HoboWars Chat

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HoboWars Chat
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HoboWars Chat, or Chat, as it is commonly called, is a place where players can go to chat with each other in a real-time setting.

Screen Layout

Chat contains everything that a standard online chat requires in order to function properly—a text box to enter your message, a place to display your message, a list of people in the room, etc. It is relatively free of clutter and easy to use.

Chat Layout
Chat example.png
Element Description
Tabs These tell you which chat room you are currently in. If you want to go to a specific chat room, click on its tab.
General Gang Staff
Textbox This is where you type the message you want to send to everyone in the chat room.
To send your typed message, either press enter or click "Say".
Toolbar Buttons These toggle or execute various alterations to Chat for your convenience, should you so desire them.
icon_scroll.gif = AutoScroll icon_arrowdown.gif / icon_arrowup.gif = Direction icon_clock.gif = Timestamps status_offline.png = Online List icon_soundon.gif / icon_soundoff.gif = Sound arrow_refresh.png = Refresh Chat
Topic Bar This displays the chat room's current discussion topic, or some other message related to the chat room.
Online Count This counter tells you how many people are currently in the chat room.
icon_chatters.gif ( Number of people in the chat room / Total number of people in every chat room ) arrow_refresh.png = Refresh Chat
Message Area This is the place that lists all of the messages sent by users to each other. In other words, this is the discussion.
Online List This lists the names of all of the players currently in the chat room.
[NAME] afk = Player is away from keyboard [NAME]... = Player has been inactive for more than 15 minutes


Yes, Chat has rules. Please learn them and abide by them. Failure to do so will result in a Chat ban.

Remember that usage of Chat is a privilege and is not a necessary part of gameplay; therefore, people that break Chat's rules will receive a lengthy ban at staff discretion. Please also remember that chat bans can be given retrospectively from screenshots if no Chat moderators are present at the time of the offense.

(The following list of rules is not inclusive.)


  • Messages must be readable.
    • "Invisible" text is not allowed.
      • Doctor Know: If it has to be highlighted in order to be read, it is against the rules.
  • Messages cannot strain the eyes.
    • Brightly-colored text is not allowed.
      • Puddin: If it hurts one's eyes to read, it is against the rules.
    • All-capitalized text is not allowed.


  • Messages cannot be strongly discriminatory in nature.
    • Racism is forbidden.
      • WrestlingChick: All n*****s must die.
  • Messages cannot be disruptive in nature.
    • Spamming is forbidden.
      • hobojoe: asfdgfhsdnjopiftyfdrswjkehr56kr59go68vnbeo69v8s6ey98
        hobojoe: 13.gif 4.gif 1.gif
    • "Nuking" is forbidden.
      • Pibs:
  • Messages cannot be unnecessarily derogatory or rude in nature.
    • Excessive swearing, cussing, or cursing is not allowed.
      • Radio: F***ing f***tard. Go to hell c***nugget.
    • Excessive flaming is not allowed.
      • Tef: Stupid ass n00b. Go find the help site.
        Tef: Christ... Even your dog could find the help site, f***in' dumbass.
        Tef: You know what? I going to f***ing beat your dog with a softball bat until you find the goddamn help site!
  • Messages cannot be personally inquisitive in nature.
    • Asking other players for their personal information is not allowed.
      • Dragon Patty: Hey you, what's your full name, address, phone number, social security number, birthdate, and mother's maiden name?
  • Messages cannot be repetitive, annoying, or pestering in nature.
    • Begging for money, tokens, points, and Donator Packs is not allowed.
      • †ëh hamstr sekz: Can I have money please?
    • Constantly repeating something that has already been said is not allowed.
      • Danny: That's what she said. Ooooooh!!!
        Danny: That's what she said. Ooooooh!!!
        Danny: That's what she said. Ooooooh!!!


  • Messages must be in the official language of HoboWars, English.
    • Sending messages in languages other than English is not allowed.
      • Deathy: Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Nein? Dummkopf...
  • Messages cannot contain links to web sites with suggestive or offensive content.
  • Messages cannot advertise websites or personal, in-game services.
    • Referral links to other online games or websites are not allowed.
      • Blizz: Hey guys! Join me on Kongregate! Sign up using the referral link in my journal!
    • Advertising lottos, rapes, sluts, or other in-game sales is not allowed.
      • Kittipoe Tree: I'm selling rapes for 101K and sluts for 75 msk! Limited time offer! Get them while they're hot!!!
    • Advertising real-life products and services is not allowed.
      • AgentBootyPants: Hey everyone! For this week and this week only Burger King is selling Double Cheeseburgers for 99 cents!


Chat has its own standard of behavior and practices that are expected to be followed by those who enter it.

Although displaying poor etiquette in Chat will not necessarily get you banned, it will tarnish your Chat reputation, making you less-respected in Chat and more vulnerable to Chat bans.

