Tag: Resources

Leveling, Resources, Bump

Leveling, Resources, Bump

Bumfuzzlers! I’ve got a short post that should be a big change, mostly for newer players and hopefully in turn for existing players as I believe it’ll help satisfy new joiners who expect a higher resource gain. At the same time, loyal Bumfuzzlers also see a slight bump too! Check it out.

Z Level Resources (Modtopia)

For a long time, I’ve had resource gain set low at the start and high at the end. The idea was to reward loyalty and players sticking around. Unfortunately, some players may never get the chance to be loyal Bumfuzzlers because they’re unhappy with the resource yield and they leave.

For instance, we have resource levels from level 1 to level 50. Starting out players are at level 1 getting about 12 wood per hit and at the level 50, they get 72. Then, players get 22 stone at level 1 and 157 at level 50. That’s an 83% increase for wood and an 86% increase for stone. That’s awesome gains and a massive boost for loyal Bumfuzzlers. Unfortunately, for new players,  at the start, they might expect 2-3 times the wood and stone per hit and would be pleasantly surprised with, but not expecting, an increase over time.

  • Level 1: 12 wood, 22 stone
  • Level 50: 72 wood, 157 stone
  • 83% increase for wood
  • 86% increase for stone

So I did some testing and I did some math (hopefully it’s right haha) and I believe I figured out a way to satisfy both new players and loyal Bumfuzzlers.

The levels (1-50) haven’t changed, but everyone starts off with about 3 times the resources. As levels increase, players gain increases at a slower rate, but by level 50, they’ll wind up with slightly more resource gain than they had before.

For instance, after the changes I’ve just made one hit for wood at level 1 to be 31 (increased from 12) and one hit for stone is 68 (increased from 22). At the high end at level 50 a hit of wood is 75 (increased from 72) and a hit of stone is 164 (increased from 157).

  • Level 1: 31 wood, 68 stone
  • Level 50: 75 wood, 164 stone
  • 60% increase for wood at the start
  • 59% increase for stone at the start

For the loyal Bumfuzzlers at level 50 they also get a slight bump.

  • Level 50: 75 wood (increased from 72)
  • Level 50: 164 stone (increased from 157)
  • 4% increase

Oh and by the way, at night instead of 3 times the resources, the base multiplier is 4, plus your levels go up twice as fast! 🙂

So, if my math is right I expect increases in a few areas. Give me feedback Bumfuzzlers! As always it’s critical to making sure the server runs at its best! It’s an evolution of sorts based on many factors! Have fun!

 

Mazzini, Meteors, Signals

Mazzini, Meteors, Signals

Hey Bumfuzzlers! I’ve got some server tweaks for you for both Modtopia and Vanillatopia. I’ve listened to feedback from a lot of you and peppered that with some things I noticed to hopefully make the servers work a little better. Check it out!

Custom Map (Vanillatopia)

I’ve loaded a custom 3k map called Mazzini Islands over at Vanillatopia and it’s pretty interesting. It really gives Rust a totally different feel and makes Rust feel newer since you don’t really know what to expect. There are lots of islands and things seem spread out a bit more. If you’re up for some good old fashioned vanilla Rust, go try it out.

I’m toying with the idea of putting it up on Modtopia in November. Let me know what you think.

Thanks for suggesting the map WRecKLeSS!

Animal Density (Vanillatopia)

I’ve gone ahead and raised the animal density on Vanillatopia to be the same as Modtopia. Now there’s 33% more bears, chickens, etc. It seemed they were a little scarce out there and without animals, surely Rust peoples will die 🙁

In-Game Store (Modtopia)

There were a couple of items that seemed out of alignment so I touched them up. It’s important that the Pasta Salad is priced appropriately!

  • Creedence 2x damage crossbow changed from 4 to 6 RP
  • Armored Door changed from a quantity of 3 to 1
  • Armored Double Door changed from a quantity of 3 to 1
  • Ladder Hatch changed from a quantity of 3 to 1

Thanks Doge for the feedback.

