Category: Promotion

SuperHeli, Darkness, Troops

SuperHeli, Darkness, Troops

Hey Bumfuzzlers! Lots of gameplay tweaks to all sorts of topics like skipping a night, Jason Voorhees, the SuperHeli, in-game store commands, power tools,  clans & groups, how the bot’s name voting is going, and more! Get feasting on the words below! 🙂

Skip Night

I made a couple of tweaks to the way the Skip Night works to hopefully improve the usability.

Here’s what I changed:

  • The vote now stays open 90 seconds instead of 240.
    • Why have it on the screen for 4 minutes?
    • It raises the chance of a night
  • On a successful vote, it changes the time to 9:00 instead of 8:00.
    • I found the jolt of going from 18:00 to 8:00 to be jarring. 18:00 is mostly light, but 8:00 is slightly dark.
  • Now you should only be asked once to vote instead of 3 times throughout the night.

Hopefully, this makes the feature a bit more seamless.

Jason Voorhees

I’ve been meaning to make a few changes to Jason. Honestly, he’s not killing enough people!

Here’s what I changed:

  • Health slightly increased
  • Spawning radius increased
    • Now it’s harder to know where he might be
  • Accuracy was slightly increased
  • Damage was slightly increased
  • Respawn time was doubled
  • De-aggression range was increased
    • He’ll now follow you further
  • Metal Chest Plate removed in favor of road sign armor

Thanks to Doc for the feedback.

Clans & Groups

The server is a solo/duo/trio server. This means that groups of 1, 2 and 3 are acceptable while any group above 3 is not. It’s in the server title and description and it’s common terminology for Rust that most people understand.

This limitation is put in place because groups larger than 3 would easily dominate a group of two and surely a solo player. Smaller groups make up the majority of most Rust servers and they need to feel ‘reasonably’ comfortable about their chances of survival. From the server’s perspective, a group of 6 joins the server, they raid the smaller groups at will, those smaller groups leave, the large group has no one to raid, they themselves move on and leave the server without players. Thus, they ruin the experience for everyone.

Given that I recently saw behavior that violated this limitation, I posted about it in Discord and now am writing this to make sure everyone is on the same page because, afterward, it appeared some of you expressed confusion. So let me clarify further and explain some changes I made:

  1. Groups of more than 3, working together, are not allowed.
    • Working together is defined as, on multiple occasions – raiding, sharing resources, sharing bases, being friends to give access to cupboards and doors, friendly-fire, etc.
    • Trading is encouraged for anyone, clan to clan, solo to a clan, etc. Obviously trading C4 for 1 wood to share resources isn’t.
    • Sharing items and resources with new players to get them on their feet is a noble practice and is allowed.
  2. I’ve disabled the clan alliance feature in clans (/clan) to discourage groups working together.
  3. I’ve limited friends to 3 (/fmenu).

So here’s a little FAQ for those who are still confused:

Q: If two people raid who aren’t part of the same clan is that ok?
A: Sure. It’s only two people. However, if either of those people, at some other time, work together with larger groups of 3, that’s a no-no because it will equal 4 or 5 players technically. The two people may want to form a clan if they work together often (/clan) and work as a duo.

Q: I raided with one player last week, then a different player today, and tomorrow I’m raiding with someone else. Is that ok?
A: It’s not a direct violation, but I would suggest not giving off the impression that you’re part of a larger group. It would seem as though you’re in a group with 4 people.

Q: I’m in a clan with two members. Can I raid or take down the SuperHeli with a solo player?
A: Sure. That’s only 3 players. I would however strongly suggest you make them part of your clan and don’t change out that 3rd person every other day. It’s like the previous situation.

Q: What if I was part of a clan, then I left and now I’m still friends with one of them? They have 3 members and I’m playing solo now.
A: You need to unfriend them (/fmenu). Otherwise, you’re still sharing resources because you’ll have access to each other’s locations, doors, cupboards, friendly-fire, etc.

Q: Is giving a player items a violation of this rule?
A: No, it’s not, but there’s a difference between giving a new player or a recently raided solo player an item or two out of kindness and giving another group items in an effort to work together somehow. The intention here is important.

You get the idea I think. You is all smarwt poeple. The idea is to ensure you don’t leverage the strength of a group larger than 3 people because it would be considered ‘ganging up’. If players believe they’ll be steamrolled, it’s doubtful they’ll want to play.

I’ll do my best to be fair about this, investigate and ask questions, but if you screw with me and you’re dishonest, I’ll know. Please be reasonable and fair with me and you’ll get that same fairness in return. For this wipe and for first-time offenders, I’ll be giving warnings. After warnings, I’ll be giving out temporary bans of longer and longer duration.

Super Heli

There were a couple of things that needed changing so I did a little review of the SuperHeli settings.

Here’s what I changed:

  • I modified the way the SuperHeli is purchased from the store (/s) so now it’s more reliable than /callheli
  • Napalm is disabled for now. It causes too much lag. This, unfortunately, disables fires at the crash site. It’s a temporary fix.
  • I’ve raised the SuperHeli’s health slightly.
  • I’ve given the SuperHeli more rockets so it doesn’t run out.
  • The SuperHeli will now stick around for 10 minutes instead of 7. /callheli however may not abide by this.
  • The /callheli cooldowns have been adjusted:
    • Level 17 (/loyalty): 6-hour cooldown
    • Level 23 (/loyalty): 3-hour cooldown
    • Level 27 (/loyalty): 1.5-hour cooldown

Keep in mind buying the SuperHeli from the store is far more reliable than using the /callheli command, but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect. In testing, I’ve never had it fail to come, but some players suggested that does happen. This happens far more with the /callheli command, but that of course is free.

