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SuperHeli, Darkness, Troops

SuperHeli, Darkness, Troops

Hey Bumfuzzlers! Lots of gameplay tweaks to all sorts of topics like skipping a night, Jason Voorhees, the SuperHeli, in-game store commands, power tools,  clans & groups, how the bot’s name voting is going, and more! Get feasting on the words below! 🙂

Skip Night

I made a couple of tweaks to the way the Skip Night works to hopefully improve the usability.

Here’s what I changed:

  • The vote now stays open 90 seconds instead of 240.
    • Why have it on the screen for 4 minutes?
    • It raises the chance of a night
  • On a successful vote, it changes the time to 9:00 instead of 8:00.
    • I found the jolt of going from 18:00 to 8:00 to be jarring. 18:00 is mostly light, but 8:00 is slightly dark.
  • Now you should only be asked once to vote instead of 3 times throughout the night.

Hopefully, this makes the feature a bit more seamless.

Jason Voorhees

I’ve been meaning to make a few changes to Jason. Honestly, he’s not killing enough people!

Here’s what I changed:

  • Health slightly increased
  • Spawning radius increased
    • Now it’s harder to know where he might be
  • Accuracy was slightly increased
  • Damage was slightly increased
  • Respawn time was doubled
  • De-aggression range was increased
    • He’ll now follow you further
  • Metal Chest Plate removed in favor of road sign armor

Thanks to Doc for the feedback.

Clans & Groups

The server is a solo/duo/trio server. This means that groups of 1, 2 and 3 are acceptable while any group above 3 is not. It’s in the server title and description and it’s common terminology for Rust that most people understand.

This limitation is put in place because groups larger than 3 would easily dominate a group of two and surely a solo player. Smaller groups make up the majority of most Rust servers and they need to feel ‘reasonably’ comfortable about their chances of survival. From the server’s perspective, a group of 6 joins the server, they raid the smaller groups at will, those smaller groups leave, the large group has no one to raid, they themselves move on and leave the server without players. Thus, they ruin the experience for everyone.

Given that I recently saw behavior that violated this limitation, I posted about it in Discord and now am writing this to make sure everyone is on the same page because, afterward, it appeared some of you expressed confusion. So let me clarify further and explain some changes I made:

  1. Groups of more than 3, working together, are not allowed.
    • Working together is defined as, on multiple occasions – raiding, sharing resources, sharing bases, being friends to give access to cupboards and doors, friendly-fire, etc.
    • Trading is encouraged for anyone, clan to clan, solo to a clan, etc. Obviously trading C4 for 1 wood to share resources isn’t.
    • Sharing items and resources with new players to get them on their feet is a noble practice and is allowed.
  2. I’ve disabled the clan alliance feature in clans (/clan) to discourage groups working together.
  3. I’ve limited friends to 3 (/fmenu).

So here’s a little FAQ for those who are still confused:

Q: If two people raid who aren’t part of the same clan is that ok?
A: Sure. It’s only two people. However, if either of those people, at some other time, work together with larger groups of 3, that’s a no-no because it will equal 4 or 5 players technically. The two people may want to form a clan if they work together often (/clan) and work as a duo.

Q: I raided with one player last week, then a different player today, and tomorrow I’m raiding with someone else. Is that ok?
A: It’s not a direct violation, but I would suggest not giving off the impression that you’re part of a larger group. It would seem as though you’re in a group with 4 people.

Q: I’m in a clan with two members. Can I raid or take down the SuperHeli with a solo player?
A: Sure. That’s only 3 players. I would however strongly suggest you make them part of your clan and don’t change out that 3rd person every other day. It’s like the previous situation.

Q: What if I was part of a clan, then I left and now I’m still friends with one of them? They have 3 members and I’m playing solo now.
A: You need to unfriend them (/fmenu). Otherwise, you’re still sharing resources because you’ll have access to each other’s locations, doors, cupboards, friendly-fire, etc.

Q: Is giving a player items a violation of this rule?
A: No, it’s not, but there’s a difference between giving a new player or a recently raided solo player an item or two out of kindness and giving another group items in an effort to work together somehow. The intention here is important.

You get the idea I think. You is all smarwt poeple. The idea is to ensure you don’t leverage the strength of a group larger than 3 people because it would be considered ‘ganging up’. If players believe they’ll be steamrolled, it’s doubtful they’ll want to play.

I’ll do my best to be fair about this, investigate and ask questions, but if you screw with me and you’re dishonest, I’ll know. Please be reasonable and fair with me and you’ll get that same fairness in return. For this wipe and for first-time offenders, I’ll be giving warnings. After warnings, I’ll be giving out temporary bans of longer and longer duration.

Super Heli

There were a couple of things that needed changing so I did a little review of the SuperHeli settings.

