Tag: In-Game Store

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!

Boost, Sell, Liftoff

Boost, Sell, Liftoff

Bumfuzzlers! Got some updates including the impending Wipe Boost, big updates to the store and also quests, resource spawn counts, elevators and more! Read on!

Wipe Boost (Modtopia)

Tonight, Sunday 12/2, around 7pm EST, for the first time we’re going to enable ‘Wipe Boost’ for the last week of the wipe cycle! I’m hoping it’s intense! Here’s what changes for the Wipe Boost week:

  • Players will have access to 2 kits (/kit) designed for raiders and builders. The raider’s kit will give players offensive items they can use to raid and the builders will get defensive items they can use to defend. I’m hoping it will create some last minute battles!
  • Base building limits will be disabled. Currently players are limited to bases up to 2,500 building blocks. That will be turned off until the wipe! Build big! 🙂

Here’s what will be in the kits:

Builder Kit

  • 60,000 Wood
  • 50,000 Stone
  • 40,000 Metal Frags
  • 30,000 High Quality Metal
  • 8 AutoTurrets
  • 16 Shotgun Traps
  • 25 Bear Traps
  • 25 Land Mines
  • 5 Supply Signals
  • 2,000 5.56 Rifle Ammo
  • 2,000 Handmade Shell

Raider Kit

  • 50 Rockets
  • 10 Smoke (Lock-on) Rockets
  • 25 Timed Explosives
  • 50 Satchel Charges
  • 1 Rocket Launcher
  • 5 Supply Signals
  • 3 Smoke Grenades
  • 10 Medical Syringes
  • 1 Binoculars
  • 10 Ladders

Each kit will have a cool down of 12 hours. 24 hours might be more reasonable, but we’ll see. To use the kits just type /kit and locate the kit you’d like to receive!

These kits will be available right up until the wipe, but then on Thursday 12/6 (wipe day) things will go back to normal.

Cargo Ship

For both Vanillatopia and Modtopia, I’ve adjusted the duration of the Cargo Ship from 50 to 60 minutes. This should give you all a little more time to get aboard.

Thanks holydiver for the feedback.

Pilot Eject (Vanillatopia)

On Vanillatopia we run the Pilot Eject plugin where every so often a damaged SuperHeli spawns, crashes and leaves a wounded pilot near the wreckage. Unfortunately it seems like the pilot’s despawn time was somewhat low. I’ve now upped the time he’ll hang around from 5 to 10 minutes.

Thanks holydiver for the feedback.

Population (Vanillatopia)

I’ve done some tweaking to the resource population on Vanillatopia to make sure it’s easier to harvest the goodness.

Here’s what was changed:

  • All Ores were raised by 33%
  • Mushrooms were raised by 33%
  • Hemp was raised by 33%
  • Collectible Stone was raised by 33%

Thanks holydiver for the feedback.

Store (Modtopia)

I’ve made a significant amount of changes to the in-game store (/s) over at Modtopia and I’ll be making more in the days and weeks to come.

Here’s a list of changes:

  • The exchange rate between economics and RP has been changed to be one to one. This means converting $50 to RP will give you 50 RP. This makes it much simpler to understand when buying and selling (more on that below). I’ve updated everyone’s RP to reflect the new exchange rate so you shouldn’t lose anything. If you suspect you did, let me know.

Here’s how the exchange screen looks now:

  • You can now sell weapons, both the garden variety and the special Skin Perk weapons. You won’t get full price for the sale, but you didn’t get anything before so… lol Right now I have the items set to give you half the buying price.

Here’s how the sell screens look:

Note that you must have the item you want to sell in your main inventory, not your hot bar. If it’s in your hot bar it won’t show up when you try to sell the item. Also note the numbers on the side like +10 and +100 is there to help you choose the amount of the item you want to sell.  They’ll be used more in the future if I make resources sell-able.

  • Last week I enabled the command /transfer <name> <amount> to allow players to transfer money to one another. You still have that option, but now I’ve enabled this functionality via the store. To use it, just open the store, click the Transfer tab, choose the name of the player you’d like to transfer to and boom! 🙂

Here’s how the transfer screens look:

Thanks MADSWORDGAMING for your feedback.

