Back in the early 90’s, yes back even before most had even heard of the Internet and the geeks spent most of their time on BBS’s there were a few online services trying to get going. AOL, Prodigy and CompuServe were fairly well known, but there was one other that stole my heart. It was the ImagiNation Network and primarily MedievaLand and its first game The Shadow of Yserbius.
Way back before World of Warcraft, Never Winter Nights, Ultima Online there was The Shadow of Yserbius which really set the bar for online gaming.
The whole network was unbelievable in its scope. You could play the D&D style Yserbius, card games at the club house, gamble and play online slots for real money at CasinoLand, have simulated dog fights in the Red Baron game, play the popular Boogers game, and ever get help with your home work.
To this day I have not seen anything to match the fun and variety that I had the privilege to experience back in the days when I was spending thousands of dollars and endless hours experiencing life “online”.
I have cherished my memories of those days and have copies of all the old software and hacks which I have kept faithfully for the last 15 years. I have joined a couple efforts to re-create the world, but all have failed… until now. A guy that goes by the name of byoung was able to re-create the server so that the old client software is able to work in DosBox which redirects the modem calls over TCP/IP. His website has all the software and directions to get setup very easily. It took me all of 10 mins to get everything installed and working. **To make it even easier to get started use the installer I created**
I spent about 4 hours online yesterday playing The Shadow of Yserbius with a few other people and building up my character. Oh man have I forgotten a ton, but the memories flooding back are a total blast. Even if you never played back in the day, I encourage you to get setup with it and join the growing community of users. If you let me know you will be in, I will be glad to join you for any game you like. Im having fun re-discovering all the cool stuff in this world of ImagiNation.