Here’s what I changed:

  • I modified the way the SuperHeli is purchased from the store (/s) so now it’s more reliable than /callheli
  • Napalm is disabled for now. It causes too much lag. This, unfortunately, disables fires at the crash site. It’s a temporary fix.
  • I’ve raised the SuperHeli’s health slightly.
  • I’ve given the SuperHeli more rockets so it doesn’t run out.
  • The SuperHeli will now stick around for 10 minutes instead of 7. /callheli however may not abide by this.
  • The /callheli cooldowns have been adjusted:
    • Level 17 (/loyalty): 6-hour cooldown
    • Level 23 (/loyalty): 3-hour cooldown
    • Level 27 (/loyalty): 1.5-hour cooldown

Keep in mind buying the SuperHeli from the store is far more reliable than using the /callheli command, but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect. In testing, I’ve never had it fail to come, but some players suggested that does happen. This happens far more with the /callheli command, but that of course is free.

Be careful not to call the helicopter when another one is present. There’s a limit of 1 SuperHeli in the world and exceeding that will ensure your called /callheli will go bye-bye automatically.

Thanks to Doc and Fakiee for the feedback.

In-Game Store

For a while, there’s been some less than desirable behavior from the store when purchasing commands. For one, calling the SuperHeli was spotty at best. Secondly, some commands like buying night and day left players completely confused since day just switched to night without warning.

Here’s what I’ve changed:

  • As mentioned, the SuperHeli on call is more reliable.
  • Every command you buy, with the exception of Turbo Boost, will send a message to the server letting them know you purchased it.
  • The SuperHeli purchase was raised from $250 to $300
  • The Meteor Shower was lowered from $500 to $450

Thanks to Doc for the feedback.

Power Tools

The Jackhammer and Chainsaw may have been a little too easy to find so I’ve done a little tweaking to it.

Here’s what I changed:

  • The chainsaw is slightly rarer
  • You can only find the Chainsaw and Jackhammer in the following places
    • Code Locked Crate
    • Military Crate
    • Advanced Underwater Crate
  • I’ve removed the blueprints for chainsaw and jackhammer from the store (/s)

Now that these work with Z-levels, they should be more important and accordingly no one should get 8 of them at the start of a wipe.

Thanks for the feedback TheFireChef and DFGSlimJim.

Various Issues & Fixes

After this recent patch, we had a few issues and there are still some outstanding, but I’m working on them. Here’s a quick listing.

Fixed

  • Recycler (/rec) wouldn’t craft – Thanks for feedback Naraskgrim
  • /up command doesn’t work – Thanks for feedback Doc

Outstanding

  • Duel (/duel) kit isn’t available when being in top 3 spots – Thanks for feedback Naraskgrim
  • /fireworks command doesn’t work – Thanks for feedback Howdy
  • Leaderboard (/pc) tags aren’t working – Thanks for feedback Doc & TheFireChef

I’m sure there’s more issues waiting to be found, but this is what I know or remember right now. Let me know if you find anything else and I’ll work on them.

Server Promotion

I’ve had a couple of you ask how you can help promote the server and I’m extremely humbled and grateful you would do that.

Here are a couple of ways to promote:

  • Vote daily
    • Click Vote in the website menu at the top
    • This ranks the server at www.rust-servers.net
    • This gives you daily signals and a few economy bucks in the game.
    • Did you know the more you vote the more you get? There are tiers of 50, 100 and 250 for voting counts. If you vote 250 times you get 5 signals each time.
  • Upvote Steam Group Posts
    • When I post on the website, I post in the Steam Group
    • Give the posts a thumbs up so it shows in your Steam feed
    • Leave a comment and/or subscribe to the thread
  • Use www.bumfuzzler.net elsewhere on the net
    • If you make posts or drop links, it helps boost the ranking among search engines for the website
  • Reddit posts
    • I make posts on Reddit to promote the server
    • Upvoting these posts creates tremendous visibility, most posts get 1 upvote at most so even two help a lot
  • Stream playing on the server
    • Stream yourself playing on the server
    • If you have a Twitch account and you regularly steam, send it by. I’ll promote you too.
  • Tell your friends
    • Word of mouth is probably the best way to promote
    • Gift Rust, it’s just $8 until July 9th with the Summer Sale

Be creative! I just ask that you don’t romote Bumfuzzlertopia on other servers or in any way disparage other server admins or servers in order to promote. That’s not cool and I wouldn’t like it if someone else did that the other way around.

Ore Population

A couple of people complained that ores were hard to come by. Most likely that was due to them being in the snow or desert because, after a review, it appears they were low in those biomes. The grassy areas had a good amount already.

I’ve gone ahead and raised the density of ores:

  • Raised ores in snow biome 166%
  • Raised ores in desert biome 201%

This should make ore a lot easier to find.

Naming the Bot

We’ve had the poll up for a few days now and we have some clear front-runners! I’m going to let it run until the next wipe I think.

Here’s what we have for the top 3:

  1. Earl
  2. Trump Jr.
  3. Donald, Donald Jr., Otis (tied for 3rd)

If you haven’t voted, don’t miss out! I’ve put a new poll up that only includes these 5 values for the final run!

The feedback has been flowing mightily and for that, I am truly appreciative. I can’t stress how important it is that I receive your thoughts. I can’t stress enough how important it is that you know I am always open to hearing what you think and I’ll strongly consider all suggestions. I try my best to carefully listen. Keep it flowing and we’ll constantly adjust the server for the better.

