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2018-03-18 13:25

Registered: Jul 2007
Posts: 355
Event id #2678 : The 128b font compo

Welcome to the 128b font compo!

The goal is to create the most legible, stylish, and/or awesome font using an executable program no larger than 128 bytes. The assumption is that the ROM font will be used as a basis somehow, although this is not a formal requirement.

The deadline is end of April 8, 2018, in a time zone of your choice.

The compo is held at CSDb, and the result is determined by the weighted average rating (including non-public votes). The ratings will be sampled one week after the deadline, end of April 15, in a time zone of my choice.

Judges are asked to consider screen codes 00-3f only. This comprises the uppercase letters, digits, and punctuation. The rules do not mandate that reverse-video characters work, so it is all right if the cursor doesn't work properly.

I reserve the right to modify the rules if there is a good reason.

Technical requirements

Maximum file size including load address is 128 bytes.

The program must load to the default location ($801), and must be executable with RUN. The new font should be installed at address $3800, after which the program should return to the BASIC prompt, with the VIC bank register ($d018) updated to point to the new font.

The entry should be uploaded in .prg format.

A person may be creatively involved in at most two (2) compo entries. (Idea/test/help credits don't count towards the limit.) It's alright to withdraw an earlier entry in order to submit a new one, up to the deadline.


The following template code is offered as a convenience, and may be used as a starting point. It simply copies the default ROM font.

        .word   $801

        .word   $80b,1
        .byt    $9e,"2061",0,0,0

        lda     #$33
        sta     1
        ldx     #0
        ldy     #2
        lda     $d000,x

        ; ...
        sta     $3800,x
        bne     loop

        inc     src+2
        inc     dest+2
        bne     loop

        lda     #$37
        sta     1
        lda     #$1e
        sta     $d018


Happy hacking!
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2018-04-13 22:39

Registered: Jan 2005
Posts: 343

Voted purely on looks.
2018-04-14 14:47

Registered: Aug 2004
Posts: 804
Done, fairly seat of the pants. I like the anonymity.

Apparently I only think I'm worth a 4 though, what's that all about? 😂
2018-04-16 05:26

Registered: Jul 2007
Posts: 355
Congratulations Luca of Fantastic Italian Research Enterprise!

Winner: Rise & Shine, Mr. Charset! (128 bytes)

Here are the complete results of the 128b font compo:

The results in text format.

This event was announced on a whim, with very little forethought going into the ruleset. Sorry for all the rule updates! But on the whole, I think the compo turned out well, fun was had, and we saw several great releases. Perhaps some of them will appear in intros and size-limited demos in the future.

I'd like to give a special honorary mention to Jimini (Jamie Fuller) for starting this whole thing with his forum post, Generate better looking chars from ROM. Hacking the ROM font may have been done before, but turning it into a public discussion was a stroke of genius!
2018-04-16 05:32

Registered: Jul 2012
Posts: 221
Congratulations to all of you! :D
My personal favorite is "Shaded" by Jammer. :)
2018-04-16 05:45

Registered: Mar 2018
Posts: 19
This was my first compo and I loved every minute of it! Thanks everyone and congrats all round!
2018-04-16 09:02

Registered: Jan 2014
Posts: 20
Congrats to all from me as well, there was a lot of cool stuff and it was definitely fun working on my own entries. I'm also happy to see that my personal favorite actually made first place :) Thanks for the interesting compo!
2018-04-16 10:48

Registered: Feb 2013
Posts: 1
I made 5th place?! Cool! Jammers Shaded was my personal favourite.
2018-04-16 17:38
Mr Ammo

Registered: Oct 2002
Posts: 114
I have a question:

The vote-tool let me vote for 55 entries. There are a total of 59 entries on CSDb. Is there a reason why hese 4 entries are not marked as outside compo and not in the vote-tool?
2018-04-16 19:04

Registered: Jul 2007
Posts: 355
Mr Ammo: See post #59 about disqualified entries. Also, Cliche exists in two versions, and I assumed that only the smaller one was intended for the compo.

I will do my best to update the database to reflect the actual compo, but some entries are locked.
2018-04-16 19:18
Mr Ammo

Registered: Oct 2002
Posts: 114
lft, thanks for your reply. That makes sense!
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