• Door games for "game nights"?

    From acn@VERT/IMZADI to All on Tuesday, January 05, 2021 10:08:53
    Hi,

    I don't have much experience with door games (yet), but I have an idea where I need your experience:

    Until the start of the pandemic, we had a little group of (mostly non-tech) people who gathered every 2 weeks in the "real world" to play games, mostly board or card games.

    Since then, some are meeting online to play some games on sites like "brettspielwelt.de", a german site where you can play board games in the browser or via a Java client.

    In the last days, I got the idea to search for door games that I could install in my BBS which could be played together, so that some people are online in parallel (on my different nodes) and play simultaniously.

    So my question is: What games would you recommend for people to play who don't have much (well, mostly: no) experience in BBSes or door games?
    It should be possibl to play the games "live", because we mostly have a Jitsi or Zoom conference open on another device to talk while playing.

    Thank you!

    Regards,
    Anna

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  • From Altere@VERT/ATHEL to acn on Tuesday, January 05, 2021 09:45:14
    Re: Door games for "game nights"?
    By: acn to All on Tue Jan 05 2021 10:08 am

    I don't have much experience with door games (yet), but I have an idea where I need your experience:

    It's fairly easy.

    In the last days, I got the idea to search for door games that I could install in my BBS which could be played together, so that some people are online in parallel (on my different nodes) and play simultaniously.

    What OS are you using and what version of Synchronet?

    So my question is: What games would you recommend for people to play who don't have much (well, mostly: no) experience in BBSes or door games?
    It should be possibl to play the games "live", because we mostly have a Jitsi or Zoom conference open on another device to talk while playing.

    I'm not sure I really understand the question, I don't think any experience in BBSes are required to play any door games, most are pretty easy and usually come with a Help menu on how to play. As far as recommending doors to install, that's really going to depend on what you as a sysop wants and what your users will play.

    As far as setting up a door, once you get one or two setup, they're pretty easy afterwards and aside from yourself, none of the other players/users will have anything to do with setting it up.

    -altere

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  • From Dumas Walker@VERT/CAPCITY2 to ACN on Tuesday, January 05, 2021 13:55:00
    So my question is: What games would you recommend for people to play who don't >have much (well, mostly: no) experience in BBSes or door games?
    It should be possibl to play the games "live", because we mostly have a Jitsi >or Zoom conference open on another device to talk while playing.

    There used to be some checkers and chess games online where you would open
    a game and then wait for, or challenge, an opponent. I am not 100% certain that both players could be in the game at the same time but, as they are
    games of turns (that people can play by mail), I am sure they would work if
    two people were logged on and each were exiting after they'd made their
    latest move.

    I have a old DOS checkers door on my other board, moetiki.ddns.net:27.

    There is also a game called DoorMUD. It may let you play with others live.
    It is fashioned after the multi user dungeon games that were on the early text-based internet.


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  • From acn@VERT/IMZADI to Altere on Tuesday, January 05, 2021 19:27:48
    Hi,

    What OS are you using and what version of Synchronet?

    I'm using Synchronet 3.18b on Linux, and dosemu seems to work (I'm just installing it and the demo version of Global War seems to start *g*).

    I'm not sure I really understand the question, I don't think any experience in BBSes are required to play any door games, most are pretty easy and usually come with a Help menu on how to play. As far as recommending doors to install, that's really going to depend on what you as a sysop wants and what your users will play.

    Well, then let me rephrase it:
    My impression is that many door games like TW2002 have some kind of steep learning curve.
    At least I have the problem that many RPGs and the like are too complex for me to start with.
    That's one problem: N00bs like me aren't attracted to games that have tons of options to choose from and complex menu structures and character evolution and all that.

    The other problem, or the other part of the question, is:
    I'm searching for games that can more or less be played simultaniously with different people logged in into the BBS at once.

    Just like a real "game night" with (simple) board or card games where almost anyone even without deeper insight into the games can join and play while all people take part in a Jitsi or Zoom call.

    As far as setting up a door, once you get one or two setup, they're pretty easy afterwards and aside from yourself, none of the other players/users will have anything to do with setting it up.

    That's not the problem - the problem is to choose the right ones :)

    Thank you!

