Category: Patch

Instacraft, AutoSkin, Quests

Instacraft, AutoSkin, Quests

Hey Bumfuzzlers! I’ve got a couple of changes to tell about before Thursday’s map wipe! News on randomized skins, crafting instantly, scuba gear availability, quests and more! All that and info on tomorrow’s wipe, plus another mandatory Facepunch patch on Friday? /crosses fingers lol Give a read to find out more!

Diving Gear

I reviewed the diving gear availability and it seemed a little low. Also, it was spawning in the underwater loot which seemed weird lol

I changed the following:

  • removed from underwater crates
  • increased availability slightly

Thanks for the feedback Non-Existant

Instacraft

We had instacraft a while back and then adjusted it to require some crafting time. It feels like it’s time to go back to instacraft and apparently the majority of you agree.

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We had a poll in Discord and while the nays valiantly voted, the yes sirs had double them. Now Instacraft is enabled so there won’t be any more waiting to craft individual items or bulk items.

Let’s see how it turns out.

Skin Randomizer

Skins have been messy lately and the last major patch broke some stuff. For instance, you probably noticed that skins no longer randomized on crafting.

Well, I just fixed it this morning. Now every time you craft, you’ll get a randomized skin on items that support skins. Glad this is working again. I love the varied look of bases!

Quests

It’s time for new quests! After all, you’re on an adventure 🙂

Here’s a list of the new Quests I added:

  • Lighthouse Collector – Gather 25 Blue Rustige Eggs
  • Dome Collector – Gather 25 Red Rustige Eggs
  • Easter Morning – Gather 25 Easter Baskets
  • Radioactive Personality – Gather 25 Geiger Counters
  • Happy Birthday – Gather 25 Five Year Cakes
  • Up in Flames – Destroy 3 Flame Turrets
  • Shotty Defenses – Destroy 3 Shotgun Traps
  • Air Offence – Destroy 1 SAM Site
  • Run with Scissors – Craft 100 Bandages
  • Grand Injection – Craft 50 Medical Syringes
  • First Aid Kit – Craft 25 Large Medical Kits
  • The Machine – Craft 25 Gears
  • Snappy Dresser – Craft 25 Snap Traps
  • Spikey Proposition – Craft 10 Wooden Floor Spikes
  • All Mines – Craft 10 Land Mines
  • Laser Red – Craft 1 Auto-Turret
  • Fire in the Hole – Craft 3 Flame Turrets
  • Riding Shotgun – Craft 3 Shotgun Traps

I expect to create more of them in the future so that each quest page is full!

Wipe Info

Thursday 6/20, Bumfuzzlertopia will be wiping the map. Blueprints and economy will stay in place as they only wipe on the first of the month. For those who don’t know, we wipe twice a month.

  • Wipe #1: First Thursday of the month – wipes map, economy, and blueprints
  • Wipe #2: Third Thursday of the month – wipes map only

I considered wiping economy on this 3rd Thursday, which is why I started that Discord poll, but players are broken down the middle and truth is I tend to think it’s a reward for playing the entire month instead of just a 2-week wipe cycle. Also, it doesn’t matter because the economy is only really good for buying blueprints which players will have at the start of the second monthly wipe cycle anyway.

I’m hoping to wipe around 4 pm EST at the latest and we’ll be going with this map if you’d like to get a head start planning your base!

As always Bumfuzzlers, please have fun and keep the feedback pouring in! It really helps fix issues and also improve gameplay!

P.S. – Friday brings a mandatory Facepunch patch. I haven’t gotten the time yet. This means I’ll have to update the server for you to join after your clients auto-update. I’ll do my best to communicate the planned time. I’m waiting on them.

Generator, Spooky, Gather

Generator, Spooky, Gather

Hey Bumfuzzlers! Seems we had a somewhat tumultuous patch this last Thursday as the powers at Facepunch were giving us some tough love! Despite that, the storm was weathered, and changes have been made! We’ve got loot modifications, gather rate changes, a new power source, new server listing description, stacking changes, server menu updates, a spooky mask and 2 discord polls begging your opinion and more!

Patch Overview

For those of you who would rather not read the list of changes in the last patch, here’s a solid overview of what we got.

Server Browser

Not sure why, but I’ve been contacted by a few people who say they can’t connect to the server, mainly due to not seeing it in the server list. Maybe this shouldn’t be surprising due to the recent changes to it.

