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HalloweeM 44½: A WeeM-Away

October 30 – November 1, 2020

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 early Friday, October 30th. People will be given a chance to familiarize themselves with the set up and to mingle before any of the programs start, including the 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. If you have the app and you click on the Invitation Link, Discord will handle redirecting you to the app.

Click on the Invitation Link and it will open Discord in our browser. If you’ve downloaded the app, Discord will complete the process via the app.

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The "Welcome" screen will appear. Click on the blue "Join HalloweeM" button.

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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 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/ligt mode), just click on the WeeM icon to rejoin.

Layout When in a Text Channel

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Discord Servers & HalloweeM Channels

Along the left edge, you’ll see a column showing all your Discord servers including our HalloweeM lion server. A white/black vertical line to the left of an icon indicates you are currently active there as opposed to the ones with a white/black dot (dark/light mode). 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, 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.

The second column features a dropdown labeled "HalloweeM" at the very top. It enables you to access settings like privacy, changing your photo, and notifications. ( Do not click/tap on the "Leave Server" unless you plan to never use this server again; all your settings, like Roles, in this server will be lost.) The dropdown is followed by all the HalloweeM channels, and then by the audio/video controls at the very bottom. You may click on any of the channels to move yourself among them to view a presentation, participate in tournaments, play online games, or just chat with other attendees. Channels preceded by the are text-only channels. Channels preceded by the are both voice and/or video (see C to control your audio-visual settings). When you join a channel that allows voice or video , you will have the option of enabling video, but it will be disabled when you switch to a different voice channel. Audio chat is more reliable than video chat on Discord. You can see who is in any of the channels before joining one. You may be in one voice channel listening and, simultaneously, one text channel.

The first channel listed is the orientation channel. When you click on it, you’ll see our Code of Conduct. The welcome channel lists helpful information including the link to decorate your badge, and specify your roles including interests.

Under Hospitality, there are "Tables" and you can voice chat with any of the people listed or encourage people to join you at an empty one (in any channel you’re in, you’ll be able to invite people). The numbers next to the table names show you the number of people at the table as well as the maximum number of people that can be at a table. Similar "Tables" are available in the Games and Tournaments category, and also in the SIGs and Others category (at the very bottom).

The channels listed under Programs have been named to mimic areas you’d have encountered at past in-person WeeMs. Under Programs, connect to any voice (program) channel to listen to a speaker. Speakers are the only ones that will be able to use their microphone in a program channel. 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 a Q/A portion of the presentation. If the speaker is streaming a video or offering any visual aides, you will see next to their name. Click on to view their presentation. If you have the ability to view more than one screen, hover over the presentation to see a "pop-out screen" icon that you can click to see the presentation in a new window. You may then simultaneously listen and watch while also viewing any text channel.

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Discord User List

Note: On a tablet , you’ll need to drag the center panel all the way to the left to see the user list or tap the icon on the top right.

All the Discord members are listed on the right with the ones currently active at the top. You can right-click on your own Discord username and by selecting "Nickname", you can override your username on the HalloweeM Discord lion server without affecting how your username is displayed on other Discord server. 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.

You can also right click on anyone else. If you’re in a text channel, by right clicking on a username and selecting "Mention", @username will be added to your message. "Add Friend" will initiate a friend request.

If you click on the icon on the top just to the left of the "Search" field, it will toggle the user list to disappear or reappear.

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Your Audio-Visual Settings

Note: On a tablet , tap on your username or on your image/video when you’re in a voice channel, and and an overlay will pop up where you can access these settings.

Your audio-visual controls are located on the bottom of your screen under the list of channels. You can click to turn your microphone on or off . You may turn your speakers on or off as well. The settings will bring up your profile and User Settings; here you can change the "Appearance" to "Dark" or "Light" mode. When in a voice channel, other than those list under Programs, you will also be able the enable your video . But, as noted earlier, audio chat is more reliable than video chat on Discord. If you have enabled video in a channel and you leave that channel, video will be disabled automatically. Remember to turn your microphone off or go to a text channel if you need to take a phone call or have a conversation in your physical location, or everyone in your audio channel will hear what you’re up to.

