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BYOND games can be hosted either through the main BYOND client, Dream Seeker, or through a dedicated hosting utility called Dream Daemon. Hosting through Dream Seeker is easier at first, but Dream Daemon is more stable and powerful. We recommend using Dream Daemon in most cases.

Note: This article covers hosting using the Windows version of BYOND. To host using the Linux, BSD, or Mac OS X command-line versions, refer to the included documentation instead.

Hosting with Dream Daemon

Dream Daemon can be found on the Start menu under BYOND. Click Start, then Programs (or All Programs on Windows XP), then BYOND, and finally Dream Daemon.

Alternatively, you can run dreamdaemon.exe in the "bin" folder inside the location on your hard drive where you installed BYOND.</p.

You should see a window like this one:

The Dream Daemon interface.

At the moment, there is no game loaded. We need to locate the game's DMB file in order to run it. Pull down the File menu and choose Open, or press Ctrl-O.

If you downloaded the game in the standard way described above, then it will have been hidden away under a special folder called Application Data. The location of the Application Data folder varies depending on your operating system.

  • Windows 2000/XP/Vista: You guys have it easy - just type %appdata% into the File name box and press Enter.
  • Windows 98/ME: Type C:\WINDOWS\Application Data and press Enter. If you installed Windows in a non-default folder, type the path to that folder instead of C:\WINDOWS.

Inside Application Data is a folder called BYOND, which contains a folder called MyHub. Navigate to the MyHub folder.

Inside MyHub, you'll see a list of folders named after game authors. Inside each of those folders you'll see a list of games made by that author. Open the appropriate folder. Continue opening folders until you see a DMB file. Select it and click Open.

We're nearly done! But before you go ahead and start hosting, there are a few other options on the Dream Daemon interface that you may wish to play with. These options can usually be left at their default values.

  • Port. This is only relevant if you need to use port forwarding, which is covered in the Hosting Troubleshooter (to be written). Ignore it for now.
  • Security. This controls how much you trust the game. The recommended setting is Safe. The other settings are for special circumstances; see the Dream Daemon help file (pull down the Help menu and choose General) for more details.
  • Visibility. If you want to invite the whole world to play your game, use Public. Only Public games will show up on the BYOND hub. If you only want people listed as friends on your pager to be able to play your game, use Private. If you don't even want your pager buddies to see it, use Invisible. You'll probably want to leave this on Public almost all the time.

When you've looked over the options, press the green GO button to start hosting! Now anyone should be able to join your game.

Screenshot of Dream Daemon hosting a game.

Leave the window open for as long as you want to keep hosting the game. When you want to stop hosting, click the red STOP button, or simply close the Dream Daemon window.

Connection failed? If people can't join because of a "Connection failed" message, see the Hosting Troubleshooter (to be written).

Hosting with Dream Seeker

Hosting using Dream Seeker is straightforward, assuming you've already downloaded the game you want to host.

  1. Open the BYOND Pager (the main BYOND application). If it's already running, double-click on the little blue atom logo near the system clock (usually in the lower-right corner of the screen.
  2. Pull down the My Hub menu.
  3. Choose Games.
  4. Choose the game you want to host from the list. Dream Seeker should start up.
  5. Click the Host... button near the lower-right corner of the Dream Seeker window. The following window appears:
    Screenshot of the Dream Seeker 'Host' window.
  6. Choose the appropriate options. The defaults are generally OK unless you know you need to change them.
  7. Click OK. You are now hosting the game.

When you want to stop hosting, close the Dream Seeker window.

Connection failed? If people can't join because of a "Connection failed" message, see the Hosting Troubleshooter (to be written).

Back to "How do I host a game?"

I did it but it keeps saying Connection failed
Same. Connection failed. For hours. I never thought I'd see a day as irritating as this one.
i want the real dream daemon send me that not ur teaching us so hard just send it to me the real 1 plz i keep trying to host but i cant its fake im trying it for 5 months so plz reply plz
Uchiha: Dream Daemon comes with the BYOND software. You should have an item in the start menu for it.

Dylonhughes: Collecting money is something you will have to work out on your own. This tutorial is only to show you how to host a game, not how to become a host and charge money.
thx this is really helpful for me ur the best
its say connnection failed im sooo mad
When i do everything on there, it stilss says coneection failed for other ppl. How can i fix this?
Well, the good news is the game starts up just fine. The bad news, when I click the 'host' button, it tells me I need to be running server from my on comp to use it... When I am.

So my issues are less the hosting, more trying to ensure I can admin my own game.
I can't host a game because every time i download it it says: HTTP server returned unexpected status:404 help me please
I have only 1 problem,people trying to connect and it saying Connecting to (IP address here)...failed.Help please.
Chances are that is a firewall problem. Read this article, and this site as well, to get a good idea of how to allow BYOND through your firewalls.
where do i find the freeking REO2 host file update, im about to throw my computer out the window this outdated thing is ticking me off!!!!
when i tried to host naruto goa with the download i got from the website it says proc name: New (/icon/New)
runtime error: bad icon operation
proc name: New (/icon/New)
BYOND Warning: further proc crash messages are being suppressed to prevent overload...
i don't know what it means and it won't take me to the game
I am attempting to player host the Death Note:Online game. I used Dream Deamon, but it doesn't show on the hub. How do I get it to?

Dream Daemon: cannot open file C:\Program Files\BYOND\bin\%appdata%.dmb.

Well, chances are it isn't stored in the appdata folder anyways, likely it is in your My Documents folder. It will likely be My Documents/BYOND/My Hub/ and then you should see a list of files you have downloaded.

For more help, please go to the BYOND Help forums and make a help request there.