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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.

Memories, Critters, Moolah

Memories, Critters, Moolah

Hey Bumfuzzlers! I’ve got a few changes here for you and I figured I’d let you know about them sooner than later. There’s some big fixes and key changes that will affect the way you play. We’ve got memory fixes, home changes and more animals! Let’s go!

Door Skinning (Modtopia)

If you can’t put a sweet skin on your sheet metal door, what good is Rust? Well, for a bit using Skinbox (/skinbox) to reskin sheet metal doors simply didn’t work, but it does now so get cracking!

Thanks Twisted Rhythm for the feedback.

Memory Returns (Modtopia)

We’ve had memory issues for a bit and it’s been quite annoying to players with lesser potatoes. It would cause the need for flushing memory and could sometimes cause crashing. Thanks to some trial and error and some great efforts from a few players, we have it figured out.

It appeared to be the mini map, which was awesome, but apparently, it’s buggy and needed to be put down. You can still use the G key to show you that map and you can use the RUST IO map if you’re like. That’s great if you have dual monitors.

Thanks Twisted Rhythm, Lichh and Annyu for their hard work on narrowing this down.

Home Changes (Modtopia)

I’ve been stubborn with homes (/home) for a long time, and I may just go back to being stubborn if the new settings result in players traveling through the air more than they do otherwise. I’ve never liked having too many teleports (/tp) in general because it removes that element of survival  where you always get out of confronting much difficulty.

Anyhow, I’ve changed things a bit. Now there’s more homes, more uses, but slightly higher cooldowns and countdowns.

  • Default: Cooldown 5 minutes > 10 minutes, Countdown 15 seconds > 30 seconds
  • Legitimate: Homes 3 > 4, Uses 32 > 40, Cooldown 5 minutes > 8 minutes, Countdown 15 seconds > 25 seconds
  • Veteran: Homes 4 > 5, Uses 34 > 50, Cooldown 4 minutes > 6 minutes, Countdown 12 seconds > 20 seconds
  • Allegiance: Homes 5 > 6, Uses 40 > 60, Cooldown 3 minutes > 4 minutes, Countdown 10 seconds > 15 seconds
  • VIP: Homes 6 > 7, Uses 50 > 70, Cooldown 2 minutes, Countdown 5 seconds > 10 seconds
  • Blood: Homes 8, Uses 80, Cooldown 1 minute, Countdown 5 seconds

Note: the Blood level isn’t finished, but it’s coming. I’m sorry soundklown. I swear I’ll finish it soon. Time time.

Animal Limits (Modtopia)

With the memory issue hopefully resolved, I’ve gone ahead and raised the spawning limits of animals back to how they were before.

Here are the new counts:

  • Bear: old count 18, new count 27
  • Boar: old count 45, new count 54
  • Chicken: old count 26, new count 36
  • Horse: old count 18, new count 27
  • Stag: old count 27, new count 36
  • Wolf: old count 18, new count 27

Hopefully this makes for better hunting. I’ll review this again in the future, but give me some feedback. That always helps.

Discordonomics (Modtopia)

You can get a ton of money from just hanging out in Discord, but I don’t think it’s all that competitive.

Now the event, that previously allowed for 3 winners before, will only have one! That’s right. One person to get all the cash. That makes the event a really critical thing to get since you’re not only getting the cash, but you’re stopping others from getting it and using it against you!

Ok Bumfuzzlers. Let me know how it goes out there. Feedback is critical to balancing this crazy Rust world so let me hear it. I’ll do my best to keep up!

 

Goods, Melt, Build

Goods, Melt, Build

Hey Bumfuzzlers, I have some changes to report on! We’ve just wiped Modtopia today and I’ve got some massive changes to zambies, kits, loot, crafting, smelting and the wipe cycle! Dig in!

Map Size (Modtopia)

For the last couple map wipes I’ve been going with a size 2700 map and this week is no different. I figured I’d give it a shot for a while and see if there’s any interesting increased action. Next wipe on September 6th will be a large map. I’m thinking 3000 or 3500. This is due to the wipe cycle changing.

Zambies (Modtopia)

Due to the map size reduction, I’ve lowered the amount of zambies to 10 hordes of 15 zambies max. This should ensure players don’t spawn into a group of the undead and that it’s manageable if you get caught off guard. As the map size increases again I’ll be increasing the zambies also, but it will be proportional.

