Did someone say party? Yes! We’ll be having several chat parties in HOL’s dedicated IRC chat. They’re a chance for everyone to kick back, relax, play some games and get to know the HOL community better. Read on to find out where, when and how to join us.
Our fifth and final party is scheduled for Saturday the 30th of September between 7 PM and 12 A.M Hol-time
(which is British Standard Time). If you need to work out what that is in your time-zone, I suggest using an online time-zone converter. I’ll edit and bump this thread to remind people.
We’ll be playing games every hour, on the hour so if you can’t make the start, drop in whenever and join in. Same if you can only make it for a while-that’s perfectly fine. I’ll be posting explanations and rules for some of the games in replies to this thread so you can read up ahead of time.
We have our own designated channel: #offtoschool
. This will be moderated by a channel operator (someone with an @ sign in front of their username) for the duration. After that, it’d be great if everyone could move back to the main #hol channel to continue chatting. Everyone
will be expected to comply with HOL rules
and in particular the IRC guidelines
at all times. If you're new to IRC, please double check those beforehand and remember to use a variant of your HOL name when signing in.
Now, how do you join us? The simplest way is to use the form on the HOL Home page which will give you instant access to our IRC network via CGI. You can either join #hol by simply putting in your HOL name in the ‘Nick’ box and hitting join or you can join our channel directly by changing the channel from #hol to #offtoschool. If you visit #hol first, you can join other channels by typing /join and then the name of the channel with the # sign in front (e.g. /join #offtoschool). As I said earlier, our dedicated channel is only for the events-if you want to chat at other times, #hol is the place for you.
CGI is only one of many clients and if you’re interested in chatting regularly, you may want to look into a more user friendly one (whether it’s a web client like Mibbit or a desktop one like mIRC). There is plenty of advice on this in the HOL handbook and on the forums.
For a lot of the games I’ll need to share cards and bits of in-game info with you via the ‘P2P’ (person to person) feature which is IRC’s version of a private message. If you’d like to familiarise yourself with that ahead of time just find me in chat (I go by Sky at all times) and I’ll be happy to be your Guinea pig.
Hope to see you on the 30th!