Zambie Hordes (Modtopia)

I lowered the zambie count a few weeks back, but now it seems like there just ain’t enough of those undeaders. I increased the amount of hordes from 12 to 15. That should add a little more excitement. Hope they scare you 🙂

Loot (Modtopia)

I’ll be tweaking the loot every so often. My goal is to find a good balance between vanilla and modded so that you have to grind a little, but it’s not overwhelmingly boring and repetitive.

  • Code Locked Crate bumped number of items from 6 to 8, blueprints from 1 to 2
  • Elite Crate bumped the number of items from 2 to 4
  • Mine Crate bumped the number of items from 1 to 2
  • Mine Cart bumped the number of items from 1 to 2

Added the following blueprints to barrels:

  • small oil refinery
  • spinner wheel
  • reactive target
  • binoculars
  • bear trap
  • tuna light
  • high external wall
  • top tier window bars
  • water barrel
  • large water catcher
  • small water catcher
  • water purifier

Thanks to Twisted Rhythm for feedback

Meteor Showers (Modtopia)

If you haven’t learned yet, Meteors fall into the Rust atmosphere and bring with them space resources! Yes, I’m super serial. Space resources! 🙂

Anyways, the amount of space resources were pretty crazy high so I had to cap it a little to make it a little more reasonable. We’ll see how it goes to know if I’ll need to cap it again.

There are three types of Meteor Showers that happen randomly – mild, optimal and extreme. Here are the changes I’ve made to each of them:

  • Mild
    • Drops stone, metal ore
    • Changed ranges of drops
      • stone 300-3000
      • metal ore 100-1000
    • Changed meteor count from 60 to 175
    • Changed storm radius from 200 to 100
    • Storm duration stays at 240
  • Optimal
    • Drops stones, metal ore, high quality metal ore
    • Changed ranges of drops
      • stone 400-4000
      • metal ore 200-2000
      • high quality metal ore 50-500
    • Changed meteor count from 45 to 100
    • Changed storm radius from 300 to 100
    • Changed storm duration from 150 to 100
  • Extreme
    • Drops stones, metal ore, high quality metal ore and sulfur ore
    • Changed ranges for drops
      • stone 500-5000
      • metal ore 300-3000
      • high quality metal ore: 100-1000
      • sulfur ore: 100-1000
    • Changed meteor count from 125 to 50
    • Storm radius stays at 100
    • Storm duration stays at 30

I’m working on letting players know about the location of the showers so it’s easier to find then.

Kits (Modtopia)

A while back, I changed the Subscriber Kit, a kit given to players who subscribe to the website, to give supply signals instead of C4, Rockets and giant goodies like that. For some reason I noticed that didn’t take effect. Doh!

Now the subscriber kit will give players 5 supply signals. Since you can use the kit 3 times per wipe, that’s – you did the math already didn’t you? – 15 supply signals! That is quite a lot of goodies. I recommend subscribing.

Environmental Saves (Modtopia)

No it has nothing to do with that Al Gore stuff. A few weeks ago we had an issue with server lag. We’ve since figured it out, but during that process I had set the server to save the environment less frequently thinking it could be related.

Now that the lag issue is resolved, I’m adjusting the saves to occur more frequently. This is important in the event that the server does crash for any reason, your progress should not be lost.

Saves should happen now every 5 minutes as opposed to every 10 and you should even see a chat message stating it’s happening.

Server Restarts (Modtopia)

Server restarts were set to 12PM and 12AM EST, but I’ve found they might not be the best times. I’ve changed this to 4AM and 4PM Eastern Time to hopefully avoid interrupting anyone. Let me know if you find the server restart interrupts your playtime!

As always Bumfuzzlers, please send me your feedback. It helps to continually improve the server. Have fun out there! Let me know if you think I should run a custom map next month.

Showers, Perks, Discord

Showers, Perks, Discord

More tweaks to Modtopia Bumfuzzlers! More tweaks! I’m trying to my best to bring things back in line based on your feedback and also with the 1 week wipe cycle. I believe this will happen naturally with gradual changes over the next few wipes. Please provide me with extra feedback during this time. Nothing is written in stone. I’m just doing my best to make things work better. Here we go!

