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Chatroom/Turnchat Guide

Discussion in 'Civ4 - Democracy Game II' started by Ginger_Ale, Jan 20, 2007.

  1. Ginger_Ale

    Ginger_Ale Lurker Retired Moderator

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    This thread is a guide on the chatroom channel used by the demogame, including information about what turnchats are, how you can participate, and other basic information about the chatroom.

    First off, we'll go over Turnchats.

    These are sessions held every few days by the designated player (the person responsible for playing the save) in the demogame chatroom, which anyone can join. The purpose of holding the turn session in the chatroom is so that the designated player (DP) can inform the citizens what actions he is performing, and later, he can post a log of the conversation in the chatroom channel. A few days before a turnchat, the DP will post an "instructions thread" in the main forum where officials can post instructions for the DP to carry out. This is where the DP can also post screenshots/saves/informations during and after the turnchat session.

    For example, the citizens/officials present in the chatroom (keep in mind that attendence is not mandatory) are able to see in real-time the actions of the DP. If they have Civ4 open, they can load the saves the DP posts every few turns (usually every 5) to see how everything is going. Overall, being the in the chatroom during the turnchat (which can last from under an hour to a few hours or beyond, depending on the state of the game) makes for an interesting experience.


    Now that you know what the chatroom is, let's go over how to connect.

    One thing, however, must be made clear - CivFanatics doesn't own the IRC (Internet Relay Chat) server the channel is on. We have just created a channel on a server, so while we're in charge of the channel, we're aren't for the server. In any case, there are a few ways to connect.

    The easiest way, but also the most basic way that lacks some features, is to connect via the "Chat" link on the navigation bar below the logo here on the forums (near the "User CP" link). That will open up a java client, so be sure you have that installed. Then, you want to enter a nickname in place of "Guest", and in the channel drop-down box, select "turnchat". Hit "Connect Now!" and you're in - keep in mind though, the chatroom is usually pretty empty except during turnchats, so don't be surprised if no one is there.

    What I meant I wrote the java client (or "jIRC") lacks features is that compared to another popular downloadable client mIRC, it is pretty simple. mIRC allows you be in multiple channels at once, or even multiple servers. You can set it to log the chatroom (create a text file of all the conversations), you can view info about other users there, and lots of other cool features. So, if you are interested in having a bit more flexibility, mIRC is a good choice, but jIRC also has its benefits.

    To enter the server's name and channel name in mIRC, the server is irc.irc-chat.net, and the channel is #turnchat.

    If you want some other clients (say, for a Mac or Linux, or even just Windows), you can Google "IRC clients" and get a long list!


    Now that you've connected to the chatroom, here are some basic commands and other info.

    In the chatroom, on right side of your screen, you'll see a list of users. Some will have symbols next to their names. Here's what they mean:
    ! - administrator of channel
    @ - operator of channel
    % - half-operator of channel
    + - voiced


    "Voiced" means that if one of the operators puts the channel in "moderated" mode, only people with a "+" (voiced) can speak. This doesn't happen often, but it's always there...

    To join another channel, type /join #channelname.
    To change your name, type /nick newname.
    To private message someone, type /msg username your message here.

    CivFanatics also has a general chat channel called #civfanatics (all channels are preceded by a # sign) that you can join anytime where there's guaranteed to be people!


    That's about all there is! If you have any questions or want to add to this article, just reply to this thread. :goodjob:
     
  2. Lockesdonkey

    Lockesdonkey Liberal Jihadist

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    I get an error message when I click on your link to the chatroom. I suspect that I don't have the java equipment needed, but I really don't know. Any way I can remedy that?
     
  3. Ginger_Ale

    Ginger_Ale Lurker Retired Moderator

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    DaveShack Inventor Retired Moderator

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  5. GenMarshall

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    Guide for Chatzilla users.

    Chatzilla is actualy a plug-in for the Firefox browser that enables you to chat on the IRC network. The most you need is just the latest Firefox browser and Install the add-in (Also works with Mozilla suite and Sea Monkey)

    If you dont have Chatzilla:
    Installation -
    1. Go Here
    2. Click on install now
    3. An install software window will pop up, Click on install now.
    4. Restart Firefox (close all Firefox windows and start Firefox) in order to load the new instalation.


    How to run Chatzilla for the first time -
    5. ChatZilla will be in the tools menu (Advanced Users: You can also customize your tool bar to have Chatzilla on the tool bar)
    6. Click on Chatzilla and you will be greated with a new window.

    (The following will work with any IRC clients, not just Chatzilla)

    7. Type in /server irc.irc-chat.net
    8. Type in /nick <desired nickname>
    9. If you have registered your nick in the server, you will have to provide a password (Especialy you have it set to autoprotect). Then you will need this command:
    /msg nickserv identify <your password here>.

    Its important that you remember your password and never give your password to anyone else.
    10. To enter the Demogame room. Type in /join #turnchat.

    Note: The commands that DaveShack provided will work in Chatzilla.
     
  6. Tullius

    Tullius Chieftain

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    Any idea how I can bypass my university firewall?
     
  7. Methos

    Methos HoF Quattromaster Super Moderator Hall of Fame Staff

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    One option I've found to slip around some of the securities is using a browser installed on a jumpdrive. By using my browser on my jumpdrive I'm able to access CFC at work. If I try and do it with the work computers browser, I'm blocked. It doesn't always work, but it gives me access to CFC, and what else really matters. :D
     
  8. Tullius

    Tullius Chieftain

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    Hmm, ingenious. Does that count as "future tech"?

    Sorry, that was probably too geeky. Then again, so is using a jump drive. :p

    Thanks for the idea. :)
     
  9. Bacon King

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    It's a good while since I've been on IRC, I don't remember much.

    Could someone remind me, how do you get your nickname of choice to be passworded?
     
  10. DaveShack

    DaveShack Inventor Retired Moderator

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    /msg nickserv help

    This will give you information on how to register a nick.
     

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