Outline 2017 is coming up on May 25 to 28!

Thank you for visiting our site! See you in Willemsoord soon!

Outline logo

May 25th - May 28th 2017 in Willemsoord, The Netherlands

Check out the invitations

Download the invitations by Desire & The Undead Sceners (PC) and Tristesse (Animation)

  • Pre-order tickets

    Buy your tickets in advance for a €10 discount and less hassle checking in at Outline. We have several options available!

  • Register for Outline

    Even if you haven't bought tickets yet, you can let people know that you are coming to Outline by registering in advance!

About Outline

As Holland's longest running annual demoscene event, Outline offers culinary delights, crazy cheap drinks, DJs and live acts, competitions for all platforms and craptastic prize giving ceremonies at 11:30.

Outline is a demo party, an event which takes place over the course of several days. It is a place where people compete, and celebrate the creative use of computers. If this is your first encounter with Outline or demo parties in general, you would do well to read up on the matter on wikipedia.

Outline started in 2004 as a shadow party organised by and for the Atari demo scene to coincide with Breakpoint (one of the largest demo scene events held annually in Germany). Word got out and the unique atmosphere started attracting people from other platforms. Today, Outline remains an Atari party at heart but welcomes all platforms to mingle, agree and disagree.


Outline has relocated to Groepsaccomodatie De Riethoeve, Paasloregel 45 in Willemsoord, strategically located on the outskirts of a former pauper colony in Overijssel.

  • Facilities

    A spacious main hall with large format projection screen and suitable audio, plenty of beds and a private campsite, terrace and sportsfields right outside the main hall, indoor bar and lounge, and last but not least: a pond for the PMP duckies.

  • Food & Drink

    Outline serves shockingly cheap drinks and snacks at the bar. To top that off, there's free coffee, tea and breakfast for every visitor. A €30,− food ticket covers you for dinner throughout the event.

  • Network

    We'll be kicking it oldskool this year −no fancy internet nor networking, just the essentials for uploading and voting. We have no incentive to cater to Sofasceners −please stop asking for video feeds.

Getting there

The location is considerably more up north than Outline has been before, but long-distance travellers will not be affected much.

  1. People coming by plane are recommended to land at Amsterdam Schiphol and use the Intercity connection towards Leeuwarden to get to Steenwijk. This train leaves every 30 minutes and the trip takes less than two hours.

    We can supply train tickets valid from Schiphol towards Outline and back for the ridiculously low fee of €14,−. Make sure to tick the checkbox in the registration form if you want one −you'd be stupid not to.

  2. 15-30 minutes before arriving at Steenwijk station you can dial +31-521-513000. A Taxi Oost car or van will show up in front of station Steenwijk and take upto 4 people to the party location for approximately €24 (don't forget to bring the address!).

    On Friday and Saturday, you can take Bus 76 to get to busstop Willemsoord. From there, the location can be reached by taking a left turn from the intersection and walk 750 metres.

  3. Most people coming by car should start by reaching the A32 expressway travelling north towards Leeuwarden. After taking exit 7: Steenwijk Noord and turning left at the bottom of the exit, follow the road and exit the roundabout straight ahead towards Willemsoord.

    Keep following the road straight through Witte Paarden township. About 2 kilometers from the highway exit, the main road takes a sharp turn to the left, and right there you can also turn right to continue travelling straight in the direction of Willemsoord. After about 1,5km, you will reach the main road crossing in Willemsoord with on your right hand side Cafe de Steen. Turn left onto Paasloregel here, and follow the road for about 800m until you see the Outline bee on the left side of the road.


Outline is an Atari party at heart, but all platforms are welcome to strut their stuff.

General rules

  1. Don't be an idiot. Don't break any dutch laws, respect copyright law and don't cheat.
  2. Remote entries are allowed in any compo. We are happy to receive them at compos(at)outlinedemoparty(dot)nl. There's a catch though: by not being present, you waive the right to any prizes. So you're in it for the fame, not the Fanta.
  3. Competitions can be consolidated or cancelled at the compo team's discretion.
  4. Technical details, formats and platforms for entries will be announced beforehand.
  5. Bring your own hardware configuration for entries running on alternative platforms.
  6. If you feel that your entry for any unlisted platform shouldn't be run in the Wild competition, please get in touch with the compo team as soon as possible.
  7. In case we receive too many entries for any given competition, preselection will occur. The first ones out will be remote entries, followed by the utterly boring ones.
  8. The compo team has the final word on things. We are reasonable people though, so we will do our best to be of help!

Atari competitions

Entries will be shown on real hardware when available. Stay tuned for the final list of available machines. If your required setup is unavailable, please bring it with you. Maximum playtime for all entries is 10 minutes.

