Scene COMPOS

GENERAL RULES

  1. Our scene competitions are classified into two main groups:

    1. 8-bit compos: particularly ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64 and Atari XL/XE;

    2. Amiga OCS/ECS and Amiga AGA compos.

  2. If you want to contribute on hardware other than mentioned above see paragraphs 34-36.

  3. All entries are going to be launched live from original hardware (if possible).

  4. For your convenience, every entry will be accompanied by an informative splash screen.

  5. Absolutely everyone is welcome to contribute, however following rules will apply:

    1. you are present at the party and bring your (or group’s) production(s) personally;

    2. you are not present at the party but you have a trusted representative among participants who brings your (or your group’s) production(s) and is entitled to receive a prize (if won); in this case we require you to contact us before the party and give us personal details of such a person; paragraph 6 of these rules also need to be fulfilled (see below);

    3. you are not present at the party and you do not have a representative among participants; in this case if you win a prize it will not be handed out at the party to anyone; your prize will remain collectable after party at the sponsors (within 30 days period).

  6. If you take a place rewarded with a prize, we will need you to sign out a receipt of it and that needs to be verified with an identity document; make sure you come with an ID, like a passport, national identity card or equivalent.

  7. All contributors automatically agree to spread their entries as party stuff under public domain rules after the party is finished; we can make an exception to any of you who needs to finalize or bug-fix your executable within a period not longer than 30 days; do not forget to get in touch with us before.

  8. We require at least three entries to make a competition happen.

  9. If there are only three entries in a competition we will give a prize only for the 1st place (the city sponsor requirement).

  10. If there is 4 or more we will give prizes for places 1, 2 and 3.

  11. We accept maximum two entries from one author (or group in demo/executable compos) per competition.

  12. We reserve ourselves the right to reject any dishonest (in demoscene sense) or offensive materials and to move any extremely low quality or „fake” entries and “compo-fillers” to our Wild Competition.

  13. We require the contributors to provide us the following:

    1. Title and author(s) / of the entry;

    2. Competition the entry is aimed for;

    3. Name of the representative in case of being not present at the party (as described in 5b);

    4. Usual “.NFO” file with all relevant information needed to launch your entry.

  14. You can contribute via:

    1. e-mail; we accept popular archives like ZIP, RAR, LHA, disk images, modules, graphics etc.; we don’t accept anything infected with malware, viruses etc.;

    2. floppy disks, USB sticks, cartridges, CD/DVDs etc. handed to us at the party or sent via snail mail;

    3. any other effective way, agreed with us before.

    4. Remote DEADLINE: 19th Ooctober 2017, time: 11:59:59 PM (local time). Only till this time we can guarantee that we’ll be checking the mail. Later on, the party starts and we can simply miss you entry… Please, keep that in mind!

  15. Returns of any media handed to us on request only; we will not return anything via mail etc.; remember to clearly mark your property if you want to have it back.

  16. Date and time of the deadline will be given in our party schedule available on the website; we strongly recommend everyone to bring your stuff as soon as possible and ask you not to do it in the last minute; please keep in mind that before any compo starts we have to:

    1. Create informative splash screens;

    2. Prepare your entry to launch (copy to a floppy disk, HDD etc.);

    3. Test fail-safe run and competition compatibility;

    4. Set up and test your own hardware in some cases.

  17. Again, do not bring your stuff in the last minute… We need time to do 16a – 16d! Please!

VOTING

  1. Every party participator will receive a traditional paper voting form from the organizers.

  2. Every form is required to be clearly filled with your handle/group or name.

  3. Anonymous forms will not be considered by the vote counting staff.

  4. Forms must be filled out CLEARLY and be well-readable, without making any doubts.

  5. Everyone at the party is entitled to vote, however we need you to be present at the competition(s) you do vote. We will reject votes from anyone who will be proven voting and being not present at the competition(s).

