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Results Soon! Just finishing up a post. :) – PoV

Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
Monday, May 11th, 2015 8:36 pm

Ludum Dare 32 Theme Slaughter!

Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
Thursday, April 2nd, 2015 5:50 pm

Over the past 3 weeks you suggested over 5000 themes! Wow! That’s too many, so it’s time for a slaughter!

It’s our version of a hot-or-not for Ludum Dare themes. Click the graphic above, and keep clicking until you can click no more! Every click helps, so click more and click often! Much appreciated!

REMEMBER: This is just Phase 1 of the theme vote. Next week, the top 80 themes from the slaughter will go head-to-head in 5 rounds of voting (Round 5 is best of 1-4). The winning theme will be announced at the start.

Welcome GitHub Game Off Participants!

Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
Friday, March 13th, 2015 9:18 am

GameOffWelcome developers finding us through GitHub’s latest contest.

We’re in the process of improving and building us a brand new website to make finding, submitting and sharing games much better. Unfortunately, everything about the current website is dated and clumsy. We’ve been running Game Jams for 13 years now, and we’ve got a lot of stuff (but you need to know how to find it).

Here are links to games with source found on GitHub from our past 4 events:

Ludum Dare 31 – Entire Game on One Screen
Ludum Dare 30 – Connected Worlds
Ludum Dare 29 – Beneath the Surface
Ludum Dare 28 – You only get one

A complete list of events can be found here: http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludumdare/. Click any of the “All” or “Compo” links (if there is no “All”), punch in github.com in the search box to find games from that event on GitHub.

Be sure to give credit to the original authors!

Hey! What if I don’t want my games to be part of this contest?

Simply visit your game page, Edit, and remove the link to your GitHub repository. All we’re doing to find them is a simple search (for github.com). As long as there is no mention of github on your game page, you wont show up in the search results. NOTE: Site caching may keep it around for a few minutes after editing.

Real World Gatherings for Ludum Dare 32 [50]

Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
Thursday, March 12th, 2015 7:32 pm

While Ludum Dare is typically an online event (make a game from the comfort of your home), many real world events happen around Ludum Dare. Most events have limited space, so RSVP ASAP! Here’s the list:

USA

Everywhere Else

If you want your event on the list, post a comment letting me know where your event is. Be sure to include a link to further details (either here on the blog, or elsewhere).

Obituary: Koen van Katwijk (Doctor Broccoli)

Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
Saturday, January 3rd, 2015 3:12 pm

Hey everyone, Mike here.

I regret to inform you that Koen van Katwijk, also known a Doctor Broccoli, has passed away. By request of his brother, this page will serve as a memorial of him and his games. I’ve taken the liberty to archive them here on LudumDare.com as well (all but his first Ludum Dare game, which I don’t have a working download for).

His brother Tim had this to share:

What was supposed to be a joyous day ended up to be a disaster. in the night of 30 December my little brother died due to an epileptic seizure. We found him in the morning of December 31st. He was 22 years old.

He studied game and media technology at the university of Utrecht in the Netherlands which was his passion and his joy. One of favorite pastimes was participating in the Ludum Dare. His online persona was Doctor Broccoli. His real name was Koen van Katwijk. I’ll fondly remember the moments where he would work day and night to make sure he would be able to submit something to his standards and he was willing to give himself a massive jetlag just for the Ludum Dare (“Silly Americans with their different time”).

He never settled for something that did not reach his desired standards.

His fascinations were with procedurally generated content and fancy looking (though often also quite simplistic) graphics. He didn’t care for sound (“I shouldn’t steal sounds from an open library and I can’t record sounds so somebody else should worry about that” he’d often say). He always strived to be unique and innovative. He never took the easy way out.

We will miss him dearly.

koen

Koen van Katwijk
Doctor Broccoli

2-7-1992 – 31-12-2014

Our dearest sympathies go out to his family during this difficult time.

Results for Ludum Dare 31

Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
Monday, December 29th, 2014 8:36 pm

And with that, our 31st event has ended. Here are the results:

How did I do?

You can view your results here:

My Results: ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=me

The individual category results are just above your comments.

Top 100 Games

Check out winning competition and jam games here:

Compo Top 100: ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=top
Jam Top 100: ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=top&cat=Overall(Jam)

Winners are decided by the Overall category.

Congratulations to all the winners.

Category Winners

Here at Ludum Dare, being the best overall 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 25’s: ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/

*NOTE*: You can click on the titles of the categories for Top 100 lists per category.

Thanks again everyone for making Ludum Dare great!

– Mike Kasprzak (PoV)

Ludum Dare 31 Theme Voting

Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
Saturday, November 29th, 2014 4:11 pm

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[ ROUND 1 | ROUND 2 | ROUND 3 ]

[ ROUND 4 | FINAL ROUND ]

It’s that time again! Tune in every day this week for a new round of voting.