Backpack Issue (Modtopia)

It turns out medium backpacks weren’t working for Level 21, 22, 23 and 24. Not sure what caused it, but fiddling with permissions fixed it. Now we’re all good and you early 20 levels can carry more stuff as planned!

Thanks to Slim Jim for reporting the issue!

Loot Tables (Modtopia)

I’ve been wanting to drastically change the server for a while. It seems like there’s no difficulty in gaining access to items and that’s probably due to the fact that there’s a 5 times multiplier on all loot. Well, I’ve gone and reset the loot back to the original settings with the expectation that I would increase them back up a little over time. Scrap is slightly more increased, but I still have to work on that a bit. Due to this reduction I’ll be changing the wipe cycle at the next wipe.

Kit Changes (Modtopia)

I’ve removed some of the default kits like Build, Weapons and Medical. This is in line with what I mentioned above regarding the reduction of items in the world. The other kits still exist so Trump kits and challenges will still pack a punch to your inventory.

Smelting (Modtopia)

Along with the loot and kit changes, I’ve increased the time it takes to smelt resources. The multiplier was set to 2.5, but I’ve lowered it to 1.5. Sure as the other items are subject to change so is this, but I felt that players were quickly getting access to crafted items far too quickly.

Crafting (Modtopia)

Yes. You may hate me for a few moments (don’t make me cry!), but I’ve slightly increased the time it takes to craft items. Seriously it doesn’t feel like it’s that much increased.

Now it will take 25% of the default crafting speed. It shouldn’t be harsh, but it won’t insta-craft. Again, I don’t want people have 50 c4 and 200 rockets on the second day of the wipe. It’s just too outrageous. It also makes things a bit less valuable.

Wipe Cycle (Modtopia)

Along with these changes, as soon as we wipe on September 6th, we’ll switch over to a 1 month wipe cycle. This will make the reduced item count a little easier to swallow as players will now have more time to build and such. Mind you, by next week, I hope to increase items a little bit and hopefully I get feedback from players so I know if it’s tolerable or they are freaking out.

While I make these changes, please bear with me and provide me with feedback. If you hate it, let me know. If you love me let it show. I want to try to make the server a little more serious than just an experimental sandbox server and give players a reason to struggle just a little bit more than they do now.

 

Elevators, Jason, Gifts

Elevators, Jason, Gifts

Hey Bumfuzzlers, some truly awesome updates today! I know you Bumfuzzlers are going to love it! We’ve got a ton of changes and fixes and we’re going to have a wipe tonight, but the star of this update is going to be elevators. Yes, that’s right I said elevators 🙂 Read on!

Various Modtopia Fixes

  • Bunny Ranch now gives access to the Bunny Ranch kit – Thanks CannonFodder!
  • Recycle is now working for levels 22, 23 and 24 – Thanks CannonFodder!
  • Teleport back (/tpb) function (part of Warpmaster package) now works – Thanks CannonFodder!
  • Christmas presents should no longer be empty when spawning – Thanks CannonFodder!
  • Christmas presents message/jingle now appears/plays – Thanks Ataxia!
  • Crosshair images replaced, no more errors – Thanks Ataxia!

Notable Modtopia Changes

  • Several people would like to see more Jason! Jason Vorhees is now 200% less scarce
  • The SuperHeli and CH47 were spawning at the same time.
    • Now only one will spawn at a time
    • CH47 spawns between 2 hours and 2 1/2 hours
    • SuperHeli spawns between 2 1/2 hours and 8 hours – Thanks Ataxia!
  • Lusty Map going black at times
    • After the 4:30am EST restart, LustyMap will be reset twice to make sure it’s not black
    • Process may kick players with Packet Flooding error, just rejoin
  • Plugins aren’t loaded after a restart
    • After the 4:30am EST restart, all plugins will reload to make sure they’re loaded
  • Trade cooldown was lowered from 5 minutes to 1 minute – thanks CannonFodder!

Elevators

Modtopia and Vanillatopia players are going to love this update! The Elevators are truly awesome! I can’t say enough how much fun they are going to be for everyone and how much they will change the way you build bases. Hatches and stairs will now be more preference than requirement as you can build elevators up to 10 stories! (That’s the limit I set which I’m sure is good based on stability) Here’s some information about them:

  • You can build up to 10 stories
  • You can have 1 floor at every level
  • You can create elevators on foundations and floors
  • The elevator runs on fuel
  • You can have up to 2 elevators
  • You can share them with friends, clanmates or the public
  • Individual floors can be accessible by friends, clanmates, public, hidden, etc.

