After getting well over a thousand textfiles, The Works decided that it should give back by creating a textfile writing group. Jason was fond of the word "Octothorpe", which was the Bell System name for the pound button on a telephone keypad. Hence, Octothorpe Productions was born.
As the leader and maintainer of these files, I can give insight into the experience of a typical textfile group. Unfortunately, most of my insight is that I simply kept a special file upload area on the BBS open for my friends to add files to. Some did, and many did not. The Cruiser took it and ran with it, producing all sorts of files about the typical subjects a good group would cover, like phreaking and music. The Mathematician kept donating fiction, and I buzzed in here and there with any and all writings I came up with, branding them "Octothorpe Productions".
Octothorpe Productions lived with the first Works BBS, from 1986-1988.
||Description of the Textfile
|allworks.bbs || 6656|| An Overview of the Works BBS by Jason Scott (July 16, 1986)
||anything.phk || 5248|| How to Connect Anything to Anything, by The Slipped Disk
||blood! || 9609|| The Final Blood, from Octothorpe Productions
||bookjob.oct || 10240|| The Unauthorized Summary of the Book of Job (Some Corruption)
||cfh.oct || 21295|| Comments From Hell, from The Works
||comic.oct || 3581|| "Stage Comic", a Story by The Cruiser of Octothorpe Productions (August 16, 1987)
||extentio.oct || 1136|| The Works Sacred Extention List
||gabriel.oct || 2157|| "Textfiles", to the tune of "Big Time"
||gargband.oct || 1162|| The Making of A Garage Band by The Cruiser, Mad Dog, and Jason Scott (Incomplete)
||globmute.oct || 4753|| Making a Global Hold/Mute Switch, by The Cruiser
||hashoil.txt || 4666|| THC-resin Extraction reprinted from "Marijuana Hydroponics: High-Tech Water Culture" by Daniel Storm, published by And/Or Books, Typed/edited by The Deviant of The Works BBS
||journal1.oct || 24893|| Miscellaneous Techniques for the Telecommunications Hobbyist
||kilroy.lyr || 7841|| Lyrics to Styc: Kilroy Was Here
||labamba.lyr || 1983|| Translation for La Bamba
||mytapes.mus || 7149|| The Cruiser's Record and Tape Selection
||osunycom.adv || 6155|| Infocom Adventure Parody of an OSUNY Meeting
||paranoia.oct || 6632|| Paranoia: By the Mathematician
||partcoll.oct || 28672|| Transcription of Playboy's Top 40 Party Colleges
||pezrambl.oct || 20975|| Mr. Pez's Rambling about Textfiles
||pezscan.phk || 5784|| Red Menace and Mephisto Madware Textfile Systems Present The DEFINITIVE Exchange Scan by Mr. Pez
||ramble10.txt || 7826|| Mr. Pez' Ramblings #10
||ramble2.oct || 977|| Oh God Pez is Up So Late
||ramble3.oct || 3398|| Mr. Pez's Third Ramble
||ramble4.oct || 2944|| Pez in an entropic mood today.
||ramble7.fun || 8554|| Mr. Pez' Ramblings #7
||ramble8.fun || 12882|| Mr. Pez' Ramblings #8
||ramble9.txt || 9344|| Mr. Pez' Ramblings #9
||ranier.lyr || 2819|| Ranier -- A Song Parody by Night Hawk and The Cruiser
||realpez.oct || 16384|| Real Pez Devotees
||realwork.oct || 3394|| Real Works Users
||rfp1.fun || 5778|| Radiological Fun Pages
||rfp1.hum || 13027|| The Radiology Fun Pages (RFP) Issue #1 by Abby Hoffman and The Dissident, Transcribed by Mr. Pez
||rfp2.fun || 7201|| More Radiological Funnies
||rock.txt || 8246|| The First Orbicle Church of Rock N' Roll, by The Cruiser of Octothorpe Productions
||sciwords.oct || 2176|| Physics Terms Made Easy by The Mathematician of Octothorpe Productions (December 5, 1986)
||sentit.txt || 1196|| The Slipped Disk Answers the Trivia Question and Blabs for a Paragraph
||shoe.hum || 1612|| A Day in the Life of a Shoe Salesman, by The Mathematician (September 29, 1987)
||shopanar.ana || 7546|| Anarchy In Your Local Supermarket, by The Slipped Disk and The Outland
||sphere.oct || 4591|| The Sphere's Warning, a Story by The Cruiser of Octothorpe Productions (August 14, 1987)
||stopit.hum || 4080|| Stop It! A Story by Mr. Pez
||surfskat.fun || 822|| Surf Ohio, by Michael Stutz
||telecomu.oct || 21691|| Miscellaneous Techniques for the Telecommunications Hobbyist by The Cruiser of Octothorpe Productions
||trader.oct || 25011|| "The Traitor" by The Cruiser of Octothorpe Productions (August 8, 1987)
||transpl.oct || 3178|| "Transplant" By: Jason Scott
||twk.oct || 4096|| Hi, I'm the Wiz Kid!
||twk2.oct || 9216|| You should check out The Wiz Kid's RHBBS!
||vmref.oct || 6143|| VM: The IBM Vierual Machine System, by The Wiz Kid of Octothorpe Productions
||weerdfon.oct || 13884|| A Weird Phone Story
||wendell.hum || 11264|| Phido Phreaks and Octothorpe Productions Presents The Saga of Wendell Timmerman
||whytext.oct || 2223|| Why I choose textfiles, by Jason Scott
||works2.oct || 5047|| The Guide to Real Works Users
||xmas.oct || 7655|| Shedding True Light on Christmas Day, by The Cruiser
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