Tag: Anti-Offline Protection

Blood, Warp, Workbench

Blood, Warp, Workbench

What’s up Bumfuzzlers?! I’m doing a bit of tweaking on Modtopia ahead of the wipe to everything from Homes, Teleports, Charcoal, Prestige levels and also adding a new plugin! Check out the details.

Homes & Teleports (Modtopia)

Lately people have been commenting on homes and teleports and there’s been times I’ve wanted to change it in the past, but just never found time to fully address it. Finally I have and hopefully you all like it better.

For both homes and teleports, uses are unlimited, however the cooldown and countdowns will change and be reduced as move up Prestige levels. Here’s what they look like.

Homes

  • Default: 2 homes, unlim daily, 15 min cooldown, 20 sec countdown
  • Legitimate: Increase: 3 homes (+1), unlim daily, 12 min cool (-3), 15 sec count (-5)
  • Veteran: Increase: 4 homes (+2), unlim daily, 8 min cool (-7), 10 sec count (-10)
  • Allegiance: Increase: 5 homes (+3), unlim daily, 5 min cool (-10), 5 sec count (-15)
  • VIP:  Increase: 6 homes (+4), unlim daily, 3 min cool (-12), 3 sec count (-12)
  • Blood: Increase: 7 homes (+5), unlim daily, 1 min cool (-14), 1 sec count (-14)

Teleports

  • Teleport: unlim daily, 15 min cooldown, 20 sec countdown
  • Level 11: Increase: unlim daily, 12 min cool (-3), 15 sec count (-5)
  • Level 19: Increase: unlim daily, 5 min cool (-10), 5 sec count (-10)
  • Level 24: Increase: unlim daily, 4 min cool(-1), 10 sec count (-20)
  • Level 26: Increase: unlim daily, 3 min cool (-12), 3 sec count (-12)
  • Blood: Increase: unlim daily, 1 min cool (-14), 1 sec count (-14)

Thanks Doge, Twisted Rhythm, Lich, Annyu for the feedback

Charcoal (Modtopia)

I’ve increased charcoal production by 20%. Before the changes, 100 wood would  yield 34 charcoal and now 100 wood yields 56 charcoal. It doesn’t seem like a lot on that level, but it should give quite a bit more with large quantities of wood.

 

Upgrade Workbench (Modtopia)

I’ve added a new plugin that for now unlocks at Prestige level 28. If you’ve ever hated having your entire base being taken over by workbenches, trying to find space, this plugin is for you!

Now, you can type /upgradewb and as long as you have the resources, it will upgrade the workbench you’re looking at for the cost. For those of you who like to keep your footprint light this is a great way to save square footage.

Blood Prestige (Modtopia)

I’ve been promising it for a while, but I simply didn’t have the time. It literally took me 3 full hours to implement it and it wasn’t a casual stroll through the park.

I’m going to have to tweak the levels next since I really want to add more powerful unlocks towards the bottom of the Prestige ladder, but at least now the people who have the most loyalty will get benefits regarding homes & teleports. I’ll try to add more perks as I can.

I finally did it soundklown!

Prestige Levels (Modtopia)

Just to save me some typing, I’d wander over to the plugins page for Modtopia and take a gander at the way the levels are setup. The quick of it is, VIP used to be the highest level, but now above it we have Level 26, Level 27, Level 28, Level 29 and then finally Blood. I also added free skins to Level 21 (/skin shop)

Anti-Offline Raiding

We’ve used the plugin for a long time that prevented offline raiding, but it’s been controversial and resources are so plentiful that I think it’s time to put it to rest. Now, if you sign off, you’re stuff is up for grabs. Sorry!

Hope you Bumfuzzlers like the changes! Give me feedback as always. It’s extremely helpful in helping me tweak the server. Keep your eyes pealed for the wipe on 10/4. I think we’re going to be getting some nice goodies.

Ransack, Sympathy, Ladders

Ransack, Sympathy, Ladders

Hey Bumfuzzlers! I’ve got some big changes for you that will definitely change the way you play. I’ve finally been able to finish a new exclusive plugin, available to only our servers that will hopefully remake everyone’s experience with Rust when it comes to raiding. Along with that, I also have some large and small changes I wanted to let you know about. Read on!

Fuses (Modtopia)

Turned out there was a really low fuse count on the server so I’ve increased them a bit. Originally there were around 6 or 7 in the world, but now they’re a little more than double that. I can increase them more of course, but since it’s an important item, I didn’t want to saturate the loot tables with them. You will find that fuses will spawn either individually or in groups of two!

You can now find them in the following areas:

  • locked ch47 crates
  • elite crates
  • mine crates
  • mine carts
  • normal crates
  • underwater advanced crates

Thanks WRecKLeSS for the feedback!

Bad Bot Behavior (Modtopia)

I’ve seen the bot either replying with answers that were confusing or not replying to questions. I’ve made some adjustments to ensure more questions are answered and some confusing wording is reduced – hopefully 🙂

Whatever you do, don’t tell the bot he’s handsome. He already has a big head!

