ConstructiveChaos BBS

Finding a Cure For Mundanity

What is this?

This is an internet-based BBS (bulletin board system), much like the kind one would connect to via dial-up during the '80s and '90s before the internet became mainstream. Bulletin boards were a fun, popular way for users to connect, post messages, download files, and play online games.

This BBS aims to recreate each of those experiences.

  • Door games are the main focus of this BBS. A door game is a text-based game played on a BBS with other users. The most notable examples are Legend of the Red Dragon (aka LORD) and Trade Wars, but there are numerous others.

    All current game score bulletins and other news and events are posted in real time on the door games page.

  • There are both local message areas and inter-BBS message networks available, such as:

  • Lastly, there's a modest archive of old, mostly DOS-based files available, such as shareware games and utilities, GIF images, WAV and MIDI audio resources, and more.

House Rules

This is a friendly BBS, with friendly users. Being a form of on-line community, some very basic rules are in effect for all users:

  1. Be decent.

    Ought to go without saying. Basically, treat others as you want to be treated, and act as you would as a guest in one's home, because you are.

    Refrain from use of excessive vulgarities or otherwise unpleasant or inflammatory language, whether posting messages locally or while playing door games. This includes, but isn't limited to, character names used in-game, messages posted publicly in-game, or messages posted publicly out-of-game. An occasional expletive for emphasis or humorous effect is fine, as long as it's all kept friendly.

    Harassing messages of any sort directed to another user, whether sent privately or posted publicly, and whether sent internally or sent externally to an outside email address, will not be tolerated.

  2. No spam.

    Spam messages posted locally or posted within any of the inter-BBS message networks will not be tolerated.

  3. Real names are optional.

    You are not required to give out your real name to log in, unless you want to read and post within the networked message areas, since many message networks require a real name (or at least a real sounding one), so for that reason it's required in order to access those features. You may instead choose to be known only by your alias, and still have access to only the local message areas and the door games.

Things are fun, friendly, and laid back here. These rules are in place to help ensure it stays that way!

How to connect

The easy way...

The easiest way to access the BBS is to use use your web browser.

A desktop browser is needed to access the web BBS client.

Click here to connect now.

The recommended way...

You can also connect via telnet using a terminal program such as SyncTERM. It runs on Windows, Linux, or macOS, and resembles the fancy old DOS terminals from back in the day. It runs faster than the browser terminal does, and can be run full-screen.

Once you install it, just point it to (it may already be listed in the included directory), using either telnet on standard port #23 or SSH on port #2278.

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More ways...

If you have an Android phone, there are several terminal clients available on the Google Play store, such as ConnectBot.

There is also a client named Termius on both Google Play and the Apple Store.

Apps for mobile devices tend to be, well, weird. So your mileage may vary with these methods.

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Even more ways...

If you're into retro-computing (and why wouldn't you be?), you can even connect to BBSes from older computers like 486s, 386s, IBM PCs, TRS-80s, or even Commodore 64s using specially designed RS-232 devices via telnet.

If you're interested in putting yourself through such a thing, these links may interest you: