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History of Gameboomers/adventure websites #1232872
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Hi all, so I read this archived thread about how GB came to life and it was an interesting read (especially for me who is quite new to this board/not very active). In that thread it was also mentioned that some of the founders/early admins were part of some other adventure website before they created GB, but they did not mention the name of that website.
Does anybody know which side that was? I am not asking why they left, this is probably a personal/private thing and not of my interest. The only reason why I am asking for that name is that I am interested in the history of websites focusing on adventure games. And as GB is quite old already, I am guessing the other website was even older, and maybe it was one of the first of its kind? That is why I am asking. I have always been the type of person who is interested in the 'history' of anything that interests me. It would be cool to know what the very first well-known websites about adventure games were and whether these websites still exist (even if only on archive.org). I am interested in websites only, not in newsgroups about adventures of the very old days. So something html-based. Any infos on that would even be more interesting than the title of that one website.

So can anybody help me out here?

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Re: History of Gameboomers/adventure websites [Re: mike_bn] #1232883
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Re: History of Gameboomers/adventure websites [Re: mike_bn] #1232886
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Some older sites include:

JustAdventure
Mr. Bill's Adventureland
Adventuregamers (formerly Adventuregamer I think, before some squatter stole the Adventuregamer.com name)
Adventure Archive
Gamesover

There was also a nice site called History Adventures that specialized in historical adventures
It's archived ***here on the Internet Archive***

I'm not sure if the History Adventures site is as old as you're looking for since the Internet Archive seems to only archive it back to 2006. It's also not exclusively adventure games, and includes some multimedia and encyclopedia-type software.

Re: History of Gameboomers/adventure websites [Re: mike_bn] #1232891
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I found my way to GameBoomers twenty years ago by way of an adventure game website by Linda Shaw. I don't remember much about it now except that it had links to some other adventure sites including GameBoomers. I also remember that it was very colorful and that there was music playing. I wish I could remember more. I probably would have found GameBoomers without her website, but it would not have been so soon after GameBoomers came into being.

Re: History of Gameboomers/adventure websites [Re: mike_bn] #1232892
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And Mystery Manor has only been in existence since 2002. The Adventure Company used to maintain a gaming forum, and I think that is how I made my way to GB in 2005.


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Re: History of Gameboomers/adventure websites [Re: mike_bn] #1232932
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I'm not 100% certain on this but I think it could have been 4 Fat Chicks which is still around today or Gamenuts which isn't around anymore.

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I don't believe 4 Fat Chicks is around any more. "Jen" was one of the founding members and is a member at Mystery Manor said they dissolved it some time ago. I also know Gamenuts isn't around either.


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Re: History of Gameboomers/adventure websites [Re: Draclvr] #1232937
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Originally Posted by Draclvr
I don't believe 4 Fat Chicks is around any more. "Jen" was one of the founding members and is a member at Mystery Manor said they dissolved it some time ago. I also know Gamenuts isn't around either.

I think 4 Fat Chicks is still around, but they've changed their name to Tap Repeatedly.
http://tap-repeatedly.com/

I liked the art on the old site though.
***web archive link to 2004 version of fourfatchicks.com***

I don't remember Gamenuts website, though the name sounds familiar.

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The original owners of 4 fat chicks are not a part of it. Someone bought them out many years ago and changed the name of everything but the forum.


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There you go... I remember Jen saying something like that.


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Thanks to all of you who responded so far! I know some of the websites that have been mentioned, but not all of them.
I will check them out, thanks. My favorite website aside from GB was JustAdventure, btw. 'WAS' because I am refering
to the old version = the time when Randy was still alive. I was not so active back then, but I really liked most of the reviews
there and also the forum. In particular, Randy was an excellent reviewer, in my opinion (read his review for 'The Longest Journey', for example,
If I remember correctly, it was written by him). He only makes one mistake in his reviews, imo - I am convinced you should never ever spoil puzzles in a review. The rest clearly shows he knew the genre really, really well. I only wrote with him once, he seemed nice and I am sorry that he passed away so early frown To be honest, the current version of the JA-website I do not like at all.

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I don't think JA has been updated since August 2019.


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I remember Gamenuts. Boy, that was a long time ago.


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Originally Posted by BrownEyedTigre
I don't think JA has been updated since August 2019.


I wouldn't even have noticed, if they had updated the site, to be honest. I don't visit that side anymore. In my opinion, the big re-design/revised version several (many?) years was a change for the worse, in my opinion. Since then, the site was slow to load and the content badly arranged. Just my personal opinion/taste of course, maybe the content is still so good that it is/was worth going there, but I stopped doing it.

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I remember that danyboy, Rosaboobie, Dragon, Stella and a bunch of others got together for a Gamenuts reunion many years ago. I know a picture of all of them has been posted at Mystery Manor.


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Before I joined GameBoomers, I was a member of MacBoards, but they're no longer around either. Regarding Just Adventure, Karla Munger, who did most of the work for the website after Randy died, passed away last year.


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That's right, LadyK! I had forgotten about that. It still was updated for a month afterwards and then it just stopped.


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A little off topic - but someone here might know the answer ??

I've been trying to remember the name of a website that held a great many excellent walkthroughs and was very popular some years ago.

It was based in Australia (I think) and run by really nice people.


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Mad, do any of these ring a bell? Adventure websites

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"I've been trying to remember the name of a website that held a great many excellent walkthroughs and was very popular some years ago.

It was based in Australia (I think) and run by really nice people."



It was called Quandary.

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And when Quandary closed down (run by Rosemary Young and Gordon Aplin), their game reviews, editorials, and walkthroughs were brought over to Steve's website here. wave

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Thank You All !! grin Quandary was the one !! praise


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The first adventure game board I was on was unofficialtexmurphy. Then Witchen posted a reply telling me about GameBoomers. Take a look at my join date. The site had a bunch of MIDI music in those days. I checked it out and never looked back. GameBoomers is the best of them all. I can’t begin to tell you how much GameBoomers got me through my darkest days.

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Mike, to get back to your original question, I just got confirmation that GB founders, Bob and Karen came from Gamenuts.

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