Category: Vanillatopia

Mazzini, Meteors, Signals

Mazzini, Meteors, Signals

Hey Bumfuzzlers! I’ve got some server tweaks for you for both Modtopia and Vanillatopia. I’ve listened to feedback from a lot of you and peppered that with some things I noticed to hopefully make the servers work a little better. Check it out!

Custom Map (Vanillatopia)

I’ve loaded a custom 3k map called Mazzini Islands over at Vanillatopia and it’s pretty interesting. It really gives Rust a totally different feel and makes Rust feel newer since you don’t really know what to expect. There are lots of islands and things seem spread out a bit more. If you’re up for some good old fashioned vanilla Rust, go try it out.

I’m toying with the idea of putting it up on Modtopia in November. Let me know what you think.

Thanks for suggesting the map WRecKLeSS!

Animal Density (Vanillatopia)

I’ve gone ahead and raised the animal density on Vanillatopia to be the same as Modtopia. Now there’s 33% more bears, chickens, etc. It seemed they were a little scarce out there and without animals, surely Rust peoples will die 🙁

In-Game Store (Modtopia)

There were a couple of items that seemed out of alignment so I touched them up. It’s important that the Pasta Salad is priced appropriately!

  • Creedence 2x damage crossbow changed from 4 to 6 RP
  • Armored Door changed from a quantity of 3 to 1
  • Armored Double Door changed from a quantity of 3 to 1
  • Ladder Hatch changed from a quantity of 3 to 1

Thanks Doge for the feedback.

Zambie Hordes (Modtopia)

I lowered the zambie count a few weeks back, but now it seems like there just ain’t enough of those undeaders. I increased the amount of hordes from 12 to 15. That should add a little more excitement. Hope they scare you 🙂

Loot (Modtopia)

I’ll be tweaking the loot every so often. My goal is to find a good balance between vanilla and modded so that you have to grind a little, but it’s not overwhelmingly boring and repetitive.

  • Code Locked Crate bumped number of items from 6 to 8, blueprints from 1 to 2
  • Elite Crate bumped the number of items from 2 to 4
  • Mine Crate bumped the number of items from 1 to 2
  • Mine Cart bumped the number of items from 1 to 2

Added the following blueprints to barrels:

  • small oil refinery
  • spinner wheel
  • reactive target
  • binoculars
  • bear trap
  • tuna light
  • high external wall
  • top tier window bars
  • water barrel
  • large water catcher
  • small water catcher
  • water purifier

Thanks to Twisted Rhythm for feedback

Meteor Showers (Modtopia)

If you haven’t learned yet, Meteors fall into the Rust atmosphere and bring with them space resources! Yes, I’m super serial. Space resources! 🙂

Anyways, the amount of space resources were pretty crazy high so I had to cap it a little to make it a little more reasonable. We’ll see how it goes to know if I’ll need to cap it again.

There are three types of Meteor Showers that happen randomly – mild, optimal and extreme. Here are the changes I’ve made to each of them:

  • Mild
    • Drops stone, metal ore
    • Changed ranges of drops
      • stone 300-3000
      • metal ore 100-1000
    • Changed meteor count from 60 to 175
    • Changed storm radius from 200 to 100
    • Storm duration stays at 240
  • Optimal
    • Drops stones, metal ore, high quality metal ore
    • Changed ranges of drops
      • stone 400-4000
      • metal ore 200-2000
      • high quality metal ore 50-500
    • Changed meteor count from 45 to 100
    • Changed storm radius from 300 to 100
    • Changed storm duration from 150 to 100
  • Extreme
    • Drops stones, metal ore, high quality metal ore and sulfur ore
    • Changed ranges for drops
      • stone 500-5000
      • metal ore 300-3000
      • high quality metal ore: 100-1000
      • sulfur ore: 100-1000
    • Changed meteor count from 125 to 50
    • Storm radius stays at 100
    • Storm duration stays at 30

I’m working on letting players know about the location of the showers so it’s easier to find then.

Kits (Modtopia)

A while back, I changed the Subscriber Kit, a kit given to players who subscribe to the website, to give supply signals instead of C4, Rockets and giant goodies like that. For some reason I noticed that didn’t take effect. Doh!

Now the subscriber kit will give players 5 supply signals. Since you can use the kit 3 times per wipe, that’s – you did the math already didn’t you? – 15 supply signals! That is quite a lot of goodies. I recommend subscribing.

Environmental Saves (Modtopia)

No it has nothing to do with that Al Gore stuff. A few weeks ago we had an issue with server lag. We’ve since figured it out, but during that process I had set the server to save the environment less frequently thinking it could be related.

