Tag: Prestige

Generator, Spooky, Gather

Generator, Spooky, Gather

Hey Bumfuzzlers! Seems we had a somewhat tumultuous patch this last Thursday as the powers at Facepunch were giving us some tough love! Despite that, the storm was weathered, and changes have been made! We’ve got loot modifications, gather rate changes, a new power source, new server listing description, stacking changes, server menu updates, a spooky mask and 2 discord polls begging your opinion and more!

Patch Overview

For those of you who would rather not read the list of changes in the last patch, here’s a solid overview of what we got.

Server Browser

Not sure why, but I’ve been contacted by a few people who say they can’t connect to the server, mainly due to not seeing it in the server list. Maybe this shouldn’t be surprising due to the recent changes to it.

If you find you have this issue, you can connect directly via the console.

  1. Press F1
  2. Go to the console
  3. Type connect 216.155.140.108:28016

That’ll do it.

Also, I’ve been trying to make the server’s representation in the server list better. That means I’ve updated the server description and modified the title to include common keywords for searching. I’ve also changed the name to Bumfuzzlertopia in case you were looking for the old name. This was only to give me more room in the server title – saved 4 characters lol

Language Filter

Now when you curse, it will show the word Bumfuzzler in orange so at least others know you cursed and didn’t type Bumfuzzler intentionally. This also ensures I’m no longer confused as to whether you’re talking to me 🙂 but then maybe you are talking to me saying nasty things? Yikes! I hope not lol

As the resident bot says, “It’s not a restriction. It’s meant to be funny and promote the server name. Why not expand your vocabulary? I know how to say 1,534,201 English words! You know about 4 :)”

Is it better without the color? It might be. Let me know.

Stacking

There were a couple of items I forgot to set up for stacking earlier so now I’m swinging back to get them straight.

I changed the following items:

  • Grenade launcher Buckshot: changed from 24 to 256
  • Grenade launcher HE: changed from 12 to 256
  • Grenade launcher Smoke: changed from 12 to 256
  • Heavy Scientist Suit: changed from 1 to 256

Thanks Non-Existant for the heads up on an exploit regarding stacking.

Gathering ZLevels

I’ve been looking at the resource gathering because I’m trying to market the server better in the server list. Most servers advise what the gather multiplier is, like 3x or 5x, but the way the server was setup, it’s hard to do that.

If my math is correct, which it might not be lol, on joining, the server was almost a 3x gather rate when you’re at Level 0. As you work yourself closer to Level 50, that 3x grows slowly towards 6x. This seems a bit too close to an experimental server if you ask me. So, I set my sights on making the server a 5x server as I think that’s much more reasonable.

Here’s what I changed:

  • The initial multiplier of 2.8 was changed to 3.0
  • The percentage per level was changed from 0.75% to 0.40%

Theoretically, this means for new players they should have 3x gather rate, but over the course of 50 levels, it should be possible to get 5x gather rate.

If you find my math is wrong, please let me know :/ lol

Server Menu

It appears the menu you see as you join the server needed a bit of updating so I took a moment to do that. The hope is it’s now accurate, but also provides an improved overview of server features. Here are some snaps of what it’ll look like next time you join.

The main menu you see when joining (/ui) should now showcase a bit more of the features the server has.

The plugins tab had a few plugins we no longer used so I removed them and added a bunch more!

The sightings tab showed Trump Tower and Hillary House, but neglected to show the latest addition – The Southern Border!

Hopefully, this gives new players an understanding of the depth of features on the server and gives veteran players the ability to point unanswered questions to the menu in certain situations.

Loot Changes

I had a couple of comments on the loot so I jumped into it and tried my best to balance things out. It’s not an easy task and it’s an ongoing process so this requires constant feedback from you Bumfuzzlers.

Here’s what I changed:

  • Adjusted mine crates to have higher quality tools. Previously it had only the lower level hatchet and pickaxe.
  • Adjusted medical crates to give more medical items. It gave extremely low quantities and only 1 item.
  • Adjusted components specifically increasing gears and springs
  • Adjusted component spawning areas. Some items spawned in barrels that shouldn’t and the opposite in crates.
  • Decreased the amount of beancan grenades. They can only now be found in the better crates.
  • Removed scrap from food crate to ensure food always spawns there. Sometimes it spawns only 1 item.
  • Loot in the Elite, locked, and Underwater Advanced crates should be much better now.
  • Moved some better items like Large Furnaces out of barrels and into higher level crates.
  • The spooky Dragon Mask was added to the loot. You should find it in barrels.

Thanks for feedback Viper, Non-Existant and Kreeperlink

Color Fiasco

Facepunch changed the way text is displayed in the game and in turn they made changes to how text colors are displayed. This game used to accept red text to be coded simple as <color=red>RedText</color>, but now it has to use proper HTML like <color=#FF0000>RedText</color>. This meant, before the patch hit, I had to go through several hundred files and change every mention of color, which was typically written as red, green, blue, purpose, etc. to its hexadecimal value.

I’m just mentioning it because if I missed one, you’ll see <color=red>TheText</color> in chat instead of seeing TheText. If that happens, let me know what the text said and I’ll track it down.

Steam Workshop

Apparently, there were some changes in Rust and/or Steam as of late and this has caused some problems for various plugins. I expect it has to do with the new menu with the store integration we received in the last patch. Most likely something was changed there which borked everything else.

This means some plugins like Skinbox may not function properly or at all. I was able to fix a couple, but the changes could be far-reaching and not initially noticeable.

If you find something not to be working as expected, please let me know.

I appreciate all the feedback I received so far more notably AxelsAntagonist who went through much of the plugin list to test what was and was not working. Thanks!

Small Generator

We’ve had the small generator available for some time, but I didn’t add it because it’s a really powerful tool. After all, it’s unlimited power which can give some nice abilities.

The point was made that cave base designers can’t really take advantage of many electricity options so I finally caved.

Here’s the lowdown:

  • Unlimited power, great for caves
  • Can be found everywhere electrical components are found
  • Rarer than solar panels so slightly harder to find

This should be a great perk for everyone and it’s not something you’ll find on most servers.

Thanks for feedback Viper

Economy Wipe

I’m toying with the idea to wipe the economy at every wipe as I’m not sure if it’s fair to give some players to have such a large advantage. Starting off with a ton of RP, after you’ve found all the blueprints is maybe too much. Blueprints already give a large advantage.

