Then, now and always will be...
When I started BBSing back in the early 90's on a TRS-80 I had no idea what
I was doing, much like how people that try to do new things. It's a
learning process. Without prior experience with technology I was on my way
to do something until this day.
Around 1996, I started Stepping Stone BBS on my parent's land-line running
only late at night; as I couldn't afford to run my own land-line as I was
an early teen just wanting to do something amazing.
Later on, I received an e-mail from someone I did not know requesting that
I setup a Tradewars 2002 server for her friends and herself. So I set it
up; that was in December of 2009. 10 years later, I've switched between
Synchronet and Mystic as well as between Windows and Linux (Ubuntu
respectively). Many times I had to start from scratch or pull old data
from one system to another.
It's been quite a journey from the beginning, the mid-times and until the
current date. My hope is that BBSing won't become obsolete and will be
here for many decades to come.
During my journey I learned to develop my own door game Legion RPG written
in C++ that I ported myself between Windows, Linux and RPi in 32-bit and 64-
bit. The door has come a long way and before long it may even appear on
game servers such as BBSLink and Door Party.
I encouraging anyone interested in the BBS scene to jump on BBSes and apply
for access before running one of your own. If you find the desire and
motivation to build your own, I suggest you find a piece of software you
like the most, stick with it, design and customize it to its potential.
Also to mention to keep things active just as you would see in a store.
Don't hesistate to move around a few things, make new designs... keep the
audiences attention. If you're up to the task and take it serious and can
provide time into this investment, you won't regret it.