If you’re a regular to Al’s Geek Lab, you’ll know I’m a big fan of the thing that came before the web: Bulletin Board Systems, commonly abbreviated to BBS.

I even made a documentary series on them, called ‘Back To The BBS’, which covers the resurgence of the BBS in the 2020’s. You can see that series over on YouTube.

Whilst I was making the documentary, I got so invested in it all, I decided it would be fun to create my own BBS. So I did. I wanted it to be complimentary to my YouTube channel’s viewers, user friendly (beginner focused) and offer cool message bases, file stores, games and extra mods. I think I succeeded! To connect to it, I recommend using a proper BBS Telnet client, for example SynchTerm or NetRunner.

telnet: (or SSH at