Category: Wipe

Vanilla, Earl, Charmin

Vanilla, Earl, Charmin

Hey Bumfuzzlers! Got some updates for you! We’ve got the emergence of Bumfuzzlernilla, Earl takes his spot as the officially named Bumfuzzler Bot and the wipe approaches giving all the wonderful people of Bumfuzzlertopia a fresh start on Rust life! Read on for full info! 🙂

Bumfuzzlernilla

This last week I worked on the vanilla-based server that I aptly renamed to shorten it – Bumfuzzlernilla. This is the old Vanillatopia, but it’s been revamped and redesigned.

The server is 3x Gather 2x Loot and it has a few plugins, but not any that will compromise that vanilla feeling.

It’s been getting some good traffic and is a nice change of pace from the fast building action on Bumfuzzlertopia. Give it a shot!

You can find the server @ 66.55.149.84 or search for Bumfuzzlernilla.

Earl

Well, the poll in Discord overwhelmingly selected Earl as the name for the bot!

You’ll find the tips that show up on the server now are called Earl tips and his name should be incorporated into the responses he gives.

The second-place runner up was Trump Jr. and since I chose Earl and snatched the win from Trump Jr., I’ll give the choice of reward to TheFireChef who chose Trump Jr – either the Christmas, Halloween or Electricity Kit for a month!

I haven’t added tips or Earl to the Bumfuzzlernilla server, but eventually, I will.

Mid-Month Wipe

Indeed we’ll be wiping the map (not economy or blueprints) on Thursday, July 18th!

I am traveling abroad Wednesday night so hopefully, everything goes well with my arrival and internet connections and such.  I’m going to shoot for wiping somewhere between 3 and 5pm EST., but if I’m jetlagged bad, it could be later!

Thanks as always Bumfuzzlers! I appreciate your patronage and loyalty to the server! Your feedback is always much appreciated!

Boobies, Blocks, Duel

Boobies, Blocks, Duel

Hey Bumfuzzlers! Sink your teeth into some of these tasty updates! We’ve got an arcade game addition to loot,  enhanced booby traps, a contest for naming the bot,  raid material stacking changes, foundation health changes, a new feature for raiders, fixes to crafting, raid alerts and more! Read on for more information!

Booby Traps

I’m happy to say we’ve got some great improvements with booby traps that will ensure they become a true defensive ability.

Here are some of the changes:

  • Traps are no longer triggered by the owner
  • Traps are no longer triggered by friends of the owner
  • Traps are no longer triggered by clan mates of the owner
  • Depending on your level you can booby trap using:
    • Level 16: Elements (Fire, Shock, Radiation)
      • Fire: Requires 100 lowgrade fuel
      • Shock: Requires 1 Fuse
      • Radiation: Requires 5 Radiation Pills
    • Level 22: Deployable (Landmines, Bear Traps)
      • Bear Traps: Requires 3 Bear Traps
      • Landmines: Requires 3 Land Mines
    • Level 29: Explosives (Beancan, F1Grenade, C4)
      • Beancan Grenade: Requires 1 Beancan Grenade
      • F1 Grenade: Requires 1 F1 Grenade
      • C4: Requires 1 C4

These traps are meant to make things difficult for raiders either by killing them or by delaying them enough for you to defend. For instance, the fire trap can make a large area unusable because it takes a while until the flames go out. Whether booby-trapped boxes and doors are opened or destroyed, the trap is triggered either way. Set a fire trap on your front door and it will immediately delay raiders for a couple of minutes or at least force them to take a different course.

Also, in case you’re curious, the landmine and beartrap traps will scatter those items around the affected area. This is great for boxes since the moment someone opens a box, they are surrounded by traps and they may not realize one is behind them. Best not to set this near boxes you care about though since someone stepping on one may destroy the others.

Happy trapping!

Chippy Arcade Game

You may have noticed the Chippy Arcade Game was placed into the loot. Maybe you even got it already!

You should find it easily out there in crates! Play a few games while you wait for those metal frags to cook! It appears to keep high scores too!

Raid Alerts

There was an issue with raid alerts, you know – the feature that allows you to get Discord and mobile alerts when someone is raiding you? Yeah, that one.

Now when you’re sleeping in your base,  while you’re at work bringing home the bacon, you’ll know when someone is taking your Pookie Bears!

In the game, type /pbreg “Your Username#xxxx”, you’ll get a message from PoundBot in Discord on how to complete the setup. The #xxxx is a four-digit number you’ll find is attached to your Discord account.

Thanks to Viper and TheFireChef for the feedback.

Hammer Crafting

For some reason, hammers were crafting slowly while everything else was instant crafting.

Now it’s resolved so you can craft hammers in the blink of an eye.

Thanks to Doge for the feedback.

Also, it appears there is some conflict with the crafting Quests (/q) and instantly crafting. It appears at best, that Quests will count 10 crafted bandages as 1, but that may not even work. I’m not sure how to resolve this yet, but I’ll do more testing when I have more time.

Thanks to Lieutenant Rum, Thot Police for the feedback.

Teleporting

Welp, I realized I had a setting turned on that I didn’t want on.

You can no longer teleport to another player who is in a building blocked zone. This should help make raiding slightly more challenging. Whoops!

Thanks for feedback TheFireChef.

Naming Bot

So I’m thinking the bot needs a name. I know he’s just a bot, but ‘bot’ is a little boring and I can’t imagine he likes that very much.

Get me over what you think would be the best name, I’ll take which ones I think are best and put them in a Discord poll. If yours wins, I’ll give you either the Christmas, Halloween or Electricity package from the shop for 2 weeks! I’ll also build in a couple of sayings for the bot that include your name 🙂 For instance, “How did you get your name <BotName>?