First and foremost, please understand that Chat is not the place to ask questions. If you have a question, please ask it on the Information Desk board. The main reason people come to Chat is so that they can escape the monotony of the game and kill some time while waiting for more T. That being said, however, Chat is not the place to be a troll or an attention whore. The best way to get yourself recognized in Chat is to meaningfully contribute to the current conversation. Have some fun and be a little silly, but responsibly.

It is also equally important to note that learning how to format your messages is a big step to becoming respected in Chat. Indubitably, the most noticeable aspect of formatting your messages is choosing what color they should be. Be sure to pick a color that no one else uses, since many Chat regulars recognize each other by the color of their messages. By choosing a unique color, you will avoid being mistaken as someone else and make Chat more vibrant.

Using proper spelling and correct grammar in Chat is beyond important; it is a necessity. You are not using a cellphone to type your messages; therefore, do not use text-speak or abbreviate every other word. Using common Internet abbreviations like lol, wtf, jk, afk, and brb is okay, but use them sparingly and properly.

If you have just recently started to participate in Chat, please realize that you are not going to be liked immediately; it will take some time to build up your reputation. The best way to get yourself recognized positively in Chat is to meaningfully contribute to the current conversation. Also, always try to start up a new conversation topic when Chat is dying or dead; it doesn't matter what it is. For all we care it could be about how your day is going, a funny YouTube video you saw yesterday, a personal experience you had, a political issue that bothers you, or what you saw written in a bathroom stall. Overall, have some fun, be a little silly, and relax with your fellow players.

Message Formatting

Believe it or not, there are ways to format your messages in Chat.

Since finding out how to do so is apparently harder than finding out how to set the time on your microwave, a convenient explanation of all the various methods to format your messages follows.

There are three ways to personalize your text in Chat:

  • Commands personalize your Chat experience through altering your text's appearance, changing Chat's settings, and displaying public notifications. They are quick and easy to use since they are comprised of a single line of text. In order to use a Chat command, just simply type it into the text box and press enter. However, please note that some Chat commands require you to type some additional information after it in order to function properly.
    • Commands follow this format: /COMMAND <ADDITIONAL TEXT/INFORMATION>
  • Tags mainly format the messages you send in Chat by changing its appearance or properties. They are used less frequently than commands since they need to be manually added to your message each time you wish to use them. In order to designate what portion of your message you wish to format, you need to surround that portion with both the opening tag and the closing tag.
    • Tags follow this format: [OPENING TAG=<ADDITIONAL INFORMATION>]Example Text[/CLOSING TAG]
  • Emoticons are small images that help represent your current mood or facial expression. As a result, they are frequently used.
    • Emoticons are rendered through various methods, so there is no common format.


The following is a list of Chat commands available to regular users.
Chat commands followed by a blue star () are frequently used.

  • /afk
    • Marks you as afk (away from keyboard) in the Chatting Now list. To remove this notice, either send a message or use the /back command.
  • /autoscroll
    • Pauses and resumes the autoscroll feature.
  • /back
    • Removes the afk notice next to your name in the Chatting Now list without sending a message.
  • /bold
    • Toggles boldfaced text on and off.
  • /chattingnow
    • Hides and shows the Chatting Now list.
  • /color <Hexadecimal Color Code (Without the #)>
    /color 029A2F
    • Sets your text's color to the specified hexadecimal color. If no hexadecimal color is specified, the color of your text is set back to the default color, black.
    • Hexadecimal color code resources: Specific / Comprehensive
  • /direction
    • Changes the orientation of Chat from top-to-bottom to bottom-to-top and vice versa.
  • /help
    • Brings up a quick explanation of the /bold, /color, and /me commands.
  • /me <Message>
    /me dances.
    • Sends a message in the third person or expresses an action.
  • /othersound
    • Toggles all other sounds in Chat on and off.
  • /scroll
    • Functions exactly the same as the /autoscroll command.
  • /sound
    • Toggles both private message notification beeps and all other sounds on and off.
  • /timestamps
    • Toggles message timestamps on and off.
Disabled Commands
Private messaging is currently disabled.
  • /msg <Name of Target>, <Message>
    /msg Andy, Hello!
    • Sends a private message to the selected person.
  • /msgbeep
    • Toggles the private message notification beep on and off.
  • /msgstart <Name of Target>
    /msgstart Andy
    • Begins a private conversation with the selected person.
  • /msgstop <Name of Target>
    /msgstop Andy
    • Ends a private conversation with the selected person.
  • /startmsg <Name of Target>
    /startmsg Andy
    • Functions exactly the same as the /msgstart command.
  • /stopmsg <Name of Target>
    /stopmsg Andy
    • Functions exactly the same as the /msgstop command.


The following is a list of Chat tags available to regular users.
Chat tags followed by a blue star () are frequently used.

