Category: Event

SuperHeli, Haunting, Midnight

SuperHeli, Haunting, Midnight

It’s Halloween season Bumfuzzlers which means we have ourselves a spooky event and some other updates! Check it out!

Haunted House (Modtopia)

Booogy booogy booogy! Mwahaa! Spooky Rust base…*ahem* I mean Haunted House complete with ghoulishness and goodies!

Inside are items, you’ll surely want, but you can’t just get in. The Haunted House is protected by a very powerful spell that makes it completely invulnerable to any mortal damage! So put away your rockets and C4! You’ll need to gain access some other way!

When the clock strikes midnight, the spirits unlock the doors to let you in so you can get your hands on the treasure inside, but you only have a short time! Don’t stay long because at 1AM, the doors lock you inside, never to escape from the after world!

There’s an assortment of goodies inside including resources and lots of skin perks to give you that extra ghoulish advantage!

The items inside will respawn every night so making your way back there wouldn’t be a bad idea, but unfortunately, you’ll have to brave the dark!

Halloween Skins (Modtopia)

Tis’ the season to sprinkle some Halloween skins into the mix of loot out there. Be on the lookout for some fun skins to brighten you and your Halloween bases! 🙂

Skin Perks (Modtopia)

I’ve added a couple new skin perks inspired by Halloween.

We’ve got the Hallows Mask, Vest and Kilt at 7% dodge each! And it’s a cool looking outfit! The mask glows in the dark!

…and the 2x damage Scarecrow AK47 with the 2x Unholy Blade gives you all you’ll need to slice those ghosts in half! You can expect these items to popup in loot here and there, but mind you, they’re rare!

SuperHeli Loot (Modtopia)

I reviewed the loot received when someone takes down the SuperHeli and I found it to be less than wonderful. So I’ve increased it!

  • Number of crates increased to 3 to 5
  • Amount of scrap increased from 60-90 to 150-450
  • Special quest (/q) items (battery, bleach, ducttape, glue, paper, research paper, sticks, camera ..) changed from 1-1 to 5-10
  • Significantly increased weapons, ammo, explosives, gun powder, etc.

Keep in mind though, I slightly increased the SuperHeli’s health and gave him a couple more rockets! Far more goodies should mean a little more challenge!

Bradley Loot (Modtopia)

The loot seemed a little weak for the Bradley as well so I figured I’d increase that too. Due to the tank being something a solo player can handle on their own, instead of the SuperHeli’s 5 crates, I’ve left it at 3. However, it will give you the same quality loot.

Admin Base Challenge (Modtopia)

I saw a couple attempts at the admin base and I can see where I need to make some updates to it! No one has gotten anywhere near all of the loot, but there was some great progress. Sometime soon I’ll tear it down, update it with corrections and refurbish 🙂

Please enjoy and send me feedback if you have it! I’m always interested in hearing what you Bumfuzzlers have to say and it’s extremely valuable.

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!

Early Access, Boss, Flips

Early Access, Boss, Flips

Big things going on with Rust and the server! I’ve got some updates on quarries, cars, plane crashing, the superheli and Rust leaving early access! Check this out for what you Bumfuzzlers need to know including a Valentine’s Day event preview!

Boss of Hearts

Well, Valentine’s Day is coming up and the server wants you to be its valentine 🙂 I’ve placed a February preview on one of the islands, but be careful. It’s called the Heart house and it’s home to the Boss of Hearts! She’s a little more of a brute than the other NPCs on the server. Get close enough to the Heart House and you’ll get yourself a hearty (get it? lol) kit haha Go at it and have some fun. I’ll be working on it a little more as I have time!

SuperHeli <3

I made a few small changes to the helicopter refuel event as it appeared to be somewhat easy for players. All you had to do was kill a few easy NPCs and then the SuperHeli sat there like a sitting duck waiting to be destroyed. I’ve made the following changes:

  • Max time it will decide to refuel was lowed to 500 from 600
  • Min time it will decide to refuel was lowered to 200 from 300
  • Time to refuel is now 120 lowered from 180
  • NPC Spawn Radius is now 5m instead of 4m

Hopefully it will give people less time to take out the NPCs and the SuperHeli which will make it slightly more challenging. I was going to enable the guns on it while refueling, but after testing it was too over powered. Thanks to Orion for his feedback and testing on the event.

