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                             ABORT '98 PARTY


                  Abort '98 Party Official Invitation Text   
                        Held in Ljubljana/Slovenia
 	                 On the 12th of December


           http://gw2.s-gimb.lj.edus.si/~abort98/ (check it out)
                                
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                  Organized by Septic Productions & Others
                     Contact address: Spi98@hotmail.com
                   Text version: 1.10 (20. October 98)
                   
                        

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INDEX: 

0. CHANGES
1. OPENING WORDS
2. WHERE and WHEN?
3. MAIN ORGANIZERS & SPONSORS
4. ENTRANCE FEES & RESERVATIONS
5. COMPETITIONS
6. VOTING SYSTEM
7. PRIZES
8. OFFICIAL PARTY T-SHIRTS
9. HOW TO GET TO THE PARTY PLACE
10. CONTACT INFORMATION & FUTURE UPDATES

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0.CHANGES
Final date is known: 12th December!
Voting system is decided (check section 6)
Special hacking compo will be held (if interest ...)

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1.OPENING WORDS
WE ARE BACK!
Last year Abort succeeded, more than 50 people showed up.  now we are back and 
we are going to make it even better.

The scene has changed quite a bit since last year. Some groups have died, 
some new have popped up, some people have left the scene, others are just
getting involved. But no matter what happens, the scene goes on and that is
what matters!
After Abort97 this scene can call itself demo scene - first slovenian demos
were presented at the party and they were quite good, but there is still a lot of
space for improvements. Moreover we don't need to tell you that musicians 
are really on the strike. More and more of them are making better and better 
pieces of music that deserves to be listened to.

That's the way to go!
What we need is more fun, friendship and connection in the scene! 

So... Lets make the ANOTHER DEMO PARTY! Lets make Abort '98!

And what is a demo party?
A demo party is an event (party), when computer (art) enthusiasts come 
together, INTERACT, exchange IDEAS & knowledge, have a lot of FUN and COMPETE!

Everyone and every group shows what he/she/it has done. Shows its demo, 
music and graphics and watch other people's artwork!
You don't need to make any artwork that would compete with others, but it would
be very nice of you if you did it!

We hope we will be able to organiZe future Aborts (99,2000...), but this will 
only be possible if you show up at the party & participate in the competitions!

This is a NON-COMMERCIAL event, all the income after paying bills will be spent
on prizes!

STAY TUNED FOR MORE DETAILED VERSION OF THIS INVITATION!

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2. WHERE and WHEN?

The Abort '98 will be held on the 12th December in Ljubljana/Slovenia 
at gallery Kapelica on Kersnikova 4, Ljubljana. (that is the same 
building as last year, but the place has changed) 
The party place will open around 12:00am and close sometime next morning!

Address: Gallery Kapelica
         Kersnikova street 4
         Ljubljana
         Slovenia

Check the section 9. for more information on how to get there!
Stay tuned for further versions of this invitation (in case of any changes).

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3. MAIN ORGANIZERS & SPONSORS

         The main organizers, sorted in alphabetical order:
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         Real Name:             alias/group           
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	 Damjan Cvetko          Zobo/Septic Productions
         Blaz Novak             Bjt/
         Andraz Tori            MinMax/Septic Productions
         Primoz Verdnik         Demmas/X-seed
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         Thanks to Twilight Connection & Krokar (SPi) for making invitation 
         intro, music etc.
         Thanks to X-seed for other help (t-shirt design...).

         We are also grateful to everyone that expressed different ideas, 
         viewpoints and told us that what we are doing is good thing. :)

         We would also like to kill everyone else, but that can wait... :)          

         Sponsors:         
             none yet

         We hope we will get some, so we can give some nice prizes!
         
         If you have any good ideas about the party, tell us, we will gladly
         listen to them & if they are good, use them!
         Remember, this is YOUR party too!

         Contact E-mail address is Spi98@hotmail.com or you can find us 
         often on IRC on irc-net in channel #scene.si!

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4. ENTRANCE FEES & RESERVATIONS

No entrance fee is planned.
You'll get your table, electricity & access to voting computer(if there will 
be one) for free (but you have to report you are coming)!
You have to bring SAFE cables for the electricity with you, network 
equipment is welcomed too.
The non-alcoholic drinks will be sold all the time!

Because there is a limited space available, you HAVE TO report you are coming
to Spi98@hotmail.com, if you don't, it may happen, you won't get the table to
put your computer and other equipment on!

We would like to encourage you to bring your computer with you. Computers are
very important part of the party, if you don't have one with you, you won't be
able to show your work to your friends and have other fun during 'free' time.
Don't forget to bring network cards & cables with you!
Also electronic voting will be much easier if you'll have your own computer.

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5. COMPETITIONS

There will be some standard competitions and some special ones (surprise!).
Because there is almost no interest in Amiga, Commodore & other compos, 
we will only held PC compos. If you have done your artwork on any other 
platform, you'll have to bring all necessary hardware with you if you want to 
show it to other people. If there will be enough interest in any other 
competition that is not described below, we will make additional compos! 

Every member can participate with ONE artwork in each competition.
In demo competition every group can have as many entries as it wants. 

Entries must not be shown on any other party/competition before.

Anything received after deadline, won't be competing, but it will be
shown. There will be a deadline countdown!

If there won't be enough entries for the competition, they will be showed
/played, but they won't compete!

