Category: Rust

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!

Saints, Science, Boating

Saints, Science, Boating

I’ve got a lot of news for you Bumfuzzlers! We’ve got changes to everything from the store, scientists, home and teleport cooldowns, various fixes, ore counts, outpost and bandit camps, boat fuel perks and even an event for Saint Patrick’s Day! Read on for the whole scoop!

In-Game Store (Modtopia)

In previous weeks I removed items from the store (/s) because it was allowing you Bumfuzzlers to lounge in your lazy-boys with a beer in your hand purchasing items from the Modtopia QVC channel lol But seriously, the point was to slow raiding to some degree. I wasn’t intending to slow defense.

I’ve added CCTV Cameras and Targeting Computers to the in-game store for purchase at 200 RP each.

Thanks, Xanadu for the suggestion.

Player Challenges (Modtopia)

I’m still trying to balance the kits related to the Player Challenges (/pc) and I’ve been getting some feedback which is great. I originally nerfed them a bit since everyone jumped on the server after a wipe and rushed to get the kits which were giving rockets and all sorts of high-quality tools. This seemed to be too much of an advantage so I’ve been trying to make them valuable, but not over-powered.

I plan to make more changes, but for now, I’ve only made one change:

  • Removed the Salvage Axe from the Lumberjack challenge kit and replaced it with the Hatchet

I reviewed the other kits associated with the challenges and I’m going to let it ride the way it is right now for a little longer. I’m considering adding armor to the kits and maybe extending the cooldowns, but we’ll see. The more feedback I get from you guys the better.

Thanks, Twisted Rhythm, ATaXiA and Xanadu for the feedback.

Scientists (Modtopia)

A long time ago we had NPCs roaming the monuments, but they seemed to be a little unruly so we disabled them. Then Facepunch added the Scientists and most of the players seemed to dislike them so we disabled then. We finally ended up with Zombies and Jason roaming the countryside lol. Now, I’ve been hearing some desire to see the scientists out there again! I’m cool with that!

Now you’ll find scientists at junk piles, Military Tunnels, and the Cargo Ship. Don’t be surprised if you’re laughing at the sight of zambies attacking scientists who are being attacked by wolves lol That could happen!

Also, not sure you heard the news, but we’re going to be seeing ‘heavy’ scientists in the near future.

What do you Bumfuzzlers think of having zombies at monuments? Too much?

Thanks, ATaXiA, and others for the feedback.

Taming Animals

Apparently, there was an issue with taming animals. As you know, you can tame and ride horses, bears, chickens, etc! This is different than making them your pet (/pet) where they follow you around, acting as additional storage and even attacking other animals and players!

It appeared the command (/tame) was all Bumfuzzlered. I fixed it and now you can go ahead and ride all the boars you’d like!

Thanks to Waylander, Doge and arronmax2012 for the feedback.

Furnace Shut Off (Modtopia)

There was a bit of an annoying bug that caused furnaces to shut off. After some time, it was discovered they were turning off in the morning and then it was narrowed down to be the Night Lantern (/lantern) plugin that turns lights on at night and off in the morning. Unfortunately, it had furnaces in the list of items to turn on and off lol. Apparently, it was due to a plugin update where configuration was changed unintentionally.

Now furnaces and other sensible items are filtered out of the Night Lantern setup, so furnaces should run long and strong!

Thanks, Doge and Waylander for help narrowing that down.

Ore Counts (Modtopia)

A few of you made comments on node counts being low. After some checking, it appeared the counts were absolutely a little low for some reason.

I went ahead and raised ore node count by 30%.

Thanks, Doge for and others for the feedback.

Home Cooldowns (Modtopia)

A few of you Bumfuzzlers made mention of the cooldowns for homes (/home) being a bit high so I took a look at them.

After review I agree they were a bit on the high side so I cut them down significantly:

  • First time players: 15-minute cooldown. This was lowered by 15 minutes.
  • Legitimate Level: 15-minute cooldown. This was lowered by 10 minutes.
  • Veteran Level: 10-minute cooldown. This was lowered by 10 minutes.
  • Allegiance Level: 5-minute cooldown. This was lowered by 10 minutes.
  • VIP Level: 5-minute cooldown. This was lowered by 5 minutes.
  • Blood Level: 5-minute cooldown. This was left as is.

Thanks to Doge, arronmax2012 and Waylander for your feedback.