All you Bumfuzzlers have fun out there!

Workshop, Shock, Shopping

Workshop, Shock, Shopping

Well, it’s that time of year again Bumfuzzlers! Being naughty or nice will determine whether you get coal or goodies! Lucky for you, all Bumfuzzlers are nice! That means, no matter what, you get goodies 🙂 We’ve got a Christmas event, in-game store, economy, scientists, stacking, in-game map changes and more! Read on!

The North Pole (Modtopia)

Given the time of year, Santa’s Workshop is making a comeback! All the toys are being made up in the snow biome (not necessarily North) ready and waiting for you to get your dirty paws on them! Thing is, you’re going to have to get past the elves who guard the workshop, sneak in and get out quick before Santa wakes up!

There’s a couple things to note:

  1. The doors will automatically open at night. During the day they’re locked. If you try to activate on the door, it’ll tell you the time of day it opens.
  2. The doors will also close so if Santa wakes up while you’re inside, you’re going to be in big trouble. I’d suggest you get out quick.
  3. The boxes inside refresh loot automatically which could be hours or days. If they’re empty, someone might have been there before you or the loot just hasn’t refreshed yet.

The loot should be pretty good, but it should be even better after the next wipe when changes to the store make some items a little harder to get. Read more about that down below. Have fun! 🙂

Cheer and Fear (Modtopia)

If you’re big on the holidays, you may be interested in a collection of Christmas and Halloween items I’ve put together! You Bumfuzzlers can now buy a Christmas Cheer or a Halloween Fear kit that gives you access to foggers and Christmas lights, coffins and Christmas Trees.

It’s a great way to support the server and get some goodies in return! Run over to the store to check them out!

Christmas Shopping (Modtopia)

From the start of the last wipe, it became even more clear to me that the in-game store (/s) needs a bit of work as does the economic system. So, I’m going to be making changes come the next wipe (December 20th).

Here are the major changes:

  • Special items that give dodge, build or damage powers will be removed. You’ll have to find them out in the world which I think will be more enjoyable anyway.
  • Various raid related items like ladders will be removed. We don’t want to allow the in-game store to give too much of a jump on builders. Raiding day 2 is just silly.
  • Ammunition, especially rockets, C4, Satchels and such will be removed for the same reason as above. I’ll leave certain blueprints, but you’re going to have to craft.
  • Resources and components will be removed. Now you’ll have to get off your big fat fatty lol and smack a barrel or two instead of buying 10.000 RP of HQM to build a giant armored base on day 1. (You know who you are! lol)
  • Removed a lot of ‘actual’ items from the store. The blueprints will remain, but the actual items will be removed. You’re going to have to craft.

Here’s a list of some minor changes:

  • Hazmat Suit now gives 1 quantity
  • Santa hat now gives 1 quantity
  • Diving items were removed
  • Frog Boots now gives 1 quantity
  • Scientist Suit now gives 1 quantity
  • Pookie Bear was removed
  • Calling/Killing SuperHeli price raised slightly
  • Calling/Killing CH47 price raised slightly
  • Setting time to 9am/9pm price raised slightly

No doubt this all means balancing of loot will have to be spot on and I’m prepared to monitor it as well as I can. I’ll need feedback from you Bumfuzzlers about any difficulties you’re having with the changes.

Wipe Cycle (Modtopia)

On Modtopia, we’ve changed the wipe cycle to 2 weeks. Thank you to everyone who voted in Discord!

There may be some items I probably have to adjust due to the change (possibly kits and quests), but I think it’ll be for the better just because the 1 month cycle resulted in a low turnout the last two weeks even with the attempted idea of Wipe Kits (which has now been tried and buried so that won’t be happening again).

The point is, struggle along with me in balancing and continue to give me feedback. I’m confident it’ll come out better in the end, but it might take some time and effort.

Economics (Modtopia)

With the changes to the store and to the wipe cycle, I’ve also decided that everyone’s monetary balance needs to reset from time to time.

Right now players can save up their cash just before the wipe and then immediately spend it to get ahead of other players. That causes major issues for players without monies, but it dramatically hurts new players joining the server for the first time at the start of a wipe.

So on the 1st Thursday of every month, when we wipe blueprints, your money will return to 0. Sorry Rockefellers! 🙁

Money Barrels (Modtopia)

Earning money from breaking barrels wasn’t working for some levels (/loyalty), but it worked for others. After testing, it appears that anyone getting earnings per barrel lower than $0.51 received nothing! This meant anyone below Veteran level, even though promised, were a bunch of broke Bumfuzzlers!

To resolve this, you now get money for every 4th barrel instead of every single barrel. This way, the Native level who originally was set to earn $0.25 per barrel will now earn $1 for every 4 and it’ll work just fine. Legitimate levels who earned $0.50 now earn $2 every 4 barrels and so on.

Thanks for the feedback datWaffle21 and Skyy.
Thanks to Shining tradeit.gg for testing.

