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how to join the IBL

The IBL welcomes anyone who enjoys playing our game to join as an Associate member. Associates can participate by playing games for owners who have scheduling difficulties, or act as caretakers when an owner must step away for an extended period of time. When a franchise becomes available for new ownership, interested Associates (and co-owners) are given the opportunity based on seniority. Associates can also be invited to join an existing team as a co-owner.

The first step to take is subscribing to the IBL mailing list.  Feel free to browse the list archive to get an idea of the frequency and content of the emails.  Once you’ve subscribed, use the contact form to drop us a note indicating your interest in joining the league.

The next step is to get connected to other members.  The IBL has its own Internet Relay Chat (IRC) server where league members play games and hang out to chat.  If you’re already an experienced IRC user plug in our server info and get connected.  If you’re unfamiliar with IRC you can use this web client.  Our IRC server requires a password which you can request via email.

Once you’re connected to IRC the next step is to get familiar with how we play games online.  If you’ve joined up mid-season, most evenings you should be able to log in and find a channel with a game in-progress.  Eventually you’ll need to play a couple of simulated games using a publicly available card set and use our GRS program to submit a sample Game Report.  Assuming everything goes well it will be announced in the next IBL Newsletter that you have joined as a new Associate member.  At this point you are eligible to play IBL games and will have access to the latest cards.

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