Most of the survivors in Fairview City always carry a precious little box with themselves, no matter where they are: CB Radios, the only still functional long-range communication devices we have left in our destroyed world.
The CB Radio (CB = Citizens' Band) is Dead Frontier's chatroom network, which is practically always active and full with people talking, trading, planning or plotting, depending on your currently active chat channel. You can join the CB Radio anytime by clicking the green radio, which can be found at the left side of the screen (in an outpost) or below the game screen (in the Inner City).
There are also some special rules for the CB Radio, which are seperate from the main Dead Frontier Rules, yet a very important read before you chat the first time. They can be found here: CB Radio Rules
CB Radio Functions
Like every proper chatroom, the CB Radio has some settings for customization and several functions to format your text, which are shown and explained below.
There is also the Availability Status Button, which everyone can use to turn their displayed name into italics and show via an automatic chat message that they are currently inactive. Clicking the button a second time reverses this effect and sends another status message to everyone else in the chatroom.
|CB Radio Member Types|
|Administrators, Moderators and Chat Operators|
|(Formerly) Chat Operators|
|Private Room Owners|
|Normal Chat Participant|
|Inactive (Away) Chat Participant|
To enforce the chat rules and keep peace and order within the CB Radio, Moderators are commonly watching the chat during most times of the day. Among their most important tools are the abilities to warn, freeze (muting anyone for 60 seconds), kick (2 minute ban) and ban rulebreakers whenever necessary.
Generally it's best to report problems and rulebreakers directly to them via the CB Radio than through the reporting button or a PM.
Aside from the main Moderators, there are also Chat Operators, which resemble a group of very trustable community members, who received a set of moderation tools within the CB to support the staff members and to keep the chat moderated as much as possible. These individuals are usually those who are in training to become a full Moderator.
Different statuses or "ranks" of players in the the CB Radio can be recognized by the font styles in which their usernames are shown in, as displayed in the list to the right.
The majority of the chat within the CB Radio happens in the public chat rooms which are always open and are usually designed for a certain purpose. The list below includes all current public CB Chat rooms, if their names are not obvious enough, their room topics should tell you exactly what each room is for.
- Clan Chat
Talk about anything clan related
- General Chat (Default room when entering chat)
Talk about anything not covered by the other rooms
- Newbie Help
If you are new to the game you can ask for help here
A place for non-English speakers to chat.
- OA Discussion
Chat about the Outpost Attack.
- Party Requests
Find a zombie killing party here.
Room for serious roleplayers only.
- Tips and Tactics
Discuss tactics for Dead Frontier here.
Buy and sell your items here.
On August 3rd 2010, the CB Radio was decidedly getting rather large and hard to talk in without getting interrupted by others, so the option to create private and passworded rooms was opened to the public, which is simply done via the Room Change function. The room creators receive the "Room Owner" status whenever they enter a room that they created themselves and some basic moderation functions along with that, such as a warning function and a kick ability that moves people to one of the public main chat rooms while denying them access to the room they were kicked from for a good while.
Due to this ability to moderate your own chat rooms, Moderators may join your room but do not have to moderate them alike to the main rooms, although it's still best to call a Moderator in case a rather extreme rulebreaker is creating problems in your private chat room.