10th Anniversary of BASIC 10 Liner Contest

One of the biggest 8-bit computer battle arenas is opening right now. It's the BASIC 10 Liner Contest, and their commemorating their 10th edition.

If you believe you can show what's the best that the MSX-BASIC is really capable of doing in 10 lines, then this is your battlefield. Sharpen your best ideas and craft a winner. The rules are straightforward:


a) Legal systems:
All 8-bit computer systems

b) Authorised BASIC dialects:
All line orientated BASIC dialects are allowed with a restriction in the category "PUR-80"
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Further rules for the aforementioned categories:

1. Loading of data or program parts from mass storage is not allowed
2. The 10 lines must not contain any machine programs
3. All code must be visible in the listing: self-modifying code or hidden initializations are not allowed
4. Allowed are POKEs in storage locations
5. Deadline for submissions: Saturday, March 21, 2020, 6 p.m. CET
6. Award ceremony: Saturday, April 4, 2020 at NOMAM
7a. Voting by a panel of experts
7b. "Public's Choice" special award. Give hearts to your favorites on BASIC 10Liners twitter account @Basic10L
8. The program must be submitted on a disk or tape image
​9. The program must be listable
10. Together with the program, a text file with the program description and instructions should be submitted, including a brief description of the start via emulator
11. For program descriptions and code explanations there can be up to 0.5 bonus points in the rating
12. The programmers agree to a publication of the programs, the descriptions and the instructions by the organizer
13. Send to GKANOLD-ät-BASIC10LINER dot COM, receive a confirmation per E-Mail or in the 10Liner Forum

Relevant link:
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Comments (43)

By zett

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04-02-2020, 10:23

intresting. basic power

By Iskabibble75

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05-02-2020, 02:48

Does the limitations also include the Rem parts as well?

By hamlet

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06-02-2020, 06:38

Of course you can use as many REM parts as you like as long as you delete them before handing them over.

By nanochess

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11-02-2020, 04:26

My MSX doesn't have a working floppy drive, and I don't even have a tape recorder anymore... So I'm out. Sad

By praduca

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11-02-2020, 06:49

They expect the submission will use an emulator
You are supposed to send your submission by email... The rules even state that you should instruct how to start via emulator...
Show your skills!

By tfh

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11-02-2020, 09:32

Hmmm... I once wrote a very simple BASIC game when I was like 12. I think it should be possible to bring it back to 10 BASIC lines: https://www.file-hunter.com/MSX/index.php?id=vallendesterren
Maybe I should have a go at it, just for fun :)

By tfh

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11-02-2020, 11:51

LOL.. I just had a go at it and this is the result: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BDGhKL0ahc
Does anyone know if the line-numbers are included in the maximum character count? If they don't, the game complies to the PUR-80 rules. Maybe I should enter it, just for fun....

By tfh

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11-02-2020, 20:43

Polished it, removed some bugs & added some more colours. You can play the 10 line version here:

https://www.file-hunter.com/MSX/index.php?id=vallendesterren

You can also watch "the source" by typing LIST of course. I've also entered it for the BASIC 10 Liner Contest - PUR80.
Don't mock me too much please ;-)

P.S.
If you visited this page before, you will need to clear your cache to see the new version (SHIFT+F5)

By rodrivas78

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13-02-2020, 15:58

This year MSX is already more present than last year's contest. It has barely started and there are already 7 entries. Last year there were only 3. We hope that many more will appear!

By rodrivas78

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13-02-2020, 16:24

Very cool tfh. Good luck in the contest!

By tfh

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15-02-2020, 09:31

rodrivas78 wrote:

This year MSX is already more present than last year's contest. It has barely started and there are already 7 entries. Last year there were only 3. We hope that many more will appear!

And today even two more MSX entries, so there are already 9 Smile

By tfh

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18-02-2020, 14:40

You can play all the 10 liner entries, including those from previous years: HERE.

By N.I

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20-02-2020, 04:00

tfh wrote:

You can play all the 10 liner entries, including those from previous years: HERE.

Wow, nice! Thanks. It also includes my entry.

By tfh

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20-02-2020, 08:37

N.I wrote:
tfh wrote:

You can play all the 10 liner entries, including those from previous years: HERE.

Wow, nice! Thanks. It also includes my entry.

Of course it does!

Does anyone have any recent contact details from Yukio? The e-mail address in his profile doesn't seem to work anymore. He also made an entry for the 10 liner contest and I would like to contact hem to add his game to my disk :)

By rodrivas78

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21-02-2020, 05:49

Hi tfh,
Try to contact him on twitter:
@microcomputador

By tfh

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21-02-2020, 08:03

rodrivas78 wrote:

Hi tfh,
Try to contact him on twitter:
@microcomputador

Thanks for the tip, I will try it Smile Smile

By tfh

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21-02-2020, 17:49

Already TWELVE MSX entries this year. Way to go!

By rodrivas78

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21-02-2020, 19:39

Hello tfh,
if possible please update my 10liners on your disk, in fact only two of them. One has bug fixes and the other is more optimized Smile . Here is the dsk with the files for the update:
https://sites.google.com/site/taivas01/msxspirit/rodrivas78_...
Thanks, mate! :)

By tfh

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21-02-2020, 19:58

rodrivas78 wrote:

Hello tfh,
if possible please update my 10liners on your disk, in fact only two of them. One has bug fixes and the other is more optimized Smile . Here is the dsk with the files for the update:
https://sites.google.com/site/taivas01/msxspirit/rodrivas78_...
Thanks, mate! :)

Done :)

By rodrivas78

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22-02-2020, 02:08

We are already in 14. MSX is dominating this year's contest LOL!