Teleportation Cooldowns (Modtopia)

Since I was looking at home cooldowns, I figured I’d give a look to the cooldowns related to teleporting (/tp) to people.

Basically, I made them match home cooldowns for the most part:

  • First time players:  15 min. This was left as is.
  • Level 11: 15-minute cooldown. This was raised by 3 minutes.
  • Level 19: 10-minute cooldown. This was raised by 2 minutes.
  • Level 24: 5-minute cooldown. This was left as is.
  • Level 26: 5-minute cooldown. This was raised by 2 minutes.
  • Blood Level: 5-minute cooldown. This was raised by 4 minutes.

Saint Patrick’s Pub (Modtopia)

In honor of Saint Patrick himself, the pub is back up! I won’t give you much info on it, except to say it’s in the desert, Leprechauns protect it and there are goodies and challenges for you there!

Be careful! Those Irish don’t play games during the month of March! 🙂

Plane Crash

Every once in a while you’ll see a smoking plane shoot across the sky and if you’re in the right place, and you have a smoke rocket (/craft.lockon), you’ll have the opportunity to shoot it down and get loot! I made a couple of changes to the way it works.

Here’s what I changed:

  • Increased loot by 1 crate
  • Messages no longer are shown for when it’s shot down
  • Message no longer are shown for who shot it down
  • Names of the 3 spawning NPCs will be randomized between ‘Plane Pilot’ and ‘Plane Crewman’

Dangerous Treasures (Modtopia)

The treasures event (/dt) gives some really nice loot, but the names of the NPCs that spawn have been bugging me for quite some time! So corny and randomized! Now I’ve modified it so that they’ll have a name fitting of the event.

They are now called Treasure Ghouls! 🙂 Spooky! lol

Outpost & Bandit Camps (Modtopia)

For a while now I’ve meant to tinker with the vending machines and shops at the Outpost and Bandit Camps. I wanted to make the items you can buy there to be proportional to the in-game shop (/s). Right now, you can get so many items for next to no scrap and with scrap increased on the server it’s doubly crazy!

Here are the changes I’ve made:

  • Repriced all items using the general formula
    • If blueprint exists in store (/s): (BP Cost / 2) * 2.5 = Scrap cost
    • If blueprint doesn’t exist, I based scrap cost off equivalent item cost
  • Removed resources and replaced with items
  • Removed components and replaced with items
  • Removed food/water and replaced with items
  • Removed blue key card
  • Removed scrap for sale and replaced with items

Hopefully, this should ensure the Outpost and Bandit Camp are in line with scrap amounts and the economy, but please provide me some feedback. I am considering adding some extremely valuable items there such as 2x equipment, but you’ll have to save your scrap! They won’t be cheap!

Vehicle Fuel (Modtopia)

I thought I’d give our loyal members a perk when it comes to having to fuel up their aquatic vehicles.

Now, at Level 27 and above, motor boats and RHIBs will no longer require fuel so you can “sail” the stormy seas all you like looking for ocean garbage lol

Backpacks (Modtopia)

There was an issue with backpacks preventing you from opening the backpack while in another container like a furnace or a box. That’s now been fixed.

Thanks to Doge for reporting the issue.

Powerplant Puzzle

It turns out there’s a bug in Rust regarding the Powerplant puzzle. You’ll find the second step missing a switch which makes the puzzle impossible to solve. Thanks to Doge for bringing this to my attention. I’ve run a command which is said to fix the situation, but I suspect the issue will occur at next restart. Luckily this is expected to be fixed in tomorrow’s patch.

Wipe

Don’t forget that tomorrow is a map, blueprint and economy wipe! As usual, the timeframe isn’t always the same, but I expect it to be between 3 pm and 7 pm EST. Last time it was far later than that due to Facepunch borking on the patch causing the entire community to wait a bit longer than expected. Anyhow, I’m looking forward to an awesome new wipe cycle!

As usually, you Bumfuzzlers rock. Please keep the feedback coming and I’ll continue to stay on top of things, making changes to hopefully balance the game to provide the best possible enjoyment I can! Have fun out there!

 

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.

Skydiving, Bandits, Canoes

Skydiving, Bandits, Canoes

Hey Bumfuzzlers! It’s been some time since I posted about what’s coming in Rust and with the patch steadily approaching for June 7th, it’s probably a good idea to spill the can of beans! There’s quite a bit in the works you’re definitely going to want to see! Some of it will require some guessing though 🙂 Here we go!