Be careful not to call the helicopter when another one is present. There’s a limit of 1 SuperHeli in the world and exceeding that will ensure your called /callheli will go bye-bye automatically.

Thanks to Doc and Fakiee for the feedback.

In-Game Store

For a while, there’s been some less than desirable behavior from the store when purchasing commands. For one, calling the SuperHeli was spotty at best. Secondly, some commands like buying night and day left players completely confused since day just switched to night without warning.

Here’s what I’ve changed:

  • As mentioned, the SuperHeli on call is more reliable.
  • Every command you buy, with the exception of Turbo Boost, will send a message to the server letting them know you purchased it.
  • The SuperHeli purchase was raised from $250 to $300
  • The Meteor Shower was lowered from $500 to $450

Thanks to Doc for the feedback.

Power Tools

The Jackhammer and Chainsaw may have been a little too easy to find so I’ve done a little tweaking to it.

Here’s what I changed:

  • The chainsaw is slightly rarer
  • You can only find the Chainsaw and Jackhammer in the following places
    • Code Locked Crate
    • Military Crate
    • Advanced Underwater Crate
  • I’ve removed the blueprints for chainsaw and jackhammer from the store (/s)

Now that these work with Z-levels, they should be more important and accordingly no one should get 8 of them at the start of a wipe.

Thanks for the feedback TheFireChef and DFGSlimJim.

Various Issues & Fixes

After this recent patch, we had a few issues and there are still some outstanding, but I’m working on them. Here’s a quick listing.

Fixed

  • Recycler (/rec) wouldn’t craft – Thanks for feedback Naraskgrim
  • /up command doesn’t work – Thanks for feedback Doc

Outstanding

  • Duel (/duel) kit isn’t available when being in top 3 spots – Thanks for feedback Naraskgrim
  • /fireworks command doesn’t work – Thanks for feedback Howdy
  • Leaderboard (/pc) tags aren’t working – Thanks for feedback Doc & TheFireChef

I’m sure there’s more issues waiting to be found, but this is what I know or remember right now. Let me know if you find anything else and I’ll work on them.

Server Promotion

I’ve had a couple of you ask how you can help promote the server and I’m extremely humbled and grateful you would do that.

Here are a couple of ways to promote:

  • Vote daily
    • Click Vote in the website menu at the top
    • This ranks the server at www.rust-servers.net
    • This gives you daily signals and a few economy bucks in the game.
    • Did you know the more you vote the more you get? There are tiers of 50, 100 and 250 for voting counts. If you vote 250 times you get 5 signals each time.
  • Upvote Steam Group Posts
    • When I post on the website, I post in the Steam Group
    • Give the posts a thumbs up so it shows in your Steam feed
    • Leave a comment and/or subscribe to the thread
  • Use www.bumfuzzler.net elsewhere on the net
    • If you make posts or drop links, it helps boost the ranking among search engines for the website
  • Reddit posts
    • I make posts on Reddit to promote the server
    • Upvoting these posts creates tremendous visibility, most posts get 1 upvote at most so even two help a lot
  • Stream playing on the server
    • Stream yourself playing on the server
    • If you have a Twitch account and you regularly steam, send it by. I’ll promote you too.
  • Tell your friends
    • Word of mouth is probably the best way to promote
    • Gift Rust, it’s just $8 until July 9th with the Summer Sale

Be creative! I just ask that you don’t romote Bumfuzzlertopia on other servers or in any way disparage other server admins or servers in order to promote. That’s not cool and I wouldn’t like it if someone else did that the other way around.

Ore Population

A couple of people complained that ores were hard to come by. Most likely that was due to them being in the snow or desert because, after a review, it appears they were low in those biomes. The grassy areas had a good amount already.

I’ve gone ahead and raised the density of ores:

  • Raised ores in snow biome 166%
  • Raised ores in desert biome 201%

This should make ore a lot easier to find.

Naming the Bot

We’ve had the poll up for a few days now and we have some clear front-runners! I’m going to let it run until the next wipe I think.

Here’s what we have for the top 3:

  1. Earl
  2. Trump Jr.
  3. Donald, Donald Jr., Otis (tied for 3rd)

If you haven’t voted, don’t miss out! I’ve put a new poll up that only includes these 5 values for the final run!

The feedback has been flowing mightily and for that, I am truly appreciative. I can’t stress how important it is that I receive your thoughts. I can’t stress enough how important it is that you know I am always open to hearing what you think and I’ll strongly consider all suggestions. I try my best to carefully listen. Keep it flowing and we’ll constantly adjust the server for the better.

All you Bumfuzzlers have fun out there!

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!

VIP Holiday Gift!

VIP Holiday Gift!

I am truly thankful for all of the players who have been loyal members of the Bumfuzzler Modtopia community! In the spirit of the holiday season and my deepest appreciation, I’d like to give all VIPs a gift! That means, if you have 10,000 loyalty points or more, (use /loyalty to check) choose of any single item from our shop!

If there’s nothing you’d like for yourself, choose something for a friend! In the notes, say who it’s for!

Simply follow these steps:

  • Login or register if you haven’t already
  • Go to the Bumfuzzler Modtopia shop
  • Add the product (Kit, Package or Skin Perk) of your choice to your cart
  • During checkout use Coupon Code VIPHOLIDAY
  • Process your order

That’s it! It’s free!

The deadline is Monday January 8th @ 12 midnight so get your order in!

Thanks again to everyone who patronizes the server! I really appreciate all of the support! Happy New Year!