Category: Modtopia

Traps, Custom, Challenges

Traps, Custom, Challenges

Hey Bumfuzzlers! Hope all is well and Rust life is awesome! 🙂 I’ve got a few tidbits of info for ya with a couple changes and a couple additions. I’ve also got some plugin updates along with some early looks at a custom map design I’m working on. Who knows where that will go! 🙂 Read on!

Stacks of Stuff (Modtopia)

We received a few new items in the last patch so stacking needed to be adjusted.

Here’s what the new items will stack to:

  • Audio Alarm now stacks to 256
  • Chinese Lantern now stacks to 256
  • Dragon Door Knocker now stacks to 256
  • Dragon Mask now stacks to 256
  • Flasher Light now stacks to 256
  • HBHF Sensor now stacks to 256
  • Random Switch now stacks to 256
  • RF Broadcaster now stacks to 256
  • RF Detonator now stacks to 256
  • RF Pager now stacks to 256
  • RF Receiver now stacks to 256
  • Siren Light now stacks to 256

Electricity Pack (Modtopia)

As you might remember, I added an electricity pack to the shop for any of you who’d like to experiment with electricity and support the servers at the same time! It already had all of the previously available components, but now I’ve added the new items.

The following items were added:

  • Audio Alarm (4)
  • Flasher Light (4)
  • HBHF Sensor (4)
  • RAND Switch (4)
  • RF Broadcaster (4)
  • RF Pager (4)
  • Siren Light (4)

Dangerous Treasures (Modtopia)

The Dangerous Treasures event (/dtd) is a major source of electrical components so it seems only fitting that I’ve added the new electrical components to the mix.

The following items were added:

  • Audio Alarm
  • Flasher Light
  • HBHF Sensor
  • RAND Switch
  • RF Broadcaster
  • RF Pager
  • Siren Light

Backpacks (Modtopia)

I’ll be updating the backpack plugin just before the wipe. If everything goes well, it will work as it mostly always has, but in the future, it’ll give some room for change in how and when players use the backpack.

Here are some of the updates:

  • Option to “Only Save Backpacks on Server-Save” might help performance
  • Dropped backpacks now show “{Name}’s Backpack”
  • Limits of a small, medium, large backpack are now replaced with rows 1-7

This means I’ll be able to assign people a backpack with 1 row or 7. Initially, I won’t be expanding this, but I can see eventually making the backpack available earlier in the leveling system and potentially giving Blood|Level 30 the largest pack (/loyalty).

Traps (Modtopia)

Depending on your level (/loyalty) players have different abilities when it comes to traps. At Level 17, snap traps reset automatically after being triggered. At level 29, snap traps and mines don’t trigger for owners and friends of the owners.

With the update, at Level 29 (/loyalty) owners and their friends will be protected from traps, but it will also protect them when they are authorized at the cupboard.

Knock Knock (Modtopia)

There were issues with the knock, knock plugin where messages wouldn’t save. I’ve updated the plugin in an attempt to fix that!

Look at a door, and type /knock for further instructions to set a message! When knocking, players will get your message!

Night Lights (Modtopia)

If you’re Level 12 or above (/loyalty) you’ll have the ability to automatically turn on/off lanterns (and other fuel-based lights) at sunup or sundown (/lantern).  Now the plugin has been updated to take the Chinese Lantern and Cursed Cauldren into consideration.

Now you won’t be afraid of the dawk 🙂

Fuel Requirements (Modtopia)

If you’re Level 26 or above (/loyalty) you don’t need fuel for various lights. Now, this plugin incorporates the new Chinese Lantern item.

Player Challenges (Modtopia)

A while back I disabled a few challenges (/pc) because of exploits. I’m pleased to say I think I can enable a couple of them again.

I originally disabled the following challenges:

  • Architect (Structures Built)
  • Tailor (Clothes Crafted)
  • Medic (Players Healed)
  • Handyman (Structures Repaired)
  • Gunsmith (Weapons Crafted)

I’ll be enabling the following:

  • Architect (Structures Built)
  • Medic (Players Healed)

In addition, there’s a couple of other fixes:

  • Now NPC Kills section will show as expected
  • Supply signals will now rightly be ignored from stats

Custom Map

I’ve finally gotten around to messing around with map editing. I’ve wanted to design one since it’s been made possible, but I just didn’t have the time. Now that I have, I can tell you for sure, IT IS TIME-CONSUMING! lol, Then again I’m getting used to the editor and the ins and outs of the process. I expect to get faster and faster as I go.

I don’t have a name for the map yet, but I can tell you a few things and even show you a couple screenshots.

  • It’s 4k in size
  • There are lots of ‘islands’
  • Most land is separated by water
  • I’m about 10% finished lol

Here are some pictures, both from the editor and in-game.

Here’s a picture of an extension I made to the Military Tunnels. I always thought it was lame for the train tracks to disappear into nowhere. Now they go to a bridge that collapsed.

Here’s another shot. You can see the harbor in the background.

Here’s a shot in the game of the layout. As you can see, I have barely made a dent.

This is how it looks in the editor. There’s a great deal of water between the land, but what’s interesting is that the water isn’t that deep in all areas. In many of the areas, you can build directly in the middle of the water which might be interesting. Surely great for boat houses!

I’m trying to build a natural looking map that has some nice scenery, but also make boats important and useful. We’ll see how it turns out and if I ever finish it lol It looks small in that last picture, but I assure you it’s fairly large.

Wipe (Modtopia)

Thursday 2/21 Modtopia will be wiping the map, but blueprints and economy will remain. I’m expecting to wipe around 7:30-8pm EST. Sorry for it being so late, but unfortunately I won’t get home until then and due to various changes, I’d rather not attempt wiping from work. Vanillatopia will continue without a wipe.

Well, alright there Bumfuzzlers! You have it now 🙂 Please have fun and let me know if you come across anything interesting!

P.S. – There’s a poll in Discord to choose between 3 map choices! One was proposed by ATaXiA, another by Xanadu and the last by myself. Whichever wins we all win! Go vote!

Thursdays, Footings, Patch

Thursdays, Footings, Patch

Hey Bumfuzzlers! I’ve got a few updates for ya as we head into this month’s first wipe! We’ve got a patch coming today which should give us some new goodies, I’ve made some tweaks and we’ve got the results of the 5 week wipe cycle situation, plus more custom map talk! Read on.

