Pilgrimage (demo party)

Pilgrimage (demo party)

Pilgrimage was a demoparty which took place annually in Salt Lake City, Utah each summer between 2003 and 2006. The event was founded by Rich "Legalize" Thompson of the demoscene group Polygony. Pilgrimage was, at the time, the only active demoscene event of its kind in all of North America (succeeding events such as NAID), while many demoparties take place each year throughout Europe.

Party features


Pilgrimage hosted a variety of different compos, most of which require a skill in electronic art and/or computer programming, such as:

* Demo
* Combined Music (MP3 and tracked music)
* Pixel Graphics
* Text Mode Graphics
* "Blender" competition (equivalent to fast-compos at European demoparties)
* "Wildcard" (equivalent to wild-compos at European demoparties)

In 2004, Pilgrimage managed to raise over US $14,000 in cash and prizes to award winners of each of the various competitions. Major sponsors that year included Utah's largest independent ISP XMission, ACiD, ATI Technologies, Bawls, Microsoft, and DeviantArt.


In addition to competitions, which are the main focal point of any demo party, Pilgrimage also hosted seminars on art and technology-related subjects such as 3D programming and design, the history of art in computing, and game design.


Not forgetting the "party" in demoparty, Pilgrimage 2004 included the following activities:

* A Dance Dance Revolution tourney, including several "old school/new school" matchups.
* A city-spanning scavenger hunt organized by members the local 2600 meeting.
* A demoscene trivia quiz show hosted by Jason Scott and Severina and featuring drunken/delirious nerd antics.
* A demonstration of how the popular Finnish cocktail Salmiakki Koskenkorva can be made, and a tasting for all hearty souls.


Many European demosceners have raised voice against various antics regarding Pilgrimage. [ [http://www.pouet.net/topic.php?which=1395&page=1 pouet.net BBS :: Why is 99.9% of the releases from Pilgrimage utter crap?] ] [ [http://www.pouet.net/topic.php?which=2253&page=1 pouet.net BBS :: Pilgrimage unofficial results preview spectacular] ]


In 2004, main organizer Legalize stirred up quite a few attenders during his opening speech of the party, where he (in response to European critics of the party) verbally offended the complete European demoscene, labelling them "Eurotrash". [http://www.pouet.net/prod.php?which=10836] He also delivered a side-jab to attenders from Canada stating that they are "wussies", as they don't have an active demoparty anymore - to which the members of demogroup Northern Dragons responded that the actual party invitation demo was "written by Canadians". [ [http://web.archive.org/web/20060222035450/http://www.scenerep.org/scenezine/issue16.php#2 Scene Zine Issue #16 - Party Report: Pilgrimage 2K4] ] They gave another tongue-in-cheek response to the controversy in 2005 by naming their compo-winning demo entry "Eurotrash".


Several demoparties (including Breakpoint) across Europe use a demoparty-CMS called [http://partymeister.org/ PartyMeister] , which proved itself worthy during many tests and is still the favored tool of many organizers.

Pilgrimage organizing, however, publicly denounced PartyMeister in 2005 on its mailinglist for not having a software license fitting their needs and stating various incompatibilities with Internet Explorer. Ironically, the party that year was forced to use PartyMeister after the failure of their own system. [ [http://www.slengpung.com/?id=13790&eventid=395 slengpung v3 ] ]

Protocol 42

In February 2006, it was announced that Pilgrimage was cooperating with the annual Protocol 42 LAN party. This had caused concern among sceners, largely because the description of the demoscene on the P42 website was extremely inaccurate and diminutive. [ [http://www.pouet.net/topic.php?which=2620&page=1 pouet.net BBS :: oh, THAT's what a 'demoscene' is] ]

Perhaps due to the above criticism, the 2006 edition of the party (which was supposed to happen as a part of P42) had very poor attendance, and nothing happened from an organized perspective, though the few members who did attend did a couple of demoscene related activities apart from the organization.


* [http://www.acid.org/images/pilgrimage04/interview/interview-pilgrimage-2004-3dluvr-ccrat.html An interview with the organizers of Pilgrimage 2004] by Enrique Caballero of [http://www.3dluvr.com 3dluvr.com] .
* [http://silicon-valley.siggraph.org/MeetingNotes/Utah.html The Inception of Computer Graphics] — The relationship between Utah and Computer Graphics.
* [http://demoscene.us/parties/ North American Demo Parties] — An up to date list of all North American demo parties.

External links

* [http://pilgrimage.scene.org Pilgrimage official website] : [http://pilgrimage.scene.org/2005/index.html Pilgrimage 2005 (archived)] : [http://pilgrimage.scene.org/2004/index.html Pilgrimage 2004 (archived)] : [http://pilgrimage.scene.org/2003/index.html Pilgrimage 2003 (archived)]
* [http://www.pouet.net/party.php?which=458 Pilgrimage demoparty releases] indexed at Pouet.
* [http://www.slengpung.com/v3/parties.php?id=342 Pilgrimage 2004 photographs] hosted on Slengpung.

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