Also, after speaking with the plugin author of HeliControl, it appears that the reason sometimes it appears the SuperHeli spawns so often is due to the fact that it spawns based on a timer and that timer doesn’t use the death of the last SuperHeli to determine the next spawn.

This means if the Superheli spawned at 4pm and is set to spawn every two hours and the pilot ejection event happens 4:20pm and then the refuel event happens at 4:59pm, the SuperHeli may still spawn at 5pm as it isn’t aware of the other events. The plugin author is going to detect the time of the last SuperHeli death and change the spawning to work based on that last death. I can’t promise when that will happen. In turn, expect sometimes the SuperHeli may haunt you.

Quarry Loot Fix

I believed the Quarries were set to output 5 times the normal amount, but the setting I used actually meant that it would spit out 5 of whatever item every 30-60 seconds. This made for some very slow earnings. I’ve now changed it so it’s 5 times that. Thanks to Jarl Balgruuf for noticing the slow trickle of resources.

Plane Crash off Center

There’s been a few times where the low-flying plane would crash into the mountains and this seemed mostly due to it flying over the very center of the map each time it spawned. A few of you asked to have it more varied in its flight path too. Now there’s a fix to ensure the plane doesn’t spawn over the center of the map each time like it once did. Hopefully this gives more players a chance at it.

Flippin’ Cars

The vehicles have had a bunch of issues, but most glaringly is the fact that sometimes you can get stuck and screwed up if the car flips upside down! Well now, it will automatically eject players from the car when it goes upside down and there’s now a command (/flipcar) that you can use to flip an upside down car over!

Rust Leaving Early Access

It’s hard to believe it, but Facepunch has finally declared on February 8th they will be leaving early access, but what does this mean to you? There’s surely some things that will change. They suggest one of them won’t be staff dedicated to the game and cite the reasons for making the change that they finally can say for sure they know where they are going with the game lol Sure took them long enough to do that! Two main things stand out to me as major changes:

  • Game updates will be changed to once per month instead of once per week
  • The game price will increase from $19.99 to $34.99

Surely this will save time for server admin like me as I can say updating the server every week can be challenging. For you Bumfuzzlers, you should have a more stable game with more meaningful patches each month. At least, that’s my expectation 🙂 I could be wrong.

Thank you for all your support as usual. You guy and gals rock!

Santa, Christmas, Night

Santa, Christmas, Night

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house. Not a creature was stirring, not even a Bumfuzzler! Indeed, Christmas time is upon us which means goodies from good ol’ Saint Nick for all you good (and bad lol) Bumfuzzler boys and girls! And where does Santa make the toys you ask?? At the North Pole in the Snow Biome! Where else?

Inside the Santa’s secret workshop in the North Pole are many, many boxes filled with everything from small goodies like resources to large goodies like Perks and boom booms! Even the many stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that Santa and elves would be asleep without care!

The trick to the North Pole is that the doors and boxes are magical! The doors won’t open for explosives and they won’t open with a code or a key! They only open at night when the elves are sleeping! The boxes in the North Pole will not always have items in them because they’re magical as well! Today one box may be empty, but in an hour, the next day or a week later, it will have some of the most sought after goodliness on Bumfuzzler Modtopia! Just as the Clause’s were nestled all snug in their beds with visions of sugar-plums dancing in their heads, you show up to take their loot!

Be careful though! The doors automatically open at night, but they automatically close during the day. If you don’t get in and out quick, you may get locked in with the elves and they aren’t very friendly to people trying to steal their hard work! Then again, maybe the elves aren’t what you should be worried about. Others are bound to want that loot as well 😉

Good luck Bumfuzzler! “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”

(Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American brothers and sister Bumfuzzlers! May you have an amazing day of food, family and gratitude for all the special things in your life!)