Here’s a video and a quick and dirty explanation of how you’ll create an elevator and generally operate it.

  1. Look at a foundation or floor and type /newlift
  2. You’ll get a menu (explained below)
  3. Put fuel in the tuna lamp to power it

The menu you get when using /newlift is going to present to you the following:

  • How many stories will the elevator be?
  • At which floors should doors be placed?
  • What will it cost you to build it?
    • Stories will require wood and metal fragments
    • Each door will require gears (not shown here)

After the elevator is built, using the Activate Key on the tuna lamp gives you the menu below

This menu allows you to

  • Floor # – Door- : Add/remove doors from your elevator shaft
  • Floor OnHold: Change how long the elevator will hang around
  • Move Speed: Change move speed
  • Lighting: Change lighting (off/always on/dynamic – comes on when you enter)
  • Operating Panel: Access the panel that is inside the elevator
  • Pull down lift: Allows you to destroy the elevator in total
  • Door Skin: Change the skin of the door (seems a little buggy)
  • Floor Sharing Options: Change who can access each floor
  • Share Mode: Change who can access the elevator
  • Power State: Absolutely unsure lol
  • Idle Close: How long does it take the door to close on it’s own

Accessing the Floor Sharing Options within this menu will give you the menu below. This menu gives you the ability to change the access to each of the floors individually.

Lastly, when accessing the panel inside the elevator, you’ll get this menu

  • Numbers when selected go to that floor
  • On the right side:
    • Gives you tuna lamp menu
    • Opens fuel storage
    • Unsure what this does lol
    • Closes door
    • Opens door

This is completely new so I expect some issues to creep up. In fact, I know of some things that could easily be used as exploits that I’m hoping are addressed soon. I didn’t feel like waiting until it got perfected because I saw the massive impact this plugin would make. That means, please as always, report to me the things you find with it.

Thanks for all the Bumfuzzling feedback as always! You guys are awesome! Have fun! 🙂

Triangles, Buoyancy, Chinook

Triangles, Buoyancy, Chinook

Big update this past Thursday! Got lots of new toys for all you Bumfuzzlers! We’ve got everything from motor boats, to a new Chinook event, to triangle walls and more! Here’s a quick overview of what’s new in Rust!

Motor Boats

They call them row boats, but that doesn’t make any Bumfuzzler sense to me. They have an outboard motor and speed around in the water! Ain’t no oars in sight! lol

You’ll find somewhere around 48 spawned around the map. Make sure you fuel them up, push them into reasonably deep water and sit in the seat closest to the motor. Oh! And make sure to start the engine!

Check them out! And don’t forget, with the fishing plugin we have on Modtopia you can use /castfishingpole to fish 🙂

Also, now that you can skip around on your new high speed aquatic vehicle, you can get to the loot piles out in the ocean!

Buoyancy

As they were working with making boats float, it appears making bodies float was just as easy so now… bodies float! 🙂 It’s a good addition for those of us who enjoy realism.

Chinook Event

This thing rocks! 🙂 It’s filled with scientists, flying bullets and special cargo!

The cargo has a special lock on it that will take some time to open so you’ll have to defend it against other players. It’s said damaging the laptop will simply slow it down so best not to do that!

Water Impacts

Now bullets have the proper reaction when shot into the water. It looks really nice!

The Forest

The foliage is looking quite awesome with the changes!

 

New Map

Personally, I love using LustyMap (key m or /map – only available on Modtopia) but the game map has gotten some great improvements! There’s so much more detail now and you can really see the topography of the land. I do wish you could fully zoom out, but it’s still nice. It shows the crate for the Chinook event real clearly on the map. I’m expecting an update to LustyMap to do the same.

