Tag: Jason Voorhees

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!

Rodeo, Melting, Abodes

Rodeo, Melting, Abodes

Hey Bumfuzzlers! I hope you had a great Christmas and are starting off the New Year by resolving to play more Rust! 🙂 I have a bunch of updates for you (probably more than usual due to the holidays) on topics like treasure, rodeos, trading enhancements, home improvements, store changes, kit delays, skin perk availability, smelting and more! Read on!

Dangerous Treasure (Modtopia)

The /dtd events are lots of fun and it’s a great source of quality loot, but maybe the loot was just a little too good. You’d pretty much get nothing but ammo and guns! To make it a little less absurd, I slightly nerfed the event’s loot so that it still gives great ammo and guns, but it also gives a couple of other items so it won’t be so saturated. The event itself is now also slightly less common so it will hopefully become more valuable. I’d like to see more competition for it.

Here’s what was changed:

  • Increased timing of event from between 2 and 3 hours to between 4 and 6 hours
  • Added a couple other loot items to the mix so rare loot is not so concentrated

Home Improvement (Modtopia)

You may have noticed that Homes (/home) has gotten a few new features. Now not only will you see your remaining daily uses in the upper left corner, but you can now delete homes straight from the interface which makes life much easier to hang your hat.

To delete homes, type /home and click delete. You’ll notice each home shows a small red delete button next to the home. Simply click that red delete button next to the home and poof! It’s gone! 🙂

Zambies (Modtopia)

With the increased map size from a few wipes back (went from 3500 to 4000), zambies needed some adjustment. At the same time, I fiddled with some other settings as well. I like the idea of ‘world danger’ so going out into the wilderness poses the possibility of dealing with something unexpected.

I’ve changed the following:

  • I upped the hordes from 15 to 20 to make zambie sightings more frequent.
  • Their loot items will now range from 2 to 4 items instead of the previous 1 to 4
  • I’ve upped their roam area from 50 meters to 500 meters
  • I’ve raised their speed multiplier from 0 to 0.25 (it’s a fairly small increase, players can still outrun them)
  • I fixed the weird names that were showing in kill messages. Now it just says Zambie again.

Keep in mind the items the zambies carry are great for quests (/q) which give you access to hard to find items!

The Rodeo

Up until now, you could only ride horses, but now you can ride any animal you’d like! Yes, you can even ride chickens and bears 🙂

The command has changed from /stophorse to /tame to make it simpler, but other than that it works the same! Simply type /tame and any animal within 25 meters will stop into a calm submissive state for a short bit of time. Just press your Activate key (typically E) and you’ll mount the animal. Press SPACEBAR to dismount.

  • Animals will stay stopped for 5 seconds
  • Animals are invincible when riding and when they’re stopped

If you forget and type /stophorse don’t worry, the bot has your back 🙂

Trading Safely (Modtopia)

Previously when trading you had to trust that the other person’s item was in good condition. There was always a possibility your trading partner was selling you a broken or busted salvaged ax and you were paying top dollar for mint condition! Well, no more. Now, in the trade window, you should see the condition of the items being traded!

Hunting Food (Modtopia)

Because of the map size increase, animals were a little scarce. I’ve raised boar counts by 15%. This was really a quick fix for the situation, but I’ll put more thought into it down the road. I might consider exchanging boar counts with stags or horses to make it slightly harder for hunters or maybe just lower the boar count a little bit. It’ll depend on how easy hunting becomes.

Stacking (Modtopia)

It appears the Incendiary 12 gauge ammunition was only stacking to 64. Now it’s up to 256 as the others are.

Thanks for the feedback CannonFodder.

Jason Vorhees (Modtopia)

I have to be honest. I love that Jason terrorizes you all. You can see a tiny smile on my face when I see players saying things like “Jason Bumfuzzler sucks” or “Bumfuzzler you Jason!” When I see “[Death Notes] Jason Vorhees experimented with <InsertPlayerNameHere>.” in the server console, it’s clear Jason has done his job. The problem is, he has gotten a little predictable and we can’t have that!