Skydiving

I have my doubts that they are adding the ability for players to skydive, but they have in their plans to add the ability to freefall, parachute and land. I have a strong feeling this will be for NPCs. Maybe we’ll see an event that will have NPCs parachuting down from a flying vehicle? Then again…maybe I’m wrong and it is players!

I can say that early one when I added monument NPCs, I had an option available to me to have NPCs parachute out. It was really awesome to see. Unfortunately Facepunch released a patch that squashed that. Bumfuzzlers!

Bandit Town

It appears we’ll be getting a new monument that may play opposite the Scientist Compound. It won’t be in the next patch, but when it comes, there’s a good chance it may eventually come along with some sort of player rating system to determine who has been naughty and nice. The nasty ones may only be allowed into this swampy underbelly of society! You know who you are 🙂

Canoes

It appears we’ll be seeing a new raft, which appears to be a combination of the  our current raft and viking boat setup. This will allow for two people and will likely go faster if both paddle. The likely advantage is the lack of noise and required fuel and it will be potentially craft-able. Here’s some idea of what they may look like:

Fishing

I know at least one professional fisherman who is excited about this! Yes, we’re going to be getting fishing poles and it appears they will even have bobbers! Something tells me quite a few of you will be hanging out in your boats and rafts out on the water, sipping a beer and eating your latest catch! Good times 🙂 Feast your eyes!

Even bobbers? lol

Swimming Animations

It was quite a while ago that I posted information on hand gestures and we haven’t seen those yet, so I have no idea when we might see these. Regardless, they are surely coming and they will really do a great job of adding that immersive feeling when swimming.

Monument Puzzles

This one has been a long time coming too. I mentioned this several months ago. The reason I’m mentioning it now is that there’s been some activity and there’s a possibility some of this might make it into the next patch!

It appears there will be new areas added to the Power Plant, Sewer Branch, Military Tunnels and the Airfield among others that will incorporate situations that require key cards and fuses. These items will likely allow you to get past locked doors, but my guess is there may also be some other uses.

Here’s some snaps of the sewer branch updates:

Here is what the Military Tunnel additions will look like:

When I first mentioned these monument puzzles a while back, it was said that some of them might require more than one player. I’m unsure if that still holds weight.

Artificial Intelligence

There have been updates to AI and also some speculation on some things to come.

It’s apparent that scientists will gain an awareness of sound making silencers more useful. In fact, all weapons will be given different ratings when it comes to volume and, in turn, some weapons will alert AI and their buddies more easily. NPCs will also be given memory so that they hold a grudge for a while after negative interaction with you.

Lastly, the scientists at the junkpiles are currently in a defensive, passive mode on the staging branch so they won’t bother you if you don’t bother them. Also when triggered, they won’t bother anyone but the person who triggered them. This however, may or may not be in the next patch. We’ll see.

Well Bumfuzzlers, that’s quite a bit coming and I’m sure that’s not all. Stay tuned as the June 7th patch creeps up on us and enjoy! 🙂

 

Triangles, Buoyancy, Chinook

Triangles, Buoyancy, Chinook

Big update this past Thursday! Got lots of new toys for all you Bumfuzzlers! We’ve got everything from motor boats, to a new Chinook event, to triangle walls and more! Here’s a quick overview of what’s new in Rust!

Motor Boats

They call them row boats, but that doesn’t make any Bumfuzzler sense to me. They have an outboard motor and speed around in the water! Ain’t no oars in sight! lol

You’ll find somewhere around 48 spawned around the map. Make sure you fuel them up, push them into reasonably deep water and sit in the seat closest to the motor. Oh! And make sure to start the engine!

Check them out! And don’t forget, with the fishing plugin we have on Modtopia you can use /castfishingpole to fish 🙂

Also, now that you can skip around on your new high speed aquatic vehicle, you can get to the loot piles out in the ocean!

Buoyancy

As they were working with making boats float, it appears making bodies float was just as easy so now… bodies float! 🙂 It’s a good addition for those of us who enjoy realism.

Chinook Event

This thing rocks! 🙂 It’s filled with scientists, flying bullets and special cargo!

The cargo has a special lock on it that will take some time to open so you’ll have to defend it against other players. It’s said damaging the laptop will simply slow it down so best not to do that!

Water Impacts

Now bullets have the proper reaction when shot into the water. It looks really nice!

The Forest

The foliage is looking quite awesome with the changes!

