Month: May 2018

Skydiving, Bandits, Canoes

Skydiving, Bandits, Canoes

Hey Bumfuzzlers! It’s been some time since I posted about what’s coming in Rust and with the patch steadily approaching for June 7th, it’s probably a good idea to spill the can of beans! There’s quite a bit in the works you’re definitely going to want to see! Some of it will require some guessing though 🙂 Here we go!

Skydiving

I have my doubts that they are adding the ability for players to skydive, but they have in their plans to add the ability to freefall, parachute and land. I have a strong feeling this will be for NPCs. Maybe we’ll see an event that will have NPCs parachuting down from a flying vehicle? Then again…maybe I’m wrong and it is players!

I can say that early one when I added monument NPCs, I had an option available to me to have NPCs parachute out. It was really awesome to see. Unfortunately Facepunch released a patch that squashed that. Bumfuzzlers!

Bandit Town

It appears we’ll be getting a new monument that may play opposite the Scientist Compound. It won’t be in the next patch, but when it comes, there’s a good chance it may eventually come along with some sort of player rating system to determine who has been naughty and nice. The nasty ones may only be allowed into this swampy underbelly of society! You know who you are 🙂

Canoes

It appears we’ll be seeing a new raft, which appears to be a combination of the  our current raft and viking boat setup. This will allow for two people and will likely go faster if both paddle. The likely advantage is the lack of noise and required fuel and it will be potentially craft-able. Here’s some idea of what they may look like:

Fishing

I know at least one professional fisherman who is excited about this! Yes, we’re going to be getting fishing poles and it appears they will even have bobbers! Something tells me quite a few of you will be hanging out in your boats and rafts out on the water, sipping a beer and eating your latest catch! Good times 🙂 Feast your eyes!

Even bobbers? lol

Swimming Animations

It was quite a while ago that I posted information on hand gestures and we haven’t seen those yet, so I have no idea when we might see these. Regardless, they are surely coming and they will really do a great job of adding that immersive feeling when swimming.

Monument Puzzles

This one has been a long time coming too. I mentioned this several months ago. The reason I’m mentioning it now is that there’s been some activity and there’s a possibility some of this might make it into the next patch!

It appears there will be new areas added to the Power Plant, Sewer Branch, Military Tunnels and the Airfield among others that will incorporate situations that require key cards and fuses. These items will likely allow you to get past locked doors, but my guess is there may also be some other uses.

Here’s some snaps of the sewer branch updates:

Here is what the Military Tunnel additions will look like:

When I first mentioned these monument puzzles a while back, it was said that some of them might require more than one player. I’m unsure if that still holds weight.

Artificial Intelligence

There have been updates to AI and also some speculation on some things to come.

It’s apparent that scientists will gain an awareness of sound making silencers more useful. In fact, all weapons will be given different ratings when it comes to volume and, in turn, some weapons will alert AI and their buddies more easily. NPCs will also be given memory so that they hold a grudge for a while after negative interaction with you.

Lastly, the scientists at the junkpiles are currently in a defensive, passive mode on the staging branch so they won’t bother you if you don’t bother them. Also when triggered, they won’t bother anyone but the person who triggered them. This however, may or may not be in the next patch. We’ll see.

Well Bumfuzzlers, that’s quite a bit coming and I’m sure that’s not all. Stay tuned as the June 7th patch creeps up on us and enjoy! 🙂

 

Recycling, Sliding , Rolling

Recycling, Sliding , Rolling

Hey Bumfuzzlers! Got some really nice changes coming your way and also a bunch of improvements based on your feedback! We’ve got changes to doors, recycling, treasure maps, choppers and much more! Check it out!

Treasure Maps

I’ve made a couple of updates to the treasure map functionality that make it work better.

  • Treasure maps can now be dropped on the ground and picked back up
  • Right-clicking maps is now the same as /markmap
  • Right-clicking gold coins is now the same as /sellgold

Here’s a video to show you how the right-clicking works.

There’s a couple of things to consider.

  1. You have to place the map or gold into your toolbelt
  2. Sometimes I’ve found you have to left-click it and then right-click.
  3. It may seem to go back into your inventory for a second, but it’ll do its business.
  4. The loot for the treasure is exactly the same as the boxes you find in the world. In the future it will be expanded so that these boxes have a higher quality of loot. However, keep in mind there are different maps so finding an elite map will give you an elite box and so on.
  5. I’ve enabled the Treasure Maps on Vanillatopia, but only the maps, not the gold coins because there is no economy there.

Sliding Doors

I made the decision to run this plugin a while back so when isueIt brought it up, I said why not?

Sure, the aesthetics are awesome and it feels cool, but it’s also very functional. The swinging doors are so annoying at times and it’s really hard to move around your base trying to figure out which way they swing. Sometimes you’re stuck accidentally because they block each other and so on.  Additionally, because these doors slide, you can also stop them mid-slide to create a slot to look through! Very cool idea.

Once you hit Level 11 (500 /loyalty points) just look at a door and type /sdoor. This will toggle a door between swinging and sliding.

Some things to keep in mind:

  • Once you make a door sliding, you won’t be able to pick it up unless you convert it back to a regular door.
  • Some have reported losing their code locks although in testing I haven’t seen it. Please pay attention to this!
  • This only works on single doors for the moment. Double doors are not supported.
  • I haven’t tested this with the plugin that automatically closes doors when you sign off (/ofd) This ability is available to players who are Allegiance level and above (5,000 /loyalty). I assume it will work just fine, but let me know if you see anything to show otherwise.
  • As I mentioned, sliding doors will be available to players who are Level 11 (500 loyalty points /loyalty) and above.

