Honestly, I'll happily try slack or whatever as an alternative to IRC if it's going to benefit this place (if we're to trial it alongside IRC first as I said) and I'd support a shatteredstar.org TS server as well for stuff like Star Citizen even though I have always disliked using voice comms myself (and plan to use them for SC this time), but I think our immediate focus should be on the forums and playing together and trying to find ways of increasing activity & participation among us in those areas first instead. As old and outdated as IRC is it is still doing its job and whilst this slack may be a newer and superior platform to it (we will have to see on that), the forums have already started to go quiet again and there's still only a few of us actually playing together. For now I think we'd be better off doing something about that first.
Star Citizen is one answer to this. We have such a promising roster for the group already and yet the only people I have actually seen in there and played with this year are BD, Rah & Chaos (Kahn too before he uninstalled due to his system struggling to run it). I hadn't played with Rah since our days in Neocron either so it has been really great to get ingame with him.
Peeps are already interested in Star Citizen so it's not like WildStar or whatever where I tried and failed to get anyone else on-board to help start a new group with me. The interest for SC is not only there but lots of us have already pledged towards it and have flyable ships, plus there is no required subscription fee on top of it either so peeps can jump in and out whenever they want. I've said it before but why don't we get more of us in there?. Not expecting anyone to play as much as BD & myself have been doing these last few months (we've had periods where we've played every evening of the week for example) but anything is better than nothing, right?. Sure the game isn't complete yet but there's fun to be had in there with several game modes within Arena Commander (player vs AI, PvP, races, free flight) and the FPS module is just weeks away too.
More of us playing will help to increase the forum chatter here and show that we're active and playing shit together, give us more group content to put out on YouTube and Tweet about (and stream for those able to) and help build our group presence within the SC community itself as well - all of which will (hopefully) help bring in new blood. As a gaming community who's focus is on simply having fun, chatting and playing together (so our site says), how are we supposed to attract new people if we don't practice what we preach?.
A few of us are planning to play some GTA V Online together on PC too (probably when we're done with the SP campaign as I haven't created a character yet lol) so there's that too which peeps are welcome to join us in. We already have the people for SC though and that is more long term. Such a great opportunity sitting right there for us, it would be a shame not to take advantage of it
TLDR: Get people chatting here on the forums first and actually playing games with each other. Get more of us into Star Citizen and playing together which will help with forum activity, YouTube/Twitter/Twitch content and building our presence within the game and making a name for ourselves. Maybe introduce a shatteredstar.org TS server for the group to use in there at the same time. IRC is still doing its job atm so either look at upgrading that later or do all of this at once. Chatting here and actually playing together is most important, imo.