Atari 4k intro

  • Entries for all Atari hardware (ST(e), Falcon, XL/XE, VCS...) are welcome.
  • Maximum file size: 4096 bytes.

Atari ST 96k intro

  • This competition is for the unexpanded ST and STe.
  • Maximum file size: 98304 bytes.

Atari ST demo

  • This competition is for the unexpanded ST and STe.
  • There is no maximum file size.

Atari Falcon 96k intro

  • Entries for both 030 and 060 are welcome.
  • Maximum file size: 98304 bytes.

Atari Falcon demo

  • Entries for both 030 and 060 are welcome.
  • There is no maximum file size.

Music competitions

Original works only; remixes, covers, and previously released songs are not allowed. Maximum playtime for all entries is 4 minutes. Longer entries will be faded out.

Oldschool music

  • Entries for all 8-/16-bit platforms are accepted (Atari ST, Atari XL, C64, ZX Spectrum, NES, Game Boy, Sega Mega Drive, etc.), as well as 4 channel .MODs.
  • Atari ST(e) entries will be played on real hardware. We have emulators installed for most other popular systems, or bring your own hardware.
  • Submit your entry as an executable program runnable on the target platform, although we will be lenient for platforms with no common/standard format, or easy way to produce an executable (e.g. Nintendo Game Boy).
  • An MP3 or OGG recording of your entry is highly appreciated.

Executable music

  • Executables for all modern platforms (i.e. not qualifying for the oldschool compo, such as PC, Atari Falcon, Amiga AGA, etc.) are accepted.
  • Please provide an MP3 or OGG recording, or include a .WAV writer.
  • Maximum file size: 32 kb (32768 bytes).

Newschool music

  • Accepted file formats are MP3, OGG, XRNS (Renoise), XM, IT, S3M, and AM (ACE Tracker).
  • XM, IT and S3M modules will be played with the latest version of XMPlay using default settings (sinc interpolation, sensitive ramping, 50% stereo separation). If you need different settings, please specify.
  • Renoise and ACE Tracker entries will be played with the latest available versions of their respective tracker software. For Renoise entries: no plugins other than the built-in ones will be installed.

PC competitions

We officially support entries for Windows and Linux. We also accept Mac entries, but please bring your own hardware. We'll have the latest versions of the .NET (Windows only) and Java runtimes installed. Stay tuned for more precise details of our setup.

We also welcome realtime web browser entries. We'll have the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer installed. Please specify the preferred browser to run your entry with.

PC 4k intro

  • Entries should consist of a single executable file.
  • Maximum file size: 4096 bytes.

PC 64k intro

  • Entries should consist of a single executable file.
  • Maximum file size: 65536 bytes.

PC demo

  • There is no maximum file size.

Graphics competitions

Please provide at least three workstages for pixel/freestyle entries or retouched photos. We will zoom in and out during screening of the entries to showcase the techniques applied. Note that our beamer resolution is 1920x1080 - so if you're planning to submit your work in all its 4k glory, be advised.

Pixel graphics

  • Entries for all platforms are accepted.
  • Atari ST(e) entries will be shown on real hardware. We have emulators installed for most other popular systems, or bring your own hardware.
  • Please provide at least three workstages.
  • Maximum resolution: 320x200, 16 colors.

Freestyle graphics

  • Any file format supported by IrfanView is allowed (for your own sake, lossless formats are preferred).
  • Please provide at least three workstages.


  • Minor retouching is allowed. Please specify any tools used, and supply the unmodified photo.
  • In case of major editing and/or compositing, please submit your entry to the Freestyle graphics compo instead. In case of doubt, ask the compo organizers.

Miscellaneous competitions

Atari ST(e) entries will be shown on real hardware. We have emulators installed for most other popular systems, or bring your own hardware.

128 byte intro

  • Entries for all platforms are accepted.
  • Atari ST(e) entries will be shown on real hardware. We have emulators installed for most other popular systems (Atari XL/XE, C64, ZX Spectrum, Amiga...), or bring your own hardware.
  • Maximum file size: 128 bytes


  • This competition is for non-realtime entries: videos, rendered animations, etc.
  • We accept any file format that can be played back by VLC Media Player.
  • Maximum playtime is 10 minutes.


  • Entries for all platforms are accepted.
  • Atari ST(e) entries will be shown on real hardware. We have emulators installed for most other popular systems, or bring your own hardware.
  • There is no maximum file size.
  • Gameplay will occur live on the bigscreen!

Realtime wild

  • Anything realtime not covered by the other competitions goes here. This includes, but is not limited to: consoles, Amiga, C64, ZX Spectrum, fridges, plotters, overhead projectors, a performance on stage, etc. Go nuts!
  • We have emulators installed for most popular systems, but be ready to supply the required hardware or emulator. A video recording is fine if your platform has no practical way of outputting a video signal.
  • Maximum playtime: 10 minutes.

