Category: Wipe

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!

 

Compound, Scuba, Role Play

Compound, Scuba, Role Play

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

The Compound

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

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

 

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

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

Underwater Unlocked

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

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

 

 

AntiCheat

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

First-Person Clothing

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

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

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

Devblog 200 May 03 2018

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

Drag Bodies, Trajectory, Wipes

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

@Mentions

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

Rocket Trajectory

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

Notice the line coming from the sight!

Drag Bodies

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

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

Wipe Schedule

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

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

Wipe Block

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

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

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

Anti-Offline Raiding

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

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

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

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

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

Elevators, Jason, Gifts

Elevators, Jason, Gifts

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

Various Modtopia Fixes

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

Notable Modtopia Changes

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

Elevators

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This menu allows you to

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

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

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

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

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

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

Triangles, Buoyancy, Chinook

Triangles, Buoyancy, Chinook

Big update this past Thursday! Got lots of new toys for all you Bumfuzzlers! We’ve got everything from motor boats, to a new Chinook event, to triangle walls and more! Here’s a quick overview of what’s new in Rust!

Motor Boats

They call them row boats, but that doesn’t make any Bumfuzzler sense to me. They have an outboard motor and speed around in the water! Ain’t no oars in sight! lol

You’ll find somewhere around 48 spawned around the map. Make sure you fuel them up, push them into reasonably deep water and sit in the seat closest to the motor. Oh! And make sure to start the engine!

Check them out! And don’t forget, with the fishing plugin we have on Modtopia you can use /castfishingpole to fish 🙂

Also, now that you can skip around on your new high speed aquatic vehicle, you can get to the loot piles out in the ocean!

Buoyancy

As they were working with making boats float, it appears making bodies float was just as easy so now… bodies float! 🙂 It’s a good addition for those of us who enjoy realism.

Chinook Event

This thing rocks! 🙂 It’s filled with scientists, flying bullets and special cargo!

The cargo has a special lock on it that will take some time to open so you’ll have to defend it against other players. It’s said damaging the laptop will simply slow it down so best not to do that!

Water Impacts

Now bullets have the proper reaction when shot into the water. It looks really nice!

The Forest

The foliage is looking quite awesome with the changes!

 

New Map

Personally, I love using LustyMap (key m or /map – only available on Modtopia) but the game map has gotten some great improvements! There’s so much more detail now and you can really see the topography of the land. I do wish you could fully zoom out, but it’s still nice. It shows the crate for the Chinook event real clearly on the map. I’m expecting an update to LustyMap to do the same.

Triangular Walls

Now more weird looking roofs now that we have triangle walls. I wonder what else people will use them for?!? Guess we’ll have to see 🙂

Tons of Balances

Here’s a quick list of some of the changes:

  • The AK47 now has increased recoil and a slightly more complicated recoil pattern during the initial burst.
  • The AK47 now has less accurate firing from the hip due to an increased aimcone value for hipfire.
  • Semi Automatic Pistol now has a HQM cost of 4 (was 8)
  • Semi Automatic Rifle now has a HQM cost of 4 (was 0)
  • All SMGs cost half the HQM they used to (including mp5)
  • Heavy Plate Armor pieces are half price
  • T-Shirt costs 20 scrap to research (was 75)
  • Longsleeve shirt costs 20 scrap to research (was 75)
  • Longsword crafting cost was halved
  • Hide armor leather costs halved
  • Bolt action rifle cost reduced significantly
  • BAR more damage
  • Heavy Plate less nerf
  • Shirt/longshirt more radiation protection
  • HV rockets deal 1/4 rocket damage
  • HV Rockets cost 1/4 what basic rockets cost
  • Rocket launcher cost reduced

Enjoy Bumfuzzlers! Lots of great things in this patch and a lot of great things coming! Below I’ve highlighted the major changes (IMO)

