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How to use IRC - A Comprehensive Guide
Based upon New Pacific Order's IRC Guide
Adapted from Caius Alexandrian of TIO
Supernova X uses a program called IRC to communicate in real-time with each other. IRC, or Internet Relay Chat, is a text based protocal that we use to communicate in real time. It is a kind of chat room, so to say. Nowadays, as we can make use of skype, voice chat and so on, you may wonder "Why should we use such old-timey kind of matter?" The simple but reasonable response is: Try to imagine dozens of people in the same voice channel trying to speak all at once, at the same time. In case you have ever used a voice chat program you know what I am talking about. Mayhem and chaos would not allow you to understand anyone, not even your own word.
Although the concept behind IRC may seem easy, it does need a bit of knowledge how to use it efficiently. The aim of this guide is to walk you through all necessary steps so that you can access IRC and meet your fellow members as well people from other alliances all over the world. Depending on your operating system and choice of programs, these steps may vary; all steps are quite comparable, however.
Chapter I - What is IRC?
What is IRC?
IRC, an abbreviation of "Internet Relay Chat", was originally written by Jarkko Oikarinen in 1988. Ever since it broke ground in Finland, it has been used in more than 60 countries around the world. IRC is a multi-user chat system, where people meet on "channels" (rooms, virtual places, usually with a certain topic of conversation) to talk in groups, or privately. There are no restrictions to the number of people that can participate in a given discussion, or the number of channels that can be formed on IRC.
How is IRC set up?
As a user, you run a "client" program which connects to a "server" in an IRC network. All servers are interconnected and pass messages from user to user over the IRC network. One server can be connected to several other servers and up to hundreds of clients. Several larger and smaller IRC networks exist worldwide. The server most alliances of Cybernations use, including ours, is called Coldfront (irc.coldfront.net).
What does a client do? What is the purpose of a server?
An IRC client reads in the commands and text that you supply to it, and parses them. It filters them and performs the appropriate actions and, if necessary, passes them on to your IRC server. An IRC server can serve many other clients. The server holds information about the channels and people on IRC, as well as other pieces of information.Moreover, it is responsible for routing your messages to other users. The IRC network itself consists of multiple servers which are all connected to each other.
Why use IRC?
IRC is the best way to meet your fellow members and become involved in our alliance. TIO has a fine community and the best way to interact with this community is over IRC. Government officials and important members can be found on IRC and it does wonders to helping your progress in Imperia, and to make your voice heard. IRC is also an excellent way to keep up with all of the news and meet the other residents of Cybernations. From getting up-to-the-minute updates on the latest war to talking with the High Commander himself, you can be sure that being on IRC is an enjoyable experience.
Probably the easiest way to connect to IRC is with instant Web IRC. If you do not want to download a client or if you have a crappy internet and or computer, then this is a useful alternative for you. The downside of it is they will have less features but if you don't plan to be an everyday IRC user, this will be the easiest for you. The link for that free Web IRC client can be found below. For everyone else who plans to be more often on IRC and requires a dedicated client with awesome scripts and stuff, downloading mIRC, Chatzilla or something similar may be a better option.
- Click the following link: http://www.chatphobia.com
- Enter your desired nick (best would be your forum name to help people recognize you more easily).
- Enter your desired Room/Channel (TIO, Imperialist or Polarbearia, for example one of them is sufficient for the first).
- Enter "irc.coldfront.net" as your server.
- Enter "6667" as port.
- Wait until you see a window open in front of you and a bunch of text about nickserv and servers.
- Enter the register command there (see next section).
- Open your Email-Account.
- Find the Email that IRC sent you.
- Find the command that finalizes the registration process.
- Enter that command into the same window.
- Upon successive login, you will only need to use the identify command for the future.
- Continue to the next sections to finalize your IRC client.
Access - http://mibbit.com
Mibbit, a web based IRC client, is not just a client that allows you easy access to IRC without having to install any additional software, it's also very well-known for its simplicity. Similar to Chatzilla it runs from your browser. Moreover, Mibbit is a nice client if you don't want to access IRC on a daily basis, however it does not have all the features of a regular IRC client.