Now that the lag issue is resolved, I’m adjusting the saves to occur more frequently. This is important in the event that the server does crash for any reason, your progress should not be lost.

Saves should happen now every 5 minutes as opposed to every 10 and you should even see a chat message stating it’s happening.

Server Restarts (Modtopia)

Server restarts were set to 12PM and 12AM EST, but I’ve found they might not be the best times. I’ve changed this to 4AM and 4PM Eastern Time to hopefully avoid interrupting anyone. Let me know if you find the server restart interrupts your playtime!

As always Bumfuzzlers, please send me your feedback. It helps to continually improve the server. Have fun out there! Let me know if you think I should run a custom map next month.

Garbage, Deathmark, Challenge

Garbage, Deathmark, Challenge

For both Modtopia and Vanillatopia we had wipes last week! Along with that I have some updates and additions for you Bumfuzzlers to nibble on! Here’s a run down of what’s going on with the servers.

Raid Sympathy (Modtopia)

For those who don’t know, Raid Sympathy, is a custom plugin for Modtopia that gives people who were raidedd back a portion of the resources for destroyed items!

An issue was found where incorrect messages were being sent to players acting as if they were raided and had items to claim, but there were no items. That…was…a…bug! lol Now it’s fixed! Now you’ll only get messages if you were actually raided because we are boohooing with you and want to make you feel better 🙂

For some reason I don’t have notes on who reported that to me, but thank you!!

In-Game Store (Modtopia)

There were so many store icons that were missing. Most of them were related to the Skin Perks for some reason. I think originally the plugin would go out to the Steam workshop and get them, but then stopped? I dunno. Either way, I painfully made the images and uploaded them to my host, linked them and vwalaha! You have nice images to gander at!

Pickaxe Axe? (Modtopia)

For some reason (probably my mistake) there was a Stone Pickaxe that would spawn out in the world from time to time, with the skin of an axe! But it wasn’t an axe! It was a Stone Pickaxe! This caused some confusion since hitting a tree would cause the supposed axe to be destroyed in a matter of minutes.

I’ve since fixed this and now the Stone PickAxe will look and act like a Stone Pickaxe! Thanks soundklown for catching this!

NPC Challenge (Modtopia)

We’ve had a kit for the NPC Kill challenge (/pc) for some time, but unfortunately, there was no way to get it because it wasn’t working. Now when you type /pc, you’ll see it there and whoever kills the most zambies, gets the kit!

Thanks to soundklown for reminding me about it!

DeathMarker (Modtopia)

I’ve added a new plugin to the mix that will hopefully be easier to use than the /where command when you need to find your Bumfuzzlered corpse. Now all you have to do is launch your map using G and look for the yellow dot. There lies your mutilated body!

For some reason it doesn’t say ‘You died here’ like the picture above. I’ll try to figure out why at some point. For now just look for the yellow dot. It should stand out.

Rust Performance

A few of you have been having issues with Rust and it appears everyone is, but people with more monstrous computers are typically immune to them since their hardware can absorb it a bit better. It appears the issue has to do with GC or Garbage Collection.

Rust loads items into memory and really should release those items from memory at some point when they’re unneeded. Unfortunately Rust is like a clingy x-girlfriend who never lets go. This causes your computer to be overloaded with ‘Garbage’ until it chokes because it has no more memory available. Chances are at that point you’ll be kicked.

Fear not! There are a few things you can do to help the issue.

  • Press F8 to monitor your memory usage
    • Take note what the memory is at when you crash or get kicked

Go into the console (F1) and do the following:

  • Bind the global.free console command to a key by simply typing bind ‘key’ global.free
    • Just replace ‘key’ with the key of your choice like k or j or l
    • Use this new key to free up garbage before the memory gets to the level where you get kicked
    • Note that when you using global.free stuttering will occur so don’t do it during a squabble with a chicken.

I hope that helps! Thanks to soundklown for the testing on this. I’m hoping this will help those of you with challenged computers!

Zambie Increase (Modtopia)

A little birdy told me they couldn’t find zambies so I increased them ever so slightly. Now they will spawn in groups of 4 instead of 3, but the groups won’t grow every 30 seconds. Instead they’ll grow every 60. I’m thinking this might cut down any performance issues they could cause.

As always, thanks for playing on the servers and giving me feedback. I always appreciate it! Have fun out there Bumfuzzlers!

 

Vorhees, Adventures, Hordes

Vorhees, Adventures, Hordes

I’ve got some tweaks Bumfuzzlers! We’ve got store commands, changes to zambies, Jason is back, blueprint wipe schedule changes and more! Let’s take a look at what we got!

