In addition to traditional live role-playing games, Mind’s Eye Society also offers online role-playing options using Internet Relay Chat, or IRC. IRC is used in Mind’s Eye Society for simple in-game channels where player characters send text messages back and forth and for online chat rooms where they can interact in groups both in character and out of character.
Online games are conducted over the internet using IRC’s built-in challenge resolution system, thereby allowing players from all over the world the chance to role-play together in the same place at the same time with an easy-to-use mechanics system for in character chops.
The national IRC games are set in the physical world in Puerto Rico and interact fully with the rest of the Mind’s Eye Theatre universe. They are open to any MES member who wishes to participate. The events that unfold in a Puerto Rico game are just as “real” as those that take place anywhere else, and the player characters that deal with them are no different than the ones you’d find at any other game. They just happen to be played over the medium of the internet (although you can still take them to a live game if the opportunity arises).
The first thing you’ll need to do to get started with Mind’s Eye Society on IRC is to get an IRC client – a program that will allow you to make use of the IRC network. Some of the more popular ones include
Once you have a client and have it installed you’ll need to connect it to the Darkmyst server, the server that hosts all Mind’s Eye Society channels. Darkmyst has some helpful hints about how to do this at their Connecting FAQ page.
Once you’re on, simply join the #cam-ooc channel and ask an Op (signified with a @ in front of their screen name) for help on how to get involved. They will be able to point you towards the in-game channels, give you the keys required to access them, and answer general questions about how to get the most out of your IRC experience.
For more detailed information about Mind’s Eye Society’s IRC presence please see the official Policies page.
The Virtual Communities:
MES Virtual is the central virtual community with a strong history within Mind’s Eye Society. It’s main members are drawn from the 8 regional virtual chapters. Chapter members are given the option of participating in the National Online IRC games rather than attending a physical game if travel to a local game is difficult. Membership in one of the 8 virtual regional chapters is not required to participate or be a member of MES Virtual.
Membership in a regional virtual chapter should be discussed with your region’s coordinator. Most regions rule that the virtual chapter membership is open to anyone who lives more than thirty miles away from an existing physical chapter or who has a medical condition that makes attending live games impossible. If you meet either of these criteria or if you have some other extraordinary situation that you feel might make you eligible for special consideration, then feel free to contact your Regional Coordinator to find out more about joining the MES Virtual chapter for your region. You can also contact the National Community Manager Cris Hundley with any questions about MES Virtual at firstname.lastname@example.org.