Couple guidelines thought:

  1. Be unique. It should be a name that players wouldn’t say naturally. For instance, his name wouldn’t be Gear.
  2. Something easy to remember and spell. For instance, Earl.
  3. If possible, it might fit with the server theme. This is challenging!
  4. Submit as many as you want!

I found this site that generates potential robot names that might help. Scroll down and click Get Robot Names in the white box.

Raid Materials

It might be a little much to allow raiders to have multiple stacks of 256 rockets. Think?

I’ve lowered the stacking size of the following items from 256 to 16:

  • Basic Rockets
  • Fire Rockets
  • High-Velocity Rockets
  • Satchel Charges
  • C4 Explosives

Given that we have backpacks, this change shouldn’t have a huge effect, but at the least, it’ll prevent raiders from having tons of inventory space to haul stuff away. Maybe base owners will have the opportunity to keep some of their stuff.

Let’s see how things go. Give me feedback on this.

Raid Blocking

Since the beginning of Rust, I’ve believed that raiders have, at least, a slight advantage. It takes far less time to destroy a base than it does to build and maintain one even when you consider farming for charcoal and such. Due to this, I’m tinkering with something new.

If you destroy someone’s stuff, you’ll be automatically blocked from using certain abilities for 3 minutes.

  • Remove Tool (/remove)
  • Teleport (/tp or /home)
  • Trade (/trade)
  • Shop (/s)
  • Kit (/kit)

This block will affect the raider immediately, but also anyone within the general area and those who enter the general area who are friends or clanmates of the raider and also anyone who is authorized on any cupboard the raider owns. The owner of the building will not be blocked.

The raid block will end:

  • After 3 minutes
  • On the blocked person’s death
  • On the blocked person’s respawn

The raid block will restart at 3 minutes if the raid continues.

Hopefully, this can give base owners a little more time to defend and/or sign on after being alerted by the Raid Alert. If you’re going to raid, you’re going to have to make sure you planned it well!

Foundation Wipes

A while back I raised the health of foundations to prevent the demoralizing “foundation wipe”. When it happens to someone it’s really discouraging and many times they leave the server – sometimes to never return or at least they typically won’t return until next wipe cycle. This current wipe cycle, it seems to have happened at least once.

The ability to wipe a foundation defeats the purpose of base defenses and all the effort put in by a builder to protect their stuff. Why bother with turrets and shotgun traps if you can just disregard it all from a rocket’s length away? It even makes the new and improved booby traps a waste of time.

I’ve raised the health of foundations another 50%. This should make it a little less lucrative to spend rockets on making someone’s day miserable.

Bot Tips

Over the last week, I’ve made a concerted effort to expand the random messages that pop up in the chat but also to use them to highlight some of the lesser-known features.
So, I’ve expanded the number of messages, tried to make them more informative, cover more topics, renamed them to be Bumfuzzler Bot Tips (soon to be replaced with the name of the bot), and I made the message more prominent so they stand out. Hopefully, players will better know the benefits of all the features we have.

Dueling

Some of you have been discovering how much fun the duels are. For those of you who haven’t partaken, I highly recommend it! It’ll help you polish those PVP skills without the fear of losing gear, items or resources.
I decided to mix things up a bit and add some new features to it.
  • Added 2 new loadouts to the mix
    • Mace Loadout: Gives that melee battle opportunity
    • Rocket Launcher, Pistol, and Build Loadout: Spawns players with enough resources to build structures, but also destroy them
  • Top 3 Duelists will now have access to the Duelist kit (/kit)

You can type !duel for more information about getting involved in duels!

If you have any weapon combination ideas, please let me know! I’ll add them!

Event Messages

There are certain events that get lost in chat and that’s unfortunate because that will likely cause you to miss out on things. So, just like the Bot Tips, I’ve tried to highlight these events better in chat.

Hopefully, messages for events will now grab your attention as they have bold colors and larger font.

I’m hoping that this increases the usability of certain features and improves communication. It’s been annoying for some time that it’s possible to miss teleport requests for instance. No more!

Fuel Requirements

It appears that the Level 26 (/loyalty) perk to not require fuel in certain items like candle hat, lanterns, miners hat, searchlight, and tuna light hasn’t been working as expected which meant fuel was required even when it shouldn’t have been.

It appears some permissions that were there before, were missing!?! Weird. Anyhow, I added them back.

Mind you, this one I was unable to find time to test. I assume the permissions were the issue. Please let me know if it doesn’t work as expected.

Thanks to Lieutenant Rum, Thot Police for the feedback

Text Symbols

You might notice we have exclamation marks next to a lot of text. They used to be nice symbols. Facepunch screwed that up with a patch or two ago so now symbols don’t work. I’m going through now and removing all my hard work which sucks, but what can you do?
If you have a minute, please upvote my suggestion at Facepunch to fix this https://rust.nolt.io/3715 so we can have purty symbols again!

Wipe

Our next wipe is Thursday, July 4th, unless Facepunch delays it due to Independence Day – which I doubt since they’re Brits! 🙂 You can expect the map, blueprints, and economy to wipe, but of course, all other things like Z levels and Loyalty will remain – they never reset. Usually, Facepunch drops the patch between 3 pm and 7 pm EST so there’s a large window there. Unfortunately, I can’t promise time exactly.
I’m excited for July as it brings Independence Day! The server will celebrate by keeping the Flag Memorial monument, but I have something special planned that I hope will work out. It’s a completely custom plugin for Bumfuzzlertopia! Never before seen and awesomely American! 🙂 Think fireworks!

