Category: Mods

Knock, Proximity, Grades

Knock, Proximity, Grades

Got some tweaks for you Bumfuzzlers to chew on! We’ve got new features and we’ve resurrected some old ones! Knock messages, proximity scanners, single souce base upgrades, blueprint additions, tweaks to loot, turbo boost modifications and more! Read on and sink those chompers in!

Knock, Knock

Who’s there? Now the person knocking will know because you can set a message for them! This is a great option for players who want others to know whose base it is or if you just want to insult the people who might be raiding your base!

Once you hit Level 4 (/loyalty), walk up to one of your doors and type /knock to get more instructions.

Scary Crows (Modtopia)

The scarecrows are surely a cool idea and hearing that chainsaw was pretty scary, but I’ve put them out of their misery at least for now. For one, zombies couldn’t kill them, but became completely preoccupied anyway. Zambie hordes could be seen in large groups gathered around the scarecrows hacking away to no avail taking little notice of the Bumfuzzlers running by. Also I’m not fan of how fast they ran! I prefer players to be able to get away. Anyhow, if things change in the future and I have more control over them, maybe I’ll enable them again.

Turbo Charge (Modtopia)

The gather boost (/turbo) was probably a little high so I lowered it a touch. It’ll still give you an edge when collecting resources, but it just won’t be as over powered.

Here are the changes:

  • Boost now lasts 2 minutes for players from start to VIP (/loyalty)
  • Boost now lasts 5 minutes for players from VIP to Blood (/loyalty)
  • Cooldown changed to 2 hours for everyone
  • Animal kills still give you a temporary boost

Your Dead Body (Modtopia)

The corpse locator was supposed to tell you where your body was after you died, but instead of telling you where your body was, it would say you died some place unknown and that isn’t a big help if you’re trying to find your dead self. Now, when you respawn, you’ll be told the distance to your corpse and the direction it’s in.

Loot Changes (Modtopia)

I made a couple changes to loot in an attempt to balance things a bit. As you know, balancing is an ongoing task that seems to never end, but I’m confident we’ll get it right! Lately I’ve heard some ramblings about components and I’ve found food is way too common.

Here are some of the loot related changes:

  • Reduced shots required to shoot down air drop from 10 to 5 (Yes, you can shoot down airdrops!)
  • Raised component spawn counts to range between 1 and 10
  • Fuses, keycards, pitchfork and waterjugs now stack to 256
  • Slightly lowered scrap levels

I’ve found that hunting seems a little unnecessary because food and fuel spawns in such high counts. Due to that I made the following changes:

  • Lowered food box contents by 1 item
  • Slightly lowered food counts in stockings
  • Slightly lowered food counts in Christmas presents
  • Lowered low grade fuel in barrels and crates to max at 5
  • Lowered low grade fuel in airdrops to max at 25

Blueprint Additions (Modtopia)

I know the idea is to research items, but I kind of like the idea of finding blueprints out there in the wild. Something about finding them makes you feel like you just got lucky. With that, I’ve added nearly all of the Workbench Level 1 item blueprints out in the world so you can find them in barrels and crates.

Here’s a list of the items that you may find out in the wild:

  • Beancan Grenade
  • Bear Trap
  • Bed
  • Binoculars
  • Bucket Helmet
  • Ceiling Light
  • Chain Link Fence
  • Chain Link Fence Gate
  • Collared Shirt
  • Double Barrel Shotgun
  • Dropbox
  • Flame Turret
  • Flare
  • Floor Grill
  • Fridge
  • Garage Door
  • Glass Reinforced Bars
  • Hatchet
  • High External Wood Wall
  • High External Wood Wall Gate
  • Jacket
  • Long Sleeved T-shirt
  • Mace
  • Metal Embrasure a
  • Metal Embrasure b
  • Metal Window Bars
  • Miner Hat
  • Pants
  • Pickaxe
  • Pistol Ammo
  • Reactive Target
  • Revolver
  • Riot Helmet
  • Salvaged Cleaver
  • Salvaged Hammer
  • Salvaged Sword
  • Satchet Charge
  • Shotgun Trap
  • Silencer
  • Simple Sight
  • Snow Jacket
  • T-shirt
  • Tanktop Shirt
  • Weapon Flashlight
  • Waterpipe Shotgun

Proximity Scanner (Modtopia)

Unfortunately the proximity scanner hadn’t been working, but now I have it sorted out! This feature is really nice as it allows you to create a ‘lookout’ in whatever area you enable it. You’ll be alerted about any trespassers that come your way and you even get a lot for when you’re offline. This will help you identify the people who raided you even if they go undetected!

To setup the scanner, you have to bury certain items in a stash and once you do this, it will alert in chat you about people who walk within its radius and even create an intruder log you can access at any time! To get started, type /scan for information.

You will need resources to create a scanner though. Right now it’s set to require the following items:

  • Metal Spring: 5
  • Metal Fragments: 2,500
  • Sewing Kit: 5
  • Code Lock: 1
  • Sheet Metal: 5
  • Wood: 2,500

Thanks for helping me test it Three-Fingered Willie

Building Grades (Modtopia)

There’s been a few requests for the ability to upgrade an entire base with a command. In the past, I didn’t add it because there were exploits. I’m more confident now that those exploits are taken care of, so now, players from Level 13 (/loyalty) can upgrade an entire base with a single command. For all you honey-combers out there, you’ll enjoy this feature.