I’ve changed Jason in the following ways:

  • Roam range changed from 2000 to 2500
  • Radius changed from 250 to 500

This should ensure Jason is less likely to be where he was last time you saw him and will move around the map more often. Watch your back out there 🙂

C4 Availability (Modtopia)

For a while, we’ve had C4 in airdrops and I believe this is where many are getting it at the beginning of a wipe. Thing is, it shouldn’t be so available. Timed Explosives are the most coveted item in Rust! Because of that, I’ve gone ahead and removed C4 from airdrops for now, but will toy with whether or not I can make it less common in the airdrops in a realistic way.

Right now, destroying the Bradley or the SuperHeli gives you the best possibility of finding C4, but it is out there in loot like the other items.

Ladder Availability

At first, I considered lowering the rarity of wooden ladders in the loot to 2 (it was 3 which is rare, 2 is uncommon), but I changed my mind and set them back to rare. I had removed the blueprint from the store the last wipe so it wasn’t as easy to get a hold of them. My intention was to reduce the raiding on the first few days and I think that’s still a noble goal so I’ll leave it as is for now.

Keep in mind you can recycle a Ladder Hatch to get one.

Thanks, Slim Jim for your feedback.

Store Changes (Modtopia)

I made some immediate changes, but other changes won’t come until the wipe at the beginning of February. My goal is to make it take just a little bit longer to get blueprints, especially for guns and ammo. Again, I’d like to hold back the raiding for a day or two.

As of now, I’m planning to make the following changes:

Doubling the cost of items in the following sections (taking effect on February 7th wipe):

  • Tool blueprints
  • Construction blueprints
  • Attire blueprints
  • Traps blueprints

Tripling the cost of items in the following sections (taking effect on February 7th wipe):

  • Ammo blueprints
  • Weapon blueprints

Added the following items (taking effect on February 7th wipe):

  • Jackhammer blueprint

Removed the following blueprints (changes already made):

  • Code Lock blueprints
  • Sheet metal door blueprints
  • Sheet metal double door blueprints
  • Wood double door blueprints

Removed the following items (changes already made):

  • Christmas door wreath
  • Christmas lights
  • Festive doorway garland
  • Festive window garland
  • Jack o lantern angry
  • Jack o lantern happy
  • Scarecrow
  • Skull fire pit
  • Snowman
  • Binoculars
  • Chainsaw
  • Flare
  • Flashlight
  • Torch
  • Water jug
  • Large banner hanging
  • Large banner on a pole
  • Frog Boots

I’m still trying to find time to expand the store’s ability to allow the selling of special skin items. I’m hoping to get to it soon.

Kit Delays

In an effort to regulate loot at the start of a wipe, the server will have delayed usage on a couple of kits.

The following kits will be unavailable for the first 2 days of wipes:

  • Subscriber: gives you 3 supply signals for subscribing to www.bumfuzzler.net
  • Signal: gives you 1 supply signal
  • M249: VIPs (Level 25, 10,000 loyalty points /loyalty) get an M249 kit

You can still vote once per day to get a supply signal and you can earn the player challenges (/pc) to earn kits in those first two days.

Hopefully, this creates a gathering & building phase without the ability to get crazy loot too soon.

Special Skins (Modtopia)

Now that I removed the special Skin Perk items from the store, it’s essential you’re able to find them out in the world. Unfortunately, you could find the 1.25x items out there quite often, but the 1.5x and 2.x were really rare.

It used to be that your odds for finding special items were as follows:

  • 1x = 41% chance
  • 1.25x = 33% chance
  • 1.5x = 26% chance
  • 2x = 6% chance

Now, the odds are much more even, but still following the rarity model:

  • 1x = 40% chance
  • 1.25x = 30% chance
  • 1.5x = 20% chance
  • 2x = 10% chance

So, the odds of getting a normal item is still around 40%, but the chances that you’ll get a 1.5x or 2x item is much higher now while still being rare.

