To Mod or Not To Mod?
Modding your game server can be a painful process, but it doesn’t have to be.
Our servers are setup in what is referred to as a “Vanilla” state. This means there is a basic configuration in place to get you playing. There are no Mods/Plugins installed.
If you choose to add Mods/Plugins (going to simplify this to just Mods, from here on in) to your server, there are literally thousands of them available. Choose wisely…. Take a few minutes and read on…..
Why would I want to add Mods/Plugins to my server?
- Improved functionality
- Additional features
- Fun stuff
Things To remember About Mods
- Some Mods are very old, and are no longer updated and/or supported. They may not work with the version of the game you are running, but still exist in the multiple repositories/websites/forums/workshops/collections (call them what you will)….so be careful adding them.
- No all Mods are not compatible with other Mods. You will not know this until you start adding mods and things do not work.
- Some Mods rely on other Mods. In this case, the order in which they are listed in your server configuration file may be important.
- For example: DayZ – @CF (Community Foundations) is required by several other Mods and is required to be loaded before the other Mods.
- The more Mods you add to your server, the more resources (disk space, cpu, and memory) will be used. This can impact both server and client performance, and load times.
- Mods may require additional configuration to either their own configuration files or to your server configuration file(s) before they work’ Like, setting of permissions.
- Some games allow you to add Mods to the server and when you (or a player) connect to the server, your local PC/laptop will initiate a download of the Mod from the server or other appropriate source ( example Steam Workshop) making it easier for players to join without having to know what Mods you have installed.
Mod Installation/Update Checklist
- *** Always read the Mod documentation before you start *** if there is any.
- You may have to go hunting for it.
- If the Mod has preinstallation requirements, ie: other mods needed. That they are installed and configured first.
- Take note of: (make sure you remember this post installation):
- additional files/folders that have to be created/copied/moved.
- special instructions regarding permissions and server configuration file changes.
- information required from external sources ( Example; special content downloads, Steam64ID).
- Backup your server (configuration and data) before you install any Mod(s).
- If you are going to add multiple Mods, add a few at a time.
- Adding 30+ mods all at once makes troubleshooting a nightmare when your server won’t start.
- No matter how good your technical skills are or how good your Tech Support is, troubleshooting 30 mods is still going to boil down to working with a few mods at a time. Testing as you go, until you have the whole list done, assuming they all work together.
- If you have already installed Mods, and then remove them:
- they may leave ‘stuff’ behind, and/or break things, so be prepared to wipe your server.
- The newest mod you installed broke things…
- Make sure you read the documentation and did not miss any steps.
- Remove it and test again without it.
- Make sure it is that mod and not something else that ‘updated’ in the process, like the server itself or another mod.
- Research the issue(s). Look at the log files, and search the forums.