Tag: Wipe

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.

Goods, Melt, Build

Goods, Melt, Build

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

Map Size (Modtopia)

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

Zambies (Modtopia)

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

Backpack Issue (Modtopia)

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

Thanks to Slim Jim for reporting the issue!

Loot Tables (Modtopia)

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

Kit Changes (Modtopia)

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

Smelting (Modtopia)

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

Crafting (Modtopia)

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

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

Wipe Cycle (Modtopia)

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

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

 

Vorhees, Adventures, Hordes

Vorhees, Adventures, Hordes

I’ve got some tweaks Bumfuzzlers! We’ve got store commands, changes to zambies, Jason is back, blueprint wipe schedule changes and more! Let’s take a look at what we got!

Pesky Scientists (Modtopia)

Ok, so I hope these buggers are finally disabled! I’m not a huge fan of how they act and they seem rather useless as many of you have echoed to me.

I didn’t change them on Vanillatopia since they’re the vanilla feel, but you ‘nilla Bumfuzzlers let me know what you think. I’ll keep tabs on them to see if they improve over the next couple patches and if they do I’ll consider enabling them again.

Stalled Animals (Vanillatopia)

I had reports of animals not moving on Vanillatopia. That should now be resolved and you can ride horses again!

Jason Vorhees (Modtopia)

Heeeeee’s back 🙂 I disabled him along with the other NPCs while I setup the zambie hordes, but I think it’s time he returns. I’ve made a couple of tweaks to him though so hopefully it makes him a little different – beware! – mwhahaha! Chh, chh, chh, hah, hah, hah.

  • He’s now ‘scientist’ type instead of ‘murderer’. This means:
    • he’ll be silent
    • he’ll be a little smarter
    • he’ll fight the zambies
  • he’ll spawn every 45 minutes
  • his attack range was lowered from 150 to 75 (same as zambies)
  • there will only be 1 of him, instead of 2
  • lowered health from 500 to 250
  • slightly lowered loot
  • I’ve extended his range from 1,000 to 1,500 so he’s more dynamic and hard to pin down

I’m curious how he’ll fair against the zambies. He does have stronger weaponry, more health and a scary hockey mask so let’s see what happens.

I am considering enabling NPCs at certain monuments, but we’ll see. It might help keep the zambie population at bay and create somewhat of a safe zone (sorta) since zambies will be drawn to those monuments and be cleared out somewhat by the NPCs.

Store Reductions (Modtopia)

Due to the high RP requirement for resources and ammo, I think it was too hard for new players to use the store. So, I’ve lowered the RP requirement for all ammo and resources, but I also lowered the quantity you get.

For instance, if it used to be 3 RP to buy 150 HV Pistol Ammo, it now costs 1 RP to buy 50. So, the price is not technically lowered, but the prices will allow people who may not have much money to buy ‘something’.

Store Commands (Modtopia)

One nice feature for the store is the ability to buy ‘commands’. This allow players to purchase commands that might be otherwise only available to administrators. To check out what’s available, type /s for the store and look at the commands tab.

You can buy any of the following items:

  • Call Superheli
  • Kill Superheli
  • Call CH47
  • Kill CH47
  • Call Meteor Shower
  • Switch on Turbo Gather
  • Call Morning
  • Call Night

 

I’ll work on adding additional items to this list. I have some idears 🙂

Decay Slowdown (Modtopia)

I halved the decay a few weeks back, but it was reset, possibly due to the recent server situations going on. Now it should be set in half again. Let me know if anything changes.

Keep in mind, a few patches back they made it so that stone walls outside the cupboard coverage decay very quickly. I think mostly everything decays quickly in that case. Just be careful. In a very short time you’ll be without walls!

Thanks for the feedback MrNiceGuy, KBKiller18 and one other person who mentioned it but your name escapes me! Sorry lol

Blueprint Wipes (Modtopia)

I’ve decided to change the blueprint wipe schedule to 1 month instead of 2 weeks. So we’ll still wipe the map every week, but the blueprints will stick around until the 1st Thursday of each month. Thanks for the feedback soundklown.

Zambie Hordes (Modtopia)

Some were asking for some challenge with the zambies, so I’ve changed some of the settings with the hordes.