To vote, join Discord and you’ll find the poll in the #polls channel. So far it’s tied!

The question for the poll is:

‘Should I wipe the economy at every wipe? I’m thinking someone starting at the 2nd wipe cycle has a disadvantage and that may not be fair’

Instacraft

Another poll on Discord is about Instacraft. We used to have instant crafting, but I modified it down to be slower because I felt it was way too easy to quickly amass a serious arsenal.

If the response strongly favors having it, I’ll likely be persuaded. Consider how it affects gameplay though. It’ll likely ensure early raids go up. Then again, so might early defenses.

The question for the poll is:

‘I believe instacraft is an important feature to have. I don’t like waiting for items to craft and think it should be immediate’

No Fuels

It turns out that the entire server was fueled up unintentionally.

Now it’s not until Level 26 (/loyalty) that players don’t require fuel for various lights and whatnot.

Thanks to AxelsAntagonist for catching it.

Flag Day Kit

Apparently, the kit for the Flag Day Monument wasn’t working. Thanks for the heads up AxelsAntagonist and for testing Non-Existant. It should be all good now.

This last patch wasn’t quite a disaster, but it certainly had its moments lol Today, I optionally patched the server which will hopefully alleviate some of the issues that have been going on, but tomorrow, Thursday 6/13, Facepunch is dropping a mandatory server and client patch. We won’t have to wipe as far as I know, but once your client is updated, you won’t be able to connect until I update the server. As long as I can keep on top of when it’s released, I’ll have it patched up in 10-15 minutes. The trick is, the patches drop whenever Facepunch feels the itch.

Have fun out there Bumfuzzlers and keep the feedback flowing!

Traps, Custom, Challenges

Traps, Custom, Challenges

Hey Bumfuzzlers! Hope all is well and Rust life is awesome! 🙂 I’ve got a few tidbits of info for ya with a couple changes and a couple additions. I’ve also got some plugin updates along with some early looks at a custom map design I’m working on. Who knows where that will go! 🙂 Read on!

Stacks of Stuff (Modtopia)

We received a few new items in the last patch so stacking needed to be adjusted.

Here’s what the new items will stack to:

  • Audio Alarm now stacks to 256
  • Chinese Lantern now stacks to 256
  • Dragon Door Knocker now stacks to 256
  • Dragon Mask now stacks to 256
  • Flasher Light now stacks to 256
  • HBHF Sensor now stacks to 256
  • Random Switch now stacks to 256
  • RF Broadcaster now stacks to 256
  • RF Detonator now stacks to 256
  • RF Pager now stacks to 256
  • RF Receiver now stacks to 256
  • Siren Light now stacks to 256

Electricity Pack (Modtopia)

As you might remember, I added an electricity pack to the shop for any of you who’d like to experiment with electricity and support the servers at the same time! It already had all of the previously available components, but now I’ve added the new items.

The following items were added:

  • Audio Alarm (4)
  • Flasher Light (4)
  • HBHF Sensor (4)
  • RAND Switch (4)
  • RF Broadcaster (4)
  • RF Pager (4)
  • Siren Light (4)

Dangerous Treasures (Modtopia)

The Dangerous Treasures event (/dtd) is a major source of electrical components so it seems only fitting that I’ve added the new electrical components to the mix.

The following items were added:

  • Audio Alarm
  • Flasher Light
  • HBHF Sensor
  • RAND Switch
  • RF Broadcaster
  • RF Pager
  • Siren Light

Backpacks (Modtopia)

I’ll be updating the backpack plugin just before the wipe. If everything goes well, it will work as it mostly always has, but in the future, it’ll give some room for change in how and when players use the backpack.

Here are some of the updates:

  • Option to “Only Save Backpacks on Server-Save” might help performance
  • Dropped backpacks now show “{Name}’s Backpack”
  • Limits of a small, medium, large backpack are now replaced with rows 1-7

This means I’ll be able to assign people a backpack with 1 row or 7. Initially, I won’t be expanding this, but I can see eventually making the backpack available earlier in the leveling system and potentially giving Blood|Level 30 the largest pack (/loyalty).

Traps (Modtopia)

Depending on your level (/loyalty) players have different abilities when it comes to traps. At Level 17, snap traps reset automatically after being triggered. At level 29, snap traps and mines don’t trigger for owners and friends of the owners.

With the update, at Level 29 (/loyalty) owners and their friends will be protected from traps, but it will also protect them when they are authorized at the cupboard.

Knock Knock (Modtopia)

There were issues with the knock, knock plugin where messages wouldn’t save. I’ve updated the plugin in an attempt to fix that!

Look at a door, and type /knock for further instructions to set a message! When knocking, players will get your message!

Night Lights (Modtopia)

If you’re Level 12 or above (/loyalty) you’ll have the ability to automatically turn on/off lanterns (and other fuel-based lights) at sunup or sundown (/lantern).  Now the plugin has been updated to take the Chinese Lantern and Cursed Cauldren into consideration.

Now you won’t be afraid of the dawk 🙂

Fuel Requirements (Modtopia)

If you’re Level 26 or above (/loyalty) you don’t need fuel for various lights. Now, this plugin incorporates the new Chinese Lantern item.

Player Challenges (Modtopia)

A while back I disabled a few challenges (/pc) because of exploits. I’m pleased to say I think I can enable a couple of them again.

I originally disabled the following challenges:

  • Architect (Structures Built)
  • Tailor (Clothes Crafted)
  • Medic (Players Healed)
  • Handyman (Structures Repaired)
  • Gunsmith (Weapons Crafted)

I’ll be enabling the following:

  • Architect (Structures Built)
  • Medic (Players Healed)

In addition, there’s a couple of other fixes:

  • Now NPC Kills section will show as expected
  • Supply signals will now rightly be ignored from stats

Custom Map

I’ve finally gotten around to messing around with map editing. I’ve wanted to design one since it’s been made possible, but I just didn’t have the time. Now that I have, I can tell you for sure, IT IS TIME-CONSUMING! lol, Then again I’m getting used to the editor and the ins and outs of the process. I expect to get faster and faster as I go.

I don’t have a name for the map yet, but I can tell you a few things and even show you a couple screenshots.

  • It’s 4k in size
  • There are lots of ‘islands’
  • Most land is separated by water
  • I’m about 10% finished lol

Here are some pictures, both from the editor and in-game.

Here’s a picture of an extension I made to the Military Tunnels. I always thought it was lame for the train tracks to disappear into nowhere. Now they go to a bridge that collapsed.