- First of all, you have to click "Create an Account". Choose a username, a password and then register. You will find the bar for it to the right in the upper section of the mibbit page.
- Thereafter, the system will lead you to a page to fill out your profile. You will have to provide an email-address; it is not obligatory for Mibbit, however. It might be useful to insert a valid email-address in case you should forget your password.
- Now put "irc.coldfront.net" into the server blank and your nickname into the nick blank.
- Hit "Connect now" to access coldfront.
- Proceed to the next chapter, please.
Download - http://xchat.org
X-Chat, a program for Linux and Windows, is another popular program that is a bit more complex however. It is recommended for more advanced users and those who wish to script using programming languages.
When you first start X-Chat the following will appear. Fill it out as shown with three nicknames. The alternate nicknames will be used if your current one is taken at the moment in time.
- Press the plus symbol or "Add". Name it as you like (for example "Coldfront").
- Select that network ("Coldfront") and press "Edit".
- Click the network in the first window and then click edit. Change it to "irc.coldfront.net/6667". It should look like below. Don?t worry about the language. X-Chat will automatically use the language according to your computer settings. You will be able to read the text on all buttons.
- Fill out your favorite channels with any channels you wish to join (for example: #TIO, #Imperialist, #Polarbearia).
Unless you know what to insert leave connect commands blank. At this time you won't have a server password but once you complete the next chapter, you may want to fill in your password there. Leave server password blank.
- Now close that window and then hit connect on the bottom right of the first window. You are now connected to Coldfront.
- Continue to the next sections to learn more.
Download - http://www.mirc.com
mIRC, a Windows client, is certainly one of the most popular clients available and will probably be best for new IRC users since it provides the most support. The user interface is not just simple but also very customizable. Scripts can be added; the script language is pretty simple. Download the mIRC to your computer and then open it, please.
You should see something asking you to register your copy within a time limit, but you may ignore it. You can ignore the time limits; you can use the program regardless. Even after the timer hits zero, no program functionality is lost and it can be used normally. In case you should consider buying it, the price for it will be 20 US dollars, if you wait long enough with registering, it will go down to 10 US dollars. You only have to register it once; if you want to install it to other PCs or laptops, then you won't have to pay a second time for it. All updates for it are free if you have it registered, besides.
Next, after you can see the mIRC idle screen, it is time to start the initial configuration.
- Click the 'Tools' menu, followed by 'Options'.
- Click the 'Tools' menu, followed by 'Options'.
- Fill in the initial screen like demonstrated above. Your name, a valid E-mail and two nicknames. The alternate nickname will be used in case your current one is taken at the moment in time.
- Afterwards, click the servers option on the left side which will bring up a window similar to the one below. You will see an "Add" button on the right side, click it and this screen will appear:
Fill it in like above with any name you want.
- IRC Server is "irc.coldfront.net".
- Ports must be "6667". You don't need to fill out the Group or Password sections.
- Click Add and then go back to the window you started at (Connect).
- Click connect and you will now be connected to Coldfront.
- Continue with the next sections to learn more.
Download - http://colloquy.info
Colloquy is a client specifically for Mac users. If you are new to IRC, it's an excellent choice for you since it is easy to set up and to use. It adheres to Mac OS X interface conventions, and has the overall feeling and looks of a typical Mac application.
- Once the icon on the dock has stopped bouncing, you can either type CMD + 1 or navigate to Window -> Connections. You'll see this. Click the 'New' button in the connections window.
- Choose a Nickname, ensure Server Protocol is set to IRC, and Type: irc.coldfront.net in the Chat Server box.
- You then want to click details, ensure the port is set to 6667, don't check SSL connection, and edit your Username and Real Name (It should fill out some fields for you automatically, such as your real name. You can choose to remove it however if you wish).
- In the "Join Rooms" field click the "+" and type: #TIO.
- Ultimately, check the "remember this connection" box. Once you complete the next chapter you can put your "nickserv password" into the "Server Connection" field.