Competition hardware

Atari ST/E

  • Unmodified Atari 1040STE
  • Motorola 68000 (8 MHz)
  • 4 MB RAM

Atari Falcon 030

  • Motorola 68030 (14 MHz)
  • FPU present
  • 14 MB RAM




Outline offers a wild variety of live sets, DJ sessions and performances from an international line-up of artists.

  • photo of Bacter


    With many releases of tracked modules and a recent history of a new commercial project, Bacter (AKA Itzik Shemesh / Tel-Aviv) is a veteran scener with a lot of ambition and passion for quality music. Along with talented musician and proofreader Saga Musix, he keeps on releasing tracked modules in some of nowadays' demoparties. Stay tuned for quality music.

  • photo of Beftex


    Beftex will be raising the synthwave flag at Outline on Friday afternoon. The perfect way to start your second party day!

  • photo of Black Maiden

    Black Maiden

    Faxe and Dipswitch from demo- and ansi-group Black Maiden occasionally team up and spin roots reggae, uk dub, and other bass-heavy music they both enjoy. At Outline, they will play a dinnertime set to help get you in the mood for the night to come.

  • photo of DaTucker


    Real 'Oosterbuur' DaTucker has always been afraid to play a DJ-set at the biggest Dutch annual demoparty with Atari roots. But despite his fears, once again he'll provide Outline with a mix of electro, 8-bit and oldskool house sounds. And because it's his alltime personal favourite: Barbie Girl.

  • photo of dojoe


    dojoe will sweeten your Thursday evening with a healthy mix of carefully selected and expertly presented electronic music.

  • photo of Knoeki


    Knoeki has made a name for herself laying down mean vinyl sets for the DnB crowd. This year, though, she'll play a selection of music fitting to an early afternoon timeframe and atmosphere.

  • photo of Meme Machine

    Meme Machine

    A horse is a horse, of course, of course, and no one can talk to a horse of course, that is, of course, unless the horses are the famous MEME MACHINE

  • photo of RoccoW


    A major music and games industry celebrity ever since his breakthrough Action Henk Hot Pepper Game Review, RoccoW will play some of his best chiptunes live at Outline!

  • photo of Xtrium


    Longtime demoscener and active chip musician Xtrium will play an experimental set at Outline, listen closely because you are likely to hear sounds from him that you haven't heard before!

  • photo of xyce


    Chiptune heroes xyce who have performed all around the world, will provide you with happy melody driven chiptune made with various computers like the Atari ST, C64, Gameboy, Amiga 500 and PC. Pop like arrangements that will definitely bring a smile to your face.


Outline is packed to the gills with activities and events. Have a look and plan ahead for those pesky deadlines or your favorite artist's performance!

Thursday May 25th

Time Description
13:00 Event Doors open
18:00 Event Opening Ceremony
19:00 Food Chinese buffet
20:00 Music Bacter
21:30 Music Dojoe
23:00 Music RoccoW

Friday May 26th

Time Description
10:00 Food Brunch
11:30 Deadline All Graphics, Music and 128b
14:00 Music Beftex
15:30 Music DJ Barbie Girl
17:00 Compo Oldschool Music
17:30 Compo Newschool Music
18:00 Compo Executable Music
18:30 Music Black Maiden
19:00 Food Stamppot buffet
21:00 Compo Photo
21:30 Compo Freestyle graphics
22:00 Compo Pixel graphics
22:30 Compo 128bytes
23:30 Music Xtrium

Saturday May 27th

Time Description
10:00 Food Brunch
11:30 Deadline Game, Animation, Intro and Demo
13:00 Music Knoeki
15:00 Music Meme Machine
17:00 Compo Game
17:30 Compo Animation
18:00 Compo Realtime wild
19:00 Food Hapkar
19:00 Food LJ's Cooktro
20:30 Compo Atari demos
22:00 Compo PC demos
23:00 Deadline Voting closes
23:30 Event Prizegiving Ceremony
23:45 Music Xyce

Sunday May 28th

Time Description
10:00 Food Left over brunch
11:30 Event Doors close


Outline tickets cost €65,− during the pre-pay period and €75,− at the door for the regular package. A €30,− upgrade for pre-pay tickets adds catering dinners to the mix. Dinners can be ordered separately too.

A pre-order ticket gives you full access to the event with very little to worry about: there's a bed reservation and free breakfast/coffee/tea. The €30,− upgrade will add catering dinners to the pile of goodies, meaning you are pretty much set for entertainment, rest and food for the duration of the event.


The pre-order period is over, but you can still buy a ticket at the door of the venue.