Here’s another shot. You can see the harbor in the background.

Here’s a shot in the game of the layout. As you can see, I have barely made a dent.

This is how it looks in the editor. There’s a great deal of water between the land, but what’s interesting is that the water isn’t that deep in all areas. In many of the areas, you can build directly in the middle of the water which might be interesting. Surely great for boat houses!

I’m trying to build a natural looking map that has some nice scenery, but also make boats important and useful. We’ll see how it turns out and if I ever finish it lol It looks small in that last picture, but I assure you it’s fairly large.

Wipe (Modtopia)

Thursday 2/21 Modtopia will be wiping the map, but blueprints and economy will remain. I’m expecting to wipe around 7:30-8pm EST. Sorry for it being so late, but unfortunately I won’t get home until then and due to various changes, I’d rather not attempt wiping from work. Vanillatopia will continue without a wipe.

Well, alright there Bumfuzzlers! You have it now 🙂 Please have fun and let me know if you come across anything interesting!

P.S. – There’s a poll in Discord to choose between 3 map choices! One was proposed by ATaXiA, another by Xanadu and the last by myself. Whichever wins we all win! Go vote!

Lifts, Cheer, Rockets

Lifts, Cheer, Rockets

Hey Bumfuzzlers! We wiped today and that brings with it a few changes to lock-on rockets, the in-game store, map size, and changes to player challenges that you may want to know about! Take a gander at the info below!

But first, just in case I don’t post again before 2019, I wanted to take a moment to wish all you Bumfuzzlers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I hope you all have great times with family, friends and the servers. Be safe, enjoy the moment and hope your stockings don’t have coal in them! 🙂

Stacks (Modtopia)

With the recent Christmas and Anniversary updates, there’s a bunch of new items so stacking needed to be adjusted.

I adjusted the piles for the following items:

  • Giant Candy Cane Decoration: 256
  • Giant Lollipop Decoration: 256
  • Party Hat: 256
  • Snow Machine: 256

Christmas Patch (Modtopia)

The Christmas patch dropped about a week ago and brought with it lots of goodies you’ve no doubt already seen! Many of the items aren’t that big of a deal since we run them all year round like presents and stockings, but the new Candy Canes and Lollipops are pretty ‘sweet’ and the snow machine is epic! Was I mistaken or did I see an airdrop masquerading as a giant present??

The most awesome part is surely Santa and his reindeer flying overhead dropping presents for all the Rust girls and boys! But of course, in a fashion unique to Rust, the first thing everyone wanted to do was shoot him down! haha

Christmas Cheer (Modtopia)

I’ve added all of the new Christmas goodies to the Christmas Cheer package in the store! Now you’ll get all the awesome Christmas stuff from before, plus Candy Canes, Lollipops and Snow Machines!

Ho ho Bumfuzzlers!

Elevators (Modtopia)

Had some issues with elevators so I had to disable them for a bit, but now I believe all that’s sorted out so I brought them up again. While I was at it, I’ve modified their settings a little bit and extended their abilities as you level up (/loyalty).

Here are the perks you’ll receive at Level 6 and Level 28:

Level 6

  • Build cost reduced by 25%
  • Required fuel reduced by 40%
  • Max floors increased from 3 to 5
  • Max lifts increased from 1 to 2
  • Max move speed (increased from 1 to 3)
  • Max placement floor (increased from 2 to 3)

Level 28

  • Build cost reduced by 50%
  • No longer uses fuel
  • Max floors increased from 5 to 10
  • Max lifts increased from 2 to 3
  • Max move speed (increased from 3 to 5)
  • Max placement floor (increased from 3 to 4)

I also reduced the cost for everyone so it should be more affordable to be a lazy no-stair-walkin’ Bumfuzzler!

Thanks for the feedback CannonFodder.

In-Game Store (Modtopia)

It turned out that players were able to sell a whole bunch of weapons in the in-game store when they shouldn’t have been able and it was giving some pretty good RP. This allowed for some pretty interesting selling techniques where you get one weapon and could possibly craft two you wanted! No more of that!

Also, as mentioned in a previous post, there are several changes to the store this wipe. You’ll no longer be able to buy certain items like special clothes or weapons, resources, components, etc. All of the Skin Perk related items can now only be found out in the world. I think this will be more fun and make them more valuable. Now, the majority of what you can buy will be blueprints.

Note that next wipe we’re going to be wiping economics. I’m debating about possibly crediting players who have more than 1000 RP with loyalty points this first wipe. After that they’d just get wiped. Something like that is fair since some people have saved their RP. We’ll see.

Thanks for the feedback Slim Jim and CannonFodder.

Lock-On Rockets (Modtopia)

Smoke Rockets by themselves are somewhat useless. In fact, they do absolutely no damage to anything. However, when used in conjunction with the lock-on feature, they do some hefty damage.

For a while, I’ve been considering making changes, but it required rumination (LOL). Now I finally decided on what to do.

  • Rocket Damage was set to 300. I’ve reduced this to 150
  • Rocket Damage Multiplier for Helicopters was set to 5.0. I’ve reduced this to 2.5.
  • I’ve fixed the death notes message so that if you kill a player with a lock-on smoke rocket, it won’t say the SuperHeli did it.

Originally I was going to limit lock-on rockets to work only with ‘vehicles’ – cars, Bradley, SuperHeli and Planes, but I figure, I decided not to limit them that much. I mean, if you want to waste your rockets, go for it! At least now the message is correct so it doesn’t seem like a hack. At the same time, I did limit targets.

Now you can use them on animals, cars, helicopters, planes, players, and tanks, but you can no longer use them on gun traps, loot, resources or structures. I felt they’ve been way too strong for raiding. If you want to raid, aim…and enjoy regular rocket damage!

Thanks, RaidenPeep for your help in testing.

Player Challenges (Modtopia)

Due to the fact that it’s easy to get some challenges (/pc) by using semi-expoits, I’m going to disable a few for now.

  • Architect (Structures Built)
  • Tailor (Clothes Crafted)
  • Medic (Players Healed)
  • Handyman (Structures Repaired)
  • Gunsmith (Weapons Crafted)

If I can find a way to work around the various issues with these I’ll add them back, but for now, unfortunately, they’ll be disabled. You’ll still see the kits there since I’d rather not go through the trouble to remove those with hope I’ll find a solution relatively soon.

