For some reason, I got the itch the other day to play Legend of the Green Dragon again. Maybe it’s because I need something to do in my downtime and I’m just sitting in front of the computer waiting for it to entertain me voluntarily.
If you’ve never played this game, you’re missing out. It’s a web-based port (written in PHP, using MySQL as a backend) of the classic Legen of the Red Dragon BBS door game that was so popular back in the day.
I actually had an install of LotGD on my server and wrote about it a year ago, but I think my server went offline for some reason or another, and I forgot about the game and never set it back up. Now that I’ve had a dedicated, hosted box for about six months now, and since I’ve been pretty happy with their service, I feel pretty confident in running the game again.
I installed the latest stable version this morning and turned on a bunch of modules that looked cool as well as tweaked the standard gameplay a bit to make it a little less frustrating and also throw in some more random occurrences. I’m sure it’s not as decked out as the other ones, but I know at least I’m gonna have fun. :) I also set the “new days” to every four hours so you can get your RPG fix in on a regular occurence.
I would love to make a Gentoo ebuild of this game, and I’d been toying with the idea for sometime. If there’s any interest, lemme know and I’ll try and throw something together. I imagine it wouldn’t be too hard.
Someday I want to setup a real BBS on my linux box and get the original Legend of the Red Dragon working. I’ve still got the archives, and I bought a license for it when I used to run a BBS way back in the day. If anyone knows how to do something like that, please lemme know. That’d be great to run some door games again. :)
Oh, one last thing — since upstream makes you login to their website to download their source code (which seems strange to me, but whatever), I mirrored some of the files here. And if anyone has a copy of the old 0.9.7 GPL release, can you send me one? I couldn’t find it anywhere. I found one, but I don’t know if it was the latest or not.