An experimental python 2 Telnet (and SSH) BBS

this project is abandoned, so please don’t get too excited! Maybe you would be more interested in ENiGMA½

The primary purpose of x/84 is to provide a server framework for building environments that emulate the feeling of an era that predates the world wide web.

It may be used for developing a classic bulletin board system (BBS) – one is provided as the ‘default’ scripting layer. It may also be used to develop a MUD, a text-based game, or a game-hosting server such as done by dgamelaunch.

You may access the “default board” provided by x/84 at telnet host


See clients for a list of compatible clients, though any terminal should be just fine.


Note that only Linux, BSD, or OSX is supported. Windows might even work, but hasn’t been tested.

  1. Install python 2.7 and pip. More than likely this is possible through your preferred distribution packaging system.
  1. Install x/84:

    pip install x84[with_crypto]

    Or, if C compiler and libssl, etc. is not available, simply:

    pip install x84

    Please note however that without the [with_crypto] option, you will not be able to run any of the web, ssh, and sftp servers, and password hashing (and verification) will be significantly slower.

    If you receive an error about setuptools_ext not being found, you may need to upgrade your installed version of setuptools and try again:

    pip install -U setuptools pip
  2. Launch the x84.engine python module:

  3. Telnet to 6023, Assuming a bsd telnet client:

    telnet localhost 6023

All data files are written to ~/.x84/. To create a custom board, you might copy the default folder of the x/84 python module to a local path, and point the scriptpath variable of ~/.x84/default.ini to point to that folder.

Simply edit and save changes, and re-login to see them. Adjust the show_traceback variable to display any errors directly to your telnet or ssh client.

Documentation, Support, Issue Tracking

See Documentation for API and general tutorials, especially the developers section for preparing a developer’s environment if you wish to contribute upstream. Of note, the Terminal interface is used for keyboard input and screen output, and is very well-documented in blessed.

This project isn’t terribly serious (for example, there are no tests). See the project on github for source tree. Please note that this project is abandoned. Feel free to do whatever the heck you want with it, though, it is Open Source and ISC licensed!