Using Community Chat During a Tournament

  • Date: 17th February, 2015
  • Updated: 21st February, 2017
  • Category: Step-by-step

What is the Community Chat?

The Community Chat is a way to communicate with people inside Planetary Annihilation.  It’s enabled by default.

Because it’s fully integrated into the game it has some advantages over chat systems like IRC that are separate from the game, the primary one being that most of the people you’re talking to are in the game. Need an extra player for your lobby, or you have a question about Planetary Annihilation? In chat there will be most likely someone able to help you. Sometimes the developers hang out in chat too so you can pitch them your next big idea or some bug you found.

How to access Community Chat

You can access the Community Chat system in one of two ways:

  1. https://palobby.com/chat – Chrome only
  2. Directly chat within Planetary Annihilation itself

Once you start Planetary Annihilation or go to the URL above you will automatically join the global chat channel. The in-game version will start minimized and you will only see the latest line of chat. Just click it to maximize it and join in the conversation.
Planetary Annihilation Chat Minimized

For tournaments we use a separate room for organizing tournaments called tournaments.

How to join the tournaments room

Easy if you are signed up to a tournament you will see a “Join Tournaments” button on the bottom next to the global chat some time before the Tournament starts.

If it’s almost time to start and you haven’t clicked the button yet but you are signed up, you will autojoin the room.

Just click on the button and you are in.

What do to when you don’t have a tournament button?

  • Double check  you are signed up for the tournament
  • Contact Tournament staff in chat
  • Check the date / time the button will only appear some hours before the tournament starts

Why do I need to be in the tournaments room?

The room is used to:

  • take attendance
  • issue tournament instructions
  • provide a means by which you can contact event staff
  • capture your ladder rank for seeding purposes

This is all done automatically by our backend tech. You need to be sure to arrive on time (usually this is 30 minute before the tournament starts, check the rules) because if you’re not in the room you’re not in the tournament.

Most tournaments will have a bot called exodusesports in the room. This, along with event staff, will relay important instructions to you:

  • who you have to play in the next match
  • whether your game is being cast
  • when to set up a lobby
  • what name to use for the lobby
  • what password to use
  • when to launch your game

Be sure to pay full attention to any and all instructions it issues.
Planetary Annihilation Global Chat Bot Alerts

All event staff will have a blue or orange name, so pay attention when these people speak. They may also try to contact you via a private chat sessions, so keep an eye open for these and be sure to accept the invite.

Please keep chit-chat out of the tournaments room so that information from event staff is not lost.

Contacting individuals

If you have a problem you can contact the event staff by right clicking on their name and choosing “Invite to chat”.
Planetary Annihilation Chat Invite to Chat
This will open a direct chat communication with the member of staff. Event staff are listed on every tournament page.

Event staff or your opponent may try to contact you. Be sure to accept the chat invite.
Planetary Annihilation Invite Popup

Planetary Annihilation Private Chat

You can also use this method option to coordinate with your opponents in case of lobby issues.

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