Yes! On the right hand menu, click on Live Chat!
The chat is run on an IRC server and can be interacted with better with the usage of an IRC client. I will explain fully but first for those who know what IRC is the server is on irc.barafranca.com and the chat room is called to-chat.
Ok so your still reading this probably means you have not got a clue about what I just said above with regards to your IRC.
What is IRC?
IRC stands for Internet Relay Chat. It's the oldest, largest, and most well-established text-based chat system on the 'Net. In fact, it's one of the most popular services on the Net as a whole, just behind the Web and email. Yes even more popular than TO....... possibly
There are way too many clients out there for me to give you a full list and guides on all of them, however i will give you 2 guides on how to download 2 different clients. One is for windows and the other is for Mac OS X. Both programs are free and are better and easier to use than the simple client that is used on the Tycoon Online Website
Please see This Page for more details on clients that are out there.
mIRC For Windows
Well if you have down loaded the client we can get started.
Choose File from the menu on the top left then Select Server a new popup window opens. In the new window you should select Add now another popup comes in here for description simply add something like TO in the box for IRC Server add irc.barafranca.com
Leave all the other boxes blank and click add now select the new server you have just created open it.
the server will start up you should be promted for a channel to join if not type /join #to-chat as seen here, well done you are in.
Colloquy For Mac OS X
This is one of the best clients for Mac computers. To download this client, visit this link and click download. Once the client has been downloaded, a connections window will appear. Press New Connection and then enter your nickname and the service protocol which in this instance is IRC. Under chat server, type in "irc.barafranca.com". Click on the server and then press Join Room. Under chat room, enter #to-chat and press join. Then you have successfully joined the live chat for Tycoon Online. Enjoy!
IRC etiquette is often specific to what channel you are in and the atmosphere there. Referring back to the city/house analogy, each house is allowed to have its own set of rules, which may be enforced however the owner desires, so long as they follow the city laws. You will usually be able to detect the atmosphere of a channel by just watching for a minute or two as the other chatters converse. I'll expand on this in future updates of this tutorial, but for now, enough has been written about netiquette that I really don't feel up to rewriting it. If you're completely new to the chatting world entirely, here is a decent article that will give you the jist of how to behave. You should be able to pick up the specifics and subtleties as you go along.
Chatting Tips and Tricks
This will be just sort of a list of commands and stuff that is useful for normal chatting... --> /me does something -- displays an action message in the channel. Example: /me does something (if your nickname was Bob) would show up like:
- Bob does something
--> /query NICK text -- opens a window in which you can converse 1-on-1 with NICK. Optionally sends text along with it. Example: /query Jim hey there! -- Opens a private conversation with Jim and sends him the text "hey there!".
--> /notice NICK TEXT -- sends someone a notice message. Notices show up a different color and are sent to only one user, just like queries. You can also send notices to entire channels.
--> /ctcp NICK PING -- Most (but not all) people will automatically send you a reply that tells you their ping when they receive this. The higher the ping, the greater the user's latency to the server.
Prefixes and their meanings
You may notice that some people in the channel nicklist (the nicklist refers to the pane on the right side that shows a list of everyone in the channel) have certain prefixes by their nicknames. The possible prefixes and their meanings are: ~ = Channel Owner - In the TO chat room this is Gunzour The Channel Owner is determined by the +q mode. They have access to a few more channel configurations than Ops or Admins. However, the main value of the Owner status is that the Owner is the only one that can set someone as an Admin. Only IRCops and Services may set people as owner, and usually ChanServ only allows one owner per channel.
& = Channel Admin (sometimes called Protected)- In our case this is Jasmine Admins do not have access to any more configuration settings or commands than Ops do. However, they cannot be kicked from the channel by anyone except the owner. Usually a channel has only 3-5 admins. An admin may not make someone else an admin; only the owner has that power
@ = Channel Operator (referred to as Op or Chanop) - We have a few some chat some are from our sponcers and mostly watch Channel operators are the main moderators of the chat room. They have access to the majority of channel configuration settings on Unreal servers and all configuration settings on Non-Unreal servers. They can kick and ban users from the channel (provided the user they are kicking is not of a higher level than them) and can set other people as ops, halfops, or voices.
% = Half-Op (sometimes called Hop) Half-Ops are somewhat rare. They have access to a handful of channel configurations, but not as many as ops. They are allowed to change the topic in channels that are set to "Only ops set topic". They can also kick and ban users from the channel, provided the user they are kicking is not of a higher level than them. Halfops can voice people, but they cannot add other halfops.
+ = Voiced Voiced people do not have any administrative capabilites. It's kind of just a more "respected" position, I guess, than a normal user. The only thing voiced people can do that normal users cannot is if the channel is set to "moderated" status, they are allowed to talk, while normal users can only watch and cannot speak.
~ = Owner. Total power. & = Admin. Same as op, but cannot be kicked. Cannot set other admins. @ = Op. Main position of power, can set most configurations, can kick/ban, can set other ops. % = Halfop. Limited power. + = Voiced. No power, can talk when channel is moderated.
Note that the 3 un-bolded prefixes are only supported in UnrealIRCd. In other words, they will not exist on all networks. I think they do on ours but hey I could be wrong time will tell