On a side note, if we need to get a new Vent or Mumble or whatever, I can actually get a half-off deal at GameServers due to having a game server with them.
EDIT: Fuck it, I needs mah Vent. New one coming online, will post the IP when it's up.
EDIT 2: vent20.gameservers.com [port four three eight four], rooms havn't been set up yet or anything, but it's online.
EDIT 3: If you feel like donating, you can use this link.
--Download Ventrilo at http://www.ventrilo.com/download.php . Both Windows and Mac users should download the latest beta client available for their operating system (as of 1/3/06, a very few Windows users achieve better performance with the current official version of the client, but nearly all of us get the best performance with the current beta client, so start with that).
--Once you have Ventrilo installed (shouldn't take long at all), run it for the first time, and choose a username (preferably your forum account name so we know who you are--keep in mind that people probably won't recognize your voice at first). Do this by clicking the little -> next to the User Name field, then clicking "New". Don't worry about adding any info other than the username.
--You'll have to pick a server next, but since you don't have any server info entered yet, click the -> next to Server. Click "New" and enter "Penny Arcade Forums" for the server name (or whatever you want to call it, I guess). For the "Hostname or IP" field, enter "[the listed ip]", and for the "Port number" field, enter "[the listed port]". Make SURE you change the port number field--this server doesn't use the default Ventrilo port number.
--Once all that is done, just click "Connect" and you should be logged on. Note the Terms of Service in the Ventrilo MOTD--they're mostly meant to mirror the forum rules that apply most directly to the voice chat medium, but they aren't there to scare anyone off.
Communicating with Ventrilo
By far the best hardware to use with any voice chat program is a headset, because there's zero chance the sound you hear will reverb through your microphone, even if your mic is constantly transmitting.
If you're going shopping for a headset to use with Ventrilo, just keep in mind that you generally get what you pay for--a $10 bargain headset is most likely going to give you some pretty poor transmission quality. Other forumers have experienced good results with headsets by Plantronics and Logitech, though almost any recognizable brand is probably safe to go with nowadays. One thing you may particularly want to look for in your new headset is an in-line volume control function, which is quite useful.
The best way to use a standalone microphone is in conjunction with headphones. If you don't have a headset and wish to use a standalone mic, use headphones while speaking on Ventrilo if at all possible.
If you use a mic/speaker combination, you will have to be sensitive of reverb issues--if other people are speaking while your mic is activated, your speakers will play what they say and your mic will send it back to them. Even one person reverberating back to the Ventrilo channel can be harsh on the ears; more than one at a time is downright painful.
Do your best to keep the microphone away from the speakers, and never try to "talk over" other chatters--the ensuing reverb will cause mass chaos. Also, be sure to use Ventrilo's "Push-to-talk hotkey" function (see below!) so that your mic isn't constantly transmitting.
One important thing to remember about reverb--in an ironic twist of aural fiendishness, the person whose mic/speaker setup is causing the reverb doesn't get to hear it. So, if others are telling you you're raping their ears, take their word for it and change something!
Your first move (after introducing yourself, of course) should be to adjust your outgoing volume. Generally, the goal is for everyone in the channel to be outputting at a similar volume so that nobody dominates the conversation just by being louder than everyone else. Click the "Setup" button in Ventrilo, then adjust the "Outbound" slider up or down to make yourself louder or softer until others in the channel agree that you're at a good volume. If you can't achieve a desirable outbound volume setting by using the Ventrilo slider, you may need to adjust some hardware settings or possibly activate/deactivate Mic Boost (be CAREFUL with this).
Note: if your outgoing volume is painfully loud when you first log in (you may not know this until it's too late) be prepared for screams of pain from other chatters!
We ask that you use Ventrilo's "Push-to-talk hotkey" function to activate your mic when you want to speak--this is accomplished via the "Setup" menu in Ventrilo. You will have to choose a hotkey on your keyboard, mouse, or joystick (if you've got one) to activate transmitting. What key you use is up to you.
That damn robot voice:
You can deactivate the text-to-speech notification in the "Setup" menu--click the "Events" tab and check out all those event notification fields. If you don't want to hear anything for a particular event, just change its field to "Nothing". Easy enough, right?
How to "compress" peoples' voices so no one can ever be too loud.
Voice overlay? See who's talking while in full screen? Bwah?
