Please join us in our IRC chat room channel for off-topic chat!
If your questions relate to Dreamcast development or other Dreamcast-related topics, you will probably have greater success at irc.freenode.net #dreamcastdev
If you are new to IRC chat, please read below for more information.
The purpose of the following is to document ways to connect to the IRC channel--the chat room--using several popular clients. IRC stands for Internet Relay Chat. IRC allows you to chat almost instantly with people all over the world. IRC uses networks, servers, and channels to get you to where you want to go. DCEmulation had its own IRC network until early 2008, but now we have moved to ForeverChat. However, irc.dcemulation.com connects to the new network. Other popular networks include EFnet, Freenode, and DALnet. Upon joining a network, you can join a channel by typing the command "/join #channel", without quotes and replacing #channel with your desired channel.
Connecting to DCEmulation IRC
To connect to our channel under any IRC client, type the following: /server irc.dcemulation.com:6667 Wait until messages stop scrolling by in your client, then type /join #dcemu It's that simple. After joining the channel, feel free to ask us for help in using IRC. To keep other people from registering your desired nickname, type the following: /msg nickserv register password email replacing password with your desired password and email with an email address where you can be contacted. When you connect, you will need to enter /msg nickserv identify password This proves that you are the owner of the nickname, and this is how you gain ops or voice in channels automatically. If someone else is using your desired nickname, or if you got disconnected and your nickname is still in the channel, you can type /msg nickserv ghost nickname password and that name will be disconnected.
Popular IRC Clients
IRC is a very old protocol, and therefore there are many clients you can use. Some clients are really good... and some are very bad. Rather than show you how to use each individually, we have provided links to tutorials made by other people on using these clients.
mIRC is the most popular Windows IRC client. It can be obtained from mirc.com. IRCBeginner.com has a pretty good tutorial showing how to connect this popular client to the Undernet IRC network. The only difference is in the Servers box you will need to click the add button, and put in irc.dcemulation.com:6667.
X-Chat is probably the second most popular IRC client out there, and it is widely used on Linux, *BSD, Unix, and Mac OS X systems. X-Chat is open source, so there are many versions of this client. The official build can be found at XChat.org. A very good unofficial Windows build can be found at Silverex.org. A universal binary of X-Chat Aqua for Mac OS X can be found at its sourceforge.net page. XChat.org has a document that shows the basic functionality of the client.
Do you use your Dreamcast for internet access? If so, the PlanetWeb browser has an IRC client built-in! All you have to do is type pwchat://irc.dcemulation.com:6667/#dcemu into the address bar.
Don't want to install anything? Are you on a public computer or are you at work or school? You can use the IRC @ Work website to get to the chat room. Put in your own Nickname and use irc.dcemulation.com as the Server and #dcemu as the Channel.
Other Guides and Closing Thoughts
If we don't have what you are looking for in this document, don't worry! IRCHelp.org has tons of guides that can help you which are probably much more complete than this one. This guide is in no way complete, nor will it ever be. We hope that you have found this guide useful!