Skip to content

HTTPS clone URL

Subversion checkout URL

You can clone with HTTPS or Subversion.

Download ZIP
Blast from my past. Take that, goblin!
branch: master
Failed to load latest commit information.
scripts Initial (and probably last) commit
0PART.SCR Initial (and probably last) commit
2CAB.SCR Initial (and probably last) commit
2WARRIOR.SCR Initial (and probably last) commit
3RDARENA.SCR Initial (and probably last) commit
3RINGER.SCR Initial (and probably last) commit
ABSTEST2.SCR Initial (and probably last) commit
ACTIVE.SCR Initial (and probably last) commit
AFK.SCR Initial (and probably last) commit
ALARM.SCR Initial (and probably last) commit
DAYS.SCR Initial (and probably last) commit
DES23TWN.SCR Initial (and probably last) commit
DRAGFLAM.SCR Initial (and probably last) commit
FROM3RD.SCR Initial (and probably last) commit
GIM.SCR Initial (and probably last) commit
GNOLL.SCR Initial (and probably last) commit
GNOLL1.SCR Initial (and probably last) commit
GOLD.SCR Initial (and probably last) commit
HEAL.SCR Initial (and probably last) commit
IDLE.SCR Initial (and probably last) commit
JOIN.SCR Initial (and probably last) commit
KIKI.SCR Initial (and probably last) commit
KIKI1.SCR Initial (and probably last) commit
KILLROSE.SCR Initial (and probably last) commit
MBSSUN.SCR Initial (and probably last) commit
MBSSUN0.SCR Initial (and probably last) commit
MOTU.SCR Initial (and probably last) commit
Mbstest2.scr Initial (and probably last) commit
NARENA1.SCR Initial (and probably last) commit
NIFTYMUD.SCR Initial (and probably last) commit
PERSY.SCR Initial (and probably last) commit
README.md Update README to reference telemate.
REROLL3.SCR Initial (and probably last) commit
ROTH.SCR Initial (and probably last) commit
ROTHDIE.SCR Initial (and probably last) commit
RROL.SCR Initial (and probably last) commit
TEST.SCR Initial (and probably last) commit

README.md

Tele-Arena scripts from The Point BBS in New Orleans, circa 1995

15 years ago, 1995-ish, I cut my teeth on programming by editing and creating scripts for Tele-Arena, a MajorBBS game involving reading about goblins appearing, then typing instructions to attack them, and then reading about their deaths. The runtime was Telemate, a DOS COM program that was very dear to us. This was a pretty profound experience on me, though I didn't know it at the time.

It turns out that a friend kept a copy of those scripts on a moldy floppy somewhere, and I was recently gifted with a copy. I ran and edited these on my first computer, a 486 with a 2400 baud modem. Before that, my interactions with computers and technology were strictly as a consumer--playing games, watching media. Tele-Arena, and these scripts, showed me how a computer can be bent to one's will. It was the beginning of a long road for me.

Since this was on my first computer, this repository consists of the first things that I ever programmed. One and a half decades later, they quite horrify me in practical terms, but time has made the memories of my time on that BBS quite halcyon. I learned more useful stuff automating the destruction of stygian dragons and warlocks than I ever did in school. Surely these scripts deserve to live on the web somewhere.

So here they are. These were written, shared, cannibalized, copy-pasted, and edited by several of us back then. By the time I started messing with them, there was already a sizable body of code. I can point to several authors, but who actually wrote a given line of code is probably lost to time--I explicitly make no attempt to attribute any of them. I doubt some kid will stumble across this and be as inspired as I was--nowadays they do that with WoW interface mods in Lua, a profoundly more functional environment than we had to deal with. But maybe someone will enjoy going over them as much as I do. Or maybe someone will one day google 'The Point BBS' and find them. Who knows.

At any rate, I hope to never lose them again. They shall remain with me in git from now on, assuming no rogue steals their soulstone. Thankfully, lots of scripts have the 'soulcheck' function to make sure they are safe from just such a threat.

April 2010

Something went wrong with that request. Please try again.