The Forests Will Echo With Laughter (1994-02-13)By: Leonard Richardson
Published Under: Hareware Productions
Released: February 02, 1994
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It looks like the allure of this game's summary couldn't be resisted. Winning its poll just as quickly as it was added, The Forests Will Echo With Laughter instantly grabbed attention thanks to its plot of finding a kidnapped Tim Sweeney, mayor of the City of ZZT.
I'm glad it did win though! This was definitely a title I played as a child upon learning of it, and I think I can appreciate it more now, since it's loaded with talks of BBSes which I knew nothing about back then. This is a straightforward adventure with some very 90s BBS sysop humor. The game's author, Leonard Richardson, was the operator of "Da Warren BBS" out of California, and the BBS seems to have been a reasonable success. Lots of old ZZT worlds will have text files indicating they came from there, and a lot of ZZT's early legacy seems to owe a lot to Da Warren.
NOTE: This game has been published for the sole purpose of getting people to call Da Warren BBS at (***) ***-****. Anyone who wishes to show respect to a certain programmer should not touch this game with a ten-foot pole.
Calling the game an ad for the BBS would be overdoing it, but it certainly feels almost sponsored at times.
Sysop: Leonard Richardson
Location: Arvin, CA
Telephone Number: ***-***-****
BBS Software: Wildcat! 3.55S
Modem Type: Accex 14.4
Motto: "We are the silliest BBS in the
It's hard to imagine this incredibly fun
and silly BBS running so near Bakersfield,
a city known as the most boring place on
the face of the planet. Sysop Leonard
Richardson explains, "That's exactly the
reason I started this BBS. I had nothing
at all to do and I figured that the local
BBS callers didn't have much to do either,
so I did the only thing that would keep us
This strategy seems to work, since Da
Warren is quickly becoming the fastest
growing BBS in the area. Leonard and his
trusty co-sysop, Andy Schile, roam BBSes
around the country night and day, in
search of a tidbit to make Da Warren
"We're pretty much everything that's
great about BBSing, all lumped together in
one BBS," says Andy.
And it shows. With the most customized
Wildcat prompt file I've ever seen, and
welcome screens that Leonard assured me
are changed regularly, Da Warren always
keeps you on your toes.
The file areas are no different. I was
astounded at the sheer number of rare
files in Da Warren's file base. From the
complete lyrics to the Rocky Horror
Picture Show to games like Bunny Blast,
Apples and Oranges, and Construction Bob
in the Bounce Factory, to the huge base of
ZZT game worlds, it was a veritable
treasure trove. Da Warren also features a
huge base of Star Trek files, including
over 20 original parodies and "the world's
first Star Trek typing tutor."
As for doors, Da Warren has over 40
doors, from such classics as Tradewars
2002 and The Pit, to rare finds like
Cripple Smash, Evangelist Wars, and
Netrunner, more are being added all the
I haven't even begun to touch on all the
strangeness and fun avaliable just a phone
call away. Give Da Warren a call and check
it out for yourself.
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what! You're his last hope!"
pulls out a piece of paper.
"It's Tim's handwriting; it says, `And
the forests will echo with laughter!' He
must have written it just before he was
account for supplies. Go to the Qwik-Mart
and then into the forest."
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