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OHB
 

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  1. Battle Stages
  2. How to Enter
  3. How to Host
  4. OHB Variants
  5. Stats
  6. FAQ
  7. See Also
OHB, shorthand for One Hour Battle, is one of the main battle types available on BotB. It was formerly known as OHC, meaning "One Hour Compo". As the name implies, participants of these competitions are required to create an entry in one hour. Unlike major battles, One Hour Battles occur on a sporadic basis and can be hosted by any user granted that they meet the requirements (detailed below in the "How to Host" section). Every OHB has a bitpack—this can be either a set of samples that must be used in entries or a simple text document detailing the rules and limitations that must be adhered to. In total, an OHB typically lasts for about an hour and a half or so, since entries must be voted on after the entry period concludes.

Battle Stages



Countdown Period
Once this phase begins, the battle and its format are announced on the main page of the website, the @botb_battles
Twitter page, and in the BotB IRC channel
. By default, it lasts for five minutes, but can be made shorter or longer by the host. The purpose of this countdown is to inform all BotBrs of the impending battle so that they have time to both finish whatever they may be currently doing and to prepare themselves to participate. Once the timer reaches zero, the entry period begins and the bitpack is made available.

Entry Period
The entry period starts right after the countdown period ends. The bitpack is made available, informing BotBrs of the rules and/or required samples for the battle. It is during this time that participants create and submit their entries. Creating entries before the battle is deeply frowned upon and will most likely result in downvoting by other users during the voting period. The entry period lasts exactly one hour, but entrants can still submit after it ends. By submitting late, entrants will incur a point penalty on their final voting score depending on how many seconds late they are. Participants can also resubmit an entry, but they will lose five class points (the point category depends on the format of the battle).

Voting Period
In this stage, all entries are made available for download in the votepack. Voters download this zip archive and inspect each entry within; entries can then be scored on a simplified voting scale of one to seven (seven being good and one being bad). Some battle hosts also host a "synclisten" during this period—this is when all entries are played on a streaming site such as YouTube or Twitch where voters can discuss their thoughts on each track in the chat. Like major battles, any registered user of the site is allowed to vote. The score that voters give to entries may be based upon quality, opinion, how well the entry used the provided samples, or how well it followed the given rules. Unlike major battles, every entry is anonymous until the battle's conclusion, so you cannot see who created which entry when voting. The voting period can vary in length, as the battle host chooses when to end it; usually it concludes once everyone has voted.

Results
Once the OHB host ends the voting period, all votes are weighted according to voter strength and averaged together. Results are typically announced by the battle host in the IRC/Discord channel before being made available on the website. The top three entrants are given gold (
), silver (
), or bronze (
) OHB trophies that appear on their profile. BotBrs can also see who made which entry, examine the scores given by each voter, view the IRC log during the OHB, and upload MP3 renders of entries.

How to Enter



Participating in an OHB is fairly simple, and not unlike entering any major battle. Each OHB has a single format; make sure to submit your entry the correct format or you will be downvoted during the voting period. Once the battle commences, take a look at the bitpack—this can be a set of samples or instruments that you are required to use, or simply a text file containing rules or restrictions that you must keep in mind when creating your submission. Once you've taken a look at it, you can begin your creative process. After you've finished or run out of time, you can submit your entry on the OHB's page. If you go over the allotted one hour, you can still submit late, but there will be a penalty on your final score (-1.000 point loss per minute). When you submit, make sure that it is anonymous—don't accidentally put your username in the filename! Also make sure that your entry is an original work; covers or previously-created entries are not permitted unless specified by the rules within the bitpack. If you realize that your uploaded entry has a mistake in it, you can resubmit it, but be aware that you will lose five class points as well as points on your voting score if the entry period is over.

* Have fun!... :D
* When a format is declared all entries uploaded must be that format.
* When a sample pack is provided, all entries must only use the sounds/images provided with it - no external sounds/images allowed (unless the rules specify, e.g. an allgear OHB)
* Follow the rules of the OHB!! If a rule-breaking entry is submitted, it will most likely be down-voted by other OHBists.
* All entries must be original works. No previously uploaded battle entries or covers of songs allowed.
* All entries must be kept anonymous - BotBrs must refrain from putting their names inside entries in case of the AUDIO/CHIP OHB and BotBrs must refrain from putting their names in the PIXEL/GRAPHICS OHB files. BotBr names are appended to the entries after the OHB is over & finalized.
* The OHB lasts one hour. All entries should be uploaded before this time expires. If an OHBist needs more time to upload their entry then they can use the "Submit late" button (or add /Submit to the end of the OHB URL), but this means that the OHBist will not be able to claim any points for uploading to that OHB!! Their entry will also lose one point per minute late on their final score and this could affect their placing (effective 16 aug 2013) so submit early and be on time!!!!
*You are not allowed to premake an entry for an OHB (unless the rules specify otherwise)!

