Midnight Ghost Hunt – Server Hosting Guide

Hey everyone! If you’re looking to host your own server, here’s a step-by-step guide to get you started. Follow these instructions to configure your router, firewall, and launch your dedicated server. Let’s dive in!

How to Host Your Own Server

Port Forwarding

Port Forwarding: Begin by configuring your router to port forward. This step is crucial for server hosting. Log in to your router’s interface and configure port 7777 and 7787 (or any other ports of your choice) for the machine you’ll be hosting the session on.

Note: Two configured ports per server you want to run.

Firewall Configuration

Firewall Configuration: On the machine hosting the session, open the firewall settings and configure port 7777 and 7787. While UDP is usually sufficient, I recommend configuring both UDP and TCP for compatibility.

Getting the Files

Getting the Files: Head over to Steam and locate the game in your library. Right-click on the game, select “Manage,” and then click on “Browse Local Game Files.” This will open a new window where you’ll find a folder named “WindowsServer.” These are the files for the dedicated server.

Customizing the Server

To customize your server, open the “start_server.bat” file within the WindowsServer folder with a text editor. You can modify server settings, such as the server name and other configurations, in this file. Save the changes after customization.

(This would be where you would customize the ports you use if you aren’t using the standard ports or running multiple and need to specify others).

Launching the Server

Launching the Server: Launch the server by running the “start_server.bat” file. Check if you can join the server successfully to ensure everything is working as expected.

Please Note

  • You can customize various server settings in the “start_server.bat” file, including the server name and other configurations.
  • If you wish to host multiple servers, make sure to configure a separate port and firewall settings for each server.
  • If you change the port you want to host on, remember to update the port configuration in the “start_server.bat” file using the -port=portnumber parameter -beaconPort=portnumber. Example server 1 is -port=7777 -beaconPort=7787 | server2 -port=7778 -beaconPort=7788 | so on and so forth.

Troubleshooting Tips

If you encounter any issues while hosting your server, here are some common troubleshooting steps:

  • Restart your network equipment (router, modem) and hosting machine. Sometimes a fresh start can resolve connectivity issues.
  • Double-check your port forwarding and firewall configurations to ensure they are correctly set up for the server’s port.
  • Verify that the necessary game files and server files are intact and located in the proper folders.
  • Ensure that your hosting machine meets the minimum system requirements for running the server.
  • Check if any antivirus or security software is blocking the server’s operation. Temporarily disabling such software can help diagnose the issue.
Helena Stamatina
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I love two things in life, games and sports. Although sports were my earliest interest, it was video games that got me completely addicted (in a good way). My first game was Crash Bandicoot (PS1) from the legendary studio Naughty Dog back in 1996. I turned my passion for gaming into a job back in 2019 when I transformed my geek blog (Re-actor) into the gaming website it is today.

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