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                              Information File

Welcome to the official N.A.I.D. 96 Info-file. Please feel free to look
around. Comments can be sent to our E-Mail adress.

This is version 1.0, dated 16/03/96.
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INDEX

A "*" means that there have been modifications made to this section since
the previous version of the info-file.

Introduction

   * General Information.
   * Party Features.

The Event

   * Activity Schedule
   * Competitions
        o Prize packages.
        o General information.
        o Competing at NAID 96.
        o Rules and regulations.
        o The selection process.
        o Distribution.
   * The Sponsors
        o Sponsors list and info.
        o Friends of Naid list.
   * The Organization
        o Organizers list.
        o Compo supervisors and judges list.
        o How to be part of the Naid 96 crew.

Getting to NAID 96

   * Directions
   * Planned bus trips from various cities

Answers to frequently asked questions

   * *What you wanted to know.
   * Last minute news & rumors.
   * *How to contact us.

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INTRODUCTION

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General Information

     You are reading the official invitation text-file to the North
     American International Demo Festival's 2nd edition, still held at
     Edouard-Montpetit College in Longueuil, still 15 minutes from the well
     known city of Montreal, in the province of Quebec, Canada.

     Well, to summ it up, we think your gonna like what we have in store
     for you this year. More activities, prizes, games, compos, the works!
     And even better, you still don't have to cross one of the major oceans
     to get there. Phear it, something this fun comes only once a year! =)

     The event will last 3 days, from the 31rst of may to june the 2nd.

     Ticket costs will be :

          20$ for the 3 day pass

          8$ for a 1 day visit

          (Canadian funds)

     Please note that the 3 day pass is needed to have access to the dorm
     and to be a contestant in the competitions.

     Places are limited to 1400-1800 people, so buy your tickets today! (
     20 canadian bucks? Close to nothing for something this fun. Dare to
     compare! =)

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Party Features

There will be on-site at the festival:

   * Demo competition.
   * Intro competition.
   * Music competition.
   * Gfx competition.
   * Lim-0-naid Music & GFX compo.
   * 42*10^-1 kb Intro compo.
   * 3 Channel chiptune compo.
   * Best new effect compo.
   * Disk, keyboard and font throwing compos.
   * Free-for-all compo.

   * HUMONGOUS Dolby Surround sound system. Nothing impresses the crowd
     like a swooping baba-cool surround effect in a demo. Just tought I'd
     mention it. =)
   * HUMONGOUS screen, latest technology. Specs will be included in a
     future info-file. Watch for them, don't get caught by a slow mode
     switch that ruins your demo. We've been told big screen technology has
     improved quite a big deal since last year, so prepare to be dazzled.
   * HUMONGOUS professionnal-quality stage light setup.
   * On-site Olympic size pool. Bring your bathing suit!
   * Multiplayer network games
   * Free Internet access on-site.
   * 2nd edition of the dinosaur museum. Bigger and better! You can
     sell/swap/show-off your PC Junior, XT, C64, Apple IIe, Sinclair,
     etc... We are also looking for brave souls who'd like to demonstrate
     their programming abilities with these machines, so if your'e
     interested, contact us and we'll set something up.

   * Space and free electricity! Bring your computers, stoves, cappucino
     machine, whatever! (Reservations possible for early ticket buyers. Yet
     another reason to bring your computer. But if it gets decapitated,
     trampled on, or simply thrown into the olympic sized pool, well...
     JUST TOO BAD ! :)) The organizers are not responsible for your
     equipment)
   * Easy access to water, bathrooms, showers.
   * Security guards on service 24h/day
   * First-Aid available on the site 24h/day
   * Lots of comfortable and quiet sleeping places (Bring your own sleeping
     bags). Classrooms (where people will sleep) can be locked to ensure
     luggage safety. You can reserve classrooms in advance if you are a
     group. Contact us! This year, a fee of around 20$ per classroom will
     be charged. (Covers those pesky cleaning costs) This covers the 3 days
     of the party.
   * Lots of Parking space
   * NAID 96 t-shirts, posters and such, the perfect show-off momentoes for
     your buddies back home =)
   * The Party-place is close to every luxury this civilisation can provide
     (transportation, restaurants, bars, malls, etc.)

   * And probably a few other suprise events as well! Look for the N.A.I.D.
     96 Intro and info pack, to be released soon.

