Big Brother Bot (B3) is a complete and total server administration package for online games. The tool can be run as a Windows Service using FireDaemon, which allows you to have the dedicated server start automatically at boot prior to login, start multiple instances of the dedicated server and more. This guide will show you how to set it up. You can also use Fusion to manage FireDaemon and other Windows services via a web browser.

Big Brother Bot Setup Under FireDaemon Pro

First download the latest Big Brother Bot files from the official website. Note that Big Brother Bot depends on Python and MySQL, so you will need to have these programs installed or choose a Big Brother Bot installer that will install them for you. The Big Brother Bot documentation goes into more detail.

Run the Big Brother Bot installer. By default, the files are installed to C:\BigBrotherBot. For the purposes of this HOWTO, we will be using that directory.

Before creating your FireDaemon service, first, prepare your environment and configure Big Brother Bot. Create a MySQL database with the details from the B3 documentation. Then execute "C:\BigBrotherBot\b3_run.exe" and go through the configuration process. 

Download and install FireDaemon Pro into the directory of your choice, typically C:\Program Files\FireDaemon.

Next, start the FireDaemon GUI from the desktop shortcut. Click on the "Create a new service definition" button in the toolbar (or type Ctrl+N) and enter the information into the fields as you see below. Adjust the paths to suit your installation. Note that no parameters are required.

  • Executable: The path to your b3_run.exe file. For the purposes of this HOWTO, the path is C:\BigBrotherBot\b3_run.exe.
  • Working Directory: The directory containing your b3_run.exe file. For the purposes of this HOWTO, the path is C:\BigBrotherBot.
  • Parameters: None. Leave this field blank.

Now click on the Settings tab. If you DON'T want to see your dedicated server running, uncheck the Interact with Desktop check box & select "Hidden" from the "Show Window" dropdown. You can optionally run Big Brother Bot as the user you installed it as. In the Logon Account field type your username (e.g. Administrator) and then enter the user's password twice in the Password and Confirm fields. You can change the Process Priority to allocate more CPU time to the dedicated server or specify which CPU or core the dedicated server will run on (in the case of multi-processor, hyperthreaded or multi-core CPUs).

Now click the OK button to install and start the Big Brother Bot!