  • I’ve updated all the items in the store to match the new exchange rate. This means items that were 2 RP will now be 100 RP.
  • I’ve added the Custom SMG Skin Perks to the store which were mysteriously missing. Now you can find the following models for purchase:
    • Peacemaker 1.25x damage
    • Army Greaser 1.5x damage
    • Striped Shark 2.x damage
  • I’ve raised the cost of the Double Barrel Shotgun 2.x damage (Fire). It was lower than it should be.
  • I’ve lowered the quantity of the F1 Grenade to 1 and changed prices for 1.25x, 1.5x and 2.x variations. They were too cheap.
  • The Meteor Shower cost was raised.

I’m going to be adding more items for sale starting with Tools and Clothes with a focus on Skin Perks, but it’s a painfully slow and arduous task so it’ll take me some time.

Elevators

Previously, building an elevator meant that the top floor of the elevator was the top floor of your base. This is because you couldn’t build above the elevator. That’s now a thing of the past! Now you can completely encapsulate the elevator inside your base and no one will have a clue it’s there!

Quest Adjustments (Modtopia)

I’ve gone ahead and upped the requirements for gather quests, but then I’ve also upped the rewards.

The following quests were adjusted:

  • Lumberjack: Gather 100k wood, get 50k wood (was 20k)
  • Stoner: Gather 70k stone, get 35k stone (was 10k)
  • Frag Shagger: Gather 50k metal ore, get 25k metal ore (was 5k)
  • Yellow Ore: Gather 50k sulfur ore, get 25k sulfur ore (was 3k)
  • Heavy Metal: Gather 20k high quality metal ore, get 10k high quality metal ore (was 2.5k) [NOW FIXED]

Thanks CannonFodder and Rumguzzler for your feedback and testing.

PS – I was hoping to find time to add quests to Vanillatopia, but I simply couldn’t find the time. Maybe soon.

Server Restarts

For a while I had the Modtopia server restarting at 4pm and 4am EST, but since the performance has been good, I’ve removed the 4pm EST restart. Now the server will only restart at 4am EST each day. Vanillatopia was restarting at 12pm EST, but now I’ve made it so it restarts at the same time as Modtopia, 4am  EST.

I found that the multiple restarts were interrupting players game time. If it’s not needed what’s the point? Let me know if you find the performance to be an issue with either server.

Hope you Bumfuzzlers enjoy the Wipe Boost and the other changes! Don’t forget the wipe is coming up on Thursday! I’m curious what we’ll get in this next patch. I don’t expect the electrical systems to be ready, but ya never know! Have fun out there!

 

Mazzini, Meteors, Signals

Mazzini, Meteors, Signals

Hey Bumfuzzlers! I’ve got some server tweaks for you for both Modtopia and Vanillatopia. I’ve listened to feedback from a lot of you and peppered that with some things I noticed to hopefully make the servers work a little better. Check it out!

Custom Map (Vanillatopia)

I’ve loaded a custom 3k map called Mazzini Islands over at Vanillatopia and it’s pretty interesting. It really gives Rust a totally different feel and makes Rust feel newer since you don’t really know what to expect. There are lots of islands and things seem spread out a bit more. If you’re up for some good old fashioned vanilla Rust, go try it out.

I’m toying with the idea of putting it up on Modtopia in November. Let me know what you think.

Thanks for suggesting the map WRecKLeSS!

Animal Density (Vanillatopia)

I’ve gone ahead and raised the animal density on Vanillatopia to be the same as Modtopia. Now there’s 33% more bears, chickens, etc. It seemed they were a little scarce out there and without animals, surely Rust peoples will die 🙁

In-Game Store (Modtopia)

There were a couple of items that seemed out of alignment so I touched them up. It’s important that the Pasta Salad is priced appropriately!

  • Creedence 2x damage crossbow changed from 4 to 6 RP
  • Armored Door changed from a quantity of 3 to 1
  • Armored Double Door changed from a quantity of 3 to 1
  • Ladder Hatch changed from a quantity of 3 to 1

Thanks Doge for the feedback.

Zambie Hordes (Modtopia)

I lowered the zambie count a few weeks back, but now it seems like there just ain’t enough of those undeaders. I increased the amount of hordes from 12 to 15. That should add a little more excitement. Hope they scare you 🙂

Loot (Modtopia)

I’ll be tweaking the loot every so often. My goal is to find a good balance between vanilla and modded so that you have to grind a little, but it’s not overwhelmingly boring and repetitive.

