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Below are screenshots and detailed steps I followed to set up my Gala node on a vps, I used Vultr. I followed the instructions from Gala.

Creating a VPS on Vultr:

I already had an account with Vultr, if you don't have one, the first step is to sign up. You can use my referral link to sign up, with this link you will get a credit of $100 that will be good for 30 days. The monthly cost to run one vps for the Gala node will be $5, you will need one vps for each node you own.

Once signed up, in the Vultr account click on Products and then click on the + sign in the top right corner to deploy a new server:

Make sure Cloud Compute is the server selected:

Select the Server Location closest to you:

Scroll down to Server Type and select

Select the Server Size , this can be any size of your choosing

Note: The Gala Soft Node does NOT currently work with IPv6, please do not select an IPv6 only server, and that IPv6 is NOT enabled.

I selected the $5 option, for now that is enough.

Continue Scrolling down and enter in your Server Hostname and Server Label this can be anything you’d like it to be:

At the bottom Click on Deploy Now:

You will then be directed to the Products page where the Status will show as Installing. Once this changes to Running click on the ellipses menu and select Server Details:

On the next page, it will show you everything required to login to your server: the IP address, the user name and the password.

Installing The Gala Games Node

Open a *Terminal* window on your Mac. If you've never used that, you can find it by going to Finder, then Applications and then Utilities, you should see Terminal under Utilities, double click on it to open.

Once there, you will connect to the vps. Type the following command replacing ipAddress with the ip address listed on the server details page on Vultr:

ssh root@ipAddress

Hit Enter and then enter your password, you can copy the password and right click to auto paste the password in, then hit Enter.

NOTE: Terminal will not provide feedback when typing your password. Enter the password and hit enter, if it is wrong it will say Access denied.

Next download the node software package. Type in (or copy and paste) the following command:

curl | sudo bash

Hit enter.

Follow the installation prompts, once the node is installed you will be prompted for your Gala login/password. This part is very straightforward.

Once all is completed, you can go back to the server details page on Vultr and click on the console icon in the top right of the page:

When I do that, I get a console window where I see Connected:

You're done!

If you start your soft node on your Mac, you will now see you have

2 online nodes:

Note that the progress towards goal will not reflect the node running on the vps, that percent is only the time the node was running on your machine.

The only time you will need to start the node on your machine is when you want to vote, other than that, Vultr will do the work for you!

I hope this guide helps. I recommend you join the Nodes channel in Discord at

I have learned a lot there from all the nice folks always willing to help.

If you are new to Gala Games, use my link to create a free account and check things out.


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This versatile chili recipe delivers flavor and lots of nutrients. It's made with simple ingredients and comes together without much effort.

Red onion and a generous amount of greens add an extra level of nutrients that already exist in traditional recipes. The chili can certainly be made with yellow onion and without the greens but I recommend using them if possible for a nutrient boost.


🌿 1 chopped red onion

🌿 1 chopped red pepper

🌿 1 chopped jalapeno

🌿 4 minced garlic cloves

🌿 3 Tbsp chili powder

🌿 1 Tbsp oregano

🌿 2 tsp cumin

🌿 1 tsp salt

🌿 1 cup green or brown dried lentils

🌿 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth

🌿 2 cans (16 oz each) of any beans

🌿 1 cup corn

🌿 4 cups kale or other greens

🌿 2 Tbsp lime juice (optional)

🌿 1 Tbsp maple syrup (optional)

Sautee the onion, red pepper and jalapeno in 1 Tbsp of EVOO for about 5 minutes.

For a spicier version leave the jalapeno seeds, for a milder version, remove them.

Add the garlic and sautee for a couple minutes stirring frequently.

Stir in the spices (chilli powder, oregano & cumin) and salt and cook for another minute or so.

Add the lentils and mix everything.

Add the broth, then add the beans. Any beans can be used.

Add the corn.

Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes, then add the greens. Cover and simmer for another 10, 15 minutes.

Add the lime and maple syrup (optional).

For a thicker chili use just the 4 cups of broth, for a lighter chili add 1 or 2 cups of water, I used some water.



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Sand it!

The mountains... aahhh the mountains.....

Being on the top of a mountain is something difficult to describe with words. Especially big mountains that go on forever all the way to the horizon. Looking at the vastitude of those mountains is something very powerful. It makes us realize we need to be humble and respect the limits imposed by that immensity ahead of us.

At the same time, each trail offers an ever changing challenge. Each time we go down a trail is a unique experience, it's never exactly the same, something always changes, the snow, the wind, the light, the terrain is always different and therefore requires us to adapt constantly. This dynamic path requires creativity, flexibility and proactivity to choose the best way to approach that terrain, we have to be quick to react, we have to be able to recognize when it's time to stop and take a break before continuing and we have to be able to make decisions about the best way to handle the unexpected along the way.

It's just like real life where the more we are flexible to adapt to new circumstances, the better chance we have to reach our goals.

It's amazing how many things the mountains can teach, how many opportunities the mountains give us to reflect on so many things! We are all so busy with our daily lives, there are always so many things to do, to remember, to take care of... that we often miss noticing what is right in front of our eyes. Some people might think that taking a chairlift to the top of a mountain again and again is such a waste of time, is such a repetitive activity that doesn't add anything to our lives.

I see it as an opportunity to admire the amazing details Nature has to offer, it's an opportunity to relax and disconnect from our crazy busy routine and instead of rushing to get somewhere, we simply don't worry about anything. It's my way to meditate.

So much to take in!

The creek below is at the entrance of the mountain we usually go to snowboard. We walk on a bridge that goes over that creek as we arrive at the mountain and every single time we do that, we have a chance to admire such beauty. I'm always amazed by the new piles of snow, by the new shapes, by the constant change and yet, with all the daily change, the water is always flowing, is always moving, is always finding its new path regardless of what's happening anywhere else in the world. There are so many life metaphors we can extract from this one single image!

Grateful for you, mountains!


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