In the URPG, we have 2 main methods of battling- on AIM, and on the forum. Battling can be done on IRC as well, but fewer refs go on there. In this thread, I would like to stress the use of AIM for battling over the forum.
The Case for AIM
Forum battles take longer than AIM battles. A simple 1vs1 can take days to finish, and longer battles such as a 3vs3 can take over two weeks. Although forum battles are great if you're battling an opponent in a completely different timezone, if you're close to them (or really even if you're not) AIM battles are much better.
AIM battles take much, much less time. A 1vs1 usually takes about 5 minutes. 3vs3s take longer, obviously, but not too much longer- they last usually from 15 minutes to 30 minutes. Longer battles last longer as well, but their length is still much shorter than a forum battle of the same length.
So, we at the URPG would like to stress that everyone who participates in the URPG should get an AIM account. On AIM, you can talk with your friends, and find potential battlers. You can challenge gym leaders, and own a gym to be challenged! All of our refs have AIM, and there's usually one always on. Plus, on AIM, you can participate in FFAs, large free-for-alls between 6+ members, where you can earn much more than the $1000 from a battle. These rarely occur on the forum, but on AIM, they occur fairly often.
Having an AIM account also gives you access to the special events of the URPG. On AIM, there are auctions, where many different (and rare) Pokemon are put up for auction, and sometimes there are mini-tourneys after those. The National Park holds events where they giveaway free items that you cannot buy in the Park shop. Also on AIM, there are sometimes random Pokemon giveaways- these usually accompany a party or an auction.
In conclusion, it is greatly suggested that you should get an AIM account to participate in URPG. It allows you to participate in faster battles, FFAs, special events, and allows you to talk with other members and connect with them.
You can find a list of all the referee's AIM screen names in this post
AIM Installation Tutorial:
Although AIM is obviously what majority use, there are just times when all else fails and you need an alternative messenger, or simply an event is being hosted on the IRC but you have no idea how to get on it.
Pokemon Ultra RPG has its own IRC Channel: #URPG
You can access the channel by clicking on the IRC Chat link on the menu at the top of the page of the BMGf forum and then typing in our channel.
#URPG is a great place to meet up with others, challenge trainers, and hang out with other URPGers!
Here is an alternative way to access IRC:
1) Go to Mibbit.
2) Click on the server link towards the upper middle of the page.
3) Enter in the following details:
Nickname: Your name here
Note: Our channel is under URPG jurisdiction and we reserve the right to kick anyone out or ban people should they break rules while in the channel.
For more information, check out Bulbagarden's IRC Primer.
AIM Tip (credits to Iridium of Pe2k):
*Thanks to Stinky for the AIM section, and to Harry for the IRC section (unless otherwise stated).I have a little something to add this. There's also a new feature called AIM Blast Chat. Setting up is quite easy, and doesn't take much time. It solves the problem of not being able to see dice rolls in normal chats if you're using meebo, as you're able to see dice rolls in blast chats even if you are using meebo.
There's also a FAQ/Help Section at the link I posted above, if you need any extra information. Additionally, if you need more help with certain commands, enter a blast group, and type "!help" (without the quotes) for a list of commands to be used in the blast chat.