About pretzelhands (twitter: @_pretzelhands)



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MiniLD #28
Ludum Dare 19

pretzelhands's Trophies

All-Mighty Lord of the hidden interface award
Awarded by kdrnic
on December 17, 2013
Contributions to the Community
Awarded by sorceress
on December 10, 2012
A Post That's Too Good
Awarded by Madball
on December 10, 2012
Proud of his Trophies Award
Awarded by Whiteclaws
on August 28, 2012
The Awesome Mate Award
Awarded by Whiteclaws
on August 27, 2012
The Contrasting Timezones Award
Awarded by iandioch
on July 21, 2012

pretzelhands's Archive

I’m in too

Posted by (twitter: @_pretzelhands)
Friday, August 22nd, 2014 4:25 am

Oh look. It’s that guy with the neat formatting!

And he’s joining Ludum Dare for the 12th time.

Well, it’s been a while. 4 years and 2 days ago I started my first Ludum Dare with Game Maker. I had fun, I was 13 and, of course, I didn’t finish. But that doesn’t matter. It sparked something in me. The discovery that programming is fun.

Since then I’ve gone on to participate in over 30 game jams, host 4 myself, start a game jam management system that I might actually finish at some point, got a job as web developer at a cool company and in general had lots of success. But that’s another story, that I’m sparing for a keynote, that I want to do for LD32. Go nag PoV if you want to hear it.

The tools

Now is the time to declare my tools. I will stay within my comfort zone and go with web stuff. Javascript and Canvas (and Node.js if I want to do stuff on the back). For graphics my tool of choice is Paint.NET, or Krita. I usually don’t have the time for audio.

My base code is available here

Sadly, but also luckily, I’m terribly busy helping with another game jam on the side, so we’ll see how much time I can allocate to this.

See ya all during the compo! I hope you make some great games!

MiniLD – The 53rd Edition

Posted by (twitter: @_pretzelhands)
Sunday, July 6th, 2014 2:40 pm

It’s over! 61 entries!

Thanks everyone for coming out and making games! Now go play and give feedback to each other! It’ll be fun and games! (Literally)


I’m in too.

Posted by (twitter: @_pretzelhands)
Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 12:29 pm

Hey everyone.

I’m a bit late with my post, but I’m in too, as always since LD18. This time I’ll be on a run to Vienna, though. We’ll see how it turns out. Anyhow! Tools!

Language: Javascript or Python
Library: Phaser or PyGame or nothing.

Graphics: Krita.
Err.. We’ll see.

And that’s about it!

Catch you in IRC,

Help me by submitting a picture of your game!

Posted by (twitter: @_pretzelhands)
Sunday, February 16th, 2014 2:30 pm

Hey LD community,

some of you may know, that I’m currently working on a project called “Game Jam Management System”. As the name implies it’s supposed to make hosting game jams simple and accessible to everyone!

And now I need some help from all the game jammers out there.ยด
For the website I’ll create for it, I’ll need screenshots of game jam games to use in the head slider. So if you want to have your game jam game shown (including credits, i.e. mention of name and link to website) go here and submit a screenshot!

Ideally your screenshot should have a width of 900px or more. The height doesn’t matter much.

Thanks for your help!
– Folis

Folis’ n-th “I’m in” post!

Posted by (twitter: @_pretzelhands)
Saturday, August 17th, 2013 6:51 am

It’s happening again, and you won’t drive me away from it! (Especially since I’m waiting to do that LD #32 keynote; Watch out, PoV!)

This time I’ll use a bit of a different toolset, just because always GameMaker seems a bit bland, doesn’t it? So, here we go:

ENGINE: Unity3D;

AUDIO: FruityLoops Demo; A microphone and Audacity for epic sfx;
GRAPHICS: Wings3D, Blender, Paint.NET;

STREAMING: OpenBroadcaster;

Alright, anything else? Oh well.
Good luck to everyone, especially the new people! :)

I’m done!

Posted by (twitter: @_pretzelhands)
Sunday, April 28th, 2013 4:55 pm

Check the game here

Then watch the timelapse below:

And yeah. Post mortem will follow when it’s not 2 a.m. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Minimalism; a.k.a LD11 v2.0

Posted by (twitter: @_pretzelhands)
Saturday, April 27th, 2013 12:49 am

First off, yes I know that LD11’s theme was ‘Minimalist’, whatever.


