First post from a first comp-er

Posted by (twitter: @noddy2006)
April 14th, 2012 4:26 am

Well here goes.

I first heard about Ludum Dare during the previous competition, LD #22. I thought it sounded like a great idea, and enjoyed watching a number of live streams over the weekend. Immediately, I decided that I was going to enter LD #23, and was pleasantly surprised to learn that it fell during a two-week break from university. But alas, a number of things have since transpired to ensure that my first Ludum Dare would be less than ideal, including:

  1. A large number of assignments which need to be completed over the break. One for each of my four courses, in fact. If I can’t get these finished in time, then there will be no entry from me this year. I really don’t want this to happen.
  2. The second round of the ANZAC League, the preliminary competition acting as qualifiers for the International Collegiate Programming Competition, is scheduled for Saturday, 20th of April. Including transport, this will take approximately the first seven hours out of Ludum Dare. Not only that, but the competition is mentally exhausting.
  3. Turns out the competition is on the last weekend of the uni break, and because of the time difference here in New Zealand, it doesn’t end till 1pm on the Monday. Unfortunately this means submitting my entry on Sunday night.

Combined with work commitments, my sleeping schedule, food intake requirements and A-League Grand Final watching, I’ll have a total of about… 15 hours to work on my entry. Regardless, I am determined to submit an entry for this competition. Due to my very limited time constraints, and the fact that it is my first attempt at the competition, my entry is probably going to be poor at best.

A few details about my entry:

  • I’ll be coding in Java – it’s my language of choice, and it’s nice and portable, so anyone which the JRE installed (that should be just about everyone these days!) will be able to play it.
  • I’m not an artist, so I’ll probably be knocking up some pretty “abstract” graphics in Paint and making them look a bit flashier in GIMP.
  • I’ll be using community-favourite sfxr for sound effects, and if I have time, I’ll be using FL Studio to make some music (and JLayer for Java mp3 support).
  • I’ll be making a timelapse using Chronolapse. They’re fantastic, I love watching them!
  • Unfortunately, because internet connections in New Zealand are poor (and my 20GB/month data cap – I know!) I won’t be live-streaming. I will be writing the occasional blog post here, however.

After the competition ends, I’ll be cross-posting all the blog posts and the final game on my personal website (which I won’t plug here – it’s pretty bare at the moment!) for archival purposes.

Bring on next weekend!

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