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Silly Venture 2022 Summer Edition July 13th, 2022
Grey of Mystic Bytes writes:

Dear Silly Venture participants - Both those who will physically show up at the event, and those who observe us remotely - I have to show you something ... :) But before I can write it down, a short introduction: Until the summer edition of Silly Venture 2022, to be held in the days from August 12 to August 14 remains (which is easy count) just over a month away! Almost all the details related to the event are already known and (I think I can risk such a statement) it has a good reputation among atarians all over the world. Managed to build up the brand I was working on, with few breaks since 2000!

Due to the fact that ATARI is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, an unprecedented thing happened. In a way it is a historical event and the culmination of my contribution to promoting ATARI brands in the world :) I am happy like a kid! :D

Well, the official patronage over the event was taken up by ATARI.

Yes, THIS IS NOT A JOKE! Atari has become the official patron of Silly Venture! Soon I will receive prizes for participants competitions - incl. in the form of VCS consoles! Speaking of competitions, all submitted and presented entries will be viewed by... new Atari management :) This is what happened with previous SV entries, because I was asked to send links to the entries that were submitted for competitions over the years - from VCS to the XL/XE series, ST/STe, Lynx, Falcon, and ending with Jaguar! Including... DEMOS! :) It is possible that something will attract the attention of Atari enough that it will want to start closer cooperation with an author sometime? :)

Could you imagine a better celebration of Atari's 50th anniversary? :) And that's not all! There are also many attractions waiting for us at the party itself, including a long competition marathon - traditionally a lot of entries are expected from the VCS console to the XL/XE, ST/STe series, Lynx, Falcon and Jaguar! Entries are also expected from friendly "guest" platforms (C64 and others), which SV did not exclude and will not exclude :)

Thank you all! This is our joint work! :)

At this point, I would like to mention one of the participants of the SV, who supports this year's SV in a special way - Thomas Niemann (a.k.a. Schlampf). It was he who made me believe that there is nothing impossible! Made me have a look at the entire legacy of SV from a different perspective and follow the blow - thank you for that, Thomas! <3 For your faith in SV and in me! :)

And finally, today we have an official video-invitation that encourages you to participate in both this year's SV2022 editions - summer and winter:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bA7vdz7I4SY

See you at the summer / winter edition of Silly Venture 2022!

ATARI 4EVER!

p.s. I have one more request for you. If you are going to participate in SV (whether it's physically or remotely), or maybe you'd like to support the event by purchasing any of the tickets - do it now! This will allow me to pay off the installments related to the venue and related logistics.

Direct link to tickets: https://www.sillyventure.eu/en/tickets
Official Silly Venture website: https://www.sillyventure.eu

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Sommarhack 2022 July 12th, 2022
Sommarhack went off as planned the past weekend.

A full house with Atari nerds of all ages met for 48 hours in Malmgården, Grådö, Dalarna. We saw the usual bunch of people alongside a few new faces. Atari quiz, Atari ST colouring, barbeque, Llamatron, swimming (!) and the usual Atariscene compos were in place with many happy attendees.

Thank you all who showed up, sent in compo contributions or supported the party in any other way, you all rule!

Check the links below for download/videos of the Sommarhack releases.
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Silly Venture 2021 releases December 14th, 2021
Silly Venture 2021 had a record-breaking turn around time of just a few months since the 2020+1 edition which took place in late August.

Still there we were treated with some goodies in most categories, among others a huge ST graphics competition, what a revival in ST graphics it has been in the last year or so!

All in all Overlanders stole the show (once again!) with a new ST demo, hopefully to be released shortly.

Check out the links below to download or stream the entries, more and more of them are getting uploaded.
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Dune back with new ST game December 13th, 2021
Chuck of Dune writes:

Dudes,

Sometimes projects take more time than expected. This could be the story of Toogle, a game from Dune and Sector One
But yesterday Born is the King ... let's us introduce you our puzzle game with 100 levels of pure madness.
As always, we make it with love, passion and lot of time.

