Tag: AI

Host, Resolution, Wipe

Host, Resolution, Wipe

The image related issues are now officially resolved.ย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Kit Menu

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

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

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

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

Skip Night

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

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

In-Game Store

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

Skin Shop

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

Server Issues

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

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

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

Wipe

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

 

Skydiving, Bandits, Canoes

Skydiving, Bandits, Canoes

Hey Bumfuzzlers! It’s been some time since I posted about what’s coming in Rust and with the patch steadily approaching for June 7th, it’s probably a good idea to spill the can of beans! There’s quite a bit in the works you’re definitely going to want to see! Some of it will require some guessing though ๐Ÿ™‚ Here we go!

Skydiving

I have my doubts that they are adding the ability for players to skydive, but they have in their plans to add the ability to freefall, parachute and land. I have a strong feeling this will be for NPCs. Maybe we’ll see an event that will have NPCs parachuting down from a flying vehicle? Then again…maybe I’m wrong and it is players!

I can say that early one when I added monument NPCs, I had an option available to me to have NPCs parachute out. It was really awesome to see. Unfortunately Facepunch released a patch that squashed that. Bumfuzzlers!

Bandit Town

It appears we’ll be getting a new monument that may play opposite the Scientist Compound. It won’t be in the next patch, but when it comes, there’s a good chance it may eventually come along with some sort of player rating system to determine who has been naughty and nice. The nasty ones may only be allowed into this swampy underbelly of society! You know who you are ๐Ÿ™‚

Canoes

It appears we’ll be seeing a new raft, which appears to be a combination of theย  our current raft and viking boat setup. This will allow for two people and will likely go faster if both paddle. The likely advantage is the lack of noise and required fuel and it will be potentially craft-able. Here’s some idea of what they may look like:

Fishing

I know at least one professional fisherman who is excited about this! Yes, we’re going to be getting fishing poles and it appears they will even have bobbers! Something tells me quite a few of you will be hanging out in your boats and rafts out on the water, sipping a beer and eating your latest catch! Good times ๐Ÿ™‚ Feast your eyes!

Even bobbers? lol

Swimming Animations

It was quite a while ago that I posted information on hand gestures and we haven’t seen those yet, so I have no idea when we might see these. Regardless, they are surely coming and they will really do a great job of adding that immersive feeling when swimming.

Monument Puzzles

This one has been a long time coming too. I mentioned this several months ago. The reason I’m mentioning it now is that there’s been some activity and there’s a possibility some of this might make it into the next patch!

It appears there will be new areas added to the Power Plant, Sewer Branch, Military Tunnels and the Airfield among others that will incorporate situations that require key cards and fuses. These items will likely allow you to get past locked doors, but my guess is there may also be some other uses.

Here’s some snaps of the sewer branch updates:

Here is what the Military Tunnel additions will look like:

When I first mentioned these monument puzzles a while back, it was said that some of them might require more than one player. I’m unsure if that still holds weight.

Artificial Intelligence

There have been updates to AI and also some speculation on some things to come.

It’s apparent that scientists will gain an awareness of sound making silencers more useful. In fact, all weapons will be given different ratings when it comes to volume and, in turn, some weapons will alert AI and their buddies more easily. NPCs will also be given memory so that they hold a grudge for a while after negative interaction with you.

Lastly, the scientists at the junkpiles are currently in a defensive, passive mode on the staging branch so they won’t bother you if you don’t bother them. Also when triggered, they won’t bother anyone but the person who triggered them. This however, may or may not be in the next patch. We’ll see.

Well Bumfuzzlers, that’s quite a bit coming and I’m sure that’s not all. Stay tuned as the June 7th patch creeps up on us and enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Gestures, Oak, Floaters

Gestures, Oak, Floaters

There’s a bunch of things in the Rust pipeline I wanted to make sure you Bumfuzzlers knew about. Here’s a quick rundown of some goodies coming our way!