If you find you have this issue, you can connect directly via the console.

  1. Press F1
  2. Go to the console
  3. Type connect 216.155.140.108:28016

That’ll do it.

Also, I’ve been trying to make the server’s representation in the server list better. That means I’ve updated the server description and modified the title to include common keywords for searching. I’ve also changed the name to Bumfuzzlertopia in case you were looking for the old name. This was only to give me more room in the server title – saved 4 characters lol

Language Filter

Now when you curse, it will show the word Bumfuzzler in orange so at least others know you cursed and didn’t type Bumfuzzler intentionally. This also ensures I’m no longer confused as to whether you’re talking to me 🙂 but then maybe you are talking to me saying nasty things? Yikes! I hope not lol

As the resident bot says, “It’s not a restriction. It’s meant to be funny and promote the server name. Why not expand your vocabulary? I know how to say 1,534,201 English words! You know about 4 :)”

Is it better without the color? It might be. Let me know.

Stacking

There were a couple of items I forgot to set up for stacking earlier so now I’m swinging back to get them straight.

I changed the following items:

  • Grenade launcher Buckshot: changed from 24 to 256
  • Grenade launcher HE: changed from 12 to 256
  • Grenade launcher Smoke: changed from 12 to 256
  • Heavy Scientist Suit: changed from 1 to 256

Thanks Non-Existant for the heads up on an exploit regarding stacking.

Gathering ZLevels

I’ve been looking at the resource gathering because I’m trying to market the server better in the server list. Most servers advise what the gather multiplier is, like 3x or 5x, but the way the server was setup, it’s hard to do that.

If my math is correct, which it might not be lol, on joining, the server was almost a 3x gather rate when you’re at Level 0. As you work yourself closer to Level 50, that 3x grows slowly towards 6x. This seems a bit too close to an experimental server if you ask me. So, I set my sights on making the server a 5x server as I think that’s much more reasonable.

Here’s what I changed:

  • The initial multiplier of 2.8 was changed to 3.0
  • The percentage per level was changed from 0.75% to 0.40%

Theoretically, this means for new players they should have 3x gather rate, but over the course of 50 levels, it should be possible to get 5x gather rate.

If you find my math is wrong, please let me know :/ lol

Server Menu

It appears the menu you see as you join the server needed a bit of updating so I took a moment to do that. The hope is it’s now accurate, but also provides an improved overview of server features. Here are some snaps of what it’ll look like next time you join.

The main menu you see when joining (/ui) should now showcase a bit more of the features the server has.

The plugins tab had a few plugins we no longer used so I removed them and added a bunch more!

The sightings tab showed Trump Tower and Hillary House, but neglected to show the latest addition – The Southern Border!

Hopefully, this gives new players an understanding of the depth of features on the server and gives veteran players the ability to point unanswered questions to the menu in certain situations.

Loot Changes

I had a couple of comments on the loot so I jumped into it and tried my best to balance things out. It’s not an easy task and it’s an ongoing process so this requires constant feedback from you Bumfuzzlers.

Here’s what I changed:

  • Adjusted mine crates to have higher quality tools. Previously it had only the lower level hatchet and pickaxe.
  • Adjusted medical crates to give more medical items. It gave extremely low quantities and only 1 item.
  • Adjusted components specifically increasing gears and springs
  • Adjusted component spawning areas. Some items spawned in barrels that shouldn’t and the opposite in crates.
  • Decreased the amount of beancan grenades. They can only now be found in the better crates.
  • Removed scrap from food crate to ensure food always spawns there. Sometimes it spawns only 1 item.
  • Loot in the Elite, locked, and Underwater Advanced crates should be much better now.
  • Moved some better items like Large Furnaces out of barrels and into higher level crates.
  • The spooky Dragon Mask was added to the loot. You should find it in barrels.

Thanks for feedback Viper, Non-Existant and Kreeperlink

Color Fiasco

Facepunch changed the way text is displayed in the game and in turn they made changes to how text colors are displayed. This game used to accept red text to be coded simple as <color=red>RedText</color>, but now it has to use proper HTML like <color=#FF0000>RedText</color>. This meant, before the patch hit, I had to go through several hundred files and change every mention of color, which was typically written as red, green, blue, purpose, etc. to its hexadecimal value.