Ladder Raiding (Modtopia)

For a long time, Modtopia has had ladders disabled in the building blocked zone. Well, it just so happened the other night beef cake asked me to enable them. I’ve been scheming to enable this for a while, but I was looking to complete a separate raid related idea first.

I’ve always felt allowing building building blocked zones negated the idea of the cupboard. I mean, why have a building blocked zone if others can build in that building blocked zone? It’s called a BUILDING BLOCKED ZONE lol Well, it is what it is, some like it and it does help with solo raiding.

Due to some other changes, that you’ll see when you read on, I’ve changed the server to allow ladders in building blocked zones. Watch your back!

Anti-Offline Raiding (Modtopia)

For a while now, players received a 5 hour Anti-Offline Raid Protection window. Ten minutes after you sign off, you get 100% protection and then it degrades each hour by 20% until it goes to zero. This is going to change slightly.

Instead of a 20% decrease per hour, Anti-Offline Protection will now decrease each hour by 25% to cover a 4 hour window. So, after 10 minutes, it goes to 100%, but then after an hour it goes to 75%, then 50%, 25% and then to zero.

For the record, I’m not a fan of the Anti-Offline Raid Protection, but mostly because it does a very poor job of communicating to the player, the fact that a base is protected. I also don’t like the various abuses that can go on with it. Due to this, I have been working on a replacement for this that I feel will be more fair, but it will be a little while until that’s ready.

As with enabling ladder raiding, this should encourage more raiding, bringing us to the major change I mentioned earlier.

Raid Sympathy (Modtopia)

Now to what I’ve been working on delivering to you Bumfuzzlers – an exclusive plugin you’ll only find here on our servers, that will hopefully cushion the tears typically associated with getting raided and hopefully reduce leavers who get raided and leave the server in search for freshly wiped goodness. Let’s face it, there’s a real suck feeling thinking of all the time you’ll have to spend getting your Rust life back together. No one likes that.

With the new plugin, Raid Sympathy, when someone raids you, the server will sympathize. In fact, it will sympathize to the point that it will give you a percentage of the resources lost due to damaged items. For instance, let’s say someone blows in your door. You’ll get a percentage of those resources back so you can either throw up a new door or quickly get a new base up and running. That means you can be back at it without much delay, dangerous and vengeful!

As of this post, this new plugin has gone into effect, but of course I expect changes over the next couple wipes until it’s tweaked.

How does it work?

  • Some Bumfuzzler blows up your stuff
  • 10 minutes after you’re violated, you are given 75% of the resources for that blown up stuff (this % may change in the future)
  • You are notified that you have these resources available, both every so often and when you sign on
  • You can check to see if you have resources available (/sympathy)
  • You can choose to accept the resources whenever you’d like (/sympathy get)
  • Resources will accumulate so if you’re raided again before you accept the resources they’ll be added to

What items are covered?

  • All basic structural items such as walls, foundations, frames, etc.
  • All structurally related items such as doors, window treatments, etc.
  • All items like barricades, water catchers, furnaces, etc.

My hope is that this will now balance out raiding. It’ll be easier to raid, but the affects of the practice will be less intrusive and won’t ruin the entire wipe for players even if they were foundation wiped. Sure you’ll lose items, but you’ll get something in return. If you build your base wisely, it should help you keep things going.

Special thanks to MrNiceGuynrfh3rd3r for helping me test the first draft of this plugin just before the wipe.

Leveling Gather Rates

I’ve tinkered with gather rates a little bit. I’m still trying to find the sweet spot. I was hoping to extend the levels from 50 to 100, but the math just isn’t there. It would give veteran players far too much advantage.

Here’s what’s been changed.

  • The default multiplier was raised from 1 to 1.25. This should hopefully help new players get resources slightly quicker.
  • The points per hit were raised from 30 to 50. Will help players gain levels faster.
  • The points per hit at night were raised from 60 to 100. Will make night more valuable.
  • The per level multiplier was lowered from 1.25 to 1.00.
  • The level cap remains capped at 50
  • The per level multiplier at night lowered from 2.0 to 1.5. You’ll still see some serious multipliers at night.

Don’t forget that Quarries are boosted to 10x the resources during the day and 12x at night! They should be a great source of resources.

Raid Notes

I switched plugins to help me log raids so that I’ll have the best information possible for if something doesn’t go as expected. Of course I’m watching you troublemakers! 🙂 I think given these changes, I’m going to need to have some more robust logging, but we’ll see! 🙂

Base Size Increase

To avoid spamming, the building size was set to 2,000 structural items. I’ve now raised this up to 2,500 to give designers a little more freedom – especially with the new changes to raiding. This way you can add just a few more walls in between you and the no-do-gooders!

I hope these changes are welcomed and celebrated by Bumfuzzlers far and wide 🙂 Have a great time on the server and let me know if you have any feedback! It’s always welcomed!

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!

 

Offline Raids, Supers, Loots

Offline Raids, Supers, Loots

Bumfuzzlers, again, we’ve got lots to talk about! On the heels of all the recent changes, I have a new batch of modifications that I hope you like. Here we go!

