Fantasy Rollplaying BBS


Deep Pan Software


Deep Pan Software appears to be a person calling themselves "Split Infinity", and as far as I know, this is their only product.

It is an interesting product, however, being quite the opposite of the transfers-focused systems. This program has NO upload/download capability. Its entire purpose seems to be the fascilitating of online RPGs by many players and their GMs (or DMs if you prefer).

A perty screen greets you after loading the main program.

Since this is not your typical system, needs be I spend a moment discussing what it IS about. The program handles a number of games, which consist of a message base where gaming occurs, a game master with privileges to make changes to those games and their players, and players who are users enrolled in games by their game master. The SysOp has control of all games, and all rosters, as well as being the only one with access to game creation. Gaming is expected to be handled by messages posted in the gaming message bases, where arrangements for all particulars are handled by their respective game masters.

Several options are available to the SysOp.

The organization of the system consists of several submenus where certain functions can be performed by the game master, sysop, or a player. The (PLAY) area is actually the message base area, of a familiar structure. The (GAMES) area is where game masters set the status of their games (open or closed, etc) and where users can receive information about games and then apply for entry into a game if they so desire. The (USER) area is where a user can get some information about themselves, and the SysOp can do his or her user maintenance. The (ROSTER) area is where the game master can add players to his or her games, or users can view other rosters and see their stats. Lastly, the (FILES) area appears to be another SysOp only area where the several displays and other text files can be edited.

FRBBS is highly structured and subdivided into several menus.

The Facts:

Again, this section is going to look deceptively bad for this program since it is not set up to be a standard full-featured BBS program.

Hardware Information

Computer    :   Commodore 64 or 128 in 64 mode
Video       :   40 columns
Drives      :   1 or 2 CBM drives, limited CMD (no subdirs, no parts)
Modems      :   1650 only?
Input       :   Keyboard
Output      :   Screen only
RAM use     :   N/A
Special     :


Pgm Struct  :   Single program
Menu Struct :   Hard coded hotkey system
Translation :   ASCII only
Access      :   6 levels, each specific to RPG status
Handle/ID   :   Handles allowed (required!), users listed by ID
User info   :   Handle, name, phone, access, last call, etc.
User Logs   :   Not implemented
Calls/Time  :   Time definable for each level, calls same for all lvls
Network     :   N/A
Customizing :
  Programs  :   Not changable
  Displays  :   Menus and games are definable
  Commands  :   Not changable
Areas       :   Highly sub-systemed
  E-mail    :   Separate menu
  Messages  :   Separate menu
  Transfers :   N/A
  Network   :   N/A
  Programs  :   N/A
  Text      :   N/A
  User Cmds :   Separate menu
  SysOp     :   Separate menu
  Voting    :   N/A
  News      :   Single opening Bulletin
  Help      :   N/A
Other       :

SysOp Utilities and Support

Offline     :   Nice configurator, and system creator
Online      :   Chat
Remote      :   File and user editors
On-L Display:   User information window
W.F.C. Utils:   Terminal program, some disk maintenance
Chatting    :   From main prompts
User        :   Limited user editor available
Msg Bases   :   Configurable online or off
Transfers   :   N/A
Programs    :   N/A
Network     :   N/A
Drives      :   From waiting for call only
Terminal    :   Simple ASCII terminal program


Structure   :   Single opening Bulletin
Header      :   No particular header
Weeding     :   Enforced by SysOp
Display     :   At logon, or on demand


Structure   :   Linear style, unlinked
Bases       :   Depends on status, unnamed bases.
Limits      :   Enforced by SysOp, SubOps only
Reading     :   Local new, or by number
Headers     :   From, To, Subject, date
Format      :   Text only
Writing     :   New posts only
Anonymous   :   Not allowed
Network     :   N/A
Other       :

Message Editor

Structure   :   Line editor
Commands    :   Hitting return on blank line gives menu
Editing     :   Replacing, rewriting, insert, delete, etc.
Formatting  :   No formatting supported
Graphics    :   Not supported


Bases       :   N/A
Storage     :   N/A
Limits      :   N/A
Credits     :   N/A
Protocols   :   N/A
Headers     :   N/A
Selection   :   N/A
Listing     :   N/A
Network     :   N/A
Other       :   N/A

Text Libraries

Structure   :   N/A
Storage     :   N/A
Network     :   N/A
Other       :


Structure   :   Separate menu
Sending     :   By ID number
Receiving   :   At logon, or on demand
Network     :   N/A
Other       :

Program Libraries

Structure   :   N/A
Programs    :   N/A
Network     :   N/A
Other       :   N/A

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