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BBS ads collection

menace - 12:36 1 February 2014 #

I've been collecting bbs ads for years, and finally figured they didn't serve much purpose just sitting on my harddrive for me to browse. So, here it is. At the time of upload, it's 949 files of text and graphics ads for amiga and console bbs systems ranging from the late 80's until the early 00's.

Have fun.

ftp://ftp.spaceballs.no/public/bbs_ads/

dipswitch - 12:55 1 February 2014 #

Cool! And here is mine: http://mbox.bz/slurp/ascii/bbsads/

dipswitch - 12:57 1 February 2014 #

published as a bonus in the PAiN diskmag in 2003 - I also managed to incorporate about 2/3 of it into pouet: http://www.pouet.net/boards.php

dipswitch - 13:00 1 February 2014 #

I hope we'll feature BBSs at demozoo one day - it will be awesome to have all the boards / sysops / group affils interlinked in the DB

dipswitch - 13:06 1 February 2014 #

your collection is really awesome! especially since you sorted it by country AND date... real fun to browse. too bad we haven't joined forces on this one back in 2003!

ltk_tscc - 14:32 1 February 2014 #

Nice... not much atari bbses in there :P

menace - 12:17 3 February 2014 #

ltk_tscc: Contributions welcome :)

radman - 20:48 6 February 2014 #

wonderful collections, both of them.

is there a ZIP available of ftp://ftp.spaceballs.no/public/bbs_ads/ ?

menace - 08:45 7 February 2014 #

radman: Well, no, but if you really want one I could always zip it up for you :) It is growing though, so any zip would be outdated pretty quickly. I added ads both last night and this morning.

Just found some software that makes my job AMAZINGLY more simple too, so I will spend less time on securing each banner/ad.

menace - 12:23 30 March 2014 #

Some updates today for ads in the .no, .nl, .de, .us and unknown regions.

Contributions welcome, btw. :)

dipswitch - 14:35 30 March 2014 #

awesome! i hope https://github.com/demozoo/demozoo/issues/48 gets realised at some point, then we both can bring our bbs ad collections on a whole new level!

menace - 07:46 17 April 2014 #

A small update to the collection before leaving for Revision, with news ads for Condemned Cell (.de), Endless Death (.de), Fuck Shop (.de), Intec Systems (.de), Pearl Harbour (.de), Universe (.de), Temple of Destruction (.it), Burger Bar (.uk), Fantazma (.uk), The Tower (.uk), Apocalypse (.us), Cybertech (.us), Danse Macabre (.us), Double Vision (.us), First Offense (.us), Planet X (.us), Prime Time (.us), The Boiler Room (.us), The Hole (.us), Tower of Sorcery (.us), USS Enterprise (.us), Zions Hideout (.us) and finally one where we do not currently know the location - The Ghetto.

In fact, there are quite a few boards in the /unknown section, so if you see one you know where is located (preferably with some tangible proof - like an ad with the number, or a bbs list from back when or whatever), then please let us know.

See you in Saarbrücken.

dipswitch - 17:05 17 April 2014 #

Menace, have you compared the unknown ones with the ads in my collection? Perhaps among them are ads of the same boards, but with phone numbers?
Won't be in Saarbrücken sadly - have fun!

dipswitch - 11:45 18 April 2014 #

As for "Dreamland" in the "unknonwn" section, it's the same as the "Dreamland" in the "de" folder. I know because I used to call there and remember their text ads.

sink - 22:12 21 April 2014 #

nice topic! ;)

do you know this collection?

http://artscene.textfiles.com/ascii/bbs_adverts/

download the zip file and enjoy

i go back on danse macabre.. ciao! ;)

menace - 13:38 23 April 2014 #

dipswitch: Thanks for the Dreamland info, fixed :) I haven't really cheked the unknown directory up against anything, just haven't had the time to sit down and investigate that unfortunately. Too much else to do! That is also part of why I just finally put it all up, so the community can collaborate on it.

sink: Thanks for the link. I am aware of that collection, yeah. I believe it was put together by someone in the 2000's... Could have been Crusader? The memory escapes me momentarily. It's pretty nice, anyway, and I'm glad it exists :)

sink - 18:38 27 April 2014 #

hehe .. for to be honest, i don't know the story of this collection. but this is a gold mine. ;)

euronymous - 00:08 30 June 2014 #

hey guys! thnx for all the nice memories your collections brought back! unfortunately one add which I'm searching since ages (more than 10 years for sure) is missing here too! :(

In my memory it is the greatest bbs advert I've ever seen!