Also, I did nerf some of the challenge kits just because I know people get on after a wipe quick and race to lead in challenges to get these powerful kits. For instance, 2 kits had Bolt Action Rifle, one had an M92 Pistol, another had 5 rockets, one had 3 armored doors, one had a salvaged pickaxe, one 3 grenades and satchels, another 2 full armor sets, one had 15 rockets!!! LOL OMG that’s too much.

So I adjusted the challenge kits for now so there are  no weapons included and if you get rockets, you get just one. I’ll adjust them back up a little, but hopefully they still add some value. I think it’s somewhat prestigious to have the titles as is.

Thanks, TheJuiceIsloose for the feedback.

Wipe (Modtopia)

Tonight we wiped around 7 pm EST and based on the results of a poll in Discord, we changed the map size from 3500 to 4000. That should give you all a bit more space out there in the wilderness 🙂

Special thanks to Reaper2980, RaidenPeep, MarsCow, CannonFodder, ironGrandy, Slim Jim, TheJuiceIsLoose and Rumguzzler for feedback this last wipe cycle. It’s deeply appreciated!

I hope these changes add to the balance and enhance the experience! You Bumfuzzlers have fun out there and keep sending me constructive feedback. It’s very useful for improving and even just maintaining the server!

Adventure, Jason, Parts

Adventure, Jason, Parts

Got some tweaks and feature additions to the servers Bumfuzzlers! There are new Quests, expansions of the knock feature, component adjustments, homes, transferring cash, proximity scanners and more! Read on!

Auto Knock

Last time I posted, the server got a new door knock message feature that allows players to set messages on doors that other players will see when they knock on their doors. Well, just in case you wanted to set a message for all of your doors automatically, there’s now a new feature to do that.

Simply type /knock auto to turn on/off the ability (it’s on by default) and then type /knock auto “message” to set the message.

Once set, every door you create will have that door knock message! Of course if you want to, you can still override that auto message with a specific message. Just use /knock add “message’ on any door. For a list of these commands just type /knock.

P.S. Garage Doors weren’t working originally, but that’s all resolved now. Thanks for reporting that soundklown.

Quests & Backpacks (Modtopia)

It appears there’s a bug with Loot type Quests (/q) in that it doesn’t seem to care where you pull an item from as long it goes into your inventory. This means if you have a quest item in your backpack and you pull it into your inventory, it will count towards a quest. Unfortunately that renders the vast majority of the quests pointless.

To cope with this, as I have no way of fixing it at the moment, I’ll be doing the following at the next wipe:

  • Loot Quest items will be blacklisted from your backpack. This means items like glue, sticks and paper will no longer be accepted into your backpack
  • I’ll be removing the loot quest relating to gears as I would rather not blacklist gears from backpacks

Also, effective immediately, I’ve created 12 new quests!

  • Here Horsey: Kill 15 Horses
  • Mounting Antlers: Kill 15 Stags
  • Leg Wing Thigh: Kill 15 Chickens
  • Piggly Wiggly: Kill 15 Boar
  • Sheeps Clothing: Kill 15 Wolves
  • Gun Offender: Destroy 5 Auto Turrets
  • Super Bad Idea: Take down 1 SuperHeli
  • Human Sacrifice: Kill 3 Players
  • Stoner: Gather 10,000 stone
  • Frag Shagger: Gather 5,000 Metal Ore
  • Heavy Metal: Gather 2,500 High Quality Metal Ore
  • Yellow Ore: Gather 3,000 Sulfer Ore

Lastly, I’ve adjusted the cooldowns for each quest to be 7 days so you can technically achieve them 4 times per wipe.

Thanks to [cF] CannonFodder for pointing out the exploit and that the cool downs were so high and thanks to MADSWORDGAMING and Mastaplaya113 for helping me test the blacklist feature.

Homes (Modtopia)

Players start off with 2 homes automatically and can eventually get all the way up to 7 at the Blood level (/loyalty). Unfortunately, that results in tiny home-huts scattered across the map for players who want to be able to quick travel all over the place and it also allows players to ‘bookmark’ bases for quick raiding later on. That seems to make it real easy to simply Star Trek it around.

So, on the next wipe, I’m planning on changing the amount of homes:

  • Starting Player: 2 home > 1 home
  • Legitimate: 3 homes > 2 homes
  • VIP: 6 homes > 3 homes
  • Blood: 7 homes > 3 homes

Also, I think the cool downs drop too suddenly and give the higher levels far too much advantage. For instance, starting players have a cool down of 30 minutes, but blood levels have a 1 minute cool down. That’s 30:1! That’s way too drastic of a difference unfortunately.

So I’ve made some slight changes to the cool downs as well:

  • Starting Player: 30 minutes, stays at 30 minutes
  • Legitimate: 15 minutes > 25 minutes
  • Veteran: 8 minutes > 20 minutes
  • Allegiance: 4 minutes > 15 minutes
  • VIP: 2 minutes > 10 minutes
  • Blood: 1 minute > 5 minutes

Lastly, right now the daily limit on home uses is 999. I did that simply because players didn’t like limits and I’ve grown to agreed. However, I’m going to lower it down to 250 per day just so it looks more realistic. I did the same thing to the teleportation to players. I doubt anyone will be using more than 250 per day. If you do, let me know and I’ll raise it.

I’m guessing some won’t be fans of these changes, but I’m trying to ensure advantage, but not imbalance across the levels and also ensure Rust still includes some risk. It is a survival game after all. If you don’t have to travel anywhere, it reduces the necessity for balloons, boats, cars and just flat out walking around. As the wipe is still around 2 weeks ago, let your opinions be heard!

Your Dead Body (Modtopia)

It appears that for Prestige levels 26 through Blood, the /where command wasn’t working. This is the command used to locate your body after you meet your end. This was apparently a permissions issue that I’ve now resolved.

Thanks soundklown for bringing it to my attention.

P.S. RaidenPeep and CannonFodder reported getting an message “WMC_DirNoData” in chat after dying which I believe is related to this feature. I believe I fixed this. Thanks for the feedback.

Transferring Cash (Modtopia)

For those of you who were interested in being able to transfer cash to a friend, now you can once you hit Level 3 (/loyalty)!

Simply use the following command, but before you do, make sure your friends aren’t freeloading good-for-nothings! 🙂

/transfer <name> <amount>

I wonder if we’ll see the emergence of a Modtopia charity or server beggars going base to base 🙂

Thanks MADSWORDGAMING for raising the question about transferring money.

