Live Role-Play

AIM | Trillian | GAIM/Pidgin | iChat

Lyran Tal's chat room, Crosswinds Tavern, is available through AOL or through AOL Instant Messaging (AIM). You need to already have AIM installed and be logged in before you can access the chat. Every AOL subscriber has an account; if you're not a subscriber, you can sign up for a free screen name that you can use with the AIM software.

Roleplay in the Crosswinds Tavern typically begins around 9:30/10:00 p.m. Eastern Time on most weekdays. Currently, Tuesday and Thursday nights are our most popular play times. Our current hosting schedule can be found here: Tavern Hosting Hours

Before you enter the room for live role-play, please review the page on Free Form Roleplaying.

To enter a chat session at the Crosswinds Tavern from AOL, click here. (This link is accessible only through AOL!)

To enter via AIM:

  • Bring up your AIM chat program.
  • Click on People in the top menu bar.
  • Click on Chat in the pop-up menu.
  • In the dialogue box labeled Names to Invite, type YOUR screenname.
  • In the dialogue box labeled Name of Buddy Chat Room, enter the following: Crosswinds Tavern
  • Click Invite and you're all set!

Alternatively, you can click on this link: AIM Link (which can be highlighted and copied onto your desktop for your convenience!)

To enter via Trillian:

  • Bring up your Trillian chat program.
  • Click the Insert URL button
  • Paste the following text into the URL line: aim:gochat?roomname=CrosswindsTavern&exchange=4
    OR click on this link: Trillian CWT Link
  • You don't have to hit send on the IM. Just click the link.
  • A window will pop up asking if you want to execute RUNDLL32.exe. Click okay, and you're off!

Note: If a Trillian user wants to enter an AIM chatroom, the exchange must be specified. This is done naturally when you're invited into the room, but if you try to enter the room uninvited, it doesn't work. Technically speaking, Trillian uses exchange 5, but AIM uses exchange 4. Because Trillian is looking for an exchange 5 chatroom, when it doesn't find one, it creates one -- a shiney, new empty one!

To enter via GAIM/Pidgin:

  • Bring up your GAIM chat program.
  • Open the File menu
  • Select Join a Chat.
  • Enter crosswindstavern when prompted for the room name.

To enter via iChat:

  • Bring up your iChat chat program.
  • Open the File menu.
  • Select Go to Chat.
  • Enter crosswindstavern when prompted for the room name.
  • Click on Go.


If you know of any other chat clients, please tell us about them so we can add them to this page.

AIM | Trillian | GAIM/Pidgin | iChat