Floaters

Finally, players won’t be able to run out into the ocean to deny attackers loot. In the coming update, bodies float in the water and will even travel down streams with the flow of the water! Very nice update to enhance the realism!

Gestures

Finally gestures seem to be closer to reality with this video posted on Twitter by one of the Rust developers. Check out the video below to see the player wave hello, give a thumbs up/down, clap, surrender, give an ok sign and even point! This is really awesome!

Motor Boats

The motor boats that we’ll see in the next patch coming on April 5th now has some updated looks as it’s been polished and textured. It now has storage and requires fuel to run.

This water craft won’t be craftable and is said to disappear after about an hour – presumably if it’s not used. You can find it spawning on beaches and near lighthouses. Should be a nice addition.

Bullet Impact

Apparently now bullets will kick up the surface of water properly, but at the moment, at least in the staging branch, it just works on the ocean. I assume this is coming to streams soon.

Chinook

The Chinook is coming in this next patch is seems! It’ll be awesome to have a new event. What’s awesome is that they seem to have made it somewhat intelligent and it’s said they will be updating the Helicopter with that same intelligent AI in the future!

Scientists

They’ve been tweaking things a bit and it seems there is now a delay between sighting players and shooting at players. Also, they should be spawning at junk piles by default.

Skin Loading Fixes

I have had nothing but issues with plugins that use skins for roughly a month. It affected the loading of Skins for players and plugins like SkinBox (allows you to change skins of items /skinbox), SkinLoot (spawns in various skins for SkinPerks), SkinPerks (gives special powers to skins – “still broken it seems :'(” ), PlayersSkins (allows players to set default skins for items) and I believe even LustyMap (the map shown using key M and in upper left).

Apparently this last Thursday they’ve made some updates which have allows many of the plugins to work again. I’ll be tweaking all of this stuff soon and posting separately about it, but I’m hoping to see the server getting back to normal soon!

Oak Trees

The Rust landscape should get a great makeover soon with some new trees. In the next patch we’ll see Oak trees of all variations of leafy to bare, to dead.

In the future we’re going to see birch and beach trees too! You can see a pic of them below.

They’ve made some really nice graphical improvements over the recent months. I’m very impressed from where it’s come.

Hair Styles

Facepunch wants to ensure we get an assortment of player look and feel. They’re going to be adding shaved heads with larger beards, short afro’ish hairdos and even ginger setups!

I’ll keep you Bumfuzzlers updated as I have more news about upcoming changes.

Here’s a great overview of some of the things I’ve mentioend!

Chinook, Bushes, Chainsaw

Chinook, Bushes, Chainsaw

While Facepunch has left early access and patches will be reduced to once per month (on 1st Thursday of each month) they are still making changes to the code in preparation for that patch so we can know what they have upcoming! So, Bumfuzzlers, let’s take a look at some of the things they’re working on! Keep in mind I can’t promise all these items will be in the next patch, but they are currently working on them.

  • Spotlights will now require Building Privileges
  • Bandages and syringes have info panels
  • Repair benches no longer require wood to build
  • Repairing now costs 20% of items full cost instead of 50%
  • New graphic setting for world reflections improves look
  • Chinook Airdrop Event is in the works
  • AI Improvements, how they interact and where they spawn
  • New bushes added, willow and spice color variances
  • Chainsaw fully textured and animated to be added
  • No-Recoil scripts are officially declared cheats. You’ve been warned!

All in all, it appears they are continuing work on the game and are prepared to make some pretty epic additions like the Chinook event and the Chainsaw! It’s going to be awesome to find someone with a wood base and cut down their door like the Texas Chainsaw Massacre! ๐Ÿ™‚

Well, Bumfuzzlers, enjoy! I’ll update weekly about how their work goes! Have fun!

Tunnels, Pillars, Chainsaw

Tunnels, Pillars, Chainsaw

We get a forced wipe this week, blueprints and map, but of course it’s part of our schedule anyway. What isn’t part of our schedule is that next week Facepunch is forcing a wipe of blueprints and map again! Very poor on their parts, but what can ya do? We’ll Bumfuzzler on. They must be doing something special to mark their leaving early access.