Pesky Scientists (Modtopia)

Ok, so I hope these buggers are finally disabled! I’m not a huge fan of how they act and they seem rather useless as many of you have echoed to me.

I didn’t change them on Vanillatopia since they’re the vanilla feel, but you ‘nilla Bumfuzzlers let me know what you think. I’ll keep tabs on them to see if they improve over the next couple patches and if they do I’ll consider enabling them again.

Stalled Animals (Vanillatopia)

I had reports of animals not moving on Vanillatopia. That should now be resolved and you can ride horses again!

Jason Vorhees (Modtopia)

Heeeeee’s back 🙂 I disabled him along with the other NPCs while I setup the zambie hordes, but I think it’s time he returns. I’ve made a couple of tweaks to him though so hopefully it makes him a little different – beware! – mwhahaha! Chh, chh, chh, hah, hah, hah.

  • He’s now ‘scientist’ type instead of ‘murderer’. This means:
    • he’ll be silent
    • he’ll be a little smarter
    • he’ll fight the zambies
  • he’ll spawn every 45 minutes
  • his attack range was lowered from 150 to 75 (same as zambies)
  • there will only be 1 of him, instead of 2
  • lowered health from 500 to 250
  • slightly lowered loot
  • I’ve extended his range from 1,000 to 1,500 so he’s more dynamic and hard to pin down

I’m curious how he’ll fair against the zambies. He does have stronger weaponry, more health and a scary hockey mask so let’s see what happens.

I am considering enabling NPCs at certain monuments, but we’ll see. It might help keep the zambie population at bay and create somewhat of a safe zone (sorta) since zambies will be drawn to those monuments and be cleared out somewhat by the NPCs.

Store Reductions (Modtopia)

Due to the high RP requirement for resources and ammo, I think it was too hard for new players to use the store. So, I’ve lowered the RP requirement for all ammo and resources, but I also lowered the quantity you get.

For instance, if it used to be 3 RP to buy 150 HV Pistol Ammo, it now costs 1 RP to buy 50. So, the price is not technically lowered, but the prices will allow people who may not have much money to buy ‘something’.

Store Commands (Modtopia)

One nice feature for the store is the ability to buy ‘commands’. This allow players to purchase commands that might be otherwise only available to administrators. To check out what’s available, type /s for the store and look at the commands tab.

You can buy any of the following items:

  • Call Superheli
  • Kill Superheli
  • Call CH47
  • Kill CH47
  • Call Meteor Shower
  • Switch on Turbo Gather
  • Call Morning
  • Call Night

 

I’ll work on adding additional items to this list. I have some idears 🙂

Decay Slowdown (Modtopia)

I halved the decay a few weeks back, but it was reset, possibly due to the recent server situations going on. Now it should be set in half again. Let me know if anything changes.

Keep in mind, a few patches back they made it so that stone walls outside the cupboard coverage decay very quickly. I think mostly everything decays quickly in that case. Just be careful. In a very short time you’ll be without walls!

Thanks for the feedback MrNiceGuy, KBKiller18 and one other person who mentioned it but your name escapes me! Sorry lol

Blueprint Wipes (Modtopia)

I’ve decided to change the blueprint wipe schedule to 1 month instead of 2 weeks. So we’ll still wipe the map every week, but the blueprints will stick around until the 1st Thursday of each month. Thanks for the feedback soundklown.

Zambie Hordes (Modtopia)

Some were asking for some challenge with the zambies, so I’ve changed some of the settings with the hordes.

  • Zambies will still spawn in groups of 3, but now instead of maxing out at 15, they’ll grow to numbers of 20.
  • They’ll smell you from 75 meters away instead of the previous 35 meters.
  • A few zombies had crossbows. I’ve removed those so they all now have melee weapons.
  • Zambie Hordes now increase in size every 45 seconds, instead of previous 60.

Best watch your back! They can be very powerful in numbers and sometimes, multiple hordes will come at you at the same time! Thanks for the feedback MrNiceGuy.

Quest Items (Modtopia)

With the removal of monument NPCs, it became impossible to find the items you’d need to complete quests (/q). Due to this I’ve added the required items to the loot table as uncommon. This means they’ll spawn more often than rare items, but not as often as common ones.

Here’s a list of the following items you’ll find out there.

  • battery
  • duct tape
  • bleach
  • glue
  • blood
  • paper
  • research paper
  • sticks
  • camera

 

For players who will ask, what is the battery for? I’ve added some bot responses to ensure it’s clear.

Thanks soundklown for the feedback.