Thanks, bogarum for the feedback

Server Restarts

I noticed a few performance issues here and there so decided to add back the second restart we used to have, but I’m trying to figure out the best time for it. The early morning restart at 4 AM seems ok as this is a low traffic time, but I want to have one near 180 degrees from that time that won’t interrupt people’s gaming. I set it to 12 noon, but I’m not sure how it’s working for you all. Let me know if it’s interrupting or if you think the old setting of 4pm and 4am EST is easier.

Thanks for the feedback CannonFodder.

Smelting

After the last patch, an issue with the Smelting plugin arose, it was updated, but it wasn’t fixed. So I switched plugins to one that should have been more advanced functionality, except that has some issues too. I’ve ironed most of the issues out such as food burning and extreme slowness on smelting, but now the settings seem to use far more wood and produce more slowly. I’ve heard feedback from many of you that you like it the way it is so I may leave it for now and see how it goes.

Let me know how you all feel about it.

Thanks, CannonFodder for noticing the original issue.

Bumfuzzler Art

To finish up the post, I thought it’d be fun to include a little Bumfuzzler art by bogarum. Nice job capturing the spirit of Bumfuzzler! 🙂

Thanks to all you Bumfuzzlers for your feedback as always. I really appreciate it. Keep it coming as we continuously attempt to balance this crazy game of Rust! It’s such an ongoing battle that seems to never end! Keep in mind there’s a wipe coming on Thursday 1/17, but it will just be a map wipe which is typical of middle-of-the-month wipes. Have fun out there!

Loot, Perform, Balance

Loot, Perform, Balance

What’s up Bumfuzzlers?! The last couple weeks I’ve been trying to find some time to get back to tweaking! After changing to a 1 month wipe and resetting the loot tables, there’s a lot I still had to do. Thing is, my schedule has been rather hectic so it’s been delaying me. Rest assured I am getting your feedback! Here’s just a few tweaks I’ve made over the weekend.

Loot (Modtopia)

I’ve done a bunch, focusing on barrels and availability of certain items. There’s no doubt I have a lot to go, but I’m going to let these changes settle in, get feedback and then continue. I’m trying to adjust things cautiously and carefully because, with the longer wipe cycle, I’m trying to create a little grind, but not grind-age.

  • Adjusted the rarity of key cards. Both green and blue are now common, but red is uncommon and slightly harder to find.
  • Fuses were adjusted from rare to uncommon. Right now there’s 16 in the world. They will vary slightly from that count.
  • Mining Quarries can now be found in loot as rare
  • Survey Charges will now be found in loot as rare
  • Also the following items were added to the loot table that were previously unavailable:
    • Hammer (Common)
    • Pickle (Common)
    • Bone Arrow (Uncommon)
    • Small Battery (Uncommon)
    • Blood (Uncommon)
    • Angry JackoLantern (Uncommon)
    • Happy JackoLandern (Uncommon)
    • Paper (Uncommon)
    • Pookie Bear (Uncommon)
    • Research Paper (Uncommon)
    • Santa Hat (Uncommon)
    • Scarecrow (Uncommon)
    • Skull Fire Pit (Uncommon)
    • Snowball (Uncommon)
    • Snowman (Uncommon)
    • Large Stocking (Uncommon)
    • Small Stocking (Uncommon)
    • Salt (Uncommon)
    • Christmas Baubels (Uncommon)
    • Christmas Candycanes (Uncommon)
    • Christmas Gingerbread Men (Uncommon)
    • Christmas Lights (Uncommon)
    • Christmas Pinecone (Uncommon)
    • Christmas Star (Uncommon)
    • Christmas Tinsel (Uncommon)
    • Christmas Garland (Uncommon)
    • Christmas Lightstring (Uncommon)
    • Christmas Large Present (Uncommon)
    • Christmas Medium Present (Uncommon)
    • Christmas Small Present (Uncommon)
    • Christmas Tree (Uncommon)
    • Christmas Garland (Uncommon)
    • Christmas Door Wreath (Uncommon)
    • Water Purifier (Rare)
    • Frog Boots (Rare)
    • Door Closer (Rare)
    • SPAS12 Shotgun (Very Rare)
  • Scrap can now be found in piles from 0 – 60

Remember, if you put up a Christmas tree in your house and decorate it, you’ll get presents from Santa! 🙂

Thanks to Twisted Rhythm for the feedback.