  6. You are not allowed to use anyone’s voting form except yours.

  7. You are responsible for your form, once you get it there will be no second on available for you, so do not lose it.

  8. You are allowed to vote on entries contributed by yourself.

  9. Voting is done by grading entries with a score of 0 to 10 points and placing it in a proper field on the form.

  10. You are allowed to give the same score to more than one entry.

  11. Entries without any grade given from you will automatically get a score of 0 (zero).

  12. All entries will be accompanied with a number displayed at the competition; this number will be used to identify it on the voting form.

  13. The forms are going to be collected after all the competitions are completed.

  14. Vote counting will be carried out by the commission consisting of organizers, GAK facility/sponsor representative and randomly chosen party attendants. Being a part of this commission is completely voluntary, however it obligates everyone to keep any results secret until the official announcements and prize giving as per party schedule.

COMPO MACHINES

  1. We will provide the following hardware in the 8-bit competitions:

    1. ZX Spectrum 48k, AY; ZX Spectrum 128K+2;

    2. Atari XL/XE, SD/CF interface, 1MB Ultimate, Dual Pokey;

    3. Commodore 64, 1541-II drive, Action Replay.

  2. We will provide the following hardware in the Amiga competitions:

    1. Amiga OCS: A500, KS1.3, CPU 68000 / 7 MHz, 1MB RAM (512kB Chip RAM + 512kB Slow RAM);

    2. Amiga AGA: A1200, KS3.1, CPU 68060 / 75 MHz (Blizzard), 64 MB RAM

  3. On request, submitted at least two weeks before the party we may also provide the following:

    1. Commodore 128;

    2. Commodore 16;

    3. Commodore Plus/4;

    4. Commodore VC/VIC-20;

    5. Amstrad / Schneider CPC;

    6. SAM Coupe;

    7. ZX81;

    8. Atari ST/Falcon.

  4. Other platforms than above and own hardware are also possible and on request only (please contact us asap).

  5. Hardware platforms described in paragraphs 34 and 35 are going to be merged to one of our main competition groups by the type of architecture and performance of CPU, graphics and audio chips; unless it is specified other in the competitions.

COMPETITIONS

  1. We accept only entries that:

    1. are 100% made by author(s) given in its credits;

    2. were never contributed to any scene competition before.

  2. 8-BIT EXECUTABLE COMPETITION

    1. File size or number of media (disks) limit – UNLIMITED.

    2. Maximum show time on the big screen is 10 minutes.

    3. In case of looped entries, long end-part credits and texts we may reduce the show time accordingly.

    4. Any doubts will be discussed with the authors to avoid misunderstandings.

  3. CHIP MUSIC COMPETITION

    1. Format: executable file with music for popular sound chips: SID, AY and Pokey (including Stereo/Dual Pokey), with clearly stated chip version and target platform (optionally you can include mp3 or similar streaming file format to be published as party-stuff after the party). If you want to provide an entry for the other sound chip or platform – please discuss it directly with the organizers.

    2. File size limit – limited only by the target platform

    3. Maximum listening time for a single tune is 4 minutes.

    4. Additionally, we accept files in Amiga AHX/THX and Future Composer formats and Atari ST chip music formats in this competition; as stated in paragraph 35 Atari ST must be requested before the party.

    5. This is entirely „chip” music competition, which means there are no samples allowed in your tunes.

    6. All entries will be played to the audience anonymously; all we show during the competition is going to be entry number and its dedicated hardware platform.

    7. Covers, remakes and remixes are not allowed.

  4. 8-BIT PIXEL GRAPHICS COMPETITION

    1. Format: executable file with clearly stated target platform.

    2. Your entry must be compatible with stock hardware without any memory expansions and video chip modifications.

    3. All entries will be shown to the audience anonymously; all we show during the competition is going to be entry number and its dedicated hardware platform.

    4. We need you to deliver two versions of your artwork: unsigned for the competition and signed to spread as party stuff.