Triangular Walls

Now more weird looking roofs now that we have triangle walls. I wonder what else people will use them for?!? Guess we’ll have to see 🙂

Tons of Balances

Here’s a quick list of some of the changes:

  • The AK47 now has increased recoil and a slightly more complicated recoil pattern during the initial burst.
  • The AK47 now has less accurate firing from the hip due to an increased aimcone value for hipfire.
  • Semi Automatic Pistol now has a HQM cost of 4 (was 8)
  • Semi Automatic Rifle now has a HQM cost of 4 (was 0)
  • All SMGs cost half the HQM they used to (including mp5)
  • Heavy Plate Armor pieces are half price
  • T-Shirt costs 20 scrap to research (was 75)
  • Longsleeve shirt costs 20 scrap to research (was 75)
  • Longsword crafting cost was halved
  • Hide armor leather costs halved
  • Bolt action rifle cost reduced significantly
  • BAR more damage
  • Heavy Plate less nerf
  • Shirt/longshirt more radiation protection
  • HV rockets deal 1/4 rocket damage
  • HV Rockets cost 1/4 what basic rockets cost
  • Rocket launcher cost reduced

Enjoy Bumfuzzlers! Lots of great things in this patch and a lot of great things coming! Below I’ve highlighted the major changes (IMO)

Devblog 199 April 05 2018

  • NEW Added Powered rowboat vehicle
  • NEW Added Chinook Event
  • NEW Multiple seats in vehicles
  • NEW Added lakeside forests
  • NEW Added Birch, Oak and Beech trees
  • NEW Added projectile pooling (gunfight performance)
  • NEW Bullets now impact water
  • NEW Added server asset warmup (performance hiccups)
  • NEW New client side entity parenting (performance, vehicle support)
  • NEW Added triangular conditional wall models
  • NEW Junkpile Scientists
  • NEW Hapis – Added Junkyard monument
  • NEW Hapis – Added Outpost B3 small monument
  • NEW Hapis – Added sewer branch monument
  • NEW Hapis – Added Collapsed Tunnel small monument
  • NEW Hapis – Mining outpost
  • NEW Added vehicle spawns to Savas KOTH
  • NEW Added horse meat (needs icons)
  • NEW vehicle_flipy and vehicle_sensitivity convars (unused)
  • NEW Hair Cap system
  • NEW Head and Facial hair styles
  • NEW Player Corpses float on water
  • NEW Variable wind animation
  • NEW Added floating offshore junkpiles
  • UPDATED Updated ingame map to be more detailed
  • UPDATED Map coords swapped so that the letter is horizontal
  • UPDATED Eye Adaptation and LUTs updated
  • UPDATED Tweaks to dynamic grass and terrain splat colours to align
  • UPDATED Re-added display of decals on static furnace, mining quarry, pumpjack & small refinery
  • UPDATED Changes to ocean and river reflectivity to be more physically accurate
  • UPDATED Caves Spikes Trap nerfed
  • UPDATED Major network interpolation & extrapolation improvements
  • UPDATED Updated EAC
  • UPDATED Stripped server schema refresh (performance hiccups)
  • UPDATED Significantly improved shading on new foliage
  • UPDATED Increased overall forest sizes
  • UPDATED Big mix pass over most of the sounds in game
  • UPDATED Spawning scientists are invulnerable until activated
  • UPDATED Scientist reaction time goes up when they get hit
  • UPDATED Hapis – Updated Site A and B tunnels
  • UPDATED Hapis – 8 new cave and tunnels
  • UPDATED Hapis – updated roads
  • UPDATED Hapis – Updated site b tunnels to have radiation
  • UPDATED Updated Savas KOTH loot table with all recently added items
  • UPDATED AK47 has more hip aimcone
  • UPDATED Water reflections
  • UPDATED Temporal anti-aliasing
  • UPDATED Pubic, Armpit and Eyebrow hair
  • UPDATED AK47 has more difficult recoil
  • UPDATED Added 4 HQM to SAR cost
  • UPDATED Removed most Junk from Airdrops + Elite Crates
  • UPDATED TShirt/LongShirt additional radiation protection
  • UPDATED Reduced SAP HQM cost by 4
  • UPDATED Heavy Plate Armor slightly less movement speed reduction
  • UPDATED Heavy Plate Armor cost Halved
  • UPDATED HV Rockets cost slightly more than 1/4 that of regular rockets
  • UPDATED HV Rockets do 1/4 damage of regular rockets
  • UPDATED Reduced longsword cost
  • UPDATED Reduced rocket launcher cost
  • UPDATED Rocket lancher has increased durability
  • UPDATED You can now research and craft Binoculars
  • UPDATED CCTV + Targeting Computer are stackable to 64
  • UPDATED Hide armor costs halved
  • UPDATED SMGs HQM cost halved
  • UPDATED TShirt/LongShirt costs reduced
  • UPDATED TShirt/LongShirt research cost now 20
  • FIXED Fixed gather amounts being inaccurate on HUD
  • FIXED Fixed NPCs showing in the report list
  • FIXED Fixed main menu only showing one friend
  • FIXED Fixed hitching when opening map
  • FIXED Fixed that servers needed a restart before newly released skins could be used
  • FIXED Fixed health bars not updating when buildings are repaired via upkeep
  • FIXED Fixed being able to walk far away while looting
  • FIXED Fixed ore bonus nodes doing pointless position update ticks
  • FIXED Fixed field rocks sometimes overlapping monuments
  • FIXED Fixed some floating rocks near monuments
  • FIXED Fixed sometimes falling through terrain near monuments
  • FIXED Fixed rare world checksum mismatch on certain seeds
  • FIXED Fixed exploits to dive underneath terrain
  • FIXED Fixed some rock terrain adjustments having reverted
  • FIXED Fixed skin selection icons not refreshing until clicked
  • FIXED Junkpile scientists no longer hover above ground
  • FIXED Hapis – Fixed some out of bounds exploits
  • FIXED Hapis – Fixed junkpile spawns on cliff edges
  • FIXED Fixed gap in Garage door which allowed traps to be trigged through
  • FIXED Fixed blueprint read not using master sound
  • FIXED Fixed flame turret been trigger through walls
  • FIXED Pubic hair clipping through clothing
  • FIXED Broken wrists on some clothing items
  • FIXED Placement guides not showing underwater looking from above
  • FIXED Z-fighting in stomped grass when grass displacement is enabled
  • FIXED Particle shadowing inside caves and interiors
  • FIXEDArgument exception in motion blur
  • FIXED Number overflow in occlusion culling
  • FIXED Null reference exception in MaterialColorLerp
  • FIXED River UV stretching in direction of flow
  • FIXED Crash in terrain texturing initialization
  • FIXED Fixed skin shading when in shadow
  • FIXED Foliage biome tinting
  • FIXED Fixed Chainsaw chain direction
  • FIXED Fixed garage door culling at short range when gfx settings low
  • FIXED Fixed thrown objs impacting vehicle they were thrown from
  • REMOVED Removed workshop vote counts (Valve doesn’t send them anymore)
Bunnies, Prestige, Money