    Regards,
    Anna

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  • From Mortifis@VERT/ALLEYCAT to acn on Tuesday, January 05, 2021 22:45:34
    That's not the problem - the problem is to choose the right ones :)

    Thank you!

    Regards,
    Anna

    The only way to choose the right one(s) is to know your players and check out some games .. there is a nice collection with mostly adequate decsriptions here: http://www.tinysbbs.com/files/doors/

    hoe this helps,

    Gregg

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  • From acn@VERT/IMZADI to Mortifis on Wednesday, January 06, 2021 13:32:25
    Hi,

    thank you for the pointers.

    I'm looking through the lists of available door games and try some.

    I thought you'd have some more experience with "simple" games :)

    Regards,
    Anna

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  • From Digital Man@VERT to acn on Wednesday, January 06, 2021 13:11:09
    Re: Door games for "game nights"?
    By: acn to Mortifis on Wed Jan 06 2021 01:32 pm

    Hi,

    thank you for the pointers.

    I'm looking through the lists of available door games and try some.

    I thought you'd have some more experience with "simple" games :)

    There are *so* many door games. So of my favorites:
    - Global War (Risk, basically)
    - Jeopardized (Jeopardy, multi-player)
    - Minesweeper (biased, I wrote it)

    Popular multi-player doors:
    - Legend of the Red Dragon (LORD)
    - TradeWards 2002 (TW2002)
    - Barrent Realms Elite (BRE)

    But there are so many (hundreds, at least) more: http://wiki.synchro.net/resource:doors
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  • From Mortifis@VERT/EPHRAM to acn on Wednesday, January 06, 2021 21:54:19
    Hi,

    thank you for the pointers.

    I'm looking through the lists of available door games and try some.

    I thought you'd have some more experience with "simple" games :)

    Regards,
    Anna

    Actually, I am not much into games, unless we include playing head games with my cat :) But, ya, if you're running Linux don't expect to get TW2002 working under dosemu too easily, if at all. So, like I said, game choices are relative, for instance, I am a long haul truck driver by trade so I like playing Super Rig. I also play TW2002, Global War, LORD Quest for Nora, etc.

    You're right, I am a simple person with simple interests and a diminutive way of doing things :)

    ~mortifis

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  • From acn@VERT/IMZADI to Mortifis on Thursday, January 07, 2021 14:31:49
    Hi,

    I thought you'd have some more experience with "simple" games :)
    You're right, I am a simple person with simple interests and a diminutive way of doing things :)

    With "you" I did not mean you personally, but "you" as "you all here in the forum" :)

    I'm currently looking through the games in sbbs/xtrn and am also working through some BBS door game collections on the web...

    By the way: Is "The Broken Bubble BBS" still online? The global highscore server configured in some /sbbs/xtrn doors does not seem to be available...?

    Thank you!

    Regards,
    Anna

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  • From Digital Man@VERT to acn on Thursday, January 07, 2021 10:56:29
    Re: Re: Door games for "game nights"?
    By: acn to Mortifis on Thu Jan 07 2021 02:31 pm

    By the way: Is "The Broken Bubble BBS" still online? The global highscore server configured in some /sbbs/xtrn doors does not seem to be available...?

    mcmlxxix's system (bbs.thebrokenbubble.com) seems to be up and down a lot lately. He's still around, but not as attentive to his BBS. :-(

    Depending on which game it is, you can try pointing to bbs.electronicchicken.com instead, ec might be hosting those same games.
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  • From acn@VERT/IMZADI to Digital Man on Friday, January 08, 2021 14:48:30
    Hi,

    mcmlxxix's system (bbs.thebrokenbubble.com) seems to be up and down a lot lately. He's still around, but not as attentive to his BBS. :-(

    Okay, thanks for the info.

    Depending on which game it is, you can try pointing to bbs.electronicchicken.com instead, ec might be hosting those same games.

    I tried that, but there are still some that echicken does not host :)
    I've set up my own JSON service locally for those.

    Thank you!

    Regards,
    Anna

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  • From Marisag@VERT/AMIGAC to acn on Friday, January 15, 2021 12:11:32
    Re: Re: Door games for "game nights"?
    By: acn to Mortifis on Thu Jan 07 2021 14:31:49

    I have a bunch of doors I made or ported available on https://SynchronetBBS.org /index.php/downloads. Most are not found in other door game servers :)

    Marisa
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