Player Skins (Modtopia)

Not sure if you know it, but you can buy skins and set them as default (/skin shop) so that anytime you craft certain items, you’ll get the skins you love! This is great if you’re very particular and like having your boxes and doors all the same skin or have an outfit you enjoy!

I’ve made a couple of small changes:

  • Purchasing skins now cost 100 RP instead of the old 1 RP. This was done to match the recent changes to the store and economy.
  • I’ve excluded a couple of skins that shouldn’t have been available due to them being Skin Perks.

Smelting (Modtopia)

I’ve slowed smelting and lowered the charcoal byproduct ever so slightly. You shouldn’t see a massive difference, but I’m hoping it will slow the aggression down just a little.

Foundations (Modtopia)

Foundation wiping is real! LOL, I’ve seen several situations where players sign on and no trace of their structures could be found! So I’m trying to make some changes to reduce the possibility of that happening. I love raiding, but it’s no fun to have your base foundation wiped every other day. It also bypasses the defenses and structure people build into their bases!

To directly tackle this, I’ve raised the health of foundations again. It was set to 150% of the original health, but now I’ve upped it to 200% of the original health. This should give incentives to raid using other means and it should also give more time for decay to happen after a cupboard is destroyed. This way players who are raided might have the chance to salvage something.

Gathering

I’ve been doing the math on gathering wood, stone and the like and I found room for some adjustments here and there.

I’ve made the following changes:

  • Gathering resources during the day was reduced by about 3%
  • Gathering resources at night was reduced by about 8%
  • Lowered Zlevel points gained at night by about 66% so you’ll gain points and earn levels faster, but it’s not astronomical.

You shouldn’t notice a massive difference. I’m just making slight adjustments to find the sweet spot. Keep in mind while gathering at night was lowered a little, there’s still around a 10% boost for night gathering and of course the quarries are boosted at night too!

Wipe (Modtopia)

This January we had 5 Thursdays which means this last cycle, was 3 weeks instead of 2. The next time this will happen in 2019 is in May, August and October. So I took a poll in Discord.

The poll in Discord was overwhelmingly in favor of the idea that in months where the last wipe cycle is 3 weeks long, we’re going to wipe, but likely we’ll wipe with an experimental custom map. The next time this will happen is in May, August, and October!

Next Patch

There’s a lot of very interesting items surfacing that may make their way into the February 7th patch.

  • HBHF (Heartbeat Breathing Humidity Footstep) Sensor: Electrical component that detects players, using line-of-sight, who come within a certain range of it.
  • Rand Switch: Electrical component that sends a random true or false signal to other electronic devices.
  • Siren Light: Electrical component that shows a circular red warning signal.
  • Flasher Light: Electrical component that flashes a light.
  • Oil Rig Monument: Large and small oil rig monuments.

  • RF Receiver: Electronic component that works like a switch used with a detonator
  • Detonator: Electronic component used to trigger electronic components using RF Receivers.
  • RF Broadcaster: Electronic component that broadcasts a message.
  • RF Pager: Electronic device carried with the player to receive the RF Broadcaster signal.
  • Minicopter: Findable 2-seat copter, fueled by low-grade fuel and targetable by SAM sites.

I’m certainly looking forward to the next patch and seeing what you Bumfuzzlers think about wiping with a custom map for the last week of these 3-week wipe cycles. Until then, have fun out there and continue to give me feedback!

I’ve just recently installed the mapping tools and if I have time, I might be beginning to work on a custom map just for Modtopia 🙂 Should be fun.

Rodeo, Melting, Abodes

Rodeo, Melting, Abodes

Hey Bumfuzzlers! I hope you had a great Christmas and are starting off the New Year by resolving to play more Rust! 🙂 I have a bunch of updates for you (probably more than usual due to the holidays) on topics like treasure, rodeos, trading enhancements, home improvements, store changes, kit delays, skin perk availability, smelting and more! Read on!

Dangerous Treasure (Modtopia)

The /dtd events are lots of fun and it’s a great source of quality loot, but maybe the loot was just a little too good. You’d pretty much get nothing but ammo and guns! To make it a little less absurd, I slightly nerfed the event’s loot so that it still gives great ammo and guns, but it also gives a couple of other items so it won’t be so saturated. The event itself is now also slightly less common so it will hopefully become more valuable. I’d like to see more competition for it.

Here’s what was changed:

  • Increased timing of event from between 2 and 3 hours to between 4 and 6 hours
  • Added a couple other loot items to the mix so rare loot is not so concentrated

Home Improvement (Modtopia)

You may have noticed that Homes (/home) has gotten a few new features. Now not only will you see your remaining daily uses in the upper left corner, but you can now delete homes straight from the interface which makes life much easier to hang your hat.

To delete homes, type /home and click delete. You’ll notice each home shows a small red delete button next to the home. Simply click that red delete button next to the home and poof! It’s gone! 🙂

Zambies (Modtopia)

With the increased map size from a few wipes back (went from 3500 to 4000), zambies needed some adjustment. At the same time, I fiddled with some other settings as well. I like the idea of ‘world danger’ so going out into the wilderness poses the possibility of dealing with something unexpected.

I’ve changed the following:

  • I upped the hordes from 15 to 20 to make zambie sightings more frequent.
  • Their loot items will now range from 2 to 4 items instead of the previous 1 to 4
  • I’ve upped their roam area from 50 meters to 500 meters
  • I’ve raised their speed multiplier from 0 to 0.25 (it’s a fairly small increase, players can still outrun them)
  • I fixed the weird names that were showing in kill messages. Now it just says Zambie again.

Keep in mind the items the zambies carry are great for quests (/q) which give you access to hard to find items!

The Rodeo

Up until now, you could only ride horses, but now you can ride any animal you’d like! Yes, you can even ride chickens and bears 🙂

The command has changed from /stophorse to /tame to make it simpler, but other than that it works the same! Simply type /tame and any animal within 25 meters will stop into a calm submissive state for a short bit of time. Just press your Activate key (typically E) and you’ll mount the animal. Press SPACEBAR to dismount.