Simply look at part of your building and type /up. This will upgrade your base to the next highest level and will use the resources required for the upgrade.

Keep in mind, if you have even one building item upgraded to stone, it will try to upgrade to sheet metal and if one is sheet metal it will try to upgrade it to armor. That means, if you want to use this feature, consider building in one material type to start and then use it to move from level to level.

Known Issues (Modtopia)

As always there’s a couple of situations that are works in progress. Here’s a list of what I know about.

  • At Level 14 you’re supposed to have research reduced from 10 to 5 seconds and at Level 24 it’s supposed to be instantaneous. Neither seems to happen. It takes 10 seconds to research. I’ve disabled that plugin for now.
  • Trading items that give you special damage, gather, dodge or building abilities will result in the item being stripped of its powers. Be careful when accepting these items for trade as you won’t get what you’re seeking.

Keep sending that feedback Bumfuzzlers! I’m sorry this post doesn’t have mentions because a bunch of you gave me feedback for these changes. It just so happens I didn’t take good notes this past week for some reason. Thanks to everyone who contributed to these updates! Have fun out there!

Perms, Clans, Goods

Perms, Clans, Goods

I’ve got some updates for you Bumfuzzlers! We’ve got talk about Rust patches, signals, airdrops, stacking items, smoke rockets, the SuperHeli and more! Read on!

Signal Cooldown (Modtopia)

Unfortunately it appears the supply signal cooldown was causing smoke grenades to convert into supply signals! We can’t have that 🙂 so I’ve disabled the cooldown for now. Santa will know how many of you took advantage of that one! 🙂 For now, enjoy spamming supply signals and smoke grenades to your heart’s content!

Thanks to Rumguzzler for reporting the issue and for Kreeperlink helping me duplicate it!

Stacking Items (Modtopia)

I noticed, when testing the smoke grenade and supply signal situation, that some items weren’t stacking properly. For instance, smoke grenades only stacked to 2 and the latest Halloween items didn’t stack at all. I went through the items and adjusted stacking numbers to what they should be.

  • Now stacks to 256
    • Smoke Grenades
    • SAM Rockets
    • New Burlap Gloves
    • Coffin Storage Boxes
    • Cauldron
    • Diving Fins
    • Diving Mask
    • Diving Tank
    • Diving Wetsuit
    • Fishingrod Handmade
    • Fogmachine
    • Geiger.counter
    • Gravestone
    • Halloween Lootbag
    • Hazmatsuit Scientist Peacekeeper
    • Knife Butcher
    • Large Candles
    • Leather Gloves
    • Roadsign Gloves
    • SAM Site
    • Scarecrow Head
    • Small Candles
    • Spiderweb
    • Spooky Speaker
    • Strobelight
    • Tactical Gloves
    • Wall Graveyard Fence
    • Watchtower
    • Weapon Mod 8x Scope
    • Wooden Cross
  • Now stacks to 100,000
    • Paper
    • Glue
    • Sticks
    • Blood
    • Salt
    • Bleach
    • Duct Tape
    • Battery

Skull Money (Modtopia)

Originally, you’d get some cash for crushing an opponent’s skull, but some people who will remain nameless lol! It wasn’t supposed to allow fellow clan members or friends to collect the blood money! Due to that, it’s now disabled until there’s a fix. Don’t worry though. Humiliation is still in place!

Sign Images (Modtopia)

There was an issue placing images using sign artist (/sil) on to XXL signs. That’s now been resolved so you should have no issues decorating your base with your favorite memes!

Thanks Doc and Rumguzzler for the feedback!

P.S. – There may be an issue where signs don’t keep their images after a restart. I’m trying to find time to research it further. Special thanks to Doc for helping me test this.

Airdrop Loot (Modtopia)

The airdrops were slightly OP with loot and if you consider that subscribers have been getting 5 airdrops every so often plus airdrops for voting airdrops, it needed a slight nerfing. I’ve left all of the good items in there, but simply added more items to dilute them. This means more randomization and hopefully a bit more fun in finding a good item. It shouldn’t be that difficult as there are still good items in there.

Also, I’ve lessened the subscriber airdrops from 5 to 3. This means you can get your hands on up to 5 airdrops every 48 hours between subscribing and voting. That’s still pretty darn good.

It may take a slight nerf again, but we’ll see. Obviously we all want the loot to be good, but just not over the top.

Thanks to Kreeperlink for your feedback!

Calling SuperHeli (Modtopia)

First of all, why would you call the SuperHeli? 🙂 Regardless of your reasons, when you hit level 17 (/loyalty) you can call the SuperHeli. However, as you level up, cooldowns are supposed to go down and the amount of times you can call the SuperHeli (/callheli) is supposed to go up. Unfortunately that wasn’t happening. Now it will.

Thanks to JoePerry for the heads up!

