We’re starting today! The doors will open at about noon and the deadlines are set on this hour as well. We’re looking forward to you at the party place in Horná Súča. Please check the travelling page to avoid problems. Don’t forget yourselves and a good mood at home ‘coz you’d miss a lot of fun!
One last week to go! Forever 2017 or “Mad Max – The 8-Bit Road” is just round the corner of the 8-bit road. (Not so) Serious lectures, (hopefully) funny quizzes, all the traditional Forever compos, and above all, all the friends you haven’t seen for a while will be there next weekend, 17-19 March 2017.
You have one week to finish your compo entries. The theme is our excuse to focus on car games for the first time in Forever’s history, plus some of the real postapo stuff. So if you’re fancying winning the Eternity prize for the best entry in the spirit of the party’s theme, think postapocalyptic or cars. Ideally, postapocalyptic cars, har har, erm, I mean rrroarrr rrroarrr. When you’re done, head to the Compos and Rules section to submit your entry to the section organizers or – even better – bring it with you to the party.
If the title of the Walking Encyclopedia of 8-Bit Gaming is covered by your crosshair, do your homework in the typical postapocalyptic genres, like shooters, racing games, and RPGs. You never know about Max (the guy’s totally mad), but Uncle Entity will sure appreciate that.
See you at the party!
IMPORTANT! For all who want to connect their computers to the bigscreen and the audio system at the party (i.e. if you have a seminar or a presentation).
Please have your audio cables at least 2m long ending with CINCH (RCA) MALE type connectors (1 cinch for mono, 2 cinches for stereo) or have appropriate adapters with you! We don’t supply these cables/adapters, we’ve enough for ourselves but no spare ones. Thank you for your cooperation and see you at the party!
Compos are the main events of each demoparty. At Forever, there’s no difference. We appreciate all your demoscene production.
As the 1k intros play a significant role in Forever compos, here is the recapitulation of last year 1k winners. We’re looking forward to your 2017 1k 8-bit intros! Please don’t miss the deadlines. However, if you plan to finish your work at the party, we might turn a blind eye and take your prod, if it’s supplied in a reasonable time before the compos.
Where to submit your production? Take a look at the corresponding compo page.
Our visitor list got hacked. Surprisingly, because this website should be too low-profile to attract hackers. An even bigger surprise was that we were hacked by (an) 8-bit scener(s).
What we’re trying to do here is organize as good a computer party for you as possible. This website is not the goal, it just facilitates contacts among visitors and between the visitors (who, e.g., might want to know how to get to the party or join someone to share travel costs) and the organizers. We’re running it for you, not for our own pleasure.
We also believed that we were doing this party for a bunch of adults who want to enjoy their hobby, not idiots who need to wank their egos. We organize Forever in our spare time, so any time spent fixing the consequences of some jerk’s shenaningans is time spent not making Forever a better party. Please keep that in mind when you want to complain about something. Especially you Polish Atari guy(s) who made this bad joke.
We still believe that 8-bit people are nice people, so we’re not going to install new bullet-proof forms with 20 captchas and 3-step user verifications, not least because we don’t want to bother the remaining 98% of nice Forever visitors. So, as the old saying goes: make demos, not war.
Wotnau and Factor6
Are you working on a new 8-bit game or tool? Designing a new piece of hardware? Would you like to spread the word, get feedback, or ask for advice? If there’s something creative you’d like to share at Forever with fellow 8-bit enthusiasts, we’re happy to lend you the stage for that!
Quite simply: if there’s something you’d like to present at the party, leave a message in that spirit on the message board, and we’ll contact you at the e-mail you use for registering to arrange the what and when.
P.S.: Even if you’re microphone-shy, don’t worry – the mike doesn’t bite, 8-bit people are understanding and tolerant, and if that all isn’t enough, we can still help you do the talking itself.
It’s pretty common that party organizers advertise their events at other parties (any Forever regular who doesn’t take an Arok advert as a given yet?). However, I hadn’t seen a party invitation done by a visitor – until LiSU made one and presented it last weekend at the Demobit party.
EDIT: As soon as I shared this with the other organizers, I got this reply from Mike/Zero Team: “You don’t follow the ZX demo scene much, do you? Gemba Boys have been making an invi intro every year for ages.” Mike was so kind as to provide a link to this year’s invi, so I can share it with you.
Thank you, LiSU and Gemba Boys, we are honored!
You can watch LiSU’s Forever 2017 invitation here:
You can watch Gemba Boys’ Forever 2017 invitation here:
And you can download the Gemba Boys invitation for your ZX Spectrum 48k + AY from https://demozoo.org/productions/166027/.
As we, unfortunately, have no power whatsoever neither over the quality of the accommodation in the Agrosúča hostel nor over whether a pre-booking agreement is actually kept, this year we won’t be booking beds in the hostel on behalf of our visitors.
So for those of you for whom it’s not a part of the magic to sleep at the party place, here’s a bit of information on accommodation during the party.
If you’d like to have a higher standard, you can visit the hotel section of Visit Trenčín, which lists phone, e-mail, and website contacts of several hotels in the town.
Anyway, whether you’ll sleep in the party hall, at one of the facilities above, or somewhere else, we’re looking forward to meeting you at Forever 2017!
And second of all, even though this year we’ll hold the eighteenth edition (“my, my, time flies!”, “oh, how much the children have grown up!”, etc.) of the party, there are several bits of the Forever lore that some of the party-cipants just can’t seem to grasp.
Let’s make a small test: if you hear “the date,” “1k,” “theme,” “Eternity,” and “Raster,” do you just nod, nod, nod, check, check? If that is so, congratulations, you’ve passed the test with flying colors; otherwise feel free to click below to get yourself enlightened with pieces of unearthly Forever wisdom!
Every self-respecting zombie goes “Braaainz!” And as the org team of the Forever party has just come back to life from our summer grave, we have all the rights to go “Braaainz!”, too.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll update the website with the bits and pieces of data that changes from year to year, remind you of the party rules, try to make sure that this year we have only one visitor registration form, and so on. For starters, we have the most important information for you:
In the meantime, you can also go “Braaainz!” and start preparing your compo entries. See you at the party!