  • Animals will stay stopped for 5 seconds
  • Animals are invincible when riding and when they’re stopped

If you forget and type /stophorse don’t worry, the bot has your back 🙂

Trading Safely (Modtopia)

Previously when trading you had to trust that the other person’s item was in good condition. There was always a possibility your trading partner was selling you a broken or busted salvaged ax and you were paying top dollar for mint condition! Well, no more. Now, in the trade window, you should see the condition of the items being traded!

Hunting Food (Modtopia)

Because of the map size increase, animals were a little scarce. I’ve raised boar counts by 15%. This was really a quick fix for the situation, but I’ll put more thought into it down the road. I might consider exchanging boar counts with stags or horses to make it slightly harder for hunters or maybe just lower the boar count a little bit. It’ll depend on how easy hunting becomes.

Stacking (Modtopia)

It appears the Incendiary 12 gauge ammunition was only stacking to 64. Now it’s up to 256 as the others are.

Thanks for the feedback CannonFodder.

Jason Vorhees (Modtopia)

I have to be honest. I love that Jason terrorizes you all. You can see a tiny smile on my face when I see players saying things like “Jason Bumfuzzler sucks” or “Bumfuzzler you Jason!” When I see “[Death Notes] Jason Vorhees experimented with <InsertPlayerNameHere>.” in the server console, it’s clear Jason has done his job. The problem is, he has gotten a little predictable and we can’t have that!

I’ve changed Jason in the following ways:

  • Roam range changed from 2000 to 2500
  • Radius changed from 250 to 500

This should ensure Jason is less likely to be where he was last time you saw him and will move around the map more often. Watch your back out there 🙂

C4 Availability (Modtopia)

For a while, we’ve had C4 in airdrops and I believe this is where many are getting it at the beginning of a wipe. Thing is, it shouldn’t be so available. Timed Explosives are the most coveted item in Rust! Because of that, I’ve gone ahead and removed C4 from airdrops for now, but will toy with whether or not I can make it less common in the airdrops in a realistic way.

Right now, destroying the Bradley or the SuperHeli gives you the best possibility of finding C4, but it is out there in loot like the other items.

Ladder Availability

At first, I considered lowering the rarity of wooden ladders in the loot to 2 (it was 3 which is rare, 2 is uncommon), but I changed my mind and set them back to rare. I had removed the blueprint from the store the last wipe so it wasn’t as easy to get a hold of them. My intention was to reduce the raiding on the first few days and I think that’s still a noble goal so I’ll leave it as is for now.

Keep in mind you can recycle a Ladder Hatch to get one.

Thanks, Slim Jim for your feedback.

Store Changes (Modtopia)

I made some immediate changes, but other changes won’t come until the wipe at the beginning of February. My goal is to make it take just a little bit longer to get blueprints, especially for guns and ammo. Again, I’d like to hold back the raiding for a day or two.

As of now, I’m planning to make the following changes:

Doubling the cost of items in the following sections (taking effect on February 7th wipe):

  • Tool blueprints
  • Construction blueprints
  • Attire blueprints
  • Traps blueprints

Tripling the cost of items in the following sections (taking effect on February 7th wipe):

  • Ammo blueprints
  • Weapon blueprints

Added the following items (taking effect on February 7th wipe):

  • Jackhammer blueprint

Removed the following blueprints (changes already made):

  • Code Lock blueprints
  • Sheet metal door blueprints
  • Sheet metal double door blueprints
  • Wood double door blueprints

Removed the following items (changes already made):

  • Christmas door wreath
  • Christmas lights
  • Festive doorway garland
  • Festive window garland
  • Jack o lantern angry
  • Jack o lantern happy
  • Scarecrow
  • Skull fire pit
  • Snowman
  • Binoculars
  • Chainsaw
  • Flare
  • Flashlight
  • Torch
  • Water jug
  • Large banner hanging
  • Large banner on a pole
  • Frog Boots

I’m still trying to find time to expand the store’s ability to allow the selling of special skin items. I’m hoping to get to it soon.

Kit Delays

In an effort to regulate loot at the start of a wipe, the server will have delayed usage on a couple of kits.

The following kits will be unavailable for the first 2 days of wipes:

  • Subscriber: gives you 3 supply signals for subscribing to www.bumfuzzler.net
  • Signal: gives you 1 supply signal
  • M249: VIPs (Level 25, 10,000 loyalty points /loyalty) get an M249 kit

You can still vote once per day to get a supply signal and you can earn the player challenges (/pc) to earn kits in those first two days.

Hopefully, this creates a gathering & building phase without the ability to get crazy loot too soon.

Special Skins (Modtopia)

Now that I removed the special Skin Perk items from the store, it’s essential you’re able to find them out in the world. Unfortunately, you could find the 1.25x items out there quite often, but the 1.5x and 2.x were really rare.

It used to be that your odds for finding special items were as follows:

  • 1x = 41% chance
  • 1.25x = 33% chance
  • 1.5x = 26% chance
  • 2x = 6% chance

Now, the odds are much more even, but still following the rarity model:

  • 1x = 40% chance
  • 1.25x = 30% chance
  • 1.5x = 20% chance
  • 2x = 10% chance

So, the odds of getting a normal item is still around 40%, but the chances that you’ll get a 1.5x or 2x item is much higher now while still being rare.

Thanks, bogarum for the feedback

Server Restarts

I noticed a few performance issues here and there so decided to add back the second restart we used to have, but I’m trying to figure out the best time for it. The early morning restart at 4 AM seems ok as this is a low traffic time, but I want to have one near 180 degrees from that time that won’t interrupt people’s gaming. I set it to 12 noon, but I’m not sure how it’s working for you all. Let me know if it’s interrupting or if you think the old setting of 4pm and 4am EST is easier.

Thanks for the feedback CannonFodder.

Smelting

After the last patch, an issue with the Smelting plugin arose, it was updated, but it wasn’t fixed. So I switched plugins to one that should have been more advanced functionality, except that has some issues too. I’ve ironed most of the issues out such as food burning and extreme slowness on smelting, but now the settings seem to use far more wood and produce more slowly. I’ve heard feedback from many of you that you like it the way it is so I may leave it for now and see how it goes.

Let me know how you all feel about it.

Thanks, CannonFodder for noticing the original issue.

