I was at work today and with the coming snow storm and a meeting, I had a lot of extra time to think about Rust. In doing so, I was trying to figure out why exactly I am even playing this game in Alpha. After all, the server I was playing on died so I moved to another. My group there turned on itself when I was offline. So I moved to another server that just had a fresh wipe. Within 6 hours, everyone had military weapons and was raiding each other. I returned from work today and on that server I had nothing left because already there were roving gangs of bandits.
Why though? Why can I literally join any server and gear up with kevlar, an M4, and all the ammo I need in the matter of 3 or 4 hours? That’s not survival. That’s just Counter Strike requiring more patience. My one friend is a raider and when I joined a server with him we didn’t even build a shelter. We just did a few rad towns and were better equipped in 3 hours than a fresh spawn who had worked for 9 hours.
That brings me to my thought on why I enjoy the game. Survival. The PVP is ancillary to me. So, I did a quick Google search for primitive servers and found one right away. Hopped on and I already can tell I am going to enjoy it. No MP5s, M4s, or C4. Just homemade weaponry and small scale tribal warfare. It has a low server pop but they are brand new (like yesterday).
This is what Rust is about though. There was no starter kit. No air drops just to satisfy the crowds. I would love to see more people play like this but I have a feeling that almost half of people prefer to have their M4s and C4 sadly.
(If you want the IP to the server, just PM me. I’d rather not get banned here.)