Click Here for the previous Ventrilo thread.
Who is the server for?
If you have some buds you want to bring on the server with you, but you're worried that they aren't PA forumers, it's okay--just keep in mind that they will be held accountable to all forum and server rules, even if they are ignorant of them. Also remember that if they behave badly and get themselves banned from the server, it will look bad for you, too. And anyway, if they don't post on the PA forum, why not get them to sign up?
While the server is first and foremost a general-use server for all PA forumers, we currently host DotA. Lots and lots of DotA. There's also some WoW groups that hang out in the game-on channels. Hopefully, they remember to use comments while playing.
Server Rules and Conventions
Other server rules:
--If you are in a Game On channel for a specific game, you must be playing that game with the other people in that channel.
--If you are in a generic Game On channel, you must have the name of the game you are playing in your comment. (this may seem like a nitpicky rule, but it saves countless headaches for all users and prevents any confusion)
--If you are playing a game with other Ventrilo users, don't use a Chat channel to communicate with each other; that's what Game On channels are for! Go use one of them instead.
A general rule of thumb: if it doesn't fly on the forums, it doesn't fly on the Ventrilo server.
We take this issue very seriously. Nobody deserves to feel uncomfortable on our server, especially not because someone is giving them a hard time about their gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnic background or anything like that. If you feel like you or someone else is being harassed on the server, please contact a server mod immediately. The backhand of justice will strike swiftly and without mercy.
This is a mod-discretion offense. Sometimes conversations will cover topics like sexual orientation or religion, sometimes crass jokes will be told. The key is to keep things in moderation: if what you are saying is making somebody else uncomfortable, you should stop saying it. For example, calling someone a Nazi because they are a German citizen just isn't appropriate. It's not even clever.
No Online Poker in Game On Channels
Because every online poker service has strict rules against "collusion", which is a cool term for two or more players at the same poker table working together in a manner unbeknownst to the other players at the table, we don't allow Ventrilo users to play online poker together in Game On channels. Collusion is unfair to the other players in your online poker game--you shouldn't do it, and if nothing else, you're not going to use the PA Forums Ventrilo server to do it.
The server mods have the ability to globally mute, kick, or ban users from the server for violating rules or harassing/annoying other users. If you make it a point to violate rules on the server, don't be surprised if any of these happen to you.
If someone is violating rules or bothering other users, don't hesitate to contact me or any of the other server mods.
If you have questions or concerns about being muted, kicked or banned from the server, PM a server mod (not a forum mod, aside from myself). This thread is not the place to discuss Ventrilo server punishments.
Keep in mind that the Ventrilo software offers us no equivalent to a jailing, so "sorta bad" rules violations must be met with server tempbans. I'd give anything for a persistent mute feature, but as we don't have one, we use the tools that we do have. A server tempban may seem like a harsh punishment, but it's all we've got. Just don't break rules or be a dick and you won't have to worry about it.
I just joined the server and it seems like nobody can hear me talking!
If you're in the very root channel, or "lobby", that's why nobody can hear you. We have the lobby set to be permanently muted because most hostile Ventrilo bots (yep, they exist... pathetic, huh?) tend to just login to the lobby channel, spam really loud noises, and then log off. Try jumping into a chat channel to introduce yourself.
Why do the Chat channels have a ten person limit each?
In the past, we've found that "incidents" connected with the Ventrilo server all seemed to have one thing in common: they all seemed to happen when a Chat channel was overflowing with users. Having 20-ish people all hanging out and joking around can sometimes lead to a mob mentality, and we've found that limiting Chat channels to a maximum of ten users apiece has basically eliminated these types of problems.
Anyway, after almost a year of Ventrilo, we've discovered that even ten people actively chatting in one channel is almost too many, so this limit also helps us avoid having overfull channels with everyone stepping on everyone else.
What's The Idle Channel?
If you don't move your mouse or touch your keyboard for 20 minutes, you get automatically moved to The Idle Channel. This just helps stem any confusion from people trying to talk to you when you're not actually at your computer.
What's the Pipe Your Music Here channel?
This is a channel where you can play DJ, and others can come listen to your awesome music. There's no real regulations on this channel, but politeness dictates that you don't talk over someone who is piping music, and if you are the one piping it is customary to put some indication of what music you're playing in your Ventrilo comment (such as artist name and album name).