I actually like the theme, because it fits my style of LD games. Which is probably not a good sign, though. Anyways, I’m still failing in the idea department.

Instead of interesting news, take a picture of my desk:

Ain't it pretty?

Ain’t it pretty?

I totally forgot to write a “I’m in”-post!

Posted by (twitter: @_pretzelhands)
Monday, April 22nd, 2013 12:21 pm

Tool of making: Game Maker (as always);

Additional libraries: TweenGMS;

Sound: bfxr;

Music: Will be decided when needed.

Arts: Paint.NET

So, yeah. Can’t wait to start my 8th LD! This is gonna be fun!

For all the new guys!

Posted by (twitter: @_pretzelhands)
Friday, April 5th, 2013 2:11 pm

Are you new to Ludum Dare?
No plan how to start out? Worried about failing?

Fear no longer! I’m here to help you!Here are two articles containing all sorts of tips and tricks for surviving your first compo/jam:

Sol_HSA’s famous LD Survival guide!
Folis’ inofficial guide for newbies!

Also: Don’t get overly nervous, just because this is your first compo/jam, just try to prepare as well as you can, and enjoy the experience. Everyone started from zero. I was at your position too 8 compos ago! And I made my first game during a LD, so that works too!

So, good luck to everyone!

– Folis

Just got into LD? Want more game jam madness? Read here!

Posted by (twitter: @_pretzelhands)
Saturday, December 22nd, 2012 4:15 pm


This post is exactly what it says on the tin!

Good day, fellow Ludum Darees!

Today I had the idea for yet another game jam! The New-Year Game Jam!

It’ll happen on from December 31st, 12:00 am until January 2nd, 12:00 am (in your timezone, because the new year starts at a different time for everyone!)

There will be no limitations on who can enter, and what you can enter with! Just make a game for the new year, and have fun while doing so!

So, if you enjoyed LD and want some more game jam madness: JOIN ME!
If you are entering the 1GAM thing, you can finish your first game on day 1!


Website here


And that’s all I have to say for now! You may also consider checking my Twitter here :)
Be sure to check the website daily to keep up-to-date!


55 seconds of goodness!

Posted by (twitter: @_pretzelhands)
Sunday, December 16th, 2012 7:54 pm

There is my timelapse! It’s really short (just like my development time!)

Erm. Some news.

Posted by (twitter: @_pretzelhands)
Sunday, December 16th, 2012 7:08 pm

You remember when I said that I was out? Yeah, of course you do..

Screw that!


(made in 2 hours)

(DISCLAIMER: This game may contain goats.)

To all the people who’ve done a game: Great!
To all first-timers who’ve done a game: You. are. awesome.

And out!

Posted by (twitter: @_pretzelhands)
Sunday, December 16th, 2012 9:16 am

Yes. Folis is out. I only have ~22 minutes left until I’m away for the rest of the time. Not gonna make a game in that time, even though I already made a game in “0” hours.

Looks like I should’ve read my own tips sheet ๐Ÿ˜‰
No, tbh: I didn’t like the theme from the beginning. All the concepts I had were either overly-complicated or no fun at all. That didn’t work out.

I’ll write a longer post-mortem tomorrow. I’mma go take a shower now!

– Folis

Just deleted my project.

Posted by (twitter: @_pretzelhands)
Saturday, December 15th, 2012 3:38 pm


Yes, kinda. The story behind this is, that I either need a VERY limited timeframe (see my LD24 game.), or I need to restart mid-compo (See the rest of my games). If neither of these things are there, you can bet 200$ that I won’t finish. Anyways. Back to brainstorming. Yeehaw.


Serious random generation and stuff!

Posted by (twitter: @_pretzelhands)
Saturday, December 15th, 2012 9:32 am

Yes, it’s actually THIS awesome! (Click on image to “play”)

Om nom nom!

Posted by (twitter: @_pretzelhands)
Saturday, December 15th, 2012 8:31 am

Aren’t those tasty-looking Krapfen standing on my tablet in front of my old HDD?

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