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About the BBS


The Rust Belt BBS is online and hosted from Rochester, New York where it's been burning in since March of 2019. We're running the latest version of Mystic BBS and have attempted blog skylinesome changes to eliminate that 'fresh out of the box' look. We have a couple of FTN networks available and adding a few new networks over time. The Rust Belt BBS won't operate as a hub for existing networks but we're in the process of creating a new FTN and IBBS network called ROCnet.

The idea of the Rust Belt BBS was born on Christmas day, 2018. While my wife celebrated the holiday with the visit of family members, I was toiling away on Facebook, looking for fan pages dedicated to Proboard. After a few hours, I was connected to several BBS related Facebook groups and on my way to installing Mystic BBS for the first time. It's been almost 20 years since I've even thought about the BBS... Here I go again!

My wife and I spent our last holiday season at our Mesa, Arizona house; we sold the house in February 2019. We were headed to Rochester New York where we had purchased a house a year earlier. Rochester sits right in the middle, almost, of what would be dubbed 'the rust belt', a name given to the region due to the decline of the manufacturing industry. In the wake of this deindustrialization was economic decline and urban decay that would go on for decades. What do I see when I look out over the landscape of Rochester? I see a diamond in the rough. I see something beautiful and with great potential. The Rust Belt BBS is born and taking its first steps in 2020.

Like most BBSes online today, we will have all the fan-favorite door games and FTN style message networks, but I'm hoping to bring something new to this nostalgic BBS renaissance.

Our Online Games

  • Arcadian Legends
  • Arrowbridge I
  • Arrowbridge II
  • Barren Realms Elite
  • Falcon's Eye
  • Usurper
  • Falcon's Honor
  • Galactic Dynasty
  • Legend of the Red Dragon
  • Solar Realms Elite
  • Trade Wars 2002
  • Darkness v2
  • Sunrise Games Collection
  • RBBBS Door Game Portkeys

Arcadian Legends

The Arcadian Legends is a war game designed around empire building. Giving the player control of a variety of aspects of his or her empire, the game allows the player to set his or her priorities and build an empire to their personal liking. The choice must be made between war, trade, diplomacy, expansion, research and more. There is only a limited time, so players cannot engage in everything they may wish to.

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Arrowbridge I [ InterBBS ]

Arrowbridge I: Quest for the Orb is a multiplayer, dungeons-and-dragons-style role-playing door games for bulletin board systems. Game players explore an extensive map which features dungeons and dragon lairs. Players can fight one another, build castles and perform special missions.

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Arrowbridge II [ InterBBS ]

Arrowbridge II: The Guardians of Darkness is a multiplayer, dungeons-and-dragons-style role-playing door games for bulletin board systems. Game players explore an extensive map which features dungeons and dragon lairs. Players can fight one another, build castles and perform special missions.

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Barren Realms Elite [ InterBBS ]

Barren Realms Elite or BRE is a multi-player strategy door game for bulletin board systems which is set in a post-apocalyptic future. Nuclear destruction has spread across the planet, and now only a vast barren void exists. The player rules a barony and competes against the other players to become the strongest baron on the planet.


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Falcon's Eye

Falcon's Eye or FE is a multi-player strategy door game for bulletin board systems . In Falcon's Eye, a player controls a county within a mythical, medieval world. Players must develop their county's economy, employ their people, construct buildings, create a military and expand their lands. The game was created by Mehul Patel, author of Barren Realms Elite, but is now owned by John Dailey.

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Usurper - Sex, Drugs, and Steel Gauntlets!

Usurper is multiplayer, hack-n'-slash-style role-playing door game for bulletin board systems. Game players can work alone or form teams as they explore the numerous dungeons of Durunghins. The goal is to reach the deepest level. Along the way, players can fight monsters - or - one another.

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Falcon's Honor

An interactive role playing adventure, Falcon's Honor is set in a fantasy world in medieval times. The player's goal is to win honors from as many families as possible, and the routes to do this are extensive. Simple by design, the game is geared to players who enjoy the atmosphere and style of role playing games.

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Galactic Dynasty [ InterBBS ]

Arrowbridge I: Quest for the Orb is a multiplayer, dungeons-and-dragons-style role-playing door games for bulletin board systems. Game players explore an extensive map which features dungeons and dragon lairs. Players can fight one another, build castles and perform special missions.

