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Ludum Dare 31 — Coming December 5th-8th 2014!

  • ??? Begins: in 7 days, 8 hours, 47 minutes, 26 seconds
  • October Ends: in 8 days, 8 hours, 59 minutes, 26 seconds
  • Ludum Dare 31 begins: in 43 days, 9 hours, 47 minutes, 26 seconds
  • (FYI: Clock might be off) | Ludum Dare 31: Real World Gatherings (Now Open!)

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    About PoV (twitter: @mikekasprzak)

    Mike Kasprzak, AKA "PoV" is your fearless leader. He plays this role so the others don't have to. He didn't start Ludum Dare, but has been around since the beginning. Even though it's wrong, he speaks the word "Dare" as it would be spoken in English. He does that with "Euler" too, which should make that guy pretty mad.

    Mike is a game industry veteran with more than a decade of experience, and multiple console and mobile games to his name. Currently he owns and operates Sykhronics Entertainment, an Independent Game Developer based out of London, Ontario, Canada. Sykhronics is best known for the iPhone game Smiles, which was a finalist in the 2009 Independent Games Festival Mobile, was the winner of the Intel Atom Developer Challenge's "Most Elegant Design" award in 2010, and won the 2011 Developers Choice Award in Transgaming's GameTree.tv Developer Competition. Also PuffBOMB, a classic Ludum Dare entry of his that went on to be a finalist in the Slamdance Guerrilla Game Making Competition and be named a "Top Dog" on legendary gaming archive Home of the Underdogs.

    Mike is currently working on STACHE.

    Mike was a contributing author on an iPhone book nobody remembers and used to write for independent games website GameTunnel.

    Mike's funny story is that he "won a car" in a compo. He's been a full time independent game developer for too long.

    Company: Sykhronics Entertainment
    Twitter: mikekasprzak
    Blog: TooNormal

    Mike's Notable Compo Entries
    LD12 - towlr [towlr.com]
    72H2 - Zooble [Link]
    LD03 - PuffBOMB [puffbomb.com]
    LD02 - Sheep Strike
    LD01 - Trout!
    LD00 - Fun Game (not actually fun)


    Ludum Dare 26
    Ludum Dare 23

    PoV's Trophies

    Still Being PoV
    Awarded by dylanigan
    on August 22, 2014
    The "If you got another result than PoV, you are probably wrong" Award
    Awarded by klianc09
    on August 22, 2013
    The Stroustrup Award for Writing a Web-Based Game in C++
    Awarded by Jacob
    on April 24, 2012
    The IRC Math Teacher of the Year Award
    Awarded by Henry McLaughlin
    on October 29, 2011
    Being POV ld20 edition
    Awarded by sol_hsa
    on May 5, 2011
    The "Why Does PoV Get All The Cool Trophies?" Award
    Awarded by Henry McLaughlin
    on December 11, 2010

    PoV's Archive

    Real World Ludum Dare 29 Gatherings [32]

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Monday, February 17th, 2014 11:38 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).

    Tentative Ludum Dare 29 Date

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Saturday, February 8th, 2014 9:24 pm

    Well, it’s time to kick off Year 12 and do some scheduling!

    See, I typically try doing this on Twitter, which is notoriously bad for being a stream that people miss. So for a change, I’ve decided to do something sensible: make a post about it here on the website. How novel?

    Tentative Date: April 25th-28th Weekend

    I like to schedule events as late as possible in the month, and best I can tell, there are two very good reasons to prefer the last weekend of April.

    • April 4th-7th Weekend
      • Really Early Sadface :(
    • April 11-14 Weekend
      • PAX East (Major Gaming Convention) – Boston, MA
    • April 18-21 Weekend
      • Revision (Demo Party, formerly BreakPoint) – Saarbrücken, Germany
    • April 25-28 Weekend
      • :D :D :D I LIKE THIS ONE :D :D :D

    If I’ve missed any other major game industry related events, let me know in the comments.

    Being a coder and C64 Geek, I’m a total DemoScene nerd. Between Revision and Assembly (Summer), there’s really not much left. I’d hate to miss watching the live streams (yet again). ;)

    PAX East, I’ve actually exhibited at. Boston is a lovely city, with a wonderful gamedev community. I’m not attending this year, but I’m sure I will attend again soon. Plus the locals would kill me. :D

    So that’s my 2 cents. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments, or to let me know of other very important things happening certain weeks. Thanks!

    Only the Finest Steaks for Ludum Dare

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Thursday, December 12th, 2013 3:29 pm

    This afternoon I did battle with a large slab of Beef Tenderloin.


    We fought for over an hour, but the spoils made it worthwhile. More than a dozen thick super-tender steaks dropped as loot.


    Cooking anything fancy this weekend? Share it! Use the “foodphoto” tag.

    Welcome to Ludum Dare 28!

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 10:19 pm


    Obama’s Ludum Dare Keynote?

