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Did you BBS? BBSしたか。

Did you BBS? BBSしたか。

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Did you BBS?

(this question was posed in the sdf.lonestar.org BBOARD, and this was my reply)
I used to BBS in the LA area as a kid. We had a 1200 baud modem and a Leading Edge 8088 with the monitor upgraded to CGA and I got some BBS numbers from my friends. The most popular BBS at the time was called Baud Town. That is where I first got a taste of chatting, door games, and posting.
As I got into it more I started going to more obscure BBSes, where you had to have 3 friends recommend you, etc. That is when I got into ASCII and ANSI art, and pirating games (which were more often than not, shareware games anyway, like One Must Fall, Commander Keen, and Solar Winds).
I still remember one, Wizardry, the number was (818) 222-4444.

Later on we got a 386 and a 9600 baud modem and I found out about this REALLY BIG BBS, it was called Kaiwan, but you had to pay monthly for it. I did and soon discovered things like elm (what is this email thing?), rn (usenet? this is a HUGE BBS!), and other things UNIXy, but I had no idea it was a UNIX box, or even what a UNIX box was, until years later in college where I encountered something called "the Internet" and I never went

(Feel free to post your BBS experiences, too!)




  • Wow...BBS huh? My first experiences were here in the lovely A.V., Cali. I had an Apple IIGS, so getting on at home was a no-go for me, but I went over to my friends house all the time to use his 386. We played LORD (I may still have a copy of that around somewhere), did some chatting, but not much, swapped cracks we had made, and, yes, ASCII art! Ahhh..the 2400 days were the best let me tell you.
    Unfortunately, many of our local BBS's were on military bases and they didn't take to kindly to my friends and myself, so our local access numbers quickly diminished. Much like you Trev, I then went off to college, got a 486/DX2 66 (I was flyin with that one), and discovered Usenet, my love affair of IRC boomed, and then the glorious internet on Lynx!What a wonderful world it was.
    Ah! I also eventually figured out telnet BBS's, such as AWOL and PennyNet back east. These led to some interesting relationships and, oddly enough, some comic and anime trading. I still have a few comics from someone, but no address, so if I have your comics, Let me know!
    Sometimes, I dream of 'The Good Ol Days" and want to go back...then I fire up some internet radio.
    • That is an awesome reply! It is really fun reading about others BBS experiences. It was such a big part of my life as a kid that it brings back a lot of fond memories.
  • Woo, I used to call baudtown now and then. Also Wizardry. There were several others but I don't remember their names. I had a Telix script that I'd run on baudtown - if you invited me to a private chat, the script would accept. If you typed a pre-arranged secret code to me, the script would show you a list of "elite" codes/etc. and prompt you to add one. I'd just leave it running for a few hours and see what I'd get. If you didn't know the code, the script would just say silly, inane things and log your responses. That was fun to read afterwards.

    I liked it, though. BBSes were fun. I tried to run my own for a while, but I could only leave it on at night and I think I got maybe 9 users. I also started writing BBS software but my computer was stolen and it's lost forever. :( It was going to have an option of allowing the client to download a special terminal program that would display my BBS (or any BBS using my special "markup" language) much faster - sort of like HTML before I knew about HTML. I also played around with ANSI/ASCII/AVATAR art. Ahh, the good ol' days.
    • Man those were some fun times. I remember once I made an ASNI animation of an x-wing fighter on my 386 and it took up almost 1 MB! I could barely fit it on a diskette.
      You remember Arthur? He was the guy that introduced me to pirated games, and that whole scene. I still remember getting Privateer from him on 6 diskettes outside the 300 building one day. Good times.
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