You’ve chosen a server, hit connect, and just landed on a beach. Now what? It’s time to survive. The first thing you’ll need to understand about Rust is the user interface you’ll be working with.
At the bottom of the screen you’ll find a bar with six slots, these are your equipped items and right now you’re starting with a Rock for bashing things, and a torch to light the world up during the night or just to generally look amazing as you run around in the nude. Those slots are numbered 1 to 6 and if you press one of those numbers on your keyboard you’ll activate that item for use. Some of these items will have a green bar on the left hand side, that’s the durability of the item. The more you use your rock the more it will wear down and when it’s broken it’s done, you can’t use it anymore. That’s the same for a lot of other tools and weapons so use them carefully.
At the bottom right you’ll find your current stats which shows Health, Water, and Food. From time to time you’ll also see other bars appear here when you’re Bleeding, Comfortable, Cold, or Wet. At the time of writing this the Water bar doesn’t mean much so just focus on the Health and Food. Once you get your Food stat to a certain level your Health will increase by itself and you’ll heal over time.
Movement is easy, you’ll find that W, A, S, and D will move you around used in combination with your mouse. Space will allow you to jump and Ctrl will make you crouch. If you want to run you’ll need to hold Shift, you’ll know when it’s time to flee. While you’re fleeing you can also press Alt to look behind you. When you come across other Newmans you can press Enter to start chatting or hold V to use your voice instead.
As you move through the world you’ll need to interact with objects, other Newmans, or animals in various ways. Left mouse button will use your current active equipped item from the bottom bar. Holding Right mouse button will activate any available context menu on your current active equipped item. An example of this is the Blueprint, when you hold Right mouse button you’ll get a pie menu showing you all the different ways you can use the blueprint allowing you to choose one, like foundations, walls, stairs, etc, once you’ve hovered over the one you want press the Left mouse button to select. When you come across an item you can interact with in world pressing E will activate it and holding E will show another context menu for that item if one is available. Pressing R will reload your current active equipped weapon and holding R will show another context menu allowing you to choose different ammunition types for that weapon if you have more than one available in your inventory.
If you press Tab you’ll open your inventory screen. The top left shows your Newman character who from time to time will wave at you to remind you that you need to need to keep him alive, he’s real. To the right of him are six boxes, these are your wearable slots. When you come across items in world that you can wear (like clothes) you drop them here. Right in the middle is your inventory. This is as much as you can carry, once full you’ll need to find a way to store what you have, or get rid of anything you don’t need. You can drag the items around your inventory as you please and clicking once on an item will give you options if available like Eat for food. On the far right hand side is your Blueprints and Crafting section. You’ll start in rust with a knowledge of some things you can make and as you explore you’ll find blueprints that teach you more. Below each item is a list of the pieces you’ll need to craft that item, once you hit craft you’ll see a timer showing you how long it’ll take for that item to become available in your inventory.
From time to time you’re going to get into trouble or need to get some information out of Rust which is where F1 comes in. When you press F1 you’ll get a new menu with some tabs, the most important of which is Console System. While in the console you can type different commands to achieve different things, notably, kill, and status. Kill will allow you to commit suicide allowing you to start again should you find the need to do so, it’s an option. Status will give you a list of the players connected on a server if you need to report a hacking Newman. When you’re on a Mac things are a bit funky at the moment and you’ll need to add a space to the end of some commands for them to work.
If you’re graphics are a bit strange or chunky you might want to try F2. When you press F2 the graphics menu will appear and you’ll be able to tweak your settings to get the performance of Rust just right on your machine.
That’s about all there is to it for the time being. It’s time for you to take your new knowledge of the Rust user interface and go exploring. If we’ve missed anything you feel should be included hit the comments below and we’ll check it out. It won’t be easy but when you do have those successes it’ll be all the more sweeter.