How do I access the channel through Sorcery Webchat?
Simply enter #therafimrpg_ooc into the Channels box like this(click the link to see the image) and press connect. The staff and players will gladly explain the nuances of irc and help you get comfortable.
How do I access the chat with a chat client?
First, obviously, you will need a chat client. If you're coming to us from a windows operating system, we strongly recommend you use mIRC, it is easy to use and is more than adequate for your needs. Follow the link to download the latest version. There are, however, a number of other clients you can use which offer alternatives to mIRC (such as in the scripting language). A few of these clients are IceChat and xchat. This tutorial, however, will only cover mIRC.
So you've installed mIRC. Now what? You open up the program and this is what you see (click the link to see the picture). First fill in the four fields below: Full Name, Email Address, Nickname, and Alternative Nickname. You don't have to actually use your real name if you don't want to. You don't even have to use your real email address. If you're afraid of revealing personal information, just make it up. No one will be the wiser. Your nickname is the name that will appear in the chat room and is what most people will call you by, so choose it wisely (but be aware that commonly used nicknames such as "cloud" or "squall" will most definitely already be registered, so be creative. It also helps if it matches your Wikia username.
So now you've got all the info filled in. Time to get to the Therafim chat room! I'll show you the easy way for now. There are two ways you can do it. The first is through the mIRC options. Under the Connect category is a server tab(click to see an image) scrolling through till you find SorceryNet one of the default servers on mIRC opening the folder and double clicking on Random server will bring you back to the connect master tab where you can double check your personal information before pressing the connect button and coming online.
The second method is much simpler. Cancel out of the options and type /server irc.sorcery.net into the text bar at the bottom and press enter.
Once you're connected to the server type /join #therafimrpg_ooc and you will find yourself in the primary channel for therafimrpg.
When you first enter one of the ooc channels, be sure to type the following: !login <playername>. By doing this, you will be able to get experience and gold for roleplaying in any room outside of the OOC rooms.
You need to use the same playername that you have used here on the Therafim wikia site, so that the ops know who to provide with UP for roleplaying posts you make. UP can be exchanged for experience and gold.
How many Channels are there, and which ones are OOC and which are IC?
We have a channel list here on the wikidot, but it might be confusing which are monitored for UP purposes and which you can talk ooc and roll dice in. Here's another list.
In Character Channels: #TherafimRPG_Arcadia #TherafimRPG_Quest #TherafimRPG_Quest2 #TherafimRPG_Avalon #TherafimRPG_Undercity #TherafimRPG_Other #TherafimRPG #TherafimRPG_Private
Out of Character Channels: #TherafimRPG_OOC #TherafimRPG_Mechanus #TherafimRPG_Quest_OOC #TherafimRPG_Quest2_OOC
What does this mean?
-NickServ- This nickname is owned by someone else. Please choose another.
-NickServ- If this is your nickname, please use /NickServ IDENTIFY password
This means that your nickname is owned by somebody else and you have to choose a different nickname. Otherwise you could be booted from the server. If you think you've already registered that nick though, type /ns identify whateveryourpasswordwas
How do I change my name?
Type the following in any window:
Of course, replace Nickname with whatever nickname you want.
So how can I get a nickname of my own?
Simple. Once you've found a nickname that isn't owned by somebody else (by doing /nick thenameyouchose), type the following in the status window:
/msg nickserv register (password) (email)
Replace (password) with the password you want to protect your nickname with (make sure to remember it!), and replace (e-mail) with a valid e-mail address you have access to. Now, every time you log on to the webchat server, just type the following line:
/msg nickserv identify (password)
What are all those crazy symbols next to people's names?
There are three different symbols you might see in therafimrpg at any given time:
@: This is a channel operator. Op for short. These people are responsible for running the site, and are the ones to speak to if you need assistance in any manner.
%: This is an halfop user. Halfops are the middle-ground between voice and op, depending on the access levels. Halfops may be able to assist you, but they do not have as much authority as a full op.
+: This is a voice. Voices have the ability to talk in a moderated room. This is granted to non op storytellers, they or an op are the ones to speak to to learn more about channel wide story arcs. They may also be able to assist you if you have some special roleplay scenario you would like for your character.
I saw a person whose name wasn't surrounded by <> when they spoke. How do I perform an action?
There are two options for doing this:
/me hugs Jenni
/action falls over screaming in a very high pitched voice
Either command will perform the same thing.
How come I cannot connect to the chat server?
There are a few possible answers to this question. First, make sure you are connecting to the right server. If Irc.Sorcery.net is not working, you can try connecting directly to one of the many servers. The current list of Sorcery.net servers is:
nomad.sorcery.net Ports: 6660-6670, 7000, 9000, 9090
shire.sorcery.net Ports: 6667, 7000, 9000
gaia.sorcery.net Ports: 6667, 6668, 6670, 7000, 9000, 9090
circe.sorcery.net Ports: 6667, 6668, 6670, 7000, 9000, 9090
fayntic.sorcery.net Ports: 6667, 7000, 9000
aesir.sorcery.net Ports: 6667, 6668, 6670, 7000, 9000, 9090
For a complete and up-to-date list, visit http://www.sorcery.net/
Second, it is possible that one of the above servers are down. In that case, try all of the different servers before asking for help.
Third, while it is extremely unlikely, your domain might be banned from the server due to the irresponsible actions of another individual using your same domain. If you've exhausted all other options before this, contact one of the server administrators using the above SorceryNet link.
Fourth, if you are a university student, check to make sure your university has not banned access to IRC. Some universities have implemented this policy in an attempt to curb piracy across their networks.
How come I cannot join the room?
There is probably only one explanation for this. If you are getting this message:
#therafimrpg_ooc unable to join channel (address is banned)
It means that you screwed up, broke one of the rules, and you will not be allowed to enter the chatroom for a specific period of time, normally indicated to you like this:
You were kicked from #therafimrpg_ooc by SaddenedOperator (Banned for 24 hours)
Your only option is to wait for the ban to be up, re-join the channel, carefully read the Rules Page and don't screw up again.
But I KNOW that I didn't get banned!
There is a very slight possibility that another person using an account with a similar domain as yours was banned, thereby accidentally banning you also. If you honestly believe this is what happened to you, bring it up to one of the operators via their wikia pm.
What if I want to register my own room?
Choose a room of your own liking, say #nogirlsallowed, or something like that. Join the room, and make sure you're the only one in the room. Then type the following:
/msg chanserv register #nogirlsallowed (password) (description of room)
Of course, do not include the parantheses. The channel description can be multiple words. And voila, the room is now owned by you, so no one else can take it over! But don't go crazy advertising your room. Nobody will join if you do so.
How can I write in colors?
Before I tell you how, you must first understand the consequences of typing in color. Typing in bright colors like yellow can irritate a lot of people. Try to use only dark colors.
Now, to answers your question. If you are using an IRC program such as mIRC, hit the color hotkey button (ctrl-k in most cases). This will bring up a color menu consisting of 16 colors (numbered 0-15). Choose the number corresponding to the color you want to use. Then hit enter. Your text will appear in color. If you would like a background color also, hit (ctrl-k) again, first choose your text color, then your background color. The input will look like (ctrl-k)4,7 (text color separated from BG color by a comma). And that's it.