Category: Vanillatopia

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!

 

Traps, Custom, Challenges

Traps, Custom, Challenges

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

Stacks of Stuff (Modtopia)

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

Here’s what the new items will stack to:

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

Electricity Pack (Modtopia)

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

The following items were added:

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

Dangerous Treasures (Modtopia)

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

The following items were added:

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

Backpacks (Modtopia)

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

Here are some of the updates:

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

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

Traps (Modtopia)

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

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

Knock Knock (Modtopia)

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

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

Night Lights (Modtopia)

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

Now you won’t be afraid of the dawk 🙂

Fuel Requirements (Modtopia)

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

Player Challenges (Modtopia)

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

I originally disabled the following challenges:

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

I’ll be enabling the following:

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

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

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

Custom Map

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wipe (Modtopia)

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

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

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

Rodeo, Melting, Abodes

Rodeo, Melting, Abodes

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

Dangerous Treasure (Modtopia)

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

Here’s what was changed:

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

Home Improvement (Modtopia)

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

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

Zambies (Modtopia)

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

I’ve changed the following:

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

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

The Rodeo

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

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

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

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

Trading Safely (Modtopia)

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

Hunting Food (Modtopia)

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

Stacking (Modtopia)

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

Thanks for the feedback CannonFodder.

Jason Vorhees (Modtopia)

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

I’ve changed Jason in the following ways:

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

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

C4 Availability (Modtopia)

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

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

Ladder Availability

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

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

Thanks, Slim Jim for your feedback.

Store Changes (Modtopia)

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

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

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

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

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

  • Ammo blueprints
  • Weapon blueprints

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

  • Jackhammer blueprint

Removed the following blueprints (changes already made):

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

Removed the following items (changes already made):

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

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

Kit Delays

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

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

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

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

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

Special Skins (Modtopia)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks, bogarum for the feedback

Server Restarts

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

Thanks for the feedback CannonFodder.

Smelting

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

Let me know how you all feel about it.

Thanks, CannonFodder for noticing the original issue.

Bumfuzzler Art

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

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

Workshop, Shock, Shopping

Workshop, Shock, Shopping

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

The North Pole (Modtopia)

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

There’s a couple things to note:

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

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

Cheer and Fear (Modtopia)

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

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

Christmas Shopping (Modtopia)

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

Here are the major changes:

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

Here’s a list of some minor changes:

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

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

Wipe Cycle (Modtopia)

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

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

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

Economics (Modtopia)

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

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

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

Money Barrels (Modtopia)

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

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

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

In-Game Map (Modtopia)

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

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

Item Stacking (Modtopia)

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

Here are a list of items that now stack:

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

Thanks CannonFodder for bringing it to my attention.

Electricity (Modtopia)

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

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

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

Go check out the Electricity package in the store!

Scientists (Modtopia)

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

Thanks Lancelot50 for your feedback

My Corpse? (Modtopia)

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

Ore Counts (Modtopia)

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

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

M39 Rifle (Modtopia)

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

Patch Installed (Modtopia)

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

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

Christmas Update

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

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

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

Boost, Sell, Liftoff

Boost, Sell, Liftoff

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

Wipe Boost (Modtopia)

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

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

Here’s what will be in the kits:

Builder Kit

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

Raider Kit

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

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

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

Cargo Ship

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

Thanks holydiver for the feedback.

Pilot Eject (Vanillatopia)

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

Thanks holydiver for the feedback.

Population (Vanillatopia)

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

Here’s what was changed:

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

Thanks holydiver for the feedback.

Store (Modtopia)

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

Here’s a list of changes:

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

Here’s how the exchange screen looks now:

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

Here’s how the sell screens look:

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

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

Here’s how the transfer screens look:

Thanks MADSWORDGAMING for your feedback.

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

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

Elevators

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

Quest Adjustments (Modtopia)

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

The following quests were adjusted:

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

Thanks CannonFodder and Rumguzzler for your feedback and testing.

