For those of us who remember playing games on dos, steam[http://store.steampowered.com/] is a nice program for purchasing, managing, and playing video games. I grew up playing LAN games because dial-up just wasn't fast enough for online gaming, and it is way more fun to play games in the same room with your friends rather than random people online.
Things have changed since those days. Internet speeds and just fine for online gaming, but I still prefer LAN games because, again, it is way more fun to game with your friends in the same room. So, I enjoy hosting LAN games, and I found setting up a local server a fun technical challenge, and If you are interested in doing the same, this should help you do it.
The cool things with steam servers is you don't even need an account. You can create an anonymous server that is not affiliated with you.
Step 1 - Get a free operating system
Get a Debain based Linux computer. I am using an older samsung laptop (6 GB, i5 processor) running mint-cinnamon
Step 2 - Install dependent software
Get to your linux terminal and install the required software by running this command
sudo apt-get install gdb mailutils postfix lib32gcc1
Step 3 - Create server user account
Create a user for the server admin, assign a password, and login to tf2server account
adduser tf2server passwd tf2server su tf2server
Step 4 - Install steam server software
This will download the script, make it executable, and execute the installation
wget http://danielgibbs.co.uk/dl/tf2server chmod +x tf2server ./tf2server install
Step 5 - Start the server
Go to the tf2server home directory
cd ~ which will take you to
/home/tf2server/ and use these commands to manage your server
./tf2server start ./tf2server stop ./tf2server restart ./tf2server details
./tf2server start to start the server
Step 6 - Connect via LAN
if you run
./tf2server details you will see a bunch of output
Team Fortress 2 Server Details ================================================================================================================================================ Server name: tf2 server 1 Server IP: 192.168.1.196:27015 RCON password: tf2server Status: ONLINE Command-line Parameters ================================================================================================================================================ ./srcds_run -game tf -strictportbind -ip 192.168.1.196 -port 27015 +clientport 27005 +tv_port 27020 -tickrate +map pl_goldrush +servercfgfile tf2-server.cfg -maxplayers 16
what we want here is the local ip and port
Server IP: 192.168.1.196:27015
Now we can connect locally by launching Team Fortress 2, hit
~ to drop down the console and type
connect 192.168.1.196:27015 and that should connect you to the server locally
Step 7 - Set up a Public Server
If you want to make this a public server, we need to do a few more things. First, I needed to remove the
-strictportbind portion on the command-line properties in the file located in
/tf2server/tf2server file so that an unused port is chosen, so when you restart the tf2server, it may choose a different port to allow for online access.
After that, I access my default router IP via a web browser with
192.168.1.1 and set up a port forward on the server IP and port
Now, restart the tf2server with
./tf2server restart and go to the console
./tf2server console and look at some of the output. Note, this script uses tmux, which allows us to log out of the server and keep the server running. Here, you can run all the comamnds to manage the server
You should see somewhere in the top the public ip address of the server computer
Connection to Steam servers successful. Public IP is 18.104.22.168.
Network: IP 192.168.1.196, mode MP, dedicated Yes, ports 27015 SV / 27005 CL
Step 8 - Connect to your public server
Now we have all the information we need to create public server, the public IP and the SV port it selected. Finally launch Steam and do
Severs -> Favorites -> Add a Server -> enter
Now you have a public server!
if you want to play without people, add some bots. Go to your console via
./tf2server console and add some bots
tf_bot_add 4 change the level to
I have found many maps don't work well with bots. The maps I have listed below seemed to work well.
To customize your server there are a few files you should edit. Make sure you make a backup of each in case it gets messed up
The configuration file updates the server every time a new map loads. Here is mine. /home/tf2server/serverfiles/tf/cfg/tf2-server.cfg
mp_disable_respawn_times 0 tf_bot_quota 13 tf_bot_quota_mode "fill" tf_bot_difficulty 1 mp_timelimit 15 mp_maxrounds 5 mp_winlimit sv_cheats 0 tf_bot_melee_only 0
The mapcycle file tells the server which map to go to next. if you use
changelevel pl_barnblitz, it will begin the cycle there
pl_badwater pl_goldrush pl_upward pl_barnblitz pl_hoodoo_final koth_viaduct koth_nucleus koth_harvest_final koth_lakeside_final koth_badlands koth_king plr_pipeline plr_hightower pl_thundermountain pl_frontier_final
If you want to use your xbox controller, from the client computer access the console via
~ and run
Here are some links that I found helpful