I’m just mentioning it because if I missed one, you’ll see <color=red>TheText</color> in chat instead of seeing TheText. If that happens, let me know what the text said and I’ll track it down.

Steam Workshop

Apparently, there were some changes in Rust and/or Steam as of late and this has caused some problems for various plugins. I expect it has to do with the new menu with the store integration we received in the last patch. Most likely something was changed there which borked everything else.

This means some plugins like Skinbox may not function properly or at all. I was able to fix a couple, but the changes could be far-reaching and not initially noticeable.

If you find something not to be working as expected, please let me know.

I appreciate all the feedback I received so far more notably AxelsAntagonist who went through much of the plugin list to test what was and was not working. Thanks!

Small Generator

We’ve had the small generator available for some time, but I didn’t add it because it’s a really powerful tool. After all, it’s unlimited power which can give some nice abilities.

The point was made that cave base designers can’t really take advantage of many electricity options so I finally caved.

Here’s the lowdown:

  • Unlimited power, great for caves
  • Can be found everywhere electrical components are found
  • Rarer than solar panels so slightly harder to find

This should be a great perk for everyone and it’s not something you’ll find on most servers.

Thanks for feedback Viper

Economy Wipe

I’m toying with the idea to wipe the economy at every wipe as I’m not sure if it’s fair to give some players to have such a large advantage. Starting off with a ton of RP, after you’ve found all the blueprints is maybe too much. Blueprints already give a large advantage.

To vote, join Discord and you’ll find the poll in the #polls channel. So far it’s tied!

The question for the poll is:

‘Should I wipe the economy at every wipe? I’m thinking someone starting at the 2nd wipe cycle has a disadvantage and that may not be fair’

Instacraft

Another poll on Discord is about Instacraft. We used to have instant crafting, but I modified it down to be slower because I felt it was way too easy to quickly amass a serious arsenal.

If the response strongly favors having it, I’ll likely be persuaded. Consider how it affects gameplay though. It’ll likely ensure early raids go up. Then again, so might early defenses.

The question for the poll is:

‘I believe instacraft is an important feature to have. I don’t like waiting for items to craft and think it should be immediate’

No Fuels

It turns out that the entire server was fueled up unintentionally.

Now it’s not until Level 26 (/loyalty) that players don’t require fuel for various lights and whatnot.

Thanks to AxelsAntagonist for catching it.

Flag Day Kit

Apparently, the kit for the Flag Day Monument wasn’t working. Thanks for the heads up AxelsAntagonist and for testing Non-Existant. It should be all good now.

This last patch wasn’t quite a disaster, but it certainly had its moments lol Today, I optionally patched the server which will hopefully alleviate some of the issues that have been going on, but tomorrow, Thursday 6/13, Facepunch is dropping a mandatory server and client patch. We won’t have to wipe as far as I know, but once your client is updated, you won’t be able to connect until I update the server. As long as I can keep on top of when it’s released, I’ll have it patched up in 10-15 minutes. The trick is, the patches drop whenever Facepunch feels the itch.

Have fun out there Bumfuzzlers and keep the feedback flowing!

Performance, Flag, Packs

Performance, Flag, Packs

Hey Bumfuzzlers! Big updates coming your way! We’ve got additional backpack storage, offline door fixes, furnace changes, early raid tweaks, a new monument and a serious attempt at improving server performance – which appears to be working really well so far! Read on to get all the info!

Backpacks

A few updates ago, the ability to have extra rows presented itself, but I didn’t have time to take advantage of it until now.

Now we’ve got upgrades!

  • Allegiance level [level 20] (/loyalty) backpack size goes from 2 storage rows to 3
  • VIP level [level 25] (/loyalty) backpack size goes from 3 storage rows to 5
  • Level 28 (/loyalty) backpack size is now 7 storage rows!
  • Veteran level [level 15] remains the same with backpack size at 2 rows.

That should help you carry all that crap around 🙂

Offline Doors

Starting at Allegiance level [level 20] (/loyalty) players get the ability for doors to automatically close when they sign off. Unfortunately, this wasn’t working from levels 21 through 24.

This should now be fixed. Simply type /odf once you reach Allegiance level to toggle it on and off. Not sure why you’d want it off, but I can’t remember if it’s on by default. How many people you think this saves from easy raids per year! haha

Thanks to Whompmaster for noticing the issue.