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

Server Restarts

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

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

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

 

Adventure, Jason, Parts

Adventure, Jason, Parts

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

Auto Knock

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

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

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

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

Quests & Backpacks (Modtopia)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Homes (Modtopia)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Your Dead Body (Modtopia)

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

Thanks soundklown for bringing it to my attention.

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

Transferring Cash (Modtopia)

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

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

/transfer <name> <amount>

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

Thanks MADSWORDGAMING for raising the question about transferring money.

Proximity Scanners (Modtopia)

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

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

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

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

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

Jason Vorhees

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

So, the loot has been adjusted.

Changed:

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

Added:

  • Sulfur Ore: 1,250
  • Scrap: 500

Removed:

  • Jack O Lantern Angry
  • Scarecrow
  • Skull Fire Pit

Same:

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

Fuses (Modtopia)

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

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

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

Components (Modtopia)

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

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

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

Knock, Proximity, Grades

Knock, Proximity, Grades

Got some tweaks for you Bumfuzzlers to chew on! We’ve got new features and we’ve resurrected some old ones! Knock messages, proximity scanners, single souce base upgrades, blueprint additions, tweaks to loot, turbo boost modifications and more! Read on and sink those chompers in!

Knock, Knock

Who’s there? Now the person knocking will know because you can set a message for them! This is a great option for players who want others to know whose base it is or if you just want to insult the people who might be raiding your base!

Once you hit Level 4 (/loyalty), walk up to one of your doors and type /knock to get more instructions.

Scary Crows (Modtopia)

The scarecrows are surely a cool idea and hearing that chainsaw was pretty scary, but I’ve put them out of their misery at least for now. For one, zombies couldn’t kill them, but became completely preoccupied anyway. Zambie hordes could be seen in large groups gathered around the scarecrows hacking away to no avail taking little notice of the Bumfuzzlers running by. Also I’m not fan of how fast they ran! I prefer players to be able to get away. Anyhow, if things change in the future and I have more control over them, maybe I’ll enable them again.

Turbo Charge (Modtopia)

The gather boost (/turbo) was probably a little high so I lowered it a touch. It’ll still give you an edge when collecting resources, but it just won’t be as over powered.

Here are the changes:

  • Boost now lasts 2 minutes for players from start to VIP (/loyalty)
  • Boost now lasts 5 minutes for players from VIP to Blood (/loyalty)
  • Cooldown changed to 2 hours for everyone
  • Animal kills still give you a temporary boost

Your Dead Body (Modtopia)

The corpse locator was supposed to tell you where your body was after you died, but instead of telling you where your body was, it would say you died some place unknown and that isn’t a big help if you’re trying to find your dead self. Now, when you respawn, you’ll be told the distance to your corpse and the direction it’s in.

Loot Changes (Modtopia)

I made a couple changes to loot in an attempt to balance things a bit. As you know, balancing is an ongoing task that seems to never end, but I’m confident we’ll get it right! Lately I’ve heard some ramblings about components and I’ve found food is way too common.

Here are some of the loot related changes:

  • Reduced shots required to shoot down air drop from 10 to 5 (Yes, you can shoot down airdrops!)
  • Raised component spawn counts to range between 1 and 10
  • Fuses, keycards, pitchfork and waterjugs now stack to 256
  • Slightly lowered scrap levels

I’ve found that hunting seems a little unnecessary because food and fuel spawns in such high counts. Due to that I made the following changes:

  • Lowered food box contents by 1 item
  • Slightly lowered food counts in stockings
  • Slightly lowered food counts in Christmas presents
  • Lowered low grade fuel in barrels and crates to max at 5
  • Lowered low grade fuel in airdrops to max at 25

Blueprint Additions (Modtopia)

I know the idea is to research items, but I kind of like the idea of finding blueprints out there in the wild. Something about finding them makes you feel like you just got lucky. With that, I’ve added nearly all of the Workbench Level 1 item blueprints out in the world so you can find them in barrels and crates.

