New Member Guide to MES Virtual

Please Note that this information is primarily for Out of Character interactions in the MES National Online Game’s OOC Channel. The full document is under storyteller information, and includes game specific information.

Online games are conducted over the internet using IRC’s built-in challenge resolution system, thereby allowing players from all over the world the chance to role-play together in the same place at the same time with an easy-to-use mechanics system for in character chops.

Server and Channel Information:

The first thing you’ll need to do to get started with Mind’s Eye Society on IRC is to get an IRC client – a program that will allow you to make use of the IRC network.  Some of the more popular ones include:

Server: irc.darkmyst.org

Primary MES Virtual Channels:

#mes-virtual-ooc – This is MES Online Game OOC channel, it’s used for RL conversation, and ST announcements before and during game. Members are welcome and encouraged to stay in this channel during games for conversation and so they see any ST announcements.

#mes-virtual-ic – This is MES Online Game Primary IC channel for game purposes. Most games use this as the central game channel, but may use additional or different channels as needed based on the game needs. Additional channels will be listed in the channel topic.

#mes-virtual-challenge – MES Online Game Challenge channel. All challenges are done in this channel with the exception of the pre-game feeding and discipline/arcana/etc. activation.

Conversation and Actions:

Conversational speech is simply just typed into the channel. There is no need for quotation marks in this case.  In the event someone has a need to say something out of character in the game channels, it should be inside parenthesis or it will be considered to have been said by your character.

Private Messages (PM):

Private Messages generally open a second window, especially in mIRC, that can be used to communicate privately with another player or the Storyteller. Most programs, you can double-click on the person’s nick that you want to talk privately to and it will open a second window in your program. Some programs will require that you use the /msg command.

/msg cris hey I need some help.

Would open a private message window with cris that shows your nick and has the text behind it.

<cris> hey I need some help.

Nick changes:

Nickname changes are something that can sometimes happen frequently during a game, especially if combat is initiated. If you wish to change your nick, the command is /nick

For example:

Typing /nick cris-afk

Would show the following in the channel:

* cris is now known as cris-afk

Actions:

If you wish your character to do something, IRC comes with an “emote” command.

If you type the following into the chat room:

/me waves to the room

You will see:

* cris waves to the room

If you wish your character to take an action as they speak, just add quotation marks to the spoken text.

/me waves to the room “Hello everyone.”

Will appear as the following in the chat room:

* cris waves to the room “Hello everyone.”

Please do not change the text color, as some people change their screen backgrounds and would have difficulty seeing the text if you did.