Bumfuzzler Art

To finish up the post, I thought it’d be fun to include a little Bumfuzzler art by bogarum. Nice job capturing the spirit of Bumfuzzler! 🙂

Thanks to all you Bumfuzzlers for your feedback as always. I really appreciate it. Keep it coming as we continuously attempt to balance this crazy game of Rust! It’s such an ongoing battle that seems to never end! Keep in mind there’s a wipe coming on Thursday 1/17, but it will just be a map wipe which is typical of middle-of-the-month wipes. Have fun out there!

Lifts, Cheer, Rockets

Lifts, Cheer, Rockets

Hey Bumfuzzlers! We wiped today and that brings with it a few changes to lock-on rockets, the in-game store, map size, and changes to player challenges that you may want to know about! Take a gander at the info below!

But first, just in case I don’t post again before 2019, I wanted to take a moment to wish all you Bumfuzzlers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I hope you all have great times with family, friends and the servers. Be safe, enjoy the moment and hope your stockings don’t have coal in them! 🙂

Stacks (Modtopia)

With the recent Christmas and Anniversary updates, there’s a bunch of new items so stacking needed to be adjusted.

I adjusted the piles for the following items:

  • Giant Candy Cane Decoration: 256
  • Giant Lollipop Decoration: 256
  • Party Hat: 256
  • Snow Machine: 256

Christmas Patch (Modtopia)

The Christmas patch dropped about a week ago and brought with it lots of goodies you’ve no doubt already seen! Many of the items aren’t that big of a deal since we run them all year round like presents and stockings, but the new Candy Canes and Lollipops are pretty ‘sweet’ and the snow machine is epic! Was I mistaken or did I see an airdrop masquerading as a giant present??

The most awesome part is surely Santa and his reindeer flying overhead dropping presents for all the Rust girls and boys! But of course, in a fashion unique to Rust, the first thing everyone wanted to do was shoot him down! haha

Christmas Cheer (Modtopia)

I’ve added all of the new Christmas goodies to the Christmas Cheer package in the store! Now you’ll get all the awesome Christmas stuff from before, plus Candy Canes, Lollipops and Snow Machines!

Ho ho Bumfuzzlers!

Elevators (Modtopia)

Had some issues with elevators so I had to disable them for a bit, but now I believe all that’s sorted out so I brought them up again. While I was at it, I’ve modified their settings a little bit and extended their abilities as you level up (/loyalty).

Here are the perks you’ll receive at Level 6 and Level 28:

Level 6

  • Build cost reduced by 25%
  • Required fuel reduced by 40%
  • Max floors increased from 3 to 5
  • Max lifts increased from 1 to 2
  • Max move speed (increased from 1 to 3)
  • Max placement floor (increased from 2 to 3)

Level 28

  • Build cost reduced by 50%
  • No longer uses fuel
  • Max floors increased from 5 to 10
  • Max lifts increased from 2 to 3
  • Max move speed (increased from 3 to 5)
  • Max placement floor (increased from 3 to 4)

I also reduced the cost for everyone so it should be more affordable to be a lazy no-stair-walkin’ Bumfuzzler!

Thanks for the feedback CannonFodder.

In-Game Store (Modtopia)

It turned out that players were able to sell a whole bunch of weapons in the in-game store when they shouldn’t have been able and it was giving some pretty good RP. This allowed for some pretty interesting selling techniques where you get one weapon and could possibly craft two you wanted! No more of that!

Also, as mentioned in a previous post, there are several changes to the store this wipe. You’ll no longer be able to buy certain items like special clothes or weapons, resources, components, etc. All of the Skin Perk related items can now only be found out in the world. I think this will be more fun and make them more valuable. Now, the majority of what you can buy will be blueprints.

Note that next wipe we’re going to be wiping economics. I’m debating about possibly crediting players who have more than 1000 RP with loyalty points this first wipe. After that they’d just get wiped. Something like that is fair since some people have saved their RP. We’ll see.

Thanks for the feedback Slim Jim and CannonFodder.

Lock-On Rockets (Modtopia)

Smoke Rockets by themselves are somewhat useless. In fact, they do absolutely no damage to anything. However, when used in conjunction with the lock-on feature, they do some hefty damage.

For a while, I’ve been considering making changes, but it required rumination (LOL). Now I finally decided on what to do.

  • Rocket Damage was set to 300. I’ve reduced this to 150
  • Rocket Damage Multiplier for Helicopters was set to 5.0. I’ve reduced this to 2.5.
  • I’ve fixed the death notes message so that if you kill a player with a lock-on smoke rocket, it won’t say the SuperHeli did it.

Originally I was going to limit lock-on rockets to work only with ‘vehicles’ – cars, Bradley, SuperHeli and Planes, but I figure, I decided not to limit them that much. I mean, if you want to waste your rockets, go for it! At least now the message is correct so it doesn’t seem like a hack. At the same time, I did limit targets.

Now you can use them on animals, cars, helicopters, planes, players, and tanks, but you can no longer use them on gun traps, loot, resources or structures. I felt they’ve been way too strong for raiding. If you want to raid, aim…and enjoy regular rocket damage!

Thanks, RaidenPeep for your help in testing.

Player Challenges (Modtopia)

Due to the fact that it’s easy to get some challenges (/pc) by using semi-expoits, I’m going to disable a few for now.

  • Architect (Structures Built)
  • Tailor (Clothes Crafted)
  • Medic (Players Healed)
  • Handyman (Structures Repaired)
  • Gunsmith (Weapons Crafted)

If I can find a way to work around the various issues with these I’ll add them back, but for now, unfortunately, they’ll be disabled. You’ll still see the kits there since I’d rather not go through the trouble to remove those with hope I’ll find a solution relatively soon.

Also, I did nerf some of the challenge kits just because I know people get on after a wipe quick and race to lead in challenges to get these powerful kits. For instance, 2 kits had Bolt Action Rifle, one had an M92 Pistol, another had 5 rockets, one had 3 armored doors, one had a salvaged pickaxe, one 3 grenades and satchels, another 2 full armor sets, one had 15 rockets!!! LOL OMG that’s too much.

So I adjusted the challenge kits for now so there are  no weapons included and if you get rockets, you get just one. I’ll adjust them back up a little, but hopefully they still add some value. I think it’s somewhat prestigious to have the titles as is.

Thanks, TheJuiceIsloose for the feedback.