How to Host



To host an OHB, there are four requirements that you must meet:
  • Have at least 750 boons. (You will get these back if three or more people participate in your battle.)
  • Have a badge for the format that you want to host.
  • Have made a bitpack for the battle.
  • Be in the site's IRC/Discord channel.

Alternatively, Mighty BotBrs with seven or more badges in total as well as Admins and Ascended BotBrs can host an OHB with any format regardless of having a badge for the format.

If you meet those requirements and want to host, there are also a few things to keep in mind:
  • Do not put offensive content in the bitpack or OHB title.
  • Do not put web links in the OHB title.
  • Make sure that you will have three or more participants in the battle. If less than three people enter, then you will lose the 750-boon deposit and will not receive hostist points. To prevent this, communicate with others in the IRC/Discord channel to ensure that there is enough interest.
  • Try to be creative with your bitpacks—make your OHBs interesting! OHBs are meant to be challenging and allow for creativity, so don't do the same thing over and over.
  • During the voting period, make sure that everyone has time to vote by communicating with voters in the Discord/IRC channel. Let everyone who wants to vote do so, then close the battle and reveal the results when everyone is ready. If you are unable to close the battle due to lack of time or other issues, inform an admin so that they can close it for you.

Standard Operating Procedures
1. With the preceding requirements met BEGAST an OHB
The button/link to Begast an OHB will appear on BotB's home screen below your avatar when you meet requirements 2, 3 and 4. If you start an OHB without being in the IRC channel you will most likely be given the Parasite ailment.
2. When the entry period is over fairly decide when voting will end by communicating with participants in the IRC channel.
3. When everyone is done voting tell BotB to tally the resluts.
4. Share the resluts on IRC in order of worst to best with time for people to comment in between.
5. Click the link at the top of the tally sheet to finalize the OHB.
6. If there are 3 or more entries to the OHB, the host will be rewarded hostist points and their deposit will be returned.

If you don't meet the requirements yet still want to have an OHB, don't fret! If you ask for an OHB in the IRC/Discord channel, then someone who is eligible may host one for you. Admins (
), Mighty BotBrs (
) with seven or more format badges, and Ascended BotBrs (
) can host a battle in any format. Other users can host OHBs, but only for the formats that they have badges for.

OHB Variants



Types of OHB
AUDIO/CHIP = something you can hear.
PIXEL/GRAPHICS = something you can read/see.
CODE = code you can execute, maybe a small game to play (depending on the bitpack)
MAPS = for mappist formats (which is also something to see tbh)

Themes
An OHB's title typically has little to do with what is expected of the OHB entries. However, if the OHB host declares a theme then all entries should be voted on based around that theme. Themes can be based on any sort of thing like genres, an emotion, video games, holiday humbuggery, etc.

Sample Pack
Sample packs are source files used in the AUDIO/CHIP OHB typically packaged using .ZIP or RAR formats. Sample packs are accessible once the OHB starts. Unless otherwise noted by the host, the only samples that can be used within the OHB are the ones provided. Outside samples are not allowed.

Stats



Everyone loves statistics, right? Here are some interesting (or not so interesting) facts and stats about OHBs!

OHBs per Month and Year

The first OHB was hosted on Nov 19 2006 at 12:41pm by puke7. Since then there were a lot of other OHBs.
The marked numbers indicating the month with the highest amount of OHBs in that year.

