To Mod or Not To Mod?

Modding

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….

At TRUgaming, we leave the customization of your server up to you. You get the choice of what Mods to add to your server (or, to leave it as-is).

 

Why would I want to add Mods/Plugins to my server?

  • Administration
  • Improved functionality
  • Additional features
  • Security
  • Statistics/Reporting

Modding 411

  1. Some Mods are very old, and are no longer updated and/or supported.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, so be careful adding them.
  2. Certain Mods are not compatible with other Mods. Adding incompatible Mods together can cause your server to stop or not even start.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Mods may require additional configuration to either their own configuration files or to your server configuration file(s) before they work, setting of permissions.
  6. Some games allow you to add Mods to the server and when you connect to the server, your local PC/laptop will download them from the server making it easier for players to join without having to know what Mods you have installed.

Key Things To Remember

  1. Backup your server (configuration and data) before you install any Mod.
  2. If you are going to add Mods, add a few at a time.  Adding 30+ mods all at once makes troubleshooting a nightmare when you server won’t start.  Why,  because you have not read Modding 411
  3. Always read the Mod documentation before installation.. if there is any.
  4. If you install any Mods, and later remove them, there is a good chance that they may leave ‘stuff’ behind, or break things.
  5. If the newest mod you installed broke things…remove it and test again without it.  Make sure it is that mod and not something else that ‘updated’ in the process.  Research the issue(s). Look at the log files, and search the forums.