Installing Ares

This tutorial will walk you through an AresMUSH installation from start to finish. Step-by-step instructions with pictures and examples are intended to make the installation painless - even if you have no prior server admin experience.

If at any point you run into trouble, see Getting Help.

There are several ways to get Ares installed.

Method Description Technical Knowledge Required
DigitalOcean 1-Click Droplet Quickly and easily create a DigitalOcean sever with everything you need pre-installed. All you have to do is configure your game information. Low
DigitalOcean Easy Mode Faraday will set up an Ares game for you on DigitalOcean. May take a week or so, depending on availability. Lowest
DigitalOcean Self-Install DIY instructions for installing a game on your own DigitalOcean server. Medium
Custom Server Install Install Ares in a custom environment using another hosting service. High
Local Setup Install Ares on your local PC for development/testing. (Not suitable for a real game.) High

Choosing a Host

MUSHes need to be hosted on a cloud server to make the game accessible to the public.

With a built-in web portal/wiki, a database and more advanced coding tools, Ares cannot run on the limited accounts provided by most dedicated “MUSH hosting” services. You’ll need a Virtual Private Server (VPS) where you have admin privileges. I recommend DigitalOcean. It’s what I use for AresCentral and what the automated installer is designed for.

This article is part of the Installing AresMUSH tutorial.