AMSCII Compo Rules

General rules

  • Do not break any laws like copyright, etc.
  • Inappropriate entries may be disqualified or simply ignored.
  • Everybody can participate.
  • Upload your entries here (A link for submissions will appear on the main page in time.)
  • Your entry must stay unreleased until the compo is over.
  • No conversions or similar. Please provide handmade ASCII only.
  • Genuine and new artworks preferred. Adaptations of old artworks, spinoffs, covers, remixes, mash-ups, etc. must be declared as such.
  • It’s all about fun.
  • Maximum entries per person: 5
  • Submission deadline: See main page.

Technical information:

  • Stay within the given restrictions of AMSCII like resolution and colours (One character per cell with background and foreground colour).
  • If there are enough entries for Mode 0 or Mode 2 there might be an own category.
  • Do not use enhanced techniques (tricks) to add more colours, pixels, animations, etc.
  • We recommend to use Playscii with the Amstrad ASCII Exporter as editor. In this case, you'll hardly be able to hurt any restrictions. 
    • Download and installation instructions are here
    • Usage of Playscii is described here


  • Provide the following files within one zip file:
    1. File runnable with an emulator and on real machines:
      1. Exported .bin file obligatory
      2. .dsk file if possible
    2. Screenshot/Preview as .png file
      • If possible, created with a new version of CaPriCe Forever (set format to png; use F12 key to get a screenshot).
    3. Description file (file_id.diz = info.txt)
    4. Source file(s) if possible (usually a .psci file)
    5. Steps are not necessary but welcome


  • Avoid special characters in filenames
  • If possible, name all files identically (except of the extension)
    • Does not count for file_id.diz obviously
    • .bin files can have only 8 characters, so you can name them differently (shorter) as well


  • All entries, that do not apply to the rules, will be put into the Wild category (or out of compo)
  • For example, added features like:
    • animation
    • sound
    • characters over characters ("layers")
    • positioned character
    • etc.

Template for file_id.diz (download)

<Name of Release>

Author: <Name of Author or Handle / Group>
Category: <type of release; e.g. ASCII Art (Mode 1)>
System: Amstrad CPC
<your description here>
<notes to the organizers>
<extended description with details about tools used, etc.>

Example for file_id.diz (download)


Author: Max / Superstars
Category: ASCII Art (Mode 1)
System: Amstrad CPC
What a wonder
Created using Playscii with Amstrad ASCII Exporter