How to Create a Dark and Light Server Guide

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Creating Dark and Light game server is an easy process that can be done from either a dedicated server or your home computer.

Option #1: Renting a DNL server (see example control panel below!)

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Option #2: Creating a Dark and Light (DNL) Server From Your Home Computer or Dedicated Server

Server Requirements

Windows 7, 8, 8.1, Server 2008, Server 2012 & 64-Bit

Quad Core processor (requires up to 2 full cores)

12GB memory (currently uses around 6GB memory)

60GB disk space (install folder)

Step 1: Fetching Game Server files from SteamCMD

The best method to get game server dedicated hosting files is via SteamCMD.

  1. Create a folder where you wish to store your Conan Exiles game server hosting files
  2. Inside of the folder, place the newly downloading SteamCMD.exe file
  3. Create a batch file named SteamCMD.bat
  4. Place the following code in this batch file:
@echo off
start "" steamcmd.exe +login anonymous +force_install_dir "C:\Some\Path\Where\You\Want\Game\Server\Files\To\Go" +app_update 529180 validate +quit
  1. Right-click SteamCMD.bat and Run as Administrator
  2. Your game server files should be completely downloaded by now

Step 1 (alternate method): Locating Game Server Files on Hard Drive

You can host Dark and Light directly from the game itself. If you want to change any settings, locate your common folder:

  1. Right-click Dark and Light from Steam, select Properties
  2. Click Local Files tab
  3. Click 'Browse Local Files button

Step 2: Setting up a Dark and Light Dedicated Server

  1. Create a batch file named DNLServer.bat in your newly created SteamCMD folder (Step 1) or your Steam common folder (Step 1: (alternate method)).
  2. Place the following code in this batch file:
start "C:\dnlserver\DNLServer\Binaries\Win64\DNLServer.exe" "DNL_ALL?Multihome=X.X.X.X?Port=27015?QueryPort=27016?SessionName=YOURSERVERNAME?MaxPlayers=20?ServerAdminPassword=YOURADMINPASSWORD" -nosteamclient -game -server -log
  1. More information will be coming after server files are released

Step 3: Port Forwarding

Add an incoming rule to your Windows Firewall to allow UDP port 27015 as well as 27016 (or whichever port you are using).

You may additionally need to add a forwarding rule to your network router. You can use PortForward.com to read how to do this.

How to Join Your Server

STEP 1: Update your server to the newest DNL version, then click the green update button at the bottom of the panel. * If you are not a Survival Servers customer ask your game server host about this.

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STEP 2: Right click Steam in the task bar icons of your PC and select servers as pictured below.

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STEP 3: Select Dark and Light as your game at the bottom. Join your server!

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Configuring your Dark and Light Game Server!

Now comes the fun part, setting up your Dark and Light game server to your liking.

To modify game server settings you can open the \DNLServer\Saved\Config\WindowsServer\GameUserSettings.ini

You can modify settings in here (in addition to the launch line) - these settings overwrite your launch line settings:

[ServerSettings]
ShowMapPlayerLocation=true
GlobalVoiceChat=true
ProximityChat=false
NoTributeDownloads=false
AllowThirdPersonPlayer=false
AlwaysNotifyPlayerLeft=false
DontAlwaysNotifyPlayerJoined=false
ServerHardcore=false
ServerPVE=false
ServerForceNoHUD=false
EnablePvPGamma=false
ServerPassword=
ServerAdminPassword=changeme
RCONPort=27017
PvEDinoDecayPeriodMultiplier=
KickIdlePlayersPeriod=2400.000000
PerPlatformMaxStructuresMultiplier=1.000000
AutoSavePeriodMinutes=30.000000
ListenServerTetherDistanceMultiplier=1.000000
MaxTamedDinos=5000.000000
RCONServerGameLogBuffer=600.000000
RCONEnabled=true
AllowFlyerCarryPvE=false
DisableStructureDecayPvE=false

[/Script/DNL.ShooterGameUserSettings]
MasterAudioVolume=1.000000
MusicAudioVolume=1.000000
SFXAudioVolume=1.000000
VoiceAudioVolume=1.000000
UIScaling=1.000000
CameraShakeScale=1.000000
bFirstPersonRiding=False
bDoubleClickToEvade=True
bShowStatusNotificationMessages=True
TrueSkyQuality=0.700000
FOVMultiplier=1.000000
GroundClutterDensity=1.000000
bFilmGrain=False
bAllowHDR=False
bMotionBlur=False
bUseDFAO=False
bUseSSAO=True
bShowChatBox=True
bCameraViewBob=True
bInvertLookY=False
bFloatingNames=True
bChatBubbles=True
bHideServerInfo=False
bJoinNotifications=False
bCraftablesShowAllItems=True
bLocalInventoryShowAllItems=False
bRemoteInventoryShowAllItems=False
LookLeftRightSensitivity=1.000000
LookUpDownSensitivity=1.000000
GraphicsQuality=1
ActiveLingeringWorldTiles=10
ClientNetQuality=3
LastServerSearchType=0
LastServerSearchHideFull=False
LastServerSearchProtected=False
HideItemTextOverlay=False
bDistanceFieldShadowing=True
LODScalar=1.000000
bToggleToTalk=False
HighQualityMaterials=True
HighQualitySurfaces=True
bTemperatureF=False
bDisableTorporEffect=False
bChatShowSteamName=False
bChatShowTribeName=True
EmoteKeyBind1=0
EmoteKeyBind2=0
EmoteKeyBindLaughing=0
EmoteKeyBindSorry=0
bNoBloodEffects=False
bLowQualityVFX=False
bSpectatorManualFloatingNames=False
bSuppressAdminIcon=False
bUseSimpleDistanceMovement=False
bDisableMeleeCameraSwingAnims=False
LastPVESearchType=-1
LastDLCTypeSearchType=-1
bUseVSync=False
MacroCtrl0=
MacroCtrl1=
MacroCtrl2=
MacroCtrl3=
MacroCtrl4=
MacroCtrl5=
MacroCtrl6=
MacroCtrl7=
MacroCtrl8=
MacroCtrl9=
ResolutionSizeX=1280
ResolutionSizeY=720
LastUserConfirmedResolutionSizeX=1280
LastUserConfirmedResolutionSizeY=720
WindowPosX=-1
WindowPosY=-1
bUseDesktopResolutionForFullscreen=False
FullscreenMode=2
LastConfirmedFullscreenMode=2
Version=5

[SessionSettings]
SessionName=My Private Server

[ScalabilityGroups]
sg.ResolutionQuality=100
sg.ViewDistanceQuality=3
sg.AntiAliasingQuality=3
sg.ShadowQuality=3
sg.PostProcessQuality=3
sg.TextureQuality=3
sg.EffectsQuality=3
sg.TrueSkyQuality=3
sg.GroundClutterQuality=3
sg.IBLQuality=1
sg.HeightFieldShadowQuality=3

[/Script/Engine.GameSession]
MaxPlayers=40

Location of World Save Data

DNLServer/Saved/

Tools

Coming soon.