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Ludum Dare 24 Theme Voting Begins!

Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
Saturday, August 18th, 2012 2:41 pm

Theme voting has begun! Tune in every day this week for a new round of themes. *

[ ROUND 1 | ROUND 2 | ROUND 3 ]
[ ROUND 4 | FINAL ROUND ]

Special thanks to Sos for helping us run the Theme Slaughter, and Sorceress for helping prune duplicates and repeat themes.

* Links above in Bold are still open. If you haven’t cast a vote yet, click the link to do it. End times for each round vary, and many cross over. Due to PoV being away all day Thursday, Final Round will begin sometime Wednesday Evening (EST). (Old Links)

* If you get an error message about needing to log in to vote, and you are already logged in, then try refreshing your browser (CTRL+F5).

Ludum Dare 23 Results!

Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
Sunday, May 13th, 2012 6:11 pm

Well it looks like our 10 year anniversary event is over. I am soooo full of cake! Here are the results:

How did I do?

You can view your results here:

My Results: ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-23/?action=me

The individual category results are just above your comments.

Top 50 Games

Check out winning competition and jam games here:

Compo Top 50: ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-23/?action=top
Jam Top 50: ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-23/?action=top&cat=Overall(Jam)

Winners are decided by the Overall category.

Congratulations to all the winners.

Categorical Top 25s

Here at Ludum Dare, being the best game isn’t the only way to win. Games are rated in 7 additional categories, with a special “Coolness” category highlighting people that went above and beyond to be sure you got a vote.

Categorical Top 25s: ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-23/?more=1

(And for the press, a shorter Top 5’s is available here)

*NOTE*: You can click on the titles of the categories for Top 50 style lists per category.

Ludum Dare 24 – August 2012

You had a good time right? Great! We’re doing it again in August! We don’t have a specific date chosen yet, but here’s some facts:

  • We will avoid scheduling it the same weekend as PAX and Assembly
  • Mike likes to schedule things later in the month
  • 24 is an interesting number… VERY interesting, and I don’t mean that it’s a Friday ;)

Stay tuned for that. Follow us on Twitter or join the mailing list to stay informed.

May Mini LD, hosted by The Sophie Houlden

August not soon enough?

Tune in this weekend for a brand new Mini LD event hosted by Sophie Houlden. Unfamiliar with Mini LDs? It’s like a regular LD without the weeks of voting (and waiting).

Suggestions

If you have any suggestions for us (website, observations, etc), we continue to collect them in the comments here:

http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/2012/01/09/suggestion-post-2/

Thanks everyone for coming out and making Ludum Dare 23, our 10 year anniversary, an INCREDIBLE success! We hope to see you again in August!

– Mike Kasprzak (PoV)

Ludum Dare 23 Theme Voting Begins!

Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
Sunday, April 15th, 2012 12:49 pm

Theme voting has begun! Tune in every day this week for a new round of themes.

[ ROUND 1 | ROUND 2 | ROUND 3 ]
[ ROUND 4 | FINAL ROUND! ]

Special thanks to Sos for building and running the theme pruning site.

Ludum Dare 22 Results!

Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
Monday, January 9th, 2012 7:07 pm

This is the end, my friend. Here are the results:

How did I do?

You can view your results here:

My Results: ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-22/?action=me

The individual category results are just above your comments.

Top 50 Games

Check out winning competition and jam games here:

Compo Top 50: ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-22/?action=top
Jam Top 50: ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-22/?action=top&cat=Overall(Jam)

Winners are decided by the Overall category.

Congratulations to all the winners.

Categorical Top 25s

Here at Ludum Dare, being the best game isn’t the only way to win. Games are rated in 8 additional categories, with a special “Coolness” category highlighting people that went above and beyond to be sure you got a vote.

Categorical Top 25s: ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-22/?more=1

(And for the press, a shorter Top 5’s is available here)

*NOTE*: You can click on the titles of the categories for Top 50 style lists per category.

More Ludum Dare 22 links

Keynotes!, with Fydo, NieloGD, and special guests Sos and Dogbomb
Theme Voting Results
Post Event Post
Survey Results by Breakdance McFunkypants
– DogBomb’s 100 Game Video Extravaganza
Wallpaper of 890 games, by ExciteMike

Ludum Dare 23 – April 2012 – ** 10 Year Anniversary! **

It’s pretty crazy when you think about it, but the next Ludum Dare event coming up in April will be our 10 year anniversary. Yes, we’ve been doing these silly events for 10 years now! Wow! Be sure to stop by in April for the big one! Lets break 1000!

Ludum Dare at the Game Developers Conference

Phil and I are regular attendees at the Game Developers Conference, so if you too are attending, stay tuned. Last year we did a meetup as well as an afternoon Game Jam at NoiseBridge. It was a lot of fun hanging out with with everybody. We don’t have our plans figured out for next year yet, but stay tuned!

January Mini LD, hosted by The Grieve

Afraid of life without Ludum Dare?

Tune in next week for a brand new Mini LD event hosted by The Grieve. Unfamiliar with Mini LDs? It’s like a regular LD without the weeks of voting (and waiting).

Suggestions

If you have any suggestions for us (website, observations, etc), we continue to collect them in the comments here:

http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/2012/01/09/suggestion-post-2/

Thanks everyone for coming out and making Ludum Dare 22 such a HUGE success! We hope to see you again in April! Lets break 1000 on the 10 year anniversary!

– Mike Kasprzak (PoV)

New Entry Voting Category: Mood

Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
Friday, December 16th, 2011 9:23 pm

So as of Ludum Dare 22, we’ve added a new entry voting category: Mood

With a theme like Alone, we realize the possibilities for storytelling, sadness, and generally playing with emotion are plentiful. There’s been much debate whether Humor should be retired in favor of a more general category. Mood has been our favorite for a while now, but as a term it doesn’t exactly emphasize humor in any way (if anything, humor gets lost in mood). So to appease both fans of the funny and fans of the serious, we’ll try both.

We hope you like the addition of Mood to the entry voting categories list.

Ludum Dare 22 Theme Voting Begins!

Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
Sunday, December 11th, 2011 12:07 pm

Theme voting begins! Tune in every day this week for a new round of themes.

[ ROUND 1 | ROUND 2 | ROUND 3 ]
[ ROUND 4 | FINAL ROUND ]

Special thanks to Sos for setting up the community “hot or not” style theme pruner, and everyone that helped us get our final list.

Upcoming Game Jams and Meetups during Ludum Dare weekend

Here’s a list of real world game jams and meetups taking place over Ludum Dare weekend:

If you’re hosting a Ludum Dare related gathering, let us know! Make a post here on the site with details, and we’ll add you to the list!

Other News

Ludum Dare 21 Results!

Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
Monday, September 12th, 2011 7:00 pm

It’s that time! Three weeks and a whopping 599 games later, here are the results:

Top 50 Games

Due to our HUGE recent increase in submissions, we’ve bumped the top 20 to a top 50. Check out the best competition games here:

Compo Top 50: ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-21/?action=top

Winners are decided by the Overall category. In addition to the top 50 compo games (solo, stricter rules), here are the top 50 jam games (solo and teams, relaxed rules):

Jam Top 50: ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-21/?action=top&cat=Overall(Jam)

Congratulations to all the winners.

NEW: The lists have gotten so big lately. So to keep the site fast and snappy during the heavy loads (events and results), we had to truncate them at 50. Don’t worry though, you can see your individual categorical ratings on your games page.

Categorical Top 25s

Here at Ludum Dare, being the best game isn’t the only way to win. Games are rated in 7 additional categories, with a special “Coolness” category highlighting people that went above and beyond to be sure you got a vote.

Categorical Top 25s: ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-21/?more=1

(And for the press, a shorter Top 5’s is available here)

*NOTE*: You can click on the titles of the categories for Top 50 style lists per category.