It was an ansi distributed in DMS files from Gates of Asgard BBS.
If I remember right green eyed monster (gEM) made it!

if anyone could get me this one I would be über mega happy!

best regards
euronymous

menace - 09:47 1 July 2014 #

euronymous: I spoke briefly with the sysop of Gates of Asgard, and unfortunately he does not have his old ads, so I guess it's up to the internet now. We'll search as best we can. :)

Alternatively, if anyone knows contact details for gEM (Dipswitch?), then perhaps he has a copy.

euronymous - 05:37 2 July 2014 #

menace: cool :)

we would need someone with a lot DMS files from that time! A LOT of stuff I had passed GOA at this time, should be the same for most other sceners aswell I think.

all I have left from my Amiga time is a backup of my BBS (which never was online officially) on Amiga HD disks. Would be nice to get this stuff onto my PC somehow but no idea how I could read them.
also they are packed with a backup software (probably Amiback Tools or Diavolo Backup) and secured by a password, which I can remember very likely hehe.

menace - 08:26 2 July 2014 #

euronymous: Well, the whole dumping the disks to pc I can help with :) And the password thing I know some people who can help with, I'm sure. Send me an email to glennlunder74 hot gmail blink com and we'll talk.

menace - 13:24 8 July 2014 #

Mini-update today, with new ads for Crack House, Invisible Crime and Techno House in Germany (none of which had ads in the collection beforehand), Asylum in Italy, Boondocks, Dream Scape (new!), Logic System, Network and State Dreams in Holland, and finally Ice Station Zebra, Terminal Frost (new!) and The Void in the USA.

As usual, if you want to contribute ads to the collection, poke me on irc or by email, or simply upload to the ftp and I'll sort it out.

Have fun :)

menace - 20:17 24 July 2014 #

Another small update, with news ads for Candyland from Belgium (not on the site previously), Schizophrenia in Germany (albeit only an upgraded ad), Mercyful Fate in Denmark, a particularly fun one for Paradise City in Spain (featuring some ascii nudity), Imperial Waste in Norway, and finally a bunch of American boards: Akira Project, Amiga Network (new to the site), Danse Macabre, Martyrium, Sinister (new to the site), Stormbringer, Terrordome (new to the site), The Boiler Room, The Forbidden City and finally Thrust.

If anyone has anything they want preserved on the ftp related to this or the demoscene in general, let me/us know. Contact details on the motd on the site, just reply here, come find us on irc, or just drop presents in /incoming.

menace - 08:37 1 June 2015 #

It's been a while, but I just pushed a large-ish update including Aurora Borealis, Beverly Hills House, Broadway (additional), Cosmic Trance, Paradise Lost, Rat-A-Tack, Trash City, Uphold The Law (additional) in Germany, Mercyful Fate (addtional), Sky Tower (additional), The Northern Palace (additional) in Denmark, Mos Eisley in Finland, Paradise Dreams (additional), Temple of Gurus (additional) in Italy, Last Outpost (additional), The Hideout in the Netherlands, Checkpoint (additional), Discustin, Middle Earth in Norway, The Bitch in Poland, The Low Spark (additional) in Portugal, Angel Dust (additional), Another World, Atlantic, Datastorm (additional), Far Out (additional), The Beyond (additional), The Dungeon (additional), Trancentral (additional), Virtual Trap in Sweden, Beyond Reality (additional), Fine Line (additional), Spaced Out (additional) in the UK, Akira Project (additional), Amiga East, Danse Macabre (additional), Death Row (additional), Mirage (additional), Reign In Blood (additional), The Boiler Room (additional), The Specialist, Wrath of Khan (additional) in USA - and finally, new adds for Desolation Row and Vultures were added to the unknown_location directory.

The Bitch marks the first ad from Poland - hopefully the first of many :)

menace - 11:32 3 November 2015 #

A super mini update today, just because I stumbled across a few - new adds for Undercover (se), Undiscovered (nl) and Instant Pleasure (se).

I've actually got a good few new ones collected, and just waiting for merging into the collection, so hopefully I can have that up for you in the next few days :)

menace - 12:19 7 November 2015 #

...and here we are again. Today, we have updates for the following BBS'es; Pleasure (at, new!), Last Desire (be, new!), Nigthshift (be, new!), Acid Slam (de), Men-Tel (de, new!), Spirit of Soul (de), The Larch (dk), High Five (fi, new!), The Zoo (fi, new!), Disneyland (se, new!), Flashback (se), Stagedive (se), Beyond Reality (uk), Burger Bar (uk), Lost Dutchman Mine (usa, new!), Mega-Lo-Mania (usa), Mortuary (usa), Psycho Termainal (usa, new!) and Social Disease (usa, new!).

Hope you all enjoy, and always remember - just let me know if you have anything to contribute to the collection :)

sensenstahl - 13:07 10 November 2015 #

I just added 2 bbs' for "digital zone" to the database. The 32k has an awesome tune, so check it out! :)

dipswitch - 14:29 11 November 2015 #

menace, i'll send you a huge pile of unsorted text ads in the next days! =)

menace - 05:24 12 November 2015 #

dipswitch: Oooooh. Looking forward to it :)

dipswitch - 10:16 14 November 2015 #

there they are! check spaceballs incoming

menace - 06:01 17 November 2015 #

Preliminary sorting has begun! :)

dipswitch - 01:45 27 December 2015 #

here's a very cool blog post about the amiga bbs scene in auckland, new zealand: http://www.codetapper.com/amiga/random-rants/auckland-bulletin-board-systems/

