Changes to donation rates

Forum thread here:

From the 1st of June 2023 onwards, we are making changes to the donation system. This is not something I've wanted to do, but with how economically shit things are my hands are being forced so we have enough to keep our costs covered for the year.

Existing donators will see no change to their levels, rewards or current held Battle Points.

I'd like to reiterate that no-one is under any pressure or obligation to donate at all. I'll pay the bills myself if I need to, but chipping in does help.

Changes as of 2023-06-01:

  • BP earned per £1 GBP donated: decreasing from 60 BP to 40 BP
  • Donator Level cost: Increasing from £2.00 GBP to £2.50 GBP per level (ie. it will now cost a minimum of £2.50 GBP for 1 donator level.)
  • Crate Redemption tokens will now drop every £5.00 GBP instead of every £4.00 GBP.
  • The minimum allowed donation is now £2.50 GBP instead of £2.00 GBP .
These are not changes I've wanted to do. I feel like I'm ripping people off by making these changes to what have been long established rates.
We still take the cost of currency conversion and card handling from Stripe in this case, and we use median rates that should be more lenient towards people instead of nickel and diming every prospective supporter.

Feedback can be left on the forum post (or here, but who the fuck reads steam comments?)

Introducing the Item Market

About two years ago, the Red Sun economy underwent a modernization process with the introduction of trading and classifieds in our big Loadout 5.0 update.
We are now ready to take these innovations to the next level with our newest addition to the website, the Item Market .

Alongside the familiar classifieds, you will now find the option to create buy orders for items. This means that you can now easily place an order for an item and it will be automatically fulfilled when someone creates a matching listing.

This is totally not a ripoff of the Steam Market. We swear.

Check out the Item Market here:

Eggolocation - A Red Sun Easter Event from 04-07 to 04-30

Forum thread:

(this post written by wo - I haven't done shit lmao)

Over the years, we've occasionally experimented with making you people feast upon each other individually. Last year, we tried segregating you in groups, so you could do the same thing -- but with friends. So we thought, how about making everyone work together towards a common goal for once?

Go out of your way to collectively... collect... easter eggs, and trade them up, through the crafting menu or between yourselves, for prizes! Don't worry about your personal performance, as everyone in the server gets rewarded (more or less) equally.

Keep in mind that this is a smaller event (one would even say it's a holiday-sized event), so it will run through a shorter time than usual. Eggolocation ends on the 1st of May, 2023, 00:00 UTC .

Planned Maintenance - 2023-04-07

The following services will be unavailable on 2023-04-07 between the hours of 07:00 and 18:00 UTC:

  • Red Sun Loadout
  • Game Servers
This is for final preparation ahead of an event release.

Animal control has been called - normality has returned

Forum thread:

Well, that's going to cost a fair bit in exterminator fees...

Well, that's all out the way. I'm back on my daily dose of copious alcohol and now don't have my stash of booze held at ransom anymore. Who knew the good doctor had so many skillsets?
Anyhow, that's it for this year. Back to some form of normality lest I receive a phone call with a sum of money and an offer I'm legally not allowed to refuse.

the suffering will return lest you appease with offerings

Improvements for 2023-04-01

Forum thread:

A few nights ago I was reading through our analytics for the website, and found some very interesting data. It turns out that we get a lot of traffic from links on... certain websites . Said websites have people of a specific "variety", so to put it. A lot of interest in animals, if I were to be vaguely specific. Quite a lot.
It also turns out they tend to have very poor financial control , and I am in deep need of another alcohol storage cellar.
Put two and two together and you've got the new and improved Red Sun Experience™ - more tailored to our audience than ever before. Changes are listed below for your convenience:

  • Improved website readability
  • Avatars are now replaced with appropriate images for our new audience
  • Improved chat experience ingame
Now if you excuse me, I have a... doctor's appointment to attend. Yeah. Need to get the prescription for uhhh... a dose. A daily dose, if you will.

you will enjoy the suffering while i figure out how to unfuck this

8 years of this and somehow it's STILL FUCKING GOING

I made a bet with myself about 5 or so years ago that I'd either be dead, insane, or snorting dangerously old mould off the kitchen ceiling if I kept running this place. It turns out the last two were true because I made the disastrous decision to work in IT and now suffer from highly functional alcoholism. (Yes, highly functional. It's amazing how much you get done at the top of the Ballmer peak.)
Let's just say I don't own a printer anymore. Not since I remembered I owned a working chainsaw.

So there's the usual; sign in today, get a shiny badge. (Batch is timed to UTC, gotta sign in before the 15th or you're shit outta luck.) Your e-schlong grows by one pixel. But I'm gonna take up some character space here to go over a few things that have happened in the last year, because fuck you, this is my blogpost:

Since my last post of this nature, we've had a fresh new site installed. Less PHP vomit to go horribly wrong, along with a migration to a strong dedicated web server. Unfortunately, a being of the french kind was involved. Disgusting, I know. But give him some praise, he has to work with PHP on a professional level. In some countries you can qualify under disability criteria for that, and still make good money.

