Tag: Raid Sympathy

Garbage, Deathmark, Challenge

Garbage, Deathmark, Challenge

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

Raid Sympathy (Modtopia)

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

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

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

In-Game Store (Modtopia)

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

Pickaxe Axe? (Modtopia)

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

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

NPC Challenge (Modtopia)

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

Thanks to soundklown for reminding me about it!

DeathMarker (Modtopia)

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

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

Rust Performance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zambie Increase (Modtopia)

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

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

 

Over-Power, Kits, MassAir

Over-Power, Kits, MassAir

Hey Bumfuzzlers! I have a bunch of changes to Modtopia to give you a heads up about! There are changes to airdrops, decay, hordes, the store and more! Also, it’s a fresh wipe tonight so let’s take a look!

Airdrops

It appears that timed airdrops were dropping directly to players due to an oversight in the configuration. Now that should be stopped. The airdrops will drop randomly in the map. Thanks MrNiceGuy for the feedback.

In addition, I’ve made it so that there is a mass airdrop of 3 total airdrops at a time, a few times per day. Enjoy!

Mag Boost & Life Stealer

I’ve finally decided to heck with certain plugins since they are a bit overpowered. Magazine Boost and Life Stealer now have been removed from VIPs and from the store.

Zambie Hordes

I had the zambies set to 40 hordes of 3 to 10 zambies each. I’ve now set them to 15 hordes of 3 to 25 each. This should create more dynamic sizes, but allow people to spawn without getting mauled by the undead.

Spawn Kits

When you spawn, depending on your Prestige level (/loyalty) you start with certain items. For instance, VIPs would start with full armor. This has now been changed. Now you’ll spawn with shorts or pants and a few items. Going forward I’ll probably add additional clothes, but of low worth. Hopefully this ensures veteran players are not overpowered.

Thanks MrNiceGuy, Doc, JoePerry. Special thanks to KBKiller18 for making sure I included a rock in the spawn kits!

Decay

Now buildings should require even less upkeep. Overall, the server is now set to 66% lower decay and it was just lowered 33% from what it was. This should help everyone relax a bit more around the fireplace. Thanks MrNiceGuy, nrf3rd3r for the feedback.

Raid Sympathy

Everyone feels bad for your sorry Bumfuzzler, but not that bad. I’ve lowered the amount of sympathy you get back to 75%. Originally it was 100% for testing. Now you’ll get something, but you certainly won’t be rewarded for being a victim you whiner. I suspect I’ll continue to lower it until it feels right. Thanks nrfh3rd3r for the feedback.

In-Game Store

The store is a balancing act. I recently raised things up in price and lowered quantity, but it still needed some work. I’ve now made another bunch of changes, but I’ll assume more will be needed. Obviously getting these prices right requires finesse and time. I’m trying to find a reasonable price that isn’t too low, but certainly seems purchasable.

Here’s the changes:

  • Supply Signal cost raised from 1 to 2 RP
  • Camera is now 1 for 1 RP
  • Binoculars is now 1 for 1 RP
  • Flashlight is now 1 for 1 RP
  • Components were tweaked
  • Removed all food and water
  • Small stocking cost raised from 1 to 2 RP
  • Bandages quantity lowered from 50 to 25
  • Medical Syringes quantity lowered from 100 to 10
  • Large Medkit raised to 15 for 1 RP
  • Cloth quantity changed from 500 to 250
  • Crude Oil quantity changed from 750 to 250
  • Explosives quantity lowered from 50 for 5 RP to 1 for 2 RP
  • Gun Powder quantity lowered from 250 to 50
  • HQ Metal Ore quantity lowered from 300 to 150
  • Sulfur Ore quantity lowered from 1,500 to 150
  • Leather quantity lowered from 500 to 250
  • Low Grade Fuel quantity lowered from 500 to 150
  • Metal Ore quantity lowered from 500 to 250
  • Scrap quantity lowered from 200 to 150
  • Stones quantity lowered from 2,500 to 1,250
  • Wood quantity lowered from 4,000 to 2,000

Thanks MrNiceGuy for store feedback.