Bunnies, Prestige, Money

For those who celebrate it, Happy Easter! With that, I’ve got some Modtopia updates for you Bumfuzzlers in the form of new event monuments for you to earn access to a new kit! Then we have some other updates as well. Check it out!

Bunny Ranch

Where else would the Easter Bunny go? Obviously he’d go to the Bunny Ranch and that’s where you’ll have to go to find him and his Easter Thugs! Find it, conquer it and gain access to a kit! The kit is pink, juicy and boomsy! 🙂

LustyMap

For a while the map was disabled due to some underlying Rust issues. That’s now working again! I hope Facepunch keeps it that way!

Loyalty Updates

There have been a lot of updates to Loyalty as of late and I have a few more coming! Loyalty is a huge part of the server culture, but I’ve always felt it was confusing and not very communicative. Most players had no idea they’d be receiving access to new plugins and kits or what they were.

Here are some of the changes:

  • The loyalty plugin has been renamed to Prestige, but it still uses loyalty points.
  • /loyalty now shows you not only your loyalty points, but your level and the points needed to get to the next level.
  • /loyalty rewards shows a list of all the available levels (might only show 10 now)
  • Reaching a new loyalty level will now tell you the points you reached, the level you reached and exactly what you got access to for reaching it.
  • When a player reaches a new level, it will broadcast it to the server and tell others what they got access to.
  • I’ve added 6 new levels for starters. These levels will give the players access to one plugin each. These plugins were plugins everyone had access to at the start originally.
    • Welcome (1 point) Easily locate your corpse before others do (type /where)
    • Level 1 (5 points) Autodoors allows doors to close on timer (type /ad ‘5’)
    • Level 2 (10 points) Get your very own pet chicken (type /pet help)
    • Level 3 (15 points) Fuel up & drive a car with up to 3 friends
    • Level 4 (20 points) Autogive friends TC & Turret access (/autoauth)
    • Native (30 points) Autosplit items in furnaces for faster burning

I’m hoping this will give people a better awareness of what they are getting as well as a knowledge of what they bet. I’ll be adding the following items:

  • When you hit a level, it will play a sound indicating that something happened
  • A timed message will be shown every ‘x’ minutes advising players of their loyalty points, the next level, the points needed to reach that next level and also what they’ll get.
  • More levels to break down each item players get into a single level
  • Possibly a GUI approach that shows a better indicator when a level is reached.