By tfh

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22-02-2020, 10:47

MSX rules them all! Mwuahahaha!

By tfh

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23-02-2020, 13:48

/Shameless Self-Promotion/

As you probably know, I have entered the BASIC 10 Liner challenge with my game Shooting Stars. Can you please help me winning the public vote? Please go and like the following tweet:

https://twitter.com/Basic10L/status/1231495180458565634

Thanks for helping me!
And of course you can play the game here:

https://www.file-hunter.com/MSX/index.php?id=vallendesterren

Thanks for voting for me!

By tfh

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24-02-2020, 08:13

Nais.... Already 18 out of 53 entries are MSX Smile

By rodrivas78

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24-02-2020, 16:55

It's probably a new record Smile

By tfh

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27-02-2020, 20:51

Indeed.. Right now there are 60 entries and TWENTY ONE of those are MSX. I have updated the disk on my site so you can play these games online:

https://www.file-hunter.com/MSX/index.php?id=basic10linercon...

Only the games from Yukio (who wants to wait wait untill after the competition) and Jos'b (No contact details) are missing.

By tfh

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04-03-2020, 14:37

MSX Entry #22 added: Bowling
It's an MSX1, PUR-80 entry.

btw, 22 out of 67 entries are MSX :)

By tfh

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08-03-2020, 12:40

MSX Entry #23: Mark of the Beast (Not added yet)
MSX Entry #24: Pixel Art Animation An MSX Pixel Art Animation studio on 10 lines :)

Also the entry Genius has been updated with better gameplay, graphic design & presentation.

By tfh

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08-03-2020, 20:40

Just added a Demo animation to the Pixel Art Animation. You can load it by hitting F5.
Impressive that this can be done with a 10line basic program...

By tfh

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10-03-2020, 18:38

And added another MSX entry: 10th Fall
You might need to refresh your browsers cache if you have visited this page recently.
It's on page 2, option 0

By FiXato

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11-03-2020, 16:48

tfh wrote:

And added another MSX entry: 10th Fall
You might need to refresh your browsers cache if you have visited this page recently.
It's on page 2, option 0

I think you meant to link to https://homebrew.file-hunter.com/index.php?id=basic10linerco... instead of this post? ;)

Also, does WebMSX support sending keypresses via javascript after it has loaded? If so, you could even include a page param in your HTML that would automatically load the next page in the emulator, or perhaps even a specific game on it already? :)

By tfh

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11-03-2020, 17:29

FiXato wrote:
tfh wrote:

And added another MSX entry: 10th Fall
You might need to refresh your browsers cache if you have visited this page recently.
It's on page 2, option 0

I think you meant to link to https://homebrew.file-hunter.com/index.php?id=basic10linerco... instead of this post? ;)

Also, does WebMSX support sending keypresses via javascript after it has loaded? If so, you could even include a page param in your HTML that would automatically load the next page in the emulator, or perhaps even a specific game on it already? :)

Yep. I messed up that URL on every location yesterday ;-)
WebMSX indeed features such a function, but... I haven't tested if it will also work after loading a disk and how the URL's on my site work...

10th Fall

And yes... it does :) :)

By RobertoC

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22-03-2020, 12:24

Final count should be 33 entries out of 174.

By tfh

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22-03-2020, 13:00

Indeed... A lot of entries this year and also quite a few MSX entries.
I will update the disk after the competition when the remaining sources become available!

By tfh

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28-03-2020, 12:06

Updated the disk with two more entries:

Virus
Mines Plus MSX

As I didn't expect this many MSX entries, I need to rethink my menustructure :)

By tfh

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29-03-2020, 17:45

I've updated WebMSX to 6.x so it support MSX Turbo R, but for some reason Nyyrikki's entry
Sheperd's Balls doesn't seem to work. After hitting space the screen goes black and that's it. Anyone any idea? A bug in WebMSX?

By tfh

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02-04-2020, 13:31

I have also entered the BASIC 10 liner contest. Can you guys please help me get the public vote?

Please go and like this tweet:

https://twitter.com/Basic10L/status/1231495180458565634

You can also play the game here:

https://homebrew.file-hunter.com/index.php?id=basic10linerco...

By RobertoC

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05-04-2020, 11:23

Yesterday were published the resuls of the Competion.
https://gkanold.wixsite.com/homeputerium/kopie-von-results-2018

Good results for MSX systems:"Pixel Art Animation" winner into SCHAU category with also a special Award, and many titles in the top 10 of PUR-120 and EXTREM-256 categories, less well in PUR-80 category.

By hamlet

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05-04-2020, 11:43

Congratulations to all winners.
Exploring the other systems is also a lot of fun. A friend of mine has some 8bitti Ataris, so we'd played Wizard of WASD before.

By Manuel

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05-04-2020, 20:48

That link doesn't seem to work. Can someone put up the correct link?

By tfh

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05-04-2020, 21:23

Manuel wrote:

That link doesn't seem to work. Can someone put up the correct link?

https://gkanold.wixsite.com/homeputerium/results2020

By tfh

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06-04-2020, 15:48

And for those who are interested in playing all the entries, I have updated the disk with ALL entries from the compo:

https://homebrew.file-hunter.com/index.php?id=basic10linerco...

43 Games & Apps :)

BTW, the voting for the "Public vote" isn't over yet. Please help me by liking this tweet. Thanks!

By tfh

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16-04-2020, 12:34

Thanks for all who have voted for my entry: It seems I have won (shared 1st place) the public vote with my entry:

https://twitter.com/Basic10L/status/1250730809729875968
https://gkanold.wixsite.com/homeputerium/results2020

By hamlet

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16-04-2020, 14:28

Congratis Arnaud! Well done!