  • Zambies will still spawn in groups of 3, but now instead of maxing out at 15, they’ll grow to numbers of 20.
  • They’ll smell you from 75 meters away instead of the previous 35 meters.
  • A few zombies had crossbows. I’ve removed those so they all now have melee weapons.
  • Zambie Hordes now increase in size every 45 seconds, instead of previous 60.

Best watch your back! They can be very powerful in numbers and sometimes, multiple hordes will come at you at the same time! Thanks for the feedback MrNiceGuy.

Quest Items (Modtopia)

With the removal of monument NPCs, it became impossible to find the items you’d need to complete quests (/q). Due to this I’ve added the required items to the loot table as uncommon. This means they’ll spawn more often than rare items, but not as often as common ones.

Here’s a list of the following items you’ll find out there.

  • battery
  • duct tape
  • bleach
  • glue
  • blood
  • paper
  • research paper
  • sticks
  • camera

 

For players who will ask, what is the battery for? I’ve added some bot responses to ensure it’s clear.

Thanks soundklown for the feedback.

Scrap Count

I had a couple of players suggest scrap was scarce, but as I write this “There are 74,803 of ‘scrap’ in game!” That’s a lot! Keep in mind this includes player loot, boxes, barrels, etc, but dayum, that’s a lot.

Regardless, I’ve boosted the scrap returned by personal recyclers to 25%. You can craft personal recyclers at level 18 (/rec) or you have a 14% chance of finding one in loot. That will help out a bit for sure! Thanks for the feedback soundklown.

Server Header Image

It’s a seemingly small change, but it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to reset the header image players see when joining Modtopia and Vanillatopia.

As always thanks to everyone for the feedback. I truly appreciate it. As I always say, it helps a lot to make sure the server is running well and everyone can enjoy themselves! Good to see some old faces playing again! Keep it up Bumfuzzlers!

Host, Resolution, Wipe

Host, Resolution, Wipe

The image related issues are now officially resolved. It’s been frustrating battling for 2 weeks with these issues which turned out to be host related. They had connectivity issues that they denied for several days (of course) only to finally recognize they were wrong. This caused me to chase my tail for a while and for you to have a less than stellar experience.

Now, Bumfuzzlers, they’re resolved and I’m sorry for the delay and for my temporary, longer than usual, absence. I was just fed up quite honestly. I’ll consider changing hosts, as much of a pain as that is, but in the meantime, here’s a quick recap of the fixes.

The following now have been tested and work perfectly (as far as I know):

Modtopia

  • Skip Night (/voteday)
  • Crosshairs (/crosshair)
  • Kits (/kit)
  • Server Rewards (/s)
  • Bounty (/rustnet)

Vanillatopia & Modtopia

  • Graphical menu (/ui)
  • RustNET (/rustnet)
  • Automatic Search Lights (/sl add <terminalid>)
  • Remote Turrets (/rt add <terminalid>)
  • Security Cameras (/sc add)
  • Player Skins (/skin shop)

Bounty NET

I found an issue on Vanillatopia with Bounty NET that I’ll work on over the next couple days. It works fine on Modtopia, but for some reason, Vanillatopia has an unexpected error.

Zambies

I’ve made an adjustment to the zambies. Originally, they would notice you if you were 100 meters away. I’ve changed that to 30 meters to give players the ability to potentially hide from them if they wanted to.

Scientists

I was sure I turned them off, but it appears they are back. My guess is during the recent futzing with the server, the setting reverted as MrNiceGuy was nice enough to advise me on decay. I’ll look at that.

Wipe

I believe everything else is working well and tonight’s wipe should go as planned. Both Vanillatopia and Modtopia will get a wipe tonight. Hope everything is now back to normal for you Bumfuzzlers and this wipe is more enjoyable! Sorry again for the inconvenience.

Kits, Nights, Zambies

Kits, Nights, Zambies

Whew! This last week has been rough! The patch and my host have been giving us all agita! Unfortunately, much of the graphical parts of the server have been having issues and in many cases I’m hamstrung by my host who has been dragging their arses on the issue that is clearly theirs. At the same time, hey, it’s Rust. We keep moving Bumfuzzlers! We fight through the stupid issues and keep it going. Aside from the various issues, I did make some changes to the server that should improve gameplay so let’s talk!

AI Changes

I get lots of complaints that NPCs shoot through rocks across 100’s of meters and so on. This isn’t anything I can fix as it’s a Facepunch issue left over from the days where animals ran through rocks. Who knows when they’ll fix it.

