mini demoparty // june 15 2008 // san francisco, california

Compo results and downloads
Demo playlist
leviathan's mini demoparty photos
polpo's mini demoparty photos
h0llywood's mini demoparty photos
pfister's party notes

More information about the party will be posted as time permits. Email me any content or links that you'd like to share! [gd]

This was a miniature demoparty, in the grand tradition of the demoscene. We had demos, an audio/visual system, beer, coca cola, and cool people.
Due to limited space, this event was invite-only. Significant others of invitees were automatically invited. NOTE: The guest list is now closed. Admission was free.

Invitees: andromeda, aubilenon, basehead, cd, chuckb, dark avenger, dr, h0llywood, k8to, khyron, lb, leviathan, liranuna, maja, mikef, mindsweeper, papabean, pfister, prodos, pyro, radman, shiva, sketchcow, snowman, sylphin, temis, winden, yakk, yannis, zsazs, (mystery pyro guest).

Invitees received contact information and the party location via email.
What can I bring
Due to limited space, we recommended against bringing your computer.

A limited quantity of beer, soda, and munchies were provided.

Schedule (PDT)
10:30am - ? Waffle brunch at Jesse's! (See email for details)
1:30 - 2pm Doors open; setup
2 - 3pm Classic demo showcase
3 - 3:30pm Opening ceremony; scene news
3:30 - 4:30pm Wild competition
4:30 - 5:30pm Modern demo showcase; voting
5:30 - 6pm Awards; closing ceremony
6 - 6:30pm Teardown; doors close
Scene links
There was a wild competition, with prizes for the top three entries. The entry deadline was 3pm on the day of the event. Registration on the whiteboard and submission took place at the party. Here were the rulez rules:
  • Anything went! Computer-based productions, handheld platform productions, live performances, art, or whatever. Nobody made a mess, injured people, did anything illegal, etc. We were entertained!
  • Entries were new, original, and prepared specifically for this event.
  • Entrants had a minimum of 3 minutes for presentation. It was longer since only 3 entries were presented.
  • The competition theme was bowling, which everyone hated. You didn't have to obey the theme, but the winning entry did!
  • Computer-based productions were limited to 8 megabytes uncompressed. Art and music entries were limited to 4 megabytes uncompressed.
  • Windows and Linux productions had to be shown on the main demo machine (specs below). If you required a different platform, or needed to interface with the audio/visual system, you probably made arrangements in advance.
  • Each attendee participated in one entry maximum.
  • Remote-only entries were not allowed.
Demo machine
LiraNuna generously provided the demo machine. Specs:
  • Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz (Overclocked to 2.78GHz @ 1033MHz FSB)
  • ASUS P5N32-E SLI Plus motherboard (nForce 650i/580i)
  • Memory: G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800MHz
  • Graphics: XFX GeForce 8800GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 Running on PCI Express 2.0 x16
  • Audio: ASUS SupremeFX (ADI AD1988B Chipset) 8 channels (7.1), with digital output available
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2 32bit, updated with MSVC++ 2008 Redistributable
  • Ubuntu Linux 8.04 LTS (Linux 2.6.24-17-generic SMP i686 - 32bit)
The competition was judged by public voting. Those voters that followed the poorly-explained guidelines assigned a total of 50 points among the 3 entries. There were no ties, so a three-person jury did not need to determine the final results. Voting forms and writing tools were provided. All entrants voted, and couldn't give their own entry more than 10 points.

Suggested judging criteria:

  • Did the entry utilize the competition theme?
  • Was the entry relevant to the demoscene?
  • Was the entry original / creative / humorous?
  • Was the entry technically / visually / musically impressive?
Mystery prizes will be unlocked depending on the number of valid entries. Actually, everything was given away regardless of the number of entries.
  • 3x set of mindcandy stickers (1 entry) (value: $2 each)
  • 2x choice of mindcandy DVD (vol 1 or vol 2) (3 entries) (value: $15 each)
  • buddha machine (5 entries) (value: $25)
  • tengu (7 entries) (value: $40)
  • thingamagoop (9 entries) (value: $100)
All information was subject to change. Please visit this site to get the latest available information.