A wiki about bulletin board systems
Who can forget an encounter with the Ferengi? Flirting with Violet the barmaid? Nuking a neighboring empire?
The Break Into Chat wiki was created to preserve the history of these and other BBS door games, after editors on Wikipedia began deleting (or threatening to delete) door game articles. These activist editors had deemed most BBS doors "non-notable," citing a dearth of quality sources about the individual games. Space Empire Elite was the first to go.
In response, I forked all of Wikipedia's BBS door game-related articles, and Break Into Chat was born.
Articles on this wiki
Let's get to work
I believe eventually academia will give BBS door games the scrutiny and research they deserve. I hope the articles on this wiki, as well as the posts on the Break Into Chat blog will be helpful in those future endeavors.
I am not content to simply preserve those old Wikipedia articles. I want to expand them, add new articles, and more sources as I have time. I could certainly use help!
Can you help find old interviews that will shed light on BBS door games? Do you have a collection of Boardwatch magazines with relevant articles? Are you a researcher who has investigated this genre?
Please get in touch. (Unfortunately new users must request access due to the scourge of spammers)
Here are the guiding principles:
- Any door game is worthy of an article (notability will not be a concern)
- The more sources, the better
- The higher the quality of the sources, the better
- Jason Scott: The Quiet Wikideath of BBS History (Dec. 7, 2012)
- Benj Edwards: Wikipedia is Deleting BBS Game History (Dec. 8, 2012)