  • Code Locked Crate bumped number of items from 6 to 8, blueprints from 1 to 2
  • Elite Crate bumped the number of items from 2 to 4
  • Mine Crate bumped the number of items from 1 to 2
  • Mine Cart bumped the number of items from 1 to 2

Added the following blueprints to barrels:

  • small oil refinery
  • spinner wheel
  • reactive target
  • binoculars
  • bear trap
  • tuna light
  • high external wall
  • top tier window bars
  • water barrel
  • large water catcher
  • small water catcher
  • water purifier

Thanks to Twisted Rhythm for feedback

Meteor Showers (Modtopia)

If you haven’t learned yet, Meteors fall into the Rust atmosphere and bring with them space resources! Yes, I’m super serial. Space resources! 🙂

Anyways, the amount of space resources were pretty crazy high so I had to cap it a little to make it a little more reasonable. We’ll see how it goes to know if I’ll need to cap it again.

There are three types of Meteor Showers that happen randomly – mild, optimal and extreme. Here are the changes I’ve made to each of them:

  • Mild
    • Drops stone, metal ore
    • Changed ranges of drops
      • stone 300-3000
      • metal ore 100-1000
    • Changed meteor count from 60 to 175
    • Changed storm radius from 200 to 100
    • Storm duration stays at 240
  • Optimal
    • Drops stones, metal ore, high quality metal ore
    • Changed ranges of drops
      • stone 400-4000
      • metal ore 200-2000
      • high quality metal ore 50-500
    • Changed meteor count from 45 to 100
    • Changed storm radius from 300 to 100
    • Changed storm duration from 150 to 100
  • Extreme
    • Drops stones, metal ore, high quality metal ore and sulfur ore
    • Changed ranges for drops
      • stone 500-5000
      • metal ore 300-3000
      • high quality metal ore: 100-1000
      • sulfur ore: 100-1000
    • Changed meteor count from 125 to 50
    • Storm radius stays at 100
    • Storm duration stays at 30

I’m working on letting players know about the location of the showers so it’s easier to find then.

Kits (Modtopia)

A while back, I changed the Subscriber Kit, a kit given to players who subscribe to the website, to give supply signals instead of C4, Rockets and giant goodies like that. For some reason I noticed that didn’t take effect. Doh!

Now the subscriber kit will give players 5 supply signals. Since you can use the kit 3 times per wipe, that’s – you did the math already didn’t you? – 15 supply signals! That is quite a lot of goodies. I recommend subscribing.

Environmental Saves (Modtopia)

No it has nothing to do with that Al Gore stuff. A few weeks ago we had an issue with server lag. We’ve since figured it out, but during that process I had set the server to save the environment less frequently thinking it could be related.

Now that the lag issue is resolved, I’m adjusting the saves to occur more frequently. This is important in the event that the server does crash for any reason, your progress should not be lost.

Saves should happen now every 5 minutes as opposed to every 10 and you should even see a chat message stating it’s happening.

Server Restarts (Modtopia)

Server restarts were set to 12PM and 12AM EST, but I’ve found they might not be the best times. I’ve changed this to 4AM and 4PM Eastern Time to hopefully avoid interrupting anyone. Let me know if you find the server restart interrupts your playtime!

As always Bumfuzzlers, please send me your feedback. It helps to continually improve the server. Have fun out there! Let me know if you think I should run a custom map next month.

Garbage, Deathmark, Challenge

Garbage, Deathmark, Challenge

For both Modtopia and Vanillatopia we had wipes last week! Along with that I have some updates and additions for you Bumfuzzlers to nibble on! Here’s a run down of what’s going on with the servers.

Raid Sympathy (Modtopia)

For those who don’t know, Raid Sympathy, is a custom plugin for Modtopia that gives people who were raidedd back a portion of the resources for destroyed items!

An issue was found where incorrect messages were being sent to players acting as if they were raided and had items to claim, but there were no items. That…was…a…bug! lol Now it’s fixed! Now you’ll only get messages if you were actually raided because we are boohooing with you and want to make you feel better 🙂

For some reason I don’t have notes on who reported that to me, but thank you!!

In-Game Store (Modtopia)

There were so many store icons that were missing. Most of them were related to the Skin Perks for some reason. I think originally the plugin would go out to the Steam workshop and get them, but then stopped? I dunno. Either way, I painfully made the images and uploaded them to my host, linked them and vwalaha! You have nice images to gander at!