Devblog 199 April 05 2018

  • NEW Added Powered rowboat vehicle
  • NEW Added Chinook Event
  • NEW Multiple seats in vehicles
  • NEW Added lakeside forests
  • NEW Added Birch, Oak and Beech trees
  • NEW Added projectile pooling (gunfight performance)
  • NEW Bullets now impact water
  • NEW Added server asset warmup (performance hiccups)
  • NEW New client side entity parenting (performance, vehicle support)
  • NEW Added triangular conditional wall models
  • NEW Junkpile Scientists
  • NEW Hapis – Added Junkyard monument
  • NEW Hapis – Added Outpost B3 small monument
  • NEW Hapis – Added sewer branch monument
  • NEW Hapis – Added Collapsed Tunnel small monument
  • NEW Hapis – Mining outpost
  • NEW Added vehicle spawns to Savas KOTH
  • NEW Added horse meat (needs icons)
  • NEW vehicle_flipy and vehicle_sensitivity convars (unused)
  • NEW Hair Cap system
  • NEW Head and Facial hair styles
  • NEW Player Corpses float on water
  • NEW Variable wind animation
  • NEW Added floating offshore junkpiles
  • UPDATED Updated ingame map to be more detailed
  • UPDATED Map coords swapped so that the letter is horizontal
  • UPDATED Eye Adaptation and LUTs updated
  • UPDATED Tweaks to dynamic grass and terrain splat colours to align
  • UPDATED Re-added display of decals on static furnace, mining quarry, pumpjack & small refinery
  • UPDATED Changes to ocean and river reflectivity to be more physically accurate
  • UPDATED Caves Spikes Trap nerfed
  • UPDATED Major network interpolation & extrapolation improvements
  • UPDATED Updated EAC
  • UPDATED Stripped server schema refresh (performance hiccups)
  • UPDATED Significantly improved shading on new foliage
  • UPDATED Increased overall forest sizes
  • UPDATED Big mix pass over most of the sounds in game
  • UPDATED Spawning scientists are invulnerable until activated
  • UPDATED Scientist reaction time goes up when they get hit
  • UPDATED Hapis – Updated Site A and B tunnels
  • UPDATED Hapis – 8 new cave and tunnels
  • UPDATED Hapis – updated roads
  • UPDATED Hapis – Updated site b tunnels to have radiation
  • UPDATED Updated Savas KOTH loot table with all recently added items
  • UPDATED AK47 has more hip aimcone
  • UPDATED Water reflections
  • UPDATED Temporal anti-aliasing
  • UPDATED Pubic, Armpit and Eyebrow hair
  • UPDATED AK47 has more difficult recoil
  • UPDATED Added 4 HQM to SAR cost
  • UPDATED Removed most Junk from Airdrops + Elite Crates
  • UPDATED TShirt/LongShirt additional radiation protection
  • UPDATED Reduced SAP HQM cost by 4
  • UPDATED Heavy Plate Armor slightly less movement speed reduction
  • UPDATED Heavy Plate Armor cost Halved
  • UPDATED HV Rockets cost slightly more than 1/4 that of regular rockets
  • UPDATED HV Rockets do 1/4 damage of regular rockets
  • UPDATED Reduced longsword cost
  • UPDATED Reduced rocket launcher cost
  • UPDATED Rocket lancher has increased durability
  • UPDATED You can now research and craft Binoculars
  • UPDATED CCTV + Targeting Computer are stackable to 64
  • UPDATED Hide armor costs halved
  • UPDATED SMGs HQM cost halved
  • UPDATED TShirt/LongShirt costs reduced
  • UPDATED TShirt/LongShirt research cost now 20
  • FIXED Fixed gather amounts being inaccurate on HUD
  • FIXED Fixed NPCs showing in the report list
  • FIXED Fixed main menu only showing one friend
  • FIXED Fixed hitching when opening map
  • FIXED Fixed that servers needed a restart before newly released skins could be used
  • FIXED Fixed health bars not updating when buildings are repaired via upkeep
  • FIXED Fixed being able to walk far away while looting
  • FIXED Fixed ore bonus nodes doing pointless position update ticks
  • FIXED Fixed field rocks sometimes overlapping monuments
  • FIXED Fixed some floating rocks near monuments
  • FIXED Fixed sometimes falling through terrain near monuments
  • FIXED Fixed rare world checksum mismatch on certain seeds
  • FIXED Fixed exploits to dive underneath terrain
  • FIXED Fixed some rock terrain adjustments having reverted
  • FIXED Fixed skin selection icons not refreshing until clicked
  • FIXED Junkpile scientists no longer hover above ground
  • FIXED Hapis – Fixed some out of bounds exploits
  • FIXED Hapis – Fixed junkpile spawns on cliff edges
  • FIXED Fixed gap in Garage door which allowed traps to be trigged through
  • FIXED Fixed blueprint read not using master sound
  • FIXED Fixed flame turret been trigger through walls
  • FIXED Pubic hair clipping through clothing
  • FIXED Broken wrists on some clothing items
  • FIXED Placement guides not showing underwater looking from above
  • FIXED Z-fighting in stomped grass when grass displacement is enabled
  • FIXED Particle shadowing inside caves and interiors
  • FIXEDArgument exception in motion blur
  • FIXED Number overflow in occlusion culling
  • FIXED Null reference exception in MaterialColorLerp
  • FIXED River UV stretching in direction of flow
  • FIXED Crash in terrain texturing initialization
  • FIXED Fixed skin shading when in shadow
  • FIXED Foliage biome tinting
  • FIXED Fixed Chainsaw chain direction
  • FIXED Fixed garage door culling at short range when gfx settings low
  • FIXED Fixed thrown objs impacting vehicle they were thrown from
  • REMOVED Removed workshop vote counts (Valve doesn’t send them anymore)
Homes, Teleports, Skin Choice

Homes, Teleports, Skin Choice

Time for some new plugins Bumfuzzlers! There’s a bunch of goodies coming your way! Graphical user interface for teleportation, more control over skinning, crafting lock on rockets and more! 🙂 Also, after a few hours of work and a wipe, the server seems to be behaving and your beloved plugins seem to all be working – including Skinbox! Check it out.

