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Configuring the Message Of the Day
Server Message of the Day
When clients join your dedicated server game, they can be shown MOTD (messae Of The Day) on the rules screen that appears when the game starts. You can use this to specify server rules (like no swearing, etc...) and to give server URLs and admin contact information.

To enable the MOTD for your server you must first create a simple pure text file in the same folder you installed the Halo CE dedicated server. This text file should be no more than 4-lines long. To create the MOTD text file:

  1. Open Notepad (or a similar pure text editor)
  2. On the first 4 lines line enter your message. (note keep each line to less than 30 characters) something like:

    Welcome To My Server
    No Swearing, Play nice

  3. Click "File" > "Save As" and then navigate to the folder where you installed Halo CE then save the file and name it "MOTD.txt" - Leave Save as Type to "Text Documents (*.txt)" and Encoding to "Ansi" then click "Save"

You now need to edit the init.txt file to tell it where to find the MOTD file. Stop the Halo CE Server then open your init.txt file and somewhere before the sv_mapcycle_begin command enter

sv_motd "motd.txt"

then save the init.txt file and re-start Halo CE. Note: you can name the MOTD file to whatever you wish as long as you include that name in the init.txt file.

[Posted: May-23-2005 19:45 EST -  (Link)]