P.S. – Be careful if you call the SuperHeli either through /callheli or the store (/s). If there is a SuperHeli already up, it may cause the copter you called to be destroyed. There’s a limit imposed on the number of SuperHelis that can exist at one time for obvious reasons. Imagine there were 3 up at a time? Yeesh!

Teleportation (Modtopia)

Similar to the calling of the SuperHeli, there were some missed permissions on teleportation (/tp). Players at certain levels may have been getting the default teleport settings for cooldowns and countdowns when they should have been getting a reduction in time as their levels went up. This should now be resolved.

Thanks JoePerry for the heads up on this one!

Server Patch

There were a number of exploits with the hot air balloon and some other bugs so Facepunch was nice enough to release a server & client patch on Monday. Here’s a list of the various fixes as per Facepunch. It’s not extremely descriptive, but if you were following the various exploits and issues it might make more sense.

  • Fixed footIK mess when crouching
  • Fixed Hot Air Balloon exploit
  • Skin bundle update
  • Fixed lodding issues on rowboat
  • Fixed another Hot Air Balloon exploit
  • Fixed boats clipping in front of cargoship
  • Fixed triggerhurtnotchild warning

Btw, I saw today that Facepunch was doing some work on electricity. It’ll be interesting to see players have to first cut off a base’s electric before going in for the raid.

Clans

Lately, there’s been some talk about clans and their size and while clans are important to the game, I happen to agree some limits might be a good idea. Large clans can overpower a server, create an unsavory environment for solo/duo players and scare new players away from the server. Due to this, I’ve lowered the limit for clan members from the default of 8 to 3.

There’s a good chance I’ll raise the limit in the future, but for now let’s see how this goes. I feel clan member limits should be based on average population of the server. If there’s an average of 10 people on the server at any given time, clan size should be limited to duos or trios. If it’s 25, it can be upped to quads and if it’s 100, we can allow for 8.

Some of the other settings:

  • Alliance Limit: 1
  • Member Limit: 3
  • Moderator Limit: 1
  • Ally Friendly Fire Option: Off

Thanks to everyone for participating in the Discord discussion. I’m sure it’ll be an ongoing topic.

P.S. – I also configured clans to purge the inactive clans after 60 days of inactivity.

Selling Smokes (Modtopia)

Smoke rockets have two modes – locked-on = lots of damage, not locked on = not so much damage. When locked on they do about 20 times more damage and because of that, and the perk of locking on, I’ve gone ahead and lowered the quantity in the store to 1 and raised the cost to 2.

Also, it appears the blueprint for the smoke rocket will actually seem to work, but the crafting menu doesn’t show it there so you can’t actually craft it. Due to that, I’ve removed the blueprint from the store and credited back money to anyone who purchased it.

At the same time, keep in mind you can use /craft.lockon to create lock-on rockets. It’ll require 1 regular rocket and 1 tech part which seems fair.

Thanks to Kreeperlink and Doc for the feedback!

Loot & Resources (Modtopia)

Modtopia used to be set to a 1 week wipe cycle, so in some situations, the loot is still reflecting a shorter life cycle.  Both loot and resources are probably a little higher than they need to be for a 1 month wipe cycle and it’ll take a little bit of time to get it right.

The more feedback I get from you Bumfuzzlers the faster it’ll go. Maybe by next wipe, the server will be tweaked just in time for the North Pole to come to Modtopia. Yes, Santa is coming soon so you better be good for goodness sake! 🙂

Thanks to all the Bumfuzzlers who provided feedback. It’s so critical to ensuring the server is configured properly and the various aspects of the configuration work properly. Let me know what you think about the changes. Nothing is set in stone! Please keep it up and have fun!

 

Designs, Raids, Wipe Boosts

Designs, Raids, Wipe Boosts

Always with the tweaks Bumfuzzlers! I’ve got a couple of adjustments that should gives you all some nifty new abilities, but also balance raiding and building a little bit while providing some fun towards the end of the wipe cycle! Read on!

Loot Scanning (Modtopia)

About a week or two ago I added the ability to scan the contents of supply drops, crates and barrels, but there was something missing – the CH47 locked crate.

Now you’ll have that ability, but due to that, I decided to switch around some level permissions. Here’s what we have now:

  • Level 8: Can scan the contents of a Supply Drop with Binoculars
  • Level 19: Can scan the contents of a CH47 locked crate
  • Level 27: Can scan the contents of crates and barrels

Seeing inside the CH47 crate can save tons of time! Great perk for level 19’ers!

Elevator Raiding (Modtopia)

Raiding bases equipped with an elevator (/newlift) poses certain challenges that are absent in other situations. This is because elevators are practically indestructible and that’s certainly important to understand for base designers and raiders alike.

To make it a little more fair for raiders, I’ve changed things around so destruction of an elevator’s foundation or floor underneath, means destruction of the elevator itself. This makes it fair for both sides of the equation.