Month
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010

Jan
-
21
1
5
9

Feb
-
39
-
-
5

Mar
-
17
7
-
54

Apr
-
29
3
-
16

May
-
29
3
-
18

Jun
-
13
1
-
14

Jul
-
30
2
-
8

Aug
-
8
23
-
2

Sep
-
1
15
-
16

Oct
-
1
5
-
21

Nov
3
5
15
15
39

Dec
10
10
15
39
22


Total
13
203
90
59
224



Month
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015

Jan
12
8
44
17
18

Feb
3
3
60
60
20

Mar
56
13
43
62
58

Apr
18
1
35
54
40

May
12
6
31
72
39

Jun
30
9
42
75
102

Jul
43
33
35
26
76

Aug
17
20
37
27
31

Sep
8
27
28
30
34

Oct
34
13
16
25
28

Nov
29
9
20
67
39

Dec
15
51
66
79
48


Total
277
193
457
594
533



Month
2016
2017
2018

Jan
51
21
8

Feb
30
40
15

Mar
49
103
61

Apr
15
19
12

May
38
14
44

Jun
56
45
23

Jul
28
31
43

Aug
19
8
43

Sep
37
15
21

Oct
39
16
46

Nov
18
8
57

Dec
18
30
38


Total
398
350
411


FAQ



What will happen if I don't submit my track on time?
You are able to submit your entry late by clicking the "Submit late" button, or by adding "/Submit" to the end of the URL. By submitting late, you will not be able to claim any points for uploading to that OHC, so beware!! Some people also downvote late entries so try to submit on time. Also the points you get after the OHC voting is complete will be reduced by one point per minute you submit late.

Oh no! My song is screwy and I forgot to check for errors before submitting! Can I resubmit?
Yes, you may resubmit (add "/Submit" at the end of the compo URL) but you will lose the 5 bonus upload points you earned from submitting the first time. Also, if you end up resubmitting after the competition period has ended and the voting period is under way, know that some BotBrs may have voted on your old glitchy version (and they may have given it a low score) so next time, be sure to check for errors before you submit!

Can I record vocals/drums/guitars/farts/etc. for use in an OHB?
Normally, no, you must use the samples provided within the sample pack. But if the rules say that you may or it is an allgear OHB, then you may do so.

Can I submit a cover song, or a song I have been working on previously?
No, you must create an all-new song within the 60 minutes provided.

When is the next OHB?
There is no set time for any OHB, they are hosted spontaneously (provided there are BotBrs around to participate in it). To compete in an OHB, it is best to hang around in the IRC #botb channel - that way you can talk to other BotBrs and collectively decide who will be the host of the OHB.

Do I need to vote for all of the submissions in the OHB?
Well, no, not technically. But it is common courtesy to vote on all of your fellow BotBrs' entries. It means you can claim criticist points, and the host gets hostist points. It makes everybody happy!! Plus it doesn't take very long.

But, be sure not to ever down-vote every single entry in an OHB - that will give you the "troll" ailment. If you're marked as a troll, you will not able to vote on any more OHBs or major battles!!

Voting on fewer entries in a compo will also reduce the influence of your votes in that compo.

How much time do I have to vote for the tracks?
Well, it is dependent of the length of the entries, the number of the entries and how many times you listen every track. But remember to be considerate - you are not the only one voting.
Asking on IRC/Discord to make sure the host is not closing too early is the best way to go!

How long must my song be?
However long you can make it!! All BotBrs are at different skill levels; some will have many years of experience and will be able to make around 2 minute songs or even longer, whereas newer musicians may only be able to make about 30 seconds. It is not too big of a fuss, and indeed sometimes less is more!!

Occasionally the OHB rules may specify a maximum/minimum song length, in which case that rule must be adhered to. In addition there is a filesize limit for all formats on BotB, but it is unlikely that you would encounter this problem in an OHB.

How many times can I host OHBs?
As many as you like, so long as your boons can afford it!!

How many boons do I need to host an OHB?
As aforementioned, you need a 750 boon deposit to start an OHB. As long as three or more BotBrs (you included) submit, then you will get your deposit back. It is a good idea to not start an OHB until you can be sure that three or more BotBrs will compete in it - this is why you should hang around in our IRC channel!!

What do I win?
You get some OHCist points, points from the category you entered (ie: Chipist, Mixist, Pixelist), and a medal if you place 3rd or above or a tincan if you place 4th, 5th, 6th, or 7th. Also, as you compete in more and more OHBs you will gain some experience too!! But in reality it is not about who wins or who loses, but entertaining ourselves and having fun and getting to know your fellow BotBrs!! <3

See Also



Battle
format
BotBr
Voter Strength
Hostist (class)