In-Game Store

I think the Skin Perks sold in the store /s were just too cheap. These items are truly powerful! Gaining access to a 2 x damage Bolty or a 2 x gather rate axe, for instance, should be somewhat challenging. With that, I upped all Skin Perk items by 2 RP or $100.

Also with the recent changes to the supply drops I decided to raise the cost of a supply signal 3 RP or $150. The supply drops now have ammo and good weapons along with the Skin Perks and give you multiple quality items so it shouldn’t be that easy to get. Keep in mind you can still /vote for daily signals and there’s also a /kit you can use every 48 hours.

Supply Drops

I’ve made a couple more changes with supply drops.

  • Supply Signals now cooldown for 15 seconds. I’m hoping to allow ‘x’ number of drops within a time frame, but for now I need to prevent server lag just in case someone wants to spam them.
  • I’ve added Blueberries and Blackberries for those of you who are starving. Thanks MrNiceGuy 🙂
  • I’ve weakened the supply signals barely and strengthened the timed airdrops slightly. I want to entice players to go after the automated drops more. The difference is more C4, more weapons and more ammo.

Robbery

I’ve changed the settings for robbery in that now you are unable to rob money from friends and clan mates. A few people have accidentally stolen funds from one another.

Btw, it appears that the money stolen from players is random so there isn’t a set number you can expect. You might get a little, you might get a lot. I’ve heard of situations where players stole 60% of the other person’s  money. Others players got just a tiny bit. The amount is random.

Auto Code Lock

I’ve noticed some players are concerned with the auto code lock – a plugin which automatically sets your combination to code locks the minute you place a code lock. They’re worried that the code used might be something other players would have too. This is surely not the case.

When you place a code lock, the server generates a unique code for you that stays with you unless you change it using /codelock. Every player gets their own unique code. Of course the purpose of the plugin, which I personally love, is to save you the time of entering the same code over and over. That’s a clear waste of time.

To combat this fear, I’ve changed the message you see when you place a code lock to this:

CodeLock secured and locked with your unique personal code: <CODE>. Use /codelock to change it.

This should make it more clear.

Meteor Showers

A few weeks back I recognized that meteor showers were giving quite a bit of resources. At the same time, I figure due to the potential danger involved, maybe that’s ok. In turn, I’ve made a couple of changes to create a much wider range of reward so sometimes the shower might be amazing, but other times just so so. You can also expect to gain raw materials from the showers too. No more refined High Quality Metal and Metal Fragments! You can at least cook the dang resources! 🙂

I’ve changed the items and ranges to the following for the 3 types of showers:

  • extreme meteor shower
    • drops stones, metal ore, high quality metal ore and sulfur ore
    • each item amount ranges from 100 – 2,500
  • mild meteor shower
    • drops stones and metal ore
    • each item amount ranges from 75 – 1,250
  • optimal meteor shower
    • drops stones, metal ore and high quality metal ore
    • each item amount ranges from 100 – 2,000

Broken SuperHeli

It’s a great event when the SuperHeli blows a gasket and goes down, leaving the pilot to eject with his loot waiting for the lucky, wandering Bumfuzzler. However, sometimes it comes way too often. I’ve now set it so that it won’t spawn until the regular SuperHeli spawns for a few times first. This way it’ll be more valuable.

Death Notes

I’ve made an update to Death Notes so when deaths happen, the messages are far more interesting and realistic. Here are a couple examples:

  • <playername> shot a Wolf using their Thompson over a distance of 1.1 meters.
  • <playername> fought off a Gas Station Attendant.
  • <playername> did not want to be a part of the Scientist’s experiments.
  • A Scientist shot down <playername>.
  • <playername> killed <playername> using their Salvaged Icepick.
  • <playername> inflamed <playername> with their Incendiary Rocket.
  • <playername>’s Auto Turret did its job and killed <playername>.

Violence with style! 🙂 I’ll continue to work the kinks out of these.