More Ludum Dare 21 links

Keynote!, with Breakdance McFunkypants and special guest Sos
Theme Voting Results
Post Event Post
Wallpaper of all 599 games, by ExciteMike

Interesting Tags: montage, motivation, foodphoto, food, deskphoto, desk, timelapse

October Challenge 2011!

Yes, we’re doing it again this year. Details about the upcoming event will be posted soon.

In summary, yes, basically the same thing as last year. Go make money. :D

Ludum Dare 22 – Coming December 2011!!

Stop by again this December for our next regularly scheduled event. We’ll try to have a date nailed down a month or two ahead of time. Don’t forget the mailing list, and Twitter.

September Mini LD, hosted by increpare

Still got that Ludum Dare fever?

Tune in Friday for a brand new Mini LD event hosted by increpare. Unfamiliar with Mini LDs? It’s like a regular LD without the weeks of voting (and waiting).

A Busy Busy September

Mini LD isn’t the only thing going on this weekend. Breakdance McFunkypants has posted a comprehensive list of 7 game jams going on this weekend (and/or ending/crossing this weekend). Check it out.

http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/2011/08/29/5-jams-in-one-weekend/

Don’t let the URL fool you. There was more going on than initially thought. :)

Suggestions

If you have any suggestions for us (website, observations, etc), we continue to collect them in the comments here:

http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/2009/08/30/suggestion-post/

Thanks everyone for coming out and making Ludum Dare 21 such a HUGE success! We hope to see you again soon!

– Mike Kasprzak (PoV)

Last chance to play and rate LD21 games

Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
Saturday, September 10th, 2011 2:51 pm

The clock is ticking down! This is your final chance to play and rate games!

In these final hours, PLEASE give games with a low number of ratings a try. You can use this following link to view a sorted list of all games with the least number of votes:

http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-21/?sortby=rate_in&q=

Tune in late Monday night (about an hour after the clock strikes zero) for the results.

Ludum Dare 21 Theme Voting Begins!

Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
Saturday, August 13th, 2011 5:13 pm

Theme voting has now begun! Tune in every day this week for a new round of theme voting.

[ ROUND 1 | ROUND 2 | ROUND 3 ]
[ ROUND 4 | FINAL ROUND ]

Special thanks to Sos, Quin, and many others for helping prune the theme list.

Other News

Results for MiniLD #28 are Live!

Last chance to say “I’m In” and be part of the keynote!. Closed.

Breakdance McFunkypants is writing a book on Game Jams.

ghbrvlowabrvfladberogvlwrvfwlo games wants your games to put on CD!

Dark Acre Jack suggests Google Hangouts (video chats) during LD21. **WILD**

Arowx suggests adding tags to your I’m in posts. **NEW**

Important

We have now installed Caching (W3 Total Cache) on the LD Blog. Contact PoV (Mike K) or Phil Hassey if there are problems.

Ludum Dare 20 Results!

Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
Monday, May 23rd, 2011 6:56 pm

It’s been a long 3 weeks for some, but Ludum Dare 20 has finally ended.

Here are your results:

Top 20 Competition Games

You can check out the top 20 competition games here (including ties):

http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-20/?action=top

Winners are decided by the Overall category. To see the complete list, hit the “Show All Entries” link at the bottom.

Categorical Top 5’s

Here at Ludum Dare, being the best game isn’t the only way to win. Games are rated in 7 additional categories, with a special “Coolness” category highlighting people that went above and beyond to be sure you got a vote.

http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-20/

*NOTE*: You can click on the titles of the categories for Top 20 style lists per category.

More Great Games from the Jam!

The Jam is huge – simple as that. With 64 games this time, the Jam is now larger than some of the earlier Ludum Dare events. I regret that we still don’t do more for the jammers, but don’t fret, we are thinking of you. We’d like to encourage everyone to check out the Jam games, and leave a comment. Here are four to get you started:

Rainbow Riding Hoodz by Mr_Hk_ and team

Tri by ratking

Lonely Fortress by Winterblood

Again, this is just a taste of some of the great games to be found in the Jam.