Base Recyclers

I haven’t been a huge fan of the way recycling worked. The fact that players – who have permissions – can recycle anywhere is somewhat over powered if you ask me. Top that with the fact that I’ve been seeing lots of errors with it. So for a while I’ve been eyeing a solution that I decided was time to implement.

Instead of being able to simply call up a virtual recycler, you’ll now be using an actual recycler like the one you can find at various monuments. This recycler, you will craft and it will stay in your home(s) to use whenever you’d like.

Here’s some of the starting settings we’ll be going with:

  • To craft the recycler you use the command /rec
  • You’ll require the following resources: Scrap – 250, gears – 15, metal spring 15.
  • All players will be limited to 2 recyclers
  • Cooldown for crafting recyclers is 24 hours
  • Previously players would get access to recyler at Level 21 (6,000 /loyalty), crafting recyclers is gained now at Level 18 (3,500 /loyalty)

When you craft the recycler, it will look like a box in your inventory until the skin loads and when you place it, it will look like a box as well. Once placed, of course it will become a recycler as you can see below.

Initially, I’ll be starting off using the same settings for everyone, but it’s important to note I can adjust quite a bit with this new method including different settings for different levels. Each different level can have different limits, cooldowns, ratios of return, ratios for scrap, speed and some other settings too.

I mention this because a few of of you have mentioned taking issue with Facepunch’s adjustment to returned scrap on recycling. For now, I’m going to keep it simple and leave it at the default setting, but over the next couple weeks, I’ll make some changes as I hear some feedback about it.

Vanillatopia Improvements

There are a couple of fixes I made on Vanillatopia based on some much appreciated feedback!

  • Helicopter max life cut by 50%. Thanks MrNiceGuy & ATaXia!
  • Helicopter now can be harvested after 5 seconds (was 8 minutes) Thanks ATaXia!
  • Sign Artist, the plugin that allows you to put images on signs now has the proper permissions /sil <imagepath> Thanks ATaXia!
  • Skin perks,  the plugin that gives items special abilities based on skin, is now working! Go get yourself a 2 x damage bolty! 🙂 Thanks ATaXia!
  • Auto SearchLights are now operational. You can use /rustnet and /sl to remotely control your lights! Thanks ATaXia!
  • With Blueprints unlocked completely, it makes no sense to have them in barrels! I reviewed the list to ensure there were none enabled. Thanks ATaXia!
  • Shotgun Incendiary ammo was only stacking to 64 while other ammo stacked to 256. Thanks ATaXia! I went through the stackings and fixed a few:
    • Ammo shotgun fire stacks to 256
    • Diving Fins stacks to 256
    • Diving Mask stacks to 256
    • Diving Tank stacks to 256
    • Diving Wetsuit stacks to 256
    • Geiger Counter stacks to 256
    • Fishingrod Handmade stacks to 256 (yes, it’s coming!)
    • Hazmatsuit Scientist Peacekeeper stacks to 256
    • Horsemeat Burned stacks to 256
    • Horsemeat Cooked stacks to 256
    • Horsemeat Raw stacks to 256

Modtopia Improvements

I’ve also made a few changes to Modtopia based on some much appreciated feedback!

  • Helicopter max life cut by 50%. Thanks MrNiceGuy & ATaXia!
  • Helicopter now can be harvested after 5 seconds (was 8 minutes) Thanks ATaXia!
  • Quest requirements were a bit high for the 1 week wipe cycle. I cut the requirements and rewards in half. Thanks ATaXia!
  • Quest cooldowns were adjusted to 2 days – previously 1 day.
  • Underwater loot and basic crates were a little weak. I’ve upped the loot in them.

WebSite Improvements

I did some work on the post comments. Now they’re better formatted, but also as the poster you have more control over what you’re posting as well. It was fairly difficult before to get a point across when unable to quote, bold words and such. Now it’s all good. Comment on this post to check them out! 🙂

Thursday’s Wipe

Keep in mind another map wipe is coming up on Thursday. Blueprints will remain. I’m liking the weekly wipe cycle. Tell me what you think!

On the following Thursday I expect the monthly patch which may have some interesting goodies in it! I’ll post shortly about some of the things Facepunch is planning for all of us!

Thanks Bumfuzzlers and keep up the feedback! It’s so helpful I can’t say it enough. Keep having fun! 🙂

 

Buried Loot, Discordomics, Guilt

Buried Loot, Discordomics, Guilt

Have I got an update for you Bumfuzzlers! 🙂 This one has a lot in it, so take your time, get some raw chicken, toss it on the grill and relax with your pookie bear! 🙂 We’ve got a bunch of fixes, new ways to earn money, buried treasure hunts, Discord integration and more! All of these changes apply to Modtopia unless otherwise stated. Read on!

Chat Bot

I view the chat logs as often as I can to understand what is confusing to players and/or what they have questions with and I also take note of questions I receive in other ways. As more explanation can never hurt, I made a couple modifications to the plugin list on the website and also expanded the bot a bit more.

To add additional help for players who may be unsure about commands or simply forget them, I did the following:

  1. I’ve added keywords that can be used with the exclamation point (!) to give you information on commands.

For example: !wipe, !trump, !hillary, !car, !trade, !horse, !kit, !home, !tp, !teleport, !ao, !offline, !bgrade, !mute, !clan, !friend, !map, !minimap, !pc, !challenge, !loyalty, !points, !prestige, !help, !admin and so on. I still have lots of add, but this is a start.

