Well for the basic cvars, its really up to you, I prefer less limits but that’s just me.
Here’s what I have set.
As I said, I prefer less limits, but its really up to you and if your server can support it, most of the time the limits are not reached, but you never know.
From the old Admin article on the GMod Wiki
**“A good rule of thumb is that you always need to keep the theoretical maximum of any number in mind, so if you have a dynamite limit of say 10 and a max player limit of 6, then expect a maximum of 60 dynamite. This is obviously a VERY bad thing in terms of gameplay and server performance, so this and any other number will want to be kept down.”
As far as sbox_weapons go, I don’t mind them on but they can get annoying, if you choose to keep them disabled you should really add the Gravity gun and the crowbar to the weapons that get loaded by default.
On sandbox just find its init file
Look around lines 112-114 … of course if you want to edit the loadout to your liking look around lines 77-110
With Evolve, I’d stick to basic ranks like guests, members, admins etc… Don’t restrict everything, keep most tools open to guests, save the sweps and tools that could become a problem if guests had them for the members/respected group… but I’d avoid blocking things like E2 for guests though, but its your choice.
Here are some useful addons, ill try to find all the download links for them.
SmartSnap (Tried to find a better link, didn’t have much luck but this one works)
Super Multi Parent
Special Effects v1.5
** Prop Protection ** - There are a few I know of. (Pick only one prop protection, don’t install all of them…)
Simple Prop Protection
Falco’s Prop Protection
Wolf Prop Protection
Another good place to look would be Here.
If you have web space FastDL would be a good idea to use, prevents most exploits and allows you to send files from your server a lot faster.
Here is a link to the GMod wiki page and a tutorial I attempted to make.
Just remember, even if you have FastDL enabled its still not a good idea to force the server to send unneeded models and materials, as I said before leave the downloading of large models packs up to the client. Certain addons may send files but most of the time they are needed, just remember to upload those files to the FastDL server as well if you have it enabled.
That’s just a few tips I wanted to share, there is a long list of things you can do, be sure to read the wiki when you get stuck on something, I still look at it from time to time, would not be a bad idea either to explore all the cvars and things you can set such as the tickrate and the maxrate etc…
** Other useful links **
HLSW - Great program for monitoring your server and using Rcon outside of game.
Tickrate, and other SRCDS FAQs - I believe you can lo longer set the tirckrate, not completely sure on that but for a GMod Build server you don’t have to worry, a lower tickrate is better anyway. Its still good to read up on some of it though.
Hope some of this helps you out… sorry for the bad post structure, I’m pretty tired at the moment, I may fix some things later.