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THE EVENT

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Activity Schedule

     Rather incomplete at the moment, look for updates of this section in
     the coming weeks.
        o Friday :
        o 19h00 Doors open
        o Sunday :
        o 21h00 Doors close

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Competition

     Prizes packages

          Prizes will be composed of cash and hardware. All numbers and
          prizes are subject to change, but it is unlikely they will. All
          the following are in canadian funds.

          Cash prizes are as follows

                          Per category

             Ranking   Demo Intro Music  Graphics Total

           1rst Place 1500$ 900$  600$   500$

            2nd Place 1000$ 600$  400$   350$

            3rd Place 500$  300$  200$   150$

              Total   3000$ 1800$ 1200$  1000$    7000$

          Hardware prize packages info is unavailable for now.

     General information

          Well, the competition rules have seen some changes since the last
          edition of NAID. The reason is simple. Experience. We have much
          better idea of what to expect and the issues we have to adress.
          (Well, atleast we like to think so :) Since we have a pretty good
          idea of how it must feel to see your entry disqualified after
          weeks and weeks of work, we cannot urge you strongly enough to
          read them carefully and not take chances. So be forewarned, these
          rules will now be strongly enforced.

          Every entry must meet the requirements below or face elimination.
          Reasons for not meeting these requirements are non-existant. We
          don't care if disks sponstaneously combust, your brother died or
          your luggage got ran over by a truck. The NAID organizers are not
          inclined to give slack this year, no matter how nice you where
          last year :)

          Deadlines will 99.9% sure be followed this year. In case of a
          major catastrophy, (Earthquake, martians, media frenzy, killer
          bees nest found in the compo computer, the coming of the
          antechrist, etc...), and that the deadline just HAS to move, a
          public announcement will be made to that effect, and then
          periodically repeated. Late entries will be disqualified. Don't
          say we did'nt warn you.

          Each compo will have a maximum number of competing entries. If we
          get more entries than available air-time, a pre-selection process
          by judges will decide wich entries qualify.

          And concerning the playing platforms we use, contestants have
          limited choice this year. The reason for this is simply time. We
          do not have the luxury to have a good compo and change the
          hardware/software for each piece. We believe the options we offer
          are sufficient to do anything one might want to do. If you
          disagree, or think we missed something, please tell us and if the
          demand is there, we might be able to add a couple of elements you
          think are missing from our list.

     Competing at NAID 96

          Application must be filled in at our submission booth on-site at
          NAID 96. (See the distribution section of this document for more
          details.)

          It is also possible, yet again, to get your stuff screened at
          NAID if we have time. Even if you can't be there. But,
          participation in the official compos still requires, on site, a
          member who contributed to the piece. (Otherwise you obviously
          cannot win prizes and such.)

     Rules and regulations

          Demo Compo :

             + The Demo's runtime size must not exceed 3072k.
             + Maximum running time is 20 minutes.

          Intro Compo :

             + The intro's runtime size must not exceed 102400 bytes.
             + Maximum running time is 10 minutes.

          Music Compo :

             + You must chose 1 of the 5 players in our list. (See
               available specs for more detail)
             + Maximum uncompressed size is 1024k.
             + Song length cannot exceed 4 minutes.
             + Limit one song per person. (Including co-op tunes)

          Graphics Compo :

             + All graphics must be "hand drawn" (so to speak).
             + No ray-traced, ripped or scanned images.
             + Maximum resolution is 640x480x256.
             + The latest version of CSHOW will be used to display the
               pics.
             + No less than 3 pictures of the work in progress are needed
               to qualify.
             + The given pics must clearly show the progress of the work
               from first draft to final version.
             + The burden of proof is on the author.
             + We discard every entry that does'nt respect all of these
               requirements.
             + Limit one pic per person.

          Music Lim0naid Compo
             
             + 10 minutes run length time to track the music.
             + The samples (there shall be six of them) are provided,
               and may be altered within the possibilities of the
               tracker used, but one competitor may not take any external
               sources for samples but for the ones provided.
             + No other rule. You do the best you can, in the number of channels/patterns
               you wish. You don't have to use all the samples, and you can do whatever
               you want to track your tune.
             + Please note that the (six) samples provided will prolly be
               the six worst samples you've heard in your entire life =).
             + Provided trackers will be Impulse Tracker, Scream Tracker 3,
               and Fast Tracker 2.


          Gfx Lim0naid Compo

             + 10 minutes to do the drawing.
             + 320x200 format is to be used by all participants.
             + The palette given may not be altered in any way by the
               competitors, there will be 6 colors provided (6 horrible
               colours of course) that the participants must use to do
               their drawing.