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Legend of the Red Dragon

Legend of the Red Dragon (LORD) is a text-based role-playing door game for Bulletin Board Systems. LORD is one of the best known door games and still widely used. The player's goal is to improve his or her skills in order to defeat the Red Dragon which has been attacking the village. LORD was created by Seth Robinson of Robinson Technologies.

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Solar Realms Elite

Solar Realms Elite or SRE is a multi-player strategy door game for bulletin board systems and is similar in design to its successor, Barren Realms Elite (BRE). SRE has been recognized as "advanced for its time" for offering players a range of strategy options "unseen in even most current titles in the genre."

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Trade Wars 2002

TradeWars 2002 is a space trading and empire-building strategy game for bulletin board systems. Game players assume the role of a space trader who travels the galaxy buying and selling resources. Players amass wealth which they can use to upgrade their ship with better weapons and defenses. Ultimately, players battle for control of planets and starbases. TradeWars was developed by Gary Martin of Martech Software. Also visit the TradeWars Museum and wiki

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Darkness v2

Darkness is a competitive multi-player action role-playing BBS “door” game based on the 'Legend of the Red Dragon' style of gameplay, featuring a post-apocalyptic cyberpunk setting.

First released publicly in 2000 with a wide beta release of v1.00, development on Darkness stalled out in 2001. Now, 20 years later (in 2020) Darkness 2.0 has been fully rewritten and redesigned from the ground up to fix many of the bugs and other issues that plagued it as well as to tweak the gameplay, the setting, and so much more.

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Sunrise Games Collection

Serving the Online BBS community continuously since 1989 with quality service and support and THE largest BBS door product line in the world! Our 16-Bit products work on any BBS software platform capable of running Door programs. We also have a product line of Doors made specifically for the WINServer BBS platform and a HOME-PC line of products that can be played on your home computer (without BBS software).

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RBBBS Door Game Portkeys [ Take the Short-Cut ]

Door GameCategoryPortkey
Legend of the Red dragon Menu LORD /LM
Legend of the Red Dragon - Realm of Vanadia LORD /L1
Legend of the Red Dragon - Fat Man's Misery LORD /L2
Legend of the Red Dragon - Game of Thrones LORD /L3
Legend of the Red Dragon - Castle of LORD LORD /L4
Word Warp Puzzle /P1
Word War Puzzle /P2
Word Search Puzzle /P3
Word Shuffle Puzzle /P4
Word Zee Puzzle /P5
Wheel of Fortune Puzzle /P6
Letter Match Puzzle /P7
Chain Reaction Puzzle /P8
Concentration Puzzle /P9
CryptoGram Puzzle /PA
The Clans RPG  
RPG Menu RPG /RM
Arrow Bridge I RPG /AB1
Arrow Bridge II RPG /AB2
Ambroshia - Test of Time RPG /AMB
Darkness RPG /DARK
Usurper RPG /USP
Legends of Ole RPG /LO
Pentasm RPG /PT
Gang Land Wars RPG /GLW
Vampire Knights RPG /VK
Sky Cop RPG /SC
Lord II RPG /LII
Strategy Menu Strategy /SM
Arcadian Legends Strategy /AL1
Barren Realms Elite Strategy /BR1
Falcons Eye Strategy /FE1
Falcons Honor Strategy /FH1
Galactic Dynasty Strategy /GT
Solar Realms Elite Strategy /SRE
Trade Wars 2002 Strategy /TW1
Planets (TEOS) Strategy /TEOS

Our Message Networks

  • FidoNet
  • FsxNet
  • MicroNet

FidoNet Added to RBBBS in March 2019: 1:267/585

FidoNet is a PC-based network run by hobbyists.

It consists of approximately 2,000 PC-based computer systems world-wide, operated by some 1,000 system operators, which comprise a network that exchanges mail and files via IP and  modems using proprietary protocols.

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FsxNet Added to RBBBS in Novenber 2019: 21:2/126

fsxNet is a fun, simple and experimental network established in late 2015.

Technologies covered by the network include (but are not limited to) BBSing, ANSI art, Amateur (HAM) Radio, Retro / Vintage Computers & Gaming, FTN communications, network protocols & topologies, encryption methods, contemporary computers (e.g. Raspberry Pi), computer coding and more. fsxNet is not an invite-only closed network, rather it is an open community and everyone who wishes to join is welcome.

Do you find it [F]un to learn about and use retro computing technologies? Would you like to be part of a group that enjoy experimenting and developing those technologies further?

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Coming Soon to the Rust Belt BBS!

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