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IRC Guide

IRC stands for Internet Relay Chat. It is an instant messaging system that is completely separate from the Star Wars Combine and the Darkness interface; however, it is used for communication between players of the game. If you want real-time help or advice, to join faction chats and get to know members, to trade actively, or to meet other members of SWC outside our faction, it is highly recommended that you install and use IRC. It allows for communication both within channels (chat rooms) and personal chats (IMs). There are several different clients that you can choose from to use IRC, but this guide will demonstrate two of the most popular - mIRC and Chatzilla.

IRC is not required to play Star Wars Combine.

mIRC Guide

To download mIRC click here.

mIRC is a free program, and you will not need to pay for it.

Once you have installed mIRC, start the program and you will see the top menu.

IRC Guide

There are various buttons that do different things, but this guide will only focus on the two of them that you will need:

IRC Guide Connect/Disconnect: This button will connect you to an IRC server, or disconnect you from the server that you are currently on.

IRC Guide Options: From here you can manage your mIRC connections, options and preferences.

For this guide, we will use the character named John Smith as an example. You should use your character's information.

Click the Options button. Select Connect as the category and you will see a window that looks like this:

IRC Guide

In the Nickname box, enter your character's full handle using an underscore (_) in place of spaces in the name. Enter the email address which you used to register to SWC and your character's handle as the full name.

Then click Servers under the Connect heading.

You will see a list of default servers that come with mIRC, but you will need to add the Star Wars Combine server. Click the Add button and you will see a window that looks like this:

IRC Guide

In the IRC Server box enter irc.swcombine.com and in Ports enter 5555. For description enter SWC-IRC. Once you've entered everything as shown above, click Add.

Select SWC-IRC from the list and click Select. Then click the OK button to close the Options window.

Then, click the Connect button.

Text will flash across the screen, but you do not need to concern yourself with this. It is just connection information, the server rules and a list of server help staff.

Once you are connected to the server you will see a window with the title Status: Your_Handle on SWC-IRC. You can use this window to send IRC commands to the server.

The first command you should use is to register your nickname. Registering your nick means putting a password on your nickname so that only you can use your character's name on the server.

Assuming our character's name and email address is still the same as above, and that we want to use the password lukesywalker1 for this nick, this is the command:

/msg nickserv register lukeskywalker1 js(a)swcombine.com

When you are registering your nick, you should make up your own password and use an email address that you have access to.

Once you have registered your nick, you can identify yourself (log in to the IRC server as your character), by using this command:

/msg nickserv identify lukeskywalker1

You need to identify yourself before you can join private channels on the IRC server.

Now that you have connected to the server and registered your nick, you can join our faction's IRC channel. Type this command to join:

/join #arkanian

Once you are in the channel, you will see a list of people who are using it. Look for names with a @ or % before them. Tell them that you have joined ARE and you need access to the member's channel, somebody will help you out.

Happy Chatting!

Chatzilla Guide

Chatzilla is an extension for the web browser Firefox. If you use the Firefox web browser, you can use the Chatzilla IRC client add-on.

To get the add-on click here.

Once you have installed the add-on and restarted your browser, you should see a Chatzilla option appear under Tools. Click this button and Chatzilla will open up in a new window. You will see a window where you can enter commands to Chatzilla, and some help information for the program. If you are having trouble with Chatzilla, enter the help commands.

The first command that you should enter is to connect to the Star Wars Combine IRC server. The following will connect you to the SWC IRC server on Port 5555.

/server irc.swcombine.com 5555

Text will flash across the screen, but you do not need to concern yourself with this. It is just connection information, the server rules and a list of server help staff.

Once you are connected to the server you need to register you nickname. This means creating a password for your character's handle so that other people can not pose as you on the server.

First you will need to change to the nickname you want to register. You should use your character's full handle, replacing any spaces with underscores(_). In this example, our character's name is John Smith.

/nick John_Smith

Once you've chosen you nick, you need to register it. In the following example, our character's name is still John Smith, his email address is js(a)swcombine.com and we want his password to be lukeskywalker1.

/msg nickserv register lukeskywalker1 js(a)swcombine.com

Once you have registered your nick, you can identify yourself (log in to the IRC server as your character), by using this command:

/msg nickserv identify lukeskywalker1

You need to identify yourself before you can join private channels on the IRC server. And you will need to re-identify yourself every time that you connect to the server.

Now that you have connected to the server and registered your nick, you can join our faction's IRC channel. Type this command to join:

/join #arkanian

Once you are in the channel, you will see a list of people who are using it. Look for names with a light green or blue bubble next to their name. Tell them that you have joined ARE and you need access to the member's channel, somebody will help you out.

Happy Chatting!

Useful IRC Channels

Here are some other channels that you may want to check out:

#help - For help with IRC or IRC clients.

#swc-help - For help with Star Wars Combine or Darkness-related help.

#swc-members - A general Out of Character (OOC) room for all SWC members.

#swc-traders - A trading room for all SWC members.

#thetraders - An unregulated trading room for all SWC members.