Furnaces

I’m still trying to reduce the very early raiding, but it takes time as small adjustments need to be made over multiple wipes to ensure a good balance. This go around, I’ve reduced charcoal byproduct slightly and increased cook time slightly. I doubt you’ll even notice.

Beancan Grenades

In another effort to slow the early raiding, I’ve changed where Beancan Grenades are available as they’re an essential component of Satchel Charges.

I’ve changed the following:

  • The Beancan Grenade blueprint was removed from crates, barrels and present drops
  • Beancan Grenades are only available in crates now

So basically, you can find Beancan Grenades, but only in crates and you’ll have to research them.

Bumfuzzler Lodge

It’s been a couple of weeks since I put the Bumfuzzler Lodge into testing mode and certainly, there are some kinks to work out.

I think the following changes are in order:

  • Reworked the building to prevent double boxes and other items
  • Storage in the rooms will be reduced to two small boxes
  • There will be a charge for the room using economy (If I can get that working – I had issues with it last time)

Keep in mind, the lodge was meant to be used when starting out, getting yourself together after a raid or simply if you’re homeless for one reason or another. You’re not really supposed to continue to live there forever! lol

Thanks to Non-Existant for the feedback.

Raiding Balance

Rust has its flaws. For one, too many players are compelled to leave servers with their tail between their legs when they get raided and others leave servers when there’s no one left to raid. It’s a system built with the premise that you need a crapload of fresh meat joining the server on a regular basis. That’s one reason I created Raid Sympathy. Unfortunately, that helps, but people still leave in tears when they lose their Teddy Bears.

To compensate, I’ll revisit something I tried a while back which is to add a couple of bases out there in the world that will provide raiding opportunities of varying difficulty. This will:

  • give players who raid something to break into
  • divert some raiding energy away from player bases
  • ensure there are fewer tears on the server

Thanks for feedback Non-Existant and Viper

Performance

Lately, some of you have been complaining about lag and there have been unexpected crashes that I’ve seen firsthand. It’s likely the performance issues are caused by a combination of Rust’s horrible optimization and plugins eating up resources that Rust didn’t expect.

To counter that I’ve, made a major change that should have a giant impact on your gameplay. I’ve decided to up the slot count to 200 players. This will result in more dedicated memory and a smoother play if it works as expected.

So far I’ve heard positive feedback about the performance!

Flag Day

The next wipe brings a new month and with it a new holiday to celebrate! That means the Cinco De Mayo celebration goes bye bye and we’ll have a new special monument!

In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14th to commemorate the adoption of the American flag. Da dada daaa daaa daaa! 🙂 This new monument will be themed after this holiday.

I won’t tell you what it is or how it works, but keep your eyes peeled for anything out of the ordinary 🙂 I’m hoping to have an extra special treat for Independence Day.

Thanks for the feedback from hur2rld about a potential skin issue with the monument.

Upcoming Wipe

Tomorrow, Thursday, June 6th, you can expect a wipe as there’s a new patch coming from Facepunch. We’ll be wiping map, blueprints, and economy so it’s a fresh slate!

As usual, their patch usually drops between 3 pm EST and 7 pm EST with some fluctuation. I’ll do my best to wipe as close to patch drop as possible and will keep everyone posted in Discord on the status.

There are some interesting changes coming our way. Below is a quick overview of what you can expect to see in the next release. I wonder if we’ll see that new digger monument!

Please keep having fun and giving me feedback! The server gets better each wipe with your help! Thanks Bumfuzzlers!

Gator, Launcher, Bunny

Gator, Launcher, Bunny

Howdy Bumfuzzlers! Bunnies abound with goodies and tweaks and eggs and… Ok, there are no eggs, but the rest is true. We have new combat knife skin perks, grenade launcher for scrap, special tools for sale and more! Check it out!

Easter Bunny (Modtopia)

As you know by now, April showers bring err… the Bunny Ranch and with it, the Easter Bunny boss and his thugs with hugs.

The Easter Bunny will now drop his weapon and attire. This way you can get a hold of his coveted pink AK47 🙂

Happy Easter to those who celebrate!

Turret Issue (Modtopia)

There was an issue discovered with turrets that caused them to fire into walls, wasting their ammo, when non-authorized players stood on the other side of said wall.

This has now been resolved. Turns out it was related to the same plugin that brings us, Jason Vorhees. I’m so glad I was able to fix it so that you can all continue to be terrorized by him.