  • I’ve disabled the monument NPCs for now.
  • I’ve increased the zambie horde quite a bit. Now, there is a max of 50 zambie hordes, each starting with 3 zambies each. They have the ability to grow up to 10 zambies per horde.
  • I’ve disabled the blue scientists. I personally found them annoying and mostly useless. They don’t offer much challenge, they’re all over the place and they’re predictable. You know they’re at certain monuments and at junk piles, etc. I’d rather have a much more dynamic situation.

There’s one thing I’m concerned about that you’ll have to give me feedback about. The zambies are set to kill animals right now. I have it that way because it seems more realistic, but I fear this will create fisherman out of all of you lol If they kill too many animals, there won’t be much animal meat, fat or leather around. This could cause issues.

Also, in the future, if the zambies work well, I may still enable a few NPCs here and there who don’t ‘belong’ anywhere, but simply wander around. Chances are however, because I’ve configured NPCs to shoot at zambies and vice versa, they’ll be killed by zambies due to sheer numbers, but it may create a more interesting environment.

Recyler

As you know a few weeks back I changed the /rec command to allow you to craft a recycler instead of being able to use a virtual recycler. This is only available for players who have reached level 18 – 3,500 loyalty points – (/loyalty). So that some players, at lower levels might get lucky, I’ve put the recycler into the loot tables so everyone has a 14% chance of finding a recycler in boxes. It’s certainly nice to have!

Loyalty Surprise

By default when you reach a new level, an explosion sound would play. It was a great idea that didn’t turn out the way I planned since it surprises the crap out of players and may alert other players you’re near. It was originally only intended to play for the player themselves, but that seems impossible based on how sound works in Rust.

Anyways, I’ve disabled that sound. Thanks JoeKillera for the heads up!

Plane Crash

I don’t know why, but that dang plane keeps crashing into mountains and I keep raising the height of it! I’ve gone ahead and raised the height again, but it seems to defeat the purpose since the plane is meant to be a low flying plane! Well, I have to ensure it doesn’t crash since MrNiceGuy will be scooping up all the loot like he was doing last night! Thanks MrNiceGuy for the heads up 🙂

Kit Menu

Due to image related issues on the server, the kit menu (/kit) doesn’t work. I have however gotten the command line to work fine. This means you’ll have to go old school in order to get the kits instead by typing /kit <name>. You should also be able to type /kit list to see a list of kits available, but it might be long preventing you from seeing them all.

For your convenience, here’s a list of all the kits.

  • build
  • aid
  • tools
  • weapons
  • signal
  • trumpborderagent
  • trumpbuildwall
  • hillaryjailbreak
  • hillarymailserver
  • subscriber
  • vip_m249
  • pc_murderer
  • pc_sniper
  • pc_swordsman
  • pc_fighter
  • pc_gunslinger
  • pc_deadshot
  • pc_archer
  • pc_assassin
  • pc_rocketeer
  • pc_handyman
  • pc_architect
  • pc_lumberjack
  • pc_farmer
  • pc_miner
  • pc_gunsmith
  • pc_hunter
  • pc_tailor
  • pc_bombtech
  • pc_adventurer
  • pc_medic
  • pc_apckiller
  • pc_npckiller
  • pc_helikiller

The kits starting with pc_ are related to the Player Challenges (/pc) so if you’re not leading you won’t have permissions to them. Hopefully this will hold us over until the issue is resolved.

Skip Night

Sorry guys, but unfortunately for now the Skip Night plugin doesn’t work. I’m not sure if it’s entirely due to the same image related issue as kits (the voting menu has images in it), but I can say during testing it flat out crashed the server so I’m not bothering with it for now.

I’m going to try to create a workaround using the store (/s) where players can buy the option to skip night, but that will take me a few days.

In-Game Store

The In-Game Store does in fact work (/s), but unfortunately there won’t be any images. This is again due to the image related issue. So it should work as you expect. It just won’t look at pretty.

Skin Shop

Unfortunately, the skin store (/skin shop) is also a casualty on both Modtopia and Vanillatopia. Yes, the image related issue. You can expect other items like the startup graphical menu (/ui) also not to work.

Server Issues

Overall, considering the amount of plugins we have on the servers, it could be worse. I was able to get much of the plugins going again including the map. However, the image related issues are out of my control at this point.

