I think Terraria is a great game, and according to Steam I've spent 572 hours of my life in it.
I'm eagerly awaiting the 1.4 update, and when its out I want to run a server and start over with some friends.
While waiting, I thought I'd get a head start on the server setup. Rather than manually launch a virtual machine from a cloud vendor's user interface and then running some ad-hoc commands to experiment, I thought I'd automate things from the beginning with infrastructure as code using Terraform.
After about a day's work, I ended up with a Terraform project which deploys a
DigitalOcean droplet with appropriate firewall
rules, then runs TShock in
screen properly supervised by
systemd. The entire setup
is fully automated—no action is required (other than a bit of waiting)
terraform apply and joining the server in-game.
The code and instructions can be found on GitHub:
Here's the obligatory disclaimer that things are still a little rough around the edges. For one, many things are still hardcoded, such as droplet size and world name.