As for the question of "who gets to pipe?" it's basically first come first serve, but there's no regulations here either. If you really want to pipe something, but someone else is piping, you can always ask them if they wouldn't mind letting you pipe instead (through your comment, through the Ventrilo text chat window, or on the forum).
What This Thread Is NOT For
This thread is also not the place to discuss server punishments. If you have a question about a server ban, PM a server mod (not a forum mod). I'll say that one again:
This thread is not the place to discuss server punishments.
Don't start drama in this thread. This thread exists as a helpful gateway between the server and the forums, not a place for server-side arguments or disputes to spill over. The Ventrilo server should be a boon to the forums, not a pain in their collective ass.
Go into Ventrilo setup and uncheck "Use push-to-talk hotkey". This puts you in Sensitivity mode. Then change the Sensitivity value to 0, which will make your client constantly transmit.
Check that your "input device" and "output device" are both set to "Default DirectSound device", and make sure that the "use DirectSound" option is checked for both of these.
Under "Mixer" you should have your sound card or onboard sound device selected. It probably already is, but just make sure. If you don't know what it is, just pick something that looks like the name of a sound card or onboard sound device, because that's probably right. (you shouldn't ever have to change this)
Under "Mux" you should have "recording control" selected. (you shouldn't ever have to change this either)
Under "Line", you most likely have "Microphone" selected if you've been using Ventrilo normally. To have others hear every noise that your computer makes, search for a setting like "Stereo Mix", "Wave Out", "Wave Out Mix", or something along those lines--it will differ depending on what sound card or sound device your computer uses. When you select the right setting, Ventrilo will now transmit everything your computer outputs to others in the same channel as you.
Close the Ventrilo setup window and click "Mute Sound" in the bottom left of the main Ventrilo window--this means you won't be able to hear anything anyone says in the same channel as you, but you don't want to. Remember, your Ventrilo client is piping everything your sound device plays to the other people in the channel, so if your sound device starts playing someone's Ventrilo transmission, it will get piped back to everyone in the channel with you. i.e. annoying reverb.
Once you have the correct setup, hop in the Pipe Your Music Channel and fire up your sound program. Keep in mind that you may need to adjust your volume settings (your Ventrilo outbound setting, or your music player volume, or your operating system volume mixer, or some combination of all three) so that people get the best listening experience. Remember that changing the volume settings on your speakers won't change anything for the other people in the channel--in fact, this actually means you can pipe music without listening to it yourself, if you are so inclined. In any case, if you've never piped before, you should expect others to want you to adjust your volume settings, so keep an eye on other people's comments and/or consider opening the text chat window.
When you're done piping, do the following:
--uncheck "Mute Sound" in the main window
--open the Setup window, check "Use push-to-talk hotkey", and change your Line setting back to "Microphone" (you can safely leave your Sensitivity value at 0 as long as you only use Sensitivity mode when you pipe music)
Keep in mind that when you have the Setup window open, Ventrilo will not transmit, so if you open it to adjust settings while piping the other folks in the channel will hear only silence while it's open.
How to pipe music on a Mac
edit- everything else is old news
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voice chat called mumble is also available until march2012
Configure > Settings > Audio Input > Transmission > Transmit : Select "Push to talk"
Shortcuts: Add. Click Function > Unassigned : Select "Push-to-Talk". Click [blank space] under Shortcut : Press what key you want to be your push to talk key.
-go to PAX, get this button:
-Moved server IP, go check it out.
Not the newest news:
-TheGerbil's back. Two years spent learning how to house. Living in Mormon land. Wait a sec. That means Dawn of War is over two years old now. Daaaaaaaaammmn.
-SniperGuy has cancer. Who knew? Anyways, he's having an operation today (the 12th of Dec) to take it out. We lovingly named it Jenkins. There are chances for complications, so we're all hoping for the best. "Best" having multiple meanings to different people. Well I'm hoping he's okay, but "best" would be pictures of Jenkins in the glass jar he brought with him to the hospital.
-Get Ventrilo 3.0. Be sure to uninstall 2.3 first. -Signed up for a year. Server's currently in Virginia.
-Moved to china for a while.
-Voice overlay? See who's talking while in full screen? bwah?
-Donations pl0x. $5 limit, paypal to [email protected]
-NRG Servers makes a bunch of mistakes, Flagship (owner of Ventrilo) cuts NRG's license. We (along with a couple dozen other ventrilo groups) are homeless.