Here’s a list of the items that you may find out in the wild:

  • Beancan Grenade
  • Bear Trap
  • Bed
  • Binoculars
  • Bucket Helmet
  • Ceiling Light
  • Chain Link Fence
  • Chain Link Fence Gate
  • Collared Shirt
  • Double Barrel Shotgun
  • Dropbox
  • Flame Turret
  • Flare
  • Floor Grill
  • Fridge
  • Garage Door
  • Glass Reinforced Bars
  • Hatchet
  • High External Wood Wall
  • High External Wood Wall Gate
  • Jacket
  • Long Sleeved T-shirt
  • Mace
  • Metal Embrasure a
  • Metal Embrasure b
  • Metal Window Bars
  • Miner Hat
  • Pants
  • Pickaxe
  • Pistol Ammo
  • Reactive Target
  • Revolver
  • Riot Helmet
  • Salvaged Cleaver
  • Salvaged Hammer
  • Salvaged Sword
  • Satchet Charge
  • Shotgun Trap
  • Silencer
  • Simple Sight
  • Snow Jacket
  • T-shirt
  • Tanktop Shirt
  • Weapon Flashlight
  • Waterpipe Shotgun

Proximity Scanner (Modtopia)

Unfortunately the proximity scanner hadn’t been working, but now I have it sorted out! This feature is really nice as it allows you to create a ‘lookout’ in whatever area you enable it. You’ll be alerted about any trespassers that come your way and you even get a lot for when you’re offline. This will help you identify the people who raided you even if they go undetected!

To setup the scanner, you have to bury certain items in a stash and once you do this, it will alert in chat you about people who walk within its radius and even create an intruder log you can access at any time! To get started, type /scan for information.

You will need resources to create a scanner though. Right now it’s set to require the following items:

  • Metal Spring: 5
  • Metal Fragments: 2,500
  • Sewing Kit: 5
  • Code Lock: 1
  • Sheet Metal: 5
  • Wood: 2,500

Thanks for helping me test it Three-Fingered Willie

Building Grades (Modtopia)

There’s been a few requests for the ability to upgrade an entire base with a command. In the past, I didn’t add it because there were exploits. I’m more confident now that those exploits are taken care of, so now, players from Level 13 (/loyalty) can upgrade an entire base with a single command. For all you honey-combers out there, you’ll enjoy this feature.

Simply look at part of your building and type /up. This will upgrade your base to the next highest level and will use the resources required for the upgrade.

Keep in mind, if you have even one building item upgraded to stone, it will try to upgrade to sheet metal and if one is sheet metal it will try to upgrade it to armor. That means, if you want to use this feature, consider building in one material type to start and then use it to move from level to level.

Known Issues (Modtopia)

As always there’s a couple of situations that are works in progress. Here’s a list of what I know about.

  • At Level 14 you’re supposed to have research reduced from 10 to 5 seconds and at Level 24 it’s supposed to be instantaneous. Neither seems to happen. It takes 10 seconds to research. I’ve disabled that plugin for now.
  • Trading items that give you special damage, gather, dodge or building abilities will result in the item being stripped of its powers. Be careful when accepting these items for trade as you won’t get what you’re seeking.

Keep sending that feedback Bumfuzzlers! I’m sorry this post doesn’t have mentions because a bunch of you gave me feedback for these changes. It just so happens I didn’t take good notes this past week for some reason. Thanks to everyone who contributed to these updates! Have fun out there!

Cowboys, Binoculars, Racing

Cowboys, Binoculars, Racing

As always Bumfuzzlers, I have some updates to let you know about! We’ve got some new abilities like individual weapon stats, binocular loot scanning, horse riding improvements, better car stability, you can upgrade work benches sooner and other changes! Read on!

Weapon Stats

If you can kill something with it, you can now see stats for it by looking at the details of the item. Simply open your inventory and click on the item. If there are stats, it’ll show and if there are no stats it’ll look as it always has.