  1. You can ask the bot questions in plain English.

For example: How does radiation work? How do I use the map? How do I add members to my clan? How can I make a player shut up? How does offline protection work? How do I tp? How do I create a home? How do I create a terminal? How do I place a camera? How do I buy items? What can I spend money on?

Variations of these should work, but as I tweak it, the bot should become more fluid and answer more and more questions.  I would suggest using the word ‘how’ and then a keyword in your sentence. For instance, How do I delete home?, How do I create a home? and How do I set a home?

Your Dead Body

Apparently /where wasn’t working. I switched plugins and it works now. This one shows the grid and the distance so you can return to the scene of the crime and witness the silliness that most likely had occurred. Thanks for feedback Ron Swanson, ATaXiA, MrNiceGuy, isueIt and others.

Treasure Event

I had reports that the grid for the treasure chest event was not reported correctly both when typing /dtd or in the chat message provided when the event started. That should be sorted now and the grid should be reported properly so you can find the goodies! Thanks for feedback ATaXiA.

RustNET

Previously, accessing /rustnet would not give you much information on what you needed to do and it’s been a peeve of mine for some time. I just hadn’t gotten around to it. I’ve done some modification to give you some instructions on how to get started. Accessing /rustnet will advise you on how to create a terminal and get a terminal ID. Once you setup a terminal and access it to get the terminal ID,  you will see additional help. This one applies to Vanillatopia as well. Thanks isueIt for reporting the need.

Remote Turrets

The ability to link Remote Turrets to RustNET terminals was problematic in that it simply didn’t work! When typing the /rt command, nothing would happen. Now this is fixed so you can take control over your turrets to mow down those pesky chickens! 🙂 Thanks for feedback isueIt.

Auto Searchlights

There was a very strange issue that would come after taking control of a remote searchlight through a RustNET terminal. After disconnecting from the remote searchlight, everything would seem normal, but you couldn’t build and sometimes you could even experience random damage as if you were being burned or stuck on a barbed barricade! This wouldn’t affect anyone but you so the rest of the server would be fine. Restarting the server is the only thing that would fix the issue.

It turns out this seems to be a conflict with the Proximity Alert plugin – the plugin that allows you to be alerted about the presence of another player or NPC within a given distance. For now, since the /prox plugin has some issues, I’ve disabled it. I’ll look into it’s issues in the future, but I can’t promise anything 🙁 Thanks for feedback on this problem isueIt.

Raid Guilt

It’s been tame for a while. I’d like to see a little more raiding going on and it seems a few of you would also. A semi-problem is lots of you regular Bumfuzzlers are friendly with each other and are hesitant to raid one another. That must stop! Jk 🙂 Fine, be friends! That’s great! I’ll just remove the guilt from raiding!

From now on, I’m going to make it more difficult for you to know whose bases are whose. This way when you raid someone, you can’t really feel guilty since you didn’t know it was your friend’s base! When your friend screams they were raided, just tell them you didn’t know! or show genuine concern and vow to track down the person who did it! Revel in the excitement of barging into some unknown person’s house only to find your friend sleeping by the fireplace! Doh!

What does this mean? It means /prod was short lived and the raid notes you see in chat when someone is raiding are going away! I want to add back some of the mystery and secrecy about raiding and being able to see base ownership doesn’t allow for that.

Raid! Be free! Be careless! No worries about hurting feelings! 🙂 You didn’t know who’s base it was! 😉 It wasn’t your fault!

Kits

It turns out after the wipe, I missed resetting kit usage so if you used a kit toward the end of the previous wipe, you may not have been able to use it this wipe due to the cooldown. I’ve gone ahead and reset the kits so this should no longer be the issue. Some of you may get a free kit use, enjoy! Thanks to WRecKLeSS for the heads up!

As I posted last, I removed any of the kits from the website store that might be considered pay to win. It turns out I forgot to remove those kits from /kit in-game. Thanks to isueIt for pointing that out. I’ve now removed those kits.

Discordomics

We have a new Discord event which will provide players with the chance to claim dollars towards their economic balance! The event runs at a random times (usually within the hour) and also provides a random amount of money each time. When it runs, you’ll see messages similar to the messages below.

Here’s what you see in Rust:

Here’s what you see in Discord:

In the example, you would copy the text /get <code> and then paste it into the chat in game. In this case, by using the command posted in Discord, players would receive 157 dollars in currency! Just hang out in Discord and rake in the dough! Just keep in mind only the first 3 players get the reward so you have to hurry!

The link for Discord is always on the right at the front page, but here it is for convenience – https://discord.gg/37uNKRX

Since I enabled it yesterday isueIt is raking in the cash! I see him in Discord grabbing every cent! 🙂 Best to be quick!

Discord Communication

In keeping with the idea of expanding Discord functionality, I’ve implemented the ability for players to communicate with Discord from inside the game. This can be extremely helpful because wherever I am, I get messages on my phone via the Discord app. This means if you need to get in touch with me, you can do use Discord itself or you can be lazy and do it from chat in Rust. Obviously consider I do work so my response time can vary, but at least I’ll know about it at some point – sometimes Steam has  away of losing messages.

So what can you do? Two major things:

  • /report (player) (message) – Reports a player to Discord, tracks their number of reports.
  • /message (message) – Sends message to Discord.

I’ve given everyone access to these commands and as long as it’s not abused, it’ll stay that way. I urge you to use them in order to communicate with me (and Discord).

Buried Treasure

This one should be a lot of fun! Find treasure maps that lead to treasure and gold coins you can cash in for dollars! The treasures can be on land or under water!