The issue was triggered by the patch, but it seems to be some combination with the patch and my host – who says they’re working on it, but I fear they have no clue. I have been shopping around for another host, but that’s not a comfortable process to undertake so I’m trying to be patient.

I’m considering a full wipe tonight (entirely reinstalling everything) to see if that helps, but I’m not very optimistic as I believe it’s a connectivity issue at the server level. Others who are having these same issues say they tried a full wipe so I might not bother.

Wipe

Tonight Modtopia is a wipe so the world starts a new! It might not happen until later in the evening since I have to be somewhere around 9pm EST and I’m not sure how long it’ll take. Regardless, this time around it’ll be interesting how things go with the zambies! Be careful out there Bumfuzzlers!

 

Recycling, Sliding , Rolling

Recycling, Sliding , Rolling

Hey Bumfuzzlers! Got some really nice changes coming your way and also a bunch of improvements based on your feedback! We’ve got changes to doors, recycling, treasure maps, choppers and much more! Check it out!

Treasure Maps

I’ve made a couple of updates to the treasure map functionality that make it work better.

  • Treasure maps can now be dropped on the ground and picked back up
  • Right-clicking maps is now the same as /markmap
  • Right-clicking gold coins is now the same as /sellgold

Here’s a video to show you how the right-clicking works.

There’s a couple of things to consider.

  1. You have to place the map or gold into your toolbelt
  2. Sometimes I’ve found you have to left-click it and then right-click.
  3. It may seem to go back into your inventory for a second, but it’ll do its business.
  4. The loot for the treasure is exactly the same as the boxes you find in the world. In the future it will be expanded so that these boxes have a higher quality of loot. However, keep in mind there are different maps so finding an elite map will give you an elite box and so on.
  5. I’ve enabled the Treasure Maps on Vanillatopia, but only the maps, not the gold coins because there is no economy there.

Sliding Doors

I made the decision to run this plugin a while back so when isueIt brought it up, I said why not?

Sure, the aesthetics are awesome and it feels cool, but it’s also very functional. The swinging doors are so annoying at times and it’s really hard to move around your base trying to figure out which way they swing. Sometimes you’re stuck accidentally because they block each other and so on.  Additionally, because these doors slide, you can also stop them mid-slide to create a slot to look through! Very cool idea.

Once you hit Level 11 (500 /loyalty points) just look at a door and type /sdoor. This will toggle a door between swinging and sliding.

Some things to keep in mind:

  • Once you make a door sliding, you won’t be able to pick it up unless you convert it back to a regular door.
  • Some have reported losing their code locks although in testing I haven’t seen it. Please pay attention to this!
  • This only works on single doors for the moment. Double doors are not supported.
  • I haven’t tested this with the plugin that automatically closes doors when you sign off (/ofd) This ability is available to players who are Allegiance level and above (5,000 /loyalty). I assume it will work just fine, but let me know if you see anything to show otherwise.
  • As I mentioned, sliding doors will be available to players who are Level 11 (500 loyalty points /loyalty) and above.

Base Recyclers

I haven’t been a huge fan of the way recycling worked. The fact that players – who have permissions – can recycle anywhere is somewhat over powered if you ask me. Top that with the fact that I’ve been seeing lots of errors with it. So for a while I’ve been eyeing a solution that I decided was time to implement.

Instead of being able to simply call up a virtual recycler, you’ll now be using an actual recycler like the one you can find at various monuments. This recycler, you will craft and it will stay in your home(s) to use whenever you’d like.

Here’s some of the starting settings we’ll be going with:

  • To craft the recycler you use the command /rec
  • You’ll require the following resources: Scrap – 250, gears – 15, metal spring 15.
  • All players will be limited to 2 recyclers
  • Cooldown for crafting recyclers is 24 hours
  • Previously players would get access to recyler at Level 21 (6,000 /loyalty), crafting recyclers is gained now at Level 18 (3,500 /loyalty)

When you craft the recycler, it will look like a box in your inventory until the skin loads and when you place it, it will look like a box as well. Once placed, of course it will become a recycler as you can see below.

Initially, I’ll be starting off using the same settings for everyone, but it’s important to note I can adjust quite a bit with this new method including different settings for different levels. Each different level can have different limits, cooldowns, ratios of return, ratios for scrap, speed and some other settings too.