Hordes (Modtopia)

I’ve made a couple changes to Zambies to make them a little more interesting in terms of loot, but also to help avoid the constant cat and mouse chase that goes on when you hear them grunting.

  • I’ve increased the horde count by 2 for a total of 12 hordes
  • I’ve modified the number of zambies in each horde to start at 1 instead of 4. This should mean you’ll encounter smaller groups.
  • I’ve left the max zambie count in the hordes to 15 so they will still grow over time.
  • Zambies now drop additional items that can be used for quests (/q)
    • Small Battery
    • Blood
    • Paper
    • Pookie Bear
    • Research Paper
    • Glue
    • Sticks
    • Duct Tape
    • Camera
    • Bleach

Keep in mind the quests (/q) for these items, when completed, will give you Skin Perk items. For instance, increased dodge, harvest, damage and building abilities!

Thanks to Twisted Rhythm for the feedback.

Blueprints (Modtopia)

I’ve added more blueprints to barrels to make it easier to get crafting. I still have to add a few more and review boxes and crates.

  • Concrete Barricade
  • Wood Barricade
  • Sandbags
  • Large Furnace
  • Candle Hat
  • Hoodie
  • Machete
  • Pants
  • Salvaged Sword
  • Shelves
  • Metal Shutter A
  • Metal Shutter B
  • Wood Shutter
  • Sign Post
  • Small Sign
  • wall.frame.cell
  • wall.frame.cell.gate
  • wall.window.bars.metal
  • wall.window.glass.reinforced

Again, these are all fairly low level blueprints. I’ll choose from the uncommon items soon and add a few higher levels to the barrels when I have time.

Thanks to Twisted Rhythm for the feedback.

Grilling (Modtopia)

There was a weird bug with the grill where phantom versions of meat and wood would pop out of the grill when the cooking was done. I tracked this down to a plugin that seems to have screwed the pooch and now you the BBQ ghosts are gone!

Thanks to Twisted Rhythm for reporting the issue.

Jason Voorhees (Modtopia)

Our long-time resident horror movie terror was MIA. For some reason he stopped roaming the countryside! He’s now back and ready to machete so be careful. He packs some hefty health and is very stealthy.

Thanks to [CyanN] Lichh for your feedback.

Prestige (Modtopia)

For some reason it seemed notifications were being doubled which can be somewhat annoying. I think I’ve resolved that now. Thanks Hazmad for the feedback.

Also, in an early version of Prestige it was set to play an explosion when earning a new level. That’s been disabled, but I must have rolled back the version on that so it became enabled again. I’ve disabled it again so you don’t think you walked over a landmine! Thanks Twisted Rhythm for the feedback.

Kits (Modtopia)

Changing to a 1 month wipe means having to adjust a lot of other things – like kits. They were still setup as if we had a 1 week wipe cycle. Here are the changes I’ve made:

  • Signal Nachos kit: 4 hour cooldown, 3 usage max –> 3 day cooldown and 9 times max
  • Trump Wall Builder: 24 hour cooldown and 3 usage max –> 3 day cooldown and 9 times max
  • Trump Border Wall: 24 hour cooldown and 3 usage max –> 3 day cooldown and 9 times max
  • Hillary Jail Break: 24 hour cooldown and 3 usage max –> 3 day cooldown and 9 times max
  • Hillary E-mail Server: 24 hour cooldown and 3 usage max –> 3 day cooldown and 9 times max
  • Subscriber: 1 usage max –> 2 day cooldown and 3 times max
  • VIP M249: unlimited –> 2 times max

Thanks soundklown for the feedback.

Death (Modtopia)

There are two plugins that help you find your body when you die. Both of them were having issues. For instance, you might have been seeing a message like this when you die: “Your corpse was last seen 1378 meters from here, in the unknown”

Obviously this isn’t very helpful. Now it will identify your body’s grid number to make it easier. The other plugin is meant to highlight your body on the G map, but it’s not working. I’ll work on that. For now I’ve just disabled it.