Thanks [F11]Kreeperlink for the feedback

Foundation Health (Modtopia)

It seems based on discussion and polling that people share the opinion that foundation wiping mostly allows raiders to escape having to account for the builder’s design of the base. Instead of dealing with turrets, shotgun traps, confusing doors and the like, all you have to do is save up your rockets and blast your way through the underbelly to create instability in the structure. This defeats the purpose of the builder’s trouble and it’s a questionable tactic.

To counter foundation wiping, I’ve increased all foundation blocks by 50% health.

That means foundation health will be as follows:

  • Twig Foundation: was 10, now 15
  • Wood Foundation: was 250, now 375
  • Stone Foundation: was 500, now 750
  • Sheet Metal Foundation: was 1,000, now 1,500
  • Armor Foundation: was 2,000, now 3,000

I don’t want to discourage raiding, but I do want players to be subject to the effort and ingenuity of the builder. What’s the point of people going through the trouble to making a base that’s hard to raid if people just plow through the foundation with rockets? It doesn’t seem balanced.

Let’s see how this works and if it doesn’t, it can be changed back. I’m looking to you Bumfuzzlers to provide me with some good feedback!

End of Wipe Boost (Modtopia)

For a long time I’ve seen player counts drop the last days of raid cycles. This is mostly because players who get raided the 3rd week of the cycle feel they don’t have time to get supplies to build or those who would raid might not have people to raid. Obviously we’d rather go out with a blast! I’m thinking this next wipe cycle we’ll try something different.

On the Tuesday night before the Thursday wipe (in this next wipe’s case, December 6th), I’ll make available 2 kits with cool downs for every 12 hours – one for the raider and one for the builder. You can obviously take both kits, but it’s doubtful with such little time, you’ll be able play both roles.

The kits might look something like this:

Raid to Wipe kit:

  • 50 rockets
  • 50 satchels
  • 25 timed explosives
  • 1 rocket launcher
  • 5 supply drops

Build to Wipe kit:

  • 60k wood
  • 50k stone
  • 40k metal frags
  • 30k high quality metal
  • 8 turrets
  • 16 shotgun traps
  • 25 bear traps
  • 25 land mines
  • 2k handmade shells
  • 2k 556 ammo
  • 5 supply drops

I’ll adjust the menu screen and put some recurring text to let people know it’s coming so they don’t miss the chance. I hope this adds an elevated element to the game for a couple days and I’m eager to see what players do with the resources.

Base Notables (Modtopia)

I flew around a bit over the past week or two and saw a couple of bases (sorry if I missed yours – please point yours out to me next time) that were worthy of mention. Here’s a couple of shots from the outside of those bases with a couple comments!


c0de created this very scenic base well placed on top of a mountainous area near the ocean. I never went back to see if it lasted, but it was really nice location choice!

[F11]Sin and probably a couple others created this silo type base. I enjoyed reading the memes 🙂

Before you get past the blinding lights you can nailed by all the turrets within the jail cell walls. I liked the idea! Nice work Graceful Mess! I did not put that bear there. It just so happened to be hanging out 🙂

Another one by Graceful Mess caught my eye. This one looks so Mad Max! 🙂 The car inside the walls among the pumpkins was a nice touch 🙂

Pumpy Boi gets an honorable mention with this high security lock down base!

The first thing I noticed was the careful placement of door skins in Questionable Punch‘s base. It looks tight 🙂

R3mix just wants to be left in peace. His base is his home away from home. I like the design and last I checked it’s one of the last bases still intact!

Not sure what Rumguzzler was going for here, but it reminds me of the Redeemer Statue in Rio!

This was one of my favorites, but I’m sorry to say I didn’t get a good picture of it. Rumguzzler’s boat house was perfectly decorated inside and had a really nice parking space for a boat with a dock to go along with it.

Some great stuff from everyone. Sorry if I left anyone out, but you can tell me about your base next wipe and I’ll post it!

There we have it folks. Tomorrow the wipe comes and with it a new beginning for everyone. Which Bumfuzzlers are going to step it up this wipe? Can any base survive the entire cycle? Is someone going to be made to eat Bumfuzzler? Any revenge coming to someone in particular? 🙂 We’ll see! Note that the wipe will happen as soon as Facepunch releases their patch. This is typically between 1 and 7pm EST.

Skullcrush, Pills, Moolah

Skullcrush, Pills, Moolah

What’s up Bumfuzzlers! I’ve got some server updates for you! We’ve got barrels of money, radiation pill boosting and skull crushing humiliation! Read on for more info!

Money Barrels (Modtopia)

A while back players had an alternative revenue stream in harvesting barrels, but there were issues with it so I disabled it. Well, the other night I put in some elbow grease into it and now it’s working again, but with a twist!

Now, if you break a barrel, you get money, but as you level up, you earn more and more.

Here’s the breakdown for each level:

  • Level 5 Native $0.25
  • Level 10 Legitimate $0.50
  • Level 15 Veteran $0.75
  • Level 20 Allegiance $1.00
  • Level 25 VIP $1.25
  • Level 30 Blood $1.50

Now you’ll be a barrel breaking mercenary!

Rad Pill Boost (Modtopia)

Radiation pills are of course meant to reduce your radiation, but as a result, they also lower other levels which can be unfortunate. Now, if you’re level 13 and above, radiation pills won’t only reduce your radiation, but they’ll boost your health, hunger and thirst by 20%. This makes them a little more valuable for all situations, not just when you’re glowing yellow!