I mention this because a few of of you have mentioned taking issue with Facepunch’s adjustment to returned scrap on recycling. For now, I’m going to keep it simple and leave it at the default setting, but over the next couple weeks, I’ll make some changes as I hear some feedback about it.

Vanillatopia Improvements

There are a couple of fixes I made on Vanillatopia based on some much appreciated feedback!

  • Helicopter max life cut by 50%. Thanks MrNiceGuy & ATaXia!
  • Helicopter now can be harvested after 5 seconds (was 8 minutes) Thanks ATaXia!
  • Sign Artist, the plugin that allows you to put images on signs now has the proper permissions /sil <imagepath> Thanks ATaXia!
  • Skin perks,  the plugin that gives items special abilities based on skin, is now working! Go get yourself a 2 x damage bolty! 🙂 Thanks ATaXia!
  • Auto SearchLights are now operational. You can use /rustnet and /sl to remotely control your lights! Thanks ATaXia!
  • With Blueprints unlocked completely, it makes no sense to have them in barrels! I reviewed the list to ensure there were none enabled. Thanks ATaXia!
  • Shotgun Incendiary ammo was only stacking to 64 while other ammo stacked to 256. Thanks ATaXia! I went through the stackings and fixed a few:
    • Ammo shotgun fire stacks to 256
    • Diving Fins stacks to 256
    • Diving Mask stacks to 256
    • Diving Tank stacks to 256
    • Diving Wetsuit stacks to 256
    • Geiger Counter stacks to 256
    • Fishingrod Handmade stacks to 256 (yes, it’s coming!)
    • Hazmatsuit Scientist Peacekeeper stacks to 256
    • Horsemeat Burned stacks to 256
    • Horsemeat Cooked stacks to 256
    • Horsemeat Raw stacks to 256

Modtopia Improvements

I’ve also made a few changes to Modtopia based on some much appreciated feedback!

  • Helicopter max life cut by 50%. Thanks MrNiceGuy & ATaXia!
  • Helicopter now can be harvested after 5 seconds (was 8 minutes) Thanks ATaXia!
  • Quest requirements were a bit high for the 1 week wipe cycle. I cut the requirements and rewards in half. Thanks ATaXia!
  • Quest cooldowns were adjusted to 2 days – previously 1 day.
  • Underwater loot and basic crates were a little weak. I’ve upped the loot in them.

WebSite Improvements

I did some work on the post comments. Now they’re better formatted, but also as the poster you have more control over what you’re posting as well. It was fairly difficult before to get a point across when unable to quote, bold words and such. Now it’s all good. Comment on this post to check them out! 🙂

Thursday’s Wipe

Keep in mind another map wipe is coming up on Thursday. Blueprints will remain. I’m liking the weekly wipe cycle. Tell me what you think!

On the following Thursday I expect the monthly patch which may have some interesting goodies in it! I’ll post shortly about some of the things Facepunch is planning for all of us!

Thanks Bumfuzzlers and keep up the feedback! It’s so helpful I can’t say it enough. Keep having fun! 🙂

 

Rewards, Gather, In-Game Store

Rewards, Gather, In-Game Store

Hold on Bumfuzzlers! We’ve got a new wipe cycle and a bunch of changes that I hope will change the way Modtopia game play works in a good way. We’ve got store expansions, resource gather changes, kit changes and more! Check it out.

Resources

For a while now, I’ve known I needed to take a look at the resource rates and kits. When people are finishing the wipe cycle with 100’s of rockets and C4, it says to me the gather rates are out of control. I’ve also seen full bases go armor on the second day of the wipe which should not be happening unless you’re playing 48 hours straight! So, now that some of my schedule has been freed up, I’m going to get back to basics and dial things down just a little.

Here’s what I’ve changed:

  • ZLevels are now capped at 50
  • ZLevel level multiplier reduced from 2.00 to 1.25 (each level gained will multiply less)
  • Quarries have been boosted to 10x during the day, 12.5x during the night

My hope is to make Quarries more valuable and reduce the high level resource multipliers for individuals. The drop from 2 to 1.25 should result in a 37.5% cut in resource gathering which shouldn’t be massive, but it will surely be a reduction that I hope will make building more meaningful and raiding a little more frequent.

