The RTSL Discord Server

23rd July 2016

This post will explain what a Discord server is, how to use it and why I have created one.

I first heard about discord during a What The Headcrab! episode. A mod announced that they were going to be using one to publish minor updates and connect with their fans. I suggested it was a strange move considering ModDB provides the perfect place for players to keep up to date with their favourite in-development mods.

That was until I actually used one and now I can see how useful it can be.

So, what is it? Well, Discord is the name of the development group that created it. Just like Twitter, Skype etc, it’s a brand name. Now, the word server is a little misleading, because it is not like a server in the typical sense. In this case, a server is more a reserved space. Think of it like a shopping mall/centre. That shopping mall is just for whoever creates it and whoever they invite.

So, RTSL has its own area and with that there are two types of channels; text and voice. That means that people can login (more on that in a moment) and they can either chat with people in a voice channel or chat with people in text channels, in fact, both at the same time if you want!

There can be multiple channels within each type. For example, at the moment, the RTSL server has only one voice channel, but I could set as many as I want up and only allow certain people into them. Maybe I could set one up for me and Don to use instead of Skype. Or maybe one for my livestreams.
I have created 3 text channels; general chat, LiveStream announcements and Posts on the Site. It seems that users can be invited just to specific channels, but I haven’t tried that yet.

For users to actually use the feature, users will need to create a free account. You can access the servers via a mobile device or a desktop application or as I do, via a web browser.

Users need to be invited to different servers but once you are logged in, you have access to as many servers as you are connected to.

It is incredibly easy to drag and drop images and other documents but it lacks the ability to organize them. YouTube video (maybe others too, I don’t know) get automatically embedded into message once you copy the link in.

Now, I have mentioned the voice channels, but to be honest, I haven’t tried it yet. It seems to work like SKype or TeamSpeak(I’ve never used that either) in that you can chat with your friends while you are playing games. I am happy for users to sue it while playing anything and if needed, I could set up more voice channels to be used for specific events or things.

It’s a great place to chat with other users

This means that swearing, pornography and anything Not Safe For Work is NOT allowed. Please remember, the site and by extension anything officially connected to it, are family friendly areas.

To download the applications (mobile and desktop), learn more about it and register, go here:

As always, if you have any questions or doubts, don’t hesitate to ask here in the comments.


  1. I think this is really awesome, now all the people who frequent on this site have a way to reach out to each other and everyone can discuss and talk about stuff and even show concept arts for maps, I think it’s a great step in the future of half-life modding for the community of half-life.

    1. Yes, I agree. It’s hard to appreciate how cool it is until you have used it.

  2. wesp5

    Isn’t this like a RTSL forum? Why should we need to visit yet another site?

    1. It’s kind of like a forum but it’s realtime. It’s completely optional so there is no need to visit at all. Nothing will be exclusive there, so you can just keep visiting here if you wish.

  3. JamaicanDave

    Had a quick look at Discord but haven’t registered yet. I saw several groups of members (erm, headcrabs, citizens, combine etc..). Can anyone tell me what the differences are?

    EDIT – nevermind, I found the answer in the rules guide channel – should have looked harder in the first place :p

  4. How can we join the RTSL server?

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