So im a new player to rust having just bought the game a couple days ago, i sunk 50 hours of play into those 4 days and have come to some early conclusions.
This is not a solo players game.
To play as a lone wolf is very hard, extremely hard to the point of rage quit / uninstall even. Dont get me wrong i have etched out a way to play but it is a meager existence
by any standards and the only “safe” way to play feasibly as a solo player is to have multiple and im talking 10+ mini bases scattered all around the map on rocks with mediocre gear at best in them.
I have tried the massive fortress, underwater, treehouses, cliff base AND rock bases and this only attracted the attention of clans wanting pvp which being a solo player i was not able to provide as once i was gunned down a couple of times
game is over and my base is obliterated before i can respawn.
Now i love this game but there is a pretty severe imbalance and one that detracts from the experience of the game for the average non hardcore player.
What this game needs:
Log in to server as SOLO or CLAN player.
Logging in as a solo player should provide the following protections;
Your building structures cannot be damaged by anyone with a clan tag only other solo players.
You cannot build in cupboard areas that were placed by a clan.
In turn logging in as a clan member prevents solo players from damaging structures built by member of a clan.
Solo players cannot build or interact with clan structures or build in areas of a clan cupboard.
Solo players can not build within the radius of another solo players foundations (cupboard?) or interact with other solo players foundations other then to destroy.
I dont quite know exactly how this would be implemented but pretty much the life of a solo player at the moment is to be bottom feeding cannon fodder and loot bags for the bigger clans.
In my opinion this drives away a lot of potential long term customers for the game. It takes a VERY strict mental capacity to keep relogging and rebuilding after some clan does a drive by on you
only costing them scraps of resources it would of taken the solo player 50x as long to gather.
I know the game is hardcore survival but pretty much the game should have an amendment on the steam store saying that not playing in a clan will GREATLY reduce the quality of the content of this game.
Anyways thanks for your time facepunch, just wanted to add my 2 cents.
Back to getting ground into dust for the 30th time