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Application of theme

Posted by (twitter: @supreme_fist)
Thursday, December 19th, 2013 4:34 am

Hi all!

I’ve been getting mixed reviews about my application of the theme and I find it curious!  Some people can see that I applied the theme and others cannot.  Since this is my first Ludum Dare, perhaps there is something I have missed…  Does the theme have to convert directly into a game mechanic?  In my case, the game is called “You only get one world” and the game is about protecting the one world.  Is that a misapplication of the theme?  I am very interested in hearing the thoughts of other contestants!

Please check for yourselves here.

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Any other thoughts about applying themes would be greatly appreciated!  Let’s discuss in the comments!

You only get one world – post mortem

Posted by (twitter: @supreme_fist)
Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 1:48 am

Now that I’ve rested up again and my sanity has returned, I feel ready to write a postmortem for the game I made for LD28!  You can play my game here:

You only get one… WORLD!

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I am a South African, so the competition started at 04h00 in the morning on Saturday, making it difficult for me to be there from the start! :)  It was my first Ludum Dare and it was loads of fun! Thanks to everyone who’s rated my game so far!  I will be sure to rate any commenters on my game!

What went right:

  • I have a lot of experience with most of the tools I used (openfl, aseprite, audiotool), which made for quick progress across the board.
  • My brainstorming session early on the Saturday morning went really well and I found an idea that I was pretty excited about in about 2 hours.  After that I could hit the ground running!
  • I drew up a rough schedule the night before the competition and I stuck by it more or less!  It helped me keep my eye on the big picture!
  • I used the pomodoro technique and it helped me to stay focused a lot!  It also helps you keep track of the time and keep  your eye on the ball!  I can vouch for its efficacy!
  • I didn’t know beforehand how good my pixelart would be under pressure, but creating the art for the game went pretty smoothly and I am really happy with the final result!
  • Audiotool was used to compose the music pretty quickly and I can highly recommend it!

What went wrong:

  • I wasn’t able to get to bed early enough on the Friday evening and ended up sleeping until 07h00 instead of getting up at 04h00!
  • I didn’t prepare for theme very well beforehand.  Next time, I will brainstorm the day before on each of the possible themes so that I have a few ideas once the theme is announced.
  • The strategic view took me a lot longer than I planned!  Pixel art world maps are not easy!
  • I didn’t have time do a lot of the stuff I was planning from the start, like a crowd of noisy observers to the debate, better balancing and a victory screen…  There was just too much to do!

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That’s about it.  Overall it was a really positive experience, I think I had quite a bit of luck on my side!  I hope you will play/rate my game and leave a comment so that I can return the favor!

Global warming is real!

Posted by (twitter: @supreme_fist)
Sunday, December 15th, 2013 6:53 pm

Hi all,

So… my first LD48 behind me and I feel stronger for it!  If tired at the moment…  I managed to work about 32 of the 48 hours and my brain is paste now!  I hope you all had fun!  I’m looking forward to reviewing all your amazing games!

If you like, please play/rate my game One World!  It’s about convincing the nations of the world that global warming is real!

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Laters,

Supremefist

Day two well underway

Posted by (twitter: @supreme_fist)
Sunday, December 15th, 2013 2:02 am

Hi all,

I hope you are all still having a great time as we enter day two!  My timezone is GMT+2, so I will be having a long day/night working until the submission time of 04h00!  I think my idea is pretty solid and I have the core mechanic done, so I am hopeful of completing something fun!

Here is my workstation:

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Can you believe it?  Only one screen?

Good luck to everyone!

 

I’m in for LD28 compo!

Posted by (twitter: @supreme_fist)
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 6:48 am

Hi all!

I am an experienced programmer, but a first-time participant in LD!

I will be using Haxe and openFl for code, Aseprite for gfx, sfx I will either record in Audacity or generate with SFXR. Music will be done with Audiotool or a loop recorder I made in c++!

Good luck all!

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