Thanks as always for all your feedback. It’s really helpful. With these changes, I’ll need more of it to ensure we’re going in the right direction of achieving balance while maintaining fun! Until next time Bumfuzzlers! Enjoy yourselves out there!

Instacraft, AutoSkin, Quests

Instacraft, AutoSkin, Quests

Hey Bumfuzzlers! I’ve got a couple of changes to tell about before Thursday’s map wipe! News on randomized skins, crafting instantly, scuba gear availability, quests and more! All that and info on tomorrow’s wipe, plus another mandatory Facepunch patch on Friday? /crosses fingers lol Give a read to find out more!

Diving Gear

I reviewed the diving gear availability and it seemed a little low. Also, it was spawning in the underwater loot which seemed weird lol

I changed the following:

  • removed from underwater crates
  • increased availability slightly

Thanks for the feedback Non-Existant

Instacraft

We had instacraft a while back and then adjusted it to require some crafting time. It feels like it’s time to go back to instacraft and apparently the majority of you agree.

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We had a poll in Discord and while the nays valiantly voted, the yes sirs had double them. Now Instacraft is enabled so there won’t be any more waiting to craft individual items or bulk items.

Let’s see how it turns out.

Skin Randomizer

Skins have been messy lately and the last major patch broke some stuff. For instance, you probably noticed that skins no longer randomized on crafting.

Well, I just fixed it this morning. Now every time you craft, you’ll get a randomized skin on items that support skins. Glad this is working again. I love the varied look of bases!

Quests

It’s time for new quests! After all, you’re on an adventure 🙂

Here’s a list of the new Quests I added:

  • Lighthouse Collector – Gather 25 Blue Rustige Eggs
  • Dome Collector – Gather 25 Red Rustige Eggs
  • Easter Morning – Gather 25 Easter Baskets
  • Radioactive Personality – Gather 25 Geiger Counters
  • Happy Birthday – Gather 25 Five Year Cakes
  • Up in Flames – Destroy 3 Flame Turrets
  • Shotty Defenses – Destroy 3 Shotgun Traps
  • Air Offence – Destroy 1 SAM Site
  • Run with Scissors – Craft 100 Bandages
  • Grand Injection – Craft 50 Medical Syringes
  • First Aid Kit – Craft 25 Large Medical Kits
  • The Machine – Craft 25 Gears
  • Snappy Dresser – Craft 25 Snap Traps
  • Spikey Proposition – Craft 10 Wooden Floor Spikes
  • All Mines – Craft 10 Land Mines
  • Laser Red – Craft 1 Auto-Turret
  • Fire in the Hole – Craft 3 Flame Turrets
  • Riding Shotgun – Craft 3 Shotgun Traps

I expect to create more of them in the future so that each quest page is full!

Wipe Info

Thursday 6/20, Bumfuzzlertopia will be wiping the map. Blueprints and economy will stay in place as they only wipe on the first of the month. For those who don’t know, we wipe twice a month.

  • Wipe #1: First Thursday of the month – wipes map, economy, and blueprints
  • Wipe #2: Third Thursday of the month – wipes map only

I considered wiping economy on this 3rd Thursday, which is why I started that Discord poll, but players are broken down the middle and truth is I tend to think it’s a reward for playing the entire month instead of just a 2-week wipe cycle. Also, it doesn’t matter because the economy is only really good for buying blueprints which players will have at the start of the second monthly wipe cycle anyway.

I’m hoping to wipe around 4 pm EST at the latest and we’ll be going with this map if you’d like to get a head start planning your base!

As always Bumfuzzlers, please have fun and keep the feedback pouring in! It really helps fix issues and also improve gameplay!

P.S. – Friday brings a mandatory Facepunch patch. I haven’t gotten the time yet. This means I’ll have to update the server for you to join after your clients auto-update. I’ll do my best to communicate the planned time. I’m waiting on them.

Performance, Flag, Packs

Performance, Flag, Packs

Hey Bumfuzzlers! Big updates coming your way! We’ve got additional backpack storage, offline door fixes, furnace changes, early raid tweaks, a new monument and a serious attempt at improving server performance – which appears to be working really well so far! Read on to get all the info!

Backpacks

A few updates ago, the ability to have extra rows presented itself, but I didn’t have time to take advantage of it until now.

Now we’ve got upgrades!

  • Allegiance level [level 20] (/loyalty) backpack size goes from 2 storage rows to 3
  • VIP level [level 25] (/loyalty) backpack size goes from 3 storage rows to 5
  • Level 28 (/loyalty) backpack size is now 7 storage rows!
  • Veteran level [level 15] remains the same with backpack size at 2 rows.

That should help you carry all that crap around 🙂

Offline Doors

Starting at Allegiance level [level 20] (/loyalty) players get the ability for doors to automatically close when they sign off. Unfortunately, this wasn’t working from levels 21 through 24.

This should now be fixed. Simply type /odf once you reach Allegiance level to toggle it on and off. Not sure why you’d want it off, but I can’t remember if it’s on by default. How many people you think this saves from easy raids per year! haha

Thanks to Whompmaster for noticing the issue.

Furnaces

I’m still trying to reduce the very early raiding, but it takes time as small adjustments need to be made over multiple wipes to ensure a good balance. This go around, I’ve reduced charcoal byproduct slightly and increased cook time slightly. I doubt you’ll even notice.

Beancan Grenades

In another effort to slow the early raiding, I’ve changed where Beancan Grenades are available as they’re an essential component of Satchel Charges.

