ToJam vs. Ludum Dare

Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
April 9th, 2010 10:15 am

I received this charming e-mail today.

On Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 12:32 PM, Jim McGinley wrote:
Subject: TOJam #5 – April 23 to April 25

Registrations >just< went live.
Makes Ludum feel like Dulum.

Funny, those dates seem awfully familiar.

On Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 1:06 PM, Mike Kasprzak wrote:

No worries. We think it’s cute that you guys are doing your compo on
the same weekend. Our 100+ entrants wish you the best. 😉

It continues…

On Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 1:15 PM, Jim McGinley wrote:

I see your 100+ entrants and raise you 60 (hopefully)
Does physical presence result in better games?
We’re about to find out.
I believe it is ON.

Oh yes!

On Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 1:20 PM, Mike Kasprzak wrote:

Oh yes sir, it’s on!

For those keeping score, our last 3 compos we did 123 entries (April), 144 entries (August), and 121 entries (December).

Ladies and gentlemen, I think you know what you have to do. 😀

26 Responses to “ToJam vs. Ludum Dare”

  1. PoV says:

    And just so it’s clear, Jim and I are friends. But as a friend, I feel it’s my duty to totally run a bigger and better compo. LD community, this is a call to arms! Take no prisoners! 😀

  2. PsySal says:

    ON? As in Toronto, ON? As in, Toronto, Ontario? Yes, I believe Toronto is in Ontario.

  3. LoneStranger says:

    As the MFing psycho Ice Cube said…


  4. matrin says:

    Well, this will make things interesting. :)

  5. bigpants says:

    Greetings Fools!
    It is I, public enemy #1 Jim McGinley, organizer of TOJam.
    If that cretin PoV is to be believed, we’ve already lost on quantity.
    What we do have is quality.

    We need to pit the top TOJam game (voted by the People at TOJam Arcade)
    against the top Ludum Dare 16 (voted by you forum inbreeders).
    Not sure who would judge. Mike & I don’t seem like the best choices.

    I see you chose to repurpose a theme already explored (see what I did there)
    Jay Is Games: 6th Casual Gameplay Design Competition
    Theme: Explore
    Good luck beating Small Worlds
    (my unfinished entry ‘All Ears’ failed miserably)

    For the record, we didn’t mean to overlap with Ludum Dare.
    It was a happy accident.

  6. bigpants says:

    Forget everything I said about the recently passed Ludum Dare 16.
    (everything except your lack of imagination).
    I >meant< Ludum Dare 17
    My Theme Suggestion: Suck

  7. bluescrn says:

    The particles will fly… the bytes will flow… and one compo will emerge victorious! :)

  8. bluescrn says:

    Actually, if there’s 2 compos going on on the same weekend, it’d be really sweet if the same theme (and similar rules) were used for both…

    • PoV says:

      ToJam tends to allow teams, so we might be at a slight (theoretical) per-entry manpower disadvantage. Also we have our theme selection thing, and they start sooner than us.

  9. Sos says:

    Do we have an unfair advantage?

  10. Jonny D says:

    It seems weird that a physical jam would pick a fight with LD, but hey, let’s see what happens. I like his enthusiasm.

    • PoV says:

      If you knew Jim you’d understand. 😉

      But really, it’s just a scheduling conflict. And why not play up the conflict part? A friendly little rivalry should be good for both competitions. 😀

  11. shady1024 says:

    I wonder how hard it was not to say “it’s on… like donkey kong.”

  12. bigpants says:

    What started as a mere scheduling conflict has boiled out of the pot and onto the stove.
    Everyone must choose a side. There can be only one.
    You are the Matrix, we are the real world.
    You have Neo, we have a blind Keanu Reeves.

    New Theme Suggestion: Suffering
    It’s on… like donkey kong.

    PoV > INsolent Whelp! How DARE you try to recruit Eric McQuiggan!

  13. Codexus says:

    Uh, who cares? I think it’s safe to assume that more than 99% of LDers are not in Toronto, there is no conflict at all.

  14. bigpants says:

    Who cares!?
    Codexus, how I WISH I could see the world using your innocent, naive eyes.

    On the surface, this appears to be nothing more than an accidental date conflict
    that pits a gorgeous physical jam against a grotesque virtual circus.
    However, brewing underneath are years of unchecked aggression, character assassination and bad blood.
    Me? I’d rather NOT live in a world of hoodlums, liars and horse thieves.
    I’d rather attend the Toronto Game Jam.

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