  • [a]Americanized Text[/a]
    • Americanized Text
      • Wrap these tags around the text that you want americanized.
  • [b]Boldfaced Text[/b]
    • Boldfaced Text
      • Wrap these tags around the text that you want boldfaced.
      • Avoid using these tags when the /bold command is toggled.
  • [hex=<Hexadecimal Color Code (Without the #)>]Colored Text[/hex]
    [hex=029A2F]Colored Text[/hex]
    • Colored Text
      • Wrap these tags around the text that you want colored according to the specified hexadecimal color.
      • A hexadecimal color code must be specified in order for the tags to work.
      • Hexadecimal color code resources: Specific / Comprehensive
      • Avoid using these tags when the /color command has been set to a specific hexadecimal color.
  • [i]Italicized Text[/i]
    • Italicized Text
      • Wrap these tags around the text that you want italicized.
  • [r]Rainbowized Text[/r]
    • Rainbowized Text
      • Wrap these tags around the text that you want rainbowized.
  • [sin]Sinisterized Text[/sin]
    • Sinisterized Text
      • Wrap these tags around the text that you want sinisterized.
  • [u]Underlined Text[/u]
    • Underlined Text
      • Wrap these tags around the text that you want underlined.
  • [url=<Web Site's Address (a.k.a. its URL)>]Hyperlinked Text[/url]
    [url=http://www.example.com]Hyperlinked Text[/url]
    • Hyperlinked Text
      • Wrap these tags around the text that you want hyperlinked according to the specified URL.
      • A URL must be specified in order for the tags to work.


The following is a list of emoticons available to all users.


Name Code Image
Angered :anger: angered.gif
Angry :angry: 9.gif
Big Grin :D 1.gif
Blank Stare :blankstare: blankstare.gif
Blushing :@ 14.gif
Bowing Down :bow: bow.gif
Brick Wall :brickwall: brickwall.gif
Bucktooth :bucktooth: bucktooth.gif
Bug :bug: bug.gif
Bye-bye :bye: bye.gif
Clap :clap: clap.gif
Coffee :coffee: coffee.gif
Confused :S 6.gif
Crazy :crazy: crazy.gif
Crying :cry: cry.gif
David Hasselhoff :hasselhoff: hasselhoff.gif
Derp :derp: derp.gif
Disgusted :yuk: yuk.gif
Disturbed :disturbed: disturbed.gif
Drunk :drunk: drunk.gif
Eating Popcorn :popcorn: popcorn.gif
Evil :evil: 11.gif
Facepalm :facepalm: facepalm.gif
Freaking Out :freakout: freakout.gif
Fro :fro: fro.gif
Frown :( 13.gif
Gandalf :gandalf: gandalf.gif
Gay officedebo gay.gif
Grin :-D 2.gif
Grin :grin: grin.gif
Hearts :heart: heart.gif
Hobo :hobo: hobo.gif
Irish :irish: irish.gif
Kekeke :kekeke: kekeke.gif
King :king: king.gif
LOL :lol: lol.gif
Lots of Love :love: love2.gif
Machine Gun :gun: gun2.gif
Money :money: money.gif
Nailbite :nailbite: nailbite.gif
Cheers :cheers: cheers.gif
Andy :andy: andy.gif
Horse :horse: horse.gif
Tehehe :tehehe: tehehe.gif
Yoda :yoda: yoda.gif
Scary Grin :] scary.png
Name Code Image
Naughty :naughty: naughty.gif
No :no: no.gif
Nyan :nyan: nyan.gif
Off Topic :offtopic: offtopic.gif
OMG :omg: omg.gif
Oopsie :oopsie: oopsie.gif
Pirate :arr: pirate.gif
Playing Violin :violin: violin.gif
Quote :quote: quote.gif
Rock :rock: rock.gif
ROFL :rofl: rofl.gif
Rolling Eyes :| :eyes: 12.gif
Sad :blue: sad.gif
Shades B-) shades.gif
Shaking Fist :fist: fist.gif
Shaking Head :headshake: headshake.gif
Sherlock :sherlock: sherlock.gif
Shifty :hmm: hmm.gif
Shocked O.o o.O 10.gif
Shrugging :idk: idk.gif
Slashgrin :slashgrin: slashgrin.gif
Sleeping :zzz: sleeping.gif
Sly :sly: sly.gif
Smile :) 3.gif
Spinning ^.^ 15.gif
Sunglasses 8-) 7.gif
Surprised :O O.O 5.gif
Suspect :suspect: suspicious.gif
Thumbs Up :thumbsup: thumbsup.gif
Tongue :P 4.gif
Typing :type: type.gif
Ugh :ugh: ugh.gif
Wanking :wank: wank.gif
Waving :wave: wave.gif
Wiki :wiki: wiki.gif
Winking Tongue ;P wink.gif
Winking ;) 8.gif
Wonka :wonka: wonka.gif
Yawning :yawn: yawn.gif
Yes :yes: yes.gif
Love <3 love.gif
Drums :drums: drums.gif
BooHoo :boohoo: boohoo.gif
No No :nono: nono.gif
Banana :banana: banana.gif
Stupid :stupid: stupid.gif
Yikes :yikes: yikes.gif