I'm pretty certain some of the newer members to the forum are a bit unfamiliar with IRC, so I thought I'd post this. It's a quick and dirty guide to get on IRC. It's not an in-depth listing of all the slash commands and tricks, but simply a way to get online so you can start playing those custom matches!
IRC is most easily used if you are on a computer, and GDC has created a couple of mirrors to the Shadow Era web interface with IRC built in a separate frame:
To use IRC, all you have to do is specify a username. It can be anything you want it to be, but usually most players will use the same IRC name as their forum name (unless they're trying to go incognito ). You'll find most guild members will tend to place their guild's acronym in front of their IRC name. E.G. AA1-Seragyn, A1-Busti, TJ-Cwhit, ASF-Preybird.
Enter your chosen username, then fill in the Captcha keywords and click ok. On GDC's mirrors you'll be taken straight to the IRC Shadow Era room.
On the right hand side you can see a complete list of everyone online. Down the bottom is the message bar. Type what you want and it'll appear in the main window. This is the public space, and anyone can see what you type. If you want to send a message to someone in particular, you click on their name then select query from the sub-menu. A new chat tab will open up and anything you type will only go to that person. (Great for setting up tourney matches, or just catching up with a friend). To go back to public chat, you can click the Shadow Era tab up the top.
On mobile platforms, there are a couple of extra steps. Firstly you need to download an IRC client. I'm not familiar with all of them, but they should be quite similar. Download one and run it. I use AndChat for Android.
Chances are you'll need to put in a default username in all of these through their menu systems. As I'm not familiar with all of them, you'll need to follow their instructions. This username will be automatically applied every time you log in.
Shadow Era's room is part of the Freenode network, so make sure if you're given an option to choose your network, you use Freenode.
Anyway, once you're logged on, the biggest difference is that mobile IRC programs do not take you directly to Shadow Era's room, you need to tell it that's where you want to go. This is the command:
the /j means join. (Pretty straightforward )
This will put you in the right chat room where you can set up games and chat to the other players.
Anyway, hope this helps to clear up any issues/misconceptions about IRC.