Anyways, we have an update here to talk about! There’s at least one somewhat controversial change which is related to pillars.

Military Tunnels Rework

The new pictures really look sweet. Take a look at this pics!

Pillar Removal

We have one less item to use in building now that they removed the pillars. Here’s what they had to say about it.

“We’ve removed the pillar building block since it was rarely ever used and came with significant disadvantages in terms of upkeep. We realize that some people preferred pillars for aesthetic reasons, and we have some conditional models for wall frames planned for the near future to address those concerns.

I also ensured that wall frames now provide the same stability as walls and doorways to make bases easier to plan. This also makes wall frames a great option to add additional stability to your builds.”

I’m eager to see what they add to cover this.

Around Corners

If you ever got killed by someone peeking around corners you’ll be happy they’ve made this change. They’ve changed the way game traffic is communicated to ensure there’s no delay between players when peeking.

Player & Monument Spawns

There should be no more spawning of any kind on islands. I like this change, especially when players spawn onto an island that other players have tried to take over. Also, with monuments, players could build around the monuments easily and prevent others from getting to them.

AI Improvements

They’re working on giving AI the ability to open doors and break down barricades which sounds really awesome.ย  Also, they are adding the ability to have AI move between patrol points better. AI will now also take transparent walls, like fences, into account when generating the Navigation meshes. I wonder if they’ll stop shooting through obviously solid objects.

First Person Clothing

In the video below you’ll see the progress on making shirts visible in the view port. This adds quite a lot of depth to the game and I’m really looking forward to this.

Chainsaw

Looks like we’ll eventually get ourselves a chainsaw ๐Ÿ™‚

As always here are some highlight updates that make the patch! Enjoy Rusting Bumfuzzlers!

Devblog 196 February 01 2018

  • NEW Added 10 tutorials
  • NEW Added functional water wells
  • NEW Mini Water Well Monuments
  • NEW Added hilltop rocks
  • NEW New network interpolation and extrapolation
  • FIXED AI no longer ghost through fences and other transparent walls
  • FIXED AI no longer ghost through barricades
  • FIXED Fixed an ice lake exploit that allowed people build near trucks
  • FIXED Fixed Hapis floating barrels at Site A
  • FIXED Fixed spawning in the ocean on Savas
  • UPDATED Military Tunnels Level Design Refresh
  • UPDATED Added recycler to Savas KOTH
  • UPDATED Ak47 admire animation
  • UPDATED Double shotgun admire animation
  • UPDATED Eoka admire animation
  • UPDATED Mp5 admire animation
  • UPDATED Water bucket admire animation
  • UPDATED Rock admire animation
  • UPDATED Players no longer spawn on islands
  • UPDATED Maps have significantly more cliffs and hills
  • UPDATED Rivers have a nicer color
  • UPDATED EAC SDK update
  • UPDATED Monuments no longer spawn on islands
  • UPDATED Reduced player tick delay (peeker’s advantage)
  • UPDATED Removed wood cost from double sheet metal doors
  • UPDATED Hapis old caves now have lighting
  • UPDATED Hapis updated with new water well monuments
  • UPDATED Updated Savas KOTH loot table with newly introduced items
  • REMOVED Removed pillar building block
Hands, Water Wells, AI

Hands, Water Wells, AI

With the impending Early Access exodus upon us, it appears the Facepunch crew is trying to tie some loose ends for you Bumfuzzlers! We’ve got various tips, AI changes and more so read on!

Noob Tips

To help new players along, there’s been a surge of Game Tips and Loading Tips. About 20 Game Tips will help new players survive in that first day while Loading Tips will make sure you get a full edumacation while loading the game on your 486. Pay attention!

