TMW online chat services
We use several services for online chatting. Whenever possible we try to bridge the various services to allow everyone in our community to interact regardless of what method they choose.
Discord is a voice, video and text communication service. Our Discord server is the most popular place to chat and its most popular channels are bridged to IRC and Matrix. Discord is proprietary software.
Internet Relay Chat - "IRC provides a way of communicating in real time with people from all over the world. It consists of various separate networks (or "nets") of IRC servers, machines that allow users to connect to IRC. IRC is very similar to text messaging, but designed around communicating with large groups of users instead of one on one."
The Mana World has used IRC since the very beginning. We have had a presence on Platinum (private self-host), Freenode and most recently on Libera Chat. We recommend the Kiwi IRC client to connect to our channels, but you may use any client you like.
Currently, our public channel is #themanaworld on the Libera.Chat network.
Matrix is an open source project that publishes the Matrix open standard for secure, decentralised, real-time communication, and its Apache licensed reference implementations. Matrix is really a decentralised conversation store rather than a messaging protocol. When you send a message in Matrix, it is replicated over all the servers whose users are participating in a given conversation - similarly to how commits are replicated between Git repositories.
You can use the link above to join our Matrix space or click here to simply join our general channel.