Kits

Some of the kits were just way too generous and they went against what I was trying to accomplish. For instance, starter kits were giving people enough to not only get a starter base up, but build a retirement home. That simply can’t stand. It’s critical that players have to do ‘some’ work to get resources and build their homes.

Here’s what I changed:

  • Startup Build kit
    • Wood: 10k lowered to 5k wood
    • Stones: 10k lowered to 2.5k
    • Changed usage to 1 times per wipe
  • Aid kit
    • Changed from 6 hour cooldown to 24 hours
    • Removed meats, left medical supplies
  • Weapon kit
    • Removed ammo
    • Removed Waterpipe Shotgun
    • Removed Custom SMG
  • Tools kit removed (tools are given when you spawn)
  • Weekly kit removed (it wasn’t very valuable anyway)
  • Trump wall kit
    • Stone: 25k lowered to 7.5k
    • Stone Walls: 25 lowered to 7 walls

Bradley Loot

With the lowering of gathering, I raised up the loot for the Bradley. The loot it gives, should you live to see it, should be Bumfuzzler good!

Rockets, ammo, weapons, C4 and a bunch of scrap!

In-Game Store

This will need balancing over time, but so far I’ve gotten the things in there at reasonable starting points. Some things might be too expensive or vice versa, but that will need some feeling out and some feedback from you all.

What’s really great about the store is that you can buy blue prints and also Reward Perks so that item that’s eluding you like the Large Furnace blueprint or the Bolty with 2 times the damage can now be yours for a price! Thanks to soundklown for requesting blueprints!

So you’ve noticed that you’ve been gaining money as you play. This is what you’ll use to buy items in the store. Once you have money, simply type /s in game to open the store. Once open, you’re going to need what’s called Reward Points or RP. You can convert your money into RP by clicking on exchange. Right now it takes $50 to gain 1 RP. Items in the store range from 1 RP to 6 RP. The reason for the conversion requirement is simply that money can be will be used for other things in the future. For instance now, you can use money for /skin shop which allows you to buy default skins for your items.

Remember, you automatically get money every certain amount of minutes played, but you also get them for breaking barrels. Furthermore, don’t forget you can steal it from other players, get money for damage dealt to other players and of course killing them.

Here are some of the items in the store:

 
 

You can even buy the swim wear there which are hard to find items!

Plane Crash

It used to be that the plane would crash into the highest mountains in the map so I raised it up 10 meters. Now it appears that’s not enough so I raised it another 5 meters. I think it’s hitting structures that people are building on those mountains. Well, just be careful. I’m going to see about making the plane create some serious damage to whatever it hits 🙂 Thanks MrNiceGuy for pointing out the plane was still crashing!

Anti-Offline Protection

Last week I made changes to the offline protection. Now instead of 10 hours it lasts for 5 as each hour it lessens by 20%. Unfortunately I missed the automated message which some were confused by. Thanks to MrNiceGuy to letting me know about it!

NPCs

A few of you have told me that it appears the NPC health is way too high requiring multiple bolty shots to kill them. It turns out health:100 in the settings refers to 100% of their default health. Scientists have 100 health, but murderers – the dumber zombie AI we currently have on our server due to Facepunch bugginess – have 150 health by default. This means 100 is really 150 health.

Let’s try out setting them a little lower. I’ve reduced their health 30% to 70. This should lower their health just around 100 health. Let’s see how it is. Thanks to MrNiceGuy and soundklown for the feedback!

I’ve also made changes to Jason Vorhees:

  • Health was reduced by 50%
  • Reduced his inventory
    • Wood went from 5k to 2.5k
    • High Quality Metal Ore went from 5k to 250
    • Stone went from 5k > 1.5k
    • Metal Ore went from 5k to 500
    • Removed C4
    • Removed bones

Jason still has some cool clothing and some valuable Skin Perk tools. Just remember, if you don’t kill him, he’ll track you down and kill you when you least expect it 🙂

Wipe Schedule

Last night was a wipe so get building! 🙂 I hope the weekly schedule makes things a bit more fresh for you all. It certainly will give me the ability to fine tune the server and get an idea of how changes will affect gameplay. I’m hoping for better balance between builder and raider. I’m sure I’ll be making several adjustments over the next couple wipes based on observation and feedback from you all.