 

New Map

Personally, I love using LustyMap (key m or /map – only available on Modtopia) but the game map has gotten some great improvements! There’s so much more detail now and you can really see the topography of the land. I do wish you could fully zoom out, but it’s still nice. It shows the crate for the Chinook event real clearly on the map. I’m expecting an update to LustyMap to do the same.

Triangular Walls

Now more weird looking roofs now that we have triangle walls. I wonder what else people will use them for?!? Guess we’ll have to see 🙂

Tons of Balances

Here’s a quick list of some of the changes:

  • The AK47 now has increased recoil and a slightly more complicated recoil pattern during the initial burst.
  • The AK47 now has less accurate firing from the hip due to an increased aimcone value for hipfire.
  • Semi Automatic Pistol now has a HQM cost of 4 (was 8)
  • Semi Automatic Rifle now has a HQM cost of 4 (was 0)
  • All SMGs cost half the HQM they used to (including mp5)
  • Heavy Plate Armor pieces are half price
  • T-Shirt costs 20 scrap to research (was 75)
  • Longsleeve shirt costs 20 scrap to research (was 75)
  • Longsword crafting cost was halved
  • Hide armor leather costs halved
  • Bolt action rifle cost reduced significantly
  • BAR more damage
  • Heavy Plate less nerf
  • Shirt/longshirt more radiation protection
  • HV rockets deal 1/4 rocket damage
  • HV Rockets cost 1/4 what basic rockets cost
  • Rocket launcher cost reduced

Enjoy Bumfuzzlers! Lots of great things in this patch and a lot of great things coming! Below I’ve highlighted the major changes (IMO)

