Category: Modtopia

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!

 

Loot, Perform, Balance

Loot, Perform, Balance

What’s up Bumfuzzlers?! The last couple weeks I’ve been trying to find some time to get back to tweaking! After changing to a 1 month wipe and resetting the loot tables, there’s a lot I still had to do. Thing is, my schedule has been rather hectic so it’s been delaying me. Rest assured I am getting your feedback! Here’s just a few tweaks I’ve made over the weekend.

Loot (Modtopia)

I’ve done a bunch, focusing on barrels and availability of certain items. There’s no doubt I have a lot to go, but I’m going to let these changes settle in, get feedback and then continue. I’m trying to adjust things cautiously and carefully because, with the longer wipe cycle, I’m trying to create a little grind, but not grind-age.

  • Adjusted the rarity of key cards. Both green and blue are now common, but red is uncommon and slightly harder to find.
  • Fuses were adjusted from rare to uncommon. Right now there’s 16 in the world. They will vary slightly from that count.
  • Mining Quarries can now be found in loot as rare
  • Survey Charges will now be found in loot as rare
  • Also the following items were added to the loot table that were previously unavailable:
    • Hammer (Common)
    • Pickle (Common)
    • Bone Arrow (Uncommon)
    • Small Battery (Uncommon)
    • Blood (Uncommon)
    • Angry JackoLantern (Uncommon)
    • Happy JackoLandern (Uncommon)
    • Paper (Uncommon)
    • Pookie Bear (Uncommon)
    • Research Paper (Uncommon)
    • Santa Hat (Uncommon)
    • Scarecrow (Uncommon)
    • Skull Fire Pit (Uncommon)
    • Snowball (Uncommon)
    • Snowman (Uncommon)
    • Large Stocking (Uncommon)
    • Small Stocking (Uncommon)
    • Salt (Uncommon)
    • Christmas Baubels (Uncommon)
    • Christmas Candycanes (Uncommon)
    • Christmas Gingerbread Men (Uncommon)
    • Christmas Lights (Uncommon)
    • Christmas Pinecone (Uncommon)
    • Christmas Star (Uncommon)
    • Christmas Tinsel (Uncommon)
    • Christmas Garland (Uncommon)
    • Christmas Lightstring (Uncommon)
    • Christmas Large Present (Uncommon)
    • Christmas Medium Present (Uncommon)
    • Christmas Small Present (Uncommon)
    • Christmas Tree (Uncommon)
    • Christmas Garland (Uncommon)
    • Christmas Door Wreath (Uncommon)
    • Water Purifier (Rare)
    • Frog Boots (Rare)
    • Door Closer (Rare)
    • SPAS12 Shotgun (Very Rare)
  • Scrap can now be found in piles from 0 – 60

Remember, if you put up a Christmas tree in your house and decorate it, you’ll get presents from Santa! 🙂

Thanks to Twisted Rhythm for the feedback.

Hordes (Modtopia)

I’ve made a couple changes to Zambies to make them a little more interesting in terms of loot, but also to help avoid the constant cat and mouse chase that goes on when you hear them grunting.

  • I’ve increased the horde count by 2 for a total of 12 hordes
  • I’ve modified the number of zambies in each horde to start at 1 instead of 4. This should mean you’ll encounter smaller groups.
  • I’ve left the max zambie count in the hordes to 15 so they will still grow over time.
  • Zambies now drop additional items that can be used for quests (/q)
    • Small Battery
    • Blood
    • Paper
    • Pookie Bear
    • Research Paper
    • Glue
    • Sticks
    • Duct Tape
    • Camera
    • Bleach

Keep in mind the quests (/q) for these items, when completed, will give you Skin Perk items. For instance, increased dodge, harvest, damage and building abilities!

Thanks to Twisted Rhythm for the feedback.

Blueprints (Modtopia)

I’ve added more blueprints to barrels to make it easier to get crafting. I still have to add a few more and review boxes and crates.

