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Free service to run your server: Factorio Zone

Posted: Fri May 19, 2017 9:58 am
by WhiteFang34
When the 0.15 releases started rolling out, I noticed that I was repeating the same steps to upgrade my headless server. Much like the spirit of the game, I started to automate those steps. Two weeks ago, I decided to go even further and make it into a service for others to use. It’s experimental at this point, however it’s ready to use now.

Simply go to https://factorio.zone and click the start button. In seconds you'll have a headless server. It's that easy.

I would appreciate any feedback. If there is sufficient interest, I will continue to add functionality.

Re: Free service to run your server: Factorio Zone

Posted: Mon May 22, 2017 1:55 am
by WhiteFang34
I've added the ability to download and upload your saves. For now the upload limit is 10MB.

Re: Free service to run your server: Factorio Zone

Posted: Mon May 22, 2017 6:01 am
by darkfrei
Are mods and scenarios supported?

Re: Free service to run your server: Factorio Zone

Posted: Mon May 22, 2017 7:02 am
by WhiteFang34
darkfrei wrote:Are mods and scenarios supported?
Anything custom that needs to be installed on the server side is not supported yet. I plan to look into it.

Scenarios from the base game are supported if you upload a save that was started with one.

Re: Free service to run your server: Factorio Zone

Posted: Tue May 23, 2017 5:19 am
by Loli-meister
Hey, your program run into error
internal error: b80772c1-31a1-481a-b400-adc10af72ceb

Re: Free service to run your server: Factorio Zone

Posted: Tue May 23, 2017 6:14 am
by WhiteFang34
Loli-meister wrote:Hey, your program run into error
internal error: b80772c1-31a1-481a-b400-adc10af72ceb
Thanks for reporting the error. I've found the problem and deployed a fix.

Re: Free service to run your server: Factorio Zone

Posted: Tue May 23, 2017 11:18 am
by Loli-meister
is the server listed in public multiplayer list?

Re: Free service to run your server: Factorio Zone

Posted: Tue May 23, 2017 8:44 pm
by WhiteFang34
Loli-meister wrote:is the server listed in public multiplayer list?
It won't be listed. The free service is currently intended for private use on demand.

Re: Free service to run your server: Factorio Zone

Posted: Wed May 24, 2017 11:50 am
by Loli-meister
WhiteFang34 wrote:It won't be listed. The free service is currently intended for private use on demand.
Wow, that's what i want to have.

Another Question:
I dont know if this is server fault or not, but the server sometimes not respond.

Re: Free service to run your server: Factorio Zone

Posted: Fri May 26, 2017 12:27 pm
by WhiteFang34
Loli-meister wrote:I dont know if this is server fault or not, but the server sometimes not respond.
Can you provide any details about when it doesn't respond? The steps you took or a way to reproduce it would be helpful to diagnose if it's a problem with the server. If you could, see if you can ping the IP when it's not responding.

Re: Free service to run your server: Factorio Zone

Posted: Fri May 26, 2017 2:47 pm
by akynaston
BTW - WhifeFang, this service is amazing! Thank you!

Re: Free service to run your server: Factorio Zone

Posted: Fri May 26, 2017 4:47 pm
by TBog
Why is there no login? How do I change the setup once I change the PC?

Re: Free service to run your server: Factorio Zone

Posted: Fri May 26, 2017 8:06 pm
by darkfrei
TBog wrote:Why is there no login? How do I change the setup once I change the PC?
Connect to old game, save the game, make new server with this game.

Re: Free service to run your server: Factorio Zone

Posted: Sat May 27, 2017 12:10 am
by Loli-meister
WhiteFang34 wrote: Can you provide any details about when it doesn't respond? The steps you took or a way to reproduce it would be helpful to diagnose if it's a problem with the server. If you could, see if you can ping the IP when it's not responding.
Sometimes its not responding when I have high activity on big factory, also when I play in save which has many combinators in it (which always updated per tick), it makes the website not responding too (I open the website on another PC).

Re: Free service to run your server: Factorio Zone

Posted: Sat May 27, 2017 12:11 am
by WhiteFang34
akynaston wrote:BTW - WhifeFang, this service is amazing! Thank you!
Thanks, good to hear!

Re: Free service to run your server: Factorio Zone

Posted: Sat May 27, 2017 12:14 am
by WhiteFang34
TBog wrote:Why is there no login? How do I change the setup once I change the PC?
I plan to add registration functionality this weekend so that login is possible across different browsers and computers.

Re: Free service to run your server: Factorio Zone

Posted: Sat May 27, 2017 12:21 am
by Loli-meister
darkfrei wrote:Connect to old game, save the game, make new server with this game.
It's bad for the server i think :lol:

you have same savefiles for each PC connected to this services, even different browser can have different user connected :lol:

when you have limited save slot (5/user), but have 3 PCs and for each PC has 3 different browsers, you can have 45 save slots :D .

Re: Free service to run your server: Factorio Zone

Posted: Sat May 27, 2017 8:55 am
by TBog
How can I add --no-auto-pause to the server config?

Re: Free service to run your server: Factorio Zone

Posted: Sat May 27, 2017 11:32 am
by WhiteFang34
TBog wrote:How can I add --no-auto-pause to the server config?
That is not supported yet. How long are you expecting to not have users connected to the server?

Part of how I'm able to offer this service for free relies on shutting down idle instances after 1 hour (which are saved). The idea is to share the resources and only have servers running when needed (you can simply start it again from the save).

Re: Free service to run your server: Factorio Zone

Posted: Sat May 27, 2017 1:55 pm
by TBog
I wanted to play the game from home and work but have the game run while I was offline.