ATASCII 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 like resolution and colours (One character per cell with background and foreground colour).
  • Do not use enhanced techniques (tricks) to add more colours, pixels, animations, etc.
  • We recommend to use Playscii with the ATASCII Exporter as editor
    • Download and installation instructions are here
    • Usage of Playscii is described here


  • This year we have an anonymous sponsor for the first prize. The winner shall get 100€ from the sponsor paid onto an EU bank account or via PayPal. The winner agrees to give his IBAN / PayPal-Email for this purpose.
  • From time to time I (Logiker) give some small prizes for the first place(s) as well. (Until now this happened almost always.)


  • Provide following files within one zip file (do not use rar or 7z):
    1. File runnable with an emulator and on real machines:
      • Exported .xex file obligatory
    2. Screenshot/preview as .png file
      • Use Altirra emulator and export the screenshot/frame (View->Save frame / Alt+F10)
    3. Description file (name it file_id.diz or info.txt)
    4. Source file(s) if possible (usually a .psci file)
    5. Steps are not necessary but welcome


  • Avoid special characters in filenames
  • Name all mentioned files identically (except of the extension) if possible
    • Does not count for file_id.diz obviously
    • .xex 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
  • For example, added features like:
    • animation
    • sound
    • positioned and altered character
    • etc.

Template for file_id.diz (download)

<Name of Release>

Author: <Name of Author or Handle / Group>
Category: <type of release; e.g. ATASCII>
System: ATARI 800
<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: ATASCII
System: ATARI 800
What a wonder
Created using Playscii with ATASCII Exporter