  • Concrete Barricade
  • Wood Barricade
  • Sandbags
  • Large Furnace
  • Candle Hat
  • Hoodie
  • Machete
  • Pants
  • Salvaged Sword
  • Shelves
  • Metal Shutter A
  • Metal Shutter B
  • Wood Shutter
  • Sign Post
  • Small Sign
  • wall.frame.cell
  • wall.frame.cell.gate
  • wall.window.bars.metal
  • wall.window.glass.reinforced

Again, these are all fairly low level blueprints. I’ll choose from the uncommon items soon and add a few higher levels to the barrels when I have time.

Thanks to Twisted Rhythm for the feedback.

Grilling (Modtopia)

There was a weird bug with the grill where phantom versions of meat and wood would pop out of the grill when the cooking was done. I tracked this down to a plugin that seems to have screwed the pooch and now you the BBQ ghosts are gone!

Thanks to Twisted Rhythm for reporting the issue.

Jason Voorhees (Modtopia)

Our long-time resident horror movie terror was MIA. For some reason he stopped roaming the countryside! He’s now back and ready to machete so be careful. He packs some hefty health and is very stealthy.

Thanks to [CyanN] Lichh for your feedback.

Prestige (Modtopia)

For some reason it seemed notifications were being doubled which can be somewhat annoying. I think I’ve resolved that now. Thanks Hazmad for the feedback.

Also, in an early version of Prestige it was set to play an explosion when earning a new level. That’s been disabled, but I must have rolled back the version on that so it became enabled again. I’ve disabled it again so you don’t think you walked over a landmine! Thanks Twisted Rhythm for the feedback.

Kits (Modtopia)

Changing to a 1 month wipe means having to adjust a lot of other things – like kits. They were still setup as if we had a 1 week wipe cycle. Here are the changes I’ve made:

  • Signal Nachos kit: 4 hour cooldown, 3 usage max –> 3 day cooldown and 9 times max
  • Trump Wall Builder: 24 hour cooldown and 3 usage max –> 3 day cooldown and 9 times max
  • Trump Border Wall: 24 hour cooldown and 3 usage max –> 3 day cooldown and 9 times max
  • Hillary Jail Break: 24 hour cooldown and 3 usage max –> 3 day cooldown and 9 times max
  • Hillary E-mail Server: 24 hour cooldown and 3 usage max –> 3 day cooldown and 9 times max
  • Subscriber: 1 usage max –> 2 day cooldown and 3 times max
  • VIP M249: unlimited –> 2 times max

Thanks soundklown for the feedback.

Death (Modtopia)

There are two plugins that help you find your body when you die. Both of them were having issues. For instance, you might have been seeing a message like this when you die: “Your corpse was last seen 1378 meters from here, in the unknown”

Obviously this isn’t very helpful. Now it will identify your body’s grid number to make it easier. The other plugin is meant to highlight your body on the G map, but it’s not working. I’ll work on that. For now I’ve just disabled it.

Restarts (Modtopia)

Recently the server has crashed twice unexpectedly. I’m looking into locating the cause. In the meantime I’ve set the server to restart 2 times per day. No worries, you’ll get 30 minutes warning with a nice countdown and the server will be back up usually within 5 minutes.

Expect the server to restart at 12pm and 12am EST. Hopefully this doesn’t cause the map and other graphical items not to work, but if it does please Steam me so I know and then I’ll fix it. That’s part of the reason I haven’t had automated starts.

Meanwhile I’ve set the map to save every 5 minutes instead of 10 so that if it does crash, the rollback won’t be quite as severe.

Thanks to Annyu and Lichh for the feedback. 

Plugins (Modtopia)

With the two server crashes I decided to disable some plugins that I don’t think are used much in an effort to see if the issue is related to any of them. A couple of them simply aren’t even working anyway so I figure I can disable them now to see if they’re issues.

I disabled the following (and a few more you wouldn’t know about):

  • Barrel Points
  • Blood Trail
  • Cupboard Messages
  • Death Marker
  • Decay Notifications
  • Easy Vote Highest Voter
  • Flare Gun
  • Proximity Scanners
  • Rafts
  • Target Practice
  • Survey Info
  • Viking Boat
  • Visual Cupboard

If you are heartbroken that any of these are disabled, please let me know and I’ll make it an effort to enable it again.