Thanks to Thransduil for the heads up and his very valued help testing.

Grenade Launcher (Modtopia)

The new Grenade Launcher isn’t craftable, but it appears you can sometimes get it from the heavies on the oil rig.

Until then, you can enjoy the satisfaction of the steamy plunk sound distributing HE and smoke grenades to your ‘friends’. It’s now available for purchase along with its ammo at the Outpost and Bandit Camp.

  • 40mm HE Grenades @ the Outpost is sold 5 for 500 scrap
  • 40mm Smoke Grenades @ the Outpost is sold 5 for 500 scrap
  • Grenade Launcher @ the Bandit Camp is sold 1 for 1200 scrap

The smoke grenade has an awesome effect. I can see it being great for online raids… you know, those very popular online Rust raids lol

Special thanks to CannonFodder who pointed out I had the wrong price on the tuna can lamp at the outpost.

Codelock Crate Loot (Modtopia)

As you know, loot is a neverending balancing act. This time around I increased the valuable items in the code lock timed crate.

There were already good items in it, but lots of other low-quality items would suppress them. Now I’ve lessened the lower quality items so the higher quality ones can shine more often.

Thanks Hodgecat30 for the feedback.

Blueprint Adjustments (Modtopia)

There wasn’t a whole lot of selection when it came to blueprints in the loot. It appeared breaking barrels and violating crates resulted in the same old handful of schematics over and over.

I’ve gone in and performed round 1 of adding blueprints to crates and barrels so now you should find the pool to be much bigger. I’m going to continue adding more blueprints to the mix as I have time.

Thanks to JakeHillKing for the feedback.

Store Sales (Modtopia)

I’ve been trying to find some time to get around to adding other special power items to the store for selling. I only added the weapons giving you the ability to sell 1.25x, 1.5x and 2x damage weiling weapons as you come across them in the world.

Now, all of the special tools, 27 of them in all, are sellable in the store. Here’s a couple of them that are out there for you to find:

I’ve also added a new 1.25x hatchet to replace the old one that wasn’t working due to some changes in the Steam Workshop. It’s called… Tomohatchet!

To sell items type /s for the store and then click on the Sell tab. Make sure the item you want to sell is in your inventory (not hotbar) and it’ll show as sellable.

Regular everyday items are not sellable right now. The new combat knife skin perks are also for sale in the store (read more below), but I have a feeling you may want to keep those 🙂

SuperHeli Crash (Modtopia)

I got a heads up about there being no pilot when the SuperHeli crash event took place so I looked into it. Sure enough, the SuperHeli was flying on its own!

The pilot now exists and has some goodies on him. Don’t be surprised if he’s hostile though.

Thanks Cannonfodder for the feedback.

Skin Perks (Modtopia)

The perky items that give you dodge ability, extra damage or require fewer resources to build are loads of fun, but they haven’t been as frequent as I’d prefer and it’s especially hard to find the top tier items out there in the wild.

I’ve changed the chances involved in the spawning of special items so they show up more often than they did.

  • Regular Items (no special ability) were lowered from 40% chance to 36% chance
  • 1.25x items were lowered from 30% chance to 29% chance
  • 1.5x items were raised from 20% chance to 21% chance
  • 2x items were raised from 10% chance to 14% chance

I’ve also added some new skins for the recently added Combat Knife:

Nuke Caution 1.25x Damage

Aqua Marine 1.5x damage

Gator Slayer 2x damage

Unfortunately, there are so many items Facepunch hasn’t given the ability to skin. This is the only reason not all items have special skin perks. For instance, the bow and the compound bow aren’t skinnable 🙁

Elevator Adjustments (Modtopia)

It appears players climbing up the loyalty ladder (/loyalty) – or moving up the loyalty elevator – weren’t getting the awesome lift perks I designed for them which is a bad, bad thing! I think I’ve worked out those kinks.

There are two levels that players get perks – Level 6 and Level 28.