Economics

Now that some skin issues were resolved by Facepunch, I’ll be enabling economics again soon along with the skin store and possibly a rewards plugin that allows you to buy kits, commands, plugins, etc. I have to balance it all so it might take a little bit of time so I’ll enable some of it right away and the rest over time.

I’ve enable economics again and the skin shop, but when the wipe happens, I may wipe player currency levels and balance them a bit. I want items in the stores to be valuable so I don’t want players to gain too much currency. I have to strongly consider the earnings and costs.

To access the skin shop type /skin shop and afterwards you can reskin an item by holding it in your hand and typing /skin.

Have fun you Bumfuzzlers and drop me some feedback!

Motor Boats, Puzzles, Vehicles

Motor Boats, Puzzles, Vehicles

Got a weekly update for you Bumfuzzlers! If you want to know what items might be in the next revisions of Rust, take a look!

Motor Boats

Boats will spawn at monuments like lighthouses, 4 seats, outboard motor, fast, use fuel to power and you can sink them and repair them! There’s also a push mechanic that allows you to push it back into the water in case you run them ashore!

Now we’ve had rafts and viking boats for a long time so it’ll be interesting to have this new style of watercraft! No doubt, we’ll balance it with the others on both Modtopia and Vanillatopia.

Navigation Map

It appears the map is getting quite the update. It’s looking really good. It’s a lot more detailed in terms of topography.

Dining Horse

Finally horse meat is no longer called deer meat! 🙂 Now you can feel guilty towards the proper cuddly animal as you eat them. Don’t forget to ride the horse before you eat it! (Yes, you can ride horses on both Modtopia and Vanillatopia!)

Monument Puzzles

Not sure they’ll be in the next patch on the 5th, but Facepunch will be adding puzzles to the monuments, presumably to allow access to some of the more lucrative areas you can get to. In fact, there will be some puzzles that require teamwork like the one shown below. One person uses the override valve and the other goes in. In other puzzles they’ll have key cards and such that you have to find so some of them will allow for solo play.

Roof Building Changes

Due to some exploits, they’ll be changing the way roof pieces will be placed. No more having those sides automatically appear when you build a roof. Now only the actual roof will be built and you’ll have to add the other triangular parts yourself. IMHO, this is so much better. I always hated how those parts would sometimes muck up a design.

Additional Vehicles

It appears that old Buick is going to have some companions, however, they won’t be making it into this next patch. It may not be until around a month from now probably. It appears they all have some sort of storage on them, so they might be a great way to loot the map. I see one in particular that has a trailer!

There’s a good chance these vehicles will be in need of repairs so you’ll have to find other parts around the map, such as an engine or engine parts to get the cars running. Should add for some interesting gameplay!

Here’s a pretty good overview for the goings on with Rust.

Looking forward to the 5th for the new updates! Keep having fun until then Bumfuzzlers!

Lock Car, Trigger C4, Wipe

Lock Car, Trigger C4, Wipe

Howdy Bumfuzzlers! Today’s updates go boom and vroom!! You’ll now have the ability lock up your cars and trigger the detonation of your C4! There’s some awesome mechanics involved in the both features so read on for details!

Lock your Car

For a while now, jumping  out of your car to grab loot created an uneasy feeling. Any Bumfuzzler could walk by and snag it from you! Now you can place a code lock on the trunk! Just don’t lock your keys in there 🙂 With that, other players now have the ability to hot wire the car to steal it from you! It takes 45 seconds to attempt the hot wire, you’ll get shocked for every failed attempt and you have a 1 out of 5 chance at stealing it.

The Code Lock will use the Auto Code Lock feature so it will set your code automatically just like it does already for doors!

To compensate for players owning cars, I’ve changed the number of possible cars spawning from 6 to 8. Locking your rafts and boats I hope will be possible soon.

Triggered C4

Timed C4 is nice and it adds some suspense to the process of using them, but they’re so valuable so it sucks if you misplace one or it goes off before you wanted them to. Now, you can use C4 in both timed and triggered modes! Here’s how it works.

