Welcome to

the home of 8bit!

Árok Party is an international retro computer and video game meeting organized for the 19th time this year. It is home for all enthusiast of the 8bit era, including (but not limited to) Commodore, Atari, Spectrum, Enterprise and CPC fans. It originates from the demoscene and that's why it has all the common demoscene competitions as main events, but you will find live rpg, seminars on latest developments, retro gaming and even live concerts in the program.

Invitation intro run on C64 by Singular Crew released at the QB Party in Sülysáp/Hungary
[download on CSDb]

Date: 11-13 August, 2017.
Location: Attention! Partyplace has changed compared to previous years!
Ajka/Hungary, Bánki Donát Secondary and Students Hostel
Address: 8400 Ajka, Bródy I. str. 2.
GPS: N47.10404 E17.55937 | OpenStreetMap | Google Maps
Entry fee: Because of legal reasons you can enter the party for free. Actually you can pay supporter ticket for 3000HUF / 10EUR. (Please do so: Wanna have another party next year?)

The entrance

By train: Get off from any train/Inter City at the station of Ajka. Have a walk on Alkotmány street until you get to the roundabout. Go on the same direction (street name is Deák Ferenc from here on) until you get to the school. Google Maps
By bus: Take off at Ajka central and have a walk on Petőfi street until you get to the theather. Cross the brook and you are there! Google Maps
By car: Take the GPS coordinates or the exact address (Ajka, Bródy I. str. 2. | N47.10404 E17.55937)! Parking is NOT free in this zone! The school has VERY limited space for cars and the surrounding lots have a fee of 250HUF/hour on Friday 7-17 and Saturday 7-12. We will look for other possibilities, check back later!

Parking lots at the party place. Take in account that the surrounding streets are paying zone!

  • room for 100+ visitors
  • shower
  • BIG screen
  • concert quality audio
  • wifi internet access
  • live stream for the sofa-scene
  • outdoor area - real party is outside
  • exhibition & gaming area of retro computers and game consoles
  • Besides local motels you can rent a room at the student hostel (which is annex of the school). There are 6 beds in a room and it costs 3040HUF for a night / person, 5540HUF for two nights. If you are interested in it, you can do your order at gombos.nikolett@ajkaiszik.hu.

    Room in the student hostel

    In case of remote entry, question, request or emergency use arok@singularcrew.hu
    If you need more specific help:
    Poison: balazs.oszvald@gmail.com | +36702529323
    Cargo: gabor.guzslovan@gmail.com | +36202597406

    Invitation intro by SIDRIP Alliance released at the Revision Party in Saarrücken/Germany
    [download on CSDb]

    No drugs allowed: not inside, neither outside. Just to be clear, the place is next to the police station and we won't think twice if we find you wasted.
    Alcohol is allowed at the place, but not on the street. If you get drunk, you will be kicked outside into the fresh air.
    We are close to residential area: after 10pm the outside activity should turn the volume down. (We are watching you, Detox :) )
    Take care of the equipment / building! Any damage you cause should be payed by you right on spot.
    If you smoke (outside only), use the bins we put all over the place! Thank you.
    We kindly ask you to get rid selectively of your waste. There will be lots of sacks to do so. It will make our lives much easier. Thank you.

    You can enter all demoscene related competitions using any 8bit platform. Bring your gear to be safe we can show your entry on real hardware! Our compo machines are: C64 (VSP safe, old/new SID selectable) + 1541/2 + U1541/2 / ide64 + MP3 card, plus4 + SID card + 1541/2 / 1551. If your hw outputs exotic video signal (no svideo or composite), please contact us in time!

    Any compo can be entered with remote entries, although this way your price is fame only. Use arok@singularcrew.hu for your emails!

    All categories will be pre-filtered. Cancelling an entry is our own right. Porn, provocation, racism are primary reasons for cancelling. Entering any compo you take over the liability that your entry is your own work only and you are responsible for all copyright issues. You grant us the right to freely distribute your work after the party.


    10 minutes max. runtime. Let us know, if it needs any interaction (disk swap, keypress, etc.)!


    Should be executable. Any screen format allowed. Included work stages needed. Animation/scroll not allowed. Can have signature on it. 1 entry / competitor.


    Should be executable. 3 minutes max. runtime. Can use digitized samples. No remixes/covers allowed! 1 entry / competitor.


    Should be a cover/remix of any existing 8bit game / demo tune. 3 minutes max. MP3 format, stereo, max. 256kbit/s constant bitrate. Will be played on C64.


    Disk covers should be submitted BEFORE the party (deadline: 4th August) in jpeg or pdf format, so we can present prints nicely at the place as an exhibition. All disk covers will be printed in b/w and pasted onto a paper frame. You can download a template if needed.


    Anything that doesn't fit into the above mentioned: live performance, animation, tech demo, anything...

    The following time table will surely change...


    12:00 doors open
    xx:xx demo show
    xx:xx screening: From bedroom to billions: The Amiga years
    xx:xx SID disco with Wacek/Arise [PL]


    xx:xx seminar: Insert Coin - who we are?
    xx:xx seminar: Double Score Dungeon under the hood
    xx:xx seminar: SD1541 - Zoltán Kollár
    xx:xx screening: Vakondok 4 - Longplay
    xx:xx live Laser Squad
    xx:xx compo session
    xx:xx SIDRIP concert


    xx:xx results
    12:00 doors close

    SidRok - invitation by SIDRIP Alliance - released at Revision 2017
    Let's be creative - invitation by Singular Crew - released at QB Party 2017
    Árok 2016 releases
    disk cover template for the cover compo
    banner (468x60)
    advert slide (1080p)

    Want to support us? If you have any offer to make the Arok event better, contact us! Easiest is if you download our banner and link our page! Have a few more minutes? Check our supporters by visiting their pages! (coming soon)