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 (text-mode games played online with other users) are the main focus of this BBS. All of the current game scores (for the games that generate them) as well as other news and events are posted in real time on the door games page.
  • There are also a few inter-BBS message networks available, like DOVE-net, fsxNet, and GameNet, plus a local message area with a few active sub-groups.
  • Lastly, there's also an archive of old, mostly DOS-based files available, such as shareware games and utilities, 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. Validation is required for all new users.

    This one is easy. When you create a new account, you will be prompted to send feedback to the SysOp. This is just a brief message containing your reason(s) for joining the BBS, what you hope to get out being a user of the BBS, and/or other things you'd like to see on the BBS. Many of the BBS's features are locked out to new users until they are validated by the SysOp. Blank feedback messages will result in that user not being validated.

    Feedback & validation systems are quite typical on most BBSes, and this BBS is no different.

  2. 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.

  3. No spam.

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

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 the in-browser terminal client. It can lag from time to time, but it gets the job done.

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

Click here to open the client and connect now.

The recommended way...

You can also connect via telnet using any terminal program of your choosing.

SyncTERM is a great terminal that runs on Windows, Linux, or macOS, and resembles the fancy old DOS terminals from back in the day. Once you install it, just point it to (if it's not already listed in the included directory), using either telnet on standard port #23 or SSH (secure shell) 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: