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Good Ol Days

I am Red Barchetta. Not my real name, just like the rest of the internet, I pick an alias for people to know me by. Its not always been Commodore 64 computerthis though. I started off in the early 1980's running a BBS (Bulletin Board System) off my Commodore 64. Two 1541 floppy drives, and a 1200 bps modem. Wow, I was doing good. I was known as Mr. Fixit, the SysOp (System Operator) of Crash and Burn BBS. My BBS software was C-Net 64, for the Commodore 64. Through the years, I went to the Commodore 128, and finally the Commodore Amiga, with both Dial up modems (3), and an internet Connection.

Things came to a halt as my marriage of two years suddenly ended, and I went though nine months of divorce proceedings. It was 1998, and the way people used their computers changed a lot that year. Dialing into BBSs was out, and FTPing, and IRC via the internet was in. Many great BBSs were lost in this time, as well as the people that called them, and the times that we had together at our monthly Get Togethers at a local park.

The divorce had taken a lot out of me, and left me with very little extra cash to keep my hobby going, so my days of running a BBS were now officially over. I now had a lot of time on my hands, and not much to do. To keep myself entertained, and not spend money I didnt have, I went though my old, and small collection of games for my PC, but found little that kept me interested. I had Mech Warrior, but found it too complicated to get into at that time. Need for Speed was fun, but you could only run from the cops for so long. Descent was good, but I could never kill all those robots, before they killed me. I had bought Descent (the original) on a close out shelf at a local computer store, played it a bit, and then put it away.

A couple of years later, after I had introduced my daughter to the computer, (she had one of her own by now), she was wanting games to play with me, instead of just playing games by herself. Descent came to mind. By this time, I had already gone through Descent, Descent 2, Descent 3, and Free Space. She liked Descent 3 so much she always wanted to play against me, but I could not play as much as she wanted to. I knew there was an on-line part to it, so I went "on-line" with her, to see if she could play with others. This was a totally different world then the Single Player, or Co_Op games, and for many months, we jumped from game to game, not really knowing what we were doing, and Im sure, getting people upset with us. This was fun. No longer were we limited to the tunnels with the robots. Now there were more, new levels, with other, real people. The problem was, they, were really, really good...

Candy Apple red 1969 Shelby GT 350

Nic(k) Names

This Candy Apple Red Shelby Cobra GT 350 is where I got part of my name from. I did not know that Rush's Red Barchetta was a real car, and so I borrowed it to finish my D3 name, Red_Barchetta. My 6 year old daughter is a horse nut, and chose Spirit, after the horse in the animated move "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron" .



Team NuB

How did I find Team NuB? I'm not sure. I guess someone in PXO mentioned them, and I went to their site, which at the time hosted on PlanetDescent.com. TeamNub is no more.


Hang on, I'm not done yet. It's just taking me a little time to get all this together.  :-)


Last updated on: March 31, 2013