Long before the World Wide Web there were BBS’s and on those BBS’s there were text based games. These Bulletin Board Systems where interconnected by individual computers with a main server in the area and others to dial up into. It was used to leave messages, but basically there where several text based games that one could play.
One of those text based games was The Rose: Council of Guardians and I was hooked on it for the longest time. Exploring the city than the surrounding areas; battling goblins, orcs, visiting gypsies and being trained in skills. The further you explored the more the monsters hit a tad harder. There where many late nights of exploring, adventuring with another player or two, or just sitting in the tavern and chatting about things.
The Rose was just such a place that was what the kids call a “time waster” these days. But, it was an awesome waste of time. Even though you where on line and tied up the phone lines and some people got upset because your phone line was always busy and they where trying to get a hold of you. Ah, good times, good times.
The world was name Corinthia and it sort of inspired me to sketch out a map of it as I explored to keep it handy by me to see where I was and how it related to the other areas. Also, I decided to use the setting for a Tunnels & Trolls world since the races involved were similar in nature: Humans, Elves, Dwarves, Gnomes, Fae, and Giant. It was a good time while it lasted and then the internet was born and BBS’s where disappearing, dying out like dinosaurs.
The other day I stumbled upon Corinthia in my T&T section on the shelf and dusted off the duo-tang and had a look at my makeshift map and decided to give it a make over once again, to breathe new life into it and awaken some memories that where locked in a nostalgia drawer.
I added a few more towns here and there and other areas to explore. But the main areas and settlements are still there: Spalango, Quentin, Imperial City, Gypsy Camp, Satyr Woods, South City Forest and Wizards Spire as well as Dragon Whelp Mountains and Connover Ridge. I still have the ascii maps of some of the areas like Spalango and Quentin and the Satyr Woods as well. But, for now here’s my version of the world and how I saw it.