Fear: Linux Server Setup Guide

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F.E.A.R. - an acronym for First Encounter Assault Recon - is a thriller of a game developed by Monolith Productions. The game was released by Vivendi on October 17, 2005. The sequel of the game was published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The first version is still popular amongst F.E.A.R. fans, even though the sequel was released February 10, 2009. The reason for this is that as a multiplayer game, F.E.A.R. is more fun to play that F.E.A.R. 2. Also there was no server released for F.E.A.R. 2, so playing a LAN party is kinda hard using the sequel. F.E.A.R 3 released April 8, 2010. As far as I know there has been no talk about the release of a F.E.A.R. 3 Linux dedicated server. So the only option is to use a F.E.A.R. dedicated Linux server.

Note: Bright Hub and the author are not responsible for any damage to your system by using the below instructions. They have been tested and proven to work. However on your machine, other things may go wrong. If you are not sure how to fix your system after it gets broken by running the commands below, then don’t use this tutorial.

The Download

It’s strange, but I never thought this would actually be a hard thing to do. However it was very hard to download the last installment of the F.E.A.R. dedicated Linux server 1.08. The official websites for downloading the server are offline and they send you to another publisher who has (as far as I know) nothing to do with the F.E.A.R. franchise. The websites that had a the version I was looking to download from were very slow, and at some point the downloads failed. The next best thing was to download the F.E.A.R. dedicated Linux server and serve it on one of my own servers. This should at least be a reliable source to download from.

The Download

To download the server, you’ll need to walk through the following steps:

  1. Download the server here. Or open a console or terminal window and wget the file with this command: wget https://u.q3w.org/77D
  2. Un-tar the file, using this command: tar -xvzf /tmp/fear-linuxserver-1.08.tar.gz
  3. Install these lib files. The FEAR server depends on them and will not run without them. Use this command: wget -c https://u.q3w.org/wth sudo dpkg -i libstdc++5_3.3.6-17ubuntu1_i386.deb
  4. Change to the root of the FEAR directory: cd FEAR
  5. Make the file executable with the following command: chmod o+x ./fearserver.bin
  6. Start the server: ./start.sh

That is it. The F.E.A.R. dedicated Linux server is now running.

Changing The Default Options

Running the server is great but what if you want to change the server options? To change server options, edit the following file using nano or your favorite text editor: nano ServerOptions/ServerOptions.txt

I’m assuming here you are already in the FEAR folder. All of the F.E.A.R. dedicated Linux server options can be changed in this file. Read through the file to figure out where the server options are. After changing these options, close the file and restart the server. The F.E.A.R. dedicated Linux server is now running with the fresh options.

Please leave a comment below and tell me if these instructions worked (or not) for you.