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Channels[edit | edit source]
Newbie Channels[edit | edit source]
Newbie channel is a pre-registered and moderated chat channels for new players. In these channels, players with deep knowledge of the game can help the new players with any question they have. When you type, your messages will only be visible to the GMs or volunteers approved for responding. Someone will then reply to you with an answer. When that happens, both your request, and their answer will be visible to all in the channel.
Whisper, Say, and Shout[edit | edit source]
When not in a party/raid: whisper only works close range, and only to a single person. Say and Shout will be readable by all those around you and will have increasing range. When in a normal party: whisper will be readable by all those in close proximity who are also in your party. Say and shout continue to be heard by all around you in increasing range. When in an organized raid group: whisper will be heard by your party only, say will be heard by your party and those in command (at all levels), and shout will be heard by the entire raid.
Tell[edit | edit source]
Tell only works with people on your friends list and in your family, allowing you to send and receive direct messages.
Chat Channels[edit | edit source]
There will be chat channels with the added capability to register/reserve and moderate channels. These chat channels will work identically to the way IRC channels work. Additionally, you can choose whether you want each of your channels to show up as separate tabs in the same chat window, or as separate, minimizeable chat windows on the bottom of your screen. If you choose separate, the dialog titles will flash whenever you receive a new message so you'll know to restore them to read the message. The chat channel system is really designed for out-of-character or meta-game conversation. As a result, you will always be identified by (and only by) your player alias - not your character name. If you keep your identity as a player separate from your identity as a character, it's possible to have a conversation in the chat channel while also having a separate conversation in-game with the same person - and never know you're talking to them!
Unlike in most games, organizations/guilds do not automatically get a private chat channel. If you want to get the player aliases of your guild members and invite them to a private channel you may do so, however it's not automatic.
No General/Trade Channel[edit | edit source]
There will be no trade, general, etc... channels. Most people either ignore them or abuse them. Additionally, each of those channels are attempts at solving separate problems to which there are better solutions.
References[edit | edit source]
Walsh, Jeromy "Caspian": Dev Journal #4 The Chat System