Smarter AI

It appears the NPCs got a kick in the pants this week as “they will charge less, hug cover more and sidestep in/out from it.” Facepunch goes on to say “They will know the difference between advancing, flanking and retreating to cover, and when they retreat they will turn and sprint. They will also know when their cover has been compromised. They’ll stop to shoot, rather than run-and-gun with perfect aim.” Sounds to me like they’re getting much smarter so watch out out there! Especially with the Boss of Hearts! ๐Ÿ™‚

Viewmodel Clothing

Finally we will be able to see our clothing in the first person view and in admires. This definitely will add more realism to the game and make it feel more complete. Check out the picture below to see what I mean. That’s going to look great with all the Skin Perks!

Water Wells

They’re adding two more variations of the water wells. I really like the look of them. They add a lot to the game.

Admire Changes

Looks like you can now admire your geetar while you play your magical tunes for the other players on the server!

There’s a bunch of other changes and fixes abound as you can see by the list down below. As usual I’ve highlight my favorites.

Devblog 195 January 25 2018

  • NEW New third person sounds for all handheld water containers
  • NEW New flare sounds
  • NEW Add burning fuse sound to survey charge
  • NEW New third person sounds for the medical syringe
  • NEW New third person deploy sound for the building planner
  • NEW Flare admire animation
  • NEW Flashlight admire animation
  • NEW Added 20 new contextual game tips
  • NEW Added printpos / printrot / printeyes admin console commands
  • NEW Added 25 loading screen tips
  • NEW Added eat / drink admin console commands
  • FIXED Lower global max voice count on gunshots (perf fix w/ many scientists shooting at once)
  • FIXED Fix for Patrol Helicopter floating in Junkyard
  • FIXED Fixed barrels floating at site B (Hapis)
  • FIXED Fixed players spawning in ocean (Savas Island)
  • FIXED Fixed cheat report opening when typing in chat
  • FIXED Fixed wind generator not been able to be removed by admins using “ent kill”
  • FIXED Fixed having hat skins not allowing the root item to be craftable
  • FIXED Fixed physics.steps exploit
  • FIXED Fixed memory leak in vending machine UI
  • FIXED Fixed crash on exit
  • UPDATED Misc minor sound tweaks & polish
  • UPDATED Guitar admire animation updated
  • UPDATED Machette is now default blueprint and needs WB1
  • UPDATED Note and Building Plan now require wood to craft
  • UPDATED SMG Costs reduced by 1 spring and 5 HQM
  • UPDATED Optimized player network updates
  • UPDATED Optimized reflection probe refresh
  • REMOVED Removed paper
Fireplaces, Frosty, Xmas Lights

Fireplaces, Frosty, Xmas Lights

The Thursday patch proves to be a merry one focusing on getting all of you Bumfuzzlers in the Christmas spirit! Get a load of all the new Christmas goodies!

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Here’s a patch overview

There are definitely other changes such as extra slots added to Tool Cupboards, increased protection for Metal and Armored tiers, no more looking through metal walls, various added sounds and AI adjustments. As always I’ve highlighted my personal favorites below!

Devblog 190 December 14 2017

  • NEW Enabled Xmas Content
  • NEW Lots of new deployable placement sounds
  • NEW Lots of new deployable interaction sounds
  • NEW Doors require upkeep
  • NEW Wall frame inserts require upkeep
  • NEW Floor frame inserts require upkeep
  • NEW Deployables inside the building privilege radius are decay protected
  • NEW Added decay.delay convars (all default to 0)
  • UPDATED Open/close sounds only play for the local player
  • UPDATED Tweaks to a few existing deployable sounds
  • UPDATED Animal behaviour overhaul
  • UPDATED Optimized upkeep backend
  • UPDATED All barricades can be repaired
  • UPDATED Added extra slots to TC
  • UPDATED Normalized building protection between tiers
  • UPDATED Increased protection for Metal Tier (2x stone)
  • UPDATED Increased protection for Armored tier (2x metal)
  • FIXED Animals can no longer walk through closed doors at monuments
  • FIXED Fixed broken items being traded in vending machine