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Text Channel

Channels preceded by are text-only channels. In a text channel, you’ll see all the text messages people have typed and can react to them by hovering over a message and then clicking on the icons that appear to the right of the message. At the very bottom, you can type your own message.

To "mention" another person in a way that stands out and draws their attention, type an @ followed by their username. When you’ve typed a few letters, a list of matching names will pop up and you can click the one you want, or you can type the entire name and press "return" to turn it into a @mention. You can go on typing your message after that.
If you type the complete @username yourself without hitting return afterwards, it will not turn into a blue @username mention and just be treated as part of the text.

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 lion 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.

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.
If you type the complete @username or @role yourself without hitting return afterwards, it will not turn blue and will just be treated as part of the text ‐ the person will not be notified that s/he or they were mentioned.

Scroll down the list of channels until you see Programs. Find the voice channel listed in the program or the PAAG where the speaker is expected to be. If the speaker is streaming a video or offering any visual aides, you will see next to their name. Click on to view their presentation.

Speakers are the only ones who will be able to use their microphone in a program channel. 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 and Tournaments find-a-game Text Channel

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Scroll down the list of channels until you see Games and Tournaments. Click/tap on the first channel listed 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.

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.

Another two are played in a browser: jigsaw-puzzles 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 both 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 Tournaments 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.

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.

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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.

  • If you click on a username, you will be shown all the messages that person sent you and be able to send them a direct message.
  • If you click on a text channel, or server, you’ll be moved there.

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.

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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 are also provided with some tips to filter your search.

We have four bots on duty to help your WeeM experience: roleypoly, WeeMbot, TriviaBot, and ServerStats.

  • You’ll encounter roleypoly during orientation. It will pop up a web page where you can add labels to your WeeM-Away WeeM badge. You can revisit that page at any time.
  • WeeMbot facilitates some other functions here, one of which is described below in Hugs.
  • TriviaBot can run a trivia contest for people in a text channel.
  • The ServerStats may be of interest to anyone wishing to know the number of visitors we’ve had.

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 text 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 one.
If you type the complete @username yourself without hitting return afterwards, it will not turn into a blue @mention and just be treated as part of the text.

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:

  • %hug @username or role
    sends a hug to @…
    where as you type @ followed by a few letters, a pop-up list of usernames & roles will appear containing the letters and you can click on one or type it yourself, but if type it yourself, be sure to hit return afterwards to turn it into a blue @mention — otherwise it will just be treated as text.
  • %catfact
  • %dogfact
  • %8ball your question
  • %roll dice
    shows you the sum as well as the number for each die
    where if dice = 2d6, you’ll roll 2 dice that are 6-sided.
  • %remindme timer text
    where the format of timer is hour(s)+h+minutes+m (e.g. %remindme 16h50m Join tournament = remind me in 16 hours & 50 minutes to "Join tournament" or %remindme 10m Go to Birch = remind me in 10 minutes to …)
  • %reminders
    to list your reminders and show you how to delete or remove any reminder(s) you created.
  • %wyr
    poses a Would you rather question.
  • %advice
    gives you advice.
  • %topic
    asks an open-ended question.
  • %xkcd
    shows you a comic strip — just try it!
  • %throw @username or role
    throws random objects @…
    where as you type @ followed by a few letters, a pop-up list of usernames & roles will appear containing your letters and you can click on one or type it yourself, but if type it yourself, be sure to hit return afterwards to turn it into a blue @mention — otherwise it will just be treated as text.

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.

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).
If you type the complete @WhiteHats yourself without hitting return afterwards, it will not turn into a blue @mention and just be treated as part of the text.



Deadlines

  • Enter the Costume Contest now! Record a video of your costume(s), as an individual or group. Once you’re happy with it, submit it for entry into the Costume Contest. The deadline is Sunday, October 25th.
  • Speaker/Tournament Submissions - The deadline to submit your proposal for a program or tournament is Wednesday, October 28th.

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