initially importing, Beacon automatically encrypts some keys, such as the
ServerPassword values. In the editor, they will look like:
$$BeaconEncrypted$$ tags surrounding the value? That's all it takes, Beacon will handle the rest. When exporting or deploying, the value will be treated normally, with no
$$BeaconEncrypted$$ tags. When saved to disk or the cloud, the content in the middle is encrypted with your personal 2048-bit RSA private key. When trying to open the file on a computer that does not have your private key, Beacon will just show the value as blank. The About User Privacy page has more information about Beacon's encryption.
You can manually type the
$$BeaconEncryption$$ tags around as much or as little of the content as you like. Or you can select content and press the lock icon to the top left of the editor, and it'll insert the tags for you.
Per-Server Config Design
As of Beacon 1.2, the Custom Config Content editor allows admins to create content that is placed on only certain servers. This is an advanced feature that requires using the automated deployment options.
The editor supports blocks surrounded in #Server and #End tags. For example
StructureResistanceMultiplier=0.0 #Server abcd1234 ServerCrosshair=True #End
Would place the
StructureResistanceMultiplier on all servers, but
ServerCrosshair would only be included for server
To find a server's identifier, switch to the Servers list in Beacon. Underneath each server name in the list will be both the server identifier and its address. Right-click a server and choose Copy Profile ID to quickly copy the identifier to be used in your custom config content.
It's possible to specify multiple servers at the same time by separating the identifiers with commas:
#Server abcd1234, 1234abcd ServerCrosshair=True #End
The space after the comma is optional. To make life a little easier, a
#Servers command can be used instead. Both
#Servers are fully interchangeable, the two commands exist just to assist with user memory.
Speaking of user memory, remembering which server is which can be hard. So the editor now supports comments:
// This comment isn't particularly helpful #Servers abcd1234, 1234abcd ServerCrosshair=True #End
And it's even possible to nest code blocks, and indent if desired:
#Servers abcd1234, 1234abcd ServerCrosshair=True #Server 1234abcd StructureResistanceMultiplier=0.0 #End #End
A code block will inherit the active group from its parent, but will not change the parent group if a new group is used inside.
[ServerSettings] // Group is now ServerSettings ServerCrosshair=True #Server abcd1234 // Group is still ServerSettings [SessionSettings] // Group is now SessionSettings SessionName=This is the name of my server #Server // Group is back to ServerSettings