Scrap Count

I had a couple of players suggest scrap was scarce, but as I write this “There are 74,803 of ‘scrap’ in game!” That’s a lot! Keep in mind this includes player loot, boxes, barrels, etc, but dayum, that’s a lot.

Regardless, I’ve boosted the scrap returned by personal recyclers to 25%. You can craft personal recyclers at level 18 (/rec) or you have a 14% chance of finding one in loot. That will help out a bit for sure! Thanks for the feedback soundklown.

Server Header Image

It’s a seemingly small change, but it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to reset the header image players see when joining Modtopia and Vanillatopia.

As always thanks to everyone for the feedback. I truly appreciate it. As I always say, it helps a lot to make sure the server is running well and everyone can enjoy themselves! Good to see some old faces playing again! Keep it up Bumfuzzlers!

Host, Resolution, Wipe

Host, Resolution, Wipe

The image related issues are now officially resolved. It’s been frustrating battling for 2 weeks with these issues which turned out to be host related. They had connectivity issues that they denied for several days (of course) only to finally recognize they were wrong. This caused me to chase my tail for a while and for you to have a less than stellar experience.

Now, Bumfuzzlers, they’re resolved and I’m sorry for the delay and for my temporary, longer than usual, absence. I was just fed up quite honestly. I’ll consider changing hosts, as much of a pain as that is, but in the meantime, here’s a quick recap of the fixes.

The following now have been tested and work perfectly (as far as I know):

Modtopia

  • Skip Night (/voteday)
  • Crosshairs (/crosshair)
  • Kits (/kit)
  • Server Rewards (/s)
  • Bounty (/rustnet)

Vanillatopia & Modtopia

  • Graphical menu (/ui)
  • RustNET (/rustnet)
  • Automatic Search Lights (/sl add <terminalid>)
  • Remote Turrets (/rt add <terminalid>)
  • Security Cameras (/sc add)
  • Player Skins (/skin shop)

Bounty NET

I found an issue on Vanillatopia with Bounty NET that I’ll work on over the next couple days. It works fine on Modtopia, but for some reason, Vanillatopia has an unexpected error.

Zambies

I’ve made an adjustment to the zambies. Originally, they would notice you if you were 100 meters away. I’ve changed that to 30 meters to give players the ability to potentially hide from them if they wanted to.

Scientists

I was sure I turned them off, but it appears they are back. My guess is during the recent futzing with the server, the setting reverted as MrNiceGuy was nice enough to advise me on decay. I’ll look at that.

Wipe

I believe everything else is working well and tonight’s wipe should go as planned. Both Vanillatopia and Modtopia will get a wipe tonight. Hope everything is now back to normal for you Bumfuzzlers and this wipe is more enjoyable! Sorry again for the inconvenience.

Kits, Nights, Zambies

Kits, Nights, Zambies

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

AI Changes

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

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

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

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

Recyler

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

Loyalty Surprise

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

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

Plane Crash

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

Kit Menu

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

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

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

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

Skip Night

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

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

In-Game Store

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

Skin Shop

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

Server Issues

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

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

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

Wipe

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

 

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! 🙂

 

Recycling, Sliding , Rolling

Recycling, Sliding , Rolling

Hey Bumfuzzlers! Got some really nice changes coming your way and also a bunch of improvements based on your feedback! We’ve got changes to doors, recycling, treasure maps, choppers and much more! Check it out!

Treasure Maps

I’ve made a couple of updates to the treasure map functionality that make it work better.

  • Treasure maps can now be dropped on the ground and picked back up
  • Right-clicking maps is now the same as /markmap
  • Right-clicking gold coins is now the same as /sellgold

Here’s a video to show you how the right-clicking works.

There’s a couple of things to consider.

  1. You have to place the map or gold into your toolbelt
  2. Sometimes I’ve found you have to left-click it and then right-click.
  3. It may seem to go back into your inventory for a second, but it’ll do its business.
  4. The loot for the treasure is exactly the same as the boxes you find in the world. In the future it will be expanded so that these boxes have a higher quality of loot. However, keep in mind there are different maps so finding an elite map will give you an elite box and so on.
  5. I’ve enabled the Treasure Maps on Vanillatopia, but only the maps, not the gold coins because there is no economy there.

Sliding Doors

I made the decision to run this plugin a while back so when isueIt brought it up, I said why not?

Sure, the aesthetics are awesome and it feels cool, but it’s also very functional. The swinging doors are so annoying at times and it’s really hard to move around your base trying to figure out which way they swing. Sometimes you’re stuck accidentally because they block each other and so on.  Additionally, because these doors slide, you can also stop them mid-slide to create a slot to look through! Very cool idea.