Special thanks to Sorceress, rxi and the31 for their help with the list.

Ludum Dare 31 Theme Slaughter!

Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
Friday, November 21st, 2014 3:02 pm

No no! The theme isn’t Slaughter. We’re having a slaughter!

It’s like hot-or-not for Ludum Dare themes. Click the graphic above, and keep clicking until you can click no more! Every click helps, so click more and click often!

Special thanks again to Sorceress for preparing the theme list for me.

Changing the Hashtag (#LD48 to #LDJAM)

Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 1:28 pm

Hey folks! Mike here!

I was going to do a video for this, but it’s a lot faster for me to just write.

I’d like us to change the Hashtag (#LD48). It’s a common source of confusion for new participants (“I thought it was LD 31?”), which is about half of everyone participating in Ludum Dare events. And given all the other Ludum Dare numerics (72 hour jam, 48 hour compo, every past event), it’s helping nobody.

My proposed alternative is:

#LDJAM

When we started Ludum Dare 12 years ago, the term “Game Jam” hadn’t caught on. Instead, we took our inspirations from the Demoscene (i.e. “compo”). Nowadays though, Game Jams are what people call what we do. And even if you don’t know what a Game Jam is, you probably know the music term Jam/Jamming, or the sugary spread you put on your toast (arguably both are accurate descriptors of what we do). 😉

It’s unfortunately to change something we’ve been doing for 12 years (calling Ludum Dare LD48), but it’s a necessary step towards helping more people understand what we do.

This doesn’t solve the confusion between the Jam and Compo, but I think it’s still a better problem to have than having no idea what we do.

PLUS: ldj.am was available. Should make a good URL shortener. 😀

Share your thoughts in the comments.

Real World Gatherings for Ludum Dare 31 (34)

Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
Thursday, September 18th, 2014 7:05 am

While Ludum Dare is typically an online event (make a game from the comfort of your home), many real world events happen around Ludum Dare. Here’s the list:

If you want your event on the list, post a comment letting me know where your event is. Be sure to include a link to further details (either here on the blog, or elsewhere).

Results for Ludum Dare 30

Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
Monday, September 15th, 2014 7:56 pm

And with that, our 30th event has ended. Here are the results:

How did I do?

You can view your results here:

(more…)

Ludum Dare 30 Theme Voting Begins!

Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
Saturday, August 16th, 2014 10:53 am

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 ]

Thanks to Sorceress, rxi and Jiggawatt for helping out.

* 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.

* 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 in Firefox/IE), or in Chrome F12 then Right Click on Refresh and select “Empty Cache and Hard Reload”).

Results for Ludum Dare 29

Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
Monday, May 19th, 2014 6:53 pm

Finally, our 29th event has ended. Here are the results:

How did I do?

You can view your results here:

My Results: ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-29/?action=me

The individual category results are just above your comments.

Top 100 Games

Check out winning competition and jam games here:

Compo Top 100: ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-29/?action=top
Jam Top 100: ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-29/?action=top&cat=Overall(Jam)

Winners are decided by the Overall category.

Congratulations to all the winners.

Category Winners

Here at Ludum Dare, being the best overall 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 25’s: ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-29/

*NOTE*: You can click on the titles of the categories for Top 100 lists per category.

Ludum Dare 30 – Coming August 22nd-25th 2014!

2014 is off to a great start, and we’re doing it again in August! I’ve done what I can to avoid major gaming, indie, and demoscene events. Follow us on Twitter or join the mailing list to stay informed.

Thanks everyone for helping kick off our 2014 season and making Ludum Dare 29 another great event!

– Mike Kasprzak (PoV)

IndieCade Discount for Ludum Dare Participants

Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 8:04 am

IndieCade has partnered with Ludum Dare to offer all LD games $32 off the submission fee for IndieCade 2014 (applicable to regular and late submissions) using this code.

ICLUDUM14

This code is only valid if your game was made during the Ludum Dare jam or competition in April ‘14, December ‘13 or August ‘13. Work can continue on the game after the event.

To use the code, enter it in the space at the bottom of the page during Step 7. “Submission Fee” of the submission process at judy.indiecade.com. Be sure to click the “Use Coupon” button before processing payment, as the discount is applied in advance.

If you have used this code during your submission you must also reference Ludum Dare in your game’s description and state that it was created during the jam/competition. If you use the code for the discount but omit this reference in your description the game will be disqualified from competition. (So pleeeeeease don’t forget to do it.)

Ludum Coupon

Ludum Dare 29 Theme Voting Begins!

Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
Saturday, April 19th, 2014 7:04 am

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 ]

Thanks again to Sorceress for helping out.

* 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.

* 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 in Firefox/IE), or in Chrome F12 then Right Click on Refresh and select “Empty Cache and Hard Reload”).

Ludum Dare 28 Results!

Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
Monday, January 6th, 2014 7:57 pm

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