Discord Additions

I’m going to try to work on Discord a little more than I have in the past, but for now I’m starting off slow. I urge all you Bumfuzzlers to join and hang out there as it’s a fun tool to use in order to share more than just Rust experiences. Lots of you have grown to know each other fairly well over the time you’ve played here so it’s a great way to extend those friendships.

So far, I’ve added two bots to Discord:

  • Mee6 bot added
    • Provides auto moderation, automated messages, member levels based on participation and more.
  • Septapus bot added
    • Makes comics and charts from Discord chat and has been known to post large emojis lol

I’m also going to be posting live updates on Discord when they actually happen. That way you can be updated immediately on changes instead of waiting until I post on the website which usually takes place after a bunch of changes. For instance, the changes in this post took place over a couple of days and I don’t post all changes I make.

You can join the Discord server with this invite link – https://discord.gg/37uNKRX

So, some tweaks, but also some additions, some awesome things to come! Don’t forget Thursday is a wipe! I’ll be traveling so hopefully it all goes smooth from the hotel! Have fun Bumfuzzlers!

Meteors, Goods, Community

Meteors, Goods, Community

I’ve made a lot of small tweaks to both Vanillatopia and Modtopia which will hopefully equate to some improved gameplay for you Bumfuzzlers! We’ve got everything from resource spawning to meteor showers! Check it out!

Resource Spawning

The resources were spawning a bit slow on Vanillatopia so I decided to take a look at resource spawning on both Vanillatopia and Modtopia to see if I could make some improvements. Here’s what I changed:

  • Vanillatopia
    • Resources respawn 2x faster
    • Resources increased by 10%
  • Modtopia
    • Resources respawn 2x faster
    • Resources decreased by 10%

I decided to lower the resources on Modtopia because resource gathering is already very high and with all the plugins, this could increase performance for some people with lower end computers. Maybe some of you will get longer distance kills even! The amount of difference in count for instance is about 30 trees over the entire map.  I doubt it will be noticed and of course let me know if you feel any pain from this change and we can change it back. Keep in mind this is a change for all resources so it affects trees, animals, mushrooms, etc. It’s critical that I get feedback from you about how this is working. (Thanks to Rayyy for feedback)

Meteor Shower Event

What would life be without the occasional weather related disaster? Well, now, every so often, meteors will rain from the sky! They are random, in random areas of the map and they may be extreme or mild. They can absolutely do damage to players and buildings (but not much) so watch out! These showers come with falling debris in the form of resources!

This video does not do it justice, but it gives you an idea.

I’ve only added this event to Modtopia for now, but I’ll consider adding it to Vanillatopia in the coming weeks.

Bumfuzzler Forum

I’ve made a few additions to the forums that will hopefully make it more usable and friendly. Please enjoy the following tweaks!

  • Increased the font size in various areas
  • Added a visual editor for posting
  • Checkbox now default to notify you on responses
  • Can now post images inline
  • Can now use @mention and person will be notified

Stop by the forums and conversate! 🙂

Loot Adjustments

I’ve made a few tweaks to the loot on both Vanillatopia and Modtopia in various forms. Here’s a run down of the changes.

  • Vanillatopia
    • Turned off blueprint spawning as they’re unlocked (I hope this time for good) (Thanks to Freshmeat911 for feedback)
    • Helicopter Pilot Eject event: the pilot now has inventory to loot (Thanks to Rayyy for suggestions)
    • Changed rarity of the Smoke Rocket to 3, the same as other rockets. It was disabled. (Thanks to Rayyy for feedback)
    • Smoke Rockets now spawn in Elite Crates. (Thanks to Rayyy for feedback)
  • Modtopia
    • Autokit for VIP: Removed food and torch, added 5 radiation pills (Thanks Orion and WRecKLeSS for feedback)
    • SuperHeli loot was weak. Now all crates will have at least 3 items each instead of sometimes 1 or 2 (Thanks to Obey Mike Opp for feedback)
    • SuperHeli loot now matches the SuperBradley loot tables (Thanks to Obey Mike Opp for feedback)
    • Ensured SuperHeli crates were set to 3 for regular and refuel events and at 1 for the pilot eject event (Thanks to Obey Mike Opp for feedback)
    • SuperBradley crates reduced from 4 to 3

Plane Crash

As has happened on Modtopia, it appears the plane was indeed crashing – into mountains! lol I’ve adjusted it’s fly height to 5 meters higher. Hopefully that will be the end to that. (Thanks to Rayyy for feedback)

As always, keep that feedback flowing Bumfuzzlers! It really helps improve the server!

