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    From Spitlord@46:1/108 to All on Thursday, March 09, 2017 12:46:57
    Hi guys, just a quick question.

    I was wondering which echomail threads are the most active? I have a dump truck full of things I need to learn about Mystic. I am confident I can do this, I just have no idea what order to start configuring everything in.

    Just looking for pointers for an old guy trying to catch back up :3

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  • From Tiny@46:1/126.3 to Spitlord on Thursday, March 09, 2017 13:20:58

    Hello Spitlord!

    09 Mar 17 12:46, you wrote to all:

    dump truck full of things I need to learn about Mystic. I am
    Just looking for pointers for an old guy trying to catch back up :3

    Check out the "Mystic Guy" video's on youtube if you want current
    videos.... Not what you asked but might help.

    Shawn

    ... It is impossible to please the whole world and your mother-in-law.
    --- GoldED+/LNX 1.1.5-b20160322
    * Origin: Tiny's BBS - www.tinysbbs.com (46:1/126.3)
  • From Spitlord@46:1/104 to Tiny on Thursday, March 09, 2017 13:53:15
    Hello Spitlord!
    Check out the "Mystic Guy" video's on youtube if you want current videos.... Not what you asked but might help.

    I have been watching, and that was helpful, thank you. In his videos, the first thing he does is set up his message network. I haven't even applied to be a part of any message network yet, and I'm not entirely sure what that entails. I'm not really interested in that at all right now, I just want go get it up on and running on its own telnet server before I start filling in
    the other necessities.

    For any Mystic Sysops, what order did you go about setting things up in? I don't want to go applying to networks to be an affiliate with nothing to show yet.

    --- Mystic BBS v1.12 A31 (Windows)
    * Origin: ACiD Telnet HQ / blackflag.acid.org (46:1/104)
  • From Tiny@46:1/126.3 to Spitlord on Thursday, March 09, 2017 15:46:12

    Hello Spitlord!

    09 Mar 17 13:53, you wrote to me:

    right now, I just want go get it up on and running on its own telnet server before I start filling in the other necessities.

    No worries, there are other things there on getting things going. If you just want to open as stock install open a port in your firewall and launch
    the software. I had mystic running in about 10 mins.

    For any Mystic Sysops, what order did you go about setting things up
    in? I don't want to go applying to networks to be an affiliate with nothing to show yet.

    Get the system working first. ie: if you want to do any customizing of
    the menus, door games etc. I have run Mystic in the past and still have
    my local install, I just chose to use MBSE on my pi instead because of a
    minor bug in Mystic that does not affect any but the big message based boards.

    Shawn

    ... A straw vote only shows which way the hot air blows.
    --- GoldED+/LNX 1.1.5-b20160322
    * Origin: Tiny's BBS - www.tinysbbs.com (46:1/126.3)
  • From Avon@46:3/203 to Spitlord on Friday, March 10, 2017 12:14:25
    On 03/09/17, Spitlord pondered and said...

    Hello Spitlord!
    Check out the "Mystic Guy" video's on youtube if you want current videos.... Not what you asked but might help.

    I have been watching, and that was helpful, thank you. In his videos,
    the first thing he does is set up his message network. I haven't even applied to be a part of any message network yet, and I'm not entirely
    sure what that entails. I'm not really interested in that at all right now, I just want go get it up on and running on its own telnet server before I start filling in the other necessities.

    Hi there. I created the videos so figure I pipe up :)

    The rationale for showing setting up connecting to message network(s) first
    is to allow access to support via message echo areas like this one and others like FSX_MYS on fsxNet etc.

    There are other clips that cover some of what you ask but if there are
    specific things missing or you want to know something feel free to ask and
    I'll do my best to help you / publish a clip that addresses things :)

    I don't want to go applying to networks to be an affiliate with nothing
    to show yet.

    I don't think you should worry about that. You could still join this net, fsxNet and others and still run a private system only you can login to if you wanted to access the support of the community but not open the doors of your system up until you we're ready :)

    For any Mystic Sysops, what order did you go about setting things up in?

    Basic config like message areas and file areas, events and maint stuff, then custom stuff on menus etc.

    Best, Paul aka Avon

    Feel free to email me if you wish avon@bbs.geek.nz

    --- Mystic BBS v1.12 A31 (Windows)
    * Origin: Agency BBS | telnet://agency.bbs.geek.nz (46:3/203)
  • From Spitlord@46:1/104 to Avon on Friday, March 10, 2017 15:12:30
    Hi there. I created the videos so figure I pipe up :)

    Wow! Nice to meet you. Thanks for your videos, I know they are going to be helpful when I start getting things connected.

    What I'm wondering is, where to start? I mean, besides the obvious of downloading Mystic and installing it, I'm not going to have any problems installing doors or maintaining my file bases. What I'm wondering off the
    bat, before I get started is...

    1) Who "hosts" boards? By that, I mean, whose IP do I point to for internet connection? I know this probably sounds stupid, but I really just want to
    get the bare bones system connected and running before I start actually downloading and installing mods and doors.