In-Game Map (Modtopia)

You’ll now be able to see the SuperHeli and the Bradley on the in-game map (press G) displayed as a red dot. You can mouse over the dot to make sure which one it is.

I have the ability now to show any items on the map so I am considering it, but I don’t want to show too much. I appreciate the whole process of discovery and adventure and while it might be useful to show cars, boats and balloons, it’s no fun when you know where everything is. I’m not even sure I like showing the SuperHeli and Bradley, but let’s give it a shot.

Item Stacking (Modtopia)

Recently, a bunch of new items were added to the game, so I had to adjust who those items stacked in inventory.

Here are a list of items that now stack:

  • “barrelcostume”: 256,
  • “cakefiveyear”: 256,
  • “clatter.helmet”: 256,
  • “electric.andswitch”: 256,
  • “electric.battery.rechargable.large”: 256,
  • “electric.battery.rechargable.small”: 256,
  • “electric.blocker”: 256,
  • “electric.cabletunnel”: 256,
  • “electric.counter”: 256,
  • “electric.doorcontroller”: 256,
  • “electric.generator.small”: 256,
  • “electric.laserdetector”: 256,
  • “electric.orswitch”: 256,
  • “electric.pressurepad”: 256,
  • “electric.simplelight”: 256,
  • “electric.solarpanel.large”: 256,
  • “electric.splitter”: 256,
  • “electric.switch”: 256,
  • “electric.timer”: 256,
  • “electric.xorswitch”: 256,
  • “electrical.branch”: 256,
  • “electrical.combiner”: 256,
  • “electrical.memorycell”: 256,
  • “habrepair”: 256,
  • “wiretool”: 256,

Thanks CannonFodder for bringing it to my attention.

Electricity (Modtopia)

With the newness of electricity, I know lots of you probably want to mess around with it. Thing is, it might take you some time to find all the pieces and then to have enough to truly experiment like you’d want to. So I figured I’d put up a package in the store that allows you to purchase all the components and then some. You get goodies, server gets supported and it’s not OP. Worst case, it allows you to better defend your base against pesky raiders.

The kit includes big items like solar panels, batteries large and small, a wind turbine, components, switches and even a generator which isn’t even in the loot rotation right now (only admins can spawn it).

At the least, you’ll have light, at the most, you’ll have experience with making traps or useful time savers like auto lights and doors.

Go check out the Electricity package in the store!

Scientists (Modtopia)

I didn’t like scientists spawning at the junk piles (and based on feedback neither did many of you), but I think it’s appropriate to have them in the Military Tunnels and on the Cargo Ship – and now they are. Hopefully this makes those coveted areas a little more challenging.

Thanks Lancelot50 for your feedback

My Corpse? (Modtopia)

I’ve been having nothing but issues with the /where command. I’ve worked with it several times and sometimes it works for me, it doesn’t for someone else, and vice versa. I’m going to work on this more in the coming weeks, but for now I just disabled it. I hope to get it, or something like it working soon.

Ore Counts (Modtopia)

For some reason ore counts reset during the last wipe which is a bit of a pain since I couldn’t remember what they were set to (lol) and it was balanced really well! I think now the ore counts are slightly higher than I’d like, but it’s better than being too low.  I’ll work at balancing them out over the next few days/weeks.

Please let me know how you feel the balance is. That’ll help me adjust the levels.

M39 Rifle (Modtopia)

Some of you have asked where you can find the new M39 Rifle so I had a closer look. It was available in the Locked Crate and Elite Crate, but now I’ve added it to the Bradley and SuperHeli loot as well. It’s considered rare, but not very rare which means it’s more rare than a pick axe, less rare than C4, and exactly as rare as a Python.

Patch Installed (Modtopia)

There was an optional patch I installed on Modtopia and Vanillatopia around 11am today with the following changes:

  • Fixed LS red card puzzle
  • Several exploit fixes
  • Clatter helm craft enabled

Christmas Update

You can expect the official Rust Christmas update to come on this Thursday, December 13th. I’ll try my best to get the server updated as soon as it drops, but as always I don’t know exactly when Facepunch will work their magic. I’m excited to see what they add this time around. I thought the Halloween update was very creative!

Thank you Bumfuzzlers for supporting the server and for all your feedback. Keep having fun out there! 🙂

Special mention to Three-Fingered Willie, Wuckfit, RaidenPeep, lookits69, and Doc for various feedback!

Perms, Clans, Goods

Perms, Clans, Goods

I’ve got some updates for you Bumfuzzlers! We’ve got talk about Rust patches, signals, airdrops, stacking items, smoke rockets, the SuperHeli and more! Read on!

Signal Cooldown (Modtopia)

Unfortunately it appears the supply signal cooldown was causing smoke grenades to convert into supply signals! We can’t have that 🙂 so I’ve disabled the cooldown for now. Santa will know how many of you took advantage of that one! 🙂 For now, enjoy spamming supply signals and smoke grenades to your heart’s content!

Thanks to Rumguzzler for reporting the issue and for Kreeperlink helping me duplicate it!