Restarts (Modtopia)

Recently the server has crashed twice unexpectedly. I’m looking into locating the cause. In the meantime I’ve set the server to restart 2 times per day. No worries, you’ll get 30 minutes warning with a nice countdown and the server will be back up usually within 5 minutes.

Expect the server to restart at 12pm and 12am EST. Hopefully this doesn’t cause the map and other graphical items not to work, but if it does please Steam me so I know and then I’ll fix it. That’s part of the reason I haven’t had automated starts.

Meanwhile I’ve set the map to save every 5 minutes instead of 10 so that if it does crash, the rollback won’t be quite as severe.

Thanks to Annyu and Lichh for the feedback. 

Plugins (Modtopia)

With the two server crashes I decided to disable some plugins that I don’t think are used much in an effort to see if the issue is related to any of them. A couple of them simply aren’t even working anyway so I figure I can disable them now to see if they’re issues.

I disabled the following (and a few more you wouldn’t know about):

  • Barrel Points
  • Blood Trail
  • Cupboard Messages
  • Death Marker
  • Decay Notifications
  • Easy Vote Highest Voter
  • Flare Gun
  • Proximity Scanners
  • Rafts
  • Target Practice
  • Survey Info
  • Viking Boat
  • Visual Cupboard

If you are heartbroken that any of these are disabled, please let me know and I’ll make it an effort to enable it again.

Performance (Modtopia)

I just received an answer from my server provider and they said the server had hit the memory limit which is why it crashed. They’ve extended that limit so I’m hoping things will get better. Please let me know if the server crashes in case I miss it.

Population

Although the server provider increased the memory which is likely running down due to the various memory leaks Rust has, I do hear players talking about higher than normal client crashes so I decided to tinker with the population limits which I set relatively higher a while back. It could very well be that the extra entities in the world are causing clients to hold on to more things in memory and then…kablooey.

So I reset the limits back to defaults. This means some items might be harder to find. For instance, bears were at a max of 27 and now they’re 18. Ore and trees also had higher limits. Additionally, the tickrate (the rate at which items respawned – not necessarily in the same place) was 60, but now I raised it to 90 (the default is 120)

Let’s see how it goes.

Thanks everyone for your patience while I reconfigure things. With your feedback, I’m confident the server will be better than it was before the loot table was reset. Again, the hope is to give the server back a bit of that survival feeling while still maintaining that modded server feel. Stick with me and we’ll get it to that point for what I hope is a great balance.

Keep the feedback flowing Bumfuzzlers! I’m paying close attention and listening! Have fun out there!

Loyalty, Voorhees, BountyNET

Loyalty, Voorhees, BountyNET

Wipe is coming on Thursday with what seems to be some awesome updates for you Bumfuzzlers! In the meantime, I’ve got a bunch of updates ranging in topics from the items blocked after a wipe, to new loyalty levels, bot adjustments and 2 new plugins! Read on!

Wipe Blocking

Originally, after a wipe, I was blocking some of the more advanced guns, but I’ve changed that. No guns are blocked at all now. Then, various explosives were blocked for 36 and 48 hours. I do this only to give a slight delay in raiding. Let’s call it a ‘period of peace’ 🙂

Loyalty Levels

I’m trying to make it so there are loyalty levels within reach for all players and rewards are given out every so often instead of having to wait for 1,000s of loyalty points. Additionally, I think this method will give players an appreciation and an understanding of what they’re getting for their game time.

The second phase of these new loyalty levels are as follows:

  • Level 6 (45 loyalty points) Tame boar, extend your inv, more! (/pet help)
  • Level 7 (60 loyalty points) Codelocks autolock w/your code! (/codelock)
  • Level 8 (100 loyalty points) Place bounty on a players head! (/rustnet)
  • Level 9 (200 loyalty points) Sort items into boxes with click of button!

In addition, the following changes were made:

  • Gaining a loyalty level will play a sound (as soon as I pick one lol)
  • You’ll be advised of your loyalty points and level every 30 minutes

Hopefully this adds a more polished element to the way loyalty points are given!

