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Okay, it's that time again...

 

The new RC site is up, and it's time to get your entries in (or at least start thinking about them).

 

Pretty much the same as past events, with the exception that this time round I've put an age limit on qualifying systems... all systems used have to be a minimum of 10 years old. Now before anyone complains that they don't have anything that old, let me remind you that it's called RetroChallenge for a reason... besides which, if you can't muster up an old enough system, you can always use an emulator and enter the programming or creative challenges.

 

Oh, and the other difference is that there will be PRIZES this time... the winner of each challenge will receive an official RC2008 T-shirt or mouse pad (or both, if the budget allows).

 

Good Luck!

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Boo-YA!

 

i now need to go and change my under garments i am just soo excited!

 

nice page too - very nice to have the wee picture links at the side - gives it a bit of heritage.

 

let battle commence!

 

( in an 'all friends together sort of way')

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Ugh, I really want to enter this, but not sure what to do :-\

 

When are the entries due by?

 

Well the contest runs July 1 - 31, so you've got about 5 weeks to plan and then a month to do something. I'm sure you can figure something out ;-)

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I don't know how much I'll be able to do with it, but I'm going to be loading OpenSTEP and NT4 on some old ThinkPads (760series), plus I've got the 180/520/520c around this year.

 

I may do more stuff in emulation than not though, because I'll be gone for the first half of July.

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I'm going to use my Mac Plus. I want to accomplish the following:

 

1. Start a novel on it. MacWrite II would be the word processor I'd use.

 

2. Remember that book I wanted to write about Macs? How about I turn it into a HyperCard stack, programmed exclusively on a 9" screen at 8MHz.

 

Stretch Goal: Get it online solely for AIM. I don't care about WWW (since it wouldn't handle it well) or e-mail (I really don't read my e-mail that often, I finally got around to replying to some old e-mails today that were like a few weeks old) but I'd like to be able to use it to chat with friends. No idea if AIM would work on a Plus, maybe an old enough version would?

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Only tangentially related, but it would be cool to combine the challenge of retro with the challenge of writing a novel, and use the month of July as a sort of off-season nanowrimo challenge.

 

nanowrimo, at http://www.nanowrimo.org/ is "National Novel Writing Month" the goal of which is to write a 50,000 word novel in one month.

 

You can notecard, outline, and brainstorm all you want, but you can't start writing until the actual month begins.

 

I may bring a 760 or the 520C with me [to Michigan] once I get those fixed up and start a writing project while I'm in michigan. the battery from the 760cd got about 3 hours of life and I think I could get 2-2.5 hours out of the 520c and my two strongest batteries.

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I like the idea!!! And to do it with MacWrite II would definitely sweeten the deal!!!

 

How about we use that as a sub-class of Retro Challenge...novel writing using any of the following word processors: any MacWrite, Word 1, 3, 4, or 5, WordPerfect 1 or 2, FullWrite, WriteNow, ClarisWorks 1, 2, or 3, MS Works 1, 2, or 3, or SimpleText. (Note that TeachText and early MacWrites have page limits that would make them impractical). Bonus points for illustrations created using MacPaint/SuperPaint/Kid Pix/FullPaint/DeskPaint or MacDraw/compatible.

 

Judging would be based on the following: the story itself, grammar and mechanics, organization of the novel, development of characters, illustrations, word processor used (obviously MacWrite II would score higher than Word 5).

 

Anyone like this idea? It would go great with novel writing month (big thanks to Cory for the inspiration behind this idea!)

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How about we use that as a sub-class of Retro Challenge...

I don't think we really need a sub-class... it's already covered by the "creative" challenge, and could also be the focus of an "endurance" challenge.

novel writing using any of the following word processors:

Well that leaves the 8-bit crowd out... how about just "any word processor (or text editor) that runs on a qualifying system".

 

FWIW, if you're going to subject the judges to a full-length novel, it better be damned good ;-)

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wow, the novel has to be good? For NaNoWriMo, it doesn't have to be good, nor do we even actually have to write it, although they frown upon copying and pasting.

 

The idea is that December is National Novel Writing Recovery Month, and January is National Novel Editing Moth. [:P]]'>

 

50,000 words is a lot, especially when you've got other things going on, and especially if you're doing it on an older computer. I should say that if you want to write a 50,000 word novel (that doesn't initially suck) on a 68k Mac (or any computer) by the end of July, the sooner you start might be better.

 

[comment about 1667 words/day)

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wow, the novel has to be good?

Well, considering judging will take place over a weekend, I guess it's unlikely that it will actually get read in its entirety. I suggest a strong start and a riveting last page.

;)

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It challenges trust a little bit, but nano novels are judged purely on wordcount. In NaNo, there's only two states. "you win" which means youve achieved more than 50,000 words based on their word counting mechanism, or "you don't win" which means you didn't achieve 50,000 words.

 

It seems like coming up with a scoring system for creative challenges may be difficult, especially for something like a writing challenge, where most types of computers can do it just about equally. (i.e. there's no real hardship in novelwriting on a Mac Plus, as compared with novelwriting on an intel-based Mac.)

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It seems like coming up with a scoring system for creative challenges may be difficult, especially for something like a writing challenge, where most types of computers can do it just about equally. (i.e. there's no real hardship in novelwriting on a Mac Plus, as compared with novelwriting on an intel-based Mac.)

 

Of course the individual judges will apply their own criteria, but I think the element of challenge is more important than the artistic quality of the result.

 

Personally I think writing a 50,000 word novel on a Mac Plus would be a great RetroChallenge entry... but if you want a real challenge try 50,000 words on a Newton MP100.

 

;)

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Do any Lisa word processors have word counters? Other than transferring to a mac, going purely by pages, or counting by hand, how would you know? [:P]]'>

 

For RetroChallenge purposes the word count doesn't really matter, though I'm sure you could get some extra points by writing a program/script that would do the counting for you.

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