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Join us as we watch the The Two Towers Extended Edition this Sunday in the Barliman's chat!

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Nov 23 2013, 7:03am


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Join us as we watch the The Two Towers Extended Edition this Sunday in the Barliman's chat! Can't Post

Deeeeaaaaattttthhhhh!!!! Last weekend we watched the Fellowship of the Ring Extended Edition. This Sunday (November 24) from Midday ET (that's New York time), we'll be continuing our LOTR and Hobbit marathon fun in the Barliman's chat as we haul out our copies of The Two Towers Extended Edition.

Mark it in your calendar and come join us for an entirely geeky viewing of The Two Towers where you can share thoughts and observations with fellow fans!

Where: the Barliman's chatroom in channel #moviechat.

The complete schedule





 

We are allocating approximately four hours for each film, including breaks. So grab your copies of LOTR and The Hobbit and join us as we virtually gather with fellow fans in the TORn chatrooms to watch all four of Peter Jackson's adaptations of Tolkien's works over the next four weekends.

Geeky? Yes. Fun? Absolutely.

Read on for all the details and answers to just about every question you can think of!


EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW


1: CHATROOM BASICS

1a: I've never chatted before. How does it work?

1b: How do I join the chatroom?

1c: That person with an @ or & in front of their name keeps telling me to read the guidelines. What are the guidelines?

1d: There is a lot of lingo. What is a "channel" or an "op?"

1e: I have a LOT of questions about how the chat room works. Where can I find answers?

2: THE MARATHON

2a: How do I watch the movies?

2b: I don't have the extended editions, can I still take part?

2c: I just joined the marathon chat -- how can I tell what part of the movie you're watching?

2d: How long does the marathon last?

2e: What time will you be watching [insert movie name]?

2f: I don't live in Eastern Time Zone. What time is the marathon in my time zone?

2g: Do you take breaks during the movies? Do you have a schedule for when you'll be stopping?

2h: There are a lot of people in the room, how can I tell when an announcement is made?

2i: Have you done this before?

3: PROBLEMS

3a: I try to connect to the chat, but my connection is refused or I get an error message.

3b: Everyone seems to be at a different place than I am. What am I doing wrong?

3c: I joined the chat room, but nothing I type is posted to the room. Is it broken?

3d: How can I get a nickname? I want to call myself Frodo, but the chat won't let me.

3e: Why can't I swear/shout/be rude?

3f: Someone keeps messaging me and saying rude things. What should I do?

3g: I wasn't doing anything wrong, but I got kicked out. Can I come back, please?

3h: I have a LOT of questions about how the chat room works. Where can I find answers?

3i: HELP, I'm hopelessly confused.

4: FUN STUFF

4a: People keep ordering drinks and barbecued Orc wings. How do I do that?

ANSWERS


1: CHATROOM BASICS

1a: I've never chatted before. How does it work?

Think of Facebook chat on a much larger scale. If you've never chatted before, think of the chat as a giant group instant message. Anyone is able to join the discussion and use the text entry box to post their comments to the "channel." You read them and respond, if you choose. Or just post your own thoughts.

To take part in the chat, you need to sign on to an IRC client. You have your choice between our Web Chat or you can download an IRC client, such as mIRC. See the answer to question 1b.

Your best option is to test joining the chat room before the marathon starts, so you are sure you can connect and understand how the whole thing works. For the answers to any IRC question you can think of, visit our IRC FAQ.




1b: How do I join the chatroom?

To take part in the chat, you need to sign on to an IRC program. You have your choice between our Web Chat or you can download an IRC client, such as mIRC. Here are your options:

TORn WEB CHAT (Recommended for newcomers):
So simple your mom could do it
- Click on https://client01.chat.mibbit.com/#moviechat@irc.theonering.net
- Give yourself a name! Enter it in the box labeled "Nick"  (Info about nicknames)
- Click connect
- You are now in the chat room
- (it's so simple your GRANDMOTHER could do it)

mIRC (Advanced):
If you're looking for the optimum chatting experience, a standalone IRC client is the way to go
- Download and install the mIRC program. (Windows only. For Mac, try installing X-Chat Aqua or Snak. But it might be easier to just use our Web Chat)
- Launch mIRC.
- Close the greeting screen, if one appears.
- Go to the Tools menu, open it and select the Options menu.
- You should now see a page called "mIRC Options" with a menu list on the left side.
- Open the Connect menu, and you will see a page to input your name and nickname. It's recommended that you do not use your real last name. Although we set a high standard at Barliman's, it's best to not share that info.
- Open the Servers menu and click on the Add button and you will get a window called "Add Server."
- Fill in the description as you wish, then type in irc.TheOneRing.net as the server and 6667 as the port. Leave the other fields blank. Then click Add again. This will close the small window.
- Return to the Connect menu and click Connect.
- You should now be connected to the chat room and in a window titled "Status: [your nickname]" In that window you type the command to join the chatroom. To join the marathon, type /join #moviechat and Enter. You will now be in the channel.