  • Level 6
    • Comfort goes from 0 to 25
    • Temperature goes from 0 to 17
    • Build Cost goes from 2 to 1.5
    • Fuel Consumption goes from 5 to 3
    • Max Floor level goes from 3 to 5
    • Max Elevators per player goes from 1 to 2
    • Max Move Speed goes from 1 to 3
    • Max Placement Floor goes from 2 to 3
  • Level 28
    • Comfort goes from 25 to 50
    • Temperature goes from 17 to 34
    • Build cost goes from 1.5 to 1
    • Fuel is no longer required
    • Fuel Consumption goes from 3 to 0
    • Max floor level goes from 5 to 10
    • Max Elevators per player goes from 2 to 3
    • Max Move Speed goes from 3 to 5
    • Max Placement Floor goes from 3 to 4

Thanks to Cannonfodder for the feedback and the most valued testing.

Also, thanks to NormsterG14 for reporting an issue with elevators and the removal tool. In a note about that, it appears there’s a known issue where sometimes using the removal tool on an elevator will create invisible walls. It’s expected they are removed after a server restart, but to avoid this, don’t use the removal tool to remove an elevator. Just use the elevator’s menu option to remove it.

Thirsty Rad Pills (Modtopia)

It appears Radiation Pills were not working as advertised. Instead of making you full of goodness, they were salting your stomach and making you thirsty.

Welp, I fixed the issue so now it should work as expected.

Thanks to whompmaster for pointing out the issue.

Auto Lights (Modtopia)

It appears the Night Lantern plugin works a little differently than I had documented as there were changes. It doesn’t seem you can use /lantern anymore to disable or enable all lights at once. You have to turn them on/off by type. This is a bit tedious I know.

So I made a couple of changes:

  • The bot will now give you better instructions when you type !lights or !lantern
  • The site just lists !lantern so the bot helps you.
  • The command is now /lantern <itemname> where item name is Fireplace, JackOLantern, Lanterns, Searchlight, TunaLight or ChineseLantern. For instance, ‘/lantern Lanterns‘ will turn on/off the automatic switching on of lanterns at night and automatic switching in the morning.

Thanks to Thransduil for the heads up on this one.

Wipe

There’s an upcoming wipe on Thursday 4/18 and in non-typical fashion, Facepunch is releasing a mandatory patch – usually, this is only for the 1st Thursday of the month. My guess is that this is meant to address all of the issues that Rust has had since the upgrading of the Unity engine a couple of patches ago. In that case, I’m happy to see it. This means Modtopia will be wiping the map (blueprints and currency will stay) and also Vanillatopia will be wiping which goes against its wipe schedule.

The wipe time will be based on when they release the patch which can be between 3 pm and 7 pm EST, but sometimes later if they have issues. I’m also trying to leave for a short vacation at the same time lol which means I may be wiping the server from the side of the road haha I’ll do my best to keep you all updated in Discord as things develop.

Thanks to all you Bumfuzzlers for the amount of feedback you’re giving me as always. It’s so challenging to keep things working without eyes on the ground. Please keep it up and have fun out there!

Here’s some Rust news for ya.

 

Border, Cargo, Rafts

Border, Cargo, Rafts

What’s up Bumfuzzlers! I’ve got a lot of really awesome stuff coming your way in this update that I know you’re going to love, including new events, some balancing, and fixes! I’ve revisited water vehicles, added a throwback helicopter event, added a brand new cargo ship event, worked on balancing components, tweaked loot for airdrop|bradley|superheli, made home teleport improvements, and added a new custom Trumptastic monument! Then, it’s time to discuss the upcoming wipe and Facepunch patch! Check it out!

Rafts (Modtopia)

Ahoy yee Bumfuzzlers! 🙂 A while ago, we had rafts on the server, but when the boats came out, I disabled them figuring they wouldn’t be used. Now with all the waves, it seems the boats are a little rough so I decided to enable the rafts again.

Now you can make your own houseboat and sail around the world like the Bumfuzzler you are! Type /raft for more information in-game and watch the video above for more information on the different features!

Here’s an overview of the commands:

So you can build your houseboat, go cruising with friends, fish off the side, and even find some loot boxes bobbing in the ocean!

Rust Titanic (Modtopia)

I’ve got a new event for you Bumfuzzlers and you’re going to love it! It’s really awesome. The Cargo Ship gets attacked by pirates and crashes into an iceberg leaving you in the middle of loot and pirates!

All you have to do is get past the pirates and grab the goodies before the ship sinks into the Rustonia Ocean!

I’m going to be testing it for the remainder of this wipe which means loot will be balanced as time goes on. Please enjoy this new edition!

