Run your own virtual server

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Are you a lazy bum that has no money? Me too! :D Did you know you can run a virtual OBEY server for about as much money as you find on a sidewalk ?

Perfect... here's how!


Step 1) Register on a service

Make an account on DigitalOcean.com <-- use this link to register, you will start with $10 in credit

You will need to register a credit card to start an account (this protects them from anyone running 100 servers 24/7 for no reason).


Step 2) Create a new droplet.

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- Select a region closest to where you want the best ping to occur

- Select Ubuntu (other distros probably work just fine too, but I haven't tested them)

- click "Create Droplet"


Step 3) Set up the server

- Go to Access Tab, and click on Console Access

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when you see the black screen type root and press enter then check your email to type the password you got there... and set a new one as prompted

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- install zip/unzip functionality like this: sudo apt-get install unzip


Then make a new user (not good practice to do everything as root). Add one like this: adduser userName it will ask you for details about the user, but you can leave the options blank by pressing <enter>. Then... logout and then log back in now as the user you just created (as will be good practice from now on)


mkdir OBEY21r0 //let's make a folder in the new user's home dir to contain the build we want to use

cd OBEY21r0 //navigate to the directory

wget http://www.obeygame.com/build/OBEY21r0_headless_lin.zip //download OBEY into it

unzip OBEY21r0_headless_lin.zip //and unzip it

rm OBEY21r0_headless_lin.zip //(optional) if you want to delete the zip we downloaded, we don't need it anymore


Then, use nano text editor to configure your game... nano serverSettings.txt //use ctrl + o (and press enter) to SAVE and ctrl + x to EXIT


start a server

sh RUN_SERVER.sh

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HOW TO RUN SERVERS FOR MERE CENTS!!!

Now digitalocean.com charges us 3 cents an hour to run our server (running it constantly will come to $20 a month). Every bunny knows that's a LOT of money (thats like 2 dropships!).

So to keep costs ultra low we just run the server when we want it. digitalocean.com will charge us as long as we have a droplet (even if it's shut down), so we can delete our droplets to save money. Now if we do that right now we will lose all our settings, so in order to not have to go through the setup again we create a snapshot.


logout and then log back in as 'root' poweroff //shuts down the server

Then save a snapshot as shown (name it whatever you want) ...it might take 1 or 2 minutes to save.

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Then we can delete our droplet to not be charged any cents! File:500px

When it is time to start the server again.. start a new droplet, but this time use your snapshot! File:500px


you can even run a bunch at once, now (at 3 cents per hour)


then log in cd OBEY21r0 sh RUN_SERVER.sh //KILL BUNNIES



TIPS:

if you make a mistake use the command rm to delete stuff. For example:

rm fileName will delete fileName

rm -r someDir/* will delete everything in that directory recursively (be careful!)

pwd shows you where you are

ls shows you the contents of where you are

If you are on Windows, check out PuTTy to log in, it's better than using the interface on the website, because you can copy/paste and it won't use bandwidth.

NOTE: if you get an error that looks like "OBEY.x86 not found" when you try to run the server, it means you are are running a 32bit app on a 64bit os or visa versa


You can add the new user to the 'super user' group so he can run admin tasks on the server instead of having to log in as root:

gpasswd -a userName sudo