Discord is a chat program and is the main venue for RP in Midnight City. If you're familiar with Slack, Skype, or IRC, it shouldn't take you too long to figure out Discord. Even if you aren't, Discord is pretty straightforward. It is available in your web browser, as a standalone desktop app, and as a mobile app.
Head to http://www.discordapp.com to get the app. Or, if you click on our server invite link, you can instantly open the web client.
When you join Midnight City's server, either by clicking the invite link or receiving an invite in Discord from another user, you will see four channels listed on the left hand side of the screen, the chat area in the middle, and the list of users on the right hand side of the screen (on mobile, the left and right panels can be slid out from either side of the screen). You are automatically joined to all the channels when you join the server.
To navigate between channels, simply click on the channel name.
The active channel will be highlighted in the channel listing. Any channels that have new, unread messages in them will have a white dot by their name.
In Discord, you have two names: your username, and your server nickname.
Your username is the name you created your account with, in the format name#1234. You must provide us with this username when you create your account on Midnight City Chronicles so that we know who plays which characters.
Your nickname is a display name that you can change for each server you are on. By default, it is the first portion of your username (without the numbers). In Midnight City Chronicles, you should change your nickname to either your OOC handle, when you are not RPing and are just chatting OOC, or your character name when you are roleplaying as your character.
To change your nickname:
- find your name in the user list on the right side of the screen.
- right click on your nickname
- select 'change nickname' from the menu
- type in your new nickname and click save
You can change your nickname as many times as you want.
You can tag specific users in Discord messages. This will send the user an alert, and highlight the tagged message on their screen.
The format for tagging is @username
When you start to @tag someone, a popup appears over the message entry bar with usernames in it that you can select. The list of usernames will shrink as you type more letters in the tag.
You can place a tag anywhere within a message.
If the channels are very active and there is a chance your messages could get lost in the shuffle, it is courteous to tag your RP partner in a post. Likewise, a GM may ask you to tag them in your posts during a quest. However, if you are seen abusing tags to annoy people, you will be warned, and if the behaviour continues you will be temp banned.
Because of the way Discord formats its posts, *action stars* and the /me command don't work very well for RP posts. All they do is italicize the text.
The best way to write posts so they are easy to read is to simply write them in a normal paragraph style.
Jon walks into the bar and takes a look around. He sees a familiar face seated on one of the stools, so he casually strolls over and says "Hey, Fred."
*walks into the bar and takes a look around. Sees a familiar face seated on one of the stools. Casually strolls over.* Hey, Fred.
Posts should all be written in present tense, as since this is a live chat RP, all actions are happening roughly in real time.
Midnight City Chronicles has its own dicebot that sits in all the channels. You will see this bot at the top of the user list, named Wintermute.
The command to roll dice is:
Where a = the number of dice you want to roll, X = the number of sides on the dice and y = the bonus to be added to the roll.
For example, if my character has a +2 to attack and I want to roll a single attack roll on a 20 sided die, the command would be:
Do not abuse the dicebot by making frequent unnecessary rolls.
By default, Discord allows you to have a small icon display next to your name in the user list and in all your posts. However, this icon is unfortunately not per server (like your nickname). Rather, if you change your icon on one server, you change it on every server you're currently joined to. Icons are not mandatory.
If you opt to use an icon, you may change it to a representation of your character. To change your icon:
- click on the gear icon at the bottom of the screen, below the channel list (user settings)
- On the 'My Account' tab, click edit
- click on the icon (it will say 'change avatar' when you hover over it)
- upload a new icon
If you don't want to see any icons on your screen, you can change the view setting.
- In the user settings, click on the Appearance tab
- Where it says Message Display, select Compact
DMing another user (equivalent to a Private Message or a Whisper) is fairly straightforward. You can right click the user's name and select 'Message' which will open up a separate chat window just for you and that user. This chat is not tied to the server or channels in any way.