Category: Wipe

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.

Lifts, Cheer, Rockets

Lifts, Cheer, Rockets

Hey Bumfuzzlers! We wiped today and that brings with it a few changes to lock-on rockets, the in-game store, map size, and changes to player challenges that you may want to know about! Take a gander at the info below!

But first, just in case I don’t post again before 2019, I wanted to take a moment to wish all you Bumfuzzlers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I hope you all have great times with family, friends and the servers. Be safe, enjoy the moment and hope your stockings don’t have coal in them! 🙂

Stacks (Modtopia)

With the recent Christmas and Anniversary updates, there’s a bunch of new items so stacking needed to be adjusted.

I adjusted the piles for the following items:

  • Giant Candy Cane Decoration: 256
  • Giant Lollipop Decoration: 256
  • Party Hat: 256
  • Snow Machine: 256

Christmas Patch (Modtopia)

The Christmas patch dropped about a week ago and brought with it lots of goodies you’ve no doubt already seen! Many of the items aren’t that big of a deal since we run them all year round like presents and stockings, but the new Candy Canes and Lollipops are pretty ‘sweet’ and the snow machine is epic! Was I mistaken or did I see an airdrop masquerading as a giant present??

The most awesome part is surely Santa and his reindeer flying overhead dropping presents for all the Rust girls and boys! But of course, in a fashion unique to Rust, the first thing everyone wanted to do was shoot him down! haha

Christmas Cheer (Modtopia)

I’ve added all of the new Christmas goodies to the Christmas Cheer package in the store! Now you’ll get all the awesome Christmas stuff from before, plus Candy Canes, Lollipops and Snow Machines!

Ho ho Bumfuzzlers!

Elevators (Modtopia)

Had some issues with elevators so I had to disable them for a bit, but now I believe all that’s sorted out so I brought them up again. While I was at it, I’ve modified their settings a little bit and extended their abilities as you level up (/loyalty).

Here are the perks you’ll receive at Level 6 and Level 28:

Level 6

  • Build cost reduced by 25%
  • Required fuel reduced by 40%
  • Max floors increased from 3 to 5
  • Max lifts increased from 1 to 2
  • Max move speed (increased from 1 to 3)
  • Max placement floor (increased from 2 to 3)

Level 28

  • Build cost reduced by 50%
  • No longer uses fuel
  • Max floors increased from 5 to 10
  • Max lifts increased from 2 to 3
  • Max move speed (increased from 3 to 5)
  • Max placement floor (increased from 3 to 4)

I also reduced the cost for everyone so it should be more affordable to be a lazy no-stair-walkin’ Bumfuzzler!

Thanks for the feedback CannonFodder.

In-Game Store (Modtopia)

It turned out that players were able to sell a whole bunch of weapons in the in-game store when they shouldn’t have been able and it was giving some pretty good RP. This allowed for some pretty interesting selling techniques where you get one weapon and could possibly craft two you wanted! No more of that!

Also, as mentioned in a previous post, there are several changes to the store this wipe. You’ll no longer be able to buy certain items like special clothes or weapons, resources, components, etc. All of the Skin Perk related items can now only be found out in the world. I think this will be more fun and make them more valuable. Now, the majority of what you can buy will be blueprints.

Note that next wipe we’re going to be wiping economics. I’m debating about possibly crediting players who have more than 1000 RP with loyalty points this first wipe. After that they’d just get wiped. Something like that is fair since some people have saved their RP. We’ll see.

Thanks for the feedback Slim Jim and CannonFodder.

Lock-On Rockets (Modtopia)

Smoke Rockets by themselves are somewhat useless. In fact, they do absolutely no damage to anything. However, when used in conjunction with the lock-on feature, they do some hefty damage.

For a while, I’ve been considering making changes, but it required rumination (LOL). Now I finally decided on what to do.

  • Rocket Damage was set to 300. I’ve reduced this to 150
  • Rocket Damage Multiplier for Helicopters was set to 5.0. I’ve reduced this to 2.5.
  • I’ve fixed the death notes message so that if you kill a player with a lock-on smoke rocket, it won’t say the SuperHeli did it.

Originally I was going to limit lock-on rockets to work only with ‘vehicles’ – cars, Bradley, SuperHeli and Planes, but I figure, I decided not to limit them that much. I mean, if you want to waste your rockets, go for it! At least now the message is correct so it doesn’t seem like a hack. At the same time, I did limit targets.

Now you can use them on animals, cars, helicopters, planes, players, and tanks, but you can no longer use them on gun traps, loot, resources or structures. I felt they’ve been way too strong for raiding. If you want to raid, aim…and enjoy regular rocket damage!

Thanks, RaidenPeep for your help in testing.

Player Challenges (Modtopia)

Due to the fact that it’s easy to get some challenges (/pc) by using semi-expoits, I’m going to disable a few for now.

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

If I can find a way to work around the various issues with these I’ll add them back, but for now, unfortunately, they’ll be disabled. You’ll still see the kits there since I’d rather not go through the trouble to remove those with hope I’ll find a solution relatively soon.

