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What I Learned During My First Ludum Dare.

Posted by (twitter: @AlwaysDebugging)
Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 1:20 am

So I’ve always had a bad run with personal projects, I get halfway through one and then decide I can do it better and restart it. I also have prototypes for games everywhere that never went anywhere.

So to stop that, I did Ludum Dare 27! It was great fun.

Here are some of the things I learned during:

  • I’m rubbish at music and that is fine with me, I spent 2 hours trying to compose some music and completely failed. I ended up using Autotracker.py which I would highly recommend to anyone that is tone deaf like me.
  • I’m rubbish at art, I found something that works, minimalism(i know) but it feels a lot more like a polished game than it would have if I put ugly pixel art everywhere. I’m not saying everyone should use minimalism, if you want to be good at art you can only get better by trying!
  • I am not happy with my personal libraries, my number one priority until the next LD is to come up with a new 2D engine most likely in SFML.NET and a standalone editor!
  • I created a level editor in game which just made everything hard to manage and it was hard to create a symmetrical levels, ¬†another thing on the list to do is to create a generic level editor that I can port to any format I like.
  • I can get a game working a LOT faster than I thought, Not just 48 hours but I only spent about 7 hours on all the major features of the game and then spent the rest polishing(except for the last minute random level generation).
  • The Ludum Dare community is full of very nice and helpful people! I will definitely be doing it again in the future.

Here is my entry if you want to check it out.

I’ve made good progress today!

Posted by (twitter: @AlwaysDebugging)
Saturday, August 24th, 2013 7:51 am

Time for bed.

My Engine

Posted by (twitter: @AlwaysDebugging)
Friday, August 23rd, 2013 4:04 am

I think I will use this code base instead. It’s not quite as complete as the last one I posted but its code is much cleaner, less headaches.

Here it is.

I’m in.

Posted by (twitter: @AlwaysDebugging)
Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 8:22 pm

This will be my first LD entry ever, I only have 24 hours but I’ll give it a shot anyway.

Here is what I will be using:
My own messy and incomplete code base that I wouldn’t recommend to my worst enemy: Find it here..
Farseer Physics(if the game needs physics)

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