Stacking Items (Modtopia)

I noticed, when testing the smoke grenade and supply signal situation, that some items weren’t stacking properly. For instance, smoke grenades only stacked to 2 and the latest Halloween items didn’t stack at all. I went through the items and adjusted stacking numbers to what they should be.

  • Now stacks to 256
    • Smoke Grenades
    • SAM Rockets
    • New Burlap Gloves
    • Coffin Storage Boxes
    • Cauldron
    • Diving Fins
    • Diving Mask
    • Diving Tank
    • Diving Wetsuit
    • Fishingrod Handmade
    • Fogmachine
    • Geiger.counter
    • Gravestone
    • Halloween Lootbag
    • Hazmatsuit Scientist Peacekeeper
    • Knife Butcher
    • Large Candles
    • Leather Gloves
    • Roadsign Gloves
    • SAM Site
    • Scarecrow Head
    • Small Candles
    • Spiderweb
    • Spooky Speaker
    • Strobelight
    • Tactical Gloves
    • Wall Graveyard Fence
    • Watchtower
    • Weapon Mod 8x Scope
    • Wooden Cross
  • Now stacks to 100,000
    • Paper
    • Glue
    • Sticks
    • Blood
    • Salt
    • Bleach
    • Duct Tape
    • Battery

Skull Money (Modtopia)

Originally, you’d get some cash for crushing an opponent’s skull, but some people who will remain nameless lol! It wasn’t supposed to allow fellow clan members or friends to collect the blood money! Due to that, it’s now disabled until there’s a fix. Don’t worry though. Humiliation is still in place!

Sign Images (Modtopia)

There was an issue placing images using sign artist (/sil) on to XXL signs. That’s now been resolved so you should have no issues decorating your base with your favorite memes!

Thanks Doc and Rumguzzler for the feedback!

P.S. – There may be an issue where signs don’t keep their images after a restart. I’m trying to find time to research it further. Special thanks to Doc for helping me test this.

Airdrop Loot (Modtopia)

The airdrops were slightly OP with loot and if you consider that subscribers have been getting 5 airdrops every so often plus airdrops for voting airdrops, it needed a slight nerfing. I’ve left all of the good items in there, but simply added more items to dilute them. This means more randomization and hopefully a bit more fun in finding a good item. It shouldn’t be that difficult as there are still good items in there.

Also, I’ve lessened the subscriber airdrops from 5 to 3. This means you can get your hands on up to 5 airdrops every 48 hours between subscribing and voting. That’s still pretty darn good.

It may take a slight nerf again, but we’ll see. Obviously we all want the loot to be good, but just not over the top.

Thanks to Kreeperlink for your feedback!

Calling SuperHeli (Modtopia)

First of all, why would you call the SuperHeli? 🙂 Regardless of your reasons, when you hit level 17 (/loyalty) you can call the SuperHeli. However, as you level up, cooldowns are supposed to go down and the amount of times you can call the SuperHeli (/callheli) is supposed to go up. Unfortunately that wasn’t happening. Now it will.

Thanks to JoePerry for the heads up!

P.S. – Be careful if you call the SuperHeli either through /callheli or the store (/s). If there is a SuperHeli already up, it may cause the copter you called to be destroyed. There’s a limit imposed on the number of SuperHelis that can exist at one time for obvious reasons. Imagine there were 3 up at a time? Yeesh!

Teleportation (Modtopia)

Similar to the calling of the SuperHeli, there were some missed permissions on teleportation (/tp). Players at certain levels may have been getting the default teleport settings for cooldowns and countdowns when they should have been getting a reduction in time as their levels went up. This should now be resolved.

Thanks JoePerry for the heads up on this one!

Server Patch

There were a number of exploits with the hot air balloon and some other bugs so Facepunch was nice enough to release a server & client patch on Monday. Here’s a list of the various fixes as per Facepunch. It’s not extremely descriptive, but if you were following the various exploits and issues it might make more sense.

  • Fixed footIK mess when crouching
  • Fixed Hot Air Balloon exploit
  • Skin bundle update
  • Fixed lodding issues on rowboat
  • Fixed another Hot Air Balloon exploit
  • Fixed boats clipping in front of cargoship
  • Fixed triggerhurtnotchild warning

Btw, I saw today that Facepunch was doing some work on electricity. It’ll be interesting to see players have to first cut off a base’s electric before going in for the raid.

Clans

Lately, there’s been some talk about clans and their size and while clans are important to the game, I happen to agree some limits might be a good idea. Large clans can overpower a server, create an unsavory environment for solo/duo players and scare new players away from the server. Due to this, I’ve lowered the limit for clan members from the default of 8 to 3.

There’s a good chance I’ll raise the limit in the future, but for now let’s see how this goes. I feel clan member limits should be based on average population of the server. If there’s an average of 10 people on the server at any given time, clan size should be limited to duos or trios. If it’s 25, it can be upped to quads and if it’s 100, we can allow for 8.

Some of the other settings:

  • Alliance Limit: 1
  • Member Limit: 3
  • Moderator Limit: 1
  • Ally Friendly Fire Option: Off

Thanks to everyone for participating in the Discord discussion. I’m sure it’ll be an ongoing topic.

