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After Ryzom's source code went public I've been dying to get going on one of the fan-run fan-made Atys-like (or stranger) worlds that were sure to follow.

But I couldn't (and still can't) find any.

Are there any such servers running at all anywhere?

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Wow, ryzom made their source public! You don't see that very often... – authenticgeek Feb 17 '11 at 22:43
@Nick: Ryzom does have a history of being involved in novel situations. For example: being transferred from a company in administration to a company that then went into administration before finishing the purchase. – Stuart Pegg Feb 18 '11 at 12:32
...and the game's still running well today... @Stuart: Made me think about if the number of filings for bankruptcy was only surpassed by the infamous Commodore company - but then I realized that the famous Amiga brand usually was sold before the filings. So it's hard to count & compare ;-) – cfi Sep 4 '12 at 11:57
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Currently I never saw any unofficial Ryzom servers but a contributor created a .iso with ubuntu and ryzom server all together and ready to use so it's now easier to setup and run an unofficial ryzom server, no need to compile or configure:

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So at least single player is an option. :) – Stuart Pegg Feb 18 '11 at 12:34
It seems the best answer I'll get is "Do It Yourself"... – Stuart Pegg Apr 6 '11 at 7:00

As much as I love Ryzom, the problem - and the benefit - it had over the past few years is that there are not as many players on the world as in the "big" online games. While this has more benefits imho than drawbacks, the one obvious drawback is that "fan servers" would divide up that small number even more.

If you follow the Ryzom forums then you might have noticed the odd post in the past weeks where characters (e.g. Thaxl on Leanon) posted that they have developed their own extensions to the world and are privately running their own server. These servers are not released to the public for various reasons (dividing up the community, maintenance work required, support work required, open and unconstructive criticism etc.)

Even the source code is open I believe it is essential to the Ryzom game to keep the player base united on as few servers as possible. The Language barrier is a good reason for the three servers we have right now. Maybe a chinese server would be a good add-on, tapping into the potential fan-developers there.

Update Mar 2013 (some of which might be slightly off-topic):

In September 2012 the game saw a server merge. The one remaining server has a much higher population than any single one had in 2012. After some initial issues of the merge have been sorted through, active roleplay picks up again. Shortly after the merge an official announcement followed, shutting down the Ryzom Ring - support for player created content. The reason given was the financial costs of running a second server to host those Ring instances. This is relevant to this question because it hints to the complexity and cost of running a server publicly.

Meanwhile, the Ryzom Core development website moved to and Matt Raykowski posted a great write-up of where Ryzom stores all its data which is extremely helpful in running your own server.

There also is a fully open source game being written based on Ryzom's source code: Tempest in the Aether. So by now more people may be running servers with the NeL engine, some with Ryzom, some with other game(s).

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Very interesting. Thanks for the update. – Stuart Pegg Mar 28 '13 at 12:18

Well the source code was released not even a year ago I would just wait a bit longer for people to start making their own servers. It takes a bit of time to go through 2 million lines of code.

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It does take a fair while to review code. However, it was already a complete working server. To use a facetious metaphor: I haven't checked every working part in my car, but I'll still happily drive it. – Stuart Pegg Apr 5 '11 at 20:44

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