Wipe (Modtopia)

Tonight we wiped around 7 pm EST and based on the results of a poll in Discord, we changed the map size from 3500 to 4000. That should give you all a bit more space out there in the wilderness 🙂

Special thanks to Reaper2980, RaidenPeep, MarsCow, CannonFodder, ironGrandy, Slim Jim, TheJuiceIsLoose and Rumguzzler for feedback this last wipe cycle. It’s deeply appreciated!

I hope these changes add to the balance and enhance the experience! You Bumfuzzlers have fun out there and keep sending me constructive feedback. It’s very useful for improving and even just maintaining the server!

Workshop, Shock, Shopping

Workshop, Shock, Shopping

Well, it’s that time of year again Bumfuzzlers! Being naughty or nice will determine whether you get coal or goodies! Lucky for you, all Bumfuzzlers are nice! That means, no matter what, you get goodies 🙂 We’ve got a Christmas event, in-game store, economy, scientists, stacking, in-game map changes and more! Read on!

The North Pole (Modtopia)

Given the time of year, Santa’s Workshop is making a comeback! All the toys are being made up in the snow biome (not necessarily North) ready and waiting for you to get your dirty paws on them! Thing is, you’re going to have to get past the elves who guard the workshop, sneak in and get out quick before Santa wakes up!

There’s a couple things to note:

  1. The doors will automatically open at night. During the day they’re locked. If you try to activate on the door, it’ll tell you the time of day it opens.
  2. The doors will also close so if Santa wakes up while you’re inside, you’re going to be in big trouble. I’d suggest you get out quick.
  3. The boxes inside refresh loot automatically which could be hours or days. If they’re empty, someone might have been there before you or the loot just hasn’t refreshed yet.

The loot should be pretty good, but it should be even better after the next wipe when changes to the store make some items a little harder to get. Read more about that down below. Have fun! 🙂

Cheer and Fear (Modtopia)

If you’re big on the holidays, you may be interested in a collection of Christmas and Halloween items I’ve put together! You Bumfuzzlers can now buy a Christmas Cheer or a Halloween Fear kit that gives you access to foggers and Christmas lights, coffins and Christmas Trees.

It’s a great way to support the server and get some goodies in return! Run over to the store to check them out!

Christmas Shopping (Modtopia)

From the start of the last wipe, it became even more clear to me that the in-game store (/s) needs a bit of work as does the economic system. So, I’m going to be making changes come the next wipe (December 20th).

Here are the major changes:

  • Special items that give dodge, build or damage powers will be removed. You’ll have to find them out in the world which I think will be more enjoyable anyway.
  • Various raid related items like ladders will be removed. We don’t want to allow the in-game store to give too much of a jump on builders. Raiding day 2 is just silly.
  • Ammunition, especially rockets, C4, Satchels and such will be removed for the same reason as above. I’ll leave certain blueprints, but you’re going to have to craft.
  • Resources and components will be removed. Now you’ll have to get off your big fat fatty lol and smack a barrel or two instead of buying 10.000 RP of HQM to build a giant armored base on day 1. (You know who you are! lol)
  • Removed a lot of ‘actual’ items from the store. The blueprints will remain, but the actual items will be removed. You’re going to have to craft.

Here’s a list of some minor changes:

  • Hazmat Suit now gives 1 quantity
  • Santa hat now gives 1 quantity
  • Diving items were removed
  • Frog Boots now gives 1 quantity
  • Scientist Suit now gives 1 quantity
  • Pookie Bear was removed
  • Calling/Killing SuperHeli price raised slightly
  • Calling/Killing CH47 price raised slightly
  • Setting time to 9am/9pm price raised slightly

No doubt this all means balancing of loot will have to be spot on and I’m prepared to monitor it as well as I can. I’ll need feedback from you Bumfuzzlers about any difficulties you’re having with the changes.

Wipe Cycle (Modtopia)

On Modtopia, we’ve changed the wipe cycle to 2 weeks. Thank you to everyone who voted in Discord!

There may be some items I probably have to adjust due to the change (possibly kits and quests), but I think it’ll be for the better just because the 1 month cycle resulted in a low turnout the last two weeks even with the attempted idea of Wipe Kits (which has now been tried and buried so that won’t be happening again).

The point is, struggle along with me in balancing and continue to give me feedback. I’m confident it’ll come out better in the end, but it might take some time and effort.

Economics (Modtopia)

With the changes to the store and to the wipe cycle, I’ve also decided that everyone’s monetary balance needs to reset from time to time.

Right now players can save up their cash just before the wipe and then immediately spend it to get ahead of other players. That causes major issues for players without monies, but it dramatically hurts new players joining the server for the first time at the start of a wipe.

So on the 1st Thursday of every month, when we wipe blueprints, your money will return to 0. Sorry Rockefellers! 🙁

Money Barrels (Modtopia)

Earning money from breaking barrels wasn’t working for some levels (/loyalty), but it worked for others. After testing, it appears that anyone getting earnings per barrel lower than $0.51 received nothing! This meant anyone below Veteran level, even though promised, were a bunch of broke Bumfuzzlers!

To resolve this, you now get money for every 4th barrel instead of every single barrel. This way, the Native level who originally was set to earn $0.25 per barrel will now earn $1 for every 4 and it’ll work just fine. Legitimate levels who earned $0.50 now earn $2 every 4 barrels and so on.

Thanks for the feedback datWaffle21 and Skyy.
Thanks to Shining tradeit.gg for testing.

In-Game Map (Modtopia)

You’ll now be able to see the SuperHeli and the Bradley on the in-game map (press G) displayed as a red dot. You can mouse over the dot to make sure which one it is.

I have the ability now to show any items on the map so I am considering it, but I don’t want to show too much. I appreciate the whole process of discovery and adventure and while it might be useful to show cars, boats and balloons, it’s no fun when you know where everything is. I’m not even sure I like showing the SuperHeli and Bradley, but let’s give it a shot.

Item Stacking (Modtopia)

Recently, a bunch of new items were added to the game, so I had to adjust who those items stacked in inventory.

