Screeps is a game that comes and goes out of my life, it is some of the most fun I have while also driving me insane more than any hobby has a right to do.
You surely remember Age of Empires, Rise of Nations, Galactic Battleground. The classics of RTS, but sometimes the units were just incredibly stupid. Opting to take the long way around the lake instead of the obvious shortcut between trees!
My gripe with Screeps is the high cost of entry for an educational purpose. A classroom would need to buy a copy for each computer but they would also need to pay for a subscription to the online multiplayer aspect. The multiplayer aspect while filtered isn’t guaranteed to be friendly either.
The developers have provided a way to run a private server, but unsurprisingly it’s difficult to do. The documentation is outdated, old and a lot of the dependencies are “at risk”. It’s a technical gate keeper for those attempting to learn or perhaps teach others.
I’ve produced a docker image that enables you to quickly run a Screeps server from any machine you can install Docker Desktop on. It’s easy enough to do at scale as well, it will start to falter past 60-70 users but at that point whoever is operating the server should be capable of load balancing multiple processes.
You can download the docker image manually or using the
docker-compose.yml file in the GitHub repository. The syntax is pretty straight forward and the
README.md file in the repo has the associated steps to running a server.