    5. We accept only hand drawn artwork made in „pixel art” technique.

    6. We require you to deliver at least 3 work stages of your art.

    7. Scans, conversions from PC and reproductions from other artists are not allowed in this competition.

  5. SMALLER AMIGA EXECUTABLE COMPETITION

    1. We accept both Amiga OCS/ECS and AGA in this competition.

    2. File size or number of media (disks) limit – depending on number of lower size entries: 256b/1k/4k/40k/64k* (*- please check: 41.E i 41.F).

    3. Maximum show time on the big screen is 10 minutes.

    4. In case of looped entries, long end-part credits and texts we may reduce the show time accordingly.

    5. Depending on the number of entries and their sizes, some of them may be moved between “Smaller” and” Bigger Amiga Executable” compos – so the competition there is more fair for the participants (e.g. 4k doesn’t have to compete with AGA/060 demo).

    6. If the number of entries is too small to have the two separate compos (Smaller and Bigger Exe), both the Amiga Executable compos will be combined into one.

    7. Any doubts will be discussed with the authors to avoid misunderstandings.

  1. BIGGER AMIGA EXECUTABLE COMPETITION

    1. We accept both Amiga OCS/ECS and AGA in this competition.

    2. File size or number of media (disks) limit – UNLIMITED* (*- please check: 42.E i 42.F).

    3. Maximum show time on the big screen is 10 minutes.

    4. In case of looped entries, long end-part credits and texts we may reduce the show time accordingly.

    5. Depending on the number of entries and their sizes, some of them may be moved between “Smaller” and” Bigger Amiga Executable” compos – so the competition there is more fair for the participants (e.g. 4k doesn’t have to compete with AGA/060 demo).

    6. If the number of entries is too small to have the two separate compos (Smaller and Bigger Exe), both the Amiga Executable compos will be combined into one.

    7. Any doubts will be discussed with the authors to avoid misunderstandings.

  1. AMIGA MUSIC COMPETITION

    1. We accept files in most popular Amiga tracker formats like: Protracker, DigiBooster 1.x, DigiBooster 2.x (no DSP effects please), MED, OctaMED, Oktalyzer; if any other format, editor or player is used, please contact us in advance.

    2. Maximum allowed number of channels used in a module is 16.

    3. All entries will be played anonymously to the audience; all we show during the competition is going to be entry number and its format and dedicated hardware platform.

    4. Maximum listening time for a single tune is 4 minutes, maximum file size – 1MB (packing/crunching is not allowed).

    5. Covers, remakes and remixes are not allowed.

  2. AMIGA GRAPHICS COMPETITION

    1. Format: IFF ILBM or PNG.

    2. Maximum resolution and color depth allowed in the competition is 640 by 512 pixels and 256 colors.

    3. Your entry must be compatible with stock hardware chipset without any modifications or expansions like graphics cards.

    4. All entries will be shown to the audience anonymously; all we show during the competition is going to be entry number and its dedicated hardware platform.

    5. We need you to deliver two versions of your artwork: unsigned for the competition and signed to spread as party stuff.

    6. We accept only hand drawn artwork made in „pixel art” technique.

    7. We require you to deliver at least 3 work stages of your art.

    8. Use of ray-tracing techniques and software is not allowed.

    9. Scans, conversions from PC and reproductions from other artists are not allowed in this competition.

  3. TRUE WILD COMPETITION

    1. This competition is dedicated to all entries not matching our main groups of competitions, but still representing a certain artistic or technical content and value. That also means (as suggested by participates of previous RK/LE editions), that MP3 files (pertaining more to the PC world), funny pictures or similar prods may be also presented (at the Author’s will), but outside the compo. Qualified materials (video formats, pictures, other sounds, etc.) may be presented from available compo machines, provided hardware or the regular or low-end laptop (if less popular codecs are used, please be sure to provide them and contact the compo team).

    2. We reserve a right to reject any entries of highly abusive, insulting or law breaking content.