Devblog 199 April 05 2018

  • NEW Added Powered rowboat vehicle
  • NEW Added Chinook Event
  • NEW Multiple seats in vehicles
  • NEW Added lakeside forests
  • NEW Added Birch, Oak and Beech trees
  • NEW Added projectile pooling (gunfight performance)
  • NEW Bullets now impact water
  • NEW Added server asset warmup (performance hiccups)
  • NEW New client side entity parenting (performance, vehicle support)
  • NEW Added triangular conditional wall models
  • NEW Junkpile Scientists
  • NEW Hapis – Added Junkyard monument
  • NEW Hapis – Added Outpost B3 small monument
  • NEW Hapis – Added sewer branch monument
  • NEW Hapis – Added Collapsed Tunnel small monument
  • NEW Hapis – Mining outpost
  • NEW Added vehicle spawns to Savas KOTH
  • NEW Added horse meat (needs icons)
  • NEW vehicle_flipy and vehicle_sensitivity convars (unused)
  • NEW Hair Cap system
  • NEW Head and Facial hair styles
  • NEW Player Corpses float on water
  • NEW Variable wind animation
  • NEW Added floating offshore junkpiles
  • UPDATED Updated ingame map to be more detailed
  • UPDATED Map coords swapped so that the letter is horizontal
  • UPDATED Eye Adaptation and LUTs updated
  • UPDATED Tweaks to dynamic grass and terrain splat colours to align
  • UPDATED Re-added display of decals on static furnace, mining quarry, pumpjack & small refinery
  • UPDATED Changes to ocean and river reflectivity to be more physically accurate
  • UPDATED Caves Spikes Trap nerfed
  • UPDATED Major network interpolation & extrapolation improvements
  • UPDATED Updated EAC
  • UPDATED Stripped server schema refresh (performance hiccups)
  • UPDATED Significantly improved shading on new foliage
  • UPDATED Increased overall forest sizes
  • UPDATED Big mix pass over most of the sounds in game
  • UPDATED Spawning scientists are invulnerable until activated
  • UPDATED Scientist reaction time goes up when they get hit
  • UPDATED Hapis – Updated Site A and B tunnels
  • UPDATED Hapis – 8 new cave and tunnels
  • UPDATED Hapis – updated roads
  • UPDATED Hapis – Updated site b tunnels to have radiation
  • UPDATED Updated Savas KOTH loot table with all recently added items
  • UPDATED AK47 has more hip aimcone
  • UPDATED Water reflections
  • UPDATED Temporal anti-aliasing
  • UPDATED Pubic, Armpit and Eyebrow hair
  • UPDATED AK47 has more difficult recoil
  • UPDATED Added 4 HQM to SAR cost
  • UPDATED Removed most Junk from Airdrops + Elite Crates
  • UPDATED TShirt/LongShirt additional radiation protection
  • UPDATED Reduced SAP HQM cost by 4
  • UPDATED Heavy Plate Armor slightly less movement speed reduction
  • UPDATED Heavy Plate Armor cost Halved
  • UPDATED HV Rockets cost slightly more than 1/4 that of regular rockets
  • UPDATED HV Rockets do 1/4 damage of regular rockets
  • UPDATED Reduced longsword cost
  • UPDATED Reduced rocket launcher cost
  • UPDATED Rocket lancher has increased durability
  • UPDATED You can now research and craft Binoculars
  • UPDATED CCTV + Targeting Computer are stackable to 64
  • UPDATED Hide armor costs halved
  • UPDATED SMGs HQM cost halved
  • UPDATED TShirt/LongShirt costs reduced
  • UPDATED TShirt/LongShirt research cost now 20
  • FIXED Fixed gather amounts being inaccurate on HUD
  • FIXED Fixed NPCs showing in the report list
  • FIXED Fixed main menu only showing one friend
  • FIXED Fixed hitching when opening map
  • FIXED Fixed that servers needed a restart before newly released skins could be used
  • FIXED Fixed health bars not updating when buildings are repaired via upkeep
  • FIXED Fixed being able to walk far away while looting
  • FIXED Fixed ore bonus nodes doing pointless position update ticks
  • FIXED Fixed field rocks sometimes overlapping monuments
  • FIXED Fixed some floating rocks near monuments
  • FIXED Fixed sometimes falling through terrain near monuments
  • FIXED Fixed rare world checksum mismatch on certain seeds
  • FIXED Fixed exploits to dive underneath terrain
  • FIXED Fixed some rock terrain adjustments having reverted
  • FIXED Fixed skin selection icons not refreshing until clicked
  • FIXED Junkpile scientists no longer hover above ground
  • FIXED Hapis – Fixed some out of bounds exploits
  • FIXED Hapis – Fixed junkpile spawns on cliff edges
  • FIXED Fixed gap in Garage door which allowed traps to be trigged through
  • FIXED Fixed blueprint read not using master sound
  • FIXED Fixed flame turret been trigger through walls
  • FIXED Pubic hair clipping through clothing
  • FIXED Broken wrists on some clothing items
  • FIXED Placement guides not showing underwater looking from above
  • FIXED Z-fighting in stomped grass when grass displacement is enabled
  • FIXED Particle shadowing inside caves and interiors
  • FIXEDArgument exception in motion blur
  • FIXED Number overflow in occlusion culling
  • FIXED Null reference exception in MaterialColorLerp
  • FIXED River UV stretching in direction of flow
  • FIXED Crash in terrain texturing initialization
  • FIXED Fixed skin shading when in shadow
  • FIXED Foliage biome tinting
  • FIXED Fixed Chainsaw chain direction
  • FIXED Fixed garage door culling at short range when gfx settings low
  • FIXED Fixed thrown objs impacting vehicle they were thrown from
  • REMOVED Removed workshop vote counts (Valve doesn’t send them anymore)
Gestures, Oak, Floaters

Gestures, Oak, Floaters

There’s a bunch of things in the Rust pipeline I wanted to make sure you Bumfuzzlers knew about. Here’s a quick rundown of some goodies coming our way!

Floaters

Finally, players won’t be able to run out into the ocean to deny attackers loot. In the coming update, bodies float in the water and will even travel down streams with the flow of the water! Very nice update to enhance the realism!

Gestures

Finally gestures seem to be closer to reality with this video posted on Twitter by one of the Rust developers. Check out the video below to see the player wave hello, give a thumbs up/down, clap, surrender, give an ok sign and even point! This is really awesome!

Motor Boats

The motor boats that we’ll see in the next patch coming on April 5th now has some updated looks as it’s been polished and textured. It now has storage and requires fuel to run.

This water craft won’t be craftable and is said to disappear after about an hour – presumably if it’s not used. You can find it spawning on beaches and near lighthouses. Should be a nice addition.

Bullet Impact

Apparently now bullets will kick up the surface of water properly, but at the moment, at least in the staging branch, it just works on the ocean. I assume this is coming to streams soon.

Chinook

The Chinook is coming in this next patch is seems! It’ll be awesome to have a new event. What’s awesome is that they seem to have made it somewhat intelligent and it’s said they will be updating the Helicopter with that same intelligent AI in the future!