-PikaPuff sees this as his chance to make a coup.
-PikaPuff buys a month at www.nationvoice.com. Takes over.
GIVE ME MONEY
[*]Meiz - $22
[*]Tarranon - $5.50
[*]Cheater At Golf - $20
[*]Karnius - $22
[*]Kainy - $5.50
[*]Anonymous Robot - $20
I might have missed one or two guys. Sorry.
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If you have any problems, ask any of these fine folks for help. If you're in doubt whether or not something is an appropriate discussion topic for this thread, err on the safe side and PM a server mod rather than posting about it here.
Remember, the forum mods are not interested in dealing with Ventrilo server issues. Don't come to them with your problems, come to a Ventrilo server mod.
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password (if needed): wang
So, who pays for the server? The answer is pretty simple: we all do. Each month we raise $16 in paypal donations, with a limit of $5 on each individual's donation (or more accurately $5.50, because paypal skims off the top).
Some people have a hard time understanding why I won't let anyone donate more than $5 each month. It's really just to make sure that this remains a "community server"--it's not "PikaPuff's Ventrilo server", it belongs to everyone. There's a few individuals who would probably pay the entire server fee each month if I'd let them (ahem, SniperGuy), but it wouldn't be healthy for the sense of mutual ownership.
Make sure to bother PikaPuff if you're getting connection problems. We're still in trial as far as his wallet is concerned.
I for one welcome our new PikaPuff Overlord.
Pika should make me a mod.
But to be fair,
I heard he's good at CS:S. <.<
I find it humorous that the previous topic had PikaPuff's name replace SniperGuy's. Could this mean that the reign of Sniper is not far off? (Of course he would just be a puppet ruler for Vent's true overlord... JENKINS!)
Don't you mean, "The buck no longer doesn't stop here," or something?
I'll admit it. I have no idea what that was supposed to mean.
SniperGuyGaming on PSN / SniperGuy710 on Xbone Live
And nice picture. You're all banned.
Now I feel all guilty... Oh well.
Pika, thanks for taking on the current responsibilities.
SniperGuyGaming on PSN / SniperGuy710 on Xbone Live
rubbing yourself with butter all over your naked body? That's a bit too much.
Well I don't know who did it, so I don't know who I was supposed to PM. I obviously can't get back on Vent to ask what is goign on.
Since ownership changed hands I alone have been kicked out of the server just for fun 3 times and heard other people getting kicked and those with mod powers think it's funny. In fact today is number 4 and I came back on and asked Why I got kicked and who were they talking about earlier because no one addressed me directly. I was met with dead silence, and then I got kicked and couldn't get back in.
In any event, I'm happy that people are amused.
How retarded are you that you can't read 2 pages of posts to check for a solution?
20071024 18:09:01 NET: ID 176, Disconnect, 104.
20071024 18:09:01 MSG_DISC: ID 176, From=383031, To=4835857, Sec=3214, Name=ubergeek
20071024 18:09:15 LOGON: ID 192, IPxxx, ubergeek
20071024 18:10:28 ADMIN: Banning ubergeek, IPxxx, Admin Jaef, Because 'STOP BREATHING FUCKER'.
20071024 18:17:22 ADMIN: Unbanning ubergeek, IPxxx, Admin Jaef.
20071024 20:16:45 ADMIN: ID 197, User 'TheKoolEagle' was kicked by 'Jaef' because 'Kicked for ubergeek'.
And before that...
20071013 18:31:54 ADMIN: ID 23, User 'ubergeek' was kicked by 'PikaPuff' because 'i said iw as going to kick you so now I did.'.
20071016 17:25:48 ADMIN: ID 216, User 'ubergeek' was kicked by 'SniperGuy' because 'Game on Rule Violation'.
Personally, I would have kicked you, or moved you to another channel. A five minute ban doesn't seem so bad. I can see why you're upset, but I hope you understand while the rest of the channel was upset as well, and ended up doing what they did. Good job keeping count on number of kicks. Although only one, possibly two, were "for fun."
you are awesome. in general.
(especially for keeping up the vent for two years)
But PikaPuff took some initiative setting up a replacement server and everybody says he's doing a fine job. I don't really care either way, so why mess with what's working now?