Here's the credits:
Gfx done by Mic
Sid Sound by Dma Sc
Code by Chuck/St Ghost/Zerkman

The game is edited in a big box with goodies by Cöté Gamers for 20 euros

Website can be visited here for preorder:
https://cotegamers.com/shop/en/accueil/119-toogle.html

Let's play
Let's Toogle

See u
Chuck/Dune

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Update between major events November 7th, 2021
It's been a couple of months since we got a lot of new releases at the Silly Venture 2020+1 SE. The next Silly Venture is due in just a few weeks and with some luck we'll be treated with some goodies again.

In the interim we've seen a couple of surprise releases at parties that usually don't get much Atari love.

First up at Deadline 2021 in Berlin, Rabenauge released a music demo titled Chipo Django #1 for the Amiga 500 containing a bunch of "chip"-Protracker modules. As Insane of .tSCc. is involved, he also released a version for the Atari STe (with Falcon compatibility on RGB screens) playing the same modules using Leonards Paula emulator. It's a nice set of modules to enjoy.


Then Assembly 2021 'Creative Tech' party recently had a surprise Atari Falcon demo from Extream called Trippus Lunaticus. It's probably their most polished Falcon demo to date with very good music, as has become to norm from Extream (hey guys, we need a music demo!). Awesome stuff Emphii, Mace and the rest of the gang, highly appreciated!


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Silly Venture 2020+1 Summer August 24th, 2021
As most of you probably know, Silly Venture 2020+1 Summer took place last weekend in Gdansk, Poland.

The party was a hybrid of physical/online with a special supporter ticket if you wanted to vote without being at the party place.

We saw what could probably be seen as the best graphics competitions in Atari history. Very very good entries for XL, ST and Falcon. Then KK of Altair surprised many with an STe-port of his (work in progress) Dread Amiga game, that's a texturemapped FPS, somewhere between Wolf3D and Doom with very Doom-like style.

And finally there were some incredible demos shown, as expected from Silly Venture. The winning demos in the Lynx and ST demo compos are simply incredible. The Lynx demo defies all reason, did they not realise that's an 8-bit 65sc02 machine from 1989 they are working with?? Madness. And finally, most have likely seen it already but The Overlanders made a comeback! And holy cow what a comeback. Over ten minutes of effects, design, music and graphics of superb-quality. That's an incredible demo and it's wonderful to see Overlanders back after 22 years (don't forget the screen in Nostalic-o-demo :-)).

The releases are showing up bit by bit as does video recordings. Check out the links below to watch/download!

Thanks to all the guys doing these pictures, musics, demos, intros, games and what not, you're awesome! And double thanks the Silly Venture crew who served us with the online stream. Finally thanks to the guys who showed up for the Jitsi evening while watching the compos, had a great time :)
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maxYMiser FM 1.61 release July 27th, 2021
gwEm writes :

Following the release of maxYMiser 1.61 especially for Sommarhack attendees a few weeks ago I am publicly spreading the Sommarhack version :) The changes are:

* New PWM effect originally from Ziggy Stardust/Overlanders
* Improved syncsquare effect (thanks to Tat/Avena)
* Awesome new Dma-Sc example music

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Sommarhack 2021 roundup July 13th, 2021
It's now a couple of days after the online-party ended.
We've had time to upload, record and get stuff in place for everyone to download.

In total we streamed a bit over thirteen hours over the course of three days. Amazingly, there were no major hiccups this time around. The hardware worked, the software worked and no glitch from Twitch side what we could tell. Some times miracles happen as it would seem.

I'd like to thank everyone who watched the stream, the contributors to the competitions and especially the people who helped with the organizing and doing content for the stream; Et, Daniel, Anders, spkr, Grazey, Il Professore, gwEm and of course Crazy Q for doing a huge job with the music, jingles, documentary and the concert. Much love Q!

All entries are now available for download from Demozoo including recordings of all demos, intros and music entries, check links below.

Now we're hoping that Sommarhack 2022 (July 8-10) will finally be back to normal. See you then!
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