P.S. – I also configured clans to purge the inactive clans after 60 days of inactivity.

Selling Smokes (Modtopia)

Smoke rockets have two modes – locked-on = lots of damage, not locked on = not so much damage. When locked on they do about 20 times more damage and because of that, and the perk of locking on, I’ve gone ahead and lowered the quantity in the store to 1 and raised the cost to 2.

Also, it appears the blueprint for the smoke rocket will actually seem to work, but the crafting menu doesn’t show it there so you can’t actually craft it. Due to that, I’ve removed the blueprint from the store and credited back money to anyone who purchased it.

At the same time, keep in mind you can use /craft.lockon to create lock-on rockets. It’ll require 1 regular rocket and 1 tech part which seems fair.

Thanks to Kreeperlink and Doc for the feedback!

Loot & Resources (Modtopia)

Modtopia used to be set to a 1 week wipe cycle, so in some situations, the loot is still reflecting a shorter life cycle.  Both loot and resources are probably a little higher than they need to be for a 1 month wipe cycle and it’ll take a little bit of time to get it right.

The more feedback I get from you Bumfuzzlers the faster it’ll go. Maybe by next wipe, the server will be tweaked just in time for the North Pole to come to Modtopia. Yes, Santa is coming soon so you better be good for goodness sake! 🙂

Thanks to all the Bumfuzzlers who provided feedback. It’s so critical to ensuring the server is configured properly and the various aspects of the configuration work properly. Let me know what you think about the changes. Nothing is set in stone! Please keep it up and have fun!

 

Over-Power, Kits, MassAir

Over-Power, Kits, MassAir

Hey Bumfuzzlers! I have a bunch of changes to Modtopia to give you a heads up about! There are changes to airdrops, decay, hordes, the store and more! Also, it’s a fresh wipe tonight so let’s take a look!

Airdrops

It appears that timed airdrops were dropping directly to players due to an oversight in the configuration. Now that should be stopped. The airdrops will drop randomly in the map. Thanks MrNiceGuy for the feedback.

In addition, I’ve made it so that there is a mass airdrop of 3 total airdrops at a time, a few times per day. Enjoy!

Mag Boost & Life Stealer

I’ve finally decided to heck with certain plugins since they are a bit overpowered. Magazine Boost and Life Stealer now have been removed from VIPs and from the store.

Zambie Hordes

I had the zambies set to 40 hordes of 3 to 10 zambies each. I’ve now set them to 15 hordes of 3 to 25 each. This should create more dynamic sizes, but allow people to spawn without getting mauled by the undead.

Spawn Kits

When you spawn, depending on your Prestige level (/loyalty) you start with certain items. For instance, VIPs would start with full armor. This has now been changed. Now you’ll spawn with shorts or pants and a few items. Going forward I’ll probably add additional clothes, but of low worth. Hopefully this ensures veteran players are not overpowered.

Thanks MrNiceGuy, Doc, JoePerry. Special thanks to KBKiller18 for making sure I included a rock in the spawn kits!

Decay

Now buildings should require even less upkeep. Overall, the server is now set to 66% lower decay and it was just lowered 33% from what it was. This should help everyone relax a bit more around the fireplace. Thanks MrNiceGuy, nrf3rd3r for the feedback.

Raid Sympathy

Everyone feels bad for your sorry Bumfuzzler, but not that bad. I’ve lowered the amount of sympathy you get back to 75%. Originally it was 100% for testing. Now you’ll get something, but you certainly won’t be rewarded for being a victim you whiner. I suspect I’ll continue to lower it until it feels right. Thanks nrfh3rd3r for the feedback.

In-Game Store

The store is a balancing act. I recently raised things up in price and lowered quantity, but it still needed some work. I’ve now made another bunch of changes, but I’ll assume more will be needed. Obviously getting these prices right requires finesse and time. I’m trying to find a reasonable price that isn’t too low, but certainly seems purchasable.

Here’s the changes:

  • Supply Signal cost raised from 1 to 2 RP
  • Camera is now 1 for 1 RP
  • Binoculars is now 1 for 1 RP
  • Flashlight is now 1 for 1 RP
  • Components were tweaked
  • Removed all food and water
  • Small stocking cost raised from 1 to 2 RP
  • Bandages quantity lowered from 50 to 25
  • Medical Syringes quantity lowered from 100 to 10
  • Large Medkit raised to 15 for 1 RP
  • Cloth quantity changed from 500 to 250
  • Crude Oil quantity changed from 750 to 250
  • Explosives quantity lowered from 50 for 5 RP to 1 for 2 RP
  • Gun Powder quantity lowered from 250 to 50
  • HQ Metal Ore quantity lowered from 300 to 150
  • Sulfur Ore quantity lowered from 1,500 to 150
  • Leather quantity lowered from 500 to 250
  • Low Grade Fuel quantity lowered from 500 to 150
  • Metal Ore quantity lowered from 500 to 250
  • Scrap quantity lowered from 200 to 150
  • Stones quantity lowered from 2,500 to 1,250
  • Wood quantity lowered from 4,000 to 2,000

Thanks MrNiceGuy for store feedback.