Also, I did nerf some of the challenge kits just because I know people get on after a wipe quick and race to lead in challenges to get these powerful kits. For instance, 2 kits had Bolt Action Rifle, one had an M92 Pistol, another had 5 rockets, one had 3 armored doors, one had a salvaged pickaxe, one 3 grenades and satchels, another 2 full armor sets, one had 15 rockets!!! LOL OMG that’s too much.

So I adjusted the challenge kits for now so there are  no weapons included and if you get rockets, you get just one. I’ll adjust them back up a little, but hopefully they still add some value. I think it’s somewhat prestigious to have the titles as is.

Thanks, TheJuiceIsloose for the feedback.

Wipe (Modtopia)

Tonight we wiped around 7 pm EST and based on the results of a poll in Discord, we changed the map size from 3500 to 4000. That should give you all a bit more space out there in the wilderness 🙂

Special thanks to Reaper2980, RaidenPeep, MarsCow, CannonFodder, ironGrandy, Slim Jim, TheJuiceIsLoose and Rumguzzler for feedback this last wipe cycle. It’s deeply appreciated!

I hope these changes add to the balance and enhance the experience! You Bumfuzzlers have fun out there and keep sending me constructive feedback. It’s very useful for improving and even just maintaining the server!

Goods, Melt, Build

Goods, Melt, Build

Hey Bumfuzzlers, I have some changes to report on! We’ve just wiped Modtopia today and I’ve got some massive changes to zambies, kits, loot, crafting, smelting and the wipe cycle! Dig in!

Map Size (Modtopia)

For the last couple map wipes I’ve been going with a size 2700 map and this week is no different. I figured I’d give it a shot for a while and see if there’s any interesting increased action. Next wipe on September 6th will be a large map. I’m thinking 3000 or 3500. This is due to the wipe cycle changing.

Zambies (Modtopia)

Due to the map size reduction, I’ve lowered the amount of zambies to 10 hordes of 15 zambies max. This should ensure players don’t spawn into a group of the undead and that it’s manageable if you get caught off guard. As the map size increases again I’ll be increasing the zambies also, but it will be proportional.

Backpack Issue (Modtopia)

It turns out medium backpacks weren’t working for Level 21, 22, 23 and 24. Not sure what caused it, but fiddling with permissions fixed it. Now we’re all good and you early 20 levels can carry more stuff as planned!

Thanks to Slim Jim for reporting the issue!

Loot Tables (Modtopia)

I’ve been wanting to drastically change the server for a while. It seems like there’s no difficulty in gaining access to items and that’s probably due to the fact that there’s a 5 times multiplier on all loot. Well, I’ve gone and reset the loot back to the original settings with the expectation that I would increase them back up a little over time. Scrap is slightly more increased, but I still have to work on that a bit. Due to this reduction I’ll be changing the wipe cycle at the next wipe.

Kit Changes (Modtopia)

I’ve removed some of the default kits like Build, Weapons and Medical. This is in line with what I mentioned above regarding the reduction of items in the world. The other kits still exist so Trump kits and challenges will still pack a punch to your inventory.

Smelting (Modtopia)

Along with the loot and kit changes, I’ve increased the time it takes to smelt resources. The multiplier was set to 2.5, but I’ve lowered it to 1.5. Sure as the other items are subject to change so is this, but I felt that players were quickly getting access to crafted items far too quickly.

Crafting (Modtopia)

Yes. You may hate me for a few moments (don’t make me cry!), but I’ve slightly increased the time it takes to craft items. Seriously it doesn’t feel like it’s that much increased.

Now it will take 25% of the default crafting speed. It shouldn’t be harsh, but it won’t insta-craft. Again, I don’t want people have 50 c4 and 200 rockets on the second day of the wipe. It’s just too outrageous. It also makes things a bit less valuable.

Wipe Cycle (Modtopia)

Along with these changes, as soon as we wipe on September 6th, we’ll switch over to a 1 month wipe cycle. This will make the reduced item count a little easier to swallow as players will now have more time to build and such. Mind you, by next week, I hope to increase items a little bit and hopefully I get feedback from players so I know if it’s tolerable or they are freaking out.

While I make these changes, please bear with me and provide me with feedback. If you hate it, let me know. If you love me let it show. I want to try to make the server a little more serious than just an experimental sandbox server and give players a reason to struggle just a little bit more than they do now.

 

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!

 

Rewards, Gather, In-Game Store

Rewards, Gather, In-Game Store

Hold on Bumfuzzlers! We’ve got a new wipe cycle and a bunch of changes that I hope will change the way Modtopia game play works in a good way. We’ve got store expansions, resource gather changes, kit changes and more! Check it out.

Resources

For a while now, I’ve known I needed to take a look at the resource rates and kits. When people are finishing the wipe cycle with 100’s of rockets and C4, it says to me the gather rates are out of control. I’ve also seen full bases go armor on the second day of the wipe which should not be happening unless you’re playing 48 hours straight! So, now that some of my schedule has been freed up, I’m going to get back to basics and dial things down just a little.

