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Saints, Science, Boating

Saints, Science, Boating

I’ve got a lot of news for you Bumfuzzlers! We’ve got changes to everything from the store, scientists, home and teleport cooldowns, various fixes, ore counts, outpost and bandit camps, boat fuel perks and even an event for Saint Patrick’s Day! Read on for the whole scoop!

In-Game Store (Modtopia)

In previous weeks I removed items from the store (/s) because it was allowing you Bumfuzzlers to lounge in your lazy-boys with a beer in your hand purchasing items from the Modtopia QVC channel lol But seriously, the point was to slow raiding to some degree. I wasn’t intending to slow defense.

I’ve added CCTV Cameras and Targeting Computers to the in-game store for purchase at 200 RP each.

Thanks, Xanadu for the suggestion.

Player Challenges (Modtopia)

I’m still trying to balance the kits related to the Player Challenges (/pc) and I’ve been getting some feedback which is great. I originally nerfed them a bit since everyone jumped on the server after a wipe and rushed to get the kits which were giving rockets and all sorts of high-quality tools. This seemed to be too much of an advantage so I’ve been trying to make them valuable, but not over-powered.

I plan to make more changes, but for now, I’ve only made one change:

  • Removed the Salvage Axe from the Lumberjack challenge kit and replaced it with the Hatchet

I reviewed the other kits associated with the challenges and I’m going to let it ride the way it is right now for a little longer. I’m considering adding armor to the kits and maybe extending the cooldowns, but we’ll see. The more feedback I get from you guys the better.

Thanks, Twisted Rhythm, ATaXiA and Xanadu for the feedback.

Scientists (Modtopia)

A long time ago we had NPCs roaming the monuments, but they seemed to be a little unruly so we disabled them. Then Facepunch added the Scientists and most of the players seemed to dislike them so we disabled then. We finally ended up with Zombies and Jason roaming the countryside lol. Now, I’ve been hearing some desire to see the scientists out there again! I’m cool with that!

Now you’ll find scientists at junk piles, Military Tunnels, and the Cargo Ship. Don’t be surprised if you’re laughing at the sight of zambies attacking scientists who are being attacked by wolves lol That could happen!

Also, not sure you heard the news, but we’re going to be seeing ‘heavy’ scientists in the near future.

What do you Bumfuzzlers think of having zombies at monuments? Too much?

Thanks, ATaXiA, and others for the feedback.

Taming Animals

Apparently, there was an issue with taming animals. As you know, you can tame and ride horses, bears, chickens, etc! This is different than making them your pet (/pet) where they follow you around, acting as additional storage and even attacking other animals and players!

It appeared the command (/tame) was all Bumfuzzlered. I fixed it and now you can go ahead and ride all the boars you’d like!

Thanks to Waylander, Doge and arronmax2012 for the feedback.

Furnace Shut Off (Modtopia)

There was a bit of an annoying bug that caused furnaces to shut off. After some time, it was discovered they were turning off in the morning and then it was narrowed down to be the Night Lantern (/lantern) plugin that turns lights on at night and off in the morning. Unfortunately, it had furnaces in the list of items to turn on and off lol. Apparently, it was due to a plugin update where configuration was changed unintentionally.

Now furnaces and other sensible items are filtered out of the Night Lantern setup, so furnaces should run long and strong!

Thanks, Doge and Waylander for help narrowing that down.

Ore Counts (Modtopia)

A few of you made comments on node counts being low. After some checking, it appeared the counts were absolutely a little low for some reason.

I went ahead and raised ore node count by 30%.

Thanks, Doge for and others for the feedback.

Home Cooldowns (Modtopia)

A few of you Bumfuzzlers made mention of the cooldowns for homes (/home) being a bit high so I took a look at them.

After review I agree they were a bit on the high side so I cut them down significantly:

  • First time players: 15-minute cooldown. This was lowered by 15 minutes.
  • Legitimate Level: 15-minute cooldown. This was lowered by 10 minutes.
  • Veteran Level: 10-minute cooldown. This was lowered by 10 minutes.
  • Allegiance Level: 5-minute cooldown. This was lowered by 10 minutes.
  • VIP Level: 5-minute cooldown. This was lowered by 5 minutes.
  • Blood Level: 5-minute cooldown. This was left as is.

