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: chatting online
: sheridan 19 May, 2021, 12:44:12 PM
Looks like a lot of people need to talk, so how about we do so online?  I've virtually attended the Lawless convention and numerous Southern Contingent meetings over the past year, as well as a regular gaming channel (voice channel while we play boardgames online).


At this stage I'm thinking of just setting a date, time and location and seeing who - if anybody - turns up.


I'll lay out the options below and am thinking of possibly doing this later this week (I'm guessing weekends would probably be most convenient but this particular weekend is already going to be logistically challenging for me).
: Re: chatting online
: sheridan 19 May, 2021, 12:52:10 PM
first option - discord.

I have a free discord account and have a text / voice channel set up though have not used it yet.


I tried to get the non-signed-up member experience, but I think the fact I have an account already and have only used it from my own IP address meant it wouldn't let me sign in anonymously.  I'm pretty sure you could get in to a channel pretty quickly after clicking on the pictures of lamposts in the verification process.  You might have to give an email address, not sure.


Features:
Limits:
: Re: chatting online
: sheridan 19 May, 2021, 12:57:33 PM
second option - zoom.  I have a zoom account and it looks pretty simple to host a meeting (again, not something I've done so far).


No zoom account is required to participate.

Features:
Limits:

: Re: chatting online
: sheridan 19 May, 2021, 01:05:32 PM
skype - something I've used for one-to-one calls quite a bit, but never tired the meeting functions.

No sign up required to join the call.

features:
limits:

: Re: chatting online
: wedgeski 19 May, 2021, 01:39:54 PM
Discord is excellent. I only use the free product and have video -- we use it for D&D every week. Am I missing something?
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: The Legendary Shark 19 May, 2021, 02:51:59 PM
I used to run the Wednesday Night Chat on Paltalk back in the day (in the room "Rowdy Yates Block Citizens' Yap Shop," admin code 1977 if anyone wants to resurrect it) and it was enormous fun.
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: Colin YNWA 19 May, 2021, 04:40:00 PM
I used to run the Wednesday Night Chat on Paltalk back in the day (in the room "Rowdy Yates Block Citizens' Yap Shop," admin code 1977 if anyone wants to resurrect it) and it was enormous fun.

That was great fun and maybe the idea can be carried forward to a new platform - Zoom is a great option - folks can just use the chat function if they don't feel comfortable sharing their noggin and tones. It can be about anything and a chance to share whatever as an extension of this place.
: Re: chatting online
: sheridan 19 May, 2021, 06:44:18 PM
Discord is excellent. I only use the free product and have video -- we use it for D&D every week. Am I missing something?

Much more likely that I've missed the video option somewhere!
: Re: chatting online
: sheridan 19 May, 2021, 06:45:35 PM
I used to run the Wednesday Night Chat on Paltalk back in the day (in the room "Rowdy Yates Block Citizens' Yap Shop," admin code 1977 if anyone wants to resurrect it) and it was enormous fun.

That was great fun and maybe the idea can be carried forward to a new platform - Zoom is a great option - folks can just use the chat function if they don't feel comfortable sharing their noggin and tones. It can be about anything and a chance to share whatever as an extension of this place.

Sounds good - though I'm not keen on downloading any software I don't already have installed (the ones mentioned above, essentially).
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: sheridan 19 May, 2021, 06:52:48 PM
p.s. would it be too short notice to try the Wednesday Night Chat on discord or zoom tonight?
: Re: chatting online
: Funt Solo 19 May, 2021, 07:21:15 PM
I would pop in and say hi (if I can get over my fearz) but can't until 10pm because time zones && employment.

I popped into the Lawless zoom but was totally intimidated and so just lurked for a bit then left.

I'm a mouthy bastard in text but IRL a bit slow to get going.
: Re: chatting online
: sheridan 19 May, 2021, 07:55:31 PM
Right, I'll schedule something for 22:00 tonight, UTZ+1 (also known as BST) in Zoom.  Rackle and I shall be attending, and any other forumites who'd like to turn up.  I'll have to look at the settings so you have to be allowed in (so not for the general public to crash).
: Re: chatting online
: sheridan 19 May, 2021, 08:01:41 PM
Just found out about another limit on zoom - meetings with more than 3 participants are limited to 40 minutes!  (if the free account has a free account, like what I do)

Anyway,

https://zoom.us/j/91572371207?pwd=QThnTEcrOWcrYSsxTjE2eGRsUk1wdz09

Meeting ID: 915 7237 1207
Passcode: 0XsWf3

As I understand it posting that in a public forum won't allow just any passer by to enter the chat as they'll have to be approved by me to get past the lobby.
: Re: chatting online
: sheridan 19 May, 2021, 11:16:32 PM
That worked well, though now I know that we can get video on discord I'm tempted to use that next week.  The video button is really obvious on the discord app, by the way - just that whenever I've used discord our visual focus has been on something else (either roll20 for a virtual D&D desktop or boardgamearena to play a virtual boardgame).

p.s. luckily for our short-notice zoom call there were only three of us present, but if there had been any more we'd have hit that 40 minute limit, which is why I think we should try discord next week.
: Re: chatting online
: sheridan 19 May, 2021, 11:43:39 PM
Couldn't find any information on what discord is like as a non-user, but I did come across a few commands I'll keep to one side for next week...
:
/giphy {search} where {search} is anything you want to search for an animated gif on
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/nick {new nick} change nickname where {new nick} is the new nickname you want
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/tts {message} discord will read out a typed message (this seems to be a serve setting that I can't find)
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/afk set {away} set away from keyboard message {away} message appears if anybody mentions your name while you're away
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/membercount returns how many people in the channel
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/me {text} emphasies following text
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/spoiler {text} hides spoilered text
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/tableflip flips over a table in ascii
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/unflip unflips a table in ascii
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/shrug ascii again

: Re: chatting online
: sheridan 20 May, 2021, 12:42:08 AM
The following link will expire in 7 days (so early on Thursday morning).

Not entirely sure how they work, but I think the first one will take you to the text channel and the second to the voice channel.

text (https://discord.gg/4mhfw4tP)

voice (https://discord.gg/hjn6h9fd)

The channels will be there between now and next week (I think) but I won't be there live until 21:00 next Wednesday, and I'll stay around for about two hours.  Attend in text form only, audio or with the full video experience.
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: Funt Solo 20 May, 2021, 01:19:57 AM
Thanks, Sheridan - nice to meet you and Rackle - good nerd chat. Maybe Discord will be less choppy - that whole Atlantic Ocean thing was causing a bit of lag for me.

One thing I blethered about but didn't expand on was this cool artifact: D&D Rules Cyclopedia (https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/17171/DD-Rules-Cyclopedia-Basic).
: Re: chatting online
: The Doctor Alt 8 21 May, 2021, 06:43:31 AM
I used to enjoy those meetings to. However I used to have terrible connection problems. I suppose I could rejoin when visiting Adrian as he has a proper internet and he could join in to...
: Re: chatting online
: sheridan 26 May, 2021, 09:48:36 PM
Damnit - forgot about this - the plan was to log on at 21:00 and if Funt Solo is free at 22:00 (due to timezone stuff) then it'd all be set up by the time they were available.  Well, I'm logged in now so the second part of the plan is working...
: Re: chatting online
: Funt Solo 26 May, 2021, 10:53:30 PM
Ah - got to skip it this week - I fell into the Regened prog and now I've got some IRL missions.  :)
: Re: chatting online
: sheridan 26 May, 2021, 10:54:33 PM
No worries - discord appears to work (both the web and app versions).