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Ezhar
12-06-2011, 02:23 PM
This has been bothering me for some time now. Back in the glory days of BBSes (this is pre-internet, so avert your eyes, youngsters), there was this BBS door (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBS_door) game that I really enjoyed but can't find the name of despite extensive research (possibly because my memory is too flaky).

You played a dude in a post-apocalyptic RPGish setting. It had ANSI colour graphics, with blue line characters for the window frames (╚══════╝). There were several such "windows", the largest one had a nice colourful map with ^ trees and ~ water and there was one with stats and one with inventory and a bunch of others. The inventory could hold fantastic sounding laser rifles and such and there was a huge wasteland area and a sort of underground bunker-base with many rooms and possibly gun-dealers.

I've never played it very far because it was on a long distance BBS and I've only ever seen it in that one and nowhere else. It's possible that it wasn't a purpose-built BBS door, but a regular DOS game with ANSI graphics that was adapted to work as door via some magical TSR hack, which would explain why I couldn't find it in any of the BBS door museums. I can't remember whether it was multi-player or not.

Yes, I'm sure it wasn't Trade Wars (http://wiki.classictw.com/index.php?title=Main_Page) or Barren Realms Elite (http://www.johndaileysoftware.com/products/bbsdoors/barrenrealmselite/index.asp) (and it definitely wasn't Dwarf Fortress). The best way for me to identify it would probably be a screenshot, but despite extensive googling I haven't found it yet. So perhaps you know the name of this game and could help my memory?

icupnimpn2
12-06-2011, 07:22 PM
Sounds a little like Operation Overkill
http://iamanangelchaser.blogspot.com/2007/10/operation-overkill-blast-from-past-part.html

Probably not the sequel, Operation Overkill II
http://www.mobygames.com/game/dos/operation-overkill-ii

You could try to telnet and play. Some of these may still be active:
http://www.operationoverkill.com/forum/index.php?topic=178.0

Ezhar
13-06-2011, 01:53 PM
Hmm, nope, that wasn't it, although it does look interesting too. From what I can tell there seems to be only Operation Overkill II, not a first one as such, or at least I can't find anything about it. I did find some files though and OO II does run in Boxer (http://boxer.washboardabs.net/) and seems a fun game too. Thanks for the links! Not what I'm looking for though.

Nonetheless snapped a few pictures for fun (sadly I didn't remember to take screenshots when fighting the insane dwarf):
http://www.imgpaste.com/i/majhg.png
http://www.imgpaste.com/i/xdjbn.png

Ezhar
20-06-2011, 02:04 PM
Anyone?

Or if someone wants to play OOII (see screenshots), it's available at http://www.rebel-tech.com/ooii.html and runs nicely in Dosbox if launched as OOII.EXE LOCAL.

http://www.imgpaste.com/i/dbvix.png

Mindless Automaton
08-07-2011, 03:52 PM
Sounds a lot like Land of Devastation.
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Wandering the Wasteland

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Battle!

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Fantastic sounding laser rifles!

I run it on my bbs although I was the only one who played it. :o

Enjoy!

Mindless Automaton

ProphetZarquon
01-12-2011, 07:50 AM
That whole description sounds a lot like Land of Destruction to me too.

There was another game with a similar description & screen layout *except* that the map was in color and you could build walls, roads, farms, factories *AND MECHS*! The mechs had different options: You could equip tracks, wheels, or hover, bigger guns, more armor, etc.

Basically it was a robotech/mechwarrior themed top-down Turn-Based-Strategy with an amazing multiplayer method: You could walk your mechs to the border and cross onto another player's map, BRE style, where you would attack their customized defenses. The maps are made randomly when you start so every player has a different realm!

I have been searching for it for years, to no avail. Heck, I can't even find system disks for my old Kaypro II anymore (though it had a green text only screen, and I never played the game on my KII).

So at the risk of diverting an excellent thread, can I also beg for help with this game? Find my classic mech game! I will buy it (if possible, otherwise I will pursue every abandonware/clone/remake option at my disposal) and try to get this game going online again!