The following competitions will be held at Black Valley:
Pixeled graphicsDraw something that looks awesome with limited resolution and color palette!
Freestyle graphicsDraw using all the techniques, pixels and colors you want. Go nuts!
AI graphicsGuide our robotic overlords in generating an awesome picture!
Oldskool musicMake your old computer go blip-blop, and make the audience dance!
Newschool musicGo gelastic in your favorite DAW and create something that blows the roof off the venue!
Black metalBring out your physical or virtual guitar, and shred some black metal until our ears fall off!
Combined introShow us what you can cram into the smallest amount of bytes!
Combined demoDo the best you can, regardless of size. Any platform goes!
These rules applies to all competitions.
We allow remote entries in all competitions. Remote entries needs to be delivered to us via email at latest the day before the party starts. In addition, you need make yourself available via email or on Discord for any troubleshooting / questions during the party.
Respect the deadlines
We publish deadlines ahead of time, and these must be respected. If you fail to deliver a working entry in time for the deadline, we might not include your entry. If you’re in the need of more time to finish your entry, contact us; we’re sometimes able to be flexible. But no guarantees.
No prereleased material
We do not allow previously released material to be entered into any of our competitions. This includes “light” remixes of content. All productions needs to stand on their own creative legs.
One competition per entry
We do not allow an entry to be entered into multiple competitions. Pick the most appropriate competition and enter it in that. This only applies to the whole production; you can for instance enter the soundtrack for a demo in one of the music competitions.
Only one entry per participant per competition
If you’re entering a compofiller, please have the decency to make up a fake name 😉
Other reasons for disqualification
We reserve the right to disqualify entries that are too unserious, boring, bad, disrespectful or otherwise illegal or inappropriate content. In fact, we reserve the right to disqualify entries for any reason we find reasonable.
We won’t release disqualified entries
In case an entry doesn’t make the cut for some reason, we of course won’t release it after the party either. This way you can hand it in at some other competition in the future.
When you enter a production in a competition, you implicitly grant us a world-wide, no-revokable license to display and redistribute your entry. The reason for this is that we need the legal rights to display the entry in the competition, and to upload the contributions to Scene.org for archival reasons after the party is over.
We have some rules that apply to all graphics competitions, as well as some specific rules per competition.
All techniques are allowed
We allow all creative techniques, draw, scan, convert, whatever. Just make sure your entry is all your own original content.
Deliver work-in-progress snapshots
Entries must be supplied with three representative work-in-progress snapshots. These will be shown during the competition.
Please deliver a PNG version
We can’t support showing every conceivable format correctly, so please deliver an unmodified PNG version together of your entry. You’re free to deliver other formats in addition, but the PNG file is what we’ll show in the competition.
Maximum 256 colors, 8 bit per component
The pixeled graphics competition is intended for up to 256 color, paletted images. You’re of course free to use fewer color or more restrictive palettes than this.
Max resolution 320x256 pixels
The maximum width and height of the entries are 320 and 256, respectively. Do note that our big-screen is 16:9, so if you want your entry to fill as much as possible of the screen, consider using a 320x180 resolution.
There’s no color or resolution limit in this competition, but bear in mind that the image will be shown in 1920x1080 resolution on the projector, so consider delivering an additional PNG at that resolution if your entry is larger. Otherwise, we can’t guarantee how the image will be rescaled to fit the screen.
This year we won’t allow pictures that are largely generated by artificial intelligence or machine learning algorithms in this competition. We have a separate competition for that!
Our robotic overlords are becoming the new artists. This year, we’ve decided to give them their own competition. Guide an artificial intelligence or machine learning algorithm into creating the coolest picture!
We have some rules that apply to all music competitions, as well as some specific rules per competition.
Please deliver a pre-rendered version
Where possible and applicable, we will try to play everything as faithfully and close to the original format and hardware as possible. However, should the original format not work for whatever unforeseen reason, we will play an MP3 version of the track instead. Therefore, you are strongly encouraged to pre-render your track to an MP3 file and submit it with your entry.
Maximum 4 minutes play-time
Music competitions tend to get tedious for the audience if there’s a lot of long entries. To avoid that, and to make sure we stay on schedule, we’ve decided to set a 4 minute play-limit on entries. Make sure your entry stays within that limit, otherwise we might cut it before it’s done!
At Black Valley, we define “oldskool music” simply as something that is playable on our oldskool hardware. We will provide a Commodore 64, an Amiga 500 and a 486 IBM-compatible PC. Specifics about both hardware and software are being ironed out and will be published at a later stage.
If you have any ideas for how these machines should (or perhaps must!) be equipped, both in terms of hardware and software, please forward them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All oldskool entries will have an upper file size limit of what’s possible to fit on a floppy disk or diskette (whichever is applicable) on the particular hardware. In bytes, this means:
- C64: 170 KB / 664 blocks
- Amiga: 880 KB
- PC: 1.44 MB
There’s no limit on what kind of format or tools are used in the newschool music competition. Just follow the other rules, and you should be good!
That being said, Xerxes will automatically be disqualified, whether he submits an entry or not.
There’s nothing blacker and more Norwegian than Black Metal! So create a metal track that rocks our PA system!
There’s really just one rule here: it needs to sort of resemble metal. We’ll be fairly open to interpretation here, but music that clearly has no connection to metal will be disqualified.
We don’t differentiate between platforms in the real-time competitions. Instead, we expect our audience to take the platforms into account when voting, at their own discretion.
There’s several computers available that we can use to show entries on, here’s an overview:
Windows / Linux PC:
- AMD Ryzen 9 7900X CPU
- 64 GB RAM
- AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX GPU
- Windows 11 22H2
- Ubuntu 22.04 LTS
- 1541 Ultimate II
- SidFX with 6581R3 and 8580R5
Commodore Amiga 500:
- Kickstart 1.3
- 512 kB chip RAM + 512 kB fakefast
- Floppy emulator
Commodore Amiga 1200:
- Kickstart 3.2
- TF1260, 68060@50MHz
- 128 MB Fast RAM
- 2 MB Chip RAM
- Floppy emulator
We also have much more equipment available, please contact us if you’re planning on bringing something for some other platform. If we don’t have the right machine, you can always bring your own to the party, assuming we have the ability to get a reasonable video / audio signal out of it.
We will list the platform on the beam-slides for all entries.
Maximum 8 minutes run-time
While we know that certain oldskoolers love their scrollmos to run on forever, it’s often not too fun to watch in a competition setting. To avoid that, and to make sure we stay on schedule, we’ve decided to set an 8 minute run-time limit on entries. Make sure your entry stays within that limit, otherwise we might cut it before it’s done!
Maximum executable size
The entry must be maximum 65536 bytes (64 kB) large. This includes any operating-system defined padding.
Single executable file
The entry must be a single executable file, without depending on any non-system default code or data-files.
We will list the size of the entry on the beam-slides for all entries.
There’s no limit on size in this competition, but do keep in mind that the entry needs to be practically possible to redistribute after the party. So please try to keep the file-size within reason.
Also, please to make the distribution as non-intrusive as possible. In other words, don’t require extra installation steps, don’t needlessly write files to the file-system… You know. Try to be nice to the system that the production is run on.
And that’s pretty much it! If there’s anything that unclear, or you otherwise are unsure about, don’t hesitate to contact us and ask!