Pickaxe Axe? (Modtopia)

For some reason (probably my mistake) there was a Stone Pickaxe that would spawn out in the world from time to time, with the skin of an axe! But it wasn’t an axe! It was a Stone Pickaxe! This caused some confusion since hitting a tree would cause the supposed axe to be destroyed in a matter of minutes.

I’ve since fixed this and now the Stone PickAxe will look and act like a Stone Pickaxe! Thanks soundklown for catching this!

NPC Challenge (Modtopia)

We’ve had a kit for the NPC Kill challenge (/pc) for some time, but unfortunately, there was no way to get it because it wasn’t working. Now when you type /pc, you’ll see it there and whoever kills the most zambies, gets the kit!

Thanks to soundklown for reminding me about it!

DeathMarker (Modtopia)

I’ve added a new plugin to the mix that will hopefully be easier to use than the /where command when you need to find your Bumfuzzlered corpse. Now all you have to do is launch your map using G and look for the yellow dot. There lies your mutilated body!

For some reason it doesn’t say ‘You died here’ like the picture above. I’ll try to figure out why at some point. For now just look for the yellow dot. It should stand out.

Rust Performance

A few of you have been having issues with Rust and it appears everyone is, but people with more monstrous computers are typically immune to them since their hardware can absorb it a bit better. It appears the issue has to do with GC or Garbage Collection.

Rust loads items into memory and really should release those items from memory at some point when they’re unneeded. Unfortunately Rust is like a clingy x-girlfriend who never lets go. This causes your computer to be overloaded with ‘Garbage’ until it chokes because it has no more memory available. Chances are at that point you’ll be kicked.

Fear not! There are a few things you can do to help the issue.

  • Press F8 to monitor your memory usage
    • Take note what the memory is at when you crash or get kicked

Go into the console (F1) and do the following:

  • Bind the global.free console command to a key by simply typing bind ‘key’ global.free
    • Just replace ‘key’ with the key of your choice like k or j or l
    • Use this new key to free up garbage before the memory gets to the level where you get kicked
    • Note that when you using global.free stuttering will occur so don’t do it during a squabble with a chicken.

I hope that helps! Thanks to soundklown for the testing on this. I’m hoping this will help those of you with challenged computers!

Zambie Increase (Modtopia)

A little birdy told me they couldn’t find zambies so I increased them ever so slightly. Now they will spawn in groups of 4 instead of 3, but the groups won’t grow every 30 seconds. Instead they’ll grow every 60. I’m thinking this might cut down any performance issues they could cause.

As always, thanks for playing on the servers and giving me feedback. I always appreciate it! Have fun out there Bumfuzzlers!

 

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!

Host, Resolution, Wipe

Host, Resolution, Wipe

The image related issues are now officially resolved. It’s been frustrating battling for 2 weeks with these issues which turned out to be host related. They had connectivity issues that they denied for several days (of course) only to finally recognize they were wrong. This caused me to chase my tail for a while and for you to have a less than stellar experience.

Now, Bumfuzzlers, they’re resolved and I’m sorry for the delay and for my temporary, longer than usual, absence. I was just fed up quite honestly. I’ll consider changing hosts, as much of a pain as that is, but in the meantime, here’s a quick recap of the fixes.

The following now have been tested and work perfectly (as far as I know):

Modtopia

  • Skip Night (/voteday)
  • Crosshairs (/crosshair)
  • Kits (/kit)
  • Server Rewards (/s)
  • Bounty (/rustnet)

Vanillatopia & Modtopia

  • Graphical menu (/ui)
  • RustNET (/rustnet)
  • Automatic Search Lights (/sl add <terminalid>)
  • Remote Turrets (/rt add <terminalid>)
  • Security Cameras (/sc add)
  • Player Skins (/skin shop)

Bounty NET

I found an issue on Vanillatopia with Bounty NET that I’ll work on over the next couple days. It works fine on Modtopia, but for some reason, Vanillatopia has an unexpected error.

Zambies

I’ve made an adjustment to the zambies. Originally, they would notice you if you were 100 meters away. I’ve changed that to 30 meters to give players the ability to potentially hide from them if they wanted to.

Scientists

I was sure I turned them off, but it appears they are back. My guess is during the recent futzing with the server, the setting reverted as MrNiceGuy was nice enough to advise me on decay. I’ll look at that.