When you find a map, simply set it as the active item in your tool belt, type /markmap or right-click (the later seems a little buggy at the moment). The map will be removed from your inventory, you’ll get a message about the grid location in chat where you can find your buried treasure, and the default Rust map (key ‘G’) shows an explosion icon in the specified grid only the map wielding player can see.

Once you get within 5 meters or so, you’ll get an announcement that the loot is nearby and the explosion map icon will be removed. Now you can open loot and take the booty! You may gain new maps from the treasure or even get gold coins!

If you receive gold coins, simply set them as the active item, type /sellgold or right-click (again the later seems buggy right now). You will automatically gain dollars towards your economic balance that you can use in the store.

TIP: DO NOT THROW MAPS OR GOLD COINS ON GROUND! You cannot pick them back up. You can however loot them and store them, give them to others just fine.

Also, note that maps come in 4 rarity flavors as you can see in the picture below.

Rarity Levels:

  • Tan – spawns a basic crates
  • Green – spawns an uncommon crate
  • Blue – spawns a rare crate
  • Purple – spawns an elite crate

Maps will spawn throughout the world in crates and boxes!

If you have any trouble remembering any of this in game, you can type /treasurehelp or !buried or “How does buried treasure work?”, etc.

Next Wipe

Modtopia will be wiping on Thursday 5/24, but Vanillatopia will get a pass until 6/7. I want to see how things go this next cycle, but there’s a chance I may do two things:

  • remove decay or lessen it signifantly
  • remove offline protection or lessen it signifantly

Let’s see how these recent changes go first.

Phew! I think for right now that’s all I’m going to say 🙂 I hope you Bumfuzzlers have fun and please as always please provide me with feedback. You can catch me in Steam, Discord or our forums!

Showers, Perks, Discord

Showers, Perks, Discord

More tweaks to Modtopia Bumfuzzlers! More tweaks! I’m trying to my best to bring things back in line based on your feedback and also with the 1 week wipe cycle. I believe this will happen naturally with gradual changes over the next few wipes. Please provide me with extra feedback during this time. Nothing is written in stone. I’m just doing my best to make things work better. Here we go!

In-Game Store

I think the Skin Perks sold in the store /s were just too cheap. These items are truly powerful! Gaining access to a 2 x damage Bolty or a 2 x gather rate axe, for instance, should be somewhat challenging. With that, I upped all Skin Perk items by 2 RP or $100.

Also with the recent changes to the supply drops I decided to raise the cost of a supply signal 3 RP or $150. The supply drops now have ammo and good weapons along with the Skin Perks and give you multiple quality items so it shouldn’t be that easy to get. Keep in mind you can still /vote for daily signals and there’s also a /kit you can use every 48 hours.

Supply Drops

I’ve made a couple more changes with supply drops.

  • Supply Signals now cooldown for 15 seconds. I’m hoping to allow ‘x’ number of drops within a time frame, but for now I need to prevent server lag just in case someone wants to spam them.
  • I’ve added Blueberries and Blackberries for those of you who are starving. Thanks MrNiceGuy 🙂
  • I’ve weakened the supply signals barely and strengthened the timed airdrops slightly. I want to entice players to go after the automated drops more. The difference is more C4, more weapons and more ammo.

Robbery

I’ve changed the settings for robbery in that now you are unable to rob money from friends and clan mates. A few people have accidentally stolen funds from one another.

Btw, it appears that the money stolen from players is random so there isn’t a set number you can expect. You might get a little, you might get a lot. I’ve heard of situations where players stole 60% of the other person’s  money. Others players got just a tiny bit. The amount is random.

Auto Code Lock

I’ve noticed some players are concerned with the auto code lock – a plugin which automatically sets your combination to code locks the minute you place a code lock. They’re worried that the code used might be something other players would have too. This is surely not the case.

When you place a code lock, the server generates a unique code for you that stays with you unless you change it using /codelock. Every player gets their own unique code. Of course the purpose of the plugin, which I personally love, is to save you the time of entering the same code over and over. That’s a clear waste of time.

To combat this fear, I’ve changed the message you see when you place a code lock to this:

CodeLock secured and locked with your unique personal code: <CODE>. Use /codelock to change it.

This should make it more clear.

Meteor Showers

A few weeks back I recognized that meteor showers were giving quite a bit of resources. At the same time, I figure due to the potential danger involved, maybe that’s ok. In turn, I’ve made a couple of changes to create a much wider range of reward so sometimes the shower might be amazing, but other times just so so. You can also expect to gain raw materials from the showers too. No more refined High Quality Metal and Metal Fragments! You can at least cook the dang resources! 🙂

I’ve changed the items and ranges to the following for the 3 types of showers:

  • extreme meteor shower
    • drops stones, metal ore, high quality metal ore and sulfur ore
    • each item amount ranges from 100 – 2,500
  • mild meteor shower
    • drops stones and metal ore
    • each item amount ranges from 75 – 1,250
  • optimal meteor shower
    • drops stones, metal ore and high quality metal ore
    • each item amount ranges from 100 – 2,000

Broken SuperHeli

It’s a great event when the SuperHeli blows a gasket and goes down, leaving the pilot to eject with his loot waiting for the lucky, wandering Bumfuzzler. However, sometimes it comes way too often. I’ve now set it so that it won’t spawn until the regular SuperHeli spawns for a few times first. This way it’ll be more valuable.

