Everything You Need To Play Facility J
If you are new to ARGs, IRC, and FacilityJ, please read this article. Everything you need to get caught up is here. This should answer most of your questions regarding the three. Happy playing!
What Is Facility J?
Facility J is an Alternate Reality Game, or ARG. It made its first appearance on January 13th, 2007 on the site of a YouTube user named TravelerJ19. The videos TravelerJ19 released through YouTube consisted of archival scientific footage from the post World War II era. Their subject matter is genetic engineering. The latest on the Facility J ARG can be found in the LG15 Fan Creations section of the Forum index under In-Depth Discussion. Or just click on the link in the "Active Forum Thread" below.
WHAT IS AN ARG? An alternate reality game (ARG) is a type of game that overlaps the game world with reality, by utilizing real world media, in order to deliver an interactive narrative experience to the players.
- For more on ARG's and what they are, please see the following link: http://tinyurl.com/qy5hs
- Maintain the attitude that 'this is not a game!' (TINaG)
- Work Together! Collaboration is the key to solving any puzzle!
- Stay in character!
- For more on TINaG, Please refer to this site: http://tinyurl.com/yael9t
- IG: In Game
- OOG: Out Of Game
- IC: In Character
- OOC: Out Of Character
- Puppet Master (PM): Person (people) behind the scenes
- Shill: Someone in association with the PM, who plays as the biggest fan, etc
- Drop: A clue, dropped off, in which players find and share in order to move along the story
The World Of IRC
What Is It?
Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is a form of real-time Internet chat. It is mainly designed for group (many-to-many) communication in discussion forums called channels, but also allows one-to-one communication via private message.
- For more on IRC's, Please refer to this article:
http://java.freenode.net/index.php (channel: #FacilityJ)
To use Java: If you do not wish to use Java Chat, you will need to use a chat client. Chatzilla and mIRC are two suggestions.
For chat clients: Server: irc.freenode.net (Channel: #FacilityJ)
For Chatzilla: In your browser address bar, put: irc://brown.freenode.net/FacilityJ (replace brown with your corresponding server)
First off, mIRC is an application you can run on your computer to connect to IRC chatrooms. This will give you much more versatility and reliability in the chat. Here are the steps to get started:
- Step 1: Download the mIRC client at http://www.mirc.com/get.html
- Step 2: Install mIRC with the default settings.
- Step 3: Follow the directions to setup mIRC found here: http://www.mirc.com/install.html
- Step 4: Go to the Options menu, under the Connect->Servers category and if FreeNode is in the IRC Network dropdown menu, select it and move to the next step. Otherwise, hit the Add button. Input the following information in the corresponding boxes:
- Description: FreeNode Main
- IRC Server: irc.freenode.net
- Port: 6667
- Group: FreeNode
- and select FreeNode from the IRC Network dropdown menu.
- Step 5: Go to the Options menu, under the Connect->Options category and hit the Perform button.
- Step 6: Hit the Add button and select FreeNode, then click ok. Ensure FreeNode is selected for the Network. Then in the perform commands text area, put "/join #FacilityJ" (Ensure the "Enable perform on connect" option is selected).
After signing in with your chosen username, I recommend that you register it. You can do this by typing:
- "/ns register yourpasswordhere"
If you get a message saying "That username is already registered," this means someone already has that name and you will have to come up with a new name. You can change your name by typing:
- "/nick yournewnamehere"
After registering your username, it is required that you identify yourself each time you sign on. mIRC makes this easy but auto-identifying yourself if you follow this step:
Go back to the perform menu from step 6, and add the following line after the "/join #FacilityJ" line: "/ns identify password"
Following these steps will set up the client to automatically join the channel on connecting to FreeNode and identify you.
Commonly Asked Questions
Q: How do I do an emote?
- A: To emote, simply type: "/me texthere"
Q: How do I join another chat channel?
- A: To join another chat channel, type: "/join #chatnamehere"
Q: Why does my username have a number after it?
- A: Your username may have a number after it if you are disconnected and rejoin. This is called ghosting. You can remove the ghost by typing: "/ns ghost yourusername yourpassword" then change your username back by typing "/nick username"
Q: How do I change my password?
- A: You can change your password by typing: "/ns set password newpassword"
- Note: where "yourpasswordhere" is written, you insert your own desired password.
Common Chat Abbreviations:
- PM- Private Message
- AFK- Away From Keyboard
- BRB- Be Right Back
- ATM- At The Moment
- FTW- For The Win
- RL- Real Life
- IMO- In My Opinion
- TBH- To Be Honest
- IIRC- If I Remember Correctly
- FTL- For The Lose
- FTW- For The Win