So like most of you, a friend introduced me to this game and we started on an established server. It took a very short time to figure out that i love this game. Soon, there were upwards of 15 of us, all members of the same community tooling around as a group. The server we played on was always populated to a reasonable number, never less than 20 people on that i can remember. We got word that that server was shutting down and decided to get our own.
Well, that was fun for the first 3 days. It became pretty much a bromance of epic proportions, so we split into small groups of 2 and three and started fighting each other in order to maintain at least some population. That has not worked out so well. Most of our regulars have become bored with the nearly scripted fighting. We have had a few random connects but they dont seem to stick around. Even though we go to the extent of staying clear of new spawns or helping them get set up, and have virtually ceased raiding to encourage people to build up. We still make note that it IS a PvP server and players looting high value areas, or farming near others bases are absolutely at risk of a firefight, but still it just wont take off. So for the last week its been myself and about 4 other people that have put time in on the server, unfortunately all at different times of the day.
I dont understand it, we are a good group, respectful of the person who just spawned in. I highlight that because i hear “i was repeatedly killed for my rock, fuck that server” as the number one complaint. But the server just wont take off. But, as i am a loyal dog, thats where i spend my time.
So my question is… what does the community see as a major draw to a Rust server… outside of population, thats kind of a no brainer. Is it starting kits? Is it Mods? I would really love to breathe some life into my server, but i dont know what else to do.