Scientists

They’ve been tweaking things a bit and it seems there is now a delay between sighting players and shooting at players. Also, they should be spawning at junk piles by default.

Skin Loading Fixes

I have had nothing but issues with plugins that use skins for roughly a month. It affected the loading of Skins for players and plugins like SkinBox (allows you to change skins of items /skinbox), SkinLoot (spawns in various skins for SkinPerks), SkinPerks (gives special powers to skins – “still broken it seems :'(” ), PlayersSkins (allows players to set default skins for items) and I believe even LustyMap (the map shown using key M and in upper left).

Apparently this last Thursday they’ve made some updates which have allows many of the plugins to work again. I’ll be tweaking all of this stuff soon and posting separately about it, but I’m hoping to see the server getting back to normal soon!

Oak Trees

The Rust landscape should get a great makeover soon with some new trees. In the next patch we’ll see Oak trees of all variations of leafy to bare, to dead.

In the future we’re going to see birch and beach trees too! You can see a pic of them below.

They’ve made some really nice graphical improvements over the recent months. I’m very impressed from where it’s come.

Hair Styles

Facepunch wants to ensure we get an assortment of player look and feel. They’re going to be adding shaved heads with larger beards, short afro’ish hairdos and even ginger setups!

I’ll keep you Bumfuzzlers updated as I have more news about upcoming changes.

Here’s a great overview of some of the things I’ve mentioend!

Motor Boats, Puzzles, Vehicles

Motor Boats, Puzzles, Vehicles

Got a weekly update for you Bumfuzzlers! If you want to know what items might be in the next revisions of Rust, take a look!

Motor Boats

Boats will spawn at monuments like lighthouses, 4 seats, outboard motor, fast, use fuel to power and you can sink them and repair them! There’s also a push mechanic that allows you to push it back into the water in case you run them ashore!

Now we’ve had rafts and viking boats for a long time so it’ll be interesting to have this new style of watercraft! No doubt, we’ll balance it with the others on both Modtopia and Vanillatopia.

Navigation Map

It appears the map is getting quite the update. It’s looking really good. It’s a lot more detailed in terms of topography.

Dining Horse

Finally horse meat is no longer called deer meat! 🙂 Now you can feel guilty towards the proper cuddly animal as you eat them. Don’t forget to ride the horse before you eat it! (Yes, you can ride horses on both Modtopia and Vanillatopia!)

Monument Puzzles

Not sure they’ll be in the next patch on the 5th, but Facepunch will be adding puzzles to the monuments, presumably to allow access to some of the more lucrative areas you can get to. In fact, there will be some puzzles that require teamwork like the one shown below. One person uses the override valve and the other goes in. In other puzzles they’ll have key cards and such that you have to find so some of them will allow for solo play.

Roof Building Changes

Due to some exploits, they’ll be changing the way roof pieces will be placed. No more having those sides automatically appear when you build a roof. Now only the actual roof will be built and you’ll have to add the other triangular parts yourself. IMHO, this is so much better. I always hated how those parts would sometimes muck up a design.

Additional Vehicles

It appears that old Buick is going to have some companions, however, they won’t be making it into this next patch. It may not be until around a month from now probably. It appears they all have some sort of storage on them, so they might be a great way to loot the map. I see one in particular that has a trailer!

There’s a good chance these vehicles will be in need of repairs so you’ll have to find other parts around the map, such as an engine or engine parts to get the cars running. Should add for some interesting gameplay!

Here’s a pretty good overview for the goings on with Rust.

Looking forward to the 5th for the new updates! Keep having fun until then Bumfuzzlers!

The Rust Back Story

The Rust Back Story

I saw this video and I thought you Bumfuzzlers might enjoy it! It’s a well done put together of what could be the back story of Rust as well as some of the meanings behind the elements in the game that could give you some indication about what you’re doing and why. This is a well thought out accounting of the Rust Lore that is said to be coming – according to the Facepunch Rust roadmap.

Sit back, grab a coke and some popcorn and enjoy! 🙂

Homes, Teleports, Skin Choice

Homes, Teleports, Skin Choice

Time for some new plugins Bumfuzzlers! There’s a bunch of goodies coming your way! Graphical user interface for teleportation, more control over skinning, crafting lock on rockets and more! 🙂 Also, after a few hours of work and a wipe, the server seems to be behaving and your beloved plugins seem to all be working – including Skinbox! Check it out.