Here are a list of items that now stack:

  • “barrelcostume”: 256,
  • “cakefiveyear”: 256,
  • “clatter.helmet”: 256,
  • “electric.andswitch”: 256,
  • “electric.battery.rechargable.large”: 256,
  • “electric.battery.rechargable.small”: 256,
  • “electric.blocker”: 256,
  • “electric.cabletunnel”: 256,
  • “electric.counter”: 256,
  • “electric.doorcontroller”: 256,
  • “electric.generator.small”: 256,
  • “electric.laserdetector”: 256,
  • “electric.orswitch”: 256,
  • “electric.pressurepad”: 256,
  • “electric.simplelight”: 256,
  • “electric.solarpanel.large”: 256,
  • “electric.splitter”: 256,
  • “electric.switch”: 256,
  • “electric.timer”: 256,
  • “electric.xorswitch”: 256,
  • “electrical.branch”: 256,
  • “electrical.combiner”: 256,
  • “electrical.memorycell”: 256,
  • “habrepair”: 256,
  • “wiretool”: 256,

Thanks CannonFodder for bringing it to my attention.

Electricity (Modtopia)

With the newness of electricity, I know lots of you probably want to mess around with it. Thing is, it might take you some time to find all the pieces and then to have enough to truly experiment like you’d want to. So I figured I’d put up a package in the store that allows you to purchase all the components and then some. You get goodies, server gets supported and it’s not OP. Worst case, it allows you to better defend your base against pesky raiders.

The kit includes big items like solar panels, batteries large and small, a wind turbine, components, switches and even a generator which isn’t even in the loot rotation right now (only admins can spawn it).

At the least, you’ll have light, at the most, you’ll have experience with making traps or useful time savers like auto lights and doors.

Go check out the Electricity package in the store!

Scientists (Modtopia)

I didn’t like scientists spawning at the junk piles (and based on feedback neither did many of you), but I think it’s appropriate to have them in the Military Tunnels and on the Cargo Ship – and now they are. Hopefully this makes those coveted areas a little more challenging.

Thanks Lancelot50 for your feedback

My Corpse? (Modtopia)

I’ve been having nothing but issues with the /where command. I’ve worked with it several times and sometimes it works for me, it doesn’t for someone else, and vice versa. I’m going to work on this more in the coming weeks, but for now I just disabled it. I hope to get it, or something like it working soon.

Ore Counts (Modtopia)

For some reason ore counts reset during the last wipe which is a bit of a pain since I couldn’t remember what they were set to (lol) and it was balanced really well! I think now the ore counts are slightly higher than I’d like, but it’s better than being too low.  I’ll work at balancing them out over the next few days/weeks.

Please let me know how you feel the balance is. That’ll help me adjust the levels.

M39 Rifle (Modtopia)

Some of you have asked where you can find the new M39 Rifle so I had a closer look. It was available in the Locked Crate and Elite Crate, but now I’ve added it to the Bradley and SuperHeli loot as well. It’s considered rare, but not very rare which means it’s more rare than a pick axe, less rare than C4, and exactly as rare as a Python.

Patch Installed (Modtopia)

There was an optional patch I installed on Modtopia and Vanillatopia around 11am today with the following changes:

  • Fixed LS red card puzzle
  • Several exploit fixes
  • Clatter helm craft enabled

Christmas Update

You can expect the official Rust Christmas update to come on this Thursday, December 13th. I’ll try my best to get the server updated as soon as it drops, but as always I don’t know exactly when Facepunch will work their magic. I’m excited to see what they add this time around. I thought the Halloween update was very creative!

Thank you Bumfuzzlers for supporting the server and for all your feedback. Keep having fun out there! 🙂

Special mention to Three-Fingered Willie, Wuckfit, RaidenPeep, lookits69, and Doc for various feedback!

Boost, Sell, Liftoff

Boost, Sell, Liftoff

Bumfuzzlers! Got some updates including the impending Wipe Boost, big updates to the store and also quests, resource spawn counts, elevators and more! Read on!

Wipe Boost (Modtopia)

Tonight, Sunday 12/2, around 7pm EST, for the first time we’re going to enable ‘Wipe Boost’ for the last week of the wipe cycle! I’m hoping it’s intense! Here’s what changes for the Wipe Boost week:

  • Players will have access to 2 kits (/kit) designed for raiders and builders. The raider’s kit will give players offensive items they can use to raid and the builders will get defensive items they can use to defend. I’m hoping it will create some last minute battles!
  • Base building limits will be disabled. Currently players are limited to bases up to 2,500 building blocks. That will be turned off until the wipe! Build big! 🙂

Here’s what will be in the kits:

Builder Kit

  • 60,000 Wood
  • 50,000 Stone
  • 40,000 Metal Frags
  • 30,000 High Quality Metal
  • 8 AutoTurrets
  • 16 Shotgun Traps
  • 25 Bear Traps
  • 25 Land Mines
  • 5 Supply Signals
  • 2,000 5.56 Rifle Ammo
  • 2,000 Handmade Shell

Raider Kit

  • 50 Rockets
  • 10 Smoke (Lock-on) Rockets
  • 25 Timed Explosives
  • 50 Satchel Charges
  • 1 Rocket Launcher
  • 5 Supply Signals
  • 3 Smoke Grenades
  • 10 Medical Syringes
  • 1 Binoculars
  • 10 Ladders

Each kit will have a cool down of 12 hours. 24 hours might be more reasonable, but we’ll see. To use the kits just type /kit and locate the kit you’d like to receive!

These kits will be available right up until the wipe, but then on Thursday 12/6 (wipe day) things will go back to normal.

Cargo Ship

For both Vanillatopia and Modtopia, I’ve adjusted the duration of the Cargo Ship from 50 to 60 minutes. This should give you all a little more time to get aboard.

Thanks holydiver for the feedback.

Pilot Eject (Vanillatopia)

On Vanillatopia we run the Pilot Eject plugin where every so often a damaged SuperHeli spawns, crashes and leaves a wounded pilot near the wreckage. Unfortunately it seems like the pilot’s despawn time was somewhat low. I’ve now upped the time he’ll hang around from 5 to 10 minutes.

Thanks holydiver for the feedback.

Population (Vanillatopia)

I’ve done some tweaking to the resource population on Vanillatopia to make sure it’s easier to harvest the goodness.

Here’s what was changed:

  • All Ores were raised by 33%
  • Mushrooms were raised by 33%
  • Hemp was raised by 33%
  • Collectible Stone was raised by 33%

Thanks holydiver for the feedback.