Once you hit Level 11 (500 /loyalty points) just look at a door and type /sdoor. This will toggle a door between swinging and sliding.

Some things to keep in mind:

  • Once you make a door sliding, you won’t be able to pick it up unless you convert it back to a regular door.
  • Some have reported losing their code locks although in testing I haven’t seen it. Please pay attention to this!
  • This only works on single doors for the moment. Double doors are not supported.
  • I haven’t tested this with the plugin that automatically closes doors when you sign off (/ofd) This ability is available to players who are Allegiance level and above (5,000 /loyalty). I assume it will work just fine, but let me know if you see anything to show otherwise.
  • As I mentioned, sliding doors will be available to players who are Level 11 (500 loyalty points /loyalty) and above.

Base Recyclers

I haven’t been a huge fan of the way recycling worked. The fact that players – who have permissions – can recycle anywhere is somewhat over powered if you ask me. Top that with the fact that I’ve been seeing lots of errors with it. So for a while I’ve been eyeing a solution that I decided was time to implement.

Instead of being able to simply call up a virtual recycler, you’ll now be using an actual recycler like the one you can find at various monuments. This recycler, you will craft and it will stay in your home(s) to use whenever you’d like.

Here’s some of the starting settings we’ll be going with:

  • To craft the recycler you use the command /rec
  • You’ll require the following resources: Scrap – 250, gears – 15, metal spring 15.
  • All players will be limited to 2 recyclers
  • Cooldown for crafting recyclers is 24 hours
  • Previously players would get access to recyler at Level 21 (6,000 /loyalty), crafting recyclers is gained now at Level 18 (3,500 /loyalty)

When you craft the recycler, it will look like a box in your inventory until the skin loads and when you place it, it will look like a box as well. Once placed, of course it will become a recycler as you can see below.

Initially, I’ll be starting off using the same settings for everyone, but it’s important to note I can adjust quite a bit with this new method including different settings for different levels. Each different level can have different limits, cooldowns, ratios of return, ratios for scrap, speed and some other settings too.

I mention this because a few of of you have mentioned taking issue with Facepunch’s adjustment to returned scrap on recycling. For now, I’m going to keep it simple and leave it at the default setting, but over the next couple weeks, I’ll make some changes as I hear some feedback about it.

Vanillatopia Improvements

There are a couple of fixes I made on Vanillatopia based on some much appreciated feedback!

  • Helicopter max life cut by 50%. Thanks MrNiceGuy & ATaXia!
  • Helicopter now can be harvested after 5 seconds (was 8 minutes) Thanks ATaXia!
  • Sign Artist, the plugin that allows you to put images on signs now has the proper permissions /sil <imagepath> Thanks ATaXia!
  • Skin perks,  the plugin that gives items special abilities based on skin, is now working! Go get yourself a 2 x damage bolty! 🙂 Thanks ATaXia!
  • Auto SearchLights are now operational. You can use /rustnet and /sl to remotely control your lights! Thanks ATaXia!
  • With Blueprints unlocked completely, it makes no sense to have them in barrels! I reviewed the list to ensure there were none enabled. Thanks ATaXia!
  • Shotgun Incendiary ammo was only stacking to 64 while other ammo stacked to 256. Thanks ATaXia! I went through the stackings and fixed a few:
    • Ammo shotgun fire stacks to 256
    • Diving Fins stacks to 256
    • Diving Mask stacks to 256
    • Diving Tank stacks to 256
    • Diving Wetsuit stacks to 256
    • Geiger Counter stacks to 256
    • Fishingrod Handmade stacks to 256 (yes, it’s coming!)
    • Hazmatsuit Scientist Peacekeeper stacks to 256
    • Horsemeat Burned stacks to 256
    • Horsemeat Cooked stacks to 256
    • Horsemeat Raw stacks to 256

Modtopia Improvements

I’ve also made a few changes to Modtopia based on some much appreciated feedback!

  • Helicopter max life cut by 50%. Thanks MrNiceGuy & ATaXia!
  • Helicopter now can be harvested after 5 seconds (was 8 minutes) Thanks ATaXia!
  • Quest requirements were a bit high for the 1 week wipe cycle. I cut the requirements and rewards in half. Thanks ATaXia!
  • Quest cooldowns were adjusted to 2 days – previously 1 day.
  • Underwater loot and basic crates were a little weak. I’ve upped the loot in them.