    2) Do you have a video that specifically goes over the internet connection portion of setting up Mystic?

    3) Why are you so rad for helping?

    Thanks,

    -spitlord

    --- Mystic BBS v1.12 A31 (Windows)
    * Origin: ACiD Telnet HQ / blackflag.acid.org (46:1/104)
  • From Black Panther@46:1/181 to Spitlord on Friday, March 10, 2017 13:45:42
    On 03/10/17, Spitlord said the following...

    Sorry for jumping in here.

    1) Who "hosts" boards? By that, I mean, whose IP do I point to for internet connection? I know this probably sounds stupid, but I really just want to get the bare bones system connected and running before I start actually downloading and installing mods and doors.

    The board is hosted on your computer, usually. What you would need to do, is take a look at DNS routing. What this does, is gives you a static domain that people can connect to. This domain would then route to your ip address, which is probably dynamic.

    A good example is what I'm using here. I have an address of castlero.duckdns.org. This address will route you to my computer, without needed to know my ip address. Another way to do this, is to obtain your own domain, such as castlerockbbs.com, which will also route you to my computer.

    I hope this helps a bit.

    2) Do you have a video that specifically goes over the internet
    connection portion of setting up Mystic?

    I don't think Paul has a video on this yet. It may be difficult, as
    everyone's setup will be a little different. I'm sure he could put something together to explain the basics of getting connected. He's great at that! :)


    ---

    Dan Richter
    aka Black Panther
    Sysop - Castle Rock BBS
    telnet://castlerockbbs.com
    The sparrows are flying again...

    --- Mystic BBS v1.12 A31 (Windows)
    * Origin: `:. Castle Rock BBS .:' telnet://castlerockbbs.com (46:1/181)
  • From Avon@46:3/203 to Spitlord on Saturday, March 11, 2017 10:10:33
    On 03/10/17, Spitlord pondered and said...

    Wow! Nice to meet you. Thanks for your videos, I know they are going

    You too, and you're welcome :)

    1) Who "hosts" boards? By that, I mean, whose IP do I point to for internet connection? I know this probably sounds stupid, but I really just want to get the bare bones system connected and running before I start actually downloading and installing mods and doors.

    You are hosting it on the system you run the BBS software on, often your own computer or some use a VPS cloud based provider (I have not done that). Some folks have a static IP for their home set up and link that to a domain name that people can use to point their Telnet and BinkP clients at, others have a dynamic IP assigned them by their ISP and use services like noip.com or duckdns.org to provide a stable domain name address linked to a changing IP address.

    Other things to consider - opening up key ports on your router like 23 and 24554 to allow external traffic to reach your system. You can opt to change those ports to something else so long as you change settings in Mystic and update your router. Often the default ports are best to use out of the box to keep things simple and negate issues.

    2) Do you have a video that specifically goes over the internet
    connection portion of setting up Mystic?

    Not sure if I do. I will need to look and get back to you / make one :)

    3) Why are you so rad for helping?

    Golly, not really sure. I like to help others. I was given a lot of help when
    I first set up and I'm playing it forward... I enjoy helping others discover
    a retro hobby that's still alive and well and in my 'glass is half full' view of the world, is growing again. Because I can :)

    Best, Paul

    --- Mystic BBS v1.12 A31 (Windows)
    * Origin: Agency BBS | telnet://agency.bbs.geek.nz (46:3/203)
  • From Avon@46:3/203 to Black Panther on Saturday, March 11, 2017 10:11:24
    On 03/10/17, Black Panther pondered and said...

    On 03/10/17, Spitlord said the following...

    Sorry for jumping in here.

    Don't be sorry good sir. I think it's great and embodies the good spirit in
    BBS we can all aim for :)

    Thanks for the replies :)

    Best, Paul

    --- Mystic BBS v1.12 A31 (Windows)
    * Origin: Agency BBS | telnet://agency.bbs.geek.nz (46:3/203)
  • From niter3@46:1/108 to Spitlord on Saturday, March 11, 2017 06:43:11
    1) Who "hosts" boards? By that, I mean, whose IP do I point to for internet connection? I know this probably sounds stupid, but I really just want to get the bare bones system connected and running before I start actually downloading and installing mods and doors.

    I host my BBS locally under esxi. To keep things secure, I have it in a isolated subnet. Also, I'm able to grab two IP addresses from my provider. So one is used for the BBS, and I have another IP address and subnets used for the rest of the network.

    I used a dynamic service to update my IP for domain changes.

    I'm a little different, I'm sure. Since i'm in networking, I've split up my networks for wireless, guest access, pc access, server access, and setup an isolated network. Routing is done on my layer 3 switch, except for the
    isolated network which routing is done on my pFsense box.

    This keeps things secure. If somebody breaks into my BBS, oh well I have VM backups and they can't get anywhere on the network. :)

    --- Mystic BBS v1.12 A31 (Linux)
    * Origin: Clutch BBS * telnet://clutch.darktech.org (46:1/108)