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To jam or not to jam?

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Saturday, April 21st, 2012 9:16 am

LD #23 JamI really wanted to enter the Jam with a friend but we both don’t have much time this weekend. To be true, I’m going to a Silverstein concert in 15 min and the picture at the left side shows the work of ~1 hour 30 minutes. I guess i’ll do something Sim City like though i want to do something different.

One thing I am pretty sure of is the title of the game. I’ll call it: Crickets

Edit: In case anyone is wondering about the “SockBrawl” comment. It’s another game idea using pretty much the same code.

Update: Here are new screens with some kind of gameplay and a semi working particle emitter.

Ludum Dare: Free software collection

Posted by
Monday, April 16th, 2012 12:19 am

Hey there guys,
I pretty much liked the PoV’S post about software being free for Ludum Dare. However, what about software that is always free?

I encourage everyone to add their favorites in the comments 😉

Don’t forget to read the Rules and check out this page too!

Graphics

PhotoFiltre 6 – Take it as a worthy paint upgrade. This editing software got your basic tools plus some nice features if you don’t own a PhotoShop license or have no patience to go through GIMP.
PhotoFiltre 7 – Adds layer support.
GIMP – Saw that coming? Pretty much a free PS equivalent.
Paint.NET -It’s Paint but .NET and that means better.
Inkscape – Vector graphics editor.
Blender – Ludum Dare isn’t all about 2D art so get this 3D editor to work.

Sound

as3sfxr – Generator for sound effects. Link to online version. sfxr is Ludum Dare old school stuff 😀
MilkyTracker – Solid tracker software to write your 8 bit inspired songs. Supports at least .wav export.
GoatTracker 2 – Another good but hard to learn tracker software.
SunVox – A modern tracker i’d say. Gives you pretty output for dirty input.
Audacity – Your favorite free audio editing software.
Linux MultiMedia Studio (LMMS) – Fruityloops alternative for your Linux. (by dertom)

Level Editor

DAME Editor – Though it’s intended for flash games you can use this 2D level editor for pretty much every programming language as long as you are able to use two for-loops.
QuArK – QuArK is a map editor for games of the Quake Engine. You may ask why the hell Quake? Because most open source engines do support the map format of the Quake Engine or there is at least a plugin for it. It’s just famous and old school and awesome.

Engines

Irrlicht Engine – 3D engine running with C++.
OGRE – Ogre 3D engine supports C++, Python, .NET and Java. It is so open source!
Flixel – For the flash addicts.
FlashPunk – For the flash addicts.
jMonkeEngine 3.0 – Some Java 3D stuff.
RPG JS – For those familiar with the RPG Maker this one is a HTML5 version.
OpenGL – Choose your favorite language and go!
Allegro – “Cross-platform, open source, game programming library” for C and C++ (by Folis)
Simple DirectMedia Layer (SDL) – “Cross-platform multimedia library” written in C but can also be used with several other languages. (by Folis)
SFML – Yet another multimedia library for those C++ geeks (by Folis)

Code Editor

Notepad++ – This text editor supports most programming languages and their syntax. Pretty good for a beginner that is confused by IDE’s.
Eclipse – Java/C++ IDE.
FlashDevelop – Flash/ActionScript IDE.
Codeblocks – C++ IDE.
MonoDevelop – C#, ASP.NET, etc. IDE.
VisualStudio – You could also use free Microsoft software< if you got a Windows computer.

Resources

Check the rules whether you are allowed to use the stuff from below!
48h Compo:

  • “Photos and recordings you make of people or things are acceptable content, just you must acquire them during the competition.”
  • “Fonts, drum loops, drum samples, and sampled instruments are allowed IF you have the legal right to use them.”

C64 font collection – For your retro dialogs.
Freesound.org – Remember to put everyone in your credits.
mayang.com/textures/ – Free (placeholder) textures. Give credit! Limit: 20 per day.
cgtextures.com – Free (placeholder) textures. Give credit! Limit: 5 per day (as far as i remember).
spriters-resource.com – Free (placeholder) sprites. Yet again: give credit!
staticvoidgames.com – Place to upload your game to or learn a few things. (by KevinWorkman)

Enjoyment

Lasf.FM – How could you possibly not know this website? Free music dude!
9GAG – No time to keep up with 4chan or reddit?
z0r – 0M61 It’s so random :)

10 Hour Torture

Epic Sax Guy
Nyan Cat
Amazing Horse
Dwarf Hole (Diggy Diggy Hole)
What is love? (feat. Jim Carrey)
I’m a banana

It’s Java tower defense – preparing for april 2012 jam

Posted by
Sunday, January 29th, 2012 2:16 pm

Finally I was able to overcome myself and created an account and an entry on ludumdare.com. Still unsure if I’ll be able to participate in the upcoming jam with my homey or if I am still preparing for any jam in the future. Damn, pushing myself hard to understand lwjgl (aka OpenGl in Java) :(

Currently I am working on a Tower Defense game because it is easy to begin with (don’t want to start another Jump’N Run game…). Can’t wait for the theme selection and hopefully it won’t be another indie cliché like “Alone”. However, it there is still some time left and exams to write until the jam begins.

If you are interested in what I do then visit my “homepage”: *click me*

Greetings steamx

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