A number of the active players on unfiction hang out in IRC (Internet Relay Chat). Not only is it a great place to discuss the games (most of the popular games have their own channels), but it's a great way to meet and get to know some other ARGers. IRC has been around for ages, but it's a bit confusing at first. Hopefully, this will help you find your way (if not, feel free to ask questions!)
The absolute easiest way to get into the chat channels is through unfiction's chat applet. Though, because it's used in your browser, it's often easy to accidentally close the window or lose it among other websites. For that reason, most of the regulars prefer to use an IRC Client (a program specifically made to connect to IRC). I'll list the instructions for both here. You may want to start out with the java applet and see if you like being in chat before downloading and using an IRC client.
Java & CGI Chat
The java client provided to unfiction chat users can be found at www.unfiction.com/chat
and will allow you to connect to the various channels used by unfiction members.
When you first go to the chat page, it will look something like this:
The only boxes that you'll likely need to worry about are "nickname" (choose something unique to you and that does not contain any spaces) and channel. For the channel, if you would like to connect to the general unfiction chat, just make sure that unfiction is selected from the drop down menu. You'll also notice a few other channels there. Those are for some of the games that are currently being played. If the chat channel that you would like to join isn't listed, you can type that channel into the box yourself.
Sometimes certain firewalls block access to the java chat. If you're having problems connecting with the unfiction chat applet, you might want to try using a CGI client. The one that people seem to have the most success with is located at PolarHome
(Note to Firefox users: hitting "backspace" in this client sometimes kicks you out of chat, so be careful -- I'd highlight and delete rather than backspace whenever possible.) Enter the following information (only use #unfiction to access the general chat or the #channelName for the game's chat channel, in this example #lastcall for Last Call Poker):
Then hit "enter" or "log in."
There are a number of irc clients available, though the one that I am most familiar with is mIRC. It's very popular and, after the initial set up, very easy to use. You can download mirc from the mIRC website
Once you have downloaded and installed mIRC ( instructions here
), you will want to set it up as follows.
Under the "options dialog" (it should pop up first, if it doesn't click on the little hammer thing or go to view > options), you will be asked for a bit of information under the "connect" screen. You don't have to be honest about your name and email address (I usually just use "me" for both of them). Choose a nickname and an alternative. In IRC, nicknames have to be unique for each server, so try to choose something that others won't have already selected.
Now it's time to set up the server. The server that unfiction uses is not listed, but it's easy to add. You'll only need to do this the first time that you connect, after that it's stored in the program.
1) Select "Servers" (it should be right below "Connect")
2) You should see several drop down menus for IRC Network and IRC Server. Click on "Add" You will need to fill out several boxes as follows.
a. Description: chat-solutions: (any description, I use chat-sol:irc)
b. IRC Server: irc.chat-solutions.org
c. Port(s): 6667
d. Group: chat-solutions (again, this could be anything, but that's what I use)
3) Time to connect. You can click on the little lightning bolt or go to file > connect
More information on mIRC and IRC can be found on the mIRC website
or at IRC Help
Hope to see you in chat soon! And, as always, if you have any questions, feel free to ask
Posted: Sat Feb 25, 2006 3:13 pm