Performance (Modtopia)

I just received an answer from my server provider and they said the server had hit the memory limit which is why it crashed. They’ve extended that limit so I’m hoping things will get better. Please let me know if the server crashes in case I miss it.

Population

Although the server provider increased the memory which is likely running down due to the various memory leaks Rust has, I do hear players talking about higher than normal client crashes so I decided to tinker with the population limits which I set relatively higher a while back. It could very well be that the extra entities in the world are causing clients to hold on to more things in memory and then…kablooey.

So I reset the limits back to defaults. This means some items might be harder to find. For instance, bears were at a max of 27 and now they’re 18. Ore and trees also had higher limits. Additionally, the tickrate (the rate at which items respawned – not necessarily in the same place) was 60, but now I raised it to 90 (the default is 120)

Let’s see how it goes.

Thanks everyone for your patience while I reconfigure things. With your feedback, I’m confident the server will be better than it was before the loot table was reset. Again, the hope is to give the server back a bit of that survival feeling while still maintaining that modded server feel. Stick with me and we’ll get it to that point for what I hope is a great balance.

Keep the feedback flowing Bumfuzzlers! I’m paying close attention and listening! Have fun out there!

Goods, Melt, Build

Goods, Melt, Build

Hey Bumfuzzlers, I have some changes to report on! We’ve just wiped Modtopia today and I’ve got some massive changes to zambies, kits, loot, crafting, smelting and the wipe cycle! Dig in!

Map Size (Modtopia)

For the last couple map wipes I’ve been going with a size 2700 map and this week is no different. I figured I’d give it a shot for a while and see if there’s any interesting increased action. Next wipe on September 6th will be a large map. I’m thinking 3000 or 3500. This is due to the wipe cycle changing.

Zambies (Modtopia)

Due to the map size reduction, I’ve lowered the amount of zambies to 10 hordes of 15 zambies max. This should ensure players don’t spawn into a group of the undead and that it’s manageable if you get caught off guard. As the map size increases again I’ll be increasing the zambies also, but it will be proportional.

Backpack Issue (Modtopia)

It turns out medium backpacks weren’t working for Level 21, 22, 23 and 24. Not sure what caused it, but fiddling with permissions fixed it. Now we’re all good and you early 20 levels can carry more stuff as planned!

Thanks to Slim Jim for reporting the issue!

Loot Tables (Modtopia)

I’ve been wanting to drastically change the server for a while. It seems like there’s no difficulty in gaining access to items and that’s probably due to the fact that there’s a 5 times multiplier on all loot. Well, I’ve gone and reset the loot back to the original settings with the expectation that I would increase them back up a little over time. Scrap is slightly more increased, but I still have to work on that a bit. Due to this reduction I’ll be changing the wipe cycle at the next wipe.

Kit Changes (Modtopia)

I’ve removed some of the default kits like Build, Weapons and Medical. This is in line with what I mentioned above regarding the reduction of items in the world. The other kits still exist so Trump kits and challenges will still pack a punch to your inventory.

Smelting (Modtopia)

Along with the loot and kit changes, I’ve increased the time it takes to smelt resources. The multiplier was set to 2.5, but I’ve lowered it to 1.5. Sure as the other items are subject to change so is this, but I felt that players were quickly getting access to crafted items far too quickly.

Crafting (Modtopia)

Yes. You may hate me for a few moments (don’t make me cry!), but I’ve slightly increased the time it takes to craft items. Seriously it doesn’t feel like it’s that much increased.

Now it will take 25% of the default crafting speed. It shouldn’t be harsh, but it won’t insta-craft. Again, I don’t want people have 50 c4 and 200 rockets on the second day of the wipe. It’s just too outrageous. It also makes things a bit less valuable.

Wipe Cycle (Modtopia)

Along with these changes, as soon as we wipe on September 6th, we’ll switch over to a 1 month wipe cycle. This will make the reduced item count a little easier to swallow as players will now have more time to build and such. Mind you, by next week, I hope to increase items a little bit and hopefully I get feedback from players so I know if it’s tolerable or they are freaking out.

While I make these changes, please bear with me and provide me with feedback. If you hate it, let me know. If you love me let it show. I want to try to make the server a little more serious than just an experimental sandbox server and give players a reason to struggle just a little bit more than they do now.