Zambies (Modtopia)

For those of you who pay attention to politics, I’ve made a slight adjustment to the zambies that you might appreciate. I’ll let you find it on your own 🙂 It should provide a nice compliment to Trump Tower and Hillary House.

Homes (Modtopia)

Now when you type /home,  you can see how homes you’ve used and how many homes you have overall! No more guessing or waiting to use homes to know!

SuperHeli Malfunction (Modtopia)

The chopper is going down Bumfuzzlers! That’s right! And with that fact, the loot carrying pilot ejects and the smoking SuperHeli carcass reveals additional goodies! You best investigate the crash site 🙂

Here’s a quick look at what you can expect:

Loot (Modtopia)

I’ve been gathering feedback about the loot and now is a good time to take a deeper look. After some more testing, it’s now a bit better, but I definitely walked the line so it’s reasonable. Let me know what you think. I’ll keep tweaking it until it’s spot on.

Here’s what I’ve changed:

  • Increased components so you’ll now find them more often and more of them in barrels and boxes
  • Increased airdrop from 4-8 items to 6-10 items
  • Removed some of the lesser items from airdrops, Bradley and helicopter loot to ensure more valuable items come through
  • Removed blueprints from high-end crates like timed, elite, mining, tools, advanced underwater and minecart. This should give more slots for high-quality items.

Thanks to trippinthirdeye, soundklown, JakeHillKing and ATaXiA for the feedback.

The Southern Border (Modtopia)

There’s a caravan driving up from the south and as Trump says, “They’re not sending their best!” You’ve got to get down there and secure the Southern Border before it gets overrun by illegal migrants!

Similar to the other monuments, you’ll get a kit for getting there, but this one, unlike Trump Tower and Hillary House isn’t a cakewalk. After all, there is a caravan!

This monument will move around each wipe, but I expect it will always be near the entrance to the desert biome on a road somewhere.

Long Shot Kills (Modtopia)

There was an issue with getting kills on animals and players over 260 meters or so and I had some trouble nailing it down. Now I’ve got it licked.

It turns out, for some odd reason, the issue was due to the plugin that allows rideable animals. After disabling that plugin I was able to consistently kill animals at 300-350 meters. I’ll work on fixing the rideable animals at some point, but for now, it’ll remain disabled as I believe being able to make those long shots takes priority.

Thanks to Doge, soundklown and Reaper2980 for your feedback.

Wipe

We’ll be wiping both Vanillatopia and Modtopia this Thursday, April 4th as there will be a patch released by FacePunch. Not sure of all that we’ll see in the patch, but here are a few videos that might foreshadow things to come.

The wipe can be expected anywhere between 3 pm and 7 pm EST typically, but sometimes it happens much later if FacePunch has issues. Given that it’s a monthly wipe so economics and blueprints will wipe along with the map. On Modtopia, the Bunny Ranch will be making a showing in April in celebration for Easter!

Have fun out there Bumfuzzlers! Keep the feedback flowing!

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.

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!

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!

 

Kits, Nights, Zambies

Kits, Nights, Zambies

Whew! This last week has been rough! The patch and my host have been giving us all agita! Unfortunately, much of the graphical parts of the server have been having issues and in many cases I’m hamstrung by my host who has been dragging their arses on the issue that is clearly theirs. At the same time, hey, it’s Rust. We keep moving Bumfuzzlers! We fight through the stupid issues and keep it going. Aside from the various issues, I did make some changes to the server that should improve gameplay so let’s talk!

AI Changes

I get lots of complaints that NPCs shoot through rocks across 100’s of meters and so on. This isn’t anything I can fix as it’s a Facepunch issue left over from the days where animals ran through rocks. Who knows when they’ll fix it.

  • I’ve disabled the monument NPCs for now.
  • I’ve increased the zambie horde quite a bit. Now, there is a max of 50 zambie hordes, each starting with 3 zambies each. They have the ability to grow up to 10 zambies per horde.
  • I’ve disabled the blue scientists. I personally found them annoying and mostly useless. They don’t offer much challenge, they’re all over the place and they’re predictable. You know they’re at certain monuments and at junk piles, etc. I’d rather have a much more dynamic situation.

There’s one thing I’m concerned about that you’ll have to give me feedback about. The zambies are set to kill animals right now. I have it that way because it seems more realistic, but I fear this will create fisherman out of all of you lol If they kill too many animals, there won’t be much animal meat, fat or leather around. This could cause issues.