Death Notes

I’ve made an update to Death Notes so when deaths happen, the messages are far more interesting and realistic. Here are a couple examples:

  • <playername> shot a Wolf using their Thompson over a distance of 1.1 meters.
  • <playername> fought off a Gas Station Attendant.
  • <playername> did not want to be a part of the Scientist’s experiments.
  • A Scientist shot down <playername>.
  • <playername> killed <playername> using their Salvaged Icepick.
  • <playername> inflamed <playername> with their Incendiary Rocket.
  • <playername>’s Auto Turret did its job and killed <playername>.

Violence with style! 🙂 I’ll continue to work the kinks out of these.

Discord Additions

I’m going to try to work on Discord a little more than I have in the past, but for now I’m starting off slow. I urge all you Bumfuzzlers to join and hang out there as it’s a fun tool to use in order to share more than just Rust experiences. Lots of you have grown to know each other fairly well over the time you’ve played here so it’s a great way to extend those friendships.

So far, I’ve added two bots to Discord:

  • Mee6 bot added
    • Provides auto moderation, automated messages, member levels based on participation and more.
  • Septapus bot added
    • Makes comics and charts from Discord chat and has been known to post large emojis lol

I’m also going to be posting live updates on Discord when they actually happen. That way you can be updated immediately on changes instead of waiting until I post on the website which usually takes place after a bunch of changes. For instance, the changes in this post took place over a couple of days and I don’t post all changes I make.

You can join the Discord server with this invite link – https://discord.gg/37uNKRX

So, some tweaks, but also some additions, some awesome things to come! Don’t forget Thursday is a wipe! I’ll be traveling so hopefully it all goes smooth from the hotel! Have fun Bumfuzzlers!

Signals, PTW Gone, Censor

Signals, PTW Gone, Censor

Tweakin’ a few items on the Modtopia server based on some recent Bumfuzzler feedback. I’ve buffed the supply drops and added a few related changes, modified some annoying filters, redesigned items in the website store and more! Read on!

Supply Drops

From some players I’ve heard the supply drops are great and from others I’ve heard they stink. I guess it depends on the situation. It’s important to recognize I designed them to vary greatly, Regardless, I figure I’ll improve them a bit, but also limit them in other ways. In essence, I’d like to make supply drops more special, but obviously not nearly as special as the SuperHeli or Bradley loot. You can expect more adjustments to come over the next couple weeks.

  • Supply drop loot is improved
    • removed several less valuable items from the mix
    • gave ranges to items (ex: When C4 spawns you will get between 1 & 3 of them, rockets between 1 & 10, etc.)
    • drops now include some scrap
  • Supply signals now drop only 1 crate per signal
  • Supply signal drop item count was lowered from 8 items to 6 (max = 6, min = 4)
  • Supply signal drop crates can now be looted by players other than the owner
  • Supply drop announcements are now shown in global announcement (at the top of the screen)
  • Players no longer receive an announcement about others supply signal drop
  • Players no longer receive information about who throws a supply signal
  • Players no longer receive notification when a drop is being looted
  • Players will receive notification if drop is within 1,000 meters of their location
  • Players will receive notification about timed supply drop (vs. supply signal)
  • Timed supply drop time frame changed from 30-50 minutes to 45-120 minutes
  • Rewards for daily voting were lowered a little. Voting each day (/vote) will now give you the following rewards:
    • 25 daily votes required for earning 2 signals daily (increased from 10)
    • 50 daily votes required for earning 3 signals daily (increased from 25)
    • 100 daily votes required for earning 4 signals daily (increased from 50)
    • 250 daily votes required for earning 5 signals daily (increased from 100)
    • 5 signals is now the max

Chat Filter

There were a few default word censors that I’ve removed from the list like LMAO. Not sure why they were on there. The basics are still enforced as would be expected.

It’s unfortunate word replacement broke a few updates back so it no longer replaces censored words with the word Bumfuzzler. Hope to fix that at some point.

Website Store

I’ve removed a bunch of the items from the store as I’ve received a few comments from players who feel the server comes across as pay to win. I can see that, so I decided to can them. I’ll be reviewing things for a little bit to decide what I can sell in the store that will provide players with value and help with the financial side of running the server without jeopardizing the integrity of the game play and unintentionally giving players an unfair advantage via their wallets.

Here’s what what changed:

  • Removed all kit based purchases including skin perk and resource kits
  • Removed all VIP level purchases
  • Removed all individual donation purchases
  • Added Loyalty Point item. Allows purchasing of 500, 1,000, 1,500, 2,500, 5,000 and 10,000 points (/loyalty)
  • Added Donation item. Allows donations of $1, $5, $10, $25 or $50.

 

So for now, purchases will not give players anything that can’t be earned on the server already. Loyalty points simply give people the ability to earn points faster.

Hopefully these tweaks help balance out the server a little and give all of you Bumfuzzlers an even better experience! Please keep the feedback coming!

 

 

Rewards, Gather, In-Game Store

Rewards, Gather, In-Game Store

Hold on Bumfuzzlers! We’ve got a new wipe cycle and a bunch of changes that I hope will change the way Modtopia game play works in a good way. We’ve got store expansions, resource gather changes, kit changes and more! Check it out.

Resources

For a while now, I’ve known I needed to take a look at the resource rates and kits. When people are finishing the wipe cycle with 100’s of rockets and C4, it says to me the gather rates are out of control. I’ve also seen full bases go armor on the second day of the wipe which should not be happening unless you’re playing 48 hours straight! So, now that some of my schedule has been freed up, I’m going to get back to basics and dial things down just a little.