WebSite Improvements

I did some work on the post comments. Now they’re better formatted, but also as the poster you have more control over what you’re posting as well. It was fairly difficult before to get a point across when unable to quote, bold words and such. Now it’s all good. Comment on this post to check them out! 🙂

Thursday’s Wipe

Keep in mind another map wipe is coming up on Thursday. Blueprints will remain. I’m liking the weekly wipe cycle. Tell me what you think!

On the following Thursday I expect the monthly patch which may have some interesting goodies in it! I’ll post shortly about some of the things Facepunch is planning for all of us!

Thanks Bumfuzzlers and keep up the feedback! It’s so helpful I can’t say it enough. Keep having fun! 🙂

 

Compound, Scuba, Role Play

Compound, Scuba, Role Play

What’s up Bumfuzzlers? Well, there are some key game changing additions to the game this wipe including underwater exploration and a central role playing monument called The Compound. Let’s go through some of these changes!

The Compound

This new compound monument should prove interesting. It’s a scientist controlled safe zone shopping mall for Bumfuzzlers 🙂 So they’ll sell items in vending machines, but just don’t step out of line!

The scientists have rules. You can’t have weapons, grab loot, kill, sleep or run with scissors. If you do, they’ll see you as hostile and quickly dispatch you with a barrage of scientist weaponry including a new auto turret.

 

The vending machines will have basic clothing, traps & weapons, resource exchange, tools, components and building supplies.

In my opinion, it seems like a great addition. A few players have asked me to create something like this, but the work involved each wipe was a bit much so this is very welcome. I’m curious how those turrets let loose. They look angry 🙂

Underwater Unlocked

Now you can go searching for Davey Jone’s Locker! You should be able to find underwater rock formations which come in 6 different variations. Near them you’ll find crates containing loot! Who doesn’t want those! 🙂  There are also other crates tied down that you have to release (hold E), allow the crate to go to the surface and grab the loot there.

The goggles allow you to see underwater, diving tank allows you to breath for 10 minutes and can be refilled, flippers allow to you to move faster underwater, but slow you down on land, and the wetsuit allows you to stay warm in cold water.

 

 

AntiCheat

Facepunch is taking some responsibility for the hacking that’s gone on over the recent months and says, “There’s no excuse for us not addressing these for as long as we have. We simply haven’t held up our end of the deal.” Because of this, you’ll see a new cheat prevention update as you fire up the game. Let’s home it keeps things on the up and up.

First-Person Clothing

I’ve been waiting for this for some time. This should add some great realism to the game. I always found it annoying to KNOW I have a shirt on, but see my arm telling me I didn’t. Now. you should see what you wear, on your hands and arms in first person! Check out how awesome these look!

Those are surely the big ticket items, but there’s a few other changes that are important to recognize. Here’s a great overview video!

I’ve highlighted the changes I think stand out below! Enjoy Bumfuzzlers!