 

Money, Quests, Forums

Money, Quests, Forums

After some testing, I’ve adjusted some of the recent changes regarding resources, fixed a couple things, added a couple things and I’m ready to add a couple more options come the next wipe, but shhh until then 🙂

Resources

Truth was, it was all about the Chainsaw, Charcoal and Sulfur anyway, but I over compensated in my last update. Sorry about that.  So, as per the previous post, here’s what I changed:

  • Wood consumption is back to it’s original setting of 10.
  • Charcoal production will remain at a 1 to 1 ratio with 35% loss for now
  • I recently set all the metals to 3.5, but this was too high, but I’ve adjusted those:
    • Metal Ore: originally 1.5, now set to 2.0
    • Sulfur Ore: originally 1.0, now set to 3.0
    • High Quality Metal Ore: originally 3.5, now set to 4.0
  • The Chainsaw will now give 80% of the wood it’d normally get. This is still 400-500 more than the best ax.

These changes related only to Modtopia.

Chainsaw Zlevels

Well, the darn buzzer gone and crazied up the Zlevels. It appears if you use a chainsaw you can level up really quick. Well, I don’t have a way to slow it down so for right now, the chainsaw will simply not give you any new levels to your wood cutting. It will of course allow you to gather wood as usual, you just won’t level up. This relates only to Modtopia.

Special thanks to Saintbob for pointing out this issue.

Bumfuzzler Forums

I’ve had a few people ask me to create a forum so I tossed one up real quick. It needs some work, but should be functional.  Drop by, post and say hi or whatever you’d like! As long as you register for the website you should be able to access and post in the forums. You can access the forums here.

Thanks to ATaXiA for suggesting this recently and the others in the past who did.

SuperHeli Timing

Due to some recent changes, I now have the ability to set a minimum and maximum spawn time for the SuperHeli.  Now it should absolutely come out less often so that the torture is far less than usual lol I have heard the screams and do pay attention! Now the SuperHeli will appear anywhere between 2.6 and 8 hours. So it could come out at 3 hours or 6 hours, it’ll be randomized. This relates only to Modtopia as Vanillatopia is at defaults.

Furnace Splitter

Unfortunately, the plugin has gone a little weird. Placing 1,000 wood and 1,000 high quality metal ore in the furnace would give you 3 stacks of high quality metal ore – 1,334, 333, 333 and 1,000 wood so you’d get an extra 1,000 high quality metal ore. Obviously that’s not good.

I disabled the plugin on both Modtopia and Vanillatopia and will update it when there’s a fix available.

Economics

You’ll notice at the bottom left of your screen that you’ll have a balance of money. I’m playing around with economics, but haven’t setup anything yet for players to buy with the money. For now, joiners should get $1,000 bucks, with a $500 one-time reward and then $5 for every 5 minutes of gameplay.

I’m going to be testing the idea of using money for buying various items in a store so that players are rewarded for their loyalty in a new way. I’m not sure if it will be ready for the next wipe, but I’ll try my best. Regardless I will have goodies the next time wipe comes around 🙂 This applies only to Modtopia.

Quests

I’ve added 5 more quests for your adventurer pleasure:

  • Top Secret – A top secret military installation is near, you need the pictures of it.
  • Teddy Snuggle – You don’t sleep well these days, find pookie bears for your bed.
  • Read the News – Get Wall Street Journals and be learned about the world.
  • SuperHeli Plans – Find research papers and find flaws in SuperHeli design.
  • Stay Awake – Gas Station attendants work long hours, use sticks to keep open eyes.

All of these quests, for now are rewarding with currency.

