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  1. #11
    Use "On Demand" not "Reserved Instance". That means you only pay for the time that your server is up. My bill for last month was $4.55, but I also host my main website with them. I think the line item for the ec2 was something like $2.00. If you run games around the clock then it would be the $36 a month, but you would probably also have multiple GMs and be in violation of Fantasy Grounds EULA https://www.fantasygrounds.com/forum...sy_grounds_faq If you wanted to do something like that... ask Doug and negotiate with him how many copies or what special type of copy you would have to buy, it is not allowed under the current EULA so you would need further permission.
    I have run 1 game so far this month (about 7 hours up time for a 4 hour game) and have a bill of $0.39 for my ec2 subtotal of this month. It can be expensive if you run a lot of games, but compared to my other expenses, it is still one of my smallest expenses each month.

    In short it is like a faucet in your house. If you turn it off when it is not in use, no big deal. If you let it run all month you will have an awful water bill.

    PS. Thank you so much for fixing my wrong number. I really should have looked it up instead of going off of memory.
    Last edited by ProNobis; July 5th, 2018 at 15:47.

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    So you are just paying storage while its off?

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  3. #13
    That is correct, unless you want to add additional features, such as an "elastic ip" (allows you to have the same ip address everytime, given the alias does the same thing for us). Also note that AWS has a free tier (1 year) https://aws.amazon.com/free/ that includes 750 hours per month on an EC2 T2.micro (1GB RAM) as well as 5GB of storage. That is enough to install and test for free, then you can upgrade to a 4GB computer (as simple as turning it off, telling it to run on a more powerful computer, then turning it back on) so that you can run FG at full power (I'm pretty sure that FG cannot use more than about 3GB, but I'm uncertain about that).

    I'm over the free tier in data usage now, but that is mostly due to my website. Any idea what the maximum data size is off the complete bundles for all rulesets? That would give us a pretty good idea if a heavy FG user would exceed the 5GB of free storage. My computer shows that my vault (D&D Complete bundle) is about 1.2 GB. My entire Fantasy Grounds home folder is 5.4 GB, but that includes a lot of data used only for creating modules, stuff I don't have on my EC2 server. Not sure how big the windows server OS is or if it even counts (most of it would be redundant between users so they might only track changes from default not the whole data set, I really don't know). There is a lot about the nitty gritty that I don't know, I hope this helps?

    Update: two 4 hour games with additional prep and closing time and at $0.77 this month for my ec2 charge.
    Last edited by ProNobis; July 7th, 2018 at 13:46.

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    And Damned you are right that the security group was more complicated than I remembered. Here are some images. Please note that the stuff I've blurred out is limiting access control to only a single approved ip address. (That means that only someone with access to my computer at a specific location can access my EC2 instance)
    SecurityGroupIncoming.JPG
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    Turns out that port 80 is http:// and port 443 is https://
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    Anyone have experience with AVG VPN? I am trying the free trial and still can not get a connection for FG

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    Quote Originally Posted by pfrandsen View Post
    Anyone have experience with AVG VPN? I am trying the free trial and still can not get a connection for FG
    I don’t think that is one that anyone has posted having success with FG. Only know VPNs to work consistently are PureVPN and AlgoVPN.
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    Hello pfrandsen

    The primary purpose of most of these VPNs is to hide your address/traffic.
    Most do not have the feature that Fantasy Grounds requires which is the ability to accept inbound connections on TCP1802.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gwydion View Post
    I don’t think that is one that anyone has posted having success with FG. Only know VPNs to work consistently are PureVPN and AlgoVPN.
    Ok Somewhere it was posted that with PureVPN you were also needed to have there Dedicated IP Addon for the system to work.

    I just got there 5 year plan for $89 this comes with there Port Forwarding Add-On. That works perfect I was able to connect to the VPN standard (No dedicated IP) and Load FG (The Connect Test Passes) and I had someone connect to me using the word phrase and they connected fine.

    So $89 for 5 Years is much better that the $219 for 2 years W/Dedicated IP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Samarex View Post
    Ok Somewhere it was posted that with PureVPN you were also needed to have there Dedicated IP Addon for the system to work.

    I just got there 5 year plan for $89 this comes with there Port Forwarding Add-On. That works perfect I was able to connect to the VPN standard (No dedicated IP) and Load FG (The Connect Test Passes) and I had someone connect to me using the word phrase and they connected fine.

    So $89 for 5 Years is much better that the $219 for 2 years W/Dedicated IP.
    Yeah, PureVPN has continuously changed their pricing and when I purchased over a year ago they didn't have that option. Great to hear that the standard package with the Port Forwarding Add-On is working for you and the price is great!
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    Is it just the GM host that needs the vpn/port-forwarding solution (from a hotel for instance) or do each of the clients also need to use the same vpn?

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