Fun to go through text-based games written 20+ years ago, and even if I completed one a day I suspect I'd be dead before I'd played them all.
Use 50/100 GB (m-disc) BD-Rs if in doubt.
I released a bunch of MS-DOS shareware as a kid, but only to local free BBSes (no money for paid online services nor long-distance phone calls). I also made a couple shrinkwrap software packages that I started to sell in computer stores around age 15-16, before I got a real software engineering job (and sold my PC, bought a used Sun workstation, and switched to open source).
One day, I was talking with someone from Finland, and he thought he remembered seeing a D&D character generator of mine there. But otherwise, I've never seen or heard of it.
Full disclosure: I'm speaking about my new book on the Xerox Star, "Inventing the Future." The cover is a stylization of someone  "playing" MazeWar on a real, restored Xerox Alto. There's a guy in Bothell, WA with a basement full of old computers, including two Altos and many VAXen, where we shot the photo.
 The someone is Jeffrey Smith, the son of Dave Smith, the inventor of icons.
I’ve done some more recent setup of major BBS to replay some muds and this sure brings back some pleasant memories.
Thanks for the post down nostalgia lane!
The color palette is to evoke the old amber monochrome crt displays.
Does anyone know of a modern equivalent -- of course, as equivalent as it can be in a world where shareware isn't quite what it was -- to these infamous shareware CD-ROMs (e.g. http://annex.retroarchive.org/cdrom/640_studio_v/index.html )? Or, to make it somewhat easier for younger (!?) audiences, of a modern-ish equivalent to Freshmeat.net?
By this, I mean something that would include:
a) New software (either newly-written programs or new versions of programs), or at least news about new software
b) In a somewhat organised fashion?
A humongous part of what I know today originated in tinkering with programs like these, from various fields, or from digging around things like the NightOwl archive ( http://annex.retroarchive.org/cdrom/nightowl-007/index.html ), reading source code, wondering how various demos are made and so on. And, of course, later, from browsing Freshmeat.
The best I can do right now is bookmark a bunch of search pages on Github and Gitlab, visit a bunch of subreddits like /r/linux which will probably give me eye cancer sooner or later, and -- as much as I hate it -- subscribing to the AppKed RSS feed, not because I want to touch any of their downloads but because it's pretty much the only way I get to learn about new programs for macOS.
This is sub-optimal to say the least. Except for AppKed, these meet neither a) nor b), and I really don't want to rely on something like fsckin AppKed for something that I suspect can be done from legitimate sources.
I know about app stores and the like but they're not exactly useful for discovering new software even on mobile, where they're actually a thing.
tl;dr does anyone know of a modern equivalent to either Freshmeat or 640 MB of Shareware?