I’ve changed the following:

  • The Beancan Grenade blueprint was removed from crates, barrels and present drops
  • Beancan Grenades are only available in crates now

So basically, you can find Beancan Grenades, but only in crates and you’ll have to research them.

Bumfuzzler Lodge

It’s been a couple of weeks since I put the Bumfuzzler Lodge into testing mode and certainly, there are some kinks to work out.

I think the following changes are in order:

  • Reworked the building to prevent double boxes and other items
  • Storage in the rooms will be reduced to two small boxes
  • There will be a charge for the room using economy (If I can get that working – I had issues with it last time)

Keep in mind, the lodge was meant to be used when starting out, getting yourself together after a raid or simply if you’re homeless for one reason or another. You’re not really supposed to continue to live there forever! lol

Thanks to Non-Existant for the feedback.

Raiding Balance

Rust has its flaws. For one, too many players are compelled to leave servers with their tail between their legs when they get raided and others leave servers when there’s no one left to raid. It’s a system built with the premise that you need a crapload of fresh meat joining the server on a regular basis. That’s one reason I created Raid Sympathy. Unfortunately, that helps, but people still leave in tears when they lose their Teddy Bears.

To compensate, I’ll revisit something I tried a while back which is to add a couple of bases out there in the world that will provide raiding opportunities of varying difficulty. This will:

  • give players who raid something to break into
  • divert some raiding energy away from player bases
  • ensure there are fewer tears on the server

Thanks for feedback Non-Existant and Viper

Performance

Lately, some of you have been complaining about lag and there have been unexpected crashes that I’ve seen firsthand. It’s likely the performance issues are caused by a combination of Rust’s horrible optimization and plugins eating up resources that Rust didn’t expect.

To counter that I’ve, made a major change that should have a giant impact on your gameplay. I’ve decided to up the slot count to 200 players. This will result in more dedicated memory and a smoother play if it works as expected.

So far I’ve heard positive feedback about the performance!

Flag Day

The next wipe brings a new month and with it a new holiday to celebrate! That means the Cinco De Mayo celebration goes bye bye and we’ll have a new special monument!

In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14th to commemorate the adoption of the American flag. Da dada daaa daaa daaa! 🙂 This new monument will be themed after this holiday.

I won’t tell you what it is or how it works, but keep your eyes peeled for anything out of the ordinary 🙂 I’m hoping to have an extra special treat for Independence Day.

Thanks for the feedback from hur2rld about a potential skin issue with the monument.

Upcoming Wipe

Tomorrow, Thursday, June 6th, you can expect a wipe as there’s a new patch coming from Facepunch. We’ll be wiping map, blueprints, and economy so it’s a fresh slate!

As usual, their patch usually drops between 3 pm EST and 7 pm EST with some fluctuation. I’ll do my best to wipe as close to patch drop as possible and will keep everyone posted in Discord on the status.

There are some interesting changes coming our way. Below is a quick overview of what you can expect to see in the next release. I wonder if we’ll see that new digger monument!

Please keep having fun and giving me feedback! The server gets better each wipe with your help! Thanks Bumfuzzlers!

Recycler, Border, Building

Recycler, Border, Building

Howdy Bumfuzzlers! I’ve got some gameplay tweaking updates for you all! Recycling has been extended, zambie horde counts have been reviewed, building health is gently upped for you weak of heart, the southern border got some immigration policy and tomorrow’s upcoming wipe will give all of you a fresh new beginning! Take a read to learn more!

Zambies

I tried having more hordes of smaller numbers, but it seemed a little boring being attacked by groups of 3.

I’ve now reduced the horde count from 40 to 30 and increased horde zambie count from 3 to 6. They’ll still only grow to groups of 8 unless they join together to form larger groups.

Building Health

In the past, we raised the health of foundations to prevent foundation wipes which can be really lame.

Now, to make it slightly harder to raid, I’ve increased the building health of non-foundation parts by 10%. It’s not much, but it’s a little something to help balance things out a bit.

Thanks for the feedback Viper

Southern Border

I found the Southern Border to be a little too challenging so I took a look at the numbers.

I’ve reduced the number of NPCs to 20 but tightened things up by reducing the radius from 100 to 60. This means they should be in higher concentration around the wall.

Recycling

In the hopes to make recyclers a little more important, I’ve made a couple of changes.

  • Recyclers now yield twice the amount for recycled items
  • Recyclers now recycle blueprints for scrap
    • Common: 25 scrap
    • Uncommon: 50 scrap
    • Rare: 125 scrap
    • Very Rare: 300 scrap

Don’t forget that at Level 18 (/loyalty) you get the ability to create a recycler in your base (/rec)!

Vanillatopia

For a while now Vanillatopia has remained unchanged which makes it unsurprisingly very low population. I’ve been trying to think of a creative setup for the server and that includes even changing the name along with the approach.

I have a few ideas I’m kicking around, so stay tuned! If you have ideas of your own toss them my way. I’d be interested to hear them! If you come up with a great idea I can actually achieve, I may run it for a couple of weeks to see how it goes.

Upcoming Wipe

This month has a slightly different wipe schedule. Given that May has 5 weeks, I took a poll in Discord where it was decided to wipe after the first week. That means we’ll be wiping the map tomorrow, Thursday 5/23 so it lines up nicely with the first Thursday of next month’s patch release wipe.

The wipe will be a map only wipe, leaving blueprints and economy intact.

I’m hoping to do the wipe early, but I have somewhere to be at 2 pm EST and I don’t know how long it’ll take. If it runs me later than 5pm EST, I might not be able to wipe until 7:30 pm EST. I’ll update Discord when I start and finish the process so you can all get a jump on it!

Have fun out there Bumfuzzlers and please continue to provide the feedback as you have it!