If mIRC seems too complicated, you should stick to our Web Chat option. Your might want to test joining the chatroom before the marathon starts, so you are sure you can connect and understand how the whole thing works. Stop in and say hello! The regulars are quite friendly.




1c: That person with an @ or & in front of their name keeps telling me to read the guidelines. What are the guidelines?

The guidelines are pretty simple:

Be courteous. Boorish behavior will not be tolerated!

Use appropriate language. No swearing, cursing, harassment or other such foolishness.

To repeat: NO CURSING or sexual innuendo. If you can't say it on Sesame Street (or Blue Peter, or the Wiggles), you can't say it here. This is a family-friendly event and we find that civil discourse keeps everyone happy.

Think before you “speak”. Use common sense – this is a world-wide chat, with many cultures and age levels.

Respect others and their ideas. Be friendly and patient with each other. After all, we are just having fun!

No image banners or advertisements for other sites are permitted.

No bots… No spamming… No flooding!

The op is always right! If your behavior or language is deemed inappropriate by an op, you will be removed from the room. Frequent violations can result in banning.




1d: There is a lot of lingo. What's a "channel" or an "op?"

Channel is another word for a chat room or a "room." The words are interchangeable. An "op" is someone who runs the chat room.

TORn's IRC server has a number of channels for users to congregate in. Movie Marathons take place in #moviechat. The main channel/room is #TheOneRing.net, affectionately know as Barliman's. This is where general day-to-day conversation takes place and is usually the busiest.

Other available rooms are:
#Rivendell -- test your Tolkien trivia knowledge with Elrond!
#Green_Dragon -- general knowledge quizzes with The Gaffer!
#TheHallofFire, Home of moderated Tolkien and LoTR chats. There is a chat every Saturday afternoon at 5pm Eastern. Right now we're holding a chapter-by-chapter discussion of The Two Towers -- Come on by! Keep an eye on TORn's Facebook page for announcements.

"Ops" are the moderators. You can tell them apart from regular chatters by the @ or & sign in front of their nickname. They help run the various registered channels (those listed above) - making sure people abide by TORn's chatting guidelines. They will also help you with any problems you have running your IRC client and try and answer questions that aren't answered here.

You can find the answer to anything else you want to know about Barliman's at our IRC FAQ.




1e: I have a LOT of questions about how the chatroom works. Where can I find answers?

We're glad you're curious! You can find the answer to anything you want to know about Barliman's at our IRC FAQ. Or, just ask! The regulars are friendly and happy to help.

2: THE MARATHON

2a: How do I watch the movies?

First of all, you need to HAVE the movies. We will not be watching a television or cable broadcast of the films.

Have your first disc in the player before Midday. The channel will be silenced around Midday so the ops can announce the start of the movie. No one will be able to speak while this happens, so no one misses the announcement! The ops will count down the time and when they write START! everyone presses Play. It's pretty simple.

If you think you're lagging or not in the same spot as the others, do not fear. We pause periodically to allow everyone to get back on track. Sometimes the confusion is part of the fun. Check the movie schedule for a general idea of when pauses and breaks will take place (to be posted by start of marathon).

Do you feel as if you just can't keep up with the others or as if your DVD is running too fast? If you live outside of the U.S., see the answer to question 3b.




2b: I don't have the extended editions, can I still take part?

We will be watching the extended editions of the films, but it will be possible to use the regular editions if you use the "pauses" to adjust to which chapter we're on. If you don't have the films at all, you can still participate in the chat -- after all, we're sure you've seen them before!




2c: I just joined -- how can I tell what part of the movie you're watching?

This question pops up a lot. A LOT. The ops will periodically announce what scene we're at or what chapter we're on. The clocked time is often announced, but the run speed on DVDs varies from region to region. The best and easiest way to catch up is to watch what others are commenting on and try to fast-forward to the right scene. There will be pauses throughout the film for people to meet up at the same chapter. If you have the booklet that came with your DVD, that will be very handy.

Of course, if you're really confused, just ask. Someone will be happy to answer :)




2d: How long does the marathon last?

We are allowing around four hours for each movie (might go a bit longer for ROTK with breaks). You're welcome to come and go at any time, of course, as often as you like. For more information, see answer 2e.




2e: What time will you be watching [insert movie name]?

All times are approximate. We hope to stay on schedule, but "things" often happen!

Below are the run-times for each film, and the start time for each. We will pause periodically during the film so everyone can catch up. Pauses last little more than 30 seconds, and serve as pick-up points for people experiencing DVD burps. We take 15 minute breaks between discs so people can relax for a few moments and grab a cuppa, beverage, whatever.

FILM RUNNING TIMES AND START TIMES

The Fellowship of the Ring
Total run time: 208 minutes
Sunday November 17. Starting at Midday ET. [When is that in my time zone?]

The Two Towers
Total run time: 223 minutes
Sunday November 24. Starting at Midday ET. [When is that in my time zone?]

The Return of the King
Total run time: 251 minutes
Sunday December 1. Starting at Midday ET. [When is that in my time zone?]

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Total run time: 182 minutes
Sunday December 8. Starting at Midday ET. [When is that in my time zone?]




