Hello and welcome everyone to Ludum Dare 24.
Final round theme voting is on. This is your last chance to help decide what theme we will all be creating our games based on. If you haven’t already, go vote for your favorite themes now! Prior round results can be found here.
We have a huge list of real-world jams going on alongside Ludum Dare 24. You can check out the list here. In addition, many people are live streaming the development of their games. Check those out over here.
Just a few days ago we saw probably the most controversial issue in Ludum Dare history. A Ludum Dare veteran who previously had some big success in the event, as well as beyond the event, got hired by Kongregate. Wanting to give back, he championed inside Kongregate to do something special for others in the community. An act of goodwill has been met with a harsh damning response.
Folks, your cries have been heard loud and clear. Our stance has always been that Ludum Dare itself will never offer prizes. For us it’s about the community, and the amazing part is we’ve reached such a critical mass now that this is a thing. We’ve tried to make it clear to everyone that has contacted us that any prize givings should be external, unrelated of our own results and voting, and that’s what Kongregate has done. I can’t vouch for what Kongregate is thinking now, but I can guarantee they’ve heard you.
The thing is, Kongregate has been running monthly contests like this for years, and for years Ludum Dare participants have taken advantage of those contests. This is just one more pot of cash, specially set aside for all of you. And the irony is we ourselves run an event every October about encouraging members of the community to take the first step of earning money ($1) from making games. It is a shame to see such a harsh reaction to this, as that very well could have ended 1 or more opportunities from happening. Anyone that makes independent games for a living should know that opportunities can be few and far between.
But again, your cries have been heard loud and clear.
If you’d like to comment further on the issue, I encourage you to take the discussion over here.
Ahem, now that we’ve dealt with the elephant in the room, it’s time to get on to the festivities!
That’s all for now. Good luck, and may the best theme win. Long live Ludum Dare!