Category: Vanillatopia

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!

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!