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PLEASURE DOME BBS, NORFOLK, VA

“A Distinctively Adult Bulletin Board System”

Virginia’s Award Winning BBS
Best Adult BBS In The USA  1990-1991-1992-1993

Best BBS In Virginia 1990-1991-1992
Best BBS In North America, 1992
– Boardwatch Magazine

EFF Online pioneer Award Nominee – 1992

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from “The Joy of CyberSex”, by Robinson & Tamosaitisis,
ISBN 1-56686-107-1 © 1993 Brady Publishing

PLEASURE DOME, NORFOLK, VA

Fasten your safety belts – you are now entering the Pleasure Dome!  This BBS features access to most of the national adult conferences in the 50 states.  GIFs, stories, and animations are yours to enjoy all day but user interaction is the focus at night. (Hint: Download during the day so that you can stay “up” all night!)  A swinging good time awaits you!

Billed as the “Home of the Cybergasm,” Pleasure Dome, founded in 1985 by Tom Terrific, a 6’3″, blue-eyed, 39-year-old divorced swinger, is the South’s digital party central.  Pleasure dome is asylum ot ThrobNet, a nationally echoed adult conference including steamy topics from “Sex Toys” to “Swingers” to “S&M.”  The Pleasure Dome has more hardcore national adult conferences than any other board in the country, also carrying KinkNet, LiteNet, VoyagerNet, StudNet Gay Network, RIME, SwingNet, AdultNet Canadian, Perverts Anonymous, NixPix Net, Friends and Lovers, 18plus, WildNet, LateNite, PlayNet, FemNet National Lesbian Network, SleazeNet, LampNet, PlayNet, HotNet and GonzoNet.

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“Chats and messaging are the major “thrusts” of my system pants Tom Terrific.  Pleasure Dome is here to provide a meeting place for like-minded people.  We have parties once or twice a month – regular parties and swing sessions.  Sometimes, our ‘regular’ parties turn into swinging good times!”
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Tom Terrific enforces some socializing rules, “Although we offer a substantial library of over 2,000 GIFs, animations and stories, I close the file area down from 7pm to midnight to promote user interaction.  If a guy is busy downloading, he is not available for chatting.  We have over 33 percent women on this board.  I want to keep my ladies happy!”  According to Tom Terrific, 73 percent of his membership is college educated, 39 percent are single, 61 percent married, with 73 percent straight, 18 percent bisexual, and 9 percent gay.  Drawing over 40 percent international and national callers, Terrific cites the busiest local conferences as “Paradise Cafe” and “Females Only.”

Tom Terrific is his own best customer, having met his wife-to-be, “Buttons,” on Pleasure Dome. “She’s definitely the woman of my dreams,” says Terrific.  “We live the swinging lifestyle together.”  “Buttons” enjoys her lifestyle, saying “I enjoy being able to be with the one I love and still do as I wish sexually.”

What makes the Pleasure Dome a good meeting ground for swingers?  “Its a place where they can congregate without hassles, and talk openly.  Because of the security and the fact that it is ‘safe’, you can talk openly with anyone, and if the chemistry is amiss, you don’t have to meet,” says “Buttons.”  If you are wondering what some of the swinging members look like, ask if they have a GIF file on-line.”  A lot of members, including myself, are putting pictures of themselves online now.”  Just how many lovers does a swinger have in a year’s time, anyway?  “Last year, I had about 36 lovers, many of them couples,” states “Buttons.”  “Condoms are a MUST with any man I sleep with.”

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That was one of many articles written about the World renown Pleasure Dome BBS.  Running WILDCAT! software for maximum safety, stability and security, Pleasure Dome, a 10-line BBS, started as a meeting place for local swingers.  However, as word of the quality of files, security of the system, and the involvement of the sysop, Tom Terrific, spread, it continued to grow beyond any expectations.  The BBS was the subject of many newspaper articles, news broadcasts and the sysop was even interviewed for an article in Playboy Magazine.

Tom was very active in the BBS community, serving as President of the Virginia SysOps Association, and speaking at ONEBBScon about the liberties local telephone companies were taking with hobbyist BBSs around the nation.  Additionally, Tom was one of the first nominees for the Electronic Freedom Foundations’ Online Pioneer Award.  He was also an early member of the Association of Online Professionals.

The system was sold in 1994, and the new owner tried to convert its huge base to a gay-only BBS, which let to a mass exodus of users and the closure of the board in 1995.

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