There are a many benefits to setting up a private server yourself in Conan Exiles. When you run your own server you can choose any settings you want for it. You can set the rate of progression, rules for PvP, crafting, avatars, gathering and much more.
You can also set a password for your server, so only those friends you share the password with can play on it.
To setup your own private server you need an extra computer and go through a few quite simple steps:
Dedicated server system requirements
You can then use the following command line parameters, for example:
ConanSandboxServer.exe -log -MaxPlayers=16
Some useful server parameters:
Settings set in ConanSandbox\Saved\Config\WindowsServer\Engine.ini
some settings need to be specified in the Engine.ini file listed above, such as:
Settings set in ConanSandbox\Saved\Config\WindowsServer\Game.ini
Others can be set in the Game.ini file, as such
Another useful setting is AdminPassword. Set the AdminPassword here: ConanSandbox\Saved\Config\WindowsServer\ServerSettings.ini
By setting this you can make yourself an Admin in game by going to Server Settings in the menu, clicking on Make Me Admin and entering the password. When you are an admin in the game you can choose your server settings there instead of having to do it in the ini-files.
Currently if you try to start the dedicated server build from the steam client, you will get some error messages about steam DLLs. This is not the recommended way to start your server, but it should still work if you skip past the error messages.