Cottonwood BBS - Now on Color 64! Last C-64 BBS in America?

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Cottonwood BBS Headquarters: C-64, multiple disk drives, CMD hard drive, etc.Cottonwood BBS Headquarters: C-64, multiple disk drives, CMD hard drive, etc.Thanks to The Vintage Computer forums for the heads-up via Andrew's (aka Balzabaar) posting on the Cottonwood BBS. Apparently Andrew still has set up what could quite possibly be the last active Commodore BBS in America and recently updated it Color 64 v7.37, which allows for very visual client displays with the right software on the person's computer who's dialing in. While according to Andrew's Website there's a way to access the site via PC, obviously this is designed for access with a real Commodore 64 (C-64) and either 300 or 1200 baud modem. The nice thing is that you can even download the terminal software directly from the Website (and get it to your real C-64 any of the typical ways).

I absolutely want to try this out, but I need to find out if I can use a regular classic dial-up modem over my VOIP telephone service, presently through Comcast. I hope I can, because obviously I have unlimited calling in North America, so the fact that this is a 951 (California) area code wouldn't matter one bit. If I find out, I'll post a comment. Have fun!

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Bill Loguidice
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Here is the answer I got

Here is the answer I got back from another forum member regarding dial-up over VOIP:

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Yes-ish... I have been able to use an external 56K US Robotics modem with Vonage over Comcast. I have found that the higher your *upload* speed, the better your chances are of getting a good connection. Make sure you don't have anything else running at the time that uses your upstream bandwidth (like uTorrent) and also put a "*99," before the number you are dialing. This is supposed to give you a better connection made specifically for data-type communication like fax.

Cheers,

80sFreak
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And to be fair, the original forum thread over there: http://www.vintage-computer.com/vcforum/showthread.php?p=38686

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Hello! I'm Andrew Wiskow

Hello! I'm Andrew Wiskow (aka Balzabaar), SysOp of Cottonwood BBS. I came across this article quite by accident... hehehe... Thanks for the "plug"! :-)

I just wanted to give you an update... Cottonwood BBS now operates at baud rates of 300-2400. I'm constantly adding new features to the BBS, but it's come quite a long way since I brought it back online last November (after having it down for about 17 years!). I've now got some online games installed, and with the shift to Color 64 software, I now have full support for my CMD hard drive. Many great Commodore programs are now available for download, and I'll be adding MANY more programs to download, with a couple "donations" of software from former SysOps of Commodore-run BBS's.

So give Cottonwood BBS a call at (951)242-3593, and check it out! :-)

Take care...

-Andrew
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http://hometown.aol.com/cottonwoodbbs

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Wow, a C-64 BBS. I haven't

Wow, a C-64 BBS. I haven't seen one of these since the late 80s, when I guy named Michael May (think I have that right) in my small hometown (Winnfield, LA) was running one on an SX-64. He later switched to a cheap DOS-based PC.

I must admit, I never attempted to go online with my Commodore 64. I'd love to hear stories from folks who did. It must have been a very different thing than surfing the net!

I did manage to get online with my Amiga 3000 and a 2400 (later a 14.4) baud modem in the early 90s. By that point, Amiga had just about dried up, and the everything was IBM PC. What sucked even more was that, for whatever reason, I couldn't get my 3000 to surf the web appropriately. The inline images wouldn't show up, though I could click them and view them in a separate window. It was highly annoying. I don't know if they ever got that problem worked out.

Several months ago I tried to get online via Amiga emulation using Cloanto, but was unsuccessful. For some reason, I thought it'd be really neat to log in to Armchair Arcade on an Amiga!

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A c64 BBS, a live one is

A c64 BBS, a live one is cool. Never been online on a c64 but I was an active point in the Fidonet grid in the 90's using a Philips XT and later a 486SX-25/DX2-66 on MS-DOS.

Matt, I could create some screenshots showing AA on one of the Amiga Webbrowsers. AA looks very shitty though, due to lack of css support etc.
Cheers, Mark

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Farulosonoth (not verified)
Where is this?

Ok, the AOL hometown pages were shut down, does anyone have an updated link for this BBS?