Thanks to Doge, arronmax2012 and Waylander for your feedback.

Teleportation Cooldowns (Modtopia)

Since I was looking at home cooldowns, I figured I’d give a look to the cooldowns related to teleporting (/tp) to people.

Basically, I made them match home cooldowns for the most part:

  • First time players:  15 min. This was left as is.
  • Level 11: 15-minute cooldown. This was raised by 3 minutes.
  • Level 19: 10-minute cooldown. This was raised by 2 minutes.
  • Level 24: 5-minute cooldown. This was left as is.
  • Level 26: 5-minute cooldown. This was raised by 2 minutes.
  • Blood Level: 5-minute cooldown. This was raised by 4 minutes.

Saint Patrick’s Pub (Modtopia)

In honor of Saint Patrick himself, the pub is back up! I won’t give you much info on it, except to say it’s in the desert, Leprechauns protect it and there are goodies and challenges for you there!

Be careful! Those Irish don’t play games during the month of March! 🙂

Plane Crash

Every once in a while you’ll see a smoking plane shoot across the sky and if you’re in the right place, and you have a smoke rocket (/craft.lockon), you’ll have the opportunity to shoot it down and get loot! I made a couple of changes to the way it works.

Here’s what I changed:

  • Increased loot by 1 crate
  • Messages no longer are shown for when it’s shot down
  • Message no longer are shown for who shot it down
  • Names of the 3 spawning NPCs will be randomized between ‘Plane Pilot’ and ‘Plane Crewman’

Dangerous Treasures (Modtopia)

The treasures event (/dt) gives some really nice loot, but the names of the NPCs that spawn have been bugging me for quite some time! So corny and randomized! Now I’ve modified it so that they’ll have a name fitting of the event.

They are now called Treasure Ghouls! 🙂 Spooky! lol

Outpost & Bandit Camps (Modtopia)

For a while now I’ve meant to tinker with the vending machines and shops at the Outpost and Bandit Camps. I wanted to make the items you can buy there to be proportional to the in-game shop (/s). Right now, you can get so many items for next to no scrap and with scrap increased on the server it’s doubly crazy!

Here are the changes I’ve made:

  • Repriced all items using the general formula
    • If blueprint exists in store (/s): (BP Cost / 2) * 2.5 = Scrap cost
    • If blueprint doesn’t exist, I based scrap cost off equivalent item cost
  • Removed resources and replaced with items
  • Removed components and replaced with items
  • Removed food/water and replaced with items
  • Removed blue key card
  • Removed scrap for sale and replaced with items

Hopefully, this should ensure the Outpost and Bandit Camp are in line with scrap amounts and the economy, but please provide me some feedback. I am considering adding some extremely valuable items there such as 2x equipment, but you’ll have to save your scrap! They won’t be cheap!

Vehicle Fuel (Modtopia)

I thought I’d give our loyal members a perk when it comes to having to fuel up their aquatic vehicles.

Now, at Level 27 and above, motor boats and RHIBs will no longer require fuel so you can “sail” the stormy seas all you like looking for ocean garbage lol

Backpacks (Modtopia)

There was an issue with backpacks preventing you from opening the backpack while in another container like a furnace or a box. That’s now been fixed.

Thanks to Doge for reporting the issue.

Powerplant Puzzle

It turns out there’s a bug in Rust regarding the Powerplant puzzle. You’ll find the second step missing a switch which makes the puzzle impossible to solve. Thanks to Doge for bringing this to my attention. I’ve run a command which is said to fix the situation, but I suspect the issue will occur at next restart. Luckily this is expected to be fixed in tomorrow’s patch.

Wipe

Don’t forget that tomorrow is a map, blueprint and economy wipe! As usual, the timeframe isn’t always the same, but I expect it to be between 3 pm and 7 pm EST. Last time it was far later than that due to Facepunch borking on the patch causing the entire community to wait a bit longer than expected. Anyhow, I’m looking forward to an awesome new wipe cycle!