Proximity Scanners (Modtopia)

Last post I gave you a heads up about a powerful tool you can use to know exactly who is skulking around your base. The Proximity Scanner (/scan) allows you to create a scanner that covers a given area, perform a scan to see who is within that area in real time, get notified in chat if someone walks into that area and finally, you can check a log to see a history of the last 10 players who have walked into it.

That’s all as powerful as ever, but I decided to move elements of this feature to different Prestige (/loyalty) levels so that players earn features like this instead of just getting them. Previously starting players had access to this feature automatically.

At the start of the next wipe, the permissions for the Proximity Scanner will be as follows:

  • Starting players will not have access automatically
  • Level 7: Create a scanner and check in real time who is within the parameter
  • Level 13: Be alerted in chat if a player walks within your parameter
  • Level 18: Check scanner logs to review who has come into your perimeter

I’ve also adjusted the scanner from a 10 meter radius to a 15 meter radius which is reasonably large so it should catch players who come anywhere near your base. It’s quite useful to know who is coming, going and casing the joint!

Jason Vorhees

He’s one tough cookey that serves two purposes. 1) terrorize the natives and 2) act as another loot source. However, I heard a couple complaints about the loot and when I checked it out, I tend to agree. At the same time, I think the tools and attire is enough to make it pretty valuable so I didn’t go crazy.

So, the loot has been adjusted.

Changed:

  • Wood: 2,500 > 10,000
  • Stones: 1,500 > 5,000
  • Metal Ore: 500 > 2,500
  • High Quality Metal Ore: 250 >500
  • Satchel Charge: 3 > 5

Added:

  • Sulfur Ore: 1,250
  • Scrap: 500

Removed:

  • Jack O Lantern Angry
  • Scarecrow
  • Skull Fire Pit

Same:

  • Shining Redrum 1.5x Gather Salvage Axe
  • Love Hurts 1.5x Gather Hatchet
  • Jason Vorhees 5% Dodge Metal Facemask
  • Highway Seeker 7% Dodge Pants
  • Anachist Kickers 7% Dodge Boots
  • MMA Fighter 3% Dodge Gloves
  • Business Man 5% Dodge Shirt
  • Crusader 3% Dodge Metal Chest Plate

Fuses (Modtopia)

In the scheme of things, fuses are relatively common, but they aren’t extremely common and that’s for good reason. They’re somewhat of an important item because when used in tandem with key cards to get you access to some really good loot. Thing is, I think they last only a few seconds and if you’re figuring out the puzzles you can go through a lot.

So, to retain their rarity, but make them more available, I’ve set fuses to spawn in numbers from 2 to 5. That way when you do find them, you won’t get just one. Right now as I post this there are 164 fuses out in the world.

If you haven’t figured out all of the puzzles yet, here’s a pretty good video that covers them all:

Components (Modtopia)

Similar to fuses, I’m reluctant to make components more ‘common’, however, when they do spawn, I’ve made them more abundant. Now when components spawn, they will spawn in numbers of 1 to 10. This means sometimes you’ll get 1, but you could get 3, 5, 9, 10, etc. Hopefully that gets you crafting!

Thanks for the feedback from Silentsniper098 and someone else who keeps changing their name so much I have no idea what to call them anymore lol

So there ya go Bumfuzzlers! The wipe will be happening on December 6th and we might be seeing some electrical items making their way into the game. If you’d like to learn more about the upcoming features, check out these two videos. Until next time, have fun out there! 🙂

Knock, Proximity, Grades

Knock, Proximity, Grades

Got some tweaks for you Bumfuzzlers to chew on! We’ve got new features and we’ve resurrected some old ones! Knock messages, proximity scanners, single souce base upgrades, blueprint additions, tweaks to loot, turbo boost modifications and more! Read on and sink those chompers in!

Knock, Knock

Who’s there? Now the person knocking will know because you can set a message for them! This is a great option for players who want others to know whose base it is or if you just want to insult the people who might be raiding your base!

Once you hit Level 4 (/loyalty), walk up to one of your doors and type /knock to get more instructions.

Scary Crows (Modtopia)

The scarecrows are surely a cool idea and hearing that chainsaw was pretty scary, but I’ve put them out of their misery at least for now. For one, zombies couldn’t kill them, but became completely preoccupied anyway. Zambie hordes could be seen in large groups gathered around the scarecrows hacking away to no avail taking little notice of the Bumfuzzlers running by. Also I’m not fan of how fast they ran! I prefer players to be able to get away. Anyhow, if things change in the future and I have more control over them, maybe I’ll enable them again.

Turbo Charge (Modtopia)

The gather boost (/turbo) was probably a little high so I lowered it a touch. It’ll still give you an edge when collecting resources, but it just won’t be as over powered.

Here are the changes:

  • Boost now lasts 2 minutes for players from start to VIP (/loyalty)
  • Boost now lasts 5 minutes for players from VIP to Blood (/loyalty)
  • Cooldown changed to 2 hours for everyone
  • Animal kills still give you a temporary boost

Your Dead Body (Modtopia)

The corpse locator was supposed to tell you where your body was after you died, but instead of telling you where your body was, it would say you died some place unknown and that isn’t a big help if you’re trying to find your dead self. Now, when you respawn, you’ll be told the distance to your corpse and the direction it’s in.

Loot Changes (Modtopia)

I made a couple changes to loot in an attempt to balance things a bit. As you know, balancing is an ongoing task that seems to never end, but I’m confident we’ll get it right! Lately I’ve heard some ramblings about components and I’ve found food is way too common.

Here are some of the loot related changes:

  • Reduced shots required to shoot down air drop from 10 to 5 (Yes, you can shoot down airdrops!)
  • Raised component spawn counts to range between 1 and 10
  • Fuses, keycards, pitchfork and waterjugs now stack to 256
  • Slightly lowered scrap levels

I’ve found that hunting seems a little unnecessary because food and fuel spawns in such high counts. Due to that I made the following changes:

  • Lowered food box contents by 1 item
  • Slightly lowered food counts in stockings
  • Slightly lowered food counts in Christmas presents
  • Lowered low grade fuel in barrels and crates to max at 5
  • Lowered low grade fuel in airdrops to max at 25

Blueprint Additions (Modtopia)

I know the idea is to research items, but I kind of like the idea of finding blueprints out there in the wild. Something about finding them makes you feel like you just got lucky. With that, I’ve added nearly all of the Workbench Level 1 item blueprints out in the world so you can find them in barrels and crates.