Given the added benefits of radiation pills, I’ve adjusted the rarity slightly.

Skull Fun (Modtopia)

If I told you there was a way to humiliate your enemies plus earn money would you be interested? Of course you would!

Well now, after you kill someone, make sure you chop them up into teeny tiny pieces and then crush their skull. Not only will you get some nifty bones, but it will announce the fact that you crushed that player’s skull to the entire server and you’ll get $10! Humiliating, satisfying and enriching! 🙂

Please enjoy the updates Bumfuzzlers! 🙂 Don’t forget, the wipe is coming on Thursday, November 1st! Unfortunately, the exact time of the wipe is always unclear as it depends on when Facepunch releases the patch, but it’s usually between 1pm and 7pm EST. We might be seeing hot air balloons and anti-air missiles in this next version 🙂

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.

Cowboys, Binoculars, Racing

Cowboys, Binoculars, Racing

As always Bumfuzzlers, I have some updates to let you know about! We’ve got some new abilities like individual weapon stats, binocular loot scanning, horse riding improvements, better car stability, you can upgrade work benches sooner and other changes! Read on!

Weapon Stats

If you can kill something with it, you can now see stats for it by looking at the details of the item. Simply open your inventory and click on the item. If there are stats, it’ll show and if there are no stats it’ll look as it always has.

 

Unfortunately, it doesn’t store lifetime stats as it’s only per item, but it should be pretty cool to know which weapon is lucky for ya. This means, if you have an AK, make kills with it and then get another AK, it won’t show the stats anymore. This is meant to show you the amount of kills you have for that specific item.

I’ve added this to both Modtopia and Vanillatopia.

Economics on Join (Modtopia)

It used to be that players new to the server started with a gift of $250. Well, sorry new joiners, but I’ve changed this to $0. I found too many people would start up and get certain items too quickly and I think it makes things a little too easy.

It doesn’t take long to get cash either via Discord or several minutes of game play anyway.

Thanks to TheFireChef for pointing this out.

Loot Scanner (Modtopia)

Every wish you could know the contents of a box before bothering with it? Well, now, you can use your binoculars to scout out the contents of various containers!

All you have to do is simply zoom in over a supply drop, box or barrel and press USE!

This ability isn’t just for anyone. You’ll have to level up your Loyalty (/loyalty) to get these perks.

  • Level 19: Use binoculars spy contents of supply drops (zoom + USE)
  • Level 27: Use binoculars spy contents of crates and barrels (zoom + USE)

Also, note that as a result of the binoculars becoming a bit more useful, I’ve slightly increased the rarity of both the item and the blueprint.

Upgrade Workbench (Modtopia)

A few weeks ago I added the ability to upgrade workbenches. This is a real space-saver since it means not having to create Level 1, 2 and 3 workbenches in your base. The ability to upgrade workbenches means all you’d have to do is look at a workbench, type /upgradewb and it replaces the workbench with the next level bench.

The thing is, I made it so that this was only available to players at Level 28 and up which means you’d have to play quite a while to get access to something that most likely is more valuable to lower levels starting out in smallish bases.

I’ve bumped this perk up in levels so that now it’s available for players who are Level 8 and above. Enjoy!

Thanks to puppyslasher for the feedback.

Go Cowboy

I’ve always loved the ability to ride horses, but they’ve needed some tweaking for a while. In testing, I found it was way too hard to tame a horse since you had to be really close and at the same time, they were super fast, didn’t turn well and third person was an issue.

For those of you new to horse riding all you have to do when you see a horse is type /stophorse within distance of it. The horse will stop. Then press USE on it to mount. Spacebar will jump off the horse.

I’ve made the following changes:

  • Sprint speed was dropped from 50 to 40. Less choppy ride, still easily traverse map and outrun zambies.
  • Turn speed was increased from 3 to 5.
  • Horse no longer can die while riding
  • Third person is now disabled
  • Taming the horse is now required (/stophorse)
  • Taming distance was increased from 10 meters to 25 meters

Giddyup Cowboy Bumfuzzlers! 🙂

Car Adjustments

I did a bunch of tinkering with the car as it’s been quite a jalopy of a machine for quite some time.

For those who don’t know, the car is really handy. Not only is it fast and fun, but it gives you the equivalent of a second backpack so going out on the town to gather items can be quite lucrative. Also, you can put a code lock on the trunk and hotwire other people’s cars if they locked it!

Here’s what was changed:

  • Originally spawned with 10-50 liters of fuel. Now you’ll get 25-75 liters.
  • You can now flip a turned over car by using /flipcar
  • Decay is reduced from 5 to 1
  • Lowered the maximum speed from 75 to 65 MPH
  • Cut fuel consumption rate in half from 0.5 (liters per second) to 0.25
  • Suspension dampening increased from 2,000 to 3,500

Overall, I think you’ll find the car much more enjoyable. It will use less fuel, has a more controllable top speed and has a much more stable suspension.