I have a lot more to balance, but I hope this brings some things in line. My goal is to reduce overpowered stuff and also the ability to get certain items too easily. After all, it’s no fun if you can get too many things without effort. Some items must be sought after. Looking for feedback from you Bumfuzzlers on the changes! Have fun out there!

P.S. Special thanks to WRecKLeSS for the map choice this wipe and the last!

Clips, Kits, Fish Guts

Clips, Kits, Fish Guts

Heya Bumfuzzlers! I’ve got a bunch of balancing going on this week so bare with me while I try my best to get it right 🙂 We’ve got kit changes, zambie curbing, metabolism, magazine boosting and some awesome buys added to the in-game store! Let’s get cracking 🙂

Zambie Hordes (Modtopia)

There were zambies everywhere! I love em, but unfortunately I think it was lagging the server a little. Because of that, I’ve reduced the zambies to 40 hordes which start of in groups of 3 and grow to 10. Again, you will see zambie hordes join forces when they come in contact with each other so beware! You never know when a giant group will hit!

Thanks MrNiceGuy for the feedback!

Metabolism (Modtopia)

For a while I was toying with metabolism, but as of the last patch it seems people were starving way too quickly. I was using it to try and mimic what real thirst and hunger would be like and it worked, but as with many things in Rust, and certainly in modded Rust, things don’t necessarily keep working 🙁

I’ve disabled it for the time being. I’m not sure it’ll make a comeback 🙁

Thanks MrNiceGuy for the heads up!

Base Recycler

I’ve lowered the crafting requirements for the recycler (/rec) a bit to make it easier to craft.

  • Scrap 250 > 225
  • Gears 15 > 10
  • Metal Springs 15 > 10

Just type /rec after reaching level 18 (/loyalty) or find one out there in a box. There’s a 14% chance you’ll find one!

Subscriber Kit (Modtopia)

For a while now, I’ve been dissatisfied with the subscriber kit contents. I love that Bumfuzzlers subscribe to the site and our Steam group to get it, but it’s simply over-powered with players getting C4 and rockets immediately at a wipe start.

Now the subscriber kit gives players 5 supply signals and it can be used 1 time per wipe. It’s not C4, but it will still give you a leg up at the start of a wipe and it’s somewhat random.

For now I’ve left the standard supply signal kit intact and you can still /vote to receive more supply signals. However, I may be removing that supply signal kit in the coming weeks. If you haven’t already, subscribe so you can keep up on Bumfuzzler happenings!

Thanks Joe Perry, Soundklown and Doc for your feedback!

Challenge Kits (Modtopia)

Similar to the subscriber kit, I’ve believed some of the challenge kits (/pc) are a bit over-powered for some time. I’ve tweaked almost every one of them with some getting more items and others getting less. It’ll still pay to be on top of those leader-boards for sure!

Magazine Boosting (Modtopia)

VIPs have had the power of the clip and it’s a great ability, but it’s time to tweak it a little. Having a 3x clip size over the other players on the server is a bit over-powered and I should have changed this earlier. For now, I’ve reduced its power to 2x. It’s still strong, but as you’ll see next, I think this will balance out.

Thanks to Joe Perry and Doc for the feedback!

In-Game Store (Modtopia)

Now any player can purchase the Magazine Boost and the Life Stealer ability from the store (/s). Up until now, VIPs were the only players who have had access to these abilities, but now anyone can have them. Magazine Boost is as I mentioned before. It gives you 2x the normal clip size for all weapons. Life Stealer, gives you the ability to fill your health when damaging other players.

If you think about it, PVP already awards the player with the most hits on the other. Life Stealer just gives players who land hits that much more of an advantage. Seems like the first few shots will make a major difference in the battle.

Given that reaching VIP requires a bit of loyalty (/loyalty), this should be a big seller. Both items will require 15 Reward Points which is not cheap, but you know it’s worth it! Start saving! 🙂

Thanks to Joe Perry and Doc for the feedback!

Fish Galore

Hey fisherman, I just updated the fishing mod which should now be more streamlined with easier commands and such.

To fish, head off and find some water. You need to be within a few meters or even standing in it. Take your Spear and jab the water floor and haul in a fish. You can also use your Bow or Crossbow to get near the water and shoot at it!

You can also use a fishing pole! While holding a spear, type /makepole to make a fishing pole, then when looking at water, type /castpole. A bobber will appear out in water and a countdown bar will appear onscreen. When the bar disappears, you will either catch something or not!

Bonuses are granted depending on time of day, quality of weapon, what you wear and have on you. By default, there is a very small chance to random loot crates as well!

Happy hunting! err fishing! 🙂

Performance (Vanillatopia)

Over the last week or so, I’ve been having issues with performance on Vanillatopia. I’m working with my host to get it squared away. There were a couple of times it restarted without warning and then afterwards, the plugins wouldn’t load. I just reinstalled some things and the host took at a look at it. I’m hoping the issues will subside, but let me know!

