Deploying an ARK Survival Evolved Server through the Linode Marketplace
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ARK: Survival Evolved is a multiplayer action-survival game released in 2017. The game places you on a series of fictional islands inhabited by dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals. In ARK, the main objective is to survive. ARK is an ongoing battle where animals and other players have the ability to destroy you. To survive, you must build structures, farm resources, breed dinosaurs, and even set up trading hubs with neighboring tribes.
Hosting an ARK server gives you control of the entire game. You can define the leveling speed, the amount of players, and the types of weapons that are available.
Deploying the ARK: Survival Evolved Marketplace App
The Linode Marketplace allows you to easily deploy software on a Linode using the Linode Cloud Manager.
Log in to the Cloud Manager and select the Marketplace link from the left navigation menu. This displays the Linode Compute Create page with the Marketplace tab pre-selected.
Under the Select App section, select the app you would like to deploy.
Fill out all required Options for the selected app as well as any desired Advanced Options (which are optional). See the Configuration Options section for details.
Complete the rest of the form as discussed within the Getting Started > Create a Linode.
Click the Create Linode button. Once the Linode has provisioned and has fully powered on, wait for the software installation to complete. If the Linode is powered off or restarted before this time, the software installation will likely fail. To determine if the installation has completed, open the Linode’s Lish console and wait for the system login prompt to appear.
Follow the instructions within the Getting Started After Deployment section.
Software installation should complete within 5-15 minutes after the Linode has finished provisioning.
Here are the additional options available for this Marketplace App:
|RCON Password||Your password for RCON, a protocol which allows ARK administrators to remotely execute commands on the game server. Required.|
|Server Name||Your ARK server’s name. Advanced Configuration.|
|Message of the Day||A message that is displayed whenever a player logs on to the server. Advanced Configuration.|
|Server Password||Your ARK server’s password, if you want the game server to be password protected. Advanced Configuration.|
|Hardcore Mode Enabled||Enables Hardcore mode, which resets a player to level 1 after dying. Advanced Configuration.|
|XP Multiplier||Increases or decreases the amount of experience awarded for various actions. Advanced Configuration.|
|Server PvE||Disables player vs player combat and enables player vs environment combat. Advanced Configuration.|
For advice on filling out the remaining options on the Create a Linode form, see Getting Started > Create a Linode. That said, some options may be limited or recommended based on this Marketplace App:
- Supported distributions: Debian 9
- Recommended plan: Depends on the amount of traffic and players you expect. An 8GB Dedicated CPU or Shared Compute Instance is a good starting point.
Getting Started After Deployment
Ensure that you have installed Steam on your personal computer and bought the ARK: Survival Evolved game on your Steam account before getting started with this section.
After the Ark: Survival Evolved Server Marketplace App has finished installing, you will be able to access your server by copying your Linode’s IPv4 address and entering it into the favorite servers list in your computer’s Steam client:
Click on the Linodes link in the sidebar. You will see a list of all your Linodes.
Find the Linode you just created when deploying your app and select it.
Navigate to the Networking tab.
Your IPv4 address will be listed under the Address column in the IPv4 table. Copy the address.
On your personal computer, open Steam. Click on View > Servers, then click on the Favorites tab.
Click on Add a Server, then paste in your Linode’s IP address. Click on Add This Address to Favorites.
Once you have added your Linode’s IP address to your Steam favorites list, open ARK: Survival Evolved. Click on Join ARK. At the bottom of the screen, click on the Session Filter drop down list and select Favorites. Your ARK Linode should appear:
Click on the server and then select Join at the bottom of the screen. You will be loaded into your server.
The ARK: Survival Evolved Marketplace App will install the following required software on your Linode:
|ARK: Survival Evolved||Game server.|
|LinuxGSM||A command line tool for the deployment and management of Linux game servers.|
|UFW||Firewall utility. Ports 27015/udp, 7777:7778/udp and 27020/tcp will allow outgoing and incoming traffic.|
|Fail2ban||Fail2Ban is an intrusion prevention software framework that protects computer servers from brute-force attacks.|
NoteCurrently, Linode does not manage software and systems updates for Marketplace Apps. It is up to the user to perform routine maintenance on software deployed in this fashion.
You may wish to consult the following resources for additional information on this topic. While these are provided in the hope that they will be useful, please note that we cannot vouch for the accuracy or timeliness of externally hosted materials.
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