Here’s what I’ve changed:

  • ZLevels are now capped at 50
  • ZLevel level multiplier reduced from 2.00 to 1.25 (each level gained will multiply less)
  • Quarries have been boosted to 10x during the day, 12.5x during the night

My hope is to make Quarries more valuable and reduce the high level resource multipliers for individuals. The drop from 2 to 1.25 should result in a 37.5% cut in resource gathering which shouldn’t be massive, but it will surely be a reduction that I hope will make building more meaningful and raiding a little more frequent.

Kits

Some of the kits were just way too generous and they went against what I was trying to accomplish. For instance, starter kits were giving people enough to not only get a starter base up, but build a retirement home. That simply can’t stand. It’s critical that players have to do ‘some’ work to get resources and build their homes.

Here’s what I changed:

  • Startup Build kit
    • Wood: 10k lowered to 5k wood
    • Stones: 10k lowered to 2.5k
    • Changed usage to 1 times per wipe
  • Aid kit
    • Changed from 6 hour cooldown to 24 hours
    • Removed meats, left medical supplies
  • Weapon kit
    • Removed ammo
    • Removed Waterpipe Shotgun
    • Removed Custom SMG
  • Tools kit removed (tools are given when you spawn)
  • Weekly kit removed (it wasn’t very valuable anyway)
  • Trump wall kit
    • Stone: 25k lowered to 7.5k
    • Stone Walls: 25 lowered to 7 walls

Bradley Loot

With the lowering of gathering, I raised up the loot for the Bradley. The loot it gives, should you live to see it, should be Bumfuzzler good!

Rockets, ammo, weapons, C4 and a bunch of scrap!

In-Game Store

This will need balancing over time, but so far I’ve gotten the things in there at reasonable starting points. Some things might be too expensive or vice versa, but that will need some feeling out and some feedback from you all.

What’s really great about the store is that you can buy blue prints and also Reward Perks so that item that’s eluding you like the Large Furnace blueprint or the Bolty with 2 times the damage can now be yours for a price! Thanks to soundklown for requesting blueprints!

So you’ve noticed that you’ve been gaining money as you play. This is what you’ll use to buy items in the store. Once you have money, simply type /s in game to open the store. Once open, you’re going to need what’s called Reward Points or RP. You can convert your money into RP by clicking on exchange. Right now it takes $50 to gain 1 RP. Items in the store range from 1 RP to 6 RP. The reason for the conversion requirement is simply that money can be will be used for other things in the future. For instance now, you can use money for /skin shop which allows you to buy default skins for your items.

Remember, you automatically get money every certain amount of minutes played, but you also get them for breaking barrels. Furthermore, don’t forget you can steal it from other players, get money for damage dealt to other players and of course killing them.

Here are some of the items in the store:

 
 

You can even buy the swim wear there which are hard to find items!

Plane Crash

It used to be that the plane would crash into the highest mountains in the map so I raised it up 10 meters. Now it appears that’s not enough so I raised it another 5 meters. I think it’s hitting structures that people are building on those mountains. Well, just be careful. I’m going to see about making the plane create some serious damage to whatever it hits 🙂 Thanks MrNiceGuy for pointing out the plane was still crashing!

Anti-Offline Protection

Last week I made changes to the offline protection. Now instead of 10 hours it lasts for 5 as each hour it lessens by 20%. Unfortunately I missed the automated message which some were confused by. Thanks to MrNiceGuy to letting me know about it!

NPCs

A few of you have told me that it appears the NPC health is way too high requiring multiple bolty shots to kill them. It turns out health:100 in the settings refers to 100% of their default health. Scientists have 100 health, but murderers – the dumber zombie AI we currently have on our server due to Facepunch bugginess – have 150 health by default. This means 100 is really 150 health.

Let’s try out setting them a little lower. I’ve reduced their health 30% to 70. This should lower their health just around 100 health. Let’s see how it is. Thanks to MrNiceGuy and soundklown for the feedback!

I’ve also made changes to Jason Vorhees:

  • Health was reduced by 50%
  • Reduced his inventory
    • Wood went from 5k to 2.5k
    • High Quality Metal Ore went from 5k to 250
    • Stone went from 5k > 1.5k
    • Metal Ore went from 5k to 500
    • Removed C4
    • Removed bones

Jason still has some cool clothing and some valuable Skin Perk tools. Just remember, if you don’t kill him, he’ll track you down and kill you when you least expect it 🙂

Wipe Schedule

Last night was a wipe so get building! 🙂 I hope the weekly schedule makes things a bit more fresh for you all. It certainly will give me the ability to fine tune the server and get an idea of how changes will affect gameplay. I’m hoping for better balance between builder and raider. I’m sure I’ll be making several adjustments over the next couple wipes based on observation and feedback from you all.

Btw, I know I rarely mention Vanillatopia, but that’s just because the Vanilla experience requires few changes. I am planning on adding some new plugins to it, but of course the foundations of it will remain as pure as I can keep them. Modtopia is another story. Please as always keep the feedback coming. I appreciate it Bumfuzzlers!