As always thanks to you all for the great feedback. Last minute thanks to MrNiceGuy for helping me fix (crossing fingers) a Raid Sympathy situation. Have fun Bumfuzzlers!

Protection, Prestige, Blacklist

Protection, Prestige, Blacklist

Hello Bumfuzzlers! Again I have some pretty big changes for you to be aware of! We have some nicey nice updates to the interface, smelting adjustments courtesy of the latest patch apparently, signage punishment, offline raid protection, raid sympathy, and the toughening up of Mr. Jason Vorehees! Buckle up! 🙂

Info Toolbar (Modtopia)

With the addition of the recent patch’s compass, it screwed up the toolbar a little bit. The toolbar I’m talking about shows the time, player count, heli/airdrop/radiation indicator, currency, coordinates and direction. So, I had to painfully arrange it. At the same time, I figured I’d take the time to make it look nicer with color images, adjust the font sizes, etc.

It still needs more tweaking, but it’s good for now. I hope you like it!

Melting & Smelting (Modtopia)

When the patch hit, it apparently doubled all of the output and speed of the furnaces 🙁 I’m unsure if this was the patch itself or the plugin I was using to control smelting. Some of you surely got away with some good cookin’, but now, I’ve cut production and even a little speed as well.

The by product, like charcoal and high quality metal, should now be back down to a realistic output and as I mentioned I lowered the speed just a little. I’ll likely tweak this slightly higher by next wipe, but we’ll play it by ear. I was just concerned with ensuring resources weren’t out of control.

I’m going to possibly consider changing smelting plugins so that I can better control the way it’s all handled. For instance, I can foresee large furnaces not only holding more items (as they do already), but maybe yielding more returns and smelting much faster.

Thanks for heads up MrNiceGuy!

Sign Blacklist

Too many fools, too little time. I’m getting a little tired of people making signs that are just downright evil. So I have a present for everyone including those fools.

If you’re found making signs that are vulgar, racist or the like, I will personally deface your sign to make it something I doubt you’d want, and I’m going to add you to a list so you can’t work with signs again. No mercy! Grow up or shut up! 🙂

Jason Vorhees

It appears the zambies are killing Jason. He doesn’t have a chance. All these Freddy vs. Jason movies were somewhat balanced (even though I think Jason is the man — or err something of man), but this zambie vs. Jason setup just ain’t!

I’ve adjusted Jason in the following ways to give him a chance against the zambies:

  • Health raised by 250 for a total of 750
  • Damage raised by .1
  • Accuracy raised by .1
  • Now that I have more control over agression:
    • Aggro range is 100
    • Deaggro range is 50

Hopefully this means you can find him in places other than beneath piles of zambies!

Raid Protection

You’ve been warned! Raid Protection is dropping for some of you. As of this post, I’ll be reducing the Anti-Offline Raid Protection to Prestige levels 1-9 (/loyalty). This should give newer players protections for a short while, but remove it from the more savvy, veteran players. Hopefully this results in more grown up Bumfuzzlers!

This means, as soon as you hit Level 10 (Legitimate), you’ll no longer have Anti-Offline Raid Protection (!offline). Be careful out there!

Additionally, to compensate for some easier raiding, I’ll be further modifying Raid Sympathy.

Raid Sympathy

Until now, Raid Sympathy has been set to 75%. This means if someone destroys your base during a raid, you’d get 75% of the resources back for walls, furnaces, boxes, doors, etc.

Due to the reduction in Anti-Offline Raid Protection, I’m going to increase the Raid Sympathy to 100%. It’s still not much because when people raid, you only lose some resources through destruction. Most of it’s from losing your loot. However, it is nice to get some goodies back!

Cross-hair

It turns out Prestige Level 14 and Level 15 (/loyalty) were unable to use cross-hairs. I’ve resolved this thanks to feedback from Doc and JoePerry. Aim away!

Prestige Levels

I’ve made a few adjustments to the Prestige levels by assigning various permissions across a few levels instead of just giving them out like candy to all players.

Here are the changes:

  • Level 1 – Level 10
    • Anti-Offline Raid Protection
  • Level 9
    • Tame horses, extend your inventory
    • Trigger multiple C4 at once (!tec)
  • Level 12
    • Easily grab loot with Loot All box function
  • Level 14
    • Tame wolves, extend your inventory
  • Level 16
    • Tame stags, extend your inventory
  • Level 17
    • Create an automatic dump box
  • Level 21
    • Tame bear, extend your inventory

SuperHeli

Originally, players complained the SuperHeli was always hanging around so I dropped it’s lifespan from 15 to 7 minutes. Unfortunately, I believe this caused an unintended consequence. What might be happening is that at 7 minutes, whether you’re in a battle with the chopper or not, it flies away. For the Bumfuzzler who is fighting a smoking, nearly destroyed SuperHeli, that can be frustrating!

I’ve increases the time one more minute to 8 minutes. It’s not much, but it’s something. I’ll adjust it more and more in time as needed to get the balance right. Thanks Obey Mike Opp for the feedback!

Thanks all you Bumfuzzlers for the feedback and your loyalty (/loyalty). Please have fun out there and let me know if you need anything!