Also, in the future, if the zambies work well, I may still enable a few NPCs here and there who don’t ‘belong’ anywhere, but simply wander around. Chances are however, because I’ve configured NPCs to shoot at zambies and vice versa, they’ll be killed by zambies due to sheer numbers, but it may create a more interesting environment.

Recyler

As you know a few weeks back I changed the /rec command to allow you to craft a recycler instead of being able to use a virtual recycler. This is only available for players who have reached level 18 – 3,500 loyalty points – (/loyalty). So that some players, at lower levels might get lucky, I’ve put the recycler into the loot tables so everyone has a 14% chance of finding a recycler in boxes. It’s certainly nice to have!

Loyalty Surprise

By default when you reach a new level, an explosion sound would play. It was a great idea that didn’t turn out the way I planned since it surprises the crap out of players and may alert other players you’re near. It was originally only intended to play for the player themselves, but that seems impossible based on how sound works in Rust.

Anyways, I’ve disabled that sound. Thanks JoeKillera for the heads up!

Plane Crash

I don’t know why, but that dang plane keeps crashing into mountains and I keep raising the height of it! I’ve gone ahead and raised the height again, but it seems to defeat the purpose since the plane is meant to be a low flying plane! Well, I have to ensure it doesn’t crash since MrNiceGuy will be scooping up all the loot like he was doing last night! Thanks MrNiceGuy for the heads up 🙂

Kit Menu

Due to image related issues on the server, the kit menu (/kit) doesn’t work. I have however gotten the command line to work fine. This means you’ll have to go old school in order to get the kits instead by typing /kit <name>. You should also be able to type /kit list to see a list of kits available, but it might be long preventing you from seeing them all.

For your convenience, here’s a list of all the kits.

  • build
  • aid
  • tools
  • weapons
  • signal
  • trumpborderagent
  • trumpbuildwall
  • hillaryjailbreak
  • hillarymailserver
  • subscriber
  • vip_m249
  • pc_murderer
  • pc_sniper
  • pc_swordsman
  • pc_fighter
  • pc_gunslinger
  • pc_deadshot
  • pc_archer
  • pc_assassin
  • pc_rocketeer
  • pc_handyman
  • pc_architect
  • pc_lumberjack
  • pc_farmer
  • pc_miner
  • pc_gunsmith
  • pc_hunter
  • pc_tailor
  • pc_bombtech
  • pc_adventurer
  • pc_medic
  • pc_apckiller
  • pc_npckiller
  • pc_helikiller

The kits starting with pc_ are related to the Player Challenges (/pc) so if you’re not leading you won’t have permissions to them. Hopefully this will hold us over until the issue is resolved.

Skip Night

Sorry guys, but unfortunately for now the Skip Night plugin doesn’t work. I’m not sure if it’s entirely due to the same image related issue as kits (the voting menu has images in it), but I can say during testing it flat out crashed the server so I’m not bothering with it for now.

I’m going to try to create a workaround using the store (/s) where players can buy the option to skip night, but that will take me a few days.

In-Game Store

The In-Game Store does in fact work (/s), but unfortunately there won’t be any images. This is again due to the image related issue. So it should work as you expect. It just won’t look at pretty.

Skin Shop

Unfortunately, the skin store (/skin shop) is also a casualty on both Modtopia and Vanillatopia. Yes, the image related issue. You can expect other items like the startup graphical menu (/ui) also not to work.

Server Issues

Overall, considering the amount of plugins we have on the servers, it could be worse. I was able to get much of the plugins going again including the map. However, the image related issues are out of my control at this point.

The issue was triggered by the patch, but it seems to be some combination with the patch and my host – who says they’re working on it, but I fear they have no clue. I have been shopping around for another host, but that’s not a comfortable process to undertake so I’m trying to be patient.

I’m considering a full wipe tonight (entirely reinstalling everything) to see if that helps, but I’m not very optimistic as I believe it’s a connectivity issue at the server level. Others who are having these same issues say they tried a full wipe so I might not bother.

Wipe

Tonight Modtopia is a wipe so the world starts a new! It might not happen until later in the evening since I have to be somewhere around 9pm EST and I’m not sure how long it’ll take. Regardless, this time around it’ll be interesting how things go with the zambies! Be careful out there Bumfuzzlers!