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So, you want to set up your own version of Shintolin? Shintolin runs as a bunch of CGI scripts, so it should work on any server with Apache, Ruby (1.8) and MySQL installed. You'll find a database template in dbtemplate.sql. You'll need to create a MySQL database called 'shintolin'; the command to import the data should be something like 'mysql -p shintolin < dbtemplate.sql'. If you want to check the import worked, open the MySQL prompt and type 'show tables;' - you should see 12 table names. Getting Ruby to talk to MySQL is annoying. Really annoying. Follow the instructions on http://tmtm.org/en/mysql/ruby/ and see how you get on. It took me almost a whole day to get it to work (!) but that's because I'm a noob and used a package called XAMPP instead of installing Apache and MySQL seperately. The file 'mysql-connect.rb' handles the database connection for Shintolin, so make sure you change the settings there; in particular, 'root' should be changed for your username and '' with your password. Shintolin isn't the best example of Ruby code; in particular, it's not very object-oriented, because I didn't properly understand object-orientation when I began working on version II of the game. There's probably a few other things I'd do differently now - still, you should see the orginal PHP version. The file test.rb might include a few failing tests; this doesn't neccesarily mean the game is broken. It's quite brittle in regards to the database (this is something that Ruby on Rails manages to fix, more or less, but it's method is complicated). Test coverage is also not very high, because I didn't start writing tests until very late into the project. Improving the testing framework might be a good way to get your head around the code base. If your changes are good, I'm not averse to adding them to the master version of Shintolin. E-mail me at: allthatyousee AT gmail DOT com and I'll see what I can do. Happy hacking! - - - - - Shintolin - persistent browser-based multiplayer game Copyright (C) 2010 Isaac Lewis This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU Affero General Public License for more details. You should have received a copy of the GNU Affero General Public License along with this program. If not, see <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/>.