Rules for Participation
Previously accepted submissions do not always reflect the current submission
Main entries are songs entered into the month's competition, which will be
ranked at the end of the competition based on the voting results.
Main entries must be a cover, arrangement, or other reworking of one or
more songs from any video game(s).
Unless specified in a particular month's conditions, you can't cover
songs that were used in video games but written for other media (e.g.
the iconic Star Wars theme, or the original Michael Jackson songs in
Exception: Tetris, whose soundtrack uses Russian folk
music, is much more widely recognizable as video game music.
Main entries may be reworkings of Tetris songs.
- Each month has a theme; all songs must fit that theme.
The main instrument of each song must be "played live", meaning that it
must be a real guitar, real keyboard, real trombone, or other real
instrument that you're actually playing.
Multiple takes that are edited together into an entry are allowed, as
long as the edits do not drastically alter the recorded performance.
An instrument that is sequenced in a software synthesizer is only
eligible if a MIDI controller keyboard is played live, and the output
is not quantized or altered, in agreement with the bullet point above.
Main entries must be submitted in mp3 format, and have a duration of at
least two minutes in length.
Silence at the beginning or end of a track, or extended silence in
the middle of a track, will not count toward reaching the length
Main entries will be presented anonymously at the end of the month and
tagged as "Anonymous DoD Contestant". Please do not compromise your
anonymity in any way, and only submit songs that you've never released
to the public.
All songs must either be submitted by the artist or by someone who has
permission from the artist. Please include the following information with
Artist(s): The name that the artist wishes to be identified by.
- Game(s): The games that the entry is covering songs from.
Title: The title of the arrangement.
Note: Anything in particularly bad taste (such as racial slurs)
will be altered.
- Optionally, you may also include the following information:
- Text of the song's lyrics, if the song has them.
- Names of the songs from the game's soundtrack.
Locations, stages, or scenarios in the game where the songs are used.
Which instruments in the song were played live and which were
Songs are due on the due date and time listed on the Main Page in the
"Submission Deadline" section.
You may not be the primary arranger and performer on more than one main
entry per month.
You may, however, contribute to one main entry by other person, in
addition to your own song. ("Contribute" meaning play an instrument on
someone else's song, mix it, do a cameo solo, etc.)
Use of generative A.I. vocals or voice filters that attempt to impersonate
someone are not allowed on main entries.
Alternate entries are released at the same time as main entries, but
are not included in the competition entries, voting, or results. Alternate
entries are subject to the same rules as Main Entries, with the following alterations:
Unlike main entries, alternate entries may be songs that were
written for other media but used in video games.
Alternate entries have a minimum duration of thirty seconds in length.
Alternate entries may be presented anonymously or with the artist name
attached. If you do not express a preference, the song will be presented
Licensed soundtracks for music and rhythm games such as Rock Band, Dance Dance
Revolution, Guitar Hero, etc.
Licensed soundtracks for games such as Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, Need For Speed,
Madden '19, etc.
You may not use any of the above songs.
You may submit up to five alternate entries, whether you're
submitting any main entries.
If a song is submitted as a main entry but only qualifies to be an
alternate entry, it will be presented as an alternate entry.
While they do not have to be anonymous, your alternate entries should
still be previously unreleased.
The winner is determined by the highest score calculated from the submitted votes.
Voting is open to everyone.
Voting is automated throughour voting app, which is accessible when the current duel's entries are presented.Simply score each song from "Incredible" to "Terrible" using the sliders.
The app produces a vote based on the placement of the
slider; for example, if you place the slider between "Average" and
"Above Average", it may say that you gave the song "Average +0.38." The
combination of the word score and the numerical adjustment is how the
votes are tallied and averaged to produce the results.
If you submitted a song as a main entry, please check the box labeled
"My Song" next to your entry when voting. Failure to follow this rule
may result in rejection of your votes from the final results.
After scoring each song, copy the text in the text field below the voting app
and mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Votes are due by the time listed on the Voting Deadline section of the main page.
Contact Info for Submission, Voting, and All Other Concerns
To submit a song or vote:
Songs may be included as an attachment or as a link in the body of the
email. If you do not have a web host, please use a free service such as
Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.
Listening parties take place on our
allowing artists and fans to listen and discuss the songs in real time.
All entries are played live on stream.
Listening parties start with the release of the month's songs
unless otherwise noted.
The listening parties are generally casual and often go
off-topic, but anything disruptive (like "spamming", entering too much text
too fast) might result in you being removed from the stream chat. Repeated
offenses may result in you being barred from entry.
For continued discussion of Dwelling of Duels when listening parties are
not taking place, please join our Discord server.
Any activity which disrupts the contest, website, forums /
discussions, IRC channel, or any other aspect of Dwelling of Duels may result
in disqualification of your entry, rejection of future entries, rejection of
votes, or other measures. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Compromising someone else's anonymity
by revealing that they created an entry when this information is not
- "Ballot Stuffing" by asking another person or using multiple email addresses to vote unfairly in your favor.