• Re: Design and Theming

    From The Godfather@21:1/165 to Lord Gareth on Wed May 27 11:21:24 2020
    I think I'm probably going to load a few good doors, a few message nets, and limit my own boards to one or two. I don't want my BBS to just be a collection but, something people will enjoy and use.


    LG ...

    I think we have all been there at one point, if not on a regular bases, managing content. What I have found with a lot of BBS's and networks is that many tend to be focused on Tech and SysOp support. They have incredible ANSi and scripts/mods, however if your target base isn't a SysOp or someone into programming ... that users experience will fall flat once they hit the menus.
    I have shifted my focus away from configuration and ANSi for a while to focus on the content I want my BBS to represent from a file base and message base prospective (and doors of course,) and the story line theme I would throw in
    as a top third. I recently logged onto a BBS of a SysOp I frequently have dicussion with over the nets. When I hit the menus, I must have spent an
    hour engaged on his BBS. It wasn't the scripts, nor the ansi. It was the networks selected that I didn't have, that had general topic discussion, and the unbelievable size of file areas he had available to freely leech
    (kidding .. although I downloaded 8). Some of the best BBS's I like the best are like the aforementioned, however I also love BBS's that stick to theme
    and run with it. I'm bad with names but Believe Black Flag is one of them as an example ... another is strickly doors, but the ANSI story line as you
    guide through the BBS is so fun to read and participate in, if I were in to doors, I'd be hooked on that site.

    I'm leaning towards a fantasy theme and just thinking through the
    elements of it.

    It would be interesting to have a space for philosophy/theology but, I also know people can get very "protective" of their positions in those regards and it can become more of a shouting match than a conversation.


    in 1989 I was really into mafia movies -- goodfellas, godfather,
    untouchables, etc... read the book "the wiseguy." I was also running an ... ummm ... underground type of BBS thing. So the two merged into the name and theme. To create unique content, prior to Wiki mind you, I bought a book on the history of the Mafia. It gave me so many creative ideas to incorporate into the names of security levels, names of message areas, and menus. In addition, ideas for ANSi. So if your interests are
    philosophy/theology/fantasy .. sometimes books or a movie can get the
    creative juices flowing.

    Hope this helps

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  • From x1pepe@21:1/150 to Lord Gareth on Thu May 28 07:55:46 2020
    Hi!
    I am a rookie in the BBS's, just a 5 mounths ago I did it my own BBS.
    About the ANSI draw I'm not an artist and I started drawing some ugly ANSI
    and ASCII.

    Also I used some ANSI's from ANSI GARDEN :)

    Then a friend did it a conversor and actually I used for all my draws in the BBS. It can converter any picture in a ANSI, depends from the original
    picture (colors, resolution, etc) the conversion its better or not.
    By now it's not a public but if you want to know how it is working take a
    look in to my BBS.

    The theme of my BBS it's Msx Computers, that's the principal theme from my
    BBS.

    Get luck with your BBS!

    :)

    *Sotano Msx BBS*
    telnet sotanomsxbbs.org:23
    <Ultimo usuario activo de Msx en Ibiza>

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  • From The Godfather@21:1/165 to x1pepe on Thu May 28 11:02:16 2020
    Then a friend did it a conversor and actually I used for all my draws in the BBS. It can converter any picture in a ANSI, depends from the
    original picture (colors, resolution, etc) the conversion its better or not. By now it's not a public but if you want to know how it is working take a look in to my BBS.


    Do you know the software or web site you used for .GIF to ANSI conversion? I found the original one that worked well back in the 80-90's, but DosBox
    doesn't seem to want to play with it. It freezes during the conversion of a 16kb .gif file. I used to like using it to get a head start on the basic outline prospective of a drawing, and help with shadowing. I don't care if
    the converter only does grayscale, but those I've found online spit out
    garbage (as in a bunch of numbers/letters ..)

    File I found: ANSICV22.EXE combined with READGIF.EXE ... readgif is what freezes in DOSbox.

    -Doug

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