Also, there were issues with two quests – Stuck on you, where you had to gather bottles of glue and Blood Transfusion where you had to gathering bags of blood. Both of those quests should now be fixed. Previously you were unable to select them.

When in game, type /q for the quest menu. You’ll find these new quests under the Loot category. All of the items in the quests can be found from NPCs, but Pookie Bears can be found anywhere! This applies only to Modtopia.

You Bumfuzzlers have a great time. Please keep providing feedback. You all are a massive help to me and really make it a whole lot easier to manage things.

Treasure, Resources, RustNET

Treasure, Resources, RustNET

Hola Bumfuzzlers! I’ve made a few changes – both to existing plugins and resource handling in hopes of balancing game play a bit in light of recent changes. Things have changed for instance, with the Chainsaw. Read on for server changes!

Dangerous Treasures

On Modtopia, we’re running the dangerous treasures plugin – a fun event that spawns a box in a protected sphere that vanishes after some time. Recently, I’ve noticed the loot can sometimes be more than the Bradley and Chopper, so I’ve slightly reduced the loot to even it out a bit more. For instance, I’ve removed the targeting computer from the loot list so cut down on the turrets out there. I’ve also set the plugin to broadcast availability of unlooted treasure every 3 minutes to make sure no one misses the goodies and I’ve increased the time it takes to start the event to make it more valuable.

Resource Changes

On Modtopia, this has been coming for some time as I think it’s crazy for players to have 100 rockets 2 days after a wipe. Now with the Chainsaw, I felt like I had to make some changes because massive amounts of wood allow for massive amounts of charcoal and that fuels all the boom booms. So, I hope the changes I’ve made will slow things down just a little and balance things out somewhat. As we know, it’s an ever changing landscape so I’ll constantly evaluate things.

  • I’ve increased charcoal loss from burning wood from 25-35%. This means less charcoal production.
  • I’ve reduced cook time for raw deer from 35 to 4. I have no idea why it was set so high.
  • I’ve reduced cook time for all other meat from 5 to 4 to speed that up just a little.
  • I’ve increased cook time for sulfur, metal ore, high quality metal ore and crude oil from 2 > 3.5 to increase the smelt time just a tad.
  • Lastly I’ve increased wood consumption from 10 > 15. When burning wood you’ll use about 50% more.

Something to keep in mind is that this change may make night slightly more important as there are night bonuses for gathering. It will also make the Chainsaw more popular and hunting for crude oil and animal fat could become more important also.

It’s not a huge change, but I hope this get us closer to the intended results. I’m looking to have less early raids, potentially more meaningful raids overall, to reduce foundation wipe raids and to make any explosive that much more valuable. Please provide me with feedback.

Skinbox

Thanks to all the Bumfuzzlers who reported that Skinbox isn’t working. I’m unfortunately aware of it. I’ve been trying to track down the reason for the problem and I’ve had no success – SO FAR. I will fix it. It seems it could be related to a Rust file that could be damaged in my installation on the server which means next wipe, I’ll have to do a complete reinstall of the entire server. I try not to do this since it requires both time and precision and my time as late is more limited than usual. I’d rather not do that unless I have to. At the same time, I need to get this resolved. If I take this route, I may perform the next wipe, on 3/15 much later at night so I have time.

Automatic Authorization

I had this plugin disabled for a bit since I had trouble with it, but it’s back online. This means adding someone as a friend will automatically give them access to your doors and turrets. Please mind the following commands to ensure you don’t get in trouble with ‘friends’ 🙂

  • /autoauth clan – Add your clans mates to the auth list
  • /autoauth friends – Add your friends to the auth list
  • /autoauth autoclan – Toggles automatic authorization for clan members when placing objects
  • /autoauth autofriends – Toggles automatic authorization for friends when placing objects

Rust NET

There’s been a bunch of updates to Rust NET which is the plugin interface for remote turrets, security cameras and automatic searchlights. I’ve updated the plugin on both Modtopia and Vanillatopia. Take a look at the video below.

That’s about it for now. Please give me feedback on the changes and on anything else. It’s critical for me to get your feedback about issues or suggestions. Meanwhile, please have fun Bumfuzzlers!