Here’s what I’ve changed:

  • ZLevels are now capped at 50
  • ZLevel level multiplier reduced from 2.00 to 1.25 (each level gained will multiply less)
  • Quarries have been boosted to 10x during the day, 12.5x during the night

My hope is to make Quarries more valuable and reduce the high level resource multipliers for individuals. The drop from 2 to 1.25 should result in a 37.5% cut in resource gathering which shouldn’t be massive, but it will surely be a reduction that I hope will make building more meaningful and raiding a little more frequent.

Kits

Some of the kits were just way too generous and they went against what I was trying to accomplish. For instance, starter kits were giving people enough to not only get a starter base up, but build a retirement home. That simply can’t stand. It’s critical that players have to do ‘some’ work to get resources and build their homes.

Here’s what I changed:

  • Startup Build kit
    • Wood: 10k lowered to 5k wood
    • Stones: 10k lowered to 2.5k
    • Changed usage to 1 times per wipe
  • Aid kit
    • Changed from 6 hour cooldown to 24 hours
    • Removed meats, left medical supplies
  • Weapon kit
    • Removed ammo
    • Removed Waterpipe Shotgun
    • Removed Custom SMG
  • Tools kit removed (tools are given when you spawn)
  • Weekly kit removed (it wasn’t very valuable anyway)
  • Trump wall kit
    • Stone: 25k lowered to 7.5k
    • Stone Walls: 25 lowered to 7 walls

Bradley Loot

With the lowering of gathering, I raised up the loot for the Bradley. The loot it gives, should you live to see it, should be Bumfuzzler good!

Rockets, ammo, weapons, C4 and a bunch of scrap!

In-Game Store

This will need balancing over time, but so far I’ve gotten the things in there at reasonable starting points. Some things might be too expensive or vice versa, but that will need some feeling out and some feedback from you all.

What’s really great about the store is that you can buy blue prints and also Reward Perks so that item that’s eluding you like the Large Furnace blueprint or the Bolty with 2 times the damage can now be yours for a price! Thanks to soundklown for requesting blueprints!

So you’ve noticed that you’ve been gaining money as you play. This is what you’ll use to buy items in the store. Once you have money, simply type /s in game to open the store. Once open, you’re going to need what’s called Reward Points or RP. You can convert your money into RP by clicking on exchange. Right now it takes $50 to gain 1 RP. Items in the store range from 1 RP to 6 RP. The reason for the conversion requirement is simply that money can be will be used for other things in the future. For instance now, you can use money for /skin shop which allows you to buy default skins for your items.

Remember, you automatically get money every certain amount of minutes played, but you also get them for breaking barrels. Furthermore, don’t forget you can steal it from other players, get money for damage dealt to other players and of course killing them.

Here are some of the items in the store:

 
 

You can even buy the swim wear there which are hard to find items!

Plane Crash

It used to be that the plane would crash into the highest mountains in the map so I raised it up 10 meters. Now it appears that’s not enough so I raised it another 5 meters. I think it’s hitting structures that people are building on those mountains. Well, just be careful. I’m going to see about making the plane create some serious damage to whatever it hits 🙂 Thanks MrNiceGuy for pointing out the plane was still crashing!

Anti-Offline Protection

Last week I made changes to the offline protection. Now instead of 10 hours it lasts for 5 as each hour it lessens by 20%. Unfortunately I missed the automated message which some were confused by. Thanks to MrNiceGuy to letting me know about it!

NPCs

A few of you have told me that it appears the NPC health is way too high requiring multiple bolty shots to kill them. It turns out health:100 in the settings refers to 100% of their default health. Scientists have 100 health, but murderers – the dumber zombie AI we currently have on our server due to Facepunch bugginess – have 150 health by default. This means 100 is really 150 health.

Let’s try out setting them a little lower. I’ve reduced their health 30% to 70. This should lower their health just around 100 health. Let’s see how it is. Thanks to MrNiceGuy and soundklown for the feedback!

I’ve also made changes to Jason Vorhees:

  • Health was reduced by 50%
  • Reduced his inventory
    • Wood went from 5k to 2.5k
    • High Quality Metal Ore went from 5k to 250
    • Stone went from 5k > 1.5k
    • Metal Ore went from 5k to 500
    • Removed C4
    • Removed bones

Jason still has some cool clothing and some valuable Skin Perk tools. Just remember, if you don’t kill him, he’ll track you down and kill you when you least expect it 🙂

Wipe Schedule

Last night was a wipe so get building! 🙂 I hope the weekly schedule makes things a bit more fresh for you all. It certainly will give me the ability to fine tune the server and get an idea of how changes will affect gameplay. I’m hoping for better balance between builder and raider. I’m sure I’ll be making several adjustments over the next couple wipes based on observation and feedback from you all.

Btw, I know I rarely mention Vanillatopia, but that’s just because the Vanilla experience requires few changes. I am planning on adding some new plugins to it, but of course the foundations of it will remain as pure as I can keep them. Modtopia is another story. Please as always keep the feedback coming. I appreciate it Bumfuzzlers!

 

Rob, Earn Cash, Buy

Rob, Earn Cash, Buy

I’ve got some nice updates for you Bumfuzzlers that I know you’re going to like! Money, Robbery, pick pocketing and all types of drama unfolding! Read on!

Economics

On Modtopia, I’ve had economics setup for a few weeks now, but hadn’t gotten around to putting them to good use. Now, you’ll start to see it getting used in various ways. Let’s review how you earn money before I talk about how you’ll use it.

  • Automatically get $5 for 10 minutes of gameplay
  • You’ll get $1 for breaking each barrel
  • You get $200 on first joining the server

I foresee changes in the future, but it’s a starting point. So how do you use the dough?