Anti-Offline Raiding

I was going to wait on this, but DJRYFY put it in my ear and I figured maybe making changes before a wipe is better than waiting a week. With the new absence of ladders inside of building blocked zones, it’ll be harder to raid and even without that fact, I’ve been wanting to change the offline raiding for a while now. My goals were two-fold. 1) give less protection time and 2) make it easier to understand. So here’s what I came up with:

As always, once you sign off, protection will kick in 15 minutes from that time. Once it kicks in, it will initially go to 100% and decrease each hour by 10%. This will give you Bumfuzzlers some protection for up to 10 hours so you can go to work, eat your TV dinner and still have some bonus to spare! In the previous mode you’d have some protection up to 36 hours so this is a major change.

Here’s an example based on a sign off of 11:45pm:

  • 11:45pm you sign off
  • 12:00am 0-1 hours 100% protection
  • 1:00am 1-2 hours 90% protection
  • 2:00am 2-3 hours 80% protection
  • 3:00am 3-4 hours 70% protection
  • 4:00am 4-5 hours 60% protection
  • 5:00am 5-6 hours 50% protection
  • 6:00am 6-7 hours 40% protection
  • 7:00am 7-8 hours 30% protection
  • 8:00am 8-9 hours 20% protection
  • 9:00am 9-10 hours 10% protection
  • 10:00am protection has ended

SuperHeli Adjustments

To me it seems like some big ticket items – and a lot of them – are really easy to get. For instance, the Helicopter Refuel and Pilot Eject events are really easy to complete successfully. So I got to thinking it would be a good idea to start trimming around the edges a little. I didn’t adjust the loot in the crates, but I did adjust the crate amounts. For the Helicopter Refuel I cut the crates from 6 to 3 and for the Pilot Eject event I cut the crates from 3 to 1.

I also adjusted the SuperHeli to make it easier to take down in terms of health, but I adjusted it slightly in aggression. I cut the health in half (now 7,500), but increased speed by 25%, upped blunt damage 40, explosive damage 40, explosion radius from 5 to 7.5 and increased max rockets by 5. I did cut you Bumfuzzlers a break by adjusting the time between rockets from 0.35 seconds to 0.50 seconds 🙂

Loot Rarity

There were some items that I felt were a little off in terms of rarity. There were also some situations where items never even spawned out there in the world and I figure why not? Let’s do it. For the sake of discussion, keep in mind the rarity is on a scale of 0 to 5 like so:

  • Never Spawn = 0
  • Common = 1
  • Uncommon = 2
  • Rare = 3
  • Very Rare = 4

The following items never spawned:

  • bbq adjusted 0 > 1
  • fireplace adjusted 0 > 1
  • floor grill adjusted 0 > 1
  • floor ladder hatch adjusted 0 > 1
  • wooden box adjusted 0 > 1
  • large wooden box adjusted 0 > 3
  • flare adjusted 0 > 2
  • snowball adjusted 0 > 1
  • snowman adjusted 0 > 2
  • all Christmas tree and decorations adjusted 0 > 2

The following items I always thought were strangely set:

  • furnace adjusted 3 > 2
  • furnace large adjusted 1 > 3
  • code lock adjusted 3 > 2

The following were adjusted to make quests (/q) a little easier:

  • bleach 2 > 1
  • blood 2 > 1
  • glue 2 > 1
  • duct tape 2 > 1

Running Man Change

For the last few weeks I’ve been thinking this plugin gives players a free reward for sitting on their bums in their base trying to avoid someone from killing them. On the other hand, it gives them a reward for revealing their location since other players use it to find out where a players base is. Well, right now at least, I think this whole thing is a bad idea. I want players to be able to keep their bases secret, I want others to explore and I don’t want to give Bumfuzzlers rewards for sitting on their tookus.

So for now, I’ve disabled this plugin until I can consider adjustments.

Teleportation Adjustments

I’ve given everyone 10 more teleports. By default, Bumfuzzlers now get 30, Legitimate 32, Veteran 34, Allegiance 40 and VIP 50. This should help out getting around better!

SuperBradley Changes

The SuperBradley has for a long time despised the NPCs and felt the need to torture them with an endless barrage of relentless damage! It never really made sense to have the tank fire on what would most likely be his own team! Now, the Bradley will play nice with the NPCs and only hate you 🙂

I’ve also made some changes to the Bradley as well. The SuperBradley now respawns after 30 minutes, has a start health 500 higher, it’s turrets were adjusted to shoot 20 meters further and the speed was adjusted down 20%. Additionally, crates were adjusted down to 3 to match the SuperHeli.

Lifetime Packages

After some careful thought and a couple requests, I’ve added lifetime packages to the Bumfuzzler store. However, for now, I’ve only added this to the Warp Master, Blueprint Master,  Builder, Gather, Hunter & Raider packages. You’ll now find these packages available in 1 month, 2 month or lifetime varieties. I’ll consider expanding this to the other packages in the near future. Check out the store for more information!

I hope you like the adjustments and continue to have great fun! Stay tuned for fun things coming in February! (I hope. School starts again for me so I might be too optimistic lol)