Store (Modtopia)

I’ve made a significant amount of changes to the in-game store (/s) over at Modtopia and I’ll be making more in the days and weeks to come.

Here’s a list of changes:

  • The exchange rate between economics and RP has been changed to be one to one. This means converting $50 to RP will give you 50 RP. This makes it much simpler to understand when buying and selling (more on that below). I’ve updated everyone’s RP to reflect the new exchange rate so you shouldn’t lose anything. If you suspect you did, let me know.

Here’s how the exchange screen looks now:

  • You can now sell weapons, both the garden variety and the special Skin Perk weapons. You won’t get full price for the sale, but you didn’t get anything before so… lol Right now I have the items set to give you half the buying price.

Here’s how the sell screens look:

Note that you must have the item you want to sell in your main inventory, not your hot bar. If it’s in your hot bar it won’t show up when you try to sell the item. Also note the numbers on the side like +10 and +100 is there to help you choose the amount of the item you want to sell.  They’ll be used more in the future if I make resources sell-able.

  • Last week I enabled the command /transfer <name> <amount> to allow players to transfer money to one another. You still have that option, but now I’ve enabled this functionality via the store. To use it, just open the store, click the Transfer tab, choose the name of the player you’d like to transfer to and boom! 🙂

Here’s how the transfer screens look:

Thanks MADSWORDGAMING for your feedback.

  • I’ve updated all the items in the store to match the new exchange rate. This means items that were 2 RP will now be 100 RP.
  • I’ve added the Custom SMG Skin Perks to the store which were mysteriously missing. Now you can find the following models for purchase:
    • Peacemaker 1.25x damage
    • Army Greaser 1.5x damage
    • Striped Shark 2.x damage
  • I’ve raised the cost of the Double Barrel Shotgun 2.x damage (Fire). It was lower than it should be.
  • I’ve lowered the quantity of the F1 Grenade to 1 and changed prices for 1.25x, 1.5x and 2.x variations. They were too cheap.
  • The Meteor Shower cost was raised.

I’m going to be adding more items for sale starting with Tools and Clothes with a focus on Skin Perks, but it’s a painfully slow and arduous task so it’ll take me some time.

Elevators

Previously, building an elevator meant that the top floor of the elevator was the top floor of your base. This is because you couldn’t build above the elevator. That’s now a thing of the past! Now you can completely encapsulate the elevator inside your base and no one will have a clue it’s there!

Quest Adjustments (Modtopia)

I’ve gone ahead and upped the requirements for gather quests, but then I’ve also upped the rewards.

The following quests were adjusted:

  • Lumberjack: Gather 100k wood, get 50k wood (was 20k)
  • Stoner: Gather 70k stone, get 35k stone (was 10k)
  • Frag Shagger: Gather 50k metal ore, get 25k metal ore (was 5k)
  • Yellow Ore: Gather 50k sulfur ore, get 25k sulfur ore (was 3k)
  • Heavy Metal: Gather 20k high quality metal ore, get 10k high quality metal ore (was 2.5k) [NOW FIXED]

Thanks CannonFodder and Rumguzzler for your feedback and testing.

PS – I was hoping to find time to add quests to Vanillatopia, but I simply couldn’t find the time. Maybe soon.

Server Restarts

For a while I had the Modtopia server restarting at 4pm and 4am EST, but since the performance has been good, I’ve removed the 4pm EST restart. Now the server will only restart at 4am EST each day. Vanillatopia was restarting at 12pm EST, but now I’ve made it so it restarts at the same time as Modtopia, 4am  EST.

I found that the multiple restarts were interrupting players game time. If it’s not needed what’s the point? Let me know if you find the performance to be an issue with either server.

Hope you Bumfuzzlers enjoy the Wipe Boost and the other changes! Don’t forget the wipe is coming up on Thursday! I’m curious what we’ll get in this next patch. I don’t expect the electrical systems to be ready, but ya never know! Have fun out there!

 

Adventure, Jason, Parts

Adventure, Jason, Parts

Got some tweaks and feature additions to the servers Bumfuzzlers! There are new Quests, expansions of the knock feature, component adjustments, homes, transferring cash, proximity scanners and more! Read on!

Auto Knock

Last time I posted, the server got a new door knock message feature that allows players to set messages on doors that other players will see when they knock on their doors. Well, just in case you wanted to set a message for all of your doors automatically, there’s now a new feature to do that.

Simply type /knock auto to turn on/off the ability (it’s on by default) and then type /knock auto “message” to set the message.

Once set, every door you create will have that door knock message! Of course if you want to, you can still override that auto message with a specific message. Just use /knock add “message’ on any door. For a list of these commands just type /knock.

P.S. Garage Doors weren’t working originally, but that’s all resolved now. Thanks for reporting that soundklown.

Quests & Backpacks (Modtopia)

It appears there’s a bug with Loot type Quests (/q) in that it doesn’t seem to care where you pull an item from as long it goes into your inventory. This means if you have a quest item in your backpack and you pull it into your inventory, it will count towards a quest. Unfortunately that renders the vast majority of the quests pointless.

To cope with this, as I have no way of fixing it at the moment, I’ll be doing the following at the next wipe:

  • Loot Quest items will be blacklisted from your backpack. This means items like glue, sticks and paper will no longer be accepted into your backpack
  • I’ll be removing the loot quest relating to gears as I would rather not blacklist gears from backpacks

Also, effective immediately, I’ve created 12 new quests!

  • Here Horsey: Kill 15 Horses
  • Mounting Antlers: Kill 15 Stags
  • Leg Wing Thigh: Kill 15 Chickens
  • Piggly Wiggly: Kill 15 Boar
  • Sheeps Clothing: Kill 15 Wolves
  • Gun Offender: Destroy 5 Auto Turrets
  • Super Bad Idea: Take down 1 SuperHeli
  • Human Sacrifice: Kill 3 Players
  • Stoner: Gather 10,000 stone
  • Frag Shagger: Gather 5,000 Metal Ore
  • Heavy Metal: Gather 2,500 High Quality Metal Ore
  • Yellow Ore: Gather 3,000 Sulfer Ore

Lastly, I’ve adjusted the cooldowns for each quest to be 7 days so you can technically achieve them 4 times per wipe.