Skin Shop

At the skin shop, you can trade $50 for Tokens and then you can use those tokens to buy skins and set default skins for your items. The later is really cool. Setting the default skin will ensure every time you craft an item, that’s the skin it’ll get. You can access the Skin Shop by typing /skin shop

I’m wondering if the tokens should be worth $25 instead. Let’s see. Give me feedback!

Server Store

We now have a store on the server where you can use economics to buy various items! Simply type /s and you’ll gain access to a list of items from clothes to food to weapons. Items will be worth 1 to 6 Reward Points.

I’ve even added a couple of Skin Perk items (only the AKs so far), so you can buy a 2x damage Assault Rifle for instance. I’ll add more Skin Perks for all items in the coming days as I have time. I may even expand this to allow you to buy commands, kits and other items, plus even selling items you have for cold hard cash! 🙂

To purchase, you’ll first have to exchange coins for Reward Points. It’s easy to do. Just click on the Exchange tab and exchange one way or the other depending on what you want to do.

Save your pennies if you want to get those nice shiny goodies 🙂

Robbery

Now that we have a need for money, we’ll also have the ability to rob each other! I can’t imagine another way to play Rust right? You’ll have the following chances to rob other players:

  • 25% chance of stealing items
  • 50% chance of stealing money
  • 50% chance of stealing reward points

So how do you steal?

  • Kill a player
  • Attack a player
  • Pick-pocket a player (USE key)

Who can do this?

  • From Welcome level to Level 9, players have robbery protection
  • From Level 1, players have 50% chance to steal on kill
  • From Level 2, players have 50% chance on attack
  • From Level 5, players can pick-pocket with USE key

This should make for some interesting game play indeed 🙂 Now there’s more reason to kill your neighbors!

Ownership

VIPs were given the ability to check the ownership on items. This can be very helpful in knowing who is building next to you and also who you’re about to raid. Players can simply type /prod to get information about the owner of the item or building.

Please enjoy Bumfuzzlers! I will update you all when I expand on these features! Please give me feedback about cost and usage so I can improve upon it! Good luck out there 🙂

Compound, Scuba, Role Play

Compound, Scuba, Role Play

What’s up Bumfuzzlers? Well, there are some key game changing additions to the game this wipe including underwater exploration and a central role playing monument called The Compound. Let’s go through some of these changes!

The Compound

This new compound monument should prove interesting. It’s a scientist controlled safe zone shopping mall for Bumfuzzlers 🙂 So they’ll sell items in vending machines, but just don’t step out of line!

The scientists have rules. You can’t have weapons, grab loot, kill, sleep or run with scissors. If you do, they’ll see you as hostile and quickly dispatch you with a barrage of scientist weaponry including a new auto turret.

 

The vending machines will have basic clothing, traps & weapons, resource exchange, tools, components and building supplies.

In my opinion, it seems like a great addition. A few players have asked me to create something like this, but the work involved each wipe was a bit much so this is very welcome. I’m curious how those turrets let loose. They look angry 🙂

Underwater Unlocked

Now you can go searching for Davey Jone’s Locker! You should be able to find underwater rock formations which come in 6 different variations. Near them you’ll find crates containing loot! Who doesn’t want those! 🙂  There are also other crates tied down that you have to release (hold E), allow the crate to go to the surface and grab the loot there.

The goggles allow you to see underwater, diving tank allows you to breath for 10 minutes and can be refilled, flippers allow to you to move faster underwater, but slow you down on land, and the wetsuit allows you to stay warm in cold water.

 

 

AntiCheat

Facepunch is taking some responsibility for the hacking that’s gone on over the recent months and says, “There’s no excuse for us not addressing these for as long as we have. We simply haven’t held up our end of the deal.” Because of this, you’ll see a new cheat prevention update as you fire up the game. Let’s home it keeps things on the up and up.

First-Person Clothing

I’ve been waiting for this for some time. This should add some great realism to the game. I always found it annoying to KNOW I have a shirt on, but see my arm telling me I didn’t. Now. you should see what you wear, on your hands and arms in first person! Check out how awesome these look!

Those are surely the big ticket items, but there’s a few other changes that are important to recognize. Here’s a great overview video!

I’ve highlighted the changes I think stand out below! Enjoy Bumfuzzlers!