 

Unfortunately, it doesn’t store lifetime stats as it’s only per item, but it should be pretty cool to know which weapon is lucky for ya. This means, if you have an AK, make kills with it and then get another AK, it won’t show the stats anymore. This is meant to show you the amount of kills you have for that specific item.

I’ve added this to both Modtopia and Vanillatopia.

Economics on Join (Modtopia)

It used to be that players new to the server started with a gift of $250. Well, sorry new joiners, but I’ve changed this to $0. I found too many people would start up and get certain items too quickly and I think it makes things a little too easy.

It doesn’t take long to get cash either via Discord or several minutes of game play anyway.

Thanks to TheFireChef for pointing this out.

Loot Scanner (Modtopia)

Every wish you could know the contents of a box before bothering with it? Well, now, you can use your binoculars to scout out the contents of various containers!

All you have to do is simply zoom in over a supply drop, box or barrel and press USE!

This ability isn’t just for anyone. You’ll have to level up your Loyalty (/loyalty) to get these perks.

  • Level 19: Use binoculars spy contents of supply drops (zoom + USE)
  • Level 27: Use binoculars spy contents of crates and barrels (zoom + USE)

Also, note that as a result of the binoculars becoming a bit more useful, I’ve slightly increased the rarity of both the item and the blueprint.

Upgrade Workbench (Modtopia)

A few weeks ago I added the ability to upgrade workbenches. This is a real space-saver since it means not having to create Level 1, 2 and 3 workbenches in your base. The ability to upgrade workbenches means all you’d have to do is look at a workbench, type /upgradewb and it replaces the workbench with the next level bench.

The thing is, I made it so that this was only available to players at Level 28 and up which means you’d have to play quite a while to get access to something that most likely is more valuable to lower levels starting out in smallish bases.

I’ve bumped this perk up in levels so that now it’s available for players who are Level 8 and above. Enjoy!

Thanks to puppyslasher for the feedback.

Go Cowboy

I’ve always loved the ability to ride horses, but they’ve needed some tweaking for a while. In testing, I found it was way too hard to tame a horse since you had to be really close and at the same time, they were super fast, didn’t turn well and third person was an issue.

For those of you new to horse riding all you have to do when you see a horse is type /stophorse within distance of it. The horse will stop. Then press USE on it to mount. Spacebar will jump off the horse.

I’ve made the following changes:

  • Sprint speed was dropped from 50 to 40. Less choppy ride, still easily traverse map and outrun zambies.
  • Turn speed was increased from 3 to 5.
  • Horse no longer can die while riding
  • Third person is now disabled
  • Taming the horse is now required (/stophorse)
  • Taming distance was increased from 10 meters to 25 meters

Giddyup Cowboy Bumfuzzlers! 🙂

Car Adjustments

I did a bunch of tinkering with the car as it’s been quite a jalopy of a machine for quite some time.

For those who don’t know, the car is really handy. Not only is it fast and fun, but it gives you the equivalent of a second backpack so going out on the town to gather items can be quite lucrative. Also, you can put a code lock on the trunk and hotwire other people’s cars if they locked it!

Here’s what was changed:

  • Originally spawned with 10-50 liters of fuel. Now you’ll get 25-75 liters.
  • You can now flip a turned over car by using /flipcar
  • Decay is reduced from 5 to 1
  • Lowered the maximum speed from 75 to 65 MPH
  • Cut fuel consumption rate in half from 0.5 (liters per second) to 0.25
  • Suspension dampening increased from 2,000 to 3,500

Overall, I think you’ll find the car much more enjoyable. It will use less fuel, has a more controllable top speed and has a much more stable suspension.

Meteor Radius

I’ve made a slight tweak to the Meteor Showers in that now they have a radius of 125 meters instead of 100 meters since I found they were a little too concentrated. Also the top end of the drops was slightly decreased.

As always Bumfuzzlers, please keep the feedback flowing. I truly appreciate it as it keeps things in a constant state of improvement!