Cheer, Research, Feet

Cheer, Research, Feet

Heya Bumfuzzlers! I’ve got lots of updates and there’s a wipe today due to it being the first Thursday of the month which means Facepunch is releasing a patch! There are a while bunch of changes and a few fixes! We’ve got glowing eyes, faster research, a really nifty electrical circuit designer, night lantern tips, wipe information and more! Read on!

Zambies (Modtopia)

The zambies weren’t quite as spooky and I’d like them to be so I gave them glowing eyes for that extra freakiness at night.

I’m considering making glowing eyes available in the loot. It might be interesting PVP trickery if other players believe you’re a zambie 🙂

Instant Research (Modtopia)

The instant research perk you get as you level up (/loyalty) gives players the ability to research faster or research instantly. There were some issues with it, but now it works so you can get those blueprints a lot faster when the wipe begins!

You’ll get research perks at the following levels:

  • Level 14: Research in only 5 seconds
  • Level 24: Research instantaneously

Night Lights (Modtopia)

In my last post, I talked about the Night Lantern plugin and how it was fixed. This is the plugin that allows lights of various types to automatically turn on and off when night and day come. You can get more information by typing !lantern.

I haven’t tested it further yet, but according to Thransduil it doesn’t work quite as I expected. However, it does work in some capacity. I figured I’d pass along the information he sent me in an attempt to reduce confusion.

Thransduil: When lights are disabled, they all turn off. I turn them all on manually. Then when morning comes, they turn off again. So now it works as a toggle. When the morning comes, I disable them and then at night, I enable to turn them all on again lol

Hope you find that helpful!

Thanks Thransduil for your feedback.

Sparkly Feet (Modtopia)

One of the Boot Skin Perks had its skin removed from the workshop which caused it to stop working so I had to find a replacement.

Behold the new Sparkly Feet 1.25x dodge boots! 🙂

Electricity Utility

Creating circuits can be challenging! First, you have to find the parts and then you need to figure out how to build it.

Check out https://www.rustrician.io/ This site allows you to create circuits in your browser and test them out! Then if you need some extra help finding components check out the Bumfuzzler shop where you can support the server with the Electricity Kit that gives you a healthy dose of components!

Thanks to WRecKLeSS for passing along this resource.

Stockings (Modtopia)

For a while now, and I don’t know why I didn’t notice it sooner, stockings have had really weak loot and it makes them just a sparkly decorative item instead of a perk.

Now, I’ve included more items and upped what you get. Small Stockings will give you more resources and food along with some lesser ammo and all the Christmas items you need to decorate your base. The Super Stocking gives you the same, except more resources and food with some better ammo.

Mind you, I didn’t get crazy since it’s not cool for you Bumfuzzlers to sit on your big, fat Bumfuzzlers all day just checking stockings, but it should be enough to make them more valuable when you find them.

Also, consider, if you find yourself a Christmas Tree and decorate it when Santa comes, he’ll place presents underneath it! 🙂

RustNET (Modtopia)

The Remote Turrets (/rt) and Remote Searchlights (/sl) plugins were disabled for a while due to bugginess, but I think they seem ok now so they’re back in business. Let me know if that’s not the case.

These are a part of RustNET (/rustnet) which allows you to remotely control items like security cameras (/sc), turrets (/rt), and searchlights (/sl) as well as place bounties on players through a central laptop terminal (/terminal add). I’d suggest you check it out!

Elevators

It appears that sharing elevators with friends and clanmates may not be as intuitive as it could be and it may give you the impression it’s broken. This is not the case!

Keep in mind, when you create an elevator, sharing it won’t give permissions to your friends and clanmates to the entire elevator. When you go to a floor and give sharing rights, it’s only giving access to that floor. You’ll have to repeat the sharing steps for every floor you have.

To share, access your control panel via the card key lock or the panel inside the elevator and then I believe you click on the S.

You should receive a menu similar to the one below. Now click on the Share Mode to share it how you like.

From here just repeat this for each floor. Technically I guess it’s nice since you can distinguish between friends and clanmates if you’d like, but that’s probably extremely rare.

Thanks to CannonFodder for feedback and testing.

Stackings (Modtopia)

There are a few new items that I probably should have set to stack a couple of weeks ago, but I missed it, so I’m doing it now for what it’s worth!

The following items now stack:

  • Coal: 100,000
  • Easter Basket: 256
  • Easter Door Wreath: 256
  • Easter Painted Eggs: 256
  • Easter Bronze Egg: 256
  • Easter Silver Egg: 256
  • Easter Gold Egg: 256
  • Red Rustige Egg: 256
  • Blue Rustige Egg: 256
  • Bunny Ears: 256
  • Bunny Onsie: 256

Wipe

Today is wipe day for both Modtopia (blueprints and economy) and Vanillatopia (just map)! We can expect a new patch from FacePunch (hopefully with more optimizations – the last patch improved performance for many players), a new map, blueprint, and economics wipe and a farewell to the Bunny Ranch (Modtopia)! The Easter Bunny was fun, but now April is over so it’s time for May’s monument!

As usual for the 1st Thurs, I am expecting the patch to drop between 3 pm and 7 pm EST, but it’s always hard to depend on that, but I’ll try my best to ensure when it does drop, I’m on top of it.

Make sure you vote for the new map in Discord! CannonFodder has chosen a few this week which was much appreciated!

Thank you Bumfuzzlers for your continued patronage. I hope this next wipe is tons of fun. Please as always keep the feedback flowing!