menace - 21:16 12 March 2017 #

So, this is one of my many side-projects that have been slowly cooking in the background as I've been doing other things, and new files have crept into the collection all the time. So, since our last update we've seen entirely new or updated files relating to the following bbs'es; Above The Law (de), Akira (us), Another World (pl), Aquarium (se), Arcadia (uk), Atmosphere (nl), Bermuda (nl), Big Bug (fr), Big Top (uk), Black Heaven (be), Black Moon (de), Boom (de), Boondocks (nl), Brain Dead (ch), Brooklyn Zoo (us), Brutal Approach (nl), Burger Bar (uk), Cadavar (de), Carrier of Belief (be), Cement City (uk), Central Park (be), Chaos Line (de), Checkpoint (no), Consolia (be), Cool Corona (nl), Corner (de), Cosmic Circus (de), Cryptic Slaughter (de), Cyclone (nl), Dark Illusion (at), Dark Storm (pl), Dark Sun (au), Datalus (uk), Datura (nl), Dawn Raid (uk), Decibel Overload (fr), Deep Space Nine (de), Defiance (ke), Desert Storm (de), Desert Strike (de), Devils Desire (uk), Devils Point (de), Digital Candy (uk), Digital Extasy (us), Digital World (de), Doom of Extasy (de), Dreamlands (fr), Dream Scape (nl), Drive By Shootin (de), Esta Loco (nl), Eternal Slavery (uk), European Underground (de), Faceless World (de), Fatal Imagine (de), Fatal Justice (uk), Flight Into Fantasy (be), Forgotten Realms (us), Formula II (dk), Foxxs Den (de), Fractal Sky (hu), Free Station (pl), Freedom Within (uk), Freekworld (de), Gates of Asgard (us), Grimreapers Graveyard (uk), Heavens Door (de), Hitman (is), Homeboy Land (at), Homeless (de), House of House (de), Hysteria (us), Icebreaker (fi), Insanitary (se), Inside Out (se), Key West (de), Last Resort (nl), Link to Perfection (us), Macho City (nl), Main Source (us), Mental Overdose (be), Monkey Island (de), Mortuary (us), Nightfall (se), No Limit (de), No Vegetables (nl), Northern X Posure (uk), Notice (us), Number of the Beast (hu), Pit Stop (no), Pleasure Dome (at), Rave Line (de), Ravers Paradise (de), Retaliators Place (is), Rocka Rolla (tr), Sacred Grounds (be), Sanxion (uk), Seaquest (de), Sky Tower (dk), Sleep City (nl), Spatula City (us), Spirit of Soul (de), Splatter Punk (de), Split Seven (tr), Stonehenge (nl), Styx (us), Temple of Dreams (de), The Altar (nl), The Badlands (de), The Deadline (fr), The Edge (uk), The Edge (us), The Experience (de), The House (it), The Household (nl), The Larch (dk), The Pub (de), The Rising Hope (de), The Switchboard (de), The Undercover (de), The Void (us), The Yard (de), Top In (de), Tornado (fi), Total Disaster (se), Total Overdose (se), Trelli Ikojenia (ch), Trip To Nowhere (de), TRSI German HQ (de), Undercover (se), Undiscovered (nl), Unnamed Lands (ag), USS Enterprise (us), Virtual Energy (de), Warez Unlimited (dk), Waterdeep (se), Whiplash (de), Wicked City (nl), World of Elite (nl), World Trade Center (at), Yench House (se) and Zone One (de). Plus, a couple of group ads for Bonzai and Osiris.

So, not a lot. ;) Big up to Dipswitch on this one, who supplied me with a huge pack from his personal collection, a good chunk of which is in this update.

As an added bonus, we have no less than four new countries represented in the collection - France, Hungary, Israel and Kenya (!).

As there was some demand for a zipped-up version of all the ads, I'll make sure to make one and put in the root for anytone who wants to grab the entire thing. As always, poke me with corrections, questions, or if you're sitting on a bunch of files that you'd want to share. There's still a bunch of unidentifed boards/unreadable ads and so forth, so if you know something we don't - let us know.

Cheers.

dipswitch - 21:17 12 March 2017 #

\o/

menace - 21:27 12 March 2017 #

It was pointed out to me that .il is Israel's TLD, naturally. Sorry for that goof. Kindly translate the is'es to il's in your minds. Thank you. :)

menace - 19:28 15 March 2017 #

So, I was sort-of on a roll, plus I got a nice submission of Atari bbs ads from Lotek Style - and hence a minor update was in order :)

Broadway (de), Central Data (ch), Cosmic Circus (de), Evil Moon (de), Heavens Trash (se), Hidden (de), Last Resort (de), Lateenos (unknown), Night Box (de), Outer Rim (nl), Paybax (us), Prophet's Hold (se), Skullbuggery (us), Slaytanic (de), State of Aversia (de), The Board (de), The Hidden (de), The Void (us), Undiscovered (nl), USS Enterprise (us) and Wet Dreamz (se) are new or have new additions.

For the next update (not in three more days, sorry!) I'll try and start to separate out the Canada from the USA. I was a bit lazy for all of the +1's :)

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