I'm not sure what the internal resources are, but if just the VDP routines (VSBW, VMBW, ...) you would have to provide your own. They won't take up many bytes and it's the same for everybody.
Not quite so. As a personal retrochallenge as well as motivation, I was contemplating using only the LBLA and the MM on an unexpanded console for this contest to see if I could do it, and in that scenario every byte counts given that I have less than 1K of usable RAM for my program. Using the original hardware as it was back in the day is one of the main attractions to this hobby even though I do use emulators and expanded systems as well.
Usage of the MM does not confer any advantage, quite the contrary, so I'm not clear why you are imposing that restriction. The poll question relating to the MM was not well worded unfortunately, and I think you took the wrong conclusion from it. Would it be possible to have a 1 question poll worded something like this?
Mini Memory usage
- Use of the Mini Memory module is required
- Use of the Mini Memory module is allowed but not required
- Use of the Mini Memory is not allowed
I think that is unambiguous and will convey the wishes of the contestants better.
Sorry if I'm belaboring that point, but I have an acute dislike for decisions rooted in shaky ground.