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.

Install Options

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 7-10 days 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. Medium to High

Local Setup

Running on a local computer is not recommended for hosting a real game, but it can be useful for coding and testing. See Setting Up a Development Environment.

This article is part of the Installing AresMUSH tutorial.