Break Into Chat

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A wiki about bulletin board systems

Who can forget an encounter with the Ferengi? Flirting with Violet the barmaid? Nuking a neighboring empire?

TradeWars 2002. Legend of the Red Dragon. Solar Realms Elite. Classic games that were played once upon a time on dialup bulletin board systems.

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.

In addition to the wiki, don't miss the Break Into Chat blog where I'm posting memories of door games, and interviews with game creators like Amit Patel and Austin Seraphin.

Articles on this wiki

ANSI artArrowbridgeAssassin
BBS SimulatorBBS doorBBS door game
BarneysplatBarren Realms EliteBladeMaster
Board MasterBreak Into ChatCripple Smash
DrugwarsDungeon MasterFalcon's Eye
FazuulGlobal BackgammonGlobal War
Kannons and KatapultsKyrandia (Major BBS)Land of Devastation
Legend of the Red DragonLemonadeMajorMUD
Murder Motel (PC)Operation Overkill IIPhantasia (video game)
PimpWarsPlanets: The Exploration of SpacePyroto Mountain
Quest for MagicRemote imaging protocolSTellar Chaos
Shadow BoardSolar Realms EliteSpace Dynasty
Space Empire EliteSwords of ChaosTele-Arena
The Arcadian LegendsThe PitTradeWars 2002
Trade WarsUltimate UniverseUsurper
VGA PlanetsVT52Yankee Trader

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

--Josh

Josh Renaud (talk) 12:00, 28 November 2012 (CST)

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