Announcing Secret Sunday Battles!
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Announcing Secret Sunday Battles!

2021, Jan 29    

Over the past 6 months or so, I have been active on a website called Battle of the Bits. Most of you reading this probably met me there and know me from there and so no introduction is really necessary. But for the few of you who are in the dark, it is an old and fairly respected chiptune compo website. A compo is sort of like a game jam – you have a short deadline and a prompt – but they are typically 1 hour long and for a specific chip format (e.g. NES, Gameboy), though there are popular broad formats for using any tools you want, or for using a specific tool like OpenMPT.

Anyway, as one would expect from the name (a battle of the bands pun), it started out as a music/remix battle site with a few formats, and as of Covid o’ clock, there are a lot of active users and weekly battles, but there are also a lot of basically dead formats that are only saved for special occasions.

So I thought, “What if Sunday at noon (New York time) were a special occasion??” and as of last Sunday, there is a weekly battle series at that time! I have decided to explain it here instead of on my botb profile page.

Introducing:

Secret Sunday Battles

Perhaps you wonder “what is so secret?” Well, it’s actually the format! A day or two before the battle, I use random.org to pick a format from a list of 40 that I came up with. Popular formats allgear and remix are missing and some obscure ones are missing for being essentially duplicates (eg boom and modXk), but nearly everything else is represented, even – and particularly – the non-music battles.

For the first compo, we rolled ASCII and I had a lot of fun figuring that out! This week, we rolled one that I know, but it’s not yet time to announce it~

List of formats

This is subject to change of course :)

Adlib
Amiga AHX
Amiga MOD
ANSI art
ASCII art
AYM
Deflemask
DOOOOOOM
HTML5
Famitracker
Gameboy
PC Engine
klystrack
LGPTracker
Mario Pants Extended
8k tracker module
32k tracker module
OpenMPT
Panda Tracker
NEC PC-x801
NTRQ
pd
pixel
pxtone
Renoise
Atari Pokey (1x)
Megadrive
Master System
C64
snibbetracker
Super Famicom
SunVox
SVG
Commodore Plus/4
Atari TIA
TIC-80
VCV Rack
Commodore VIC 20
Human Voice
ZX Beep