 

Garbage, Deathmark, Challenge

Garbage, Deathmark, Challenge

For both Modtopia and Vanillatopia we had wipes last week! Along with that I have some updates and additions for you Bumfuzzlers to nibble on! Here’s a run down of what’s going on with the servers.

Raid Sympathy (Modtopia)

For those who don’t know, Raid Sympathy, is a custom plugin for Modtopia that gives people who were raidedd back a portion of the resources for destroyed items!

An issue was found where incorrect messages were being sent to players acting as if they were raided and had items to claim, but there were no items. That…was…a…bug! lol Now it’s fixed! Now you’ll only get messages if you were actually raided because we are boohooing with you and want to make you feel better 🙂

For some reason I don’t have notes on who reported that to me, but thank you!!

In-Game Store (Modtopia)

There were so many store icons that were missing. Most of them were related to the Skin Perks for some reason. I think originally the plugin would go out to the Steam workshop and get them, but then stopped? I dunno. Either way, I painfully made the images and uploaded them to my host, linked them and vwalaha! You have nice images to gander at!

Pickaxe Axe? (Modtopia)

For some reason (probably my mistake) there was a Stone Pickaxe that would spawn out in the world from time to time, with the skin of an axe! But it wasn’t an axe! It was a Stone Pickaxe! This caused some confusion since hitting a tree would cause the supposed axe to be destroyed in a matter of minutes.

I’ve since fixed this and now the Stone PickAxe will look and act like a Stone Pickaxe! Thanks soundklown for catching this!

NPC Challenge (Modtopia)

We’ve had a kit for the NPC Kill challenge (/pc) for some time, but unfortunately, there was no way to get it because it wasn’t working. Now when you type /pc, you’ll see it there and whoever kills the most zambies, gets the kit!

Thanks to soundklown for reminding me about it!

DeathMarker (Modtopia)

I’ve added a new plugin to the mix that will hopefully be easier to use than the /where command when you need to find your Bumfuzzlered corpse. Now all you have to do is launch your map using G and look for the yellow dot. There lies your mutilated body!

For some reason it doesn’t say ‘You died here’ like the picture above. I’ll try to figure out why at some point. For now just look for the yellow dot. It should stand out.

Rust Performance

A few of you have been having issues with Rust and it appears everyone is, but people with more monstrous computers are typically immune to them since their hardware can absorb it a bit better. It appears the issue has to do with GC or Garbage Collection.

Rust loads items into memory and really should release those items from memory at some point when they’re unneeded. Unfortunately Rust is like a clingy x-girlfriend who never lets go. This causes your computer to be overloaded with ‘Garbage’ until it chokes because it has no more memory available. Chances are at that point you’ll be kicked.

Fear not! There are a few things you can do to help the issue.

  • Press F8 to monitor your memory usage
    • Take note what the memory is at when you crash or get kicked

Go into the console (F1) and do the following:

  • Bind the global.free console command to a key by simply typing bind ‘key’ global.free
    • Just replace ‘key’ with the key of your choice like k or j or l
    • Use this new key to free up garbage before the memory gets to the level where you get kicked
    • Note that when you using global.free stuttering will occur so don’t do it during a squabble with a chicken.

I hope that helps! Thanks to soundklown for the testing on this. I’m hoping this will help those of you with challenged computers!

Zambie Increase (Modtopia)

A little birdy told me they couldn’t find zambies so I increased them ever so slightly. Now they will spawn in groups of 4 instead of 3, but the groups won’t grow every 30 seconds. Instead they’ll grow every 60. I’m thinking this might cut down any performance issues they could cause.

As always, thanks for playing on the servers and giving me feedback. I always appreciate it! Have fun out there Bumfuzzlers!

 

Over-Power, Kits, MassAir

Over-Power, Kits, MassAir

Hey Bumfuzzlers! I have a bunch of changes to Modtopia to give you a heads up about! There are changes to airdrops, decay, hordes, the store and more! Also, it’s a fresh wipe tonight so let’s take a look!

Airdrops

It appears that timed airdrops were dropping directly to players due to an oversight in the configuration. Now that should be stopped. The airdrops will drop randomly in the map. Thanks MrNiceGuy for the feedback.

