Creating a dedicated Playground server for Garry's Mod involves several steps. Here is a general outline of the process:
1. Set up a Dedicated Server:
- Ensure you have a dedicated machine or a virtual private server (VPS) with sufficient resources to host the server.
- Configure network settings, firewall rules, and port forwarding if required.
2. Install SteamCMD:
- Download and install SteamCMD, a command-line tool used to install and update game servers here: Steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net.
- Launch SteamCMD and log in with your Steam account.
3. Install Garry's Mod Server:
- Use SteamCMD to download and install the Garry's Mod server files. The command is typically:
`app_update 4020 validate`
- Wait for the download and installation process to complete.
4. Configure Server Settings:
- Navigate to the server's installation directory and locate the "server.cfg" file, replace it with the server.cfg file included in the dedicated server set up file.
- Open the file using a text editor and modify the server settings to your preferences.
- Set the server name, password, maximum player limit, and other relevant options.
- Save the changes and exit the text editor.
5. Install Playground Addon:
- Download the Playground addon from here or the Garry's Mod workshop or a trusted source.
- Extract the contents of the addon to the "addons" folder within the Garry's Mod server installation directory.
6. Start the Server:
- Launch the Garry's Mod server by running the "srcds_run" executable file.
- Monitor the console output for any errors or warnings during the server startup process.
7. Configure Playground Settings:
- Connect to your server using the Garry's Mod client.
- Once connected, open the console by pressing the "~" key.
- Enter the command "darkrp_adminonly 1" to restrict DarkRP administration to super admins only.
- Adjust other Playground settings as desired using console commands or by modifying the Playground configuration files.
8. Test and Customize:
- Invite friends or other players to join your server and test its functionality.
- Customize the server further by adding additional addons, maps, or modifying existing content.
For video instructions please refer to this guide: Youtube.com