HalloweeM 45: The Vinyl Frontier
October 28 – 31, 2021
HalloweeM via Discord
Check out this EASY Discord Tutorial video on YouTube to get an idea about general features. Our HalloweeM server has been customized to consider the needs of attendees when viewing programs, participating in tournaments and online games, and interacting with others. There is also the ability to solve a jigsaw puzzle or play trivia. And designated places where SIGs and people with common interests can find one another. There is even the ability to indicate your "hug" preference. Join us and be prepared to be pleasantly surprised.
The Invitation Link to access our customized HalloweeM Discord server will be available HERE no later than noon Thursday, October 28th. People will be given a chance to familiarize themselves with the set up and to mingle before any of the programs start, including Friday’s Costume Contest.
Speakers, Tournament Leaders, and WeeM Team Volunteers will get the Invitation Link earlier to verify they can use it from their device.
You only need the Invitation Link to join initially. Subsequently, just fire up the Discord app, or go to the Discord web site, and the WeeM server will be shown in the leftmost column. If there isn't a long white/black line to the left of the icon (dark/light mode), just click on the WeeM icon to join again.
We recommend you use the app. You can use the browser version of Discord but it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles the app does. People using the Firefox or Edge browser have had an lots of difficulties so if you're going to use a browser, we recommend Chrome. If you have the app and you click on the Invitation Link, Discord will handle redirecting you to the app similar to Zoom.
Click on the Invitation Link and it will open Discord in your browser. If you’ve downloaded the app, Discord will complete the process via the app.
The "Welcome" screen will appear. Click on the blue "Join HalloweeM" button.
Next the "Welcome to HalloweeM" screen will appear. You are now in the orientation text channel in the the WeeM Discord server. You will see icon in the leftmost column. To access the rest of the HalloweeM channels, you must first accept the HalloweeM Code of Conduct. If you agree, click the blue "OK" button at the bottom right.
After you click the "OK" button, you’ll see a message encouraging you to visit the welcome text channel. It will give a quick overview about the setup.
You only need the Invitation Link to join initially. Subsequently, just fire up the Discord app, or go to the Discord website, and the WeeM server will be shown in the leftmost column. If there isn't a long white/black line to the left of the icon (dark/light mode), just click on the WeeM icon to rejoin.
Layout When in a Text Channel
To the right, you’ll see the list of usernames. Right click on on the person you wish to send a message to and click on "Message". You may do the same if you see their username listed on the left under a channel. These are Direct Messages (DM) that are private and not viewable by anyone other than you and the username.
Along the left edge, if you click on the first icon at the top, you can see all text messages people have sent directly to you. You’ll see your list of friends and a list of people who have sent you direct messages (DM), which are private. There will be a number next to the icon if you have unread messages. If you click on the inbox on the upper right, you can also see all the text channels where someone @mentioned you; these are not private.
On your left, at very bottom of the channel column, you’ll see the User Settings cog , which you would click. The "My Account" menu item should open by default. Click the blue "Edit" button.
Note: On a tablet or smart phone , tap on your image on the bottom left. Then tap the "My Account" menu item on the left.
At the top right edge of your current image, you’ll see an image icon with a + in its upper right hand corner. Click on that icon, and you’ll be able to specify the folder and filename of the image you wish to use. Click the green "Save" button to save any changes you make.
Note: On a tablet , tap on the Discord icon to get back.
Look for your username on the right or on the left. Right-click it and select "Nickname". You can override your username on the HalloweeM Discord server without affecting how your username is displayed on other Discord servers. To avoid endless questions about who you are, we ask everyone to use their real names, or whatever name you are widely known by at RGs and AGs.
On a tablet or phone, scroll all the way to the right and tap on your username. You’ll see Manage User and if you tap on that, the window that pops out will allow you to change your Nickname. Otherwise, to the left, above all the channels you’ll see HalloweeM, and if you tap that, you also see "Change Nickname" which you can tap and then enter your Nickname.
The PAAG (when it becomes available) will be available in the schedule-and-announcements text channel.
You may wish to enable notifications in the schedule-and-announcements text channel as well as the various text associated with each voice channel in which a program will occur in which you are interested. Just right-click on the text channel and one of the options is "Notifications" and you can check the box.
Right click on the channel name and one of the options is "Hide Names". When you check the box, the usernames will appear as icons.
To invite people to the channel you’re in, simply click/tap on the Create Invite icon to the right of the channel name.
Note: On a smart phone , long tap on the channel name and Invite is the last menu item on the overlay.
To @mention someone specifically or a group of people with a particular role,
you can simply type an @ followed by their username or role.
After you’ve typed a few letters, a list of matching names and roles will pop up and
you can click on the one you want, or you can type the entire name or role, and
press "return" to turn it into a blue @username or @role.
You may do this multiple times to @mention
more than one individual. This works very much like Twitter or Facebook.
Scroll down the list of channels until you see Programs. Find the voice channel listed in the program or the PAAG (when it becomes available) where the speaker is expected to be. If the speaker is streaming a video or offering any visual aides, you will see Live next to their name. Tap/Click on the presenter’s screen or on Live to view their presentation.
Speakers are the only ones who will be able to use their microphone in a program channel other than Elm and Oak (speakers who wish to interact directly with their audience have been scheduled to use Elm or Oak). If you wish to interact with others during a presentation, you may use the corresponding room-discussion text channel for live comments or for asking questions during the Q/A portion of the presentation. Some speakers may monitor the text channel whereas others may have their speaker aide do so for them.
