This is a rough document listing information on services which have had valuable content related to ZZT preservation, and any potential notes useful for preserving them.
Many games we have from the BBS-centric era of ZZT come from old shareware CDs incidentally including some, particularly the many revisions of Alexis Janson's games.
The earliest ZZT bulletin board system, serving as the official point of contact from its launch until early 1992; however, it was kept online until 2000.
The SysOp was Chip Hageman (mythran42). No success in contacting so far - the Internet record ends with a dead end in mid-2018.
Home to The ZZT Club, the pioneer ZZT developers' group between 1991 and 1993.
No public information on any data from Prodigy still being around in any form.
Jim Carpenter, a Prodigy enthusiast, has focused on archiving existing Prodigy installations. He has made tools available to extract data from them - but where are you going to find a ZZT Club member with backups this old?
Based on Libraries.txt, there were three file libraries of interest:
Unfortunately, the ArchiveTeam efforts from 2014 failed to capture the data from them:
There are some unconfirmed rumors about the MegaZeux file libraries having been removed in the past, but I don't remember where I heard them.
Used to have a ZZT section. Hosted on
http://megaboard.epicgames.com/ in the late 90s; a few posts are preserved by the WayBack Machine.
It appears the section saw very little activity, with the only preserved threads (from March 18th, 1999) being copy-pastes of posts from another forum or an announcement of such copy-pasting ongoing.