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Sponsoring 8 Bit Weapon, ComputeHer & IFComp

8 Bit Weapon

Juiced.GS relies on an active Apple II community for us to have products and events to report. We are thrilled to return the favor by supporting those groups who continuously further the retrocomputing community.

8 Bit Weapon

Chiptune artists 8 Bit Weapon and ComputeHer have become renowned as the premier musicians to use Apple II computers as instruments in their musical performances. They are soon to take their show on the road to Europe, and Juiced.GS is a proud sponsor of their tour. Catch them in Manchester, UK, September 12–15, 2013.

Want more? You can read our interview with Seth Sternberger (alias 8 Bit Weapon) in Juiced.GS Volume 12, Issue 4; our review of his album Electric High EP in Volume 14, Issue 3; and a review of DMS Drummer, an Apple II music synthesizer produced in collaboration with Michael J. Mahon, in Volume 17, Issue 1. Watch future issues of Juiced.GS for news and behind-the-scenes looks at their upcoming Apple II role-playing game, Lawless Legends!

Interactive Fiction Competition 2013

As last year, Juiced.GS is also proud to support the annual Interactive Fiction Competition, or IFComp. Text adventures have been around only slightly longer than the Eamon adventure system for the Apple II, with our favorite retrocomputing platform doing much to further the genre. IFComp continues that tradition by encouraging today’s programmers and storytellers to use interactive fiction to tell new tales.

Deadline for contestant registration is September 1, with winners having a choice of prizes that includes both a subscription to Juiced.GS as well as our Interactive Fiction Concentrate PDF that compiles all Juiced.GS‘s text adventure coverage across the years.

Our thanks to all that these groups do to keep the Apple II alive. If you or a group you’re associated with would also like to work with Juiced.GS, please contact us!

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Supporting Retrochallenge & IFComp

Interactive Fiction Competition logo

“Support those who support the Apple II” is a philosophy that Juiced.GS holds dear. To that end, we collaborate with many members of the larger retrocomputer community to support events, research, sales, and publications — from selling Mike Willegal’s hardware at KansasFest to manning a booth at VCF to speaking at user group meetings. Anything we can do to help further the cause, we’re happy to consider it.

That’s why Juiced.GS is proud to have recently supported two programming competitions with donations of goods to be used as prizes. The first contest concluded last month and was the annual Retrochallenge, which invites programmers the world over to spend the month of July making their favorite classic computer do something new and exciting — a sort of global, long-term HackFest. One lucky winner would get a copy of Drift, the demo disk that was included with the June 2012 issue of Juiced.GS. Unlike those disks, which were themselves limited, the Retrochallenge disk’s sleeve featured a unique design — one of only four made available to Juiced.GS for use as prizes and donations. The Retrochallenge contestant to go home with this prize was Andrew Hazelden for his creation of IRIXBASIC for the Silicon Graphics O2 system. Andrew has since detailed his bounty on his blog. Congratulations, Andrew!

Interactive Fiction Competition logo

For those who missed Retrochallenge, you have a second chance to win fabulous prizes with the upcoming 18th annual Interactive Fiction Competition. IFComp furthers the text adventure genre with bold, original games for a variety of platforms. Apple II user Wade Clarke has placed in IFComp for the last several years, including with Leadlight, which was Juiced.GS‘s March 2011 cover story.

Juiced.GS is supporting IFComp with two prizes: yet another rare copy of Drift; and a 2013 subscription to our print magazine. Contest registrations are accepted through September 1, and submissions through September 29. Juiced.GS looks forward to congratulating IFComp’s winners!

If you host or know of another event that could use Juiced.GS‘s support, please contact us; our charitable giving process is less painful than most!

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The 2013 calendar contest

At KansasFest 2009, we debuted a 2010 wall calendar featuring the best color photos from 14 years of Juiced.GS. At KansasFest 2012, we’ll again make available a calendar that will offer Apple II users monthly inspiration of their favorite personal computer — except this time, you get to decide what the calendar will look like!

We’ve chosen 40 photos that represent a diversity of Apple II hardware, software, personalities, and events, from which you’re invited to choose your favorite 12 for inclusion in the final calendar. The dozen photos with the most votes will be assigned a month and printed in glossy full-color, with the resulting calendars selling for $15 in person at KansasFest 2012 and $16 online afterward. Voting is not a commitment to purchase, so everyone is welcome to participate.

Let’s make 2013 a year to remember. The poll closes on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 11:59 PM EDT, so cast your vote today!

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Win a $20 Juiced.GS credit from Open Apple

This summer, Juiced.GS announced that we would be publishing again in 2012, with subscriptions for the new year currently being accepted.

But wait! Why pay now when you can get a subscription for free? All you have to do is listen to the latest episode of Open Apple, the Apple II community’s only co-hosted podcast. Email the show’s hosts with the information provided in the “Name the Game” segment of the show, and you’ll be entered to win a $20 credit, good for anything in the Juiced.GS store — subscriptions, back issues, and Concentrates.

The contest closes at 9 AM MDT on Saturday, October 1 — so tune in and enter today!

[Full disclosure: the editor-in-chief of Juiced.GS is a co-host of Open Apple.]