Once again thanks to WRecKLeSS for the map seed choice!

Plugin Fixed

There were a few items not working on Modtopia. Here’s a run down on those issues:

  • Skinbox is now working
  • Furnace Splitter is now working
  • Skin Loot is now working
  • Lusty Map is now working
  • Building Restrictor is now working

There’s some other items I still have to test, but overall it’s a good thing. Not sure what was wrong, but completely wiping the server and installing/re-configuring the plugins one by one got things working again.

Homes GUI

Let’s make getting home a little easier shall we? You teleport home all the time and you mistype your home name or forget your home name all the time! How annoying is that? Now, you’ll have a graphical menu like the one below and all ya gotta do is simply click the name and off ya go! This change affects only Modtopia.

You’ll find the commands are very much the same as they’ve always been, but it’s a lot smoother and of course /home will bring up a menu with your homes.

  • /home – Opens the homes GUI
  • /home {home} – Teleports you to the home
  • /sethome {home} – Creates a new home at your position
  • /delhome {home} – Deletes the home
  • /listhomes – Lists all your homes

Here are the settings again for Loyalty point levels:

  • Default: 3 homes, 30 daily, 5 min cooldown, 15 sec countdown
  • Legitimate: 3 homes, 32 daily (+2), 5 min cooldown, 15 sec countdown
  • Veteran: 4 homes (+1), 34 daily (+4), 4 min cooldown (-1), 12 sec countdown (-3)
  • Allegiance: 5 homes (+2), 40 daily (+10), 3 min cooldown (-2), 10 sec countdown (-5)
  • VIP: 6 homes (+3), 50 daily (+20), 2 min cooldown (-3), 5 sec countdown (-10)

Teleport GUI

Similar to Homes GUI, we’ve got a graphical user interface for teleporting to people! No more typing in another players name and making typo after typo trying to get to where you’re trying to get to. You can of course use Friends UI to teleport to friends too (/fmenu), but for players who aren’t your best buds this is going to be super helpful! This affects only Modtopia

You’ll find the commands are very much the same as they’ve always been, but it’s a lot smoother and of course /tp will bring up a menu with players.

  • /tp – opens the tp GUI
  • /tpr {player} – sends a tp request to {player}
  • /tpa – accepts the incoming tp request
  • /tpd – denies the incoming tp request
  • /tpc – cancels the teleport
  • /tpb – teleports you back (Available for players who purchase the Warp package)

Here are the settings again for Loyalty point levels:

  • Default: 30 daily teleport requests, 5 min cooldown, 30 sec countdown
  • Legitimate: 32 daily teleport requests (+2), 5 min cooldown, 24 sec countdown (-6)
  • Veteran: 34 daily teleport requests (+4), 5 min cooldown, 12 sec countdown (-18)
  • Allegiance: 40 daily teleport requests (+10), 4 min cooldown (-1), 10 sec countdown (-20)
  • VIP: 50 daily teleport requests (+20), 3 min cooldown (-2), 5 sec countdown (-25)

Teleport Adjustments

I also noticed a couple of settings I didn’t expect so I adjusted them:

  • Teleport cooldown for players with the Warp package was changed from 300 to 90
  • Teleport countdown for legitimate was changed from 30 to 24

Craft Lock-On Rockets

Now, on both Modtopia and Vanillatopia, you can craft smoke rockets so you can lock on to whatever you’d like! Great for taking down the heli or damaged supply plane!

Simple type /craft.lockon and make sure you have a basic rocket and 3 tech trash. 

Player Skins

There’s a new skin mod in town and it allows you to do some pretty nice things.

The Player Skin plugin will allow you to purchase skins using tokens converted from your earned currency and then set default skins for the items you craft. The great thing is it covers everything from weapons to clothing to chairs and boxes. You can even vote for the skins to tell people if you like them!

This change will be for both Modtopia and Vanillatopia, however on Vanillatopia there won’t be any need for tokens or economy.

/skin shop – Opens the Skin Shop Menu
/skin – Attempts to Skin the item you are holding (You need to get skins in the shop first)

Thanks to Orion for feedback.

Unavailable Plugins

I didn’t enable every single plugin on Modtopia after the wipe as I’m working through them. It might take me a couple days to do that. I believe I got all the popular ones and most of the semi-popular ones. If you find something isn’t working, please let me know. I’ll jump right on it.

As always thank you Bumfuzzlers!