Here’s a list of the items that you may find out in the wild:

  • Beancan Grenade
  • Bear Trap
  • Bed
  • Binoculars
  • Bucket Helmet
  • Ceiling Light
  • Chain Link Fence
  • Chain Link Fence Gate
  • Collared Shirt
  • Double Barrel Shotgun
  • Dropbox
  • Flame Turret
  • Flare
  • Floor Grill
  • Fridge
  • Garage Door
  • Glass Reinforced Bars
  • Hatchet
  • High External Wood Wall
  • High External Wood Wall Gate
  • Jacket
  • Long Sleeved T-shirt
  • Mace
  • Metal Embrasure a
  • Metal Embrasure b
  • Metal Window Bars
  • Miner Hat
  • Pants
  • Pickaxe
  • Pistol Ammo
  • Reactive Target
  • Revolver
  • Riot Helmet
  • Salvaged Cleaver
  • Salvaged Hammer
  • Salvaged Sword
  • Satchet Charge
  • Shotgun Trap
  • Silencer
  • Simple Sight
  • Snow Jacket
  • T-shirt
  • Tanktop Shirt
  • Weapon Flashlight
  • Waterpipe Shotgun

Proximity Scanner (Modtopia)

Unfortunately the proximity scanner hadn’t been working, but now I have it sorted out! This feature is really nice as it allows you to create a ‘lookout’ in whatever area you enable it. You’ll be alerted about any trespassers that come your way and you even get a lot for when you’re offline. This will help you identify the people who raided you even if they go undetected!

To setup the scanner, you have to bury certain items in a stash and once you do this, it will alert in chat you about people who walk within its radius and even create an intruder log you can access at any time! To get started, type /scan for information.

You will need resources to create a scanner though. Right now it’s set to require the following items:

  • Metal Spring: 5
  • Metal Fragments: 2,500
  • Sewing Kit: 5
  • Code Lock: 1
  • Sheet Metal: 5
  • Wood: 2,500

Thanks for helping me test it Three-Fingered Willie

Building Grades (Modtopia)

There’s been a few requests for the ability to upgrade an entire base with a command. In the past, I didn’t add it because there were exploits. I’m more confident now that those exploits are taken care of, so now, players from Level 13 (/loyalty) can upgrade an entire base with a single command. For all you honey-combers out there, you’ll enjoy this feature.

Simply look at part of your building and type /up. This will upgrade your base to the next highest level and will use the resources required for the upgrade.

Keep in mind, if you have even one building item upgraded to stone, it will try to upgrade to sheet metal and if one is sheet metal it will try to upgrade it to armor. That means, if you want to use this feature, consider building in one material type to start and then use it to move from level to level.

Known Issues (Modtopia)

As always there’s a couple of situations that are works in progress. Here’s a list of what I know about.

  • At Level 14 you’re supposed to have research reduced from 10 to 5 seconds and at Level 24 it’s supposed to be instantaneous. Neither seems to happen. It takes 10 seconds to research. I’ve disabled that plugin for now.
  • Trading items that give you special damage, gather, dodge or building abilities will result in the item being stripped of its powers. Be careful when accepting these items for trade as you won’t get what you’re seeking.

Keep sending that feedback Bumfuzzlers! I’m sorry this post doesn’t have mentions because a bunch of you gave me feedback for these changes. It just so happens I didn’t take good notes this past week for some reason. Thanks to everyone who contributed to these updates! Have fun out there!

Designs, Raids, Wipe Boosts

Designs, Raids, Wipe Boosts

Always with the tweaks Bumfuzzlers! I’ve got a couple of adjustments that should gives you all some nifty new abilities, but also balance raiding and building a little bit while providing some fun towards the end of the wipe cycle! Read on!

Loot Scanning (Modtopia)

About a week or two ago I added the ability to scan the contents of supply drops, crates and barrels, but there was something missing – the CH47 locked crate.

Now you’ll have that ability, but due to that, I decided to switch around some level permissions. Here’s what we have now:

  • Level 8: Can scan the contents of a Supply Drop with Binoculars
  • Level 19: Can scan the contents of a CH47 locked crate
  • Level 27: Can scan the contents of crates and barrels

Seeing inside the CH47 crate can save tons of time! Great perk for level 19’ers!

Elevator Raiding (Modtopia)

Raiding bases equipped with an elevator (/newlift) poses certain challenges that are absent in other situations. This is because elevators are practically indestructible and that’s certainly important to understand for base designers and raiders alike.

To make it a little more fair for raiders, I’ve changed things around so destruction of an elevator’s foundation or floor underneath, means destruction of the elevator itself. This makes it fair for both sides of the equation.

Thanks [F11]Kreeperlink for the feedback

Foundation Health (Modtopia)

It seems based on discussion and polling that people share the opinion that foundation wiping mostly allows raiders to escape having to account for the builder’s design of the base. Instead of dealing with turrets, shotgun traps, confusing doors and the like, all you have to do is save up your rockets and blast your way through the underbelly to create instability in the structure. This defeats the purpose of the builder’s trouble and it’s a questionable tactic.

To counter foundation wiping, I’ve increased all foundation blocks by 50% health.

That means foundation health will be as follows:

  • Twig Foundation: was 10, now 15
  • Wood Foundation: was 250, now 375
  • Stone Foundation: was 500, now 750
  • Sheet Metal Foundation: was 1,000, now 1,500
  • Armor Foundation: was 2,000, now 3,000

I don’t want to discourage raiding, but I do want players to be subject to the effort and ingenuity of the builder. What’s the point of people going through the trouble to making a base that’s hard to raid if people just plow through the foundation with rockets? It doesn’t seem balanced.

Let’s see how this works and if it doesn’t, it can be changed back. I’m looking to you Bumfuzzlers to provide me with some good feedback!

End of Wipe Boost (Modtopia)

For a long time I’ve seen player counts drop the last days of raid cycles. This is mostly because players who get raided the 3rd week of the cycle feel they don’t have time to get supplies to build or those who would raid might not have people to raid. Obviously we’d rather go out with a blast! I’m thinking this next wipe cycle we’ll try something different.

On the Tuesday night before the Thursday wipe (in this next wipe’s case, December 6th), I’ll make available 2 kits with cool downs for every 12 hours – one for the raider and one for the builder. You can obviously take both kits, but it’s doubtful with such little time, you’ll be able play both roles.