I have a lot more to balance, but I hope this brings some things in line. My goal is to reduce overpowered stuff and also the ability to get certain items too easily. After all, it’s no fun if you can get too many things without effort. Some items must be sought after. Looking for feedback from you Bumfuzzlers on the changes! Have fun out there!

P.S. Special thanks to WRecKLeSS for the map choice this wipe and the last!

Protection, Prestige, Blacklist

Protection, Prestige, Blacklist

Hello Bumfuzzlers! Again I have some pretty big changes for you to be aware of! We have some nicey nice updates to the interface, smelting adjustments courtesy of the latest patch apparently, signage punishment, offline raid protection, raid sympathy, and the toughening up of Mr. Jason Vorehees! Buckle up! 🙂

Info Toolbar (Modtopia)

With the addition of the recent patch’s compass, it screwed up the toolbar a little bit. The toolbar I’m talking about shows the time, player count, heli/airdrop/radiation indicator, currency, coordinates and direction. So, I had to painfully arrange it. At the same time, I figured I’d take the time to make it look nicer with color images, adjust the font sizes, etc.

It still needs more tweaking, but it’s good for now. I hope you like it!

Melting & Smelting (Modtopia)

When the patch hit, it apparently doubled all of the output and speed of the furnaces 🙁 I’m unsure if this was the patch itself or the plugin I was using to control smelting. Some of you surely got away with some good cookin’, but now, I’ve cut production and even a little speed as well.

The by product, like charcoal and high quality metal, should now be back down to a realistic output and as I mentioned I lowered the speed just a little. I’ll likely tweak this slightly higher by next wipe, but we’ll play it by ear. I was just concerned with ensuring resources weren’t out of control.

I’m going to possibly consider changing smelting plugins so that I can better control the way it’s all handled. For instance, I can foresee large furnaces not only holding more items (as they do already), but maybe yielding more returns and smelting much faster.

Thanks for heads up MrNiceGuy!

Sign Blacklist

Too many fools, too little time. I’m getting a little tired of people making signs that are just downright evil. So I have a present for everyone including those fools.

If you’re found making signs that are vulgar, racist or the like, I will personally deface your sign to make it something I doubt you’d want, and I’m going to add you to a list so you can’t work with signs again. No mercy! Grow up or shut up! 🙂

Jason Vorhees

It appears the zambies are killing Jason. He doesn’t have a chance. All these Freddy vs. Jason movies were somewhat balanced (even though I think Jason is the man — or err something of man), but this zambie vs. Jason setup just ain’t!

I’ve adjusted Jason in the following ways to give him a chance against the zambies:

  • Health raised by 250 for a total of 750
  • Damage raised by .1
  • Accuracy raised by .1
  • Now that I have more control over agression:
    • Aggro range is 100
    • Deaggro range is 50

Hopefully this means you can find him in places other than beneath piles of zambies!

Raid Protection

You’ve been warned! Raid Protection is dropping for some of you. As of this post, I’ll be reducing the Anti-Offline Raid Protection to Prestige levels 1-9 (/loyalty). This should give newer players protections for a short while, but remove it from the more savvy, veteran players. Hopefully this results in more grown up Bumfuzzlers!

This means, as soon as you hit Level 10 (Legitimate), you’ll no longer have Anti-Offline Raid Protection (!offline). Be careful out there!

Additionally, to compensate for some easier raiding, I’ll be further modifying Raid Sympathy.

Raid Sympathy

Until now, Raid Sympathy has been set to 75%. This means if someone destroys your base during a raid, you’d get 75% of the resources back for walls, furnaces, boxes, doors, etc.

