@danielpunkass@dalton@imyke LOL - so many people don't know what it was like to read text that downloaded at 300 baud. I managed to get an Usenet account back in 84 in Jr High. I still remember when I could afford a 1200 baud modem. Heaven.
@imyke I don’t mean this as an insult, but I’m curious why @danielpunkass never built even a static server side blogging service into MarsEdit? Is it just because he thinks of the app from the old days when fewer apps had their own server side components?
@dalton@imyke They were so big that there was a substantial BBS culture based on a variety of innovative, home-grown BBS software. The SysOps of the best BBSes all wrote their own and broke new ground.
@danielpunkass@clarkgoble@dalton@imyke I would love to hear more about those early BBS days. My first working modem was 1200 baud, but a neighborhood friend had a 300 baud. He couldn’t even keep up with the pace of chatting on our local multi-node BBS.
@danielpunkass@clarkgoble@dalton@imyke I guess I'm a youngster, I didn't get into the local BBS scene until I had a 14.4. I'm still surprised how active the community was in the rural county where I grew up in, but it was fantastic.
@danielpunkass@imyke maybe it’s not that interesting a question?
It just seems like more apps launch with server side components today. SaaS, etc.
But I don’t mean to suggest it would be trivial or easy.
@robertgeorge@danielpunkass@dalton@imyke I managed to get an account on the local university’s VAX running Unix. There was a major military base nearby so they had true internet back in 83. Had fun learning C and reading Usenet via dialup. 300baud.
@clarkgoble@danielpunkass@dalton@imyke yes! Sob…
Fun fact: despite ADSL it still does that at my Parents’. Even with all filters in place, when the phone is picked downstairs it kills the connection. They’re far (remote) from the node (10 miles)
@danielpunkass@jsnell@dalton@imyke I ran a BBS from '88 to '93 (The Dungeon, later The Caves of Steel when I switched to Citadel). Donations for higher status made it self-supporting. Mostly for door games and organizing RPG meetings.
@danielpunkass@clarkgoble@dalton@imyke 300 baud! I started at 1200 baud (painful) and moved to 2400, then made the huge jump to 28.8, and finally 56k. Spent a ton of time BBSing before getting Compuserve and finally internet access in ’94.
@clarkgoble@thomasbrand@danielpunkass i did this too. it was terminal that dialed into a mainframe my dad used. it wasn’t zork but Adventure the zork precursor. a saved game was keeping the paper roll from previous plays.
@dalton Except the cost of the account. I've written scripts (something) like that over on Twitter and can do it because if no one uses it, nothing's lost. Here, it's more of a risk.
@mlv I understand but the big risk is probably your time in either case, right? i.e. if you have a dev account, you could use one of your 2 $5 per year test accounts. If people log into the game it would also be eligible for the developer incentive program
@dalton Certainly if it was a serious thing, then the development costs would far exceed the account costs. But I’m thinking more of just playing around in it in my spare time, for fun. I may get a dev acct, but at this point that’s a $100 toy.
@mlv@dalton@jsnell@imyke “More of a risk” is certainly qualified. Apart from users needing a a paid account, it’s a less of a risk because you can count on the infrastructure being available for the use case.
@dalton@jsnell@danielpunkass@imyke I would love a generic telnet gateway via an appnet @user PM interface. Could connect to existing BBS servers and games, including Tradewars.
Native appnet Tradewars Game would be cooler tho.
@dalton I don't think a MUD needs anything more than user profile info, since everything after that would happen off the API and on the MUD server. But this is more gimmick than anything else... :)
@danielpunkass That's cool. I certainly loved the social aspects of BBSes as well. I've been trying to build a wiki about BBS door games, and I'm trying to find what games were popular pre-1990s. When I heard that was your BBSing era, I figured I'd ask. :)