20 node, retro gaming BBS is alive!

Ever have the urge to play some of the best BBS games of the 1980’s and 1990’s?

Games like Trade Wars 2002, Legend of the Red Dragon (LORD), Barren Realms Elite, The Pit, and others defined multiplayer gaming (via dial-up modem) for over a decade.

Now they’re online (accessible via telnet) and free to play for everyone.

Here’s how to access the BBS:

  1. Grab a telnet client (I recommend SyncTERM or Qodem).
  2. Connect via telnet (on port 23) to bbs.lunduke.com.

When creating a new account you’ll be asked for your address and phone number.  Clearly I don’t need (or want) that information.  But I left it in there as this is typically how it was in “ye olden times” (gotta keep the user experience the same).

Just fill those fields in with junk information (though it might be worth while to add your email address in the address section just in case you lose your password and need to verify your identity).

The House of Lunduke BBS is a sort of homage to the classics of BBS gaming.  A little mini, playable museum for the multiplayer BBS games that were a big part of our lives in the 80s/90s.

The BBS is run on a dedicated server and is capable of supporting up to 20 people playing at the same time (20 “nodes” — what would have taken 20 dedicated modems connected to 20 phone lines, back in the day).

“Linux Against Humanity” – expansion set for “Cards Against Humanity”

Roughly a year ago I released a Linux-themed expansion pack for Cards Against Humanity — named, simply, “Linux Against Humanity”.

lahThe expansion pack was released under the same license as Cards Against Humanity itself (Creative Commons BY-NC-SA), allowing anyone to download and print out their own set.  Good times were had by all.

Then I re-did my website and the old announcement pages disappeared, making Linux Against Humanity hard to find.

I’ve fixed that.

You can now grab it right from the Lunduke.com “Book Store“.  Which is a lot like a normal book store… except everything is free to download, has no DRM of any kind, and is all made available under such wonderful licenses as the Creative Commons.

You can also grab it from GitHub.  Seriously.  This is a Cards Against Humanity expansion pack with a GitHub repository all to itself.  Just how I roll.

Three things I would be dumb to not mention at this point:

  1. While you’re over on the “Book Store” page… might as well grab a few of my books while you’re there.  They are free under the Creative Commons.  Freedom is cool.
  2. Making all of this free was made possible by my supporters on Patreon.  Every single one of them deserves a high-five.  If you’d like to see me spend more time on projects like this (and my books, videos, etc.) consider dropping a couple of dollars into the cup.  [Here’s a video explaining how this works.]
  3. Feel free to spread this far and wide.  It’s free.  For you.  For me.  For everyone.  Especially your Aunt Tabitha.  Definitely email this to your Aunt Tabitha.