          42*10^-1 kb Intro Compo :

             + The intro's runtime size must not exceed 4301 bytes.
             + Maximum running time is 3 minutes.

          3 Channel chiptune Compo :

             + You must chose 1 of the 5 players in our list. (See
               available specs for more detail)
             + Maximum uncompressed size is 32(16?)k.
             + Song length cannot exceed 2 minutes.
             + Limit one song per person. (Including co-op tunes)

          Best new effect Compo : Winners are determined by jury only. Can
          be a variation on an older effect, but 30 to 40% of the score is
          given for originality. Thanks to OS2/Man and the #coders crowd
          for help and hints in creating this compo.

             + The effect's runtime size must not exceed 32k.
             + Maximum running time is 1 minute 30 seconds.
             + Must be 100% original code.

          Disk, keyboard and font throwing Compos : A good old throwing
          compo. Nuff said! And no, we won't tell you what the font
          throwing is all about :)

             + Chunks also count in the distance evaluation :)

          Free-for-all Compo : You have 5 minutes on stage, and the basic
          compo equipement plus anything that you brought along is allowed.
          Winners are determined by vote, thus the contestant with the most
          impressive display of -whatever you want- wins.

             + Must be legal in Canada.
             + Maximum time allowed is 5 minutes.
             + Must be 100% safe if you use any of our equipment. (Consult
               us early if you think you'll need our stuff.)
             + Must not require anything above 2 minutes setup time on our
               part.

          Deadlines : All deadlines are during the actual party. Exact time
          will be found in the next version of this info-file.

          Equipment available

          The computer used for the compos will be :
             + Pentium 100 with 8 Megs of RAM
             + With the appropriate SVGA card
             + And a Gravis Ultrasound, 1 meg

          Software supported:
             + ST3 v.???
             + FT2 v.???
             + Impulse tracker v.???
             + Capamod v.???
             + Cubic player v.???
             + CShow v.???

          Basic available configurations :
             + We use a standard DOS 6.2 environment with additionnal
               system files relevant to the hardware present in the
               machine. We will only be using standard DOS 6.2
               configuration options, with the relevent soundcard drivers.
               (I.e. No QEMM memory managers.) The contestants will have
               3-4 basic configurations to choose from, ranging from plain
               vanilla HIMEM only to the whole EMM386/SMARTDRV (yuck :)
               package usually only needed when running windows.
             + Now, being aware that this might cause problems in some
               cases, it might be a good idea for contestants in the demo
               and intro competitions to take some precautions to make sure
               their demo :
                 a. Does'nt exclusively work on their own home computer. :)
                 b. Is a tidbit flexible when it comes to running with your
                    standard/typical memory configuration.
             + A copy of the competition computer's CONFIG.SYS and
               AUTOEXEC.BAT will be available on the party site, so our
               competitors will also have the chance to make possible last
               minutes adjustements to their entries, just in case. We will
               also be open to suggestions as to add some choices we might
               have overlooked, within the boundaries of the available
               options. (I.e. Again, no QEMM memory managers. Only
               "standard" DOS memory config options.)
             + Don't worry, our goal isn't to force anyone into using
               memory managers or any fixed configuration, but needless to
               say we encourage our contestants to have productions wich
               are as flexible as possible. The demo scene in general can
               only profit if coders take some care to make their
               productions a little more versatile, not forcing the "users"
               to rewrite their whole configuration files from scratch
               every time they want to run the piece in question.

     The judging process.

          Entries will be judged following a point system. Public votes
          will be given a certain importance (30-40%) to attribute a final
          'grade'. Details concerning other criterias judged will be
          released as soon as they are available. In case of a tie, the
          public vote percentage will determine our winner. (In the
          unlikely case of a tie at that level, the judges will take a
          tiebreaking vote themselves.)

     Distribution.

          The distribution system this year is different. First off, every
          entry at NAID must be shareware. (I.e. Distribution of the entry
          for non-profit purposes must be authorized by the author(s).)
          Furthermore, a NAID 96 CD-ROM is now in the works. Thus, while
          keeping the entries shareware, the author(s) will also have to
          give the right to Walnut Creek to use their entries on the CD.

          Basically, what this means is that for all intents and purposes,
          you still own the rights to your entries. If anyone wishes to put
          your entries on any CD besides the NAID 96 CD Walnut Creek will
          be publishing, they still have to come to you and make a deal to
          get further distribution rights.

