I'm happy to launch tonight a new version of the chat bridge that links the various Minecraft servers along with our IRC channel! This is a major upgrade on several fronts; the most obvious change from the get-go is that there will be a single bot in the IRC channel, CreeperBot, relaying all the messages. You'll notice that the text output in IRC is now a bit different as it includes the location of each chatter. Things in-game mostly look the same.
Most notably, this revision allows me to add something that some of you have asked for: Discord integration! Much like the current integration with IRC, you can jump in our new Discord server to chat with the players that are there, in-game or on IRC all the same time! If you're already familiar with that, here's the channel invitation link: https://discord.gg/RAHmKyF
For those of you not familiar with Discord, it's a chat client growing in popularity in several gaming communities. Much like IRC, you can connect to various servers, chat in global rooms, private message people, and more. On top of that, you can also voice chat with others, making it a simple-to-use option for those looking to talk out loud. You can download the computer client, mobile apps, or simply learn more on the Discord website. Once you have it installed, hit the big + button at the left to add a server, select join, and enter the following address: https://discord.gg/RAHmKyF
Since Discord makes it easier for players to chat to each other, either by typing or by talking, I'll be retiring the Mumble server. It wasn't as intuitive to use for some people, and I believe this new option is the better one.
This revision to the chat system is only the first step: this new core will allow me to pull off some new tricks that were impossible before, including a few features that were requested previously. Stay tuned for more updates!
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