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 starter credit (basically a month free), 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 THIS SERVICE, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. YOU AGREE THAT THE AUTHOR (Faraday) IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DEFECTS IN OPERATION, HARM TO THE GAME OR SERVER, OR ANY OTHER CLAIM, DAMAGES OR LIABILITY RESULTING FROM THE USE OF THIS SERVICE.
You are responsible for maintaining the server after initial setup, including any software upgrades, security patches, and all associated hosting fees.
You are also responsible for complying with the game software’s License Agreement.
If requesting an AresMUSH.com subdomain, you must also agree to the AresMUSH Subdomain Terms of Service.
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.
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 yourself. The steps will vary depending on the domain provider. See Setting Up Domain Hosting With Namecheap for an example.
You can tell that the hostname is working when you’re able to see the web portal when you go to
http://yourmushaddress. (There will be a Sad Picard error message, but that’s OK for now.) 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.