I have taken it upon myself to create a discord server so that the community can socialize via voice or chat. Discord is a free voice/text chat, and I have already set up the permissions for the appropriate levels of access from public, backer, closed alpha, pre-alpha, Admins/Mods, and Developers.
I realize that not everyone would be interested in this, but I feel that it would be a good way to help bring the community together once things get rolling. The only thing is, you have to be invited to initially join(which can be done by clicking the link) and you need to have your roles set up in order to access the channel that you should be able to join. This will require people posting here on the forum so that I can grant you your role. That is, until a Moderator or Developer comes along and I can give them the ownership of the server.
Feel free to join and check it out.
Step 1) Create your account. If you already have one, join the server by clicking the link.
Step 2) Make a post here requesting access to the appropriate role(rank) for your backer tier. This will allow you into the channels that are restricted to your backer level, such as pre-alpha, alpha, etc.
Step 3) I then check your backer badge, and give you the corresponding role(rank) in Discord.
Step 4) Chat it up and have fun with other members of the community.
Discord can either be downloaded or used in your browser. At the moment, I have set up the server to facilitate testing. As we progress, I will change the channels according to reflect the communities best interests.
EDIT: I have simplified the rules for Discord
Welcome to the Islands of Nyne Discord. This is a public Server, so please keep this in mind while posting as the game is currently under NDA. Keep all discussions related to the game in the designated channels(such as Pre-Alpha) for each testing phase until the NDA is lifted.
Respecting other members, the first rule of the server, is vital to the success of the community. When posting, keep in mind that this is a global gaming community with people who have many different backgrounds and experiences.
Violations of any of the following rules may result in temporary or permanent expulsion from this server.
-Be Respectful to others at all times.
-Keep Conversations friendly and calm.
-NO Impersonating names, whether they be a Developer, Moderator, or another member of the community
-NO inappropriate names. The are names with hateful terms, swear words, genitalia, and other such obscenities.
-NO Hateful posts. These include(but are not limited to) racial, religious, national, gender and/or sexuality based insults.
-NO Trolling, flaming, instigating, or personal attacks.
-NO threats against Developers, Moderators, or other members of the community. Direct or Implied, they will be treated the same.
-NO Advertising, Spam, or or links/posts containing pornography
-NO political discussions.
-NO discussions of kicks, Bans, or other administrative actions. Being a part of the community is a privilege, not a right.
Listen to Developers and Moderators. When asked to stop, stop.