We also had our first big event in a long time, too. Swashbuckler Skirmish , our first totally-not-steam sales event, fully equipped with 4 teams full of Celsius room temperature individuals. Instead, we had 3 teams (one of which sponsored by your greatest ally, the Red Sun Central Bank™) and one mega-team trying to see how much their collective e-schlongs could farm meaningless internet points.
During that event, we debuted the first new type of item in a long time: profile themes, another Steam ripoff that let you customise how your profile looks on the Loadout.

We've also been involved in the usual cross-community charity works too. You've probably seen our branding pop up on the Blap Bash 2022 streams alongside deploying some decent servers for the robots whenever they've had an event on (or hosted on behalf of someone) - chances are if you've played one of the big MvM events of the year, you've inadvertently played on Red Sun hardware. Fun fact, eh?

And for those that know me beyond the schizo drunkard that appears every second quarter-half moon, but only on Thursdays if the tides are low, I've been working on various technical improvements to improve the site's FastDL and content stores.
There's the vastly-unused forum attachments that are supported over cloud storage now, allowing for very fast downloads. Very cool. Very nice. Very underused.
And there's a bunch of other boring shit that no-one cares about because all the peanut brains want to care about is the shiny new vscript rehash being shat all over the Workshop. Ask if you care about technical garbage, it's interesting if it's your thing.

But enough with that, here's some fun but uninteresting numbers for you to do absolutely nothing with:

8 years of Red Sun in some off-the-cuff numbers:

  • 29,356 unique user accounts
  • 2,873,809 Battle Points across all accounts
  • 227,198 total badges earned
  • 259,743 items across all accounts
  • 34,434 forum posts
  • 3,687 forum threads
  • 6,238 account bans
  • 1,545 forum accounts
  • 1,350 unique donations
  • 23 various moderators and developers (they do it all FOR FREE)
  • 2 active administrators
  • 0 intrusive advertisements
  • 0 payment subscriptions
  • 0 unfair pay-to win mechanics

I'm going to be stuck here until someone mercy kills me anyway, so let's keep going. Nothing bad could possibly happen, right?

As of this post, I've also made Crate #8 purchasable until the 17th of March 23:59 UTC at 200 BP per crate as a special one-time offer. Too bad, no URF coins for you.

Now piss off, I'm working on Absolutely Fucking Nothing™ . That's right, Absolutely Fucking Nothing™ . What is Absolutely Fucking Nothing™ ? You'll know when the time's right, but right now I'm not working on it, I'm downing enough paint thinner to fuel a lawnmower.

See you next year. Or never.

Item Drops and Rate update for 2023-01-14

Loadout has been updated to have past event items available in drop pool, assist kills awarding BP and items, along with quite a few fixes.

Full changes can be found in this forum thread:

PSA: Looking for (2D/3D) artists

It's not even a week into the far flung year of 2023 and already we are looking to go even further with this year's events by getting fancy graphics done to soothe your eyeballs.
However, no-one (that we know of) has any artistic ability, unfortunately. Not unless you count the ear-grinding babbling in the in-game chat as a form of art, of course.

In short:
We're looking for 2D and/or 3D artists (SFM, Blender etc) on either a volunteer or paid basis.

Contact [email protected] for more information. Enquiries over email only - this is to ensure a paper trail should anything go ahead.

Have a christmas. Or don't. Your choice.

It's now the time of year where annoying festive music is at the peak of incessant spam along with a small, very puntable animeblob adding to the suffering (or joy) of many in the western netisphere.
If you're not familiar with the new form of torture, imagine working in retail or anywhere with a PA system blaring out the same festive-themed songs over, and over, and over again. On loop, often for many months before even entering December. Optionally, said audial assualts may be compressed, tinny de-makes of decades-old songs-turned-PTSD triggers. Many consider this to be a form of torture under the Geneva Convention, and they're not fucking wrong .
Elsewhere there's many people who are actually happy to celebrate this time of year, mainly as they aren't subjected to said torture. If only they knew.

Now then, I'd normally consider this a hellish period of the calendar, but it is a damn good excuse to get cheap booze to numb the pain a bit, so I let it slide (mostly). Save for anyone blaring that garbage a second into the 26th. You know who you are .

However, If you, like me, want cheap (or free) useless garbage minus the frivolous trimmings usually associated with the season, you can log into the Loadout any time on the 25th of December , between 00:00 and 23:59 UTC .

In addition, we've beefed up the daily sales for the final week of December, with a grand total of 30 items going on sale each day, guaranteed to be anywhere between 30-50% off.

I have several types of liquor to consume now, and a large collection of old Top Gear episodes to get through. Disturb me at your peril.

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