Thanks to [cF] CannonFodder for pointing out the exploit and that the cool downs were so high and thanks to MADSWORDGAMING and Mastaplaya113 for helping me test the blacklist feature.

Homes (Modtopia)

Players start off with 2 homes automatically and can eventually get all the way up to 7 at the Blood level (/loyalty). Unfortunately, that results in tiny home-huts scattered across the map for players who want to be able to quick travel all over the place and it also allows players to ‘bookmark’ bases for quick raiding later on. That seems to make it real easy to simply Star Trek it around.

So, on the next wipe, I’m planning on changing the amount of homes:

  • Starting Player: 2 home > 1 home
  • Legitimate: 3 homes > 2 homes
  • VIP: 6 homes > 3 homes
  • Blood: 7 homes > 3 homes

Also, I think the cool downs drop too suddenly and give the higher levels far too much advantage. For instance, starting players have a cool down of 30 minutes, but blood levels have a 1 minute cool down. That’s 30:1! That’s way too drastic of a difference unfortunately.

So I’ve made some slight changes to the cool downs as well:

  • Starting Player: 30 minutes, stays at 30 minutes
  • Legitimate: 15 minutes > 25 minutes
  • Veteran: 8 minutes > 20 minutes
  • Allegiance: 4 minutes > 15 minutes
  • VIP: 2 minutes > 10 minutes
  • Blood: 1 minute > 5 minutes

Lastly, right now the daily limit on home uses is 999. I did that simply because players didn’t like limits and I’ve grown to agreed. However, I’m going to lower it down to 250 per day just so it looks more realistic. I did the same thing to the teleportation to players. I doubt anyone will be using more than 250 per day. If you do, let me know and I’ll raise it.

I’m guessing some won’t be fans of these changes, but I’m trying to ensure advantage, but not imbalance across the levels and also ensure Rust still includes some risk. It is a survival game after all. If you don’t have to travel anywhere, it reduces the necessity for balloons, boats, cars and just flat out walking around. As the wipe is still around 2 weeks ago, let your opinions be heard!

Your Dead Body (Modtopia)

It appears that for Prestige levels 26 through Blood, the /where command wasn’t working. This is the command used to locate your body after you meet your end. This was apparently a permissions issue that I’ve now resolved.

Thanks soundklown for bringing it to my attention.

P.S. RaidenPeep and CannonFodder reported getting an message “WMC_DirNoData” in chat after dying which I believe is related to this feature. I believe I fixed this. Thanks for the feedback.

Transferring Cash (Modtopia)

For those of you who were interested in being able to transfer cash to a friend, now you can once you hit Level 3 (/loyalty)!

Simply use the following command, but before you do, make sure your friends aren’t freeloading good-for-nothings! 🙂

/transfer <name> <amount>

I wonder if we’ll see the emergence of a Modtopia charity or server beggars going base to base 🙂

Thanks MADSWORDGAMING for raising the question about transferring money.

Proximity Scanners (Modtopia)

Last post I gave you a heads up about a powerful tool you can use to know exactly who is skulking around your base. The Proximity Scanner (/scan) allows you to create a scanner that covers a given area, perform a scan to see who is within that area in real time, get notified in chat if someone walks into that area and finally, you can check a log to see a history of the last 10 players who have walked into it.

That’s all as powerful as ever, but I decided to move elements of this feature to different Prestige (/loyalty) levels so that players earn features like this instead of just getting them. Previously starting players had access to this feature automatically.

At the start of the next wipe, the permissions for the Proximity Scanner will be as follows:

  • Starting players will not have access automatically
  • Level 7: Create a scanner and check in real time who is within the parameter
  • Level 13: Be alerted in chat if a player walks within your parameter
  • Level 18: Check scanner logs to review who has come into your perimeter

I’ve also adjusted the scanner from a 10 meter radius to a 15 meter radius which is reasonably large so it should catch players who come anywhere near your base. It’s quite useful to know who is coming, going and casing the joint!

Jason Vorhees

He’s one tough cookey that serves two purposes. 1) terrorize the natives and 2) act as another loot source. However, I heard a couple complaints about the loot and when I checked it out, I tend to agree. At the same time, I think the tools and attire is enough to make it pretty valuable so I didn’t go crazy.

So, the loot has been adjusted.

Changed:

  • Wood: 2,500 > 10,000
  • Stones: 1,500 > 5,000
  • Metal Ore: 500 > 2,500
  • High Quality Metal Ore: 250 >500
  • Satchel Charge: 3 > 5

Added:

  • Sulfur Ore: 1,250
  • Scrap: 500

Removed:

  • Jack O Lantern Angry
  • Scarecrow
  • Skull Fire Pit

Same:

  • Shining Redrum 1.5x Gather Salvage Axe
  • Love Hurts 1.5x Gather Hatchet
  • Jason Vorhees 5% Dodge Metal Facemask
  • Highway Seeker 7% Dodge Pants
  • Anachist Kickers 7% Dodge Boots
  • MMA Fighter 3% Dodge Gloves
  • Business Man 5% Dodge Shirt
  • Crusader 3% Dodge Metal Chest Plate

Fuses (Modtopia)

In the scheme of things, fuses are relatively common, but they aren’t extremely common and that’s for good reason. They’re somewhat of an important item because when used in tandem with key cards to get you access to some really good loot. Thing is, I think they last only a few seconds and if you’re figuring out the puzzles you can go through a lot.

So, to retain their rarity, but make them more available, I’ve set fuses to spawn in numbers from 2 to 5. That way when you do find them, you won’t get just one. Right now as I post this there are 164 fuses out in the world.

If you haven’t figured out all of the puzzles yet, here’s a pretty good video that covers them all:

Components (Modtopia)

Similar to fuses, I’m reluctant to make components more ‘common’, however, when they do spawn, I’ve made them more abundant. Now when components spawn, they will spawn in numbers of 1 to 10. This means sometimes you’ll get 1, but you could get 3, 5, 9, 10, etc. Hopefully that gets you crafting!

Thanks for the feedback from Silentsniper098 and someone else who keeps changing their name so much I have no idea what to call them anymore lol

So there ya go Bumfuzzlers! The wipe will be happening on December 6th and we might be seeing some electrical items making their way into the game. If you’d like to learn more about the upcoming features, check out these two videos. Until next time, have fun out there! 🙂

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.