Wipe

I believe everything else is working well and tonight’s wipe should go as planned. Both Vanillatopia and Modtopia will get a wipe tonight. Hope everything is now back to normal for you Bumfuzzlers and this wipe is more enjoyable! Sorry again for the inconvenience.

Kits, Nights, Zambies

Kits, Nights, Zambies

Whew! This last week has been rough! The patch and my host have been giving us all agita! Unfortunately, much of the graphical parts of the server have been having issues and in many cases I’m hamstrung by my host who has been dragging their arses on the issue that is clearly theirs. At the same time, hey, it’s Rust. We keep moving Bumfuzzlers! We fight through the stupid issues and keep it going. Aside from the various issues, I did make some changes to the server that should improve gameplay so let’s talk!

AI Changes

I get lots of complaints that NPCs shoot through rocks across 100’s of meters and so on. This isn’t anything I can fix as it’s a Facepunch issue left over from the days where animals ran through rocks. Who knows when they’ll fix it.

  • I’ve disabled the monument NPCs for now.
  • I’ve increased the zambie horde quite a bit. Now, there is a max of 50 zambie hordes, each starting with 3 zambies each. They have the ability to grow up to 10 zambies per horde.
  • I’ve disabled the blue scientists. I personally found them annoying and mostly useless. They don’t offer much challenge, they’re all over the place and they’re predictable. You know they’re at certain monuments and at junk piles, etc. I’d rather have a much more dynamic situation.

There’s one thing I’m concerned about that you’ll have to give me feedback about. The zambies are set to kill animals right now. I have it that way because it seems more realistic, but I fear this will create fisherman out of all of you lol If they kill too many animals, there won’t be much animal meat, fat or leather around. This could cause issues.

Also, in the future, if the zambies work well, I may still enable a few NPCs here and there who don’t ‘belong’ anywhere, but simply wander around. Chances are however, because I’ve configured NPCs to shoot at zambies and vice versa, they’ll be killed by zambies due to sheer numbers, but it may create a more interesting environment.

Recyler

As you know a few weeks back I changed the /rec command to allow you to craft a recycler instead of being able to use a virtual recycler. This is only available for players who have reached level 18 – 3,500 loyalty points – (/loyalty). So that some players, at lower levels might get lucky, I’ve put the recycler into the loot tables so everyone has a 14% chance of finding a recycler in boxes. It’s certainly nice to have!

Loyalty Surprise

By default when you reach a new level, an explosion sound would play. It was a great idea that didn’t turn out the way I planned since it surprises the crap out of players and may alert other players you’re near. It was originally only intended to play for the player themselves, but that seems impossible based on how sound works in Rust.

Anyways, I’ve disabled that sound. Thanks JoeKillera for the heads up!

Plane Crash

I don’t know why, but that dang plane keeps crashing into mountains and I keep raising the height of it! I’ve gone ahead and raised the height again, but it seems to defeat the purpose since the plane is meant to be a low flying plane! Well, I have to ensure it doesn’t crash since MrNiceGuy will be scooping up all the loot like he was doing last night! Thanks MrNiceGuy for the heads up 🙂

Kit Menu

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

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

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

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

Skip Night

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

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

In-Game Store

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

Skin Shop

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

Server Issues

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

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

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

Wipe

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

 

Showers, Perks, Discord

Showers, Perks, Discord

More tweaks to Modtopia Bumfuzzlers! More tweaks! I’m trying to my best to bring things back in line based on your feedback and also with the 1 week wipe cycle. I believe this will happen naturally with gradual changes over the next few wipes. Please provide me with extra feedback during this time. Nothing is written in stone. I’m just doing my best to make things work better. Here we go!

In-Game Store

I think the Skin Perks sold in the store /s were just too cheap. These items are truly powerful! Gaining access to a 2 x damage Bolty or a 2 x gather rate axe, for instance, should be somewhat challenging. With that, I upped all Skin Perk items by 2 RP or $100.

Also with the recent changes to the supply drops I decided to raise the cost of a supply signal 3 RP or $150. The supply drops now have ammo and good weapons along with the Skin Perks and give you multiple quality items so it shouldn’t be that easy to get. Keep in mind you can still /vote for daily signals and there’s also a /kit you can use every 48 hours.

Supply Drops

I’ve made a couple more changes with supply drops.