If your screen is large enough to view more than one window or you have multiple monitors, there is a "pop-out" icon that appears on the lower right when you hover on the stream. Click it and the presentation will appear in a new window that you can then drag to position it so you can see it and the Discord app. You may then simultaneously listen and watch while also viewing any text channel.
Layout When in the Game find-a-game Text Channel
Scroll down the list of channels until you see Games. Click/tap on the first channel listed under Games which is the find-a-game text channel. You’ll see valuable, helpful information about how to participate in the various gaming possibilitites attendees can take advantage of. It specifies which online games require advanced registration and the links to register; all these online game apps are free.
Check out and use the game-announcements text channel to see if people want to get together for a specific game at a specific time in a specific channel.
The two games you can play without using an app are Trivia, by clicking/tapping on the trivia text channel, and Cards Against Humanity by clicking/tapping on the cards-against-humanity text channel.
Several games are played in a browser: jigsaw-puzzle, Euchre, and Double-Deck Cancellation Hearts (DDCH). You can solve a jigsaw puzzle by clicking/tapping on the jigsaw-puzzles channel where you see a link, which you then click/tap to solve the puzzle in your browser. Double-Deck Cancellation Hearts (DDCH) for 8 people also has a link to initiate/join the game in a browser as well as its own ddch-how-to text channel listing the instructions. In all cases there is a corresponding voice channel you may wish to join so you can talk to the people who are also solving the puzzle or playing DDCH.
Register in advance for Board Game Arena to play games like 6 nimmt!, 7 Wonders, Can’t Stop, Lost Cities, Carcassonne, Kingdomino, Hanabi, Stone Age, Saboteur, Spyrium, Sushi Go!, Takenoko, Dice Forge, Seasons, and Love Letter. A 7 Wonders Tournament has been scheduled so be sure to be sure to register well before it starts.
Register in advance to play Codenames.
Register in advance to play Dixit.
Register in advance to play Dominion.
Register in advance to play Secret Hitler.
Register in advance to play many different games on Yucata.
Scroll down the list of channels until you see Games and click on the jigsaw-puzzles channel. You’ll see a bue link. Clicking on the link will open the jigsaw puzzle in a browser. "Preview" at the top will show you an image of the completed puzzle; take an image shot of it if you would like to avoid having to open it a lot. Talk to others who are also working on the puzzle by joining the Jigsaw Puzzle channel. If you leave the puzzle for a while, you’ll get a Lost connection pop-up, but it’s purely informatory — simply click on "Reconnect" when you’re ready to continue.
Just @mention anyone with a gHost role. Simply type the @ghos and you should see the
@gHost role pop up on the list that matches the list of letters you entered and
click/tap on @gHost. Someone will get back to you.
Also, near the top is a Discord Help channel and if you see anyone in there, just join it and s/he will try to assist you and answer questions.
Voice Channels: If you right-click on your username, either on the right, or under the channel you are currently in, the menu includes "Move to". If you select that option, all the voice channels are listed alphabetically and if you click one one, you’ll be moved there.
Usernames, Text Channels, Bots, Servers: In the upper left corner of your screen, above the list of channels, you’ll see a blue CMD+K button which is the search button. Click on it and the field will contain "Where would you like to go?" As you type, usernames, text channels, bots, and Discord server names will appear.
On a tablet or smart phone , tap on the search icon shown under the channel column, the and the "Where would you like to go?" search option appears, where you can enter a enter the username or text channel name.
The Search field above the list of usernames will enable you to search both direct messages and @mentions involving a specific username. Clicking on the field will show you a list of filters you and apply to your search.
On a tablet or smart phone , if you tap the search icon shown above the usernames on the far right or above the center panel, you see the "Search in HalloweeM" option, and you’ll also see some tips to filter your search.
We have four bots on duty to help your WeeM experience: roleypoly, WeeMbot, TriviaBot, and ServerStats.
Visit the welcome text channel. Follow the instructions to invoke the roleypoly bot.
We suggest you set your hug dot red, yellow or green with roleypoly. You
may give or offer someone a hug by typing "%hug @username" in a
channel. As you type @username, a list of possible usernames or roles appears
that contain your letters and you can then choose one and the
@username will turn blue. Once you send
your hug, the result will depend on that person's hug dot, or lack of
If you are offered a hug when your hug dot is yellow or absent, the WeeMbot will mention you and the other person in a message and you may click the thumb-up or thumb-down emoji as you choose. Either way, that message will disappear so you won't leave the person hanging!
Here’s a list of commands you may use:
When you first join, you must agree to the posted Code of Conduct to be able to interact with attendees, view programs, etc. The Code of Contact will be permanently posted in the orientation text channel.
If you encounter violations, you may report them to the @WhiteHats via a mention or you can privately message anyone listed under the WHITEHAT role (under the list of usernamers on the right) by right-clicking/long tapping on their username. Someone will get back to you.
Locate the name of the person whose voice seems to be loud or soft in your current voice channel and right click on their name. You’ll see a user volume slider. Adjust as needed. You can even mute them if you don’t wish to hear what they have to say, but like blocking someone on Facebook, the conversation may then sound weird as other people continue to interact with that person and you have no idea about the context.
After an hour of inactivity, you will be sent to there to free space for others in the channel in which you were in. You should also go there if you’re planning to take a break. Your microphone and speakers will be automatically muted and of course your video feed, if enabled, will be disabled.
Yes. In a text channel,
mention @WhiteHats or you can privately message
anyone listed under the WHITEHAT role (under the list of
usernamers on the right) by right-clicking/long tapping on their username.
Everyone with a @WhiteHats role will be alerted.
You can expect someone to get back to you. Steps will be taken based upon
the severity and frequency of the infraction(s).