One of the best ideas in modular programming (and in much of design, really) is ‘the black box.’ A black box is a mysterious device that accepts a given type of input and operates on it in such a way as to produce a desired result reliably. Its workings are hidden from view, but because the relationship between its input and its output is known, its workings don’t matter.
Born in the summer of 1998, the Church of the Machine God was a proud but short-lived venture undertaken by Brothers OT (that’s me), Kevin, Søren, and Drew.
Shortly after I began college, I started playing on some multi-user online RPGs. They weren’t, overall, very good, but I knew some of the players and admins from school, and gaming with them was fun. Eventually, I became an admin, too, and made some more friends among the staff.
[ rjbs, March 2022: I don’t actually know the original date of this post! ]