  • Supply Signals now cooldown for 15 seconds. I’m hoping to allow ‘x’ number of drops within a time frame, but for now I need to prevent server lag just in case someone wants to spam them.
  • I’ve added Blueberries and Blackberries for those of you who are starving. Thanks MrNiceGuy 🙂
  • I’ve weakened the supply signals barely and strengthened the timed airdrops slightly. I want to entice players to go after the automated drops more. The difference is more C4, more weapons and more ammo.

Robbery

I’ve changed the settings for robbery in that now you are unable to rob money from friends and clan mates. A few people have accidentally stolen funds from one another.

Btw, it appears that the money stolen from players is random so there isn’t a set number you can expect. You might get a little, you might get a lot. I’ve heard of situations where players stole 60% of the other person’s  money. Others players got just a tiny bit. The amount is random.

Auto Code Lock

I’ve noticed some players are concerned with the auto code lock – a plugin which automatically sets your combination to code locks the minute you place a code lock. They’re worried that the code used might be something other players would have too. This is surely not the case.

When you place a code lock, the server generates a unique code for you that stays with you unless you change it using /codelock. Every player gets their own unique code. Of course the purpose of the plugin, which I personally love, is to save you the time of entering the same code over and over. That’s a clear waste of time.

To combat this fear, I’ve changed the message you see when you place a code lock to this:

CodeLock secured and locked with your unique personal code: <CODE>. Use /codelock to change it.

This should make it more clear.

Meteor Showers

A few weeks back I recognized that meteor showers were giving quite a bit of resources. At the same time, I figure due to the potential danger involved, maybe that’s ok. In turn, I’ve made a couple of changes to create a much wider range of reward so sometimes the shower might be amazing, but other times just so so. You can also expect to gain raw materials from the showers too. No more refined High Quality Metal and Metal Fragments! You can at least cook the dang resources! 🙂

I’ve changed the items and ranges to the following for the 3 types of showers:

  • extreme meteor shower
    • drops stones, metal ore, high quality metal ore and sulfur ore
    • each item amount ranges from 100 – 2,500
  • mild meteor shower
    • drops stones and metal ore
    • each item amount ranges from 75 – 1,250
  • optimal meteor shower
    • drops stones, metal ore and high quality metal ore
    • each item amount ranges from 100 – 2,000

Broken SuperHeli

It’s a great event when the SuperHeli blows a gasket and goes down, leaving the pilot to eject with his loot waiting for the lucky, wandering Bumfuzzler. However, sometimes it comes way too often. I’ve now set it so that it won’t spawn until the regular SuperHeli spawns for a few times first. This way it’ll be more valuable.

Death Notes

I’ve made an update to Death Notes so when deaths happen, the messages are far more interesting and realistic. Here are a couple examples:

  • <playername> shot a Wolf using their Thompson over a distance of 1.1 meters.
  • <playername> fought off a Gas Station Attendant.
  • <playername> did not want to be a part of the Scientist’s experiments.
  • A Scientist shot down <playername>.
  • <playername> killed <playername> using their Salvaged Icepick.
  • <playername> inflamed <playername> with their Incendiary Rocket.
  • <playername>’s Auto Turret did its job and killed <playername>.

Violence with style! 🙂 I’ll continue to work the kinks out of these.

Discord Additions

I’m going to try to work on Discord a little more than I have in the past, but for now I’m starting off slow. I urge all you Bumfuzzlers to join and hang out there as it’s a fun tool to use in order to share more than just Rust experiences. Lots of you have grown to know each other fairly well over the time you’ve played here so it’s a great way to extend those friendships.

So far, I’ve added two bots to Discord:

  • Mee6 bot added
    • Provides auto moderation, automated messages, member levels based on participation and more.
  • Septapus bot added
    • Makes comics and charts from Discord chat and has been known to post large emojis lol

I’m also going to be posting live updates on Discord when they actually happen. That way you can be updated immediately on changes instead of waiting until I post on the website which usually takes place after a bunch of changes. For instance, the changes in this post took place over a couple of days and I don’t post all changes I make.

You can join the Discord server with this invite link – https://discord.gg/37uNKRX

So, some tweaks, but also some additions, some awesome things to come! Don’t forget Thursday is a wipe! I’ll be traveling so hopefully it all goes smooth from the hotel! Have fun Bumfuzzlers!