In addition, I’ve made it so that there is a mass airdrop of 3 total airdrops at a time, a few times per day. Enjoy!

Mag Boost & Life Stealer

I’ve finally decided to heck with certain plugins since they are a bit overpowered. Magazine Boost and Life Stealer now have been removed from VIPs and from the store.

Zambie Hordes

I had the zambies set to 40 hordes of 3 to 10 zambies each. I’ve now set them to 15 hordes of 3 to 25 each. This should create more dynamic sizes, but allow people to spawn without getting mauled by the undead.

Spawn Kits

When you spawn, depending on your Prestige level (/loyalty) you start with certain items. For instance, VIPs would start with full armor. This has now been changed. Now you’ll spawn with shorts or pants and a few items. Going forward I’ll probably add additional clothes, but of low worth. Hopefully this ensures veteran players are not overpowered.

Thanks MrNiceGuy, Doc, JoePerry. Special thanks to KBKiller18 for making sure I included a rock in the spawn kits!

Decay

Now buildings should require even less upkeep. Overall, the server is now set to 66% lower decay and it was just lowered 33% from what it was. This should help everyone relax a bit more around the fireplace. Thanks MrNiceGuy, nrf3rd3r for the feedback.

Raid Sympathy

Everyone feels bad for your sorry Bumfuzzler, but not that bad. I’ve lowered the amount of sympathy you get back to 75%. Originally it was 100% for testing. Now you’ll get something, but you certainly won’t be rewarded for being a victim you whiner. I suspect I’ll continue to lower it until it feels right. Thanks nrfh3rd3r for the feedback.

In-Game Store

The store is a balancing act. I recently raised things up in price and lowered quantity, but it still needed some work. I’ve now made another bunch of changes, but I’ll assume more will be needed. Obviously getting these prices right requires finesse and time. I’m trying to find a reasonable price that isn’t too low, but certainly seems purchasable.

Here’s the changes:

  • Supply Signal cost raised from 1 to 2 RP
  • Camera is now 1 for 1 RP
  • Binoculars is now 1 for 1 RP
  • Flashlight is now 1 for 1 RP
  • Components were tweaked
  • Removed all food and water
  • Small stocking cost raised from 1 to 2 RP
  • Bandages quantity lowered from 50 to 25
  • Medical Syringes quantity lowered from 100 to 10
  • Large Medkit raised to 15 for 1 RP
  • Cloth quantity changed from 500 to 250
  • Crude Oil quantity changed from 750 to 250
  • Explosives quantity lowered from 50 for 5 RP to 1 for 2 RP
  • Gun Powder quantity lowered from 250 to 50
  • HQ Metal Ore quantity lowered from 300 to 150
  • Sulfur Ore quantity lowered from 1,500 to 150
  • Leather quantity lowered from 500 to 250
  • Low Grade Fuel quantity lowered from 500 to 150
  • Metal Ore quantity lowered from 500 to 250
  • Scrap quantity lowered from 200 to 150
  • Stones quantity lowered from 2,500 to 1,250
  • Wood quantity lowered from 4,000 to 2,000

Thanks MrNiceGuy for store feedback.

I have a lot more to balance, but I hope this brings some things in line. My goal is to reduce overpowered stuff and also the ability to get certain items too easily. After all, it’s no fun if you can get too many things without effort. Some items must be sought after. Looking for feedback from you Bumfuzzlers on the changes! Have fun out there!

P.S. Special thanks to WRecKLeSS for the map choice this wipe and the last!

Clips, Kits, Fish Guts

Clips, Kits, Fish Guts

Heya Bumfuzzlers! I’ve got a bunch of balancing going on this week so bare with me while I try my best to get it right 🙂 We’ve got kit changes, zambie curbing, metabolism, magazine boosting and some awesome buys added to the in-game store! Let’s get cracking 🙂

Zambie Hordes (Modtopia)

There were zambies everywhere! I love em, but unfortunately I think it was lagging the server a little. Because of that, I’ve reduced the zambies to 40 hordes which start of in groups of 3 and grow to 10. Again, you will see zambie hordes join forces when they come in contact with each other so beware! You never know when a giant group will hit!