Devblog 200 May 03 2018

  • NEW New boat sounds
  • NEW Scientists Compound Monument
  • NEW Facial Hair Style 04
  • NEW New chainsaw sounds
  • NEW Added underwater rock formations
  • NEW Projectile trajectory verification is now enabled by default (hack)
  • NEW Added Diving Goggles – better underwater visiblity
  • NEW Added Diving Wetsuit – cold/wet protection
  • NEW Added Diving Flippers – faster water movement, slower land movement
  • NEW Added Diving Cylinder – breathe underwater for 10 mins
  • NEW Added dive sites and underwater loot crates
  • NEW Added first person clothing
  • UPDATED Local player footsteps are quieter than other players
  • UPDATED Misc sound polish and mix tweaks
  • UPDATED Improved Hair Textures and Materials
  • UPDATED Improved Hair Dye Colours
  • UPDATED ai_dormant true by default (server performance)
  • UPDATED Improved Hapis offshore junkpile spawns
  • UPDATED Improved Hapis Ch47 drop points
  • UPDATED Added CH47 drop point to SiteA (Hapis)
  • UPDATED Hapis Pumping station has slightly larger prevent building volume
  • UPDATED Block player inputting items into elite crates
  • UPDATED Block player inputting items into APC crate
  • UPDATED High external walls and gates decay much faster when placed outside of TC range
  • UPDATED Improved Ambient Occlusion
  • UPDATED Improved underwater rendering
  • UPDATED Improved CPU-side rendering performance
  • UPDATED EAC SDK update
  • UPDATED No longer broadcast effects to players in the connection queue (optimization)
  • UPDATED Optimized radial RPCs
  • UPDATED AI can reason about hostility marked players
  • UPDATED Support for stationary scientists at Compound
  • UPDATED Support for patrolling scientists at Compound
  • UPDATED Scientists can now search for lost targets
  • UPDATED Improved AI for mounted scientists
  • UPDATED Stationary scientists looks at players that get close enough
  • FIXED Fixed animals spawning inside small cliffs on Hapis
  • FIXED Fixed some broken Hapis map sounds
  • FIXED Fixed nudity censor clipped by water surface; e.g. rowboat
  • FIXED Fixed crafting queue dropped item server crash exploit
  • FIXED Fixed multiple position ticks received in the same frame being ignored on the client
  • FIXED Fixed issue where AI dormant + server network caching would corrupt position timestamps
  • FIXED Fixed floating base build using triangular wall conditional models
  • FIXED Fixed server side stair collider rotation sometimes being incorrect after rotating
  • FIXED Fixed roof side exploits
  • FIXED Fixed fanned wall stacking exploits
  • FIXED Fixed foundation steps sometimes being unplaceable
  • FIXED Fixed speed resource gathering (hack)
  • FIXED Fixed speed swim and crouch (hack)
  • FIXED Fixed looting dropped items through walls (hack)
  • FIXED Fixed placing deployables through walls (hack)
  • FIXED Fixed damage through walls via head clipping (hack)
  • FIXED Fixed silent melee swing and attack (hack)
  • FIXED Fixed silent projectile impacts (hack)
  • FIXED Fixed sign upload lag (exploit)
  • FIXED Fixed rapid fire bow (hack)
  • FIXED Fixed unlimited oxygen (hack)
  • FIXED Fixed chat UI corruption (exploit)
  • FIXED Fixed crossbow attachments turning invisible when no arrow is loaded
  • FIXED Can no longer spears etc under water
  • FIXED Mounted players auto dismount if their head clips geometry
  • FIXED Can no longer mount moving boats if the boat has a driver
  • FIXED Junkpile scientists no longer hover over the ground
  • FIXED Junkpile scientists despawn with the junkpile
  • FIXED Scientist burst firing stop when they lose target
  • FIXED Fixed range consideration for mounted scientists
  • FIXED Fixed animal spawning where they would sometimes not come to life
  • FIXED Scientists should no longer crouch walk
  • FIXED Optimized the Geiger Counter
Drag Bodies, Trajectory, Wipes

Drag Bodies, Trajectory, Wipes

Hey Bumfuzzlers! I have some interesting changes for you this week! New abilities like @Mentions and Rocket Launcher trajectory, but also some changes to the wipe schedule and raiding! Check it out!

@Mentions

On both Modtopia and Vanillatopia, now you can @mention other players and it will alert them with a sound. Simply type a message in chat and add @playername. It will work with partial matched names too!

Rocket Trajectory

If you’re level 21 and above on Modtopia (/loyalty), you’ll have access to a nifty indicator for Rocket Launchers that shows you where your rocket will land. This is really nice for those tricky situations where it’s somewhat unclear.

Notice the line coming from the sight!

Drag Bodies

Now you can drag player and NPC bodies! Uh, if they’re dead lol This is great for PVP fights where you want to drag friends or clan mates indoors or even if you want to drag an NPC body somewhere away from sight or out of harms way.

To start dragging a body, hold down Left Mouse Button and press the Use Button (e). Then to stop dragging a body, let go of Left Mouse Button. Simple as that. Note that the body will drag somewhat far from you so make sure you move away from the corpse when you drag. Note this is only for Modtopia right now.

Wipe Schedule

On Modtopia we’ve been using a 2 week map wipe with a 1 month blueprint wipe. We’re going to be switching it up with a 1 week map wipe and a 2 week blueprint wipe. On Vanillatopia where we’ve been using a 1 month map and blueprint wipe, we’ll be switching to a 2 week map and blueprint wipe.

The hope is this will make things more fun and vibrant instead of having things turn boring while players wait for the wipe.

Wipe Block

As a result of the change, on Modtopia, I’ll be reinstating Wipe Block, but the items blocked will be few and for less time.

  • Satchel Charge: 4 hours
  • F1 Grenade: 4 hours
  • Beancan Grenade: 4 hours
  • Survey Charge: 4 hours
  • Timed Explosive: 8 hours
  • Rocket Launcher: 8 hours

Hopefully this will allow players to get started after the wipe and we won’t have anyone crushing 2 x 2’s lol

Anti-Offline Raiding

For a while now, Modtopia has had base protection for offline players on a 10 hour cycle. You sign off and you get 10 hours of protection where each hour drops down 10% until you get to zero.

With the shorter wipe schedule on Modtopia, I’m going to cut the protection and see how it goes. Here’s how it’ll work:

  • Protection starts 10 minutes after signing off
  • Each hour you’re offline, protection drops 20%
  • After 5 hours offline, protection reduces to 0%.
  • After 48 hours offline, protection reduces to -25%

Keep in mind I’m in the process of trying to replace this system with another that promotes players actually playing instead of signing on for the protection and then leaving, but I have a ways to go before it’s completed.

So there you have it Bumfuzzlers! Some pretty big changes and some nice new functionality 🙂 Enjoy!