          Now, maybe some of you are thinking 'Okay, that's all fine and
          dandy, but what do *I* get out of this?'. Well, that's a
          perfectly justifiable question, and here's the explanation.
          Walnut Creek would earn the distribution rights as they will be
          shelling out 100% of the prize money. Yup, you heard right.
          Furthermore, every contestant would also get a copy of the NAID
          96 CD. (At the very least those who qualify for the compos, which
          means something between 20-30 per compo, and 1 for every entry if
          we don't get something like 100+ entries in every compo category.
          In any case, it will be specified in the application
          form/contract you will have to sign at the party.)

          Now, I am told that the 'target audience' for that CD, besides
          your usual demo-freaks, would be software compagnies interested
          in recruiting talented young artists/programmers. Thus, you might
          agree when we consider this whole thing to be a win-win
          situation. Maybe some of you still aren't convinced, but think of
          it this way. In the music business, you usually have to pay for
          that sort of publicity, and not the reverse. (The music business
          comparison isn't so far fetched if you think about it. I know a
          lot of similar contests taking place in the music industry around
          montreal work this way.)

          I'm sure some of you will have some questions about this whole
          question of distribution rights and so on, so feel free to
          contact us at naid@autoroute.net and we'll do our best to answer
          them.

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The Sponsors

Current Official Sponsors :

   * CollŠge douard-Montpetit
   * A.G.E.C.E.M. <douard's student council>
   * COOP Montpetit
   * Fond de developpement douard-Montpetit
   * Internet provider Autoroute.net
   * Mediatrix
   * Walnut Creek
   * Gandalf
   * M-Link

CollŠge douard-Montpetit and NAID.

     CollŠge douard-Montpetit is the biggest CEGEP (roughly a US College
     equivalent) in the province of Quebec. CEM's involvement with NAID
     gives a chance to it's computer science students to come show what
     they are made of, and in the process, opening it's doors to artists,
     musicians and computer enthousiasts from all around the world.

     NAID owes it's existance in good part to this fine establishment. The
     organizers would like to send thanks to everybody in the school
     administrative and student staff involved with the event.

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The Organization

                     MAIN ORGANIZERS

 Mr. Khan           tienne Caron
 Midnight "Med" Sun ric Lagac‚      Site Coordinator
 Struk              Laurent Gauthier Business Coordinator

                THE TEAMS

 Main Organizers    [Demo Compo]
 Main Organizers    [Intro Compo]
 Shawnm & Ara       [Music Compo]
 ???                [Gfx Compo]
 Depth              [Lim0naid Compo(s)]
 France Viau        [Site Decoration]
 Christian Mailloux [Security Officer]
 Equipe Sante       [First Aid]

Full credits will be given to team members in our post-NAID 96 report that
is planned to be released x month/week (pref. 1 week :) after the event,
somewhere towards the 1rst week of july.

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Getting to NAID 96

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Directions.

     Under construction.

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Planned bus trips from various cities.

     Will resume a list of available bus trips being organized everywhere.

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Answers to frequently asked questions

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What you want to know.

     This section tries to answer the most common questions we get about
     NAID 96.

     Q: I'd like to reserve a ticket. How does it work?

     A: Well, it's simple really. Buy early. :) This entitles you to a
     table for you and your group , plus a place in the classrooms wich
     serve as dorms for the party. We'd like to offer reservations like
     last year, but frankly we found it was a rather inefficient way to
     work. So to keep it fair for everyone if we ever run out of space, we
     have to work like this. Don't worry, a counter with the number of
     available tickets left will be put up if we ever hit 1000 in pre-party
     sales. The addresses and relevent info (adresses and such) can be
     found at the bottom of this nfo-file.

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Last minute news and rumors.

     The place were you might find interesting tidbits in the future.

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How to contact us

     Internet:

          E-Mail adress is naid@autoroute.net

     World Wide Web:

          Official NAID 96 Web Page http://www.autoroute.net/~naid

     Snail-Mail:
           NAID / APRAXIA, Local A-19

           College Edouard-Montpetit
           945, chemin de Chambly
           Longueuil (Quebec), CANADA
           J4H 3M6

     Telephone:

          (514) 672-2630, extension 363 during normal office hours.

          We share this line with another school organization. Ask to speak
          to a NAID organizer, if we aren't there, please leave a message,
          and we'll get back to you.

     Don't hesitate to call / write for info!

     To order tickets please check out our ticket ordering forms, wich can
     be found either on our web page, or as a file named order.nfo in our
     NAID 96 invtro package.