If you’re willing to use Digital Ocean as your MU host, I’m happy to set up Ares for you.
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Here’s how it works:
These steps are described in more detail in the next few sections.
Full Disclosure: I get a referral bonus from Digital Ocean if you sign up using this referral link, but so do you! You get $10 in credit, and the referral bonus helps keep the doors at AresCentral open. Using the referral is not required for Easy Mode, but it is appreciated.
There is NO WARRANTY for the server provided via Easy Mode, express or implied. You accept it as-is, and agree that the AresMUSH staff is not responsible for any defects in operation or harm to the game, server, or anything else. You are responsible for maintaining the server after initial setup, including software upgrades, security patches, and all associated hosting fees.
I will transfer a Digital Ocean snapshot image to your account. This image has everything you need to clone a droplet (aka server) with Ares installed on Ubuntu Linux.
Note: You have seven days to accept the transfer otherwise the request will be aborted. You are responsible for the server costs once you accept the transfer.
Hostnames are linked to IP addresses, so you can’t fully set them up until you have cloned a droplet from the snapshot.
If you’re using an aresmush.com hostname, simply contact me with your droplet’s IP address (visible on the ‘Droplets’ screen in your Digital Ocean account).
If you’re using your own custom host name, you’ll need to set up the DNS through your domain provider.
Note: The hostname may take up to 24 hours to be recognized.
You can tell that the hostname is working when you’re able to see the web portal when you go to
http://yourmushaddress. Once this happens, you’ll need to restart the game for everything to start working.
Your game should be up and running. Check out Next Steps to learn about connecting to it and testing it out.