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Posted: Aug 31st 2010 10:12AM Scopique said

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Thanks for this! TW2002 was my all time favorite BBS door game. A friend of mine set up a BBS on a laptop (because you could do that back then) and I bought a TW2002 license that I ran for a while. Brings back some sweet, sweet memories.

Posted: Aug 31st 2010 10:56AM Firebreak said

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Hell yeah, Legend of the Red Dragon. I loved that game, which is weird since I now hate facebook games but I guess that a 20 year old gaming style will do that. This article has really brought back the memories.

Posted: Aug 31st 2010 10:24AM Ixliam said

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I ran a BBS in Atlanta for quite a number of years and shut it down around 1996 when the internet pretty much put us out of business. Believe I ran QBBS, Remove Access, and eventually settling on WWIV. LORD and Trade Wars were great door games for their time. The community was really good back then as it was all local tech folks for the most part, though with the advent of WWIVnet and Fido Net you did start to see the trolls peaking their heads about.

Former Sysop of The Kingdom BBS

Posted: Aug 31st 2010 10:37AM (Unverified) said

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I ran an underground BBS in ATL as well from 90 to around 95. LoRD, TW and one of my favorites Baron Realms Elite. I ran TriBBS and a special Renegade brew.
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Posted: Aug 31st 2010 10:49AM (Unverified) said

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How did you forget Tele-Arena and MajorMUD?

Posted: Aug 31st 2010 10:50AM (Unverified) said

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LORD was just great. I liked the addons that SYSOPs added as well. Violet's cottage comes to mind...

Anyway...

Posted: Aug 31st 2010 10:53AM eiberri said

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Used to play LORD on a BBS back in the early 90s. I'm a little dismayed, however, that MajorMUD was not mentioned in this post. It was probably the single-most influential game I played back then--in the way that it guided me to MMOs and other RPGs. Also played The Rose for a bit, too, but that all fell to the wayside in the late 90s.

Posted: Aug 31st 2010 11:18AM (Unverified) said

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I co ran Spitfire BBS until Starting my Own using RBBS and {COMMO} with the scripting available in {COMMO} I would accept uploaded files scan them with 5 different virus scanners and then repack the file into .ARJ .... Then you could download the file using Zmodem or Ymodem or Xmodem crc in whatever format you wanted because I created a script that would expand and re-pack the file into whatever ARchiver you wanted.

Fun times... My favorite games were Esterian Conquest and THE PIT.

Posted: Aug 31st 2010 11:38AM (Unverified) said

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Thanks for the flashback!

I was an active BBS user (not a SysOp) in the 80s and 90s since the commercial on-line services like Compu$erve, GEnie and AOL where crazy-expensive at the time -- like several dollars an HOUR! There were some great -- and FREE -- BBS "door" games available during that period but some of the premium BBSs charged a monthly fee, usually just a few bucks, to play them. A "door" program is like a "plug-in", something you acquire from a 3rd-party to extend the capabilities of your BBS software.

I started with a 300 baud accoustic coupler, a type of modem where you placed the telephone handset into the device. Baud = bits per second and 10 bits ~= 1 byte with protocol overhead so about 30 bytes/characters per second. I remember upgrading to a 9600 baud modem and amazed at how FAST it was!

I did not discover the Internet until 1995 and *still* play some text-based games via Telnet. ASCII graphics FTW! lol

Posted: Aug 31st 2010 11:43AM Darkdust said

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Oh, man, this took me back. LoRD and SRE? Yes please! Ran them both on a BBS (that I got my school to fund XD). And I daresay that the gameplay they envisioned still resonates as the bits I most enjoy about MMORPGs today.

Posted: Aug 31st 2010 11:48AM Darkkhorse said

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you missed the two best, Tele-Arena and Major MUD... hands down the best MUDS out at the time. The PVP was insane and Major MUD was full loot... you die, all of you gear falls to the ground...it was pretty harsh. Those were pretty epic days of gaming.

Posted: Aug 31st 2010 12:01PM Heraclea said

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I ran a BBS from around 1986 to 1999. The door game I remembered best was something called DNDBBS, a Dungeons and Dragons inspired game. What I remember best about DNDBBS is that it was written in BASIC, so even I could recompile the game; and that the game files were modifiable. I filled it full of new regions, added sex change potions and other perks, and had a good time modding that game.

Posted: Aug 31st 2010 12:07PM (Unverified) said

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"characters could flirt, get married, contract STDs, divorce, and have kids"

What? in that order?

Posted: Aug 31st 2010 12:30PM redsolar said

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Awesome days. Editing AT commands for specific modem operations. Lurking text files and binaries on the archives. Enjoying some backdoor gaming action in games like LoRD. All driven in a system beautified with ASCII/ANSI art stylized menus and splash screens.

Posted: Aug 31st 2010 1:08PM Turrash said

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Ahh, the days of the BBS :) I used to run a BBS as well, first on Telegard then Renegade. I was the founder of TRiC (The Renegade Information Crew). At the time we had the most creative mods out there, the first being the ability to use arrow keys instead of "F" for Files, "O" for Online games ,etc ... Despite everything being a lot more local than it is now I really did enjoy those days. Maybe it's because I had ACiD and iCE making all my menus and advertisements. Time to drag out that 20mb hard drive and see if everything still exists :)

Posted: Aug 31st 2010 2:00PM (Unverified) said

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My old WWIV board ran a great Fallout style door called Operation Overkill ... highly underrated, even had a simple ASCII "overview" showing surrounding landscape. Sure miss the thrill of some of those days!

Any ansi artists around Atlanta area from '95-'97 remember a group called RELiC ? a bit amateur next to the big guys, but worth a shout! -Manifesto :)

Posted: Aug 31st 2010 2:32PM Zach Adams said

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It's interesting to me that both those games have such obvious descendants in today's online games--EVE obviously for TW2k2 and Kingdom of Loathing, Forumwarz, etc. for LoRD. (KOL was actually introduced to me by a friend with the phrase "Remember LORD?")

Ah, the days of jockeying with all the other users to get your turns in RIGHT after rollover (especially for LORD, since only the first person with enough charm would successfully seduce Violet or Seth. The others had to wait a day.)

Posted: Aug 31st 2010 2:40PM Stillhart said

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Awesome! I tell people all the time that I like Eve because it's basically a graphical version of TW2002. LORD was good but I was a big fan of The Pit.

Also there was a crazy ass MUD I used to play....can't recall the name...but I remember one of the areas was called The Flagstones (or the Flags for short). That game was epic. Anyone remember that one?

Posted: Aug 31st 2010 3:26PM Phone Guy said

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I remember my midnight rounds of the local BBSs. Hitting up my dailies on Lord, Planets, Operation Overkill II, and Usurper. Those were the times. I still hold the belief that a MMO built around Usurper would be pretty sweet.

Posted: Aug 31st 2010 4:27PM (Unverified) said

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Those screenshots made me giggle!

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