Finding A Board

January 19, 2010

I have been looking for interesting bulletin boards. My experience has been a mixture of pleasant surprise and downright disappointment. The following text details my adventure. I have put the most successful experiences at the end.

As you can see from my first story on this subject, there are lists. It is a huge job to go through all the possibilities, so I tried to find ones that had some draw to me. I am not a gamer, so the ones that advertised that as top priority were not tried. There were a couple of exceptions to that because they looked particularly good for some other reason. My journey then, is partially random. It is interesting that eventually I did end up finding some of the most active and, in some way, important ones. Realize though, that there are very many more out there and I am sure there are some very good ones that I have missed.
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The BBS Lives!

January 11, 2010

Most people over 25 will remember fondly the days of the BBS. Here in North America, they were accessible to anyone with a phone line. Unlike the internet, you didn’t need to pay, and the software was simple and readily available. Basically, if you were old enough to type in a phone number, you were on.

In my area there were maybe 300 BBSs, so there was a lot to choose from. All major cities could boast the same – or more. However, by ’99 those numbers were way down. At this point in time, there are probably only about 50 BBSs in all of North America which are accessible via the phone line. The internet is just so accessible to everyone, that survival of the BBS became quickly endangered. Except for one thing – fanatics!
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BBS Lists – Still There

January 11, 2010

To know what BBSs were available in my area, I used to rely on a list which was published and updated frequently. It was known as Roxanne Spear’s BBS List. A work of love such as is seldom seen – but where is it now?

I actually have an old copy or two sitting in my archives. But the world has changed and almost all of those bulletin boards are gone now – almost, but not all.
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