Over 150 loot sources and counting
Beacon knows them all, so you can get going quicker
Normal drops, cave crates, boss loot, beaver dams… whatever you want to change. Plus support for custom loot sources, such as those provided by mod maps or not officially supported by Ark. Plus, Beacon has support for an additional 128 unofficial loot sources, such as the Orbital Supply Drop events and creature inventories.
No need to start from scratch
Unless you want to, that's cool too
Beacon has a library of community-maintained documents, both in-app and on the web, ready to be deployed to your own server.
Beacon also has a library of templates for smaller chunks of the loot config process. This makes it easy to include a curated selection of items in your drops without all the work of starting from scratch. Beacon calls these presets, and they are a real time saver.
Easiest, most reliable way to configure a server
Works directly with Nitrado servers
For users hosted with Nitrado, Beacon can handle the entire configuration process automatically. It will start and stop the server, change settings, create backups, and update files as needed to ensure your server - or a whole cluster of servers - are configured correctly. And it can do it while you get a coffee.
Not with Nitrado? No problem, Beacon supports FTP, FTP with TLS, and SFTP servers too. While it can't restart the server for you, it can still update your files automatically.
No FTP either? Copy & Paste to the rescue. Simply copy your entire config file, and with a single click, Beacon will update your config so you can paste it back where it needs to go.
And of course, you can just save the config files to your computer too, which is great for single player.
Takes user privacy seriously
No analytics, heavy encryption, true anonymity, and fully open source
Config files contain server passwords. So Beacon encrypts those with your own 2048-bit RSA private key. FTP credentials or Nitrado access tokens? Yep, those too. That private key enables Beacon's cloud features too, yet you don't even need to setup an account! For users who choose to create an account, even your email address is stored as a one-way hash! Beacon and the Beacon API take special care to enable true privacy and user data protection.
Plus mods and more
Painlessly add engrams from any mod
Users wanting to add mod items to their loot drops only need a list of the admin spawn codes. Give Beacon the link to the web page with the codes, or copy & paste them, and Beacon can do the rest. No special formatting required, Beacon will scour the content for spawn codes.
Mod authors can also add support for their mod directly to Beacon. The items show up to all Beacon users automatically, and Beacon will also maintain a spawn codes page just for your mod. For example, here is the spawn codes for Structures Plus. The engrams list can be updated at any time from within Beacon, or Beacon's API can pull the engrams list from your own server (or Steam page) every few hours.
- Beacon Now Supports More Mega-Mods
The mod that doesn't know the meaning of the word subtle, Primal Fear, is now officially supported by Beacon. Plus Beacon now knows the crafting costs and stack sizes for Super Structures, and Kraken's Better Dinos has been updated to support engram unlocks.
- Beacon 220.127.116.11 Now Available
This build features performance updates to better handle the increased database size.
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- Beacon Summer 2021 Dev Update
I do these little updates every once in a while to keep the community in the loop about my plans and thoughts for Beacon. It's been a while since my last update, so it's time for another.
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- Beacon 18.104.22.168 Now Available
Features, quality of life improvements, and bug fixes! This version improves support for Genesis Part 2, helps with crafting changes, saves projects faster, and more.
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