Thanks MrNiceGuy for the feedback!

Metabolism (Modtopia)

For a while I was toying with metabolism, but as of the last patch it seems people were starving way too quickly. I was using it to try and mimic what real thirst and hunger would be like and it worked, but as with many things in Rust, and certainly in modded Rust, things don’t necessarily keep working 🙁

I’ve disabled it for the time being. I’m not sure it’ll make a comeback 🙁

Thanks MrNiceGuy for the heads up!

Base Recycler

I’ve lowered the crafting requirements for the recycler (/rec) a bit to make it easier to craft.

  • Scrap 250 > 225
  • Gears 15 > 10
  • Metal Springs 15 > 10

Just type /rec after reaching level 18 (/loyalty) or find one out there in a box. There’s a 14% chance you’ll find one!

Subscriber Kit (Modtopia)

For a while now, I’ve been dissatisfied with the subscriber kit contents. I love that Bumfuzzlers subscribe to the site and our Steam group to get it, but it’s simply over-powered with players getting C4 and rockets immediately at a wipe start.

Now the subscriber kit gives players 5 supply signals and it can be used 1 time per wipe. It’s not C4, but it will still give you a leg up at the start of a wipe and it’s somewhat random.

For now I’ve left the standard supply signal kit intact and you can still /vote to receive more supply signals. However, I may be removing that supply signal kit in the coming weeks. If you haven’t already, subscribe so you can keep up on Bumfuzzler happenings!

Thanks Joe Perry, Soundklown and Doc for your feedback!

Challenge Kits (Modtopia)

Similar to the subscriber kit, I’ve believed some of the challenge kits (/pc) are a bit over-powered for some time. I’ve tweaked almost every one of them with some getting more items and others getting less. It’ll still pay to be on top of those leader-boards for sure!

Magazine Boosting (Modtopia)

VIPs have had the power of the clip and it’s a great ability, but it’s time to tweak it a little. Having a 3x clip size over the other players on the server is a bit over-powered and I should have changed this earlier. For now, I’ve reduced its power to 2x. It’s still strong, but as you’ll see next, I think this will balance out.

Thanks to Joe Perry and Doc for the feedback!

In-Game Store (Modtopia)

Now any player can purchase the Magazine Boost and the Life Stealer ability from the store (/s). Up until now, VIPs were the only players who have had access to these abilities, but now anyone can have them. Magazine Boost is as I mentioned before. It gives you 2x the normal clip size for all weapons. Life Stealer, gives you the ability to fill your health when damaging other players.

If you think about it, PVP already awards the player with the most hits on the other. Life Stealer just gives players who land hits that much more of an advantage. Seems like the first few shots will make a major difference in the battle.

Given that reaching VIP requires a bit of loyalty (/loyalty), this should be a big seller. Both items will require 15 Reward Points which is not cheap, but you know it’s worth it! Start saving! 🙂

Thanks to Joe Perry and Doc for the feedback!

Fish Galore

Hey fisherman, I just updated the fishing mod which should now be more streamlined with easier commands and such.

To fish, head off and find some water. You need to be within a few meters or even standing in it. Take your Spear and jab the water floor and haul in a fish. You can also use your Bow or Crossbow to get near the water and shoot at it!

You can also use a fishing pole! While holding a spear, type /makepole to make a fishing pole, then when looking at water, type /castpole. A bobber will appear out in water and a countdown bar will appear onscreen. When the bar disappears, you will either catch something or not!

Bonuses are granted depending on time of day, quality of weapon, what you wear and have on you. By default, there is a very small chance to random loot crates as well!

Happy hunting! err fishing! 🙂

Performance (Vanillatopia)

Over the last week or so, I’ve been having issues with performance on Vanillatopia. I’m working with my host to get it squared away. There were a couple of times it restarted without warning and then afterwards, the plugins wouldn’t load. I just reinstalled some things and the host took at a look at it. I’m hoping the issues will subside, but let me know!

As always thanks to you all for the great feedback. Last minute thanks to MrNiceGuy for helping me fix (crossing fingers) a Raid Sympathy situation. Have fun Bumfuzzlers!