Once you are connected to a server, you join a channel, which is
basically a conversation. The channel opens its own tab in your
IRC client, in which you can read everything anyone on the channel
says. Channels have names which start with the
In addition to channel talk, you can have private conversations with other IRC users on the same server. Private conversations get their own tabs, and are only visible to the participants.
Download Mozilla for your operating system from this site at Mozilla.org. The download (which is large, sorry) will present you with a compressed archive file, which your operating system should be able to open. For Linux or Windows, this will give you an installer; for Mac, it simply opens a disk image containing the program, which you can run immediately. If you are using the Windows installer, make sure you tell it to install all components. In particular, the piece you need is the IRC client, named Chatzilla.
Immediately above the text box, there is a row of tabs. (When you start the client, there will be only one tab, but we will add more in the next section.) The tabs determine which of your channels and conversations is currently active. The active tab determines both which conversation is shown in the top right pane, and which conversation the input you type into the text box enters. Switch active tabs by clicking with the mouse on the tab you want.
In the text box of your Chatzilla window, type:
/attach irc.infersys.comIf you have not used Chatzilla before, a small dialog box will pop up asking you for a preferred nickname. Enter some short name for yourself (no spaces) in that dialog box. Chatzilla should respond with some welcome messages. This may take awhile, and the messages will be somewhat cryptic, but they can usually be ignored. Once the connection has happened, you will have two tabs, named "*client*" and "irc.infersys.com", and the "irc.infersys.com" tab should be active.
Now, you will join the channel named
is the channel for public game messages, and for any table talk
amongst the players. Type:
/join #simcapThis should add a third tab, named "#simcap".
You will need one more tab, for exchanging private messages with
the gamemaster robot, whose IRC nickname is
this is a private message tab, rather than a channel, open it by
/query gmNote that, if the person running the robot has not yet started it, you will get an error, but the tab will still open, and will behave normally once the robot is running.
Change the active tab by clicking the tab you want to view. Commands and text you type will be sent to the active tab, so, if you type text while "#simcap" is active, it will be sent to the "#simcap" channel. If you type text while "gm" is active, it will be sent as a private message to gm.
The gm robot ignores everything you say on the "#simcap" channel --- the channel exists so that you can read public information sent by the robot, so that you can talk to the other players in the game, and so that non-players can watch the game. Thus, any command you want the robot to interpret, you must send in the gm tab. In addition, if you type commands in the "#simcap" channel, other players will be able to see them, which may not be what you want.
Note that there are three possible game states:
startcommand yet (see the main game instructions and/or the gm's help page for
start), then all commands except
helpwill result in an error message from the gm user. This is also harmless.
startcommand to run the game, everyone should get a feel for talking to the bot, and for what its error messages look like, by typing commands in the gm tab. Type anything you want (except for
start). In particular, try
helpwhich tells the robot to give you a list of commands used in the game. After that, try
help bidto get the help listing for the bid command. Each command has its own help listing, which explains the syntax of using that command in-game, and you can request those listings at any time during the game.
That's all. Return to the main SimCapitalism instructions to find out how to play the game itself. Good luck, and happy gaming!