The kits might look something like this:

Raid to Wipe kit:

  • 50 rockets
  • 50 satchels
  • 25 timed explosives
  • 1 rocket launcher
  • 5 supply drops

Build to Wipe kit:

  • 60k wood
  • 50k stone
  • 40k metal frags
  • 30k high quality metal
  • 8 turrets
  • 16 shotgun traps
  • 25 bear traps
  • 25 land mines
  • 2k handmade shells
  • 2k 556 ammo
  • 5 supply drops

I’ll adjust the menu screen and put some recurring text to let people know it’s coming so they don’t miss the chance. I hope this adds an elevated element to the game for a couple days and I’m eager to see what players do with the resources.

Base Notables (Modtopia)

I flew around a bit over the past week or two and saw a couple of bases (sorry if I missed yours – please point yours out to me next time) that were worthy of mention. Here’s a couple of shots from the outside of those bases with a couple comments!


c0de created this very scenic base well placed on top of a mountainous area near the ocean. I never went back to see if it lasted, but it was really nice location choice!

[F11]Sin and probably a couple others created this silo type base. I enjoyed reading the memes 🙂

Before you get past the blinding lights you can nailed by all the turrets within the jail cell walls. I liked the idea! Nice work Graceful Mess! I did not put that bear there. It just so happened to be hanging out 🙂

Another one by Graceful Mess caught my eye. This one looks so Mad Max! 🙂 The car inside the walls among the pumpkins was a nice touch 🙂

Pumpy Boi gets an honorable mention with this high security lock down base!

The first thing I noticed was the careful placement of door skins in Questionable Punch‘s base. It looks tight 🙂

R3mix just wants to be left in peace. His base is his home away from home. I like the design and last I checked it’s one of the last bases still intact!

Not sure what Rumguzzler was going for here, but it reminds me of the Redeemer Statue in Rio!

This was one of my favorites, but I’m sorry to say I didn’t get a good picture of it. Rumguzzler’s boat house was perfectly decorated inside and had a really nice parking space for a boat with a dock to go along with it.

Some great stuff from everyone. Sorry if I left anyone out, but you can tell me about your base next wipe and I’ll post it!

There we have it folks. Tomorrow the wipe comes and with it a new beginning for everyone. Which Bumfuzzlers are going to step it up this wipe? Can any base survive the entire cycle? Is someone going to be made to eat Bumfuzzler? Any revenge coming to someone in particular? 🙂 We’ll see! Note that the wipe will happen as soon as Facepunch releases their patch. This is typically between 1 and 7pm EST.

Skullcrush, Pills, Moolah

Skullcrush, Pills, Moolah

What’s up Bumfuzzlers! I’ve got some server updates for you! We’ve got barrels of money, radiation pill boosting and skull crushing humiliation! Read on for more info!

Money Barrels (Modtopia)

A while back players had an alternative revenue stream in harvesting barrels, but there were issues with it so I disabled it. Well, the other night I put in some elbow grease into it and now it’s working again, but with a twist!

Now, if you break a barrel, you get money, but as you level up, you earn more and more.

Here’s the breakdown for each level:

  • Level 5 Native $0.25
  • Level 10 Legitimate $0.50
  • Level 15 Veteran $0.75
  • Level 20 Allegiance $1.00
  • Level 25 VIP $1.25
  • Level 30 Blood $1.50

Now you’ll be a barrel breaking mercenary!

Rad Pill Boost (Modtopia)

Radiation pills are of course meant to reduce your radiation, but as a result, they also lower other levels which can be unfortunate. Now, if you’re level 13 and above, radiation pills won’t only reduce your radiation, but they’ll boost your health, hunger and thirst by 20%. This makes them a little more valuable for all situations, not just when you’re glowing yellow!

Given the added benefits of radiation pills, I’ve adjusted the rarity slightly.

Skull Fun (Modtopia)

If I told you there was a way to humiliate your enemies plus earn money would you be interested? Of course you would!

Well now, after you kill someone, make sure you chop them up into teeny tiny pieces and then crush their skull. Not only will you get some nifty bones, but it will announce the fact that you crushed that player’s skull to the entire server and you’ll get $10! Humiliating, satisfying and enriching! 🙂

Please enjoy the updates Bumfuzzlers! 🙂 Don’t forget, the wipe is coming on Thursday, November 1st! Unfortunately, the exact time of the wipe is always unclear as it depends on when Facepunch releases the patch, but it’s usually between 1pm and 7pm EST. We might be seeing hot air balloons and anti-air missiles in this next version 🙂

Cowboys, Binoculars, Racing

Cowboys, Binoculars, Racing

As always Bumfuzzlers, I have some updates to let you know about! We’ve got some new abilities like individual weapon stats, binocular loot scanning, horse riding improvements, better car stability, you can upgrade work benches sooner and other changes! Read on!

Weapon Stats

If you can kill something with it, you can now see stats for it by looking at the details of the item. Simply open your inventory and click on the item. If there are stats, it’ll show and if there are no stats it’ll look as it always has.

 

Unfortunately, it doesn’t store lifetime stats as it’s only per item, but it should be pretty cool to know which weapon is lucky for ya. This means, if you have an AK, make kills with it and then get another AK, it won’t show the stats anymore. This is meant to show you the amount of kills you have for that specific item.

I’ve added this to both Modtopia and Vanillatopia.

Economics on Join (Modtopia)

It used to be that players new to the server started with a gift of $250. Well, sorry new joiners, but I’ve changed this to $0. I found too many people would start up and get certain items too quickly and I think it makes things a little too easy.

It doesn’t take long to get cash either via Discord or several minutes of game play anyway.

Thanks to TheFireChef for pointing this out.

Loot Scanner (Modtopia)

Every wish you could know the contents of a box before bothering with it? Well, now, you can use your binoculars to scout out the contents of various containers!

All you have to do is simply zoom in over a supply drop, box or barrel and press USE!

This ability isn’t just for anyone. You’ll have to level up your Loyalty (/loyalty) to get these perks.

  • Level 19: Use binoculars spy contents of supply drops (zoom + USE)
  • Level 27: Use binoculars spy contents of crates and barrels (zoom + USE)

Also, note that as a result of the binoculars becoming a bit more useful, I’ve slightly increased the rarity of both the item and the blueprint.