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Monday, December 9th, 2013 10:22 pm

    Okay, not really, but the timing is awfully good. And he talks about making games. That’s probably as close as we’ll ever get.

    Enjoy. :)

    Mailing List Migration

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Sunday, December 8th, 2013 8:43 pm

    Hey Folks,

    To end the spam problem, I’ll be shutting down the current mailing list after this message goes out.

    Please move any discussion to here:


    Soon after I’ll be setting up a new mailing list and adding everyone. Due to the number of requests, I haven’t unsubscribed anyone. If you wish to unsubscribe, instructions will be made available as the new list goes live.

    Until then!

    Good night [email protected] It was a good 11 years.

    I suppose this was overdue anyway. The mailing list was originally set up to be a common list for some of the older compo/jam events from a decade ago (Ludum Dare, 72HourGDC, PyWeek, etc). Ultimately though, the list was almost always about us.

    I still think a mailing list is useful (and of the 3000 members, some of you might too). So I’ll be setting up a dedicated announcement list soon just for us. Only members of the Ludum Dare administration will be able to post.

    Ludum Deals for LD28

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Sunday, December 8th, 2013 12:34 pm


    Lets Make Something (an engine tech demo)

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Sunday, December 8th, 2013 11:43 am

    Hey folks!

    Pretend I don’t run Ludum Dare for a moment. :)

    Here’s a little (not little) video showcasing some of the Live Coding and Live Asset Editing features of my engine: Quack!

    There’s still more work to do to make it Jam friendly, but ya, there it is. :)

    Warmup Weekend – Ludum Dare 28

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Thursday, December 5th, 2013 9:41 am

    As another Ludum Dare looms, it’s time again for Warmup Weekend!


    Ludum Dare 28 Theme Slaughter!

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Monday, December 2nd, 2013 11:37 am

    It’s Slaughter Time!

    All this week, help us reduce the thousands of themes submitted to a more manageable size using our patent pending (not really) Sosowski hot-or-not slaughtering technology. Also, my thanks again to Sorceress for helping out.

    Theme Voting begins this weekend!

    Results: December 13th Weekend Wins

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Friday, November 1st, 2013 5:32 pm

    Here’s the results from the poll.


    Looks like we’re doing it the earlier week.

    Quick Poll to determine Ludum Dare 28’s Weekend

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Thursday, October 31st, 2013 9:17 am

    Hello! Yes we’re running a quick poll to see which weekend is better for Ludum Dare 28.

    Click here:



    October Challenge 2013

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Friday, September 27th, 2013 2:46 pm

    Well it looks like September is nearly gone, so it’s time to kick off for October Challenge 2013!

    The October Challenge is a special Ludum Dare event I started three years ago. More and more people are making games today thanks to Game Jams and events like Ludum Dare. And more and more people talk about selling games, but don’t do it. Well, it’s time to start doing it. Put simply:

    Finish a game — Take it to market — Earn $1

    That is your goal. That is the October Challenge.


    October 2013 Resources and Opportunities

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Friday, September 27th, 2013 2:38 pm

    If you’d like to share a resource or opportunity, post a comment below or send a tweet to @mikekasprzak (or if you prefer e-mail go here).

    Opportunities and Contests

    • PC, Mobile, Web – Independent Games Festival – Highly regarded Independent Games event with cash prizes, due October 19th! ($100 Fee)

    Marketplaces (Mobile)

    • Mobile (Apple) – iOS App Store – iPhone, iPod touch, iPad ($99 year)
    • Mobile (Android) – Android Marketplace – Android phones and tablets ($25 Fee)
    • Mobile (Android) – Amazon App Store – Amazon Kindle Fire Tablets (Free?)
    • Mobile (PS Vita, Other) – PlayStation Mobile – Target the PS Vita (and more) with C#
    • Mobile (BlackBerry) – Appworld – PlayBook Tablet and BlackBerry 10 phones (SDK)
    • Mobile (WP8) – Windows Phone 8 – Windows Phone 8 devices ($19 Fee)

    Marketplaces (PC)

    • PC (Windows, Mac, Linux) – Steam Greenlight – Community Voted PC Distro ($100 Fee)
    • PC (Windows & Linux) – Desura – PC Game and Mod storefront with a Steam-like client
    • PC (Windows & Mac) – GOG.com – Classic PC Gaming portal and storefront

    Marketplaces (Web)

    Portals w/ Ad share



    • Paypal – Old Faithful
    • Amazon Payments – Payments powered by Amazon
    • Google Wallet – Payments powered by Google
    • Google IAP – In App Payments by Google
    • Stripe – Simple WebAPI for payments
    • BMT Micro – Long time favorite of many PC/Shareware authors
    • Sellbox – Sell directly from your Dropbox or Google Drive. Special rate 3% for all October Challenge Games (1% if you promote your buy page). *NEW*

    Hardware Surveys


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