You can use /tec.mode to toggle the C4 mode. Placing it in triggered mode will cause C4 to be placed, but it won’t detonate until you tell it to. During this state you can actually pick up the C4 and place it again! When you’re ready to detonate the C4, simply type /tec.explode and every single C4 you have placed will explode at once. It’s quite awesome and great for online raids! Base owners will have no idea what’s going on until it’s too late!

You can use /tec.mode at any time to set the C4 mode back to timed and it will work the way it always has.

Map Issues

Unfortunately the map is really buggy right now and it’s not specific to Modtopia. You’ll experience the map turning black, indicators disappearing and funky delays in updates. It appears to be happening to everyone and there doesn’t seem to be a solution right now. I’ve found it has to do most with the zoomed mini-map feature so for now I changed the mini-map to simply default to the zoomed out mode. It’s not as nice, but it seems to stop the mini-map from going black. This might have less to do with the map than the way images are being loaded. We’ll see.

Player Challenge Rewards

It appears the Player Challenges (/pc) are working in that they show who is leading, but the plugin isn’t awarding kits. It appears there’s something wrong with the plugin itself, but I’m stuck at troubleshooting because I’m trying to avoid resetting everyone’s stats. That could solve the issue, but I’m somewhat doubtful. I’ll continue to work towards a solution.

This Thursday Wipe

Recently Facepunch screwed up our schedule and we wiped last week when we normally wouldn’t. In an attempt to get back on schedule, this Thursday will be a wipe. Otherwise we’ll have 3 weeks before a wipe and that’s simply too long for this server.

As always, it’s a pleasure and I appreciate all the feedback! Without you all giving me a heads up, it would be much more challenging managing the server! Enjoy Bumfuzzlers!

NPC, Flashlight, Variance

NPC, Flashlight, Variance

Hey Bumfuzzlers! I’ve got a new installment of server updates for ya. The biggest changes this time around are for the monument NPCs, but I’ve also made a bunch of other adjustments. Give below a read to learn more!

Monument NPCs

These buggers have got a ton of updates and I think you’re going to really enjoy the changes. NPCs will now do the following:

  • drop static and dynamic loot instead of just the same loot over and over
  • have a roam range so they won’t wander too far away from their original purpose
  • drop their weapons instead of keeping them in their tool belt
  • you’ll encounter different looking NPCs with different weapons in single areas
  • turn on weapon flashlights or regular flashlights at night to look for you.

These new updates should definitely provide a much more dynamic situation.

Make sure you check out the quests (/q). They reward you with Skin Perks! 🙂

Anti-Noob Raid

It appears it wasn’t refunding raiding materials when raiding new players so I disabled it for now.  I’ll review it soon with testing and such. Surely new players need to be worked into the server gradually instead of being horribly mauled the moment they sign on lol

Plane Crash Event

The plane may have been crashing into the mountains again so I raised it up 5 meters. I hope it’s not harder to hit, but don’t forget about lock-on smoke rockets!

Quarry Low Grade Usage

Thanks for Orion for pointing out that Quarries were not consuming fuel. I fixed that. It turns out that the VIP Loyalty group’s ability not to consume fuel on lights spilled over into the Quarries. Now they should consume fuel as expected.

Offline Protection

There was some talk that offline protection was protecting players immediately on sign off. I’ve tested this and that is not the case. Players get their protection 15 minutes after sign off so are unable to use this as a defense against a raid.

Mini Map Zoom

Thanks to DjRYFY for letting me know that the mini map no longer allowed for zooming. I’ve since fixed this.

Loyalty

In the past there were times where players reaching loyalty levels haven’t gotten their new abilities in plugins, kits, etc. As of last night I can finally say this plugin is fixed and should not have issues. Due to this new confidence in the Loyalty plugin I may expand the Loyalty tiers with a couple lower tiers that will give new players the excitement of reaching new levels and gaining new abilities.

Server Rule Questions

There aren’t many rules on the server as I like to keep Rust as lawless as possible (type /rules for a list), but someone asked me the other day if walling off loot was within the rules. After considering it for a moment, I would say yes it is. The same goes for using the remover tool to remove walls or items during an online raid to prevent that raid from happening. On a server like Bumfuzzler Modtopia, where resources are abundant, players need to use whatever tools they have at their disposal to hide loot or stop a raid. I do appreciate this question though and welcome others like it as they challenge me to consider them. Thanks Orion!

Enjoy Bumfuzzlers! Keep the feedback coming!