Upgrade Workbench (Modtopia)

A few weeks ago I added the ability to upgrade workbenches. This is a real space-saver since it means not having to create Level 1, 2 and 3 workbenches in your base. The ability to upgrade workbenches means all you’d have to do is look at a workbench, type /upgradewb and it replaces the workbench with the next level bench.

The thing is, I made it so that this was only available to players at Level 28 and up which means you’d have to play quite a while to get access to something that most likely is more valuable to lower levels starting out in smallish bases.

I’ve bumped this perk up in levels so that now it’s available for players who are Level 8 and above. Enjoy!

Thanks to puppyslasher for the feedback.

Go Cowboy

I’ve always loved the ability to ride horses, but they’ve needed some tweaking for a while. In testing, I found it was way too hard to tame a horse since you had to be really close and at the same time, they were super fast, didn’t turn well and third person was an issue.

For those of you new to horse riding all you have to do when you see a horse is type /stophorse within distance of it. The horse will stop. Then press USE on it to mount. Spacebar will jump off the horse.

I’ve made the following changes:

  • Sprint speed was dropped from 50 to 40. Less choppy ride, still easily traverse map and outrun zambies.
  • Turn speed was increased from 3 to 5.
  • Horse no longer can die while riding
  • Third person is now disabled
  • Taming the horse is now required (/stophorse)
  • Taming distance was increased from 10 meters to 25 meters

Giddyup Cowboy Bumfuzzlers! 🙂

Car Adjustments

I did a bunch of tinkering with the car as it’s been quite a jalopy of a machine for quite some time.

For those who don’t know, the car is really handy. Not only is it fast and fun, but it gives you the equivalent of a second backpack so going out on the town to gather items can be quite lucrative. Also, you can put a code lock on the trunk and hotwire other people’s cars if they locked it!

Here’s what was changed:

  • Originally spawned with 10-50 liters of fuel. Now you’ll get 25-75 liters.
  • You can now flip a turned over car by using /flipcar
  • Decay is reduced from 5 to 1
  • Lowered the maximum speed from 75 to 65 MPH
  • Cut fuel consumption rate in half from 0.5 (liters per second) to 0.25
  • Suspension dampening increased from 2,000 to 3,500

Overall, I think you’ll find the car much more enjoyable. It will use less fuel, has a more controllable top speed and has a much more stable suspension.

Meteor Radius

I’ve made a slight tweak to the Meteor Showers in that now they have a radius of 125 meters instead of 100 meters since I found they were a little too concentrated. Also the top end of the drops was slightly decreased.

As always Bumfuzzlers, please keep the feedback flowing. I truly appreciate it as it keeps things in a constant state of improvement!

Blood, Warp, Workbench

Blood, Warp, Workbench

What’s up Bumfuzzlers?! I’m doing a bit of tweaking on Modtopia ahead of the wipe to everything from Homes, Teleports, Charcoal, Prestige levels and also adding a new plugin! Check out the details.

Homes & Teleports (Modtopia)

Lately people have been commenting on homes and teleports and there’s been times I’ve wanted to change it in the past, but just never found time to fully address it. Finally I have and hopefully you all like it better.

For both homes and teleports, uses are unlimited, however the cooldown and countdowns will change and be reduced as move up Prestige levels. Here’s what they look like.

Homes

  • Default: 2 homes, unlim daily, 15 min cooldown, 20 sec countdown
  • Legitimate: Increase: 3 homes (+1), unlim daily, 12 min cool (-3), 15 sec count (-5)
  • Veteran: Increase: 4 homes (+2), unlim daily, 8 min cool (-7), 10 sec count (-10)
  • Allegiance: Increase: 5 homes (+3), unlim daily, 5 min cool (-10), 5 sec count (-15)
  • VIP:  Increase: 6 homes (+4), unlim daily, 3 min cool (-12), 3 sec count (-12)
  • Blood: Increase: 7 homes (+5), unlim daily, 1 min cool (-14), 1 sec count (-14)

Teleports

  • Teleport: unlim daily, 15 min cooldown, 20 sec countdown
  • Level 11: Increase: unlim daily, 12 min cool (-3), 15 sec count (-5)
  • Level 19: Increase: unlim daily, 5 min cool (-10), 5 sec count (-10)
  • Level 24: Increase: unlim daily, 4 min cool(-1), 10 sec count (-20)
  • Level 26: Increase: unlim daily, 3 min cool (-12), 3 sec count (-12)
  • Blood: Increase: unlim daily, 1 min cool (-14), 1 sec count (-14)

Thanks Doge, Twisted Rhythm, Lich, Annyu for the feedback

Charcoal (Modtopia)

I’ve increased charcoal production by 20%. Before the changes, 100 wood would  yield 34 charcoal and now 100 wood yields 56 charcoal. It doesn’t seem like a lot on that level, but it should give quite a bit more with large quantities of wood.

 

Upgrade Workbench (Modtopia)

I’ve added a new plugin that for now unlocks at Prestige level 28. If you’ve ever hated having your entire base being taken over by workbenches, trying to find space, this plugin is for you!

Now, you can type /upgradewb and as long as you have the resources, it will upgrade the workbench you’re looking at for the cost. For those of you who like to keep your footprint light this is a great way to save square footage.

Blood Prestige (Modtopia)

I’ve been promising it for a while, but I simply didn’t have the time. It literally took me 3 full hours to implement it and it wasn’t a casual stroll through the park.

I’m going to have to tweak the levels next since I really want to add more powerful unlocks towards the bottom of the Prestige ladder, but at least now the people who have the most loyalty will get benefits regarding homes & teleports. I’ll try to add more perks as I can.

I finally did it soundklown!

Prestige Levels (Modtopia)

Just to save me some typing, I’d wander over to the plugins page for Modtopia and take a gander at the way the levels are setup. The quick of it is, VIP used to be the highest level, but now above it we have Level 26, Level 27, Level 28, Level 29 and then finally Blood. I also added free skins to Level 21 (/skin shop)

Anti-Offline Raiding

We’ve used the plugin for a long time that prevented offline raiding, but it’s been controversial and resources are so plentiful that I think it’s time to put it to rest. Now, if you sign off, you’re stuff is up for grabs. Sorry!

Hope you Bumfuzzlers like the changes! Give me feedback as always. It’s extremely helpful in helping me tweak the server. Keep your eyes pealed for the wipe on 10/4. I think we’re going to be getting some nice goodies.

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!