Jason Voorhees

Our favorite horror movie action here has undergone some changes after some feedback. Here’s what was done:

  • Lowered Jason count from 2 to 1. He’s got a pretty hefty payload.
  • Jason’s spawn range was increased from 50 meters to 200 meters (thanks DylanLAF)
  • His accuracy was lowered from 6 to 5 (thanks soundklown)
  • Roam range, the amount of distance Jason may roam around will be kept at 500 meters for now.

I’m still tinkering with his weapon. The Spas seemed not to work well cause he couldn’t hit anything. The Pistol now is too deadly. It’ll get there.

Monument NPCs

Been toying with the balance of the bots due to some accuracy comments (thanks WRecKLeSS), but it seems the accuracy is low at 4 out of a possible 10 settings so after some testing with DylanLAF, I decided to change the roam range (the range in which NPCs will follow you and/or engage with you) from 40 to 25. Hopefully this will help.

Barrel Points

As is, you’ll automatically get $5 for every 5 minutes you play, but now you’ll get dollars for busting up barrels too. I started out the setting at $10 for every 10 barrels you break. This is just an initial setting as I work out all of this currency setup so I expect it to change.

In the future, I have some interesting plans with currency such as allowing rewards for killing players, animals, etc. I might also give players the ability to rob each other. All of this is in preparation for a store of course that will allow players to purchase various kits, items, commands and so on.

BountyNET

Bounty I fear hasn’t been used much. I have a feeling this is due to it being fully command line with a lack of notifications. Now, we have BountyNET which is part of the same RustNET that works with Remote Turrets, Security Cameras and Search Lights.

Now, if you add a terminal in your base by typing /terminal add when having a laptop, it will give you the ability to access BountyNET where you can put a price on players heads using a very nice graphical user interface. Now people with bounties will be reminded too which is a very nice feature.

Ownership

Last, but certainly not least, players have wanted to identify ownership of bases for a while now. Well, I had a moment to revisit it and it should now work. Simply type /prod while looking at an object someone might have built. It will tell you the name of the player it belongs to and if they’re online or not. I hope to extend this functionality in the future, but for now this will do!

Well, more changes are planned as I have time! In the meantime Bumfuzzlers looking forward to the wipe and the new features it brings! Be good! 🙂

Jason, Attaches, Plugins

Jason, Attaches, Plugins

Heya Bumfuzzlers, got some updates for Modtopia and the forums! Check em out!

Jason Voorhees

There is a super powerful NPC roaming the map who happens to sport a hockey mask and a machete! (Well, and a shotgun, 1000 health, ya know) Be careful cause he’s a beast, but of course he gives you some nice rewards too! Thanks to Strelok for the idea and soundklown for feedback!

Attachments

I’ve added the ability to attach files in the forums just in case there’s a need for such things! Of course you can easily post pictures and such by just pasting them into the body of your post, but hey, more options never hurt no one 🙂

Plugins

That very first ‘out of alpha’ Rust release has wreaked havoc on various plugins, especially plugins that relate to skins and graphics. I really hope they fix things soon.

I had disabled many plugins in order to try to track down the causes and had many of them disabled until this morning. I’ve just enabled every plugin I could.

I was able to get Skinbox to work, but it appears there are still issues with PlayerSkins (allows setting default item skins), SkinLoot (spawns special skins in the world), SkinPerks (gives items special powers) and Lustymap (provides a detailed map).  I decided to simply disable these plugins, unfortunately, for now.

I’m hoping that next Thursday, when we wipe, the patch will address these things. It appears like many are having the issues.

Next Wipe

Our next wipe for Modtopia and Vanillatopia will be on Thursday April 5th. It seems really long because this March had 5 Thursdays! I have a feeling this next update will be a big one though as we’re going to see the emergence of the Chinook event and possibly some other big updates. Again, hopefully some issues are fixed so things can get back to normal with our beloved plugins!

Keep the feedback flowing Bumfuzzlers and above all else, enjoy yourselves – and this ‘interesting’ video 🙂