Meteor Radius

I’ve made a slight tweak to the Meteor Showers in that now they have a radius of 125 meters instead of 100 meters since I found they were a little too concentrated. Also the top end of the drops was slightly decreased.

As always Bumfuzzlers, please keep the feedback flowing. I truly appreciate it as it keeps things in a constant state of improvement!

Leveling, Resources, Bump

Leveling, Resources, Bump

Bumfuzzlers! I’ve got a short post that should be a big change, mostly for newer players and hopefully in turn for existing players as I believe it’ll help satisfy new joiners who expect a higher resource gain. At the same time, loyal Bumfuzzlers also see a slight bump too! Check it out.

Z Level Resources (Modtopia)

For a long time, I’ve had resource gain set low at the start and high at the end. The idea was to reward loyalty and players sticking around. Unfortunately, some players may never get the chance to be loyal Bumfuzzlers because they’re unhappy with the resource yield and they leave.

For instance, we have resource levels from level 1 to level 50. Starting out players are at level 1 getting about 12 wood per hit and at the level 50, they get 72. Then, players get 22 stone at level 1 and 157 at level 50. That’s an 83% increase for wood and an 86% increase for stone. That’s awesome gains and a massive boost for loyal Bumfuzzlers. Unfortunately, for new players,  at the start, they might expect 2-3 times the wood and stone per hit and would be pleasantly surprised with, but not expecting, an increase over time.

  • Level 1: 12 wood, 22 stone
  • Level 50: 72 wood, 157 stone
  • 83% increase for wood
  • 86% increase for stone

So I did some testing and I did some math (hopefully it’s right haha) and I believe I figured out a way to satisfy both new players and loyal Bumfuzzlers.

The levels (1-50) haven’t changed, but everyone starts off with about 3 times the resources. As levels increase, players gain increases at a slower rate, but by level 50, they’ll wind up with slightly more resource gain than they had before.

For instance, after the changes I’ve just made one hit for wood at level 1 to be 31 (increased from 12) and one hit for stone is 68 (increased from 22). At the high end at level 50 a hit of wood is 75 (increased from 72) and a hit of stone is 164 (increased from 157).

  • Level 1: 31 wood, 68 stone
  • Level 50: 75 wood, 164 stone
  • 60% increase for wood at the start
  • 59% increase for stone at the start

For the loyal Bumfuzzlers at level 50 they also get a slight bump.

  • Level 50: 75 wood (increased from 72)
  • Level 50: 164 stone (increased from 157)
  • 4% increase

Oh and by the way, at night instead of 3 times the resources, the base multiplier is 4, plus your levels go up twice as fast! 🙂

So, if my math is right I expect increases in a few areas. Give me feedback Bumfuzzlers! As always it’s critical to making sure the server runs at its best! It’s an evolution of sorts based on many factors! Have fun!

 

Mazzini, Meteors, Signals

Mazzini, Meteors, Signals

Hey Bumfuzzlers! I’ve got some server tweaks for you for both Modtopia and Vanillatopia. I’ve listened to feedback from a lot of you and peppered that with some things I noticed to hopefully make the servers work a little better. Check it out!

Custom Map (Vanillatopia)

I’ve loaded a custom 3k map called Mazzini Islands over at Vanillatopia and it’s pretty interesting. It really gives Rust a totally different feel and makes Rust feel newer since you don’t really know what to expect. There are lots of islands and things seem spread out a bit more. If you’re up for some good old fashioned vanilla Rust, go try it out.

I’m toying with the idea of putting it up on Modtopia in November. Let me know what you think.

Thanks for suggesting the map WRecKLeSS!

Animal Density (Vanillatopia)

I’ve gone ahead and raised the animal density on Vanillatopia to be the same as Modtopia. Now there’s 33% more bears, chickens, etc. It seemed they were a little scarce out there and without animals, surely Rust peoples will die 🙁

In-Game Store (Modtopia)

There were a couple of items that seemed out of alignment so I touched them up. It’s important that the Pasta Salad is priced appropriately!

  • Creedence 2x damage crossbow changed from 4 to 6 RP
  • Armored Door changed from a quantity of 3 to 1
  • Armored Double Door changed from a quantity of 3 to 1
  • Ladder Hatch changed from a quantity of 3 to 1

Thanks Doge for the feedback.

Zambie Hordes (Modtopia)

I lowered the zambie count a few weeks back, but now it seems like there just ain’t enough of those undeaders. I increased the amount of hordes from 12 to 15. That should add a little more excitement. Hope they scare you 🙂

Loot (Modtopia)

I’ll be tweaking the loot every so often. My goal is to find a good balance between vanilla and modded so that you have to grind a little, but it’s not overwhelmingly boring and repetitive.

