2013 Summer Games

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Competition Summary

Head over to the summary page for my take on this years competition. Thank you to all who took part in the summer challenge, hope to see you back here in January!


Blimey, what a difficult decision to make! I’ve just spent three hours putting a spreadsheet together to try and help me to differentiate between the top entrants for what has once again been a competition with some superlative entries! I really don’t like having to pick one winner, do you hear me!

My only regret is that we didn’t get the donation button going so that we could offer more than one main prize. In respect of this – could all of you mentioned here please get in touch we me with your snail mail address and I’ll try and get something together for you.

With no further ado and absolutely no justification (well just a taster at the moment, a full-time round up will be forthcoming!)

Twylo – educational, a journey, proper-vintage, twists-and-turns, videos, result that works!

Runners up:

  • Coronax – 6502 homebrew’s are so cool!
  • linville – for hacking C startup code
  • Frank Buss – rocking the Vectrex game!


Please, please, please don’t think I haven’t appreciated your entry because it’s not on this list, I’ve literally had to draw a line under number four on the spreadsheet, in terms of points there were 11 entries within 10 points of the top entry at 38 points.

Keep your ear to twitter for the final summary which I’ll get done this week – it’ll provide much love for all these other projects.


That’s a wrap!

Congratulations to all who made it to the end. I will be looking at entries over the weekend so you’ve got tomorrow for any last minute tweaks. Expect some kind of judgement, such as it is, on Sunday!

Last couple of days!

And so we’re into the last couple of days. Keep the push on to the winning line you guys. Yes, that does make me a hypocrite. Thank you very much! See you bright and early in August for the full-time summary and competition results.

Half Time Roundup

I’ve just written the Half-time Roundup. Go check it out!

Best of luck to all our entrants as we start the summer – in the North, with BBQ and old tech!

And we’re off… best of luck to all contestants, lets get this show on the road!

Remember that entry remains open for the 2013 Summer Competition being run between July 1st and July 31st – But don’t leave it too late!

Please email wgoodf at googlemail dot com with your name (or handle) a brief synopsis of your project and a URL for your blog.

About Retrochallenge

In a nutshell, the RetroChallenge is a loosely disorganised gathering of RetroComputing enthusiasts who collectively do stuff with old computers for a month.

The event is very much open to interpretation… individuals set there own challenges, which can range from programming to multimedia work; hardware restoration to exploring legacy networking… or just plain dicking around. It really doesn’t matter what you do, just so long as you do it.

While the RetroChallenge has its competitive side, it’s not really a contest… it’s more like global thermonuclear war — everyone can play, but nobody really wins.

Come on… give it a go! – Prizes? Well how about a Micro-Professor MPF-1 and i hear a birdie has offered an Atari Portfolio, just like the one used in Terminator to hack a cash machine. Ooer!


Competition Rules

  1. RetroChallenge commences 1st July 2013 and runs until 31st July 2013.
  2. In order to qualify, computer systems must by approximately 10 years old (or older!) however exceptions will always be made for exotica!
  3. Gaming consoles and PDAs qualify if they were made in the previous century.
  4. Where appropriate, replica hardware and emulators may be used.
  5. Entrants are responsible for adequately documenting their projects and submitting occasional updates during the contest.
  6. Projects may encompass any aspect of retro-computing that tickles the fancy of the individual entrant.
  7. Winners will be carefully selected and thoughtfully chosen prizes presented (hopefully before the next challenge commences).
  8. Have fun!

Previous Competitions

For an idea of the kind of thing we get up to, please feel free to browse the previous competition’s websites:

2013 Winter Warm up

2012 Summer Challenge

2012 Winter Warmup Retrochallenge

2011 Summer Retrochallenge

2011 Winter Warmup Retrochallenge

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