Welcome to Ludum Dare 30!

Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
August 20th, 2014 4:11 pm

As the summer winds down, it’s time for more Ludum Dare!

Final Round Theme Voting has begun! The highest rated themes from Rounds 1-4 have been collected here for the Final Grand Theme Battl-stravaganza! What theme will be victorious? You decide!


This is the one that counts!


Keynoting Ludum Dare 30 is Joel “Jovoc” Davis, one of the most prolific LD’ers of all time. He’s been doing Ludum Dares for as long as they’ve been 48 hours long. And he’s gonna show you how to cook … games!

I dare ya to have an great weekend!!


60 Responses to “Welcome to Ludum Dare 30!”

  1. LTyrosine says:

    “Let the games begin”

  2. burgerdare says:

    After seeing some less than inspired themes, there’s nothing like a fun keynote to get you in the game jam mood
    (Side note: the secret ingredient is screen shake)

  3. Calahagus says:

    Dammit, I really really wanted “What is That in the Distance?” to come through to the final voting. I’m sad now.

  4. TMKCodes says:

    I really want Another World or Connected Worlds to win!

  5. DavidErosa says:

    An amazing keynote, made me laugh :) Thanks!

  6. jovoc says:

    My only regret is that I didn’t have a bucket of potato salad to include in the keynote.

  7. Osgeld says:

    I almost rolled my eyes at that keynote, then I giggled

    good work Jovoc

  8. oxysoft says:

    Going by the tradition of round 1 most voted theme winning, seems like this is going to be connected world; Less than pleased about this but it doesn’t bother me that much

    (r.i.p headphone users)

  9. gandalf1209 says:

    So many bullcrap themes man…

  10. IAmSpencer says:

    haha that was an awesome keynote, great way to get people excited! 😀

  11. voxel says:

    This sets the bar way too high. Or is that too low? I don’t remember if this is a limbo competition or what.

    I liked this video +

  12. dylanigan says:

    The great keynote made up for the mediocre themes.

  13. dusho says:

    confused.. so how do you pronounce ‘Ludum Dare’ ?

    • TobiasW says:

      The Latin pronunciation (“Ludum Dare” ~= “giving a game”) is the second one in the video. The first one is the pronunciation if you use the English word “dare” instead, which is probably part of the pun in the name.

      I’m german, so I’m rolling with the first one (Latin is super easy to pronounce for Germans), but I personally don’t give 2 cents about anybody pronouncing it as english.

      So, choose:
      1) Do you want to feel superior? Use the Latin pronunciation and correct everybody who doesn’t! Filthy ignorant peasants!
      2) Do you feel like a rebel and/or enjoy being corrected by other people? Use the English pronunciation! Down with the system!

    • jovoc says:

      Pronounce it however you want.

  14. Phil River says:

    Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Omae Wa Mo Shindeiru!

    You Are Already Dead FTW!!!!

  15. cobrajs says:

    Anyone else think it’s kinda odd how most of these themes can relate to Portal?

  16. iambored2006 says:

    I fucking hate themes with the word ‘you’ in them, especially when it begins with ‘you’. Why can’t “you are already dead” be just “already dead”? And “you are not supposed to be here” should simply be “not supposed to be”. Think of how much better LD28 would have been if the theme were “only one”. Would it be inappropriate to change such themes between the slaughter and the voting?
    Anyway, I’m not complaining; I got a couple of themes that I would love for them to win.

  17. Will Edwards says:

    Oh no, not “connected worlds” :(

    There will be 2000 platform games with doors between rooms somehow :(

    Its such an unoriginal idea that RPS warned against it yesterday:

    http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2014/08/18/gamescom-2014-doom-silent-hill-mgs-elite-dead-island/ <- required reading!

  18. g_o says:

    Lol, usually it’s funnier, but yeah the poison cup was kinda funny XD

  19. Markavian says:

    The secret ingredient is… play test early?

  20. mri80 says:

    That tastes like Math! Started cringing at the keynote, somehow ended up laughing. Great job!

  21. mrspeaker says:

    Best ever keynote. Gunna watch it again right now.

  22. Marcellus says:

    that was a great keynote. well done /ludum dare/ro

  23. SnapDragon says:

    Did I hear it correctly, the secret ingredient is time?

  24. Tim Bumpus says:

    It’s love, people. Don’t you watch television?

  25. Simplexcity says:

    Good luck to everybody!! im excited

  26. saluk says:

    I’m not rooting for any themes. The one I like least will be picked anyway :) So I’m not letting myself get attached! Just going to roll with whatever comes my way.

  27. Berail says:

    First time Ludum Dare and lot of funny themes in pool nice ! :)

  28. Kedume Bits says:

    A funny Keynote to calm the nerves before the competition :-)

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