2f: I don't live in Eastern Time Zone. What time is the marathon in my time zone?

The viewing for the film of the week will begin at Midday ET each Sunday. You can use the links just above to discover when that is in your time zone. Just scroll up a bit!




2g: Do you take breaks during the movies?

Yes. Lots. Keeping everyone at the same place in the movie is an impossible task. So we pause the movie periodically to let everyone catch up. We also take 15 minute breaks between discs. :)




2h: There are a lot of people in the room, how can I tell when an announcement is made?

When an important announcement is made -- the start of a movie, a break, or some other problem -- the ops will silence the room. When this happens no one other than ops will be able to "speak" or post a comment to the room. This is so what they have to say won't get lost in the torrent of chatter. Be patient, the silence will be lifted as soon as they're done. :)  Less important announcements will be made in bold face.




2i: Have you done this before?

Yes! We've been holding movie marathons since the "Fellowship of the Ring" DVD was first released. Following the ROTK DVD we began our traditional Trilogy marathon. Our marathons are often attended by well over 100 people. A great time is always had! You can read about our 2006 marathon here.

3: PROBLEMS

3a: I try to connect to the chat, but my connection is refused or I get an error message.

It's possible, though unlikely, that the server will reach full capacity. If that happens, you will not be able to sign on. Keep trying and you will eventually connect. There shouldn't be any problems.

If you continue to have a problem, it's possible that you are behind a firewall that will not allow IRC port connections. If you are at work, school or a public hot spot, this is most likely the problem.

If you continue to have problems, you can e-mail barlimans@theonering.net, but please be patient, as ops will be busy running the marathon. Your best option is to test joining the chat room before the marathon starts, so you are sure you can connect and understand how the whole thing works.




3b: Everyone seems to be at a different place than I am. What am I doing wrong?

DVDs often vary in speed from region to region. If you're joining us from outside of North America it is possible that your DVD is running slightly ahead or behind. This is one of the reasons we "pause" the movie periodically, to allow everyone to catch up. You can read more about pauses in a number of other answers on this FAQ.

But, to allay your fears, you're most likely not doing anything wrong. If the pauses don't seem to help you, ask an op for help. They're the persons with the @ or & in front of their name. If you double-click on their nickname, you can message them with your problem.




3c: I joined the chat room, but nothing I type is posted to the room. Is it broken?

Nope! See the answer to question 2h.




3d: How can I get a nickname? I want to call myself Frodo, but the chat won't let me.

When you sign onto the Web Chat, you have the opportunity to enter a nick of your choosing in the "Nick" box, replacing the "mib" generic name. To prevent confusion, only one person on the entire server can have a particular nickname. So, if another Frodo beat you out to the chat, you will have to find a different nickname. Some nicknames are registered by regular chatters. If you try to use one of these the server will change your nick to Guest+random numbers. But, you're free to try! Just have a backup nick in mind. For more information visit our IRC FAQ.




3e: Why can't I swear?

Because it's rude. We've worked very hard to keep TORn's chatrooms pleasant for people of all ages and nationalities. We also like to think it's a place Professor Tolkien might like to hang out, if he were alive and well today. And interested in modern technology. And not as cranky as he's rumoured to have been.

If you persist in swearing, shouting or breaking the guidelines, an op will warn you. If you persist, you will get kicked. If you continue to persist, you will be banned. But we're sure that won't happen. We're all here for the same thing: to enjoy the movies and talking to other fans.

Several words will result in an automatic ban by the bot. There is no contesting this. So it's better to be safe than sorry.

Read more about our philosophy at the "Why Can't I?" section of our IRC FAQ.




3f: Someone keeps messaging me and saying rude things. What should I do?

Tell an op immediately. Either say something in the main chatroom, or double click on one of the names with the @ or & in front of it, and tell them what's been going on. If you're able to copy/paste what they've been saying, even better. We are ADAMANTLY against such behavior and we will deal with it swiftly.




3g: I wasn't doing anything wrong, but I got kicked out. Can I come back, please?

Our number one guideline is "The Op is always right." If you've been kicked out, you are permitted to return but should consider it a warning. During an event as busy as a movie marathon, it's possible that something you did was misconstrued or was done by someone else. Keep your sense of humor, come back to the room and all should be well.

Barliman will warn you two times for swearing. The third time you get kicked out. The next time you will be automatically banned. At that point, you won't be allowed back. Sorry.




3h: I have a LOT of questions about how the chatroom works. Where can I find answers?

We're glad you're curious! You can find the answer to anything you want to know about Barliman's at our IRC FAQ.




31: HELP, I'm hopelessly confused.

Ouch. That's not fun. If you can't find the answer to your question here, you can ask an op for help. If you are already in the chat room, double-click on any nickname preceded by an @ or & and write out your question. They'll get back to you as soon as possible. If you are unable to sign in to the chat room, send an e-mail to barlimans@theonering.net. Please be patient, as ops will be busy running the marathon.

4. FUN STUFF

4a: People keep ordering drinks and barbecued Orc wings. How do I do that?

Barliman has many offerings and tasty items on his menu. Type !menu for the full list.

 

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