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Hey everyone,


i'm building a small idle game (like http://www.kongregate.com/games/junjo/idle-farmer) and want to include a small multiplayer part. Some kind of bonus to stat xy if connected to and playing together with a friend.

So no realtime issues or hard network stuff i think. Admittedly i have no experience with networking.


Also i thought about most of the code to run serverside to prevent cheating. So there is just visualisation and user input on the clientside.

I this a realistic goal considering server costs and programming effort? Is this even necessary?



I'm familiar with C and Matlab and also made some simple stuff with JS and Phaser. 



After reading a lot of threads i decided to move on with


- node.js and socket.io for the server and communication


- MongoDB and Mongoose for my database



Should this be working for me? There are so many alternatives. I picked those for a common reason: i don't have to learn (yet) again a new language, since i just learned JS.

On the other side, i very often read about "standard" PHP, Python, Ruby and MySQL. 

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Hi @joerrey, this is exactly why I wrote eureca.io library, it's a nodejs package that make client/server communication transparent.

I wrote a tutorial on how to use it with phaser to make a simple multiplayer game http://ezelia.com/2014/09/tutorial-creating-basic-multiplayer-game-phaser-eureca-io/


but for simple client/server communication you can check my tchat tutorial on the official web site http://eureca.io/



for data storage, MongoDB is good, especially if you need to check players proximity so you only send updates to players inside a given region (MongoDB provide native 2d geographic search)


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I'm not sure about the hosting options. As far as is can see, hosting on platforms like Kongregate supports the frontend and some backend feature APIs for authentication, chat, scoreboard and microtransactions, which is all really nice and saves a lot of work. Plus there is a huge fanbase...But still i have to host the game + Database on my own server.


So, I guess I need to build my own backend. Are there other options? Any suggestions?

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I really would appreciate this :)


For now I'm considering to continue development for the clientside, as my server experience and knowledges are zero.

As Node.js is also based on JS, i hope it wouldn't be that big of a deal to change it to serverside later on, when I got all this server stuff into my head.

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