Metafilter has killed the red dragon and become a hero!
July 2, 2010 7:37 AM Subscribe
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)nter the realm of the Dragon
)uit back to BBS
Your choice, warrior? [E
]:It's 1989 and, after hours of listening to the busy signal, you've finally managed to connect to the local BBS for the first time (at 2400 bits per second on your brand new 33 MHz 486, most likely).
You check out the chat room (empty, because the BBS only has three lines and both of the other users are downloading from the filepit). You peek your head into the menu labelled "Internet" but the options you see there are too arcane and opaque, so you quickly return to the main menu.
But wait, what's this? Legend of the Red Dragon? It's a game. Just like the others you play on the computer. But the graphics are so primitive compared to cutting edge offerings like Space Quest III. You almost don't even bother. But then you notice that one option "List Warriors." This is a game you play with other people, people you've never even met. What a difference that makes.
Legend of the Red Dragon (or LoRD) was one of the first BBS Door games
(one of the two earliest ancestors of the modern MMOG, the other being MUDs
). Coded by 14-year-old Seth Robinson
, it went on to become one of the most popular features of BBSes around the world.
One of the most remarkable things about LoRD, especially in retrospect, was the amount of detailed sexuality in a game (a non-eroge
game, at least). Players could flirt with and seduce NPCs and other player characters, contract STDs, get married, get divorced, get pregnant, have miscarriages and have children.
Those children would now be old enough to drink in the United States.