We have an official server for Star Control Origins and the franchise as a whole. This server was originally linked in the Founders' Vault but as time has passed many are still unaware of its existence. Joining the server is not mandatory, but it is a good idea since it is where a lot of the community activity and developer discussions now exists.
Discord is a text and voice chat service that allows for multiple channels and features. It is free to sign up and you can use it on your browser, computer and even phone. It is easy to use for anyone already familiar with IRC, Teamspeak or Skype.
To join the Star Control discord server use the following invite link: https://discord.gg/starcontrol