See them all here:

ALL JAM GAMES (64) <--

Seriously, go check them out!

More Ludum Dare 20 links

Keynote!, with Sos
Theme Voting Results
Entry counts in the final minutes, by me
Wallpaper of all entries, by ExciteMike

Interesting Tags: montage, motivation, foodphoto, food, deskphoto, desk, timelapse

IndieGames.com’s 250 Indie Games You Must Play

Editor of IndieGames.com Michael Rose has recently released his new book “250 Indie Games You Must Play”. I know we’re a pretty significant source of great freebies and not-so-freebies (see the featured games in the sidebar), so I fired off a question last night: Did any Ludum Dare games make the book?

Mike had this to say:

Yep, quite a number [of times] actually :)

We here at Ludum Dare love talking about ourselves, and though we may not have coffee tables to prominently show a book on, coffee is a significant source of caffeine, so I’m sold.

Visit your favorite Amazon and pick it up.

Ludum Dare breaks 2000 on Twitter!

As the organizers, Phil and I tend to amuse ourselves each event with little statistics to gauge the growth of the community. One I’ve been keeping a close eye on for LD20 is our twitter follower count. Early this morning, the @ludumdare twitter account finally broke 2000 followers! Wow!

We use the twitter account as a way to share little updates. Reminders, press coverage, and the occasional amusing quip we catch in the Twitterverse or on IRC. If you’re in to that sort of thing, and do the twitter thang, follow us!

Also if you haven’t already, sign up for the mailing list. Even if you do hound twitter reading each and every post, we make an effort to get the most important news to you via e-mail too.

Ludum Dare 21 – Coming August 2011!!

Like usual, stop by again in August for our next regularly scheduled event. We’ll try to have a date nailed down a month or two ahead of time. Don’t forget the mailing list, and Twitter.

May Mini LD #26, hosted by drZool

I agree, August is quite a ways away. How about this weekend then? Yes, tune in Friday for a brand new MiniLD event hosted by drZool. He’s been teasing with D’s all month… I wonder what he’s up to?

Suggestions

If you have any suggestions for us (website, observations, etc), we continue to collect them in the comments here:

http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/2009/08/30/suggestion-post/

Thanks everyone for coming out and making Ludum Dare 20 such a big success! We’ll see you again in August!

– Mike Kasprzak (PoV)

Final Round Voting!

Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
Friday, April 29th, 2011 6:31 am

If you haven’t yet, go here and cast your vote for the final theme:

[ FINAL ROUND THEME VOTING ]

For a complete list of theme voting results, go here. If you haven’t yet watched the keynote, GO HERE. Seriously, check it out, it’s great.

Theme Announcement

The theme will be announced once the clock above hits zero. The website tends to gets hammered at the start time, and we can’t get the theme results if we can’t visit the site ourselves! So instead of refreshing the ludumdare.com/compo/ website constantly, we recommend checking one of the following places for the theme:

www.ludumdare.com (the hub) | @ludumdare on Twitter
irc.afternet.org in #LudumDare

Historically, IRC gets the theme first, so if you want it soonest you should go there. Twitter and the hub page should get it next, followed by the website and the mailing list. Traffic should lighten up within 5 minutes, so feel free to come back and start blogging. Hopefully we can avoid bringing the server to it’s knees this time. Thanks everyone!

Ludum Dare 20 Theme Voting has begun!

Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 3:25 pm

Theme voting has now begun! Tune in every day this week for a new round of theme voting.

[ ROUND 1 | ROUND 2 | ROUND 3 (SILLY THEMES) ]
[ ROUND 4 | ROUND 5 | FINAL ROUND ]

Special thanks go to LegacyCrono for setting up the Google spreadsheet, and everyone that helped prune the list to a more manageable size.

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