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yet anotehr old thread

yet anotehr old thread brought to life. I started on a Vic20, but the C-64 days where my first online. With my trusty (ok it wasnt trusty at all) 300 buad modem, later upgradeded to 1200(and i thought it was screaming fast).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_Link
Q-link, pretty sure it started in 85 (and so did I). I also had Compu-serv and Genie
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GEnie
I spent way to many hours in Q-link, they had chat rooms and one was called the "Red Dragon Inn" everybody was roleplaying in the typical AD&D world. It was all about wit and a fast typeing hand. people dueled and bar brawled and whatever all with just words (and it was great fun back then) the crowd judged you and the winner was the person who "talked" the best fight. Also towards the end they had something called Club Cariboo (or something like that) that was like the lucus arts adventure games (i believe it was the created for Q-link then moved onto games). My very firet interactive with avatars game. I do remeber being blown away when it launched and quickly coming to understand how limited and unfun it was. talk, and you could do anything, the actual avatar stuff was very limited.

I then moved onto Genie (and the amiga).. genie was very much a BBS style system. it was quit full of homemade stuff and was fun, but never like Q-Link.It was alos my first taste of Gemstone (i believe that game is going in several forms in many places still today). And last but not least my first TRUE 3-D action gamed, CyberStrike and Air Warrior, both of which i played way to much (Cyberstrike especially). I'm pretty sure CyberStrike 2 is still on Sony. its a mech game where you capture POWER nodes to increase you area. when you are in a Power Node your power genreates, when out of your "power" areas you lose power slowly. Also attack that hit you lose power (like shields I guess). hence when taking over enemy land the enmey has power you do not, in an inven battle he will regenerate power (and shields) you will not so he will win. So you have to be better or strike in force. the slow loss of power also made sure there was no slip way behind enmy lines and steel points way back.. excellent game for its day really. pretty sure it was the first MMOgame in 3D. Air Warrior was also pretty good, but it sufferend from "dead spots" or team balance issues. there where 3 sides and one side could get stacked with good players quite easy. I played this game some but not alot, it was as realistic as the interent and computers allowed back then and I found it quit hard to play.it lasted (i believe) up untill EA bought them.
Also played some Mechwarrior (3-d also) but do not rember much about it.
one thing I rember vividly was the prices. I know many amonth when i had $100 bills. Which back when you where fresh out of shcool and paying off school loans and starting to understand the value of the money you made... where quite ugly.

After that online consisted of the local BBS's and the Tradewars style games (printing out those manuals on dot matirx printers...hours and hours of printing!). I think my next step into real games on the net was possilby Lan Doom (dont really count) and then QUAKE.....never looked back after.

coiple of wierd things (at least for me) back then.
We used local numbers to call in, My city (largest in ND, not saying much) had 2 numbers, if it was busy, you waited till one was free, sometimes for hours.) I cant tell you the times i kept trying eveyr 15 minutes to get it to ring and the modem wouldnt pick up, and by the time I tired again it was busy.

We played AD&D through email and chat rooms, we had a Saturday meet for 2-3 hours (back then we paid by the minute) and throughout the week we also played Via E-mail (i'm an Ex DM, at one point had people lined up to play by good word of mouth (i think an over vivid imagination helped me back then, now i'm much to cynical unfortnatly).

Very fun thing I think, I met a person in WoW and when we talked we had both been ON Q-link and in the Red Dragon Inn quite often and we both rembered each others screen names (if it was nostelga or real I'm not sure, but both of us thouhgt we rembered each others screen names).

A dull boring walk down memory lane in an old resurected thread.

Silent Cat (not verified)
Q-Link- BBS days

Ahh yes, the very early freeform roleplaying nexxus of RhyDIn! I know this post is almost two years old but why not revive a dead thread more than once? I spent a lot of time in "The Inn" some of it even working (RDI Lite) Most of it playing and enjoying. My first introduction to "online" was the local BBS's. I spent all night, one of my first nights, attempting to get a decent term program from a part time BBS at 300 baud (since Common Sense was completely worthless) the whole night waking my wife up with calls back and forth to/from the sysop usually I would call when he had the bbs online then he would call back when I had switched to term and always dropping carrier as I had ALMOST downloaded the file. When exhaustion finally set in (long after the sun had risen) we agreed to meet and just copy the disks in person. As it turned out he lived two blocks from me and it would have been quicker to walk to his house than it took to connect with that good old 1660. Not long after I discovered Q-Link and their Public Domain Libraries (not to mention RDI) I went all in for a 1200 baud 1670. On my days off I could not wait for 6 p.m. to log on.

Farulosonoth (not verified)
Updated info!

Is there an updated link for this? The AOL homesite thing was close and the site is no longer there.

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A Google search turned up

A Google search turned up this. So good news, but not until 2010: http://cottonwood.servebbs.com/

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c64web (not verified)
c64 webserver

If your interested in this then here is the only C64 websever C64web.com

Run a c64bbs for 3 years on ivory bbs, till popularity forced me to use a PC with Maximus BBS under OS/2.
Nice to see Andrew keeping it real. :)

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