Btw, I know I rarely mention Vanillatopia, but that’s just because the Vanilla experience requires few changes. I am planning on adding some new plugins to it, but of course the foundations of it will remain as pure as I can keep them. Modtopia is another story. Please as always keep the feedback coming. I appreciate it Bumfuzzlers!

 

Drag Bodies, Trajectory, Wipes

Drag Bodies, Trajectory, Wipes

Hey Bumfuzzlers! I have some interesting changes for you this week! New abilities like @Mentions and Rocket Launcher trajectory, but also some changes to the wipe schedule and raiding! Check it out!

@Mentions

On both Modtopia and Vanillatopia, now you can @mention other players and it will alert them with a sound. Simply type a message in chat and add @playername. It will work with partial matched names too!

Rocket Trajectory

If you’re level 21 and above on Modtopia (/loyalty), you’ll have access to a nifty indicator for Rocket Launchers that shows you where your rocket will land. This is really nice for those tricky situations where it’s somewhat unclear.

Notice the line coming from the sight!

Drag Bodies

Now you can drag player and NPC bodies! Uh, if they’re dead lol This is great for PVP fights where you want to drag friends or clan mates indoors or even if you want to drag an NPC body somewhere away from sight or out of harms way.

To start dragging a body, hold down Left Mouse Button and press the Use Button (e). Then to stop dragging a body, let go of Left Mouse Button. Simple as that. Note that the body will drag somewhat far from you so make sure you move away from the corpse when you drag. Note this is only for Modtopia right now.

Wipe Schedule

On Modtopia we’ve been using a 2 week map wipe with a 1 month blueprint wipe. We’re going to be switching it up with a 1 week map wipe and a 2 week blueprint wipe. On Vanillatopia where we’ve been using a 1 month map and blueprint wipe, we’ll be switching to a 2 week map and blueprint wipe.

The hope is this will make things more fun and vibrant instead of having things turn boring while players wait for the wipe.

Wipe Block

As a result of the change, on Modtopia, I’ll be reinstating Wipe Block, but the items blocked will be few and for less time.

  • Satchel Charge: 4 hours
  • F1 Grenade: 4 hours
  • Beancan Grenade: 4 hours
  • Survey Charge: 4 hours
  • Timed Explosive: 8 hours
  • Rocket Launcher: 8 hours

Hopefully this will allow players to get started after the wipe and we won’t have anyone crushing 2 x 2’s lol

Anti-Offline Raiding

For a while now, Modtopia has had base protection for offline players on a 10 hour cycle. You sign off and you get 10 hours of protection where each hour drops down 10% until you get to zero.

With the shorter wipe schedule on Modtopia, I’m going to cut the protection and see how it goes. Here’s how it’ll work:

  • Protection starts 10 minutes after signing off
  • Each hour you’re offline, protection drops 20%
  • After 5 hours offline, protection reduces to 0%.
  • After 48 hours offline, protection reduces to -25%

Keep in mind I’m in the process of trying to replace this system with another that promotes players actually playing instead of signing on for the protection and then leaving, but I have a ways to go before it’s completed.

So there you have it Bumfuzzlers! Some pretty big changes and some nice new functionality 🙂 Enjoy!

Loyalty, Voorhees, BountyNET

Loyalty, Voorhees, BountyNET

Wipe is coming on Thursday with what seems to be some awesome updates for you Bumfuzzlers! In the meantime, I’ve got a bunch of updates ranging in topics from the items blocked after a wipe, to new loyalty levels, bot adjustments and 2 new plugins! Read on!

Wipe Blocking

Originally, after a wipe, I was blocking some of the more advanced guns, but I’ve changed that. No guns are blocked at all now. Then, various explosives were blocked for 36 and 48 hours. I do this only to give a slight delay in raiding. Let’s call it a ‘period of peace’ 🙂

Loyalty Levels

I’m trying to make it so there are loyalty levels within reach for all players and rewards are given out every so often instead of having to wait for 1,000s of loyalty points. Additionally, I think this method will give players an appreciation and an understanding of what they’re getting for their game time.

The second phase of these new loyalty levels are as follows:

  • Level 6 (45 loyalty points) Tame boar, extend your inv, more! (/pet help)
  • Level 7 (60 loyalty points) Codelocks autolock w/your code! (/codelock)
  • Level 8 (100 loyalty points) Place bounty on a players head! (/rustnet)
  • Level 9 (200 loyalty points) Sort items into boxes with click of button!