Due to the reduction in Anti-Offline Raid Protection, I’m going to increase the Raid Sympathy to 100%. It’s still not much because when people raid, you only lose some resources through destruction. Most of it’s from losing your loot. However, it is nice to get some goodies back!

Cross-hair

It turns out Prestige Level 14 and Level 15 (/loyalty) were unable to use cross-hairs. I’ve resolved this thanks to feedback from Doc and JoePerry. Aim away!

Prestige Levels

I’ve made a few adjustments to the Prestige levels by assigning various permissions across a few levels instead of just giving them out like candy to all players.

Here are the changes:

  • Level 1 – Level 10
    • Anti-Offline Raid Protection
  • Level 9
    • Tame horses, extend your inventory
    • Trigger multiple C4 at once (!tec)
  • Level 12
    • Easily grab loot with Loot All box function
  • Level 14
    • Tame wolves, extend your inventory
  • Level 16
    • Tame stags, extend your inventory
  • Level 17
    • Create an automatic dump box
  • Level 21
    • Tame bear, extend your inventory

SuperHeli

Originally, players complained the SuperHeli was always hanging around so I dropped it’s lifespan from 15 to 7 minutes. Unfortunately, I believe this caused an unintended consequence. What might be happening is that at 7 minutes, whether you’re in a battle with the chopper or not, it flies away. For the Bumfuzzler who is fighting a smoking, nearly destroyed SuperHeli, that can be frustrating!

I’ve increases the time one more minute to 8 minutes. It’s not much, but it’s something. I’ll adjust it more and more in time as needed to get the balance right. Thanks Obey Mike Opp for the feedback!

Thanks all you Bumfuzzlers for the feedback and your loyalty (/loyalty). Please have fun out there and let me know if you need anything!

Ransack, Sympathy, Ladders

Ransack, Sympathy, Ladders

Hey Bumfuzzlers! I’ve got some big changes for you that will definitely change the way you play. I’ve finally been able to finish a new exclusive plugin, available to only our servers that will hopefully remake everyone’s experience with Rust when it comes to raiding. Along with that, I also have some large and small changes I wanted to let you know about. Read on!

Fuses (Modtopia)

Turned out there was a really low fuse count on the server so I’ve increased them a bit. Originally there were around 6 or 7 in the world, but now they’re a little more than double that. I can increase them more of course, but since it’s an important item, I didn’t want to saturate the loot tables with them. You will find that fuses will spawn either individually or in groups of two!

You can now find them in the following areas:

  • locked ch47 crates
  • elite crates
  • mine crates
  • mine carts
  • normal crates
  • underwater advanced crates

Thanks WRecKLeSS for the feedback!

Bad Bot Behavior (Modtopia)

I’ve seen the bot either replying with answers that were confusing or not replying to questions. I’ve made some adjustments to ensure more questions are answered and some confusing wording is reduced – hopefully 🙂

Whatever you do, don’t tell the bot he’s handsome. He already has a big head!

Ladder Raiding (Modtopia)

For a long time, Modtopia has had ladders disabled in the building blocked zone. Well, it just so happened the other night beef cake asked me to enable them. I’ve been scheming to enable this for a while, but I was looking to complete a separate raid related idea first.

I’ve always felt allowing building building blocked zones negated the idea of the cupboard. I mean, why have a building blocked zone if others can build in that building blocked zone? It’s called a BUILDING BLOCKED ZONE lol Well, it is what it is, some like it and it does help with solo raiding.

Due to some other changes, that you’ll see when you read on, I’ve changed the server to allow ladders in building blocked zones. Watch your back!

Anti-Offline Raiding (Modtopia)

For a while now, players received a 5 hour Anti-Offline Raid Protection window. Ten minutes after you sign off, you get 100% protection and then it degrades each hour by 20% until it goes to zero. This is going to change slightly.

Instead of a 20% decrease per hour, Anti-Offline Protection will now decrease each hour by 25% to cover a 4 hour window. So, after 10 minutes, it goes to 100%, but then after an hour it goes to 75%, then 50%, 25% and then to zero.

For the record, I’m not a fan of the Anti-Offline Raid Protection, but mostly because it does a very poor job of communicating to the player, the fact that a base is protected. I also don’t like the various abuses that can go on with it. Due to this, I have been working on a replacement for this that I feel will be more fair, but it will be a little while until that’s ready.

As with enabling ladder raiding, this should encourage more raiding, bringing us to the major change I mentioned earlier.

Raid Sympathy (Modtopia)

Now to what I’ve been working on delivering to you Bumfuzzlers – an exclusive plugin you’ll only find here on our servers, that will hopefully cushion the tears typically associated with getting raided and hopefully reduce leavers who get raided and leave the server in search for freshly wiped goodness. Let’s face it, there’s a real suck feeling thinking of all the time you’ll have to spend getting your Rust life back together. No one likes that.

With the new plugin, Raid Sympathy, when someone raids you, the server will sympathize. In fact, it will sympathize to the point that it will give you a percentage of the resources lost due to damaged items. For instance, let’s say someone blows in your door. You’ll get a percentage of those resources back so you can either throw up a new door or quickly get a new base up and running. That means you can be back at it without much delay, dangerous and vengeful!

As of this post, this new plugin has gone into effect, but of course I expect changes over the next couple wipes until it’s tweaked.

How does it work?

  • Some Bumfuzzler blows up your stuff
  • 10 minutes after you’re violated, you are given 75% of the resources for that blown up stuff (this % may change in the future)
  • You are notified that you have these resources available, both every so often and when you sign on
  • You can check to see if you have resources available (/sympathy)
  • You can choose to accept the resources whenever you’d like (/sympathy get)
  • Resources will accumulate so if you’re raided again before you accept the resources they’ll be added to

What items are covered?

  • All basic structural items such as walls, foundations, frames, etc.
  • All structurally related items such as doors, window treatments, etc.
  • All items like barricades, water catchers, furnaces, etc.

My hope is that this will now balance out raiding. It’ll be easier to raid, but the affects of the practice will be less intrusive and won’t ruin the entire wipe for players even if they were foundation wiped. Sure you’ll lose items, but you’ll get something in return. If you build your base wisely, it should help you keep things going.

Special thanks to MrNiceGuynrfh3rd3r for helping me test the first draft of this plugin just before the wipe.

Leveling Gather Rates

I’ve tinkered with gather rates a little bit. I’m still trying to find the sweet spot. I was hoping to extend the levels from 50 to 100, but the math just isn’t there. It would give veteran players far too much advantage.

Here’s what’s been changed.

  • The default multiplier was raised from 1 to 1.25. This should hopefully help new players get resources slightly quicker.
  • The points per hit were raised from 30 to 50. Will help players gain levels faster.
  • The points per hit at night were raised from 60 to 100. Will make night more valuable.
  • The per level multiplier was lowered from 1.25 to 1.00.
  • The level cap remains capped at 50
  • The per level multiplier at night lowered from 2.0 to 1.5. You’ll still see some serious multipliers at night.

Don’t forget that Quarries are boosted to 10x the resources during the day and 12x at night! They should be a great source of resources.

Raid Notes

I switched plugins to help me log raids so that I’ll have the best information possible for if something doesn’t go as expected. Of course I’m watching you troublemakers! 🙂 I think given these changes, I’m going to need to have some more robust logging, but we’ll see! 🙂

Base Size Increase

To avoid spamming, the building size was set to 2,000 structural items. I’ve now raised this up to 2,500 to give designers a little more freedom – especially with the new changes to raiding. This way you can add just a few more walls in between you and the no-do-gooders!

I hope these changes are welcomed and celebrated by Bumfuzzlers far and wide 🙂 Have a great time on the server and let me know if you have any feedback! It’s always welcomed!