Ludum Dare 31
December 5th-8th, 2014

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 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 []
72H2 - Zooble [Link]
LD03 - PuffBOMB []
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

Discussion: Lets talk about Live Video

Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
Thursday, April 10th, 2014 6:29 pm

Streamers! Lets have a chat.

So we’ve got a cool Twitch widget in the sidebar. Well, I think it’s cool. Me, I like to flip through the various broadcasts streaming during our main events. It’s kind-of like I’m spying on you, but it’s okay, we’re cool right? ;)

One of the main criticisms of the Widget is that it really only shows the most popular streamers. During main events, this can be especially frustrating when there are hundreds of fellow participants streaming. During the off season it’s less of a problem. One suggestion I seem to get often is having random streams in the widget, which would help, but at the same time I think there’s merit in knowing who’s popular too. The solution is probably some combination of both, but at the moment I’m unaware of a way to get random streams from Twitch. If you have any other suggestions, feel free.

And on a related note, is anyone broadcasting on a schedule? Are you good at keeping that schedule? Share any other insight in to ‘being scheduled’. Would a shared TV Guide be of any use to anyone (broadcasters, viewers)? Are we missing good streams due to a lack of a good directory?

I’ll admit, I’m really kind of fascinated by this video stuff. When I’m not working on games, I’ll often find myself watching a stream (long live NASL), or big tournaments (can’t wait for Evo). What we do (making games) is very niche, and probably not the most exciting thing to watch either. But I don’t really care about that fact. I like it. I like what everyone is doing. I want to do more of it too.

So lets spitball. What do you like? What sucks? What would be awesome?

Talk about your streaming habits, as a broadcaster or a viewer. Is it a once in a blue moon thing for you? Do you mix it up with some gaming? Maybe you think it’s dumb? I can’t do everything, but I still want to hear it.

I don’t know where else to ask this. I don’t know any other community of gamedev streamers.

Ludum Dare 29 Theme Slaughter!!

Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
Thursday, April 10th, 2014 1:16 pm



Ludum Deals for LD29 [13]

Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 11:30 am

Deals! Here is this LD’s list of offers, bargains and other things.


Content Creation

  • Pixexix ProProjection Painting Tool – Get Pixexix Pro for 66% off ($10), through April.
  • AutoTileGen Pro2D Terrain Tileset Generator – Get AutoTileGen Pro for 50% off ($10). Available until the end of Ludum Dare. Use this link.
  • Pickle EditorSprite and Animation Editor – $10 off (Reg $24.99) with coupon code LD29. Click here to add to cart.
  • VoxatronCool Game with built-in Voxel Editor and Exporter – Free copy to any LD’er that wants to make Voxel Graphics. More details here.

Unity Asset Store

If you’d like to submit your own deal, you can post details and a link in the comments below, or send me an e-mail. Keep in mind I don’t have a lot of time, but if you need a confirmation or just to ping me once it’s posted, go ahead and mail me. When I have a chance I’ll add it to the list.

Also it MUST be relevant to what we do here (i.e. make games).

Discussion: Ending MiniLD’s and the October Challenge

Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 3:50 pm

Broken User Registrations

Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 12:10 pm

Hey folks! I’ve had to (temporarily) break new user registrations in my search to track down how the spammers are signing up. It may be a couple days before this gets resolved, as I need real data to be able to track them down. Thank you for your patience!

Edit: Apologies, still not done. Seems I caught a nasty cold, and have been out of commission a few days. Soon though.

Spam Spam Spam

Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
Saturday, March 15th, 2014 12:57 am

Hey folks! Apologies for the frontpage spam. We’ve been running anti-spam plugins for several years now, and they’re still catching thousands of attempts, but there’s this really ugly onslaught going on now that none of them can stop. Anyone following the RSS would be wise to discontinue for the time being. We’re deleting the users manually as we see them, but regrettably these bots are way more persistent than us.

I definitely plan to resolve this, even if that means writing a custom anti-spam plugin. Alas I’m away at GDC this week, so I will not get a chance until I return. Soon though, soon.

Thank you for your patience.


Ludum Dare GDC Gathering

Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
Monday, March 10th, 2014 1:02 pm

Hey folks! I’ve been asked several times about the GDC Gathering. Last year, there was a mixup at Tads, which I suspect had something to do with making the reservation as early as I did. Fortunately it did work out, but I’m hoping calling later is less confusing for them.

Tentatively, Confirmed, the gathering will be on GDC Tuesday (March 18th) at Tads Steakhouse, starting sometime after we get out of the summits at 6:30 PM. Feel free to stop by whenever (They kick us out somewhere between 10:30-11:00 PM). We’ll be in the upstairs area at the back. The reservation is under the name “Mike“, but feel free to just walk in, go to the back, and walk upstairs. If you see nerds, you win.

Tads is an inexpensive ($10-$15), cafeteria-style Steakhouse. My apologies to the Vegetarians, but it is a very meaty menu. Feel free to eat elsewhere and join us after. We like it ’cause it’s private, close to Moscone, don’t charge us a dime to reserve, and they’re open past 8 PM (i.e. Westfield).

EDIT: The Mysterious Sony Talk

Hey Folks! Looks like Sony has scheduled a mysterious Extra Talk (announcement?) on GDC Tuesday, 5:45-6:45. Some of us (including me) may choose to attend, so we may be late. Just FYI!

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. :)

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