Once again thanks to WRecKLeSS for the map seed choice!

Plugin Fixed

There were a few items not working on Modtopia. Here’s a run down on those issues:

  • Skinbox is now working
  • Furnace Splitter is now working
  • Skin Loot is now working
  • Lusty Map is now working
  • Building Restrictor is now working

There’s some other items I still have to test, but overall it’s a good thing. Not sure what was wrong, but completely wiping the server and installing/re-configuring the plugins one by one got things working again.

Homes GUI

Let’s make getting home a little easier shall we? You teleport home all the time and you mistype your home name or forget your home name all the time! How annoying is that? Now, you’ll have a graphical menu like the one below and all ya gotta do is simply click the name and off ya go! This change affects only Modtopia.

You’ll find the commands are very much the same as they’ve always been, but it’s a lot smoother and of course /home will bring up a menu with your homes.

  • /home – Opens the homes GUI
  • /home {home} – Teleports you to the home
  • /sethome {home} – Creates a new home at your position
  • /delhome {home} – Deletes the home
  • /listhomes – Lists all your homes

Here are the settings again for Loyalty point levels:

  • Default: 3 homes, 30 daily, 5 min cooldown, 15 sec countdown
  • Legitimate: 3 homes, 32 daily (+2), 5 min cooldown, 15 sec countdown
  • Veteran: 4 homes (+1), 34 daily (+4), 4 min cooldown (-1), 12 sec countdown (-3)
  • Allegiance: 5 homes (+2), 40 daily (+10), 3 min cooldown (-2), 10 sec countdown (-5)
  • VIP: 6 homes (+3), 50 daily (+20), 2 min cooldown (-3), 5 sec countdown (-10)

Teleport GUI

Similar to Homes GUI, we’ve got a graphical user interface for teleporting to people! No more typing in another players name and making typo after typo trying to get to where you’re trying to get to. You can of course use Friends UI to teleport to friends too (/fmenu), but for players who aren’t your best buds this is going to be super helpful! This affects only Modtopia

You’ll find the commands are very much the same as they’ve always been, but it’s a lot smoother and of course /tp will bring up a menu with players.

  • /tp – opens the tp GUI
  • /tpr {player} – sends a tp request to {player}
  • /tpa – accepts the incoming tp request
  • /tpd – denies the incoming tp request
  • /tpc – cancels the teleport
  • /tpb – teleports you back (Available for players who purchase the Warp package)

Here are the settings again for Loyalty point levels:

  • Default: 30 daily teleport requests, 5 min cooldown, 30 sec countdown
  • Legitimate: 32 daily teleport requests (+2), 5 min cooldown, 24 sec countdown (-6)
  • Veteran: 34 daily teleport requests (+4), 5 min cooldown, 12 sec countdown (-18)
  • Allegiance: 40 daily teleport requests (+10), 4 min cooldown (-1), 10 sec countdown (-20)
  • VIP: 50 daily teleport requests (+20), 3 min cooldown (-2), 5 sec countdown (-25)

Teleport Adjustments

I also noticed a couple of settings I didn’t expect so I adjusted them:

  • Teleport cooldown for players with the Warp package was changed from 300 to 90
  • Teleport countdown for legitimate was changed from 30 to 24

Craft Lock-On Rockets

Now, on both Modtopia and Vanillatopia, you can craft smoke rockets so you can lock on to whatever you’d like! Great for taking down the heli or damaged supply plane!

Simple type /craft.lockon and make sure you have a basic rocket and 3 tech trash. 

Player Skins

There’s a new skin mod in town and it allows you to do some pretty nice things.

The Player Skin plugin will allow you to purchase skins using tokens converted from your earned currency and then set default skins for the items you craft. The great thing is it covers everything from weapons to clothing to chairs and boxes. You can even vote for the skins to tell people if you like them!

This change will be for both Modtopia and Vanillatopia, however on Vanillatopia there won’t be any need for tokens or economy.

/skin shop – Opens the Skin Shop Menu
/skin – Attempts to Skin the item you are holding (You need to get skins in the shop first)

Thanks to Orion for feedback.

Unavailable Plugins

I didn’t enable every single plugin on Modtopia after the wipe as I’m working through them. It might take me a couple days to do that. I believe I got all the popular ones and most of the semi-popular ones. If you find something isn’t working, please let me know. I’ll jump right on it.

As always thank you Bumfuzzlers!