Hi, ChainedLupine here.
I never did a post-mortem for my Ludum Dare #19 entry, called Introspect. So, instead, I finished the game, published it, and only six months later did I write a post mortem. Wow, am I lazy or what?
I wanted to share the news that my wimpy little Ludum Dare entry was brutally stripped to pieces and then slowly re-assembled over five months into a full featured game. It was released not too long ago on Kongregate.com and quickly shot to #3rd of the highest rated top new games! Just a week after release, it received badges and is now sporting nearly 200,000 plays! (It actually has 10x as many plays as that, but if you want to know why I don’t count those, then check out my blog post linked below.)
So for those who might want to hear some advice from someone who managed to turn a shoddy Ludum Dare entry into something playable and successful, I recommend you check out the entirety of my post below. I cover everything from the Ludum Dare version all the way up to the final released copy, and then some of the post-release problems I had.
To everyone who puts in their valuable free time to working on Ludum Dare, a much hearty thank you for inspiring people like me. And to those who participate: Let’s keep having fun and mak’n games!