As usually, you Bumfuzzlers rock. Please keep the feedback coming and I’ll continue to stay on top of things, making changes to hopefully balance the game to provide the best possible enjoyment I can! Have fun out there!

 

Thursdays, Footings, Patch

Thursdays, Footings, Patch

Hey Bumfuzzlers! I’ve got a few updates for ya as we head into this month’s first wipe! We’ve got a patch coming today which should give us some new goodies, I’ve made some tweaks and we’ve got the results of the 5 week wipe cycle situation, plus more custom map talk! Read on.

Player Skins (Modtopia)

Not sure if you know it, but you can buy skins and set them as default (/skin shop) so that anytime you craft certain items, you’ll get the skins you love! This is great if you’re very particular and like having your boxes and doors all the same skin or have an outfit you enjoy!

I’ve made a couple of small changes:

  • Purchasing skins now cost 100 RP instead of the old 1 RP. This was done to match the recent changes to the store and economy.
  • I’ve excluded a couple of skins that shouldn’t have been available due to them being Skin Perks.

Smelting (Modtopia)

I’ve slowed smelting and lowered the charcoal byproduct ever so slightly. You shouldn’t see a massive difference, but I’m hoping it will slow the aggression down just a little.

Foundations (Modtopia)

Foundation wiping is real! LOL, I’ve seen several situations where players sign on and no trace of their structures could be found! So I’m trying to make some changes to reduce the possibility of that happening. I love raiding, but it’s no fun to have your base foundation wiped every other day. It also bypasses the defenses and structure people build into their bases!

To directly tackle this, I’ve raised the health of foundations again. It was set to 150% of the original health, but now I’ve upped it to 200% of the original health. This should give incentives to raid using other means and it should also give more time for decay to happen after a cupboard is destroyed. This way players who are raided might have the chance to salvage something.

Gathering

I’ve been doing the math on gathering wood, stone and the like and I found room for some adjustments here and there.

I’ve made the following changes:

  • Gathering resources during the day was reduced by about 3%
  • Gathering resources at night was reduced by about 8%
  • Lowered Zlevel points gained at night by about 66% so you’ll gain points and earn levels faster, but it’s not astronomical.

You shouldn’t notice a massive difference. I’m just making slight adjustments to find the sweet spot. Keep in mind while gathering at night was lowered a little, there’s still around a 10% boost for night gathering and of course the quarries are boosted at night too!

Wipe (Modtopia)

This January we had 5 Thursdays which means this last cycle, was 3 weeks instead of 2. The next time this will happen in 2019 is in May, August and October. So I took a poll in Discord.

The poll in Discord was overwhelmingly in favor of the idea that in months where the last wipe cycle is 3 weeks long, we’re going to wipe, but likely we’ll wipe with an experimental custom map. The next time this will happen is in May, August, and October!

Next Patch

There’s a lot of very interesting items surfacing that may make their way into the February 7th patch.

  • HBHF (Heartbeat Breathing Humidity Footstep) Sensor: Electrical component that detects players, using line-of-sight, who come within a certain range of it.
  • Rand Switch: Electrical component that sends a random true or false signal to other electronic devices.
  • Siren Light: Electrical component that shows a circular red warning signal.
  • Flasher Light: Electrical component that flashes a light.
  • Oil Rig Monument: Large and small oil rig monuments.

  • RF Receiver: Electronic component that works like a switch used with a detonator
  • Detonator: Electronic component used to trigger electronic components using RF Receivers.
  • RF Broadcaster: Electronic component that broadcasts a message.
  • RF Pager: Electronic device carried with the player to receive the RF Broadcaster signal.
  • Minicopter: Findable 2-seat copter, fueled by low-grade fuel and targetable by SAM sites.

I’m certainly looking forward to the next patch and seeing what you Bumfuzzlers think about wiping with a custom map for the last week of these 3-week wipe cycles. Until then, have fun out there and continue to give me feedback!

I’ve just recently installed the mapping tools and if I have time, I might be beginning to work on a custom map just for Modtopia 🙂 Should be fun.

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!