If there will be too many entries in competition, organizers will make
a pre-selection to lower the number of entries to reasonable amount. We will 
do it the best way we can but nobody is perfect. (preselection is expected in 
music competition)

You'll have the opportunity to test your demo TWO TIMES on compo computer. 
If there will be too much interest in this, we don't know if it will be 
actually possible. But don't come just before deadline! 

By competing in any of Abort98 competitions you agree that WITHOUT your
written permission following is true:
Your artwork contributed to Abort98 is free for distribution over all types of
media as long as it hasn't been changed in any way.
Your artwork contributed to Abort98 can be used by Septic Productions for
promotional use in sense of Internet, BBSes and CD-release distribution even if
CD-release is charged.
Your artwork contributed to Abort98 can be publicly shown all/any the time 
during the event including exhibition and post-event promotions.

By this rules we will be able to promote the party in proper way!
Also the organizers have right to remove any entry from the competition, 
if they think it is not suitable.



Now back to the party organization...

The party PC that will run everything:
Processor:     Pentium II 300Mhz
Video card:    One of ATI cards (fast enough)
RAM:           At least 32Mb 
Sound card:    SoundBlaster AWE 64
Projector:     ?? The maximum supported resolutions are 640x480x16M & 
               800x600x256! Higher resolutions will probably result in an ugly 
               picture!

The configuration is not finalized yet, watch out for further versions of this
invitation text!

Available system configuration will include full VBE 2.0 support!
It will be possible to run Win95 demos too.
Players used the for music compos: latest version of Cubic Player and 
Impulse Tracker!


 * PC DEMO COMPETITION
    -maximum size 4194304 bytes 
    -it should run trough a batch file called START.BAT
    -pure animation files not accepted
    -maximum base memory requirement is 540Kb
    -maximum memory requirement is 16Mb
    -if it crashes, it is NOT showed again, but can still compete
    -maximum 15 minutes

 * PC 64Kb INTRO COMPETITION
    -all that was said for demo compo +
    -maximum size 65536 bytes
    -maximum 5 minutes
    -chances for this compo to take place are not good, if there won't be 
     enough entries, it will be merged with the PC DEMO COMPO
      
  * MUSIC COMPETITION
    -there will be 2 or 3 sub compos in music competition 
    -any format that is supported under latest Cubic Player by pascal or
     Impulse Tracker except MPEG & WAV (clear sound files not accepted)
    -maximum 4 minutes playing time, after that it will be faded out

  * GRAPHICS COMPETITION
    -max. 640x480x16M 
    -viewer will be .... ? 
    -accepted formats: PCX, LBM, GIF, BMP, JPG
    -You must add 3 significative steps of making the picture
    -picture mustn't be used anytime before in any compo, except on Abort '98
  
  * RAYTRACE GRAPHICS COMPETITION
    -all rules like for the graphics compo except it has to be made in one of
     raytracing programs
    -3 steps of constructing must be added! (not different types of shading!)

  * It is possible that both graphic competitions will be merged!

  * ANSI/ASCII COMPETITION
    -max 80x200 ANSI/ASCII
    -it has to be made for 80x25 or 80x50 mode
    -will be shown with latest ANSIDRAW 
    -no animation

  * WILD THING 
    -anything allowed 
    -bring ALL NECESSARY equipment with you (VCRs, Lightshows... :)

  * SURPRISE COMPOS
    -be prepared for everything :)

  * SPECIAL 'HACKING' COMPO
    -try to break into the voting system...
    -some texts about how voting will work will be released, your job is
     to tell us what is the secret message (mail to spi98@hotmail.com 
     for detailed description of what this compo will be)

Please include information about every product in product.nfo file!

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6. VOTING SYSTEM

There will be local TCP network organized at the party (Bjt is in charge of
this).
There will be http (web) server available with voting program in Java...
You will be able to vote from all machines connected to local network 
(yours for example) and from dedicated machines (for those who won't bring
their computer with them).

Every person will get his username and password on entrance (He'll 
have to have personal ID or some other kind of identification) 


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7. PRIZES

We don't know if there will be any money for prizes left, and if we will 
get more sponsors, so we can't promise anything!
But if there will be prizes, they will be given to the winners at the end 
of the party.
We expect to give out symbolic prizes only..
Anyway...
Scene's not for money & other prizes!
IT'S FOR FUN, FAME AND GLORY

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8. OFFICIAL PARTY T-SHIRTS

There will be a limited number of T-shirts available. 
They'll have nice Abort98 logos on them.
Because we don't know how many we will sell, you have to reserve some 
for you and your friends to get them for sure, write to Spi98@hotmail.com. 

They will be sold at the price of 1000SIT (7 USD)!
The price is not fixed, we don't know exactly how much they'll cost!

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9. HOW TO GET TO THE PARTY PLACE

Scanned pictures of Ljubljana/Center (K4, main train station, main bus station,
main roads) can be found at this URL:
http://gw2.s-gimb.lj.edus.si/~abort98/

Party place is only about 600m away from main train/bus station.
If your are arriving to that station, we can send someone there and he'll
guide you to the party place (contact us on Spi98@hotmail.com for this
option)


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10. CONTACT INFORMATION & FUTURE UPDATES

E-mail: Spi98@hotmail.com
WWW:    http://gw2.s-gimb.lj.edus.si/~abort98/
BBS:    Digital Force

          STAY TUNED FOR MORE DETAILED VERSION OF THIS INVITATION



                             MIND OVER MATTER
                            THE ART OVER MIND,
                        AND FREEDOM OVER EVERYTHING