  • Code Locked Crate bumped number of items from 6 to 8, blueprints from 1 to 2
  • Elite Crate bumped the number of items from 2 to 4
  • Mine Crate bumped the number of items from 1 to 2
  • Mine Cart bumped the number of items from 1 to 2

Added the following blueprints to barrels:

  • small oil refinery
  • spinner wheel
  • reactive target
  • binoculars
  • bear trap
  • tuna light
  • high external wall
  • top tier window bars
  • water barrel
  • large water catcher
  • small water catcher
  • water purifier

Thanks to Twisted Rhythm for feedback

Meteor Showers (Modtopia)

If you haven’t learned yet, Meteors fall into the Rust atmosphere and bring with them space resources! Yes, I’m super serial. Space resources! 🙂

Anyways, the amount of space resources were pretty crazy high so I had to cap it a little to make it a little more reasonable. We’ll see how it goes to know if I’ll need to cap it again.

There are three types of Meteor Showers that happen randomly – mild, optimal and extreme. Here are the changes I’ve made to each of them:

  • Mild
    • Drops stone, metal ore
    • Changed ranges of drops
      • stone 300-3000
      • metal ore 100-1000
    • Changed meteor count from 60 to 175
    • Changed storm radius from 200 to 100
    • Storm duration stays at 240
  • Optimal
    • Drops stones, metal ore, high quality metal ore
    • Changed ranges of drops
      • stone 400-4000
      • metal ore 200-2000
      • high quality metal ore 50-500
    • Changed meteor count from 45 to 100
    • Changed storm radius from 300 to 100
    • Changed storm duration from 150 to 100
  • Extreme
    • Drops stones, metal ore, high quality metal ore and sulfur ore
    • Changed ranges for drops
      • stone 500-5000
      • metal ore 300-3000
      • high quality metal ore: 100-1000
      • sulfur ore: 100-1000
    • Changed meteor count from 125 to 50
    • Storm radius stays at 100
    • Storm duration stays at 30

I’m working on letting players know about the location of the showers so it’s easier to find then.

Kits (Modtopia)

A while back, I changed the Subscriber Kit, a kit given to players who subscribe to the website, to give supply signals instead of C4, Rockets and giant goodies like that. For some reason I noticed that didn’t take effect. Doh!

Now the subscriber kit will give players 5 supply signals. Since you can use the kit 3 times per wipe, that’s – you did the math already didn’t you? – 15 supply signals! That is quite a lot of goodies. I recommend subscribing.

Environmental Saves (Modtopia)

No it has nothing to do with that Al Gore stuff. A few weeks ago we had an issue with server lag. We’ve since figured it out, but during that process I had set the server to save the environment less frequently thinking it could be related.

Now that the lag issue is resolved, I’m adjusting the saves to occur more frequently. This is important in the event that the server does crash for any reason, your progress should not be lost.

Saves should happen now every 5 minutes as opposed to every 10 and you should even see a chat message stating it’s happening.

Server Restarts (Modtopia)

Server restarts were set to 12PM and 12AM EST, but I’ve found they might not be the best times. I’ve changed this to 4AM and 4PM Eastern Time to hopefully avoid interrupting anyone. Let me know if you find the server restart interrupts your playtime!

As always Bumfuzzlers, please send me your feedback. It helps to continually improve the server. Have fun out there! Let me know if you think I should run a custom map next month.

Blood, Warp, Workbench

Blood, Warp, Workbench

What’s up Bumfuzzlers?! I’m doing a bit of tweaking on Modtopia ahead of the wipe to everything from Homes, Teleports, Charcoal, Prestige levels and also adding a new plugin! Check out the details.

Homes & Teleports (Modtopia)

Lately people have been commenting on homes and teleports and there’s been times I’ve wanted to change it in the past, but just never found time to fully address it. Finally I have and hopefully you all like it better.

For both homes and teleports, uses are unlimited, however the cooldown and countdowns will change and be reduced as move up Prestige levels. Here’s what they look like.

Homes

  • Default: 2 homes, unlim daily, 15 min cooldown, 20 sec countdown
  • Legitimate: Increase: 3 homes (+1), unlim daily, 12 min cool (-3), 15 sec count (-5)
  • Veteran: Increase: 4 homes (+2), unlim daily, 8 min cool (-7), 10 sec count (-10)
  • Allegiance: Increase: 5 homes (+3), unlim daily, 5 min cool (-10), 5 sec count (-15)
  • VIP:  Increase: 6 homes (+4), unlim daily, 3 min cool (-12), 3 sec count (-12)
  • Blood: Increase: 7 homes (+5), unlim daily, 1 min cool (-14), 1 sec count (-14)

Teleports

  • Teleport: unlim daily, 15 min cooldown, 20 sec countdown
  • Level 11: Increase: unlim daily, 12 min cool (-3), 15 sec count (-5)
  • Level 19: Increase: unlim daily, 5 min cool (-10), 5 sec count (-10)
  • Level 24: Increase: unlim daily, 4 min cool(-1), 10 sec count (-20)
  • Level 26: Increase: unlim daily, 3 min cool (-12), 3 sec count (-12)
  • Blood: Increase: unlim daily, 1 min cool (-14), 1 sec count (-14)

Thanks Doge, Twisted Rhythm, Lich, Annyu for the feedback

Charcoal (Modtopia)

I’ve increased charcoal production by 20%. Before the changes, 100 wood would  yield 34 charcoal and now 100 wood yields 56 charcoal. It doesn’t seem like a lot on that level, but it should give quite a bit more with large quantities of wood.