Devblog 200 May 03 2018

  • NEW New boat sounds
  • NEW Scientists Compound Monument
  • NEW Facial Hair Style 04
  • NEW New chainsaw sounds
  • NEW Added underwater rock formations
  • NEW Projectile trajectory verification is now enabled by default (hack)
  • NEW Added Diving Goggles – better underwater visiblity
  • NEW Added Diving Wetsuit – cold/wet protection
  • NEW Added Diving Flippers – faster water movement, slower land movement
  • NEW Added Diving Cylinder – breathe underwater for 10 mins
  • NEW Added dive sites and underwater loot crates
  • NEW Added first person clothing
  • UPDATED Local player footsteps are quieter than other players
  • UPDATED Misc sound polish and mix tweaks
  • UPDATED Improved Hair Textures and Materials
  • UPDATED Improved Hair Dye Colours
  • UPDATED ai_dormant true by default (server performance)
  • UPDATED Improved Hapis offshore junkpile spawns
  • UPDATED Improved Hapis Ch47 drop points
  • UPDATED Added CH47 drop point to SiteA (Hapis)
  • UPDATED Hapis Pumping station has slightly larger prevent building volume
  • UPDATED Block player inputting items into elite crates
  • UPDATED Block player inputting items into APC crate
  • UPDATED High external walls and gates decay much faster when placed outside of TC range
  • UPDATED Improved Ambient Occlusion
  • UPDATED Improved underwater rendering
  • UPDATED Improved CPU-side rendering performance
  • UPDATED EAC SDK update
  • UPDATED No longer broadcast effects to players in the connection queue (optimization)
  • UPDATED Optimized radial RPCs
  • UPDATED AI can reason about hostility marked players
  • UPDATED Support for stationary scientists at Compound
  • UPDATED Support for patrolling scientists at Compound
  • UPDATED Scientists can now search for lost targets
  • UPDATED Improved AI for mounted scientists
  • UPDATED Stationary scientists looks at players that get close enough
  • FIXED Fixed animals spawning inside small cliffs on Hapis
  • FIXED Fixed some broken Hapis map sounds
  • FIXED Fixed nudity censor clipped by water surface; e.g. rowboat
  • FIXED Fixed crafting queue dropped item server crash exploit
  • FIXED Fixed multiple position ticks received in the same frame being ignored on the client
  • FIXED Fixed issue where AI dormant + server network caching would corrupt position timestamps
  • FIXED Fixed floating base build using triangular wall conditional models
  • FIXED Fixed server side stair collider rotation sometimes being incorrect after rotating
  • FIXED Fixed roof side exploits
  • FIXED Fixed fanned wall stacking exploits
  • FIXED Fixed foundation steps sometimes being unplaceable
  • FIXED Fixed speed resource gathering (hack)
  • FIXED Fixed speed swim and crouch (hack)
  • FIXED Fixed looting dropped items through walls (hack)
  • FIXED Fixed placing deployables through walls (hack)
  • FIXED Fixed damage through walls via head clipping (hack)
  • FIXED Fixed silent melee swing and attack (hack)
  • FIXED Fixed silent projectile impacts (hack)
  • FIXED Fixed sign upload lag (exploit)
  • FIXED Fixed rapid fire bow (hack)
  • FIXED Fixed unlimited oxygen (hack)
  • FIXED Fixed chat UI corruption (exploit)
  • FIXED Fixed crossbow attachments turning invisible when no arrow is loaded
  • FIXED Can no longer spears etc under water
  • FIXED Mounted players auto dismount if their head clips geometry
  • FIXED Can no longer mount moving boats if the boat has a driver
  • FIXED Junkpile scientists no longer hover over the ground
  • FIXED Junkpile scientists despawn with the junkpile
  • FIXED Scientist burst firing stop when they lose target
  • FIXED Fixed range consideration for mounted scientists
  • FIXED Fixed animal spawning where they would sometimes not come to life
  • FIXED Scientists should no longer crouch walk
  • FIXED Optimized the Geiger Counter
Drag Bodies, Trajectory, Wipes

Drag Bodies, Trajectory, Wipes

Hey Bumfuzzlers! I have some interesting changes for you this week! New abilities like @Mentions and Rocket Launcher trajectory, but also some changes to the wipe schedule and raiding! Check it out!

@Mentions

On both Modtopia and Vanillatopia, now you can @mention other players and it will alert them with a sound. Simply type a message in chat and add @playername. It will work with partial matched names too!

Rocket Trajectory

If you’re level 21 and above on Modtopia (/loyalty), you’ll have access to a nifty indicator for Rocket Launchers that shows you where your rocket will land. This is really nice for those tricky situations where it’s somewhat unclear.

Notice the line coming from the sight!

Drag Bodies

Now you can drag player and NPC bodies! Uh, if they’re dead lol This is great for PVP fights where you want to drag friends or clan mates indoors or even if you want to drag an NPC body somewhere away from sight or out of harms way.

To start dragging a body, hold down Left Mouse Button and press the Use Button (e). Then to stop dragging a body, let go of Left Mouse Button. Simple as that. Note that the body will drag somewhat far from you so make sure you move away from the corpse when you drag. Note this is only for Modtopia right now.

Wipe Schedule

On Modtopia we’ve been using a 2 week map wipe with a 1 month blueprint wipe. We’re going to be switching it up with a 1 week map wipe and a 2 week blueprint wipe. On Vanillatopia where we’ve been using a 1 month map and blueprint wipe, we’ll be switching to a 2 week map and blueprint wipe.

The hope is this will make things more fun and vibrant instead of having things turn boring while players wait for the wipe.

Wipe Block

As a result of the change, on Modtopia, I’ll be reinstating Wipe Block, but the items blocked will be few and for less time.

  • Satchel Charge: 4 hours
  • F1 Grenade: 4 hours
  • Beancan Grenade: 4 hours
  • Survey Charge: 4 hours
  • Timed Explosive: 8 hours
  • Rocket Launcher: 8 hours

Hopefully this will allow players to get started after the wipe and we won’t have anyone crushing 2 x 2’s lol

Anti-Offline Raiding

For a while now, Modtopia has had base protection for offline players on a 10 hour cycle. You sign off and you get 10 hours of protection where each hour drops down 10% until you get to zero.

