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WarLorDz Services
Main Services
(offline) WebRPG 2.0 - link
(offline) Black Nova Traders - link
(offline) Legend Of The Green Dragon - link
(offline) WarBlog - link
(offline) Telnet
Related Services
BBS Revival - link
Mod's Projects
(offline) NWO Alliance Site - link
External Links


The WarLorDz BBS has been around since the mid 80s when I first put a dial-up BBS online via dial-up. Since then, WarLorDz has seen quite a few incarnations.

Initially as a dial-up System, the BBS ran a single node at (717) 442-XXXX on an IBM compatible XT level machine at 8 MHz 640K of memory, and a 10 Meg hard drive. Shortly after going online, a friend of mine Terminal Illness of The Dark Side Of The Moon BBS set up a FIDO style network called "GAP-NET" referencing the nearby town of Gap Pennsylvania. For a while, we were the only two nodes on the network.

A couple years into running the BBS, I discovered the wonders of remote call forwarding. The simple version, this meant I could order a low cost phone line ((717) 768-XXXX) that didn't actually exist, but instead simply forwarded all of it's calls to the (717) 442-XXXX number that my BBS was running on. This allowed me to get callers from a large portion of Lancaster Pennsylvania without them needing to pay long distance charges. Around this point is when the BBS really started to take off. I upgraded to a 386 level machine with I believe close to 100 Meg of disk space, and a massive 4 meg of memory. I soon added a second line, and a second remote call forwarding line from (717) 768-XXXX.

Through the remainder of the 80s, and into the early 90s, The BBS continued to grow. Eventually in the early 90s reaching 1 (717) 293-XXXX line, 4 (717) 768-XXXX lines, and 1 (717) 442-XXXX line. All of the lines were full nearly 24/7, and I was getting around 3-400 messages posted a day. I upgraded to a massive 1Gig hard drive that I was positive would never be fully used, and have a very nicely tuned system running DesqView. All of this on a 486 DX/50 with 8 meg of ram. Among all of this, I eventually had time to start MODNET, a Paranormal styled network that at one time had nodes in several US states. Some time in the early 90s, I had a hard drive crash, but didn't have the finances to repair the computer.

WarLorDz was offline for a few months. I kept the same phone numbers, but, was unable to take calls. Finally one day, I managed to hobble together a working computer with a 30 meg hard drive, and went back online with just message areas, and teleconference. I was just starting to shine things up when something odd happened. Even though I hadn't advertised, or told ANYONE, the line rang, and connected, then another, then another. before I knew it 2 or 3 nodes were in use, it seems users had kept me in their dial lists "just in case". I was back up to full speed before the day was out.

That was when I realized I really had something. I built on the BBS, and got things running stable again, but eventually, I had computer problems again, and went back offline. (Being a SysOp was a thankless hobby at times)

Eventually, with the help of some friends, WarLorDz came back online, up to 4 nodes, and in it's former glory... except, new numbers, and no callers... This was around 1995 or 1996 when the Internet simply decimated the BBS scene. Eventually, I got that one caller that made the difference, They became completely obsessed with the BBS, and convinced all their friends to call. The BBS was back again... Soon, there were hundreds of posts flowing per day, and an active teleconference. Things were good.

Some time in the late 90s, I decided to go to a telnet based system, and the number of callers continued to deteriorate. After all, there was the bright and shiny web... who wanted a text based system.

The final nail in the coffin that was WarLorDz at it's best was when I moved to Lexington, KY. A couple months of down time was enough to cost the last few stable callers that I had, and the BBS was very slow.

In December of 2000, I founded a small email list called BBS Revival - link on what was then I believe egroups.com. The group changed hands several times, until it finally settled on YahooGroups. The group is still there, and as of 5/21/2007 is ranked #7 in BBS (with most of the groups ranked above #7 not being related to old style BBSs at all.)

Since then, I ran an NNTP server for a while, Telnet has been up a large portion of the time, and I've tried various things with trying to bring the BBS to the web. We've slowed to a crawl, but there are still a few regulars here that have been around for 20 years now. That's a long time in computer terms.

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