Gator, Launcher, Bunny

Gator, Launcher, Bunny

Howdy Bumfuzzlers! Bunnies abound with goodies and tweaks and eggs and… Ok, there are no eggs, but the rest is true. We have new combat knife skin perks, grenade launcher for scrap, special tools for sale and more! Check it out!

Easter Bunny (Modtopia)

As you know by now, April showers bring err… the Bunny Ranch and with it, the Easter Bunny boss and his thugs with hugs.

The Easter Bunny will now drop his weapon and attire. This way you can get a hold of his coveted pink AK47 🙂

Happy Easter to those who celebrate!

Turret Issue (Modtopia)

There was an issue discovered with turrets that caused them to fire into walls, wasting their ammo, when non-authorized players stood on the other side of said wall.

This has now been resolved. Turns out it was related to the same plugin that brings us, Jason Vorhees. I’m so glad I was able to fix it so that you can all continue to be terrorized by him.

Thanks to Thransduil for the heads up and his very valued help testing.

Grenade Launcher (Modtopia)

The new Grenade Launcher isn’t craftable, but it appears you can sometimes get it from the heavies on the oil rig.

Until then, you can enjoy the satisfaction of the steamy plunk sound distributing HE and smoke grenades to your ‘friends’. It’s now available for purchase along with its ammo at the Outpost and Bandit Camp.

  • 40mm HE Grenades @ the Outpost is sold 5 for 500 scrap
  • 40mm Smoke Grenades @ the Outpost is sold 5 for 500 scrap
  • Grenade Launcher @ the Bandit Camp is sold 1 for 1200 scrap

The smoke grenade has an awesome effect. I can see it being great for online raids… you know, those very popular online Rust raids lol

Special thanks to CannonFodder who pointed out I had the wrong price on the tuna can lamp at the outpost.

Codelock Crate Loot (Modtopia)

As you know, loot is a neverending balancing act. This time around I increased the valuable items in the code lock timed crate.

There were already good items in it, but lots of other low-quality items would suppress them. Now I’ve lessened the lower quality items so the higher quality ones can shine more often.

Thanks Hodgecat30 for the feedback.

Blueprint Adjustments (Modtopia)

There wasn’t a whole lot of selection when it came to blueprints in the loot. It appeared breaking barrels and violating crates resulted in the same old handful of schematics over and over.

I’ve gone in and performed round 1 of adding blueprints to crates and barrels so now you should find the pool to be much bigger. I’m going to continue adding more blueprints to the mix as I have time.

Thanks to JakeHillKing for the feedback.

Store Sales (Modtopia)

I’ve been trying to find some time to get around to adding other special power items to the store for selling. I only added the weapons giving you the ability to sell 1.25x, 1.5x and 2x damage weiling weapons as you come across them in the world.

Now, all of the special tools, 27 of them in all, are sellable in the store. Here’s a couple of them that are out there for you to find:

I’ve also added a new 1.25x hatchet to replace the old one that wasn’t working due to some changes in the Steam Workshop. It’s called… Tomohatchet!

To sell items type /s for the store and then click on the Sell tab. Make sure the item you want to sell is in your inventory (not hotbar) and it’ll show as sellable.

Regular everyday items are not sellable right now. The new combat knife skin perks are also for sale in the store (read more below), but I have a feeling you may want to keep those 🙂

SuperHeli Crash (Modtopia)

I got a heads up about there being no pilot when the SuperHeli crash event took place so I looked into it. Sure enough, the SuperHeli was flying on its own!

The pilot now exists and has some goodies on him. Don’t be surprised if he’s hostile though.

Thanks Cannonfodder for the feedback.

Skin Perks (Modtopia)

The perky items that give you dodge ability, extra damage or require fewer resources to build are loads of fun, but they haven’t been as frequent as I’d prefer and it’s especially hard to find the top tier items out there in the wild.

I’ve changed the chances involved in the spawning of special items so they show up more often than they did.

  • Regular Items (no special ability) were lowered from 40% chance to 36% chance
  • 1.25x items were lowered from 30% chance to 29% chance
  • 1.5x items were raised from 20% chance to 21% chance
  • 2x items were raised from 10% chance to 14% chance

I’ve also added some new skins for the recently added Combat Knife:

Nuke Caution 1.25x Damage

Aqua Marine 1.5x damage

Gator Slayer 2x damage

Unfortunately, there are so many items Facepunch hasn’t given the ability to skin. This is the only reason not all items have special skin perks. For instance, the bow and the compound bow aren’t skinnable 🙁

Elevator Adjustments (Modtopia)

It appears players climbing up the loyalty ladder (/loyalty) – or moving up the loyalty elevator – weren’t getting the awesome lift perks I designed for them which is a bad, bad thing! I think I’ve worked out those kinks.

There are two levels that players get perks – Level 6 and Level 28.

  • Level 6
    • Comfort goes from 0 to 25
    • Temperature goes from 0 to 17
    • Build Cost goes from 2 to 1.5
    • Fuel Consumption goes from 5 to 3
    • Max Floor level goes from 3 to 5
    • Max Elevators per player goes from 1 to 2
    • Max Move Speed goes from 1 to 3
    • Max Placement Floor goes from 2 to 3
  • Level 28
    • Comfort goes from 25 to 50
    • Temperature goes from 17 to 34
    • Build cost goes from 1.5 to 1
    • Fuel is no longer required
    • Fuel Consumption goes from 3 to 0
    • Max floor level goes from 5 to 10
    • Max Elevators per player goes from 2 to 3
    • Max Move Speed goes from 3 to 5
    • Max Placement Floor goes from 3 to 4

Thanks to Cannonfodder for the feedback and the most valued testing.

Also, thanks to NormsterG14 for reporting an issue with elevators and the removal tool. In a note about that, it appears there’s a known issue where sometimes using the removal tool on an elevator will create invisible walls. It’s expected they are removed after a server restart, but to avoid this, don’t use the removal tool to remove an elevator. Just use the elevator’s menu option to remove it.

Thirsty Rad Pills (Modtopia)

It appears Radiation Pills were not working as advertised. Instead of making you full of goodness, they were salting your stomach and making you thirsty.

Welp, I fixed the issue so now it should work as expected.

Thanks to whompmaster for pointing out the issue.

Auto Lights (Modtopia)

It appears the Night Lantern plugin works a little differently than I had documented as there were changes. It doesn’t seem you can use /lantern anymore to disable or enable all lights at once. You have to turn them on/off by type. This is a bit tedious I know.

So I made a couple of changes:

  • The bot will now give you better instructions when you type !lights or !lantern
  • The site just lists !lantern so the bot helps you.
  • The command is now /lantern <itemname> where item name is Fireplace, JackOLantern, Lanterns, Searchlight, TunaLight or ChineseLantern. For instance, ‘/lantern Lanterns‘ will turn on/off the automatic switching on of lanterns at night and automatic switching in the morning.

Thanks to Thransduil for the heads up on this one.

Wipe

There’s an upcoming wipe on Thursday 4/18 and in non-typical fashion, Facepunch is releasing a mandatory patch – usually, this is only for the 1st Thursday of the month. My guess is that this is meant to address all of the issues that Rust has had since the upgrading of the Unity engine a couple of patches ago. In that case, I’m happy to see it. This means Modtopia will be wiping the map (blueprints and currency will stay) and also Vanillatopia will be wiping which goes against its wipe schedule.

The wipe time will be based on when they release the patch which can be between 3 pm and 7 pm EST, but sometimes later if they have issues. I’m also trying to leave for a short vacation at the same time lol which means I may be wiping the server from the side of the road haha I’ll do my best to keep you all updated in Discord as things develop.

Thanks to all you Bumfuzzlers for the amount of feedback you’re giving me as always. It’s so challenging to keep things working without eyes on the ground. Please keep it up and have fun out there!

Here’s some Rust news for ya.

 

Border, Cargo, Rafts

Border, Cargo, Rafts

What’s up Bumfuzzlers! I’ve got a lot of really awesome stuff coming your way in this update that I know you’re going to love, including new events, some balancing, and fixes! I’ve revisited water vehicles, added a throwback helicopter event, added a brand new cargo ship event, worked on balancing components, tweaked loot for airdrop|bradley|superheli, made home teleport improvements, and added a new custom Trumptastic monument! Then, it’s time to discuss the upcoming wipe and Facepunch patch! Check it out!

Rafts (Modtopia)

Ahoy yee Bumfuzzlers! 🙂 A while ago, we had rafts on the server, but when the boats came out, I disabled them figuring they wouldn’t be used. Now with all the waves, it seems the boats are a little rough so I decided to enable the rafts again.

Now you can make your own houseboat and sail around the world like the Bumfuzzler you are! Type /raft for more information in-game and watch the video above for more information on the different features!

Here’s an overview of the commands:

So you can build your houseboat, go cruising with friends, fish off the side, and even find some loot boxes bobbing in the ocean!

Rust Titanic (Modtopia)

I’ve got a new event for you Bumfuzzlers and you’re going to love it! It’s really awesome. The Cargo Ship gets attacked by pirates and crashes into an iceberg leaving you in the middle of loot and pirates!

All you have to do is get past the pirates and grab the goodies before the ship sinks into the Rustonia Ocean!

I’m going to be testing it for the remainder of this wipe which means loot will be balanced as time goes on. Please enjoy this new edition!

Zambies (Modtopia)

For those of you who pay attention to politics, I’ve made a slight adjustment to the zambies that you might appreciate. I’ll let you find it on your own 🙂 It should provide a nice compliment to Trump Tower and Hillary House.

Homes (Modtopia)

Now when you type /home,  you can see how homes you’ve used and how many homes you have overall! No more guessing or waiting to use homes to know!

SuperHeli Malfunction (Modtopia)

The chopper is going down Bumfuzzlers! That’s right! And with that fact, the loot carrying pilot ejects and the smoking SuperHeli carcass reveals additional goodies! You best investigate the crash site 🙂

Here’s a quick look at what you can expect:

Loot (Modtopia)

I’ve been gathering feedback about the loot and now is a good time to take a deeper look. After some more testing, it’s now a bit better, but I definitely walked the line so it’s reasonable. Let me know what you think. I’ll keep tweaking it until it’s spot on.

Here’s what I’ve changed:

  • Increased components so you’ll now find them more often and more of them in barrels and boxes
  • Increased airdrop from 4-8 items to 6-10 items
  • Removed some of the lesser items from airdrops, Bradley and helicopter loot to ensure more valuable items come through
  • Removed blueprints from high-end crates like timed, elite, mining, tools, advanced underwater and minecart. This should give more slots for high-quality items.

Thanks to trippinthirdeye, soundklown, JakeHillKing and ATaXiA for the feedback.

The Southern Border (Modtopia)

There’s a caravan driving up from the south and as Trump says, “They’re not sending their best!” You’ve got to get down there and secure the Southern Border before it gets overrun by illegal migrants!

Similar to the other monuments, you’ll get a kit for getting there, but this one, unlike Trump Tower and Hillary House isn’t a cakewalk. After all, there is a caravan!

This monument will move around each wipe, but I expect it will always be near the entrance to the desert biome on a road somewhere.

Long Shot Kills (Modtopia)

There was an issue with getting kills on animals and players over 260 meters or so and I had some trouble nailing it down. Now I’ve got it licked.

It turns out, for some odd reason, the issue was due to the plugin that allows rideable animals. After disabling that plugin I was able to consistently kill animals at 300-350 meters. I’ll work on fixing the rideable animals at some point, but for now, it’ll remain disabled as I believe being able to make those long shots takes priority.

Thanks to Doge, soundklown and Reaper2980 for your feedback.

Wipe

We’ll be wiping both Vanillatopia and Modtopia this Thursday, April 4th as there will be a patch released by FacePunch. Not sure of all that we’ll see in the patch, but here are a few videos that might foreshadow things to come.

The wipe can be expected anywhere between 3 pm and 7 pm EST typically, but sometimes it happens much later if FacePunch has issues. Given that it’s a monthly wipe so economics and blueprints will wipe along with the map. On Modtopia, the Bunny Ranch will be making a showing in April in celebration for Easter!

Have fun out there Bumfuzzlers! Keep the feedback flowing!

Traps, Custom, Challenges

Traps, Custom, Challenges

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

Stacks of Stuff (Modtopia)

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

Here’s what the new items will stack to:

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

Electricity Pack (Modtopia)

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

The following items were added:

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

Dangerous Treasures (Modtopia)

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

The following items were added:

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

Backpacks (Modtopia)

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

Here are some of the updates:

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

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

Traps (Modtopia)

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

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

Knock Knock (Modtopia)

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

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

Night Lights (Modtopia)

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

Now you won’t be afraid of the dawk 🙂

Fuel Requirements (Modtopia)

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

Player Challenges (Modtopia)

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

I originally disabled the following challenges:

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

I’ll be enabling the following:

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

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

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

Custom Map

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wipe (Modtopia)

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

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

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

Thursdays, Footings, Patch

Thursdays, Footings, Patch

Hey Bumfuzzlers! I’ve got a few updates for ya as we head into this month’s first wipe! We’ve got a patch coming today which should give us some new goodies, I’ve made some tweaks and we’ve got the results of the 5 week wipe cycle situation, plus more custom map talk! Read on.

Player Skins (Modtopia)

Not sure if you know it, but you can buy skins and set them as default (/skin shop) so that anytime you craft certain items, you’ll get the skins you love! This is great if you’re very particular and like having your boxes and doors all the same skin or have an outfit you enjoy!

I’ve made a couple of small changes:

  • Purchasing skins now cost 100 RP instead of the old 1 RP. This was done to match the recent changes to the store and economy.
  • I’ve excluded a couple of skins that shouldn’t have been available due to them being Skin Perks.

Smelting (Modtopia)

I’ve slowed smelting and lowered the charcoal byproduct ever so slightly. You shouldn’t see a massive difference, but I’m hoping it will slow the aggression down just a little.

Foundations (Modtopia)

Foundation wiping is real! LOL, I’ve seen several situations where players sign on and no trace of their structures could be found! So I’m trying to make some changes to reduce the possibility of that happening. I love raiding, but it’s no fun to have your base foundation wiped every other day. It also bypasses the defenses and structure people build into their bases!

To directly tackle this, I’ve raised the health of foundations again. It was set to 150% of the original health, but now I’ve upped it to 200% of the original health. This should give incentives to raid using other means and it should also give more time for decay to happen after a cupboard is destroyed. This way players who are raided might have the chance to salvage something.

Gathering

I’ve been doing the math on gathering wood, stone and the like and I found room for some adjustments here and there.

I’ve made the following changes:

  • Gathering resources during the day was reduced by about 3%
  • Gathering resources at night was reduced by about 8%
  • Lowered Zlevel points gained at night by about 66% so you’ll gain points and earn levels faster, but it’s not astronomical.

You shouldn’t notice a massive difference. I’m just making slight adjustments to find the sweet spot. Keep in mind while gathering at night was lowered a little, there’s still around a 10% boost for night gathering and of course the quarries are boosted at night too!

Wipe (Modtopia)

This January we had 5 Thursdays which means this last cycle, was 3 weeks instead of 2. The next time this will happen in 2019 is in May, August and October. So I took a poll in Discord.

The poll in Discord was overwhelmingly in favor of the idea that in months where the last wipe cycle is 3 weeks long, we’re going to wipe, but likely we’ll wipe with an experimental custom map. The next time this will happen is in May, August, and October!

Next Patch

There’s a lot of very interesting items surfacing that may make their way into the February 7th patch.

  • HBHF (Heartbeat Breathing Humidity Footstep) Sensor: Electrical component that detects players, using line-of-sight, who come within a certain range of it.
  • Rand Switch: Electrical component that sends a random true or false signal to other electronic devices.
  • Siren Light: Electrical component that shows a circular red warning signal.
  • Flasher Light: Electrical component that flashes a light.
  • Oil Rig Monument: Large and small oil rig monuments.

  • RF Receiver: Electronic component that works like a switch used with a detonator
  • Detonator: Electronic component used to trigger electronic components using RF Receivers.
  • RF Broadcaster: Electronic component that broadcasts a message.
  • RF Pager: Electronic device carried with the player to receive the RF Broadcaster signal.
  • Minicopter: Findable 2-seat copter, fueled by low-grade fuel and targetable by SAM sites.

I’m certainly looking forward to the next patch and seeing what you Bumfuzzlers think about wiping with a custom map for the last week of these 3-week wipe cycles. Until then, have fun out there and continue to give me feedback!

I’ve just recently installed the mapping tools and if I have time, I might be beginning to work on a custom map just for Modtopia 🙂 Should be fun.