SimGames Community Chat

Alert! This page is now present for historical purposes only. We are no longer populating the IRC channel mentioned below. Please do not send us hate mail complaining about the fact that no one answers you when you join this channel. The web site has been closed for nearly two years.

Welcome to SimGames Community Chat! This channel on the Undernet IRC Network (chat room) is being used to replace the SimActiveList, which is no longer being supported by ICQ. Joining the chat is simple. It requires no registration, and you can use any nickname up to nine characters in length. All of the software we will recommend will allow you to visit other channels on this network and to utilize administration functions, should you be appointed as an operator on any channel.

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Joining

Joining our IRC channel is fairly easy. We will explain how to use three different IRC clients, the Java web-based client, mIRC, and Trillian. You may feel free to use any IRC client you have installed, however we will assume that you know how to set it up.

If you're going to set up a client on your own, with no help, here's what you need to know:

IRC Network: Undernet
Recommended Server: losangeles.ca.us.undernet.org
Channel Name: #SimGames

Using mIRC

If you'd like to use mIRC to join our channel, you should probably start by downloading the latest version from here. These directions will assume you are running version 5.91, though most newer versions of mIRC will probably be fairly similar.

Options WindowAfter you start mIRC, dismiss any dialog boxes that appear. Now click on the options (Options) button in the toolbar. You will now be presented with a window which contains several entry fields.

From the list of IRC servers, choose either Random US Undernet Server (for USA), Random EU Undernet Server (for European users), or any other server entry in the list that begins with Undernet:. If possible, it is best to select a server whose location is closest to your own.

The Full Name and Email Address boxes are not required, and you may choose to leave them blank or supply invalid information. This is fine.

You must, however, fill in a Nickname. The nickname must be 9 characters or less, starting with a letter. It cannot include spaces. This will be your "name" as it appears to other users. You should also select an alternate nickname, and enter it in the Alternative field. mIRC will automatically use this as a backup, if the nickname you have chosen is already in use by someone else.

To avoid being spammed too much, you should also check the box for Invisible Mode.

Once you have filled in the necessary information, click the OK button. You're now ready to connect to IRC. Click on the Connect (Connect) button on the mIRC toolbar, and mIRC will attempt to connect to the Undernet IRC Network.

Join FieldOnce you are connected to the network, the Channels Folder will appear. To join our channel, type #SimGames in the box and click the Join button. If you close the channels folder, you may also type the command /join #SimGames in the status window to join.

If the connection fails, repeat the steps for selecting a different Undernet server, then continue from there.

You should now be ready to chat! Simply type what you want to say in the line at the bottom of the channel window, and press enter.

Using Trillian's Free Version

If you'd like to use the Free Version of Trillian to join our channel, you should probably start by downloading the latest version from here. These directions will assume you are running version 0.71, but should work with versions 0.635 and up.

Connection ManagerTrillian is capable of connecting to several different chat services. You may configure Trillian to connect to any of these using a similar technique, but we will not discuss these other services here.

To create an IRC connection, locate the medium bar (Mediums). Click on the IRC medium button (IRC) and select "Connection Manager..." from the menu that appears.

A dialog will appear, containing the fields shown to the right.

Fill in Servername with us.undernet.org if you live in North America, or eu.undernet.org if you live in Europe, or elsewhere in the world. Enter 6667 in the box labeled Port.

You must fill the Nickname field. The nickname must be 9 characters or fewer, starting with a letter. It cannot include spaces. This will be your "name" as it appears to other users. You should also select an alternate nickname, and enter it in the Alternate field. Trillian will automatically use this as a backup, if the nickname you have chosen is already in use.

IRC MenuThe remaining fields are optional. The Username field will be used as part of your IRC address. This is used to reference your connection, and if left blank, will simply appear as "~nobody" when you are connected to IRC. The User Information field is a place you can put your name or brief quip. It can be left blank.

Once you have completed the required fields, click on the Connect button at the top of the dialog box. You are now connected to the Undernet network.

To join our channel, click on the IRC medium button (IRC) and select Join Channel... from the menu, as seen on the left. Simply enter #SimGames at the prompt and click the OK button.

You should now be ready to chat! Simply type what you want to say in the line at the bottom of the channel window, and press enter.

Chat Rules

These rules have been instituted so that all members will be able to enjoy SimGames Community Chat as much as possible:

General Rules:

Administrator Rules:

Administrator List

Username Usual NicknameAccess Level
SimGuy SimGuy 500 [Owner]
yildirim *leo*, lpetr 425 [High Admin]
UBCWiskatosUBC_Wiska 400 [Admin]
billobob billobob 400 [Admin]
dbainbridgebaims 400 [Admin]
prov Randh 400 [Admin]
kevinb2 kevinb 400 [Admin]
wasmwl sinewave 100 [Operator]

Management

In order to gain access to channel management functions, such as kicking, topic changes, and of course, ops, you need to register an Undernet username. This is NOT nickname registration and your username does not have to be the same as your nickname. Go to the Channel Service Live site to register.

All users that register with CService may ask a level 400 or higher user to be added at level 25 to the user list. This will allow you to voice yourself, and to access minimal channel functions.

Trusted regular visitors will be promoted to level 50, which allows the use of the topic and kick functions. Continued good behavior and helpfulness will lead to later promotions to 100, then 400, as new operators are needed.

For details on the full set of Channel Service command functions, please review the CMaster Command List

If you are concerned about discussing your user account with random people, you may verify that a user is an administrator on #SimGames. Simply type /whois <nickname>. The result in your status window will indicate, for example: "SimGuy is logged in as SimGuy." If your IRC client does not support this directive correctly, it may appear as: "SimGuy SimGuy :is logged in as." To verify this user, simply look at the list of current administrators above, and see if that person's username is in the list. If the /whois command does not give you any indication about the user's username, he or she is not authenticated and should not be trusted as a #SimGames administrator.