 

Upgrade Workbench (Modtopia)

I’ve added a new plugin that for now unlocks at Prestige level 28. If you’ve ever hated having your entire base being taken over by workbenches, trying to find space, this plugin is for you!

Now, you can type /upgradewb and as long as you have the resources, it will upgrade the workbench you’re looking at for the cost. For those of you who like to keep your footprint light this is a great way to save square footage.

Blood Prestige (Modtopia)

I’ve been promising it for a while, but I simply didn’t have the time. It literally took me 3 full hours to implement it and it wasn’t a casual stroll through the park.

I’m going to have to tweak the levels next since I really want to add more powerful unlocks towards the bottom of the Prestige ladder, but at least now the people who have the most loyalty will get benefits regarding homes & teleports. I’ll try to add more perks as I can.

I finally did it soundklown!

Prestige Levels (Modtopia)

Just to save me some typing, I’d wander over to the plugins page for Modtopia and take a gander at the way the levels are setup. The quick of it is, VIP used to be the highest level, but now above it we have Level 26, Level 27, Level 28, Level 29 and then finally Blood. I also added free skins to Level 21 (/skin shop)

Anti-Offline Raiding

We’ve used the plugin for a long time that prevented offline raiding, but it’s been controversial and resources are so plentiful that I think it’s time to put it to rest. Now, if you sign off, you’re stuff is up for grabs. Sorry!

Hope you Bumfuzzlers like the changes! Give me feedback as always. It’s extremely helpful in helping me tweak the server. Keep your eyes pealed for the wipe on 10/4. I think we’re going to be getting some nice goodies.

Memories, Critters, Moolah

Memories, Critters, Moolah

Hey Bumfuzzlers! I’ve got a few changes here for you and I figured I’d let you know about them sooner than later. There’s some big fixes and key changes that will affect the way you play. We’ve got memory fixes, home changes and more animals! Let’s go!

Door Skinning (Modtopia)

If you can’t put a sweet skin on your sheet metal door, what good is Rust? Well, for a bit using Skinbox (/skinbox) to reskin sheet metal doors simply didn’t work, but it does now so get cracking!

Thanks Twisted Rhythm for the feedback.

Memory Returns (Modtopia)

We’ve had memory issues for a bit and it’s been quite annoying to players with lesser potatoes. It would cause the need for flushing memory and could sometimes cause crashing. Thanks to some trial and error and some great efforts from a few players, we have it figured out.

It appeared to be the mini map, which was awesome, but apparently, it’s buggy and needed to be put down. You can still use the G key to show you that map and you can use the RUST IO map if you’re like. That’s great if you have dual monitors.

Thanks Twisted Rhythm, Lichh and Annyu for their hard work on narrowing this down.

Home Changes (Modtopia)

I’ve been stubborn with homes (/home) for a long time, and I may just go back to being stubborn if the new settings result in players traveling through the air more than they do otherwise. I’ve never liked having too many teleports (/tp) in general because it removes that element of survival  where you always get out of confronting much difficulty.

Anyhow, I’ve changed things a bit. Now there’s more homes, more uses, but slightly higher cooldowns and countdowns.

  • Default: Cooldown 5 minutes > 10 minutes, Countdown 15 seconds > 30 seconds
  • Legitimate: Homes 3 > 4, Uses 32 > 40, Cooldown 5 minutes > 8 minutes, Countdown 15 seconds > 25 seconds
  • Veteran: Homes 4 > 5, Uses 34 > 50, Cooldown 4 minutes > 6 minutes, Countdown 12 seconds > 20 seconds
  • Allegiance: Homes 5 > 6, Uses 40 > 60, Cooldown 3 minutes > 4 minutes, Countdown 10 seconds > 15 seconds
  • VIP: Homes 6 > 7, Uses 50 > 70, Cooldown 2 minutes, Countdown 5 seconds > 10 seconds
  • Blood: Homes 8, Uses 80, Cooldown 1 minute, Countdown 5 seconds

Note: the Blood level isn’t finished, but it’s coming. I’m sorry soundklown. I swear I’ll finish it soon. Time time.

Animal Limits (Modtopia)

With the memory issue hopefully resolved, I’ve gone ahead and raised the spawning limits of animals back to how they were before.

Here are the new counts:

  • Bear: old count 18, new count 27
  • Boar: old count 45, new count 54
  • Chicken: old count 26, new count 36
  • Horse: old count 18, new count 27
  • Stag: old count 27, new count 36
  • Wolf: old count 18, new count 27

Hopefully this makes for better hunting. I’ll review this again in the future, but give me some feedback. That always helps.

Discordonomics (Modtopia)

You can get a ton of money from just hanging out in Discord, but I don’t think it’s all that competitive.

Now the event, that previously allowed for 3 winners before, will only have one! That’s right. One person to get all the cash. That makes the event a really critical thing to get since you’re not only getting the cash, but you’re stopping others from getting it and using it against you!

Ok Bumfuzzlers. Let me know how it goes out there. Feedback is critical to balancing this crazy Rust world so let me hear it. I’ll do my best to keep up!