I started the competition Friday night at a Ludum Dare meetup at the Dallas Makerspace. It was great to meet other people (about 10-12 showed up) who are interested in Ludum Dare. It was also really exciting to be in a group when the theme was announced and talk about ideas. There was definitely an atmosphere of minor disappointment with the theme of “10 seconds”. I think almost everyone was hoping for another theme. I gave my prepared pep talk “the first obstacle to Ludum Dare is accepting the theme.” Next everyone started brainstorming ideas. Everyone left after about 3 hours. I think it was a great way to start the LD experience.
I started my entry early Saturday morning. Within about an hour I decided on my idea. I was certain I did not want to interpret the theme of “10 seconds” as having anything to do with time. I arrived at the concept of “second stringers”. People who sit on the bench or are alternates to the first picks. In my game, the 10 First’s were lost on a mission, and the 10 Second’s are sent into rescue them. In the game you have very simple start/stop controls to manipulate 10 separate characters to clear rooms of enemies, rescue the firsts and then continue searching a building.
I feel I was mostly successful, and pretty satisfied with my final product. It is playable and thankfully the sound effects vastly improve the experience.
I ended up spending about 22 dedicated hours in total. About 10 hours on Saturday and 12 hours on Sunday. I did all the code and graphics on my own. I used bfxr for sound effects.
This is a miracle program for LD. I wouldn’t have sound effects without it.
I Love programming in Python and this is the best framework to do it. Sadly, I will give it up next time. See final thoughts.
I went to bed Friday night and I did not work on the game for about 12 hours during the half-way point. Coming back to the game the next day helped me focus on what was important.
- Accepted theme from start
I did not like the theme. I did not like the last one. I may never like it. But I won’t let that stop me from building a game, which is what I love most.
I tried using iNudge, but wasn’t happy with what I produced. I have no music ability. Wasted about an hour. One day I will have music with my entry, but not this time.
- Created assets I did not use
Create the assets as you are going to add them to the game. Otherwise, it’s lost time when you cut the feature. I spent time creating versions of the rescued characters so they can follow around the primary characters as they are rescued. I had to cut this feature and lost about 30 minutes with graphics assets that were never used.
10 Second Clip:
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