In addition, the following changes were made:

  • Gaining a loyalty level will play a sound (as soon as I pick one lol)
  • You’ll be advised of your loyalty points and level every 30 minutes

Hopefully this adds a more polished element to the way loyalty points are given!

Jason Voorhees

Our favorite horror movie action here has undergone some changes after some feedback. Here’s what was done:

  • Lowered Jason count from 2 to 1. He’s got a pretty hefty payload.
  • Jason’s spawn range was increased from 50 meters to 200 meters (thanks DylanLAF)
  • His accuracy was lowered from 6 to 5 (thanks soundklown)
  • Roam range, the amount of distance Jason may roam around will be kept at 500 meters for now.

I’m still tinkering with his weapon. The Spas seemed not to work well cause he couldn’t hit anything. The Pistol now is too deadly. It’ll get there.

Monument NPCs

Been toying with the balance of the bots due to some accuracy comments (thanks WRecKLeSS), but it seems the accuracy is low at 4 out of a possible 10 settings so after some testing with DylanLAF, I decided to change the roam range (the range in which NPCs will follow you and/or engage with you) from 40 to 25. Hopefully this will help.

Barrel Points

As is, you’ll automatically get $5 for every 5 minutes you play, but now you’ll get dollars for busting up barrels too. I started out the setting at $10 for every 10 barrels you break. This is just an initial setting as I work out all of this currency setup so I expect it to change.

In the future, I have some interesting plans with currency such as allowing rewards for killing players, animals, etc. I might also give players the ability to rob each other. All of this is in preparation for a store of course that will allow players to purchase various kits, items, commands and so on.

BountyNET

Bounty I fear hasn’t been used much. I have a feeling this is due to it being fully command line with a lack of notifications. Now, we have BountyNET which is part of the same RustNET that works with Remote Turrets, Security Cameras and Search Lights.

Now, if you add a terminal in your base by typing /terminal add when having a laptop, it will give you the ability to access BountyNET where you can put a price on players heads using a very nice graphical user interface. Now people with bounties will be reminded too which is a very nice feature.

Ownership

Last, but certainly not least, players have wanted to identify ownership of bases for a while now. Well, I had a moment to revisit it and it should now work. Simply type /prod while looking at an object someone might have built. It will tell you the name of the player it belongs to and if they’re online or not. I hope to extend this functionality in the future, but for now this will do!

Well, more changes are planned as I have time! In the meantime Bumfuzzlers looking forward to the wipe and the new features it brings! Be good! 🙂

Jason, Attaches, Plugins

Jason, Attaches, Plugins

Heya Bumfuzzlers, got some updates for Modtopia and the forums! Check em out!

Jason Voorhees

There is a super powerful NPC roaming the map who happens to sport a hockey mask and a machete! (Well, and a shotgun, 1000 health, ya know) Be careful cause he’s a beast, but of course he gives you some nice rewards too! Thanks to Strelok for the idea and soundklown for feedback!

Attachments

I’ve added the ability to attach files in the forums just in case there’s a need for such things! Of course you can easily post pictures and such by just pasting them into the body of your post, but hey, more options never hurt no one 🙂

Plugins

That very first ‘out of alpha’ Rust release has wreaked havoc on various plugins, especially plugins that relate to skins and graphics. I really hope they fix things soon.

I had disabled many plugins in order to try to track down the causes and had many of them disabled until this morning. I’ve just enabled every plugin I could.

I was able to get Skinbox to work, but it appears there are still issues with PlayerSkins (allows setting default item skins), SkinLoot (spawns special skins in the world), SkinPerks (gives items special powers) and Lustymap (provides a detailed map).  I decided to simply disable these plugins, unfortunately, for now.

I’m hoping that next Thursday, when we wipe, the patch will address these things. It appears like many are having the issues.

Next Wipe

Our next wipe for Modtopia and Vanillatopia will be on Thursday April 5th. It seems really long because this March had 5 Thursdays! I have a feeling this next update will be a big one though as we’re going to see the emergence of the Chinook event and possibly some other big updates. Again, hopefully some issues are fixed so things can get back to normal with our beloved plugins!

Keep the feedback flowing Bumfuzzlers and above all else, enjoy yourselves – and this ‘interesting’ video 🙂