Article History

27% nentennex



  1. Battle Stages
  2. Battle Types
  3. See Also
Battles are the core of BotB activity. Without battles, why bit?

Battle Stages

Bit Period - The preliminary phase of some battles during which one or multiple BotBrs can create the pack of files (typically music samples) to be used during a battle; these files are collectively referred to as the bitpack. This stage is part of all Detroit and Ann Arbor majors; with OHBs or any other majors, the bit period may be nonexistent or have different rules as to what kind of content is allowed. The bitpack does not have to be made of music samples, and can vary from battle to battle. In most OHBs, for example, the bitpack is nothing more than a text file containing a prompt and/or specific rules for the battle.

Entry Period - Crazy times of creative activity! During the entry period, BotBrs can submit entries via the nifty submission form. These entries can later be voted on during the voting period (see below). For OHBs, the entry period can extend into the voting period, but those who submit after the entry period time is up are penalized with point deductions from their entry's final score (see the "OHB" section below for more details).

Voting Period - A nice chance to rack up some Criticist points! As the name implies, the voting period is when all registered BotBrs can vote on the entries submitted during the entry period.

Results - Once the voting period concludes, the votes of each entry are calculated; the BotBr with the highest average voting score wins!

Battle Types

There are two main types of battles on BotB: Major Battles and One Hour Battles (OHBs).

Major Battles
Major battles usually take place over the course of a month or more. The voting period typically lasts two weeks, but can take longer if there are extensions. In these battles, there are five voting categories; each one can be rated from one to seven for a total of up to 35. The voting categories can be interpreted as one sees fit, as the names of categories have no specific meaning. An entry's final score in a major battle is the average of the total score it received from each voter. BotBrs whose entries make it to the top three get a gold, silver, or bronze trophy for their profile. Additionally, those who make the top three entries in each voting category also get a category-specific trophy for their profile. If a battle has multiple formats, then those with the top three entries in each format get format trophies as well. In addition to trophies, entries can be awarded tincans (
). Tincans are given if an entry places from forth to seventh in a voting category or format. Much like trophies, these are also displayed on the winner's profile.

The larger Major Battles allow BotBrs to enter multiple entries in different formats, while other smaller majors only allow one entry in one format. A list of every major battle on BotB can be found here.

Some major battles have been a yearly tradition of Battle of the Bits since its early ages; a short list of the longest-running ones is below:
- Winter Chip
- Summer Chip
- Spring Tracks
- Detroit

One Hour Battles (OHBs)
One Hour Battles are battles that take approximately 90 minutes to complete in their entirety. BotBrs must create an entry in 60 minutes based on the given bitpack then submit their entry anonymously. If a BotBr is late, they can still submit, but they will lose points on their entry score depending on how late their submission is (-1.000 point loss per minute). After the entry period is up, BotBrs can vote on a simplified voting scale of one to seven (one being bad and seven being good). Once the OHB host closes the battle, all votes are averaged together and the results are tallied. The top three finishers are awarded a gold (
), silver (
), or bronze (
) OHB badge that appears on their profile. BotBrs can also see who made which entry, examine the scores given by each voter, see the IRC log during the OHB, and upload MP3 renders of entries.

See OHB for more details.

See Also

Battle Format
Battle Host