With the shorter wipe schedule on Modtopia, I’m going to cut the protection and see how it goes. Here’s how it’ll work:

  • Protection starts 10 minutes after signing off
  • Each hour you’re offline, protection drops 20%
  • After 5 hours offline, protection reduces to 0%.
  • After 48 hours offline, protection reduces to -25%

Keep in mind I’m in the process of trying to replace this system with another that promotes players actually playing instead of signing on for the protection and then leaving, but I have a ways to go before it’s completed.

So there you have it Bumfuzzlers! Some pretty big changes and some nice new functionality 🙂 Enjoy!

Elevators, Jason, Gifts

Elevators, Jason, Gifts

Hey Bumfuzzlers, some truly awesome updates today! I know you Bumfuzzlers are going to love it! We’ve got a ton of changes and fixes and we’re going to have a wipe tonight, but the star of this update is going to be elevators. Yes, that’s right I said elevators 🙂 Read on!

Various Modtopia Fixes

  • Bunny Ranch now gives access to the Bunny Ranch kit – Thanks CannonFodder!
  • Recycle is now working for levels 22, 23 and 24 – Thanks CannonFodder!
  • Teleport back (/tpb) function (part of Warpmaster package) now works – Thanks CannonFodder!
  • Christmas presents should no longer be empty when spawning – Thanks CannonFodder!
  • Christmas presents message/jingle now appears/plays – Thanks Ataxia!
  • Crosshair images replaced, no more errors – Thanks Ataxia!

Notable Modtopia Changes

  • Several people would like to see more Jason! Jason Vorhees is now 200% less scarce
  • The SuperHeli and CH47 were spawning at the same time.
    • Now only one will spawn at a time
    • CH47 spawns between 2 hours and 2 1/2 hours
    • SuperHeli spawns between 2 1/2 hours and 8 hours – Thanks Ataxia!
  • Lusty Map going black at times
    • After the 4:30am EST restart, LustyMap will be reset twice to make sure it’s not black
    • Process may kick players with Packet Flooding error, just rejoin
  • Plugins aren’t loaded after a restart
    • After the 4:30am EST restart, all plugins will reload to make sure they’re loaded
  • Trade cooldown was lowered from 5 minutes to 1 minute – thanks CannonFodder!

Elevators

Modtopia and Vanillatopia players are going to love this update! The Elevators are truly awesome! I can’t say enough how much fun they are going to be for everyone and how much they will change the way you build bases. Hatches and stairs will now be more preference than requirement as you can build elevators up to 10 stories! (That’s the limit I set which I’m sure is good based on stability) Here’s some information about them:

  • You can build up to 10 stories
  • You can have 1 floor at every level
  • You can create elevators on foundations and floors
  • The elevator runs on fuel
  • You can have up to 2 elevators
  • You can share them with friends, clanmates or the public
  • Individual floors can be accessible by friends, clanmates, public, hidden, etc.

Here’s a video and a quick and dirty explanation of how you’ll create an elevator and generally operate it.

  1. Look at a foundation or floor and type /newlift
  2. You’ll get a menu (explained below)
  3. Put fuel in the tuna lamp to power it

The menu you get when using /newlift is going to present to you the following:

  • How many stories will the elevator be?
  • At which floors should doors be placed?
  • What will it cost you to build it?
    • Stories will require wood and metal fragments
    • Each door will require gears (not shown here)

After the elevator is built, using the Activate Key on the tuna lamp gives you the menu below

This menu allows you to

  • Floor # – Door- : Add/remove doors from your elevator shaft
  • Floor OnHold: Change how long the elevator will hang around
  • Move Speed: Change move speed
  • Lighting: Change lighting (off/always on/dynamic – comes on when you enter)
  • Operating Panel: Access the panel that is inside the elevator
  • Pull down lift: Allows you to destroy the elevator in total
  • Door Skin: Change the skin of the door (seems a little buggy)
  • Floor Sharing Options: Change who can access each floor
  • Share Mode: Change who can access the elevator
  • Power State: Absolutely unsure lol
  • Idle Close: How long does it take the door to close on it’s own

Accessing the Floor Sharing Options within this menu will give you the menu below. This menu gives you the ability to change the access to each of the floors individually.

Lastly, when accessing the panel inside the elevator, you’ll get this menu

  • Numbers when selected go to that floor
  • On the right side:
    • Gives you tuna lamp menu
    • Opens fuel storage
    • Unsure what this does lol
    • Closes door
    • Opens door

This is completely new so I expect some issues to creep up. In fact, I know of some things that could easily be used as exploits that I’m hoping are addressed soon. I didn’t feel like waiting until it